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Sunday, March 21, 2010

March Break 2010

Wow, what an amazing week of weather we just had. As I write this it is snowing, but last week while we were all off, it couldn't have been nicer - the kids were out in shorts half the week!

Last year we went to Quebec City for March Break, and enjoyed a blustery week exploring the Plains of Abraham and eating in small downtown creperies. Nothing quite so adventurous this year, but sticking close to home with the temperatures in the mid teens gave us a great excuse to get outside.

There was the trampoline, where it looks like Anna is attempting a Yoga pose, while Erik tries to launch himself into the air.

There was the Treehouse because you never know when Tarzan-esque skills will be in demand.

The Swing. You know that expression, no room to swing a cat....I don't think this is what it means...

And of course the Archery range. If you ask me archery is a long lost skill. Anna blogged about this in more detail in one of her rare posts.

Somewhere in the middle was St Patrick's Day, and some pesky leprechaun got in and turned the cereal milk green in the morning and the ice cream green in the afternoon.

And in reward for yard clearing, we had a great bonfire. Some friends came over and we roasted sausages and marshmallows and drank wine while the kids all ran around. There's nothing like an early Spring bonfire to bring out everyone's wild side.

Then late Friday afternoon, when all possibilities were nigh exhausted, and we were waiting for the roofer to arrive to give us a quote on the roof, Super Mom (me) saved the day with a dozen plastic containers, water, baking soda, vinegar, food colouring and cooking oil. Experiment, I told them, and amazingly, they did. For two hours. It's incredible how entertaining a few basic household ingredients can be.

Back to school tomorrow, but it's been fun.


Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention the busy little cousin who probably drove them wild with her imperious directions on how to play HER game! I like the "basic kitchen ingredients" activity...I'm all for that kind of entertainment... hugs to you all...hope to see you soon! B.

Leanne Haines said...

It was incredible weather for the middle of March, wasn't it? Does this always happen on March Break in Ontario? If so, I'm staying. Your March Break at home sounds better than just about any vacation! I'm stealing the leprechaun idea next year. And the experiment activity -- BRILLIANT!!! Next time I hear "I'm bored" that's what I'm going to do! Thanks for the ideas -- what would moms do without each other?

Denise Nielsen said...

So you are anonymous BG - you had me wondering....

No Leaane, this weather was definitely unusual for March. The leprechaun thing was great - a bit of food colouring under the cereal and boom, the milk turns green as it's poured. Amazing.

DaniGirl said...

Oh wow, green milk for the cereal -- how will I remember this for a whole year to use next St Paddy's day?!

Love the experiment idea, too -- great stuff, thanks for the inspiration. :)

(My first visit, but I love your blog so far -- I'll be back!)