Friday, 29 March 2013

The Spring Break Bucket List – Kids vs Mom

We decided this Spring to have a Staycation. I was a little worried that the kids would be disappointed since their friends are jet-setting to places like Hawaii, Mexico and Spain to name a few.  My husband will be return from a three-week trip around the world days before Easter and I am exhausted from being the taxi driver to two different schools, numerous sports practices and games, endless birthday parties and all the other rewarding mom duties.  Needless to say, the entire family is over scheduled and exhausted. Much to my surprise, when I told the kids we were staying home, they were excited. This was a relief. Now every mom knows that a day or two of down time is great and then the kids start to get a little wiggly. So in an effort to be prepared, I sat down and made the list of things I wanted to do over the break. Then I gathered the children and asked them to do the same.

Here is the Kid’s list:

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Here is the Mom’s list:

Clean out all closets – take items directly to Goodwill
Spring Cleaning from ceiling to baseboards
Sleep until we wake up – yes, no alarm clock
Family walk with the dog on the beach everyday
Read AT LEAST one book
Watch a “grown up” movie
Go on a date with my husband
Organize all my desk files
Walk a mile downtown with the family and have lunch
Go two days without getting in my car
Be physically active as a family everyday
See an old friend

When I look at these lists I don’t see many commonalities. I was happy to see some
items on their list included spending time together and minimal funds. The one
thing I did notice is that we all wrote down exactly what we wanted to do. My goal
is now to combine these lists over our ten-day vacation and try to end the vacation
in a somewhat restful state.

Please share with us your Spring break plans.