Daughter and the rain

Spring Break For Kindergartners Is No Joke

I really didn’t think I’d take a week off of writing. Then again, I didn’t realize I’d agreed to the 5-year-old version of Cancun.

For N’s Spring Break, we painted pottery, shopped, ice skated, went to the children’s museum, did arts & crafts, took 20 books out of the library, saw Cinderella (the movie not the princess), shopped again, rode a train, bowled, won 7 rubber duckies at the arcade, saw every other family member in a 200 miles radius — all while getting in our regular reading, writing, drawing, and playing pretend.

I’m exhausted.

Pottery painting
Pottery time. Just like Hammer Time! Please don’t touch that. You can’t touch this.
Hipster Mustache Bunny
I accidentally made a hipster bunny.
Daughter and the rain
Creating shelter in the rain because why would we consider going inside our house? Also, she’s so much more fashionable than me that it’s almost embarrassing.
Shelter in the rain
Yes, I’m wearing slippers in the rain. This is why N had to help me build my shelter and will probably be dressing me soon.
Mall Train
Mall Train! Take us to Nordstrom STAT!
My daughter
I’m not tired yet. Are you?
Ooh, we get to go into the baby section of the Children’s Museum! (This is seriously an exciting thing.)
Yellow outfit
The baby wore a new bumblebee onesie so N insisted we become the bumblebee family.
Yellow and black
This was the best bumblebee I could come up with on such short notice.
Us in yellow and black
I have no idea what she’s looking at — maybe a flower to pollenate?
Bowling Alley Breakfast
Breakfast at the bowling alley
Rubber ducks
See the row of ducks watching us pinball? They are ruled by Count Duckie (Count Dooku’s evil twin rubber duck)

For all its intensity, I felt great about being┬áso available, fun and willing. Only once did I ask for a sit-on-the-couch breather. Otherwise, we just did it all and did it with joy. Of course, she didn’t want to go to school today so maybe I need to tone it down a bit for my son.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

3 thoughts to “Spring Break For Kindergartners Is No Joke”

  1. I’m exhausted just reading that! One of the reasons God gave children to young people, I guess. And yes, N has great fashion sense…let her dress you starting now!

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