It's spring break for Griff, but not for Reese, who had his break in March. The break, thus far, has been AWESOME. Griff has been sad lately about spending so much time at school and not much time at home. It's frustrating that the best part of our days - the morning, when we're rested and motivated to do fun things together - we have to spend apart. At the end of the day, everybody is cranky. Hardly quality time. So we're soaking up this week together, and revisiting old ideas about homeschooling. We like each other much more when we spend more time together, as counter-intuitive as that seems on the face. Fresher time together = happier interactions = wanting more time together. A non-vicious cycle. :o)
Today Reese didn't want to get dressed. Or go to school. Or do anything. I wasn't feeling up to fighting it (3 hours of preschool is NOT worth that kind of pain) but the idea of being home ALL DAY without plans with all three kids was just crushing me. We had to get out. Way out. Something that would be huge fun, that would suck up enormous swaths of time.
"Hey, guys, want to go to the museum with the bubbles?"
This was met with gusto by the older boys, and we set about packing up for a road trip. The museum with the bubbles is the Children's Museum of Virginia, in Portsmouth, and requires about 2 hours of driving to Norfolk and a ferry ride across the harbor.
We got out of the house in an hour, amazing. And the kids, who had selected their own activities for the car, kept themselves occupied and only asked "how much longer" in relatively polite voices after over an hour of driving...and then were so excited about the bridge-tunnel and the sights of the harbor in Norfolk that they forgot to ask again. The trip was AWESOME, we had hamburgers for lunch and then everybody was psyched about the ferry ride. We had a great two-block walk to the museum, played for a couple of hours, snacked, more ferry, headed back along a different route with TWO tunnels and tons of shipping yards with huge freight containers and piles of coal and big machinery. Even Xander was impressed by all the boats, helicopters, water, tunnels, rigs, etc. The only fussing was from Reese and Xander during the last 20 miles of the trip. Then: dinner, bedtime!
Can you see how happy Reese was? Oh, it's so nice to be cruising out of three and toward four, he is so FUN when he's not gripped in preschooler tantrums. He and Griff negotiated our museum stay - any time somebody wanted to go to another room, I asked them to discuss it together. Everybody took turns choosing what to do, I love how they can work things out. Xander happily went along for the ride and LOVED the "choo choo" room. He also loved the ball used for demonstrating Bernoulli's principle but got MAD that it was suspended in the air several feet above his head. BALL! BALL!
All told: 9 hours out of the house, very happy kids, great busy excitement-packed day. Spontaneity win!