Hey friends, it’s Spring Break.
For the Qualls family, it’s not all that exciting (except for Annarose, as you can see); we don’t usually travel during Spring Break. With a family our size, it’s not easy to drop in on people and stay a few days. My sisters and most of my driving-distance close friends are in Washington and they’re not on break this week.
Russ is working on tasks he doesn’t have time for when he’s in the classroom. Claire and Zoe have track practice to fill their afternoons. The boys are looking for friends and fun, but so far, on Day 1, there’s been a lot of talk about how I’m going to entertain them.
Add to it, this is rain and mud season in our north Idaho town. This could be a long week and I’m realizing I should have done a little more advance planning.
In the spirit of adventure, the boys just experienced a brand new privilege; they rode their bikes to the store and got a movie from Red Box. That was a big deal for me!
The kids ride through our (currently very muddy) cow pasture, out the gate, and down the neighbors’ driveway to the road. Then they ride on a rural road for a short distance before reaching town. I love living on acreage – the privacy, the view, the space around us, but I envy moms whose kids can easily ride to school, the pool, library, sports practices.
We had a great discussion on my Thankful Moms Facebook page about phones for kids because I need to figure out what to get Ebenezer as he becomes more mobile with his bike. Lots of good ideas were shared – you are the smartest readers. If you’re trying to figure this out, like so many of us, check out the discussion.
At twelve and ten, I’m finally ready to give the boys freedom, but I’ll feel better knowing they can reach me and I can reach them.
The kids are each cooking dinner one night this week. The girls are fairly accomplished. The boys have mastered cooking eggs and quesadillas; it’s time to move on to simple meals. Ebenezer made some pretty delicious tacos last night.
In very exciting news, today I get my first look at my new One Thankful Mom site! I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I can’t wait to show it to you. I’ll be asking for early feedback from friends-letter subscribers. If you want to help, please let me know by adding your name to my list.
Also, if you want to see my interview on The Hope Summit, it’s available through Saturday. From mine, you can find links to the other nine. They are so good, friends – very honest, unedited, interviews. I want to see all of them before they’re no longer available at the end of the week. I carry my computer around the house watching and listening as I cook and work.
When do you have Spring Break? Is it early like ours? Do you have grand plans? I would love to hear from you here, or on my Facebook page.
Have a fabulous day.