So last week was spring break for UTK. But what do you do to celebrate Spring Break when you’re 30? Well, you work, and if you’re lucky you are able to squeeze in a couple of days of fun.
My two nieces were also on spring break from Blount County schools, so I planned two days just for them and my 2-year old nephew. I also made a list of everything I wanted to do around my house, but two days into spring break I tossed it out. I don’t get to see my nieces as much as I’d like, so I added a third day to our itinerary.
Macy is nine, and she loves to bake. She is a girl after my own heart. I had promised her that if she made good grades on her spelling tests, we would bake her favorite cupcakes. We spent time in the kitchen mixing batter and decorating cupcakes (when it was time for clean-up, Macy magically disappeared). We also went to Ijams and had a picnic. I know I’ve mentioned Ijams before, but if you’ve never been you have to check it out. There really is something for everyone there.
Molly is five, and she loves going to the movies. Zootopia had just come out so we decided to go see it. Macy and Molly were seemingly mesmerized by the film and they thought it was great. Conway was the most excited to see the movie, and he promptly fell asleep. He didn’t even make it past the previews, and he was snoozing. After the movie, on the ride home, he woke up and asked about going to see the movie. I couldn’t help but feel bad for the kid. By the way, the movie was great!
Day three was something I was really looking forward to doing with the kids. The Knoxville Zoo recently went through a re-branding creating a new website, logo, and overall image. Zoo Knoxville is known as the red panda capital of the world. The endangered species didn’t disappoint as they romped and played in their enclosure. Of course, I was most excited about the otters, which played and swam as if they were performing for an audience. Conway wanted to see the animals, but most of all he wanted to see the “big bad wolf”, but guess what–the kid fell asleep. Luckily for him, he has two thoughtful big sisters who woke him up when we go to the wolves. By the time we finally got home, the kids were really tired-but not too tired to get ice cream!
So Spring Break wasn’t a total bust for me. I got to hang out with my favorite kiddos and we had a really great few days. Look for my next blog post when I talk about things I did over Spring Break that didn’t involve kids!