Little man’s school was closed for Spring Break, so we had a lovely 10 days to do with as we pleased.
We have all been working hard. Little man has been active with school and sports, Mr PugRunner has had a lot on his plate at work (a very good thing for us, but still tiring), and I am getting into a busier season with some of my hobbies:
Part of Spring Break revolved around Mr PugRunner and I participating in the Gate River Run, while little man enjoyed his first sleepover at his grandparent’s new house. It was awesome for everyone.
And then we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We have a great Irish pub nearby, which is wonderful because I really don’t care for corned beef and cabbage, so those in our family who wanted it could get it, and I didn’t have to cook it!
Tuesday was a bit rainy, so we hung out with mom and dad again, helping them pick out some ceiling fans and light fixtures, and then we settled in to watch the newly purchased Frozen. I don’t know who was more excited about that – little man or me. I do know that his rendition of “Let It Go” is epic. Attempts to capture it on video have failed, but I will have more opportunities.
On Wednesday, we had discussed going to the beach to collect shells. We were hoping for some warm, partly sunny weather, but instead, we got low 50s, overcast and windy. However, little man was not deterred. He popped out of bed, got himself dressed in his trunks and rash guard and showed up in our room before the sun was up. To the beach we were going.
All in all, it was a nice day. We only lasted about 90 minutes building sandcastles and flying a kite, before checking out the local farmer’s market, and heading to lunch.
Thursday morning, we packed up the cars and started a road trip to visit Mr PugRunner’s dad and stepmom. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them, and we missed them. My brother-in-law planned to fly in on Friday and we planned to let the boys have some alone time while I took little man for his first trip to Universal Studios on Saturday and Sunday.
When we arrived in town, we hopped back in one car and went to the sponge docks. I love it here. It’s such a cute town and I love all the bakeries and neat shops. We visited the little aquarium there, where we saw an alligator who was so terrified by this gigantic snapping turtle that there was a log in the water to create a barrier so the alligator could be fed without getting nipped.
While little man admired some snakes, I took a minute to check out the gorgeous coral.
We had dinner at a really fabulous Greek restaurant on the water. The service was a little slow, so when little man was finished, we left to stretch our legs. We went into a shop that sold fresh sponges and goat milk soap. I’ve really wanted to try some, but I am funny about fragrances and I was thrilled to be able to find a scent I really loved (almond). I’m excited to give it a try. Afterwards, everyone else had gelato while I got a Napoleon from one of the bakeries to enjoy later.
Friday was a nice family day. My brother-in-law had brought along one of his sons, and it was so great to see them both. Grandma cooked a huge and delicious Italian dinner of pasta, gravy, meatballs and sausage and we ate and chatted all afternoon.
That night, I organized our suitcases and prepared to leave first thing in the morning so we could be in Orlando right as the parks opened. As an extra surprise, we decided I would also bring our nephew. Neither one of them knew where we were headed, and I couldn’t wait to see the look on their faces when we got off at the Universal Studios exit! Stay tuned!
Did you get to have Spring Break or mid-winter vacation?
Do you like to spend your time off relaxing and doing things around your local area or taking off on adventures?