We are on official spring break count down mode. It goes something like 10 days, 240 hours, or 14,400 minutes, not that we are counting. This is our first ever “official” spring break. In the previous 3 years of homeschooling we (I) have chosen to bypass a spring break so we could wrap up our school year sooner. However, now that I am schooling two children instead of one, and with the addition of long division, I think a break is a must.
When I think about our very first spring break I have naively high hopes. Today I want to share with you my plans to create some amazing spring break memories.
Yes, I realize I am giving advice without experience. I promise if things go badly I’ll update the graphic with an over sized NOT.
#1 Clear the Schedule
I know that spring break seems like a good time to run all of those errands and set those appointments that we are constantly squeezing into our hectic weekdays. But filling a calendar with events that feel a whole lot like work not only drags spirits down, it removes the possibility of being spontaneous.
#2 Be Present
Phones, computers, I-pads, whatever. For me limiting screen time is ALWAYS the best way to be more present. My plans for doing this include making sure all blog related work is done ahead of time and that my daily work is done before the girls wake up. I also plan to catch up on paying bills and the budget before our break begins.
*Tip – Try to work ahead a bit to make your post spring break week easier too.
#3 Talk About It
So often I get so busy being “Beth the planner” that I forget that my kids have opinions too, really great ones. Before we even begin our spring break my plan is to sit down together and create a list of things that we would all like to do. Everyone has a say but mom carries the power to veto and expensive or unrealistic ideas.
*Tip – Compile your ideas into a mini spring break bucket-list.
#4 Think Less, Relax More
Don’t stress over the details and over plan every second of every day. Remember that list of ideas from #3 is just exactly that, a list of ideas. It’s not a schedule, an agenda, or something you have to complete. Feel free to live in the now, do something spontaneous, and stay up to late on a school night. The key word in spring break is break! The least thing you want to do is end your week feeling even more exhausted.
#5 Capture Memories
One of the best way to create memories is with your camera! For some this might look like actually remembering to take photos. But for others it may be realizing that we don’t need to walk around the whole week with our camera glued to our face. Finding a balance can be really hard for me. What usually works best is to remember to take the photo at the beginning of an activity. This is the time when I am usually not distracted and I don’t have to interrupt anyone, mid donut, for a photo. After all, nobody wants to see your half eaten donut.
*Tip – Create your own spring break hashtag for Instagram photos.
What would you add to the list?
How do you plan to make amazing spring break memories?
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