Monday, October 3, 2016

Making the Most of Fall Break

This year we may not have been at Disney World for Fall Break but we made the most of our time at home. I love having a fall break from school. Our school system does a great job of giving us breaks every couple of months. It is such a nice treat to have a week off from school! We get to sleep in and play with friends we don't get to see as often during the school week.

Sunday night Hayes had his first sleepover. We really didn't know how this would go but these boys are so used to seeing their siblings have sleep overs that they were so excited. Denver slept over with Hayes and now Hayes keeps asking if he can sleepover at their house.

I actually had all the boys here and the girls slept over at Maddy's house. They all had so much fun. The boys all dressed up as Superheroes (Dylan was IronDog...ha). The girls came back to our house shortly after this picture and they all played great together. We had lunch at Chick-fil-a and then played at the playground for a little while afterwards.

Tuesday we went out on the lake with our friends. It was a beautiful day!! And the lake was empty. We saw just a few other boats while we were out there.

The kids all had a blast! We parked in a cove for lunch and then played in the water for a while.

We did a little tubing and just enjoyed the sunshine and cool water.

We stopped again to play in the water and the kids swam ashore. They looked like they were on Survivor.

We really had so much fun and could not have asked for a better day!

Wednesday morning we went bowling with one of Reese's friends and her family. We didn't realize it was going to be but it ended up being 99 cent bowling day!

Before we left all of the kids (except Sam) climbed in the Hurricane Simulator. They thought it was so funny to feel the wind blow at 78 mph. Reese went home with her friend for a little while after bowling.

There was not a cloud in the sky that day so the boys and I grabbed some lunch from Publix and headed to the park to play. We ended up running in to one of Sam's best friends from school at the park and he was happy to get to play with him.

That night we went to visit with my cousin for a little bit and then met Lance for dinner. The kids were silly!

Thursday morning we met up with our friends to make some meals at Stop Hunger Now. Sweet little Maddy had raised enough money to pack two boxes of food and she wanted Reese to come and help her. We made a morning out of it and had a great time doing it.

Our plans were to go to White Water after making the boxes of food. It could have been so much fun but it was SO cold! At noon it was only 68 degrees and the park was pretty much empty. We were able to walk right on to all of the rides but 52 minutes after getting there (yes, I timed us to see) Hayes was crying about how cold he was. We decided to wrap it up early and let the kids have playdates at home instead. The four big kids ended up at our house and the two little ones went home with Kristin.

That night we went to the fair. It was the perfect fair weather. It was a little bit crowded but the kids thought it was the best. Reese rode several rides that surprised me and Hayes probably got to ride the most rides just because they were cheaper than the big ones.

We got them all a treat. Reese and Sam chose to get a slushy and Hayes wanted this Amish doughnut. It really was as big as his head! And he ate every bit of it. He did not want to share. I was able to sneak a bite and it was tasty!

Since we got in late Thursday night we all slept in a bit on Friday. We had a few things to do around the house that morning and then we headed to the mountain for a hike. Again, the weather was perfect. I was so happy at how beautiful it was all week and I am glad we were able to soak it in so much!

Saturday was family game day at Tech! We got there in time to see the band and cheerleaders perform on the steps outside the stadium. It is always a fun time.

We made it to our seats and luckily we were in the shade by half time. The kids did so great! I'm not sure they would have made it too long if we hadn't ended up in the shade. Even though the temperature was in the mid-70's, it was hot in the stadium.

We loved our week together and were ready to get back to the grind this morning. I can't believe it is already October...only seven weeks until Thanksgiving break! Ha!

1 comment:

Lissa Whittaker said...

Looks like so much fun! I'm going to send Hadley down to visit once she has school breaks!