Thankfully, it looks like all of our nasty sickness is on its way out! Although we still have some coughs and sniffles, we definitely don't feel as bad as we did a week ago.
After I sufficiently disinfected the entire house, I proceeded to do so again, and then we were free to enjoy the beginning of summer...along with Allie's spring break. Apparently in Minnesota it is possible to go from wearing coats and snow pants while sledding a mere two weeks ago to throwing on shorts and tank tops to run around the backyard this past week. Today Allie even asked me if we could go swimming and was confused when I told her that the pools wouldn't open for almost another two months. It is weird to think we haven't even had our first calendar day of spring yet and we've already enjoyed almost a week's worth of weather we would be happy to have in the middle of July!
We are coming to the end of a glorious four-day weekend in our household. Ben took off last Thursday and Friday so we've all been able to enjoy the outdoors together.
Thursday we spent most of the day cleaning out the garage. Ben was even brave enough to put the snow blower away, so if we have a huge snowstorm with a foot of snow, you can all blame him. To be fair, though, I am guilty of putting the kids snow pants and boots away, so I should share equally in any blame to come. Anyway, the kids had a grand time running around the yard for the majority of the day and I had the opportunity to go to Allie's kindergarten parent-teacher conference and catch up on some much needed grocery shopping...because now that everyone is better, our appetites have returned and we were in need of sustinence.
There is something about summer weather that makes me crave Mexican food: chips and queso, enchiladas, refried beans, rice, salsa. It just all tastes soooo much better in the sun. So, on Friday we went to our favorite local Mexican food restaurant and requested an outside table. They weren't initially seating people outside, but by the time we left, almost every table on the patio was occupied. We even made sure to document our patio lunch with Ben's cell phone...because I'm certain there won't be very many almost-80 degree days in March in our lifetime (yes...we are breaking almost 100-year old temperature records here in Minnesota!) where we will be able to enjoy Mexican food OUTSIDE!
We spent the rest of Friday shopping at the outdoor outlet mall where I was able to snag a few items (like a really, REALLY cute pair of tan wedge sandals that I got to wear TODAY because it is still almost 80-degrees outside) for our upcoming trip to Arizona next month (the trip that the kids are not coming on...squeeeeel....I love our kids, but an adult-only trip that is now a mere month away brings almost too much excitement for me to contain!). The kids LOVE the outlet mall because in addition to a Burger King that serves Icees, there is also a playground...Ben really likes that too...he's not much of a shopper, so he is happy to play with the kiddoes while I dodge in and out of a few stores.
Saturday was bike ride and picnic day. We have an AWESOME bike trail just minutes from our house, so we hopped on it and conquered our first bike ride of the season. Allie rides on the trail-a-bike behind my bike and Ben pulls Olivia and Zach in the Burley. We only made it 11 miles, but with all the wind gusts, we were pretty ready to be done after those 11 miles. On our way to our picnic destination by the river, we found a really cool castle park that we stopped at to let the kids play.
We spent the rest of the day playing outside at home...well, after Allie and I had our first pedicures of the season and after making a trip to Target to get Ben some more allergy medication. The only drawback to an early spring is an early beginning to allergy season!
This morning we enjoyed our morning at church...the first time we were all healthy enough to go together in three weeks! And...you guessed it... after church we played outside some more! The big kids rode their own bikes today to our neighborhood park along with Ben and spent some time flying their kites while I stayed behind with a napping Olivia.
Then, I felt bad for not taking very many pictures most of the weekend and snapped a few this evening after dinner.
And now, it is officially bed time...the kids' bed time, that is. However, I think Ben and I may not be too far behind. Although Ben has to return to work tomorrow, the kids and I are looking forward to another fun summer-like day tomorrow...with no school and lots of time outside-hooray!