I have been MIA for the last 2 weeks as I prepared for the end of the school year. As the 2009-2010 school year came to a screeching halt, I finished my last day teaching my favorite preschoolers, I celebrated Nurse Boy's semester coming to a close, and I cheered my boys on as they received honors and awards for all of their hard work this school year.
I also rounded up flip flops, swimsuits, and beach towels as we prepared for the wonderful season of summer.
Since I know you are all on the edge of your seats as you wait to hear how our life has played out during the last 2 weeks, I am providing you with more visuals than you probably ever care to view.
The awards ceremony was loooonnnngggg, but Sweet Pea was there to cheer for her brothers.
The boys had their last day of school on Thursday. I was feeling emotional and sentimental. They were EXCITED!
Bruiser is now a second grader.
Dimples is more than ready for fifth grade.
On Friday, we kept with a new family tradition. I like to start the summer with a surprise-filled weekend. Frankly, I love surprising the kids. It can make a simple day seem spectacular. So, on Friday I had the kids help me pack up some suitcases while Nurse Boy was at work. They spent the day guessing where we were going. (I promised them we weren't actually traveling.)
When Nurse Boy came home from work, we revealed our plans.
We started off by checking into a downtown hotel. We were on the 25th floor. The kids spent most of our stay just looking out the windows in amazement.
Next, we headed to the hotel pool.
Our nightcap for the evening? Cookies and milk! And, mom didn't even care if they got crumbs in the bed.
The next morning, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in our room, got dressed, slathered on the sunscreen, and prepared ourselves for a day of fun in the sun at Jiggle Jam. Jiggle Jam is a kid's festive with numerous kiddie bands, activities, and opportunities to get wet.
We met Sweet Pea's friend, Lily, and her family there. Aren't they adorable?!
Of course, we fed the kids well-balanced, nutritional food. (What? You don't think a brick of curly fries and deep fried corn dogs are nutritious? Then, I won't tell you what else we ate. ;0)
The girls hula hooped. Truth be told, Lily was AMAZING. Sweet Pea? Not so much.
Sweet Pea also had a few melt downs. (I love this picture way more than I should!)
Nurse Boy even got to sneak in some baby time!
Dimples couldn't be left out.