I’m Thankful for… Spring Break!

Felicitous Spring greetings to all! I just wanted to share with you some of the view from here lately. If what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words is true — then this is going to be about 30,000 words worth on all the fun we’ve been having over the last several days while Bella and Xi have been off school and together with us.

Bella and I arrived from the drive to bring her over from Wyoming in the early evening on Thursday.  She was greeted coolly by her sisters…

Echo, Xi, and Bella were hugging and loving on each other as soon as Bella hit the door. Almost immediately, hugging turned to pony riding, then to wrestling and dog-piling.

I kept attempting to get a good shot of them to see if I could capture the exuberance of the moment and the girls’ return to each other. The energy, however, was so high that I couldn’t get anything but blurs and smiles. 

Eventually, I gave up and went for a video, thinking I could get them in motion that way. What you’ll see in the link below, though, is just about as blurry as the photos, and several times louder — a pure testament to the unbridled, loving celebration in progress!

The ensuing days were a continuation of that delicious blur, and saw us strolling, skating, scootering, and biking around town for dog-walks and to our various fun spots; reading, playing, creating, and chillaxing together at home; and generally being fully, completely, and totally pleased.

Sunday was Easter (as you may remember…) and the girls were all ready to get down with some holiday celebrating. Bella, who is now 12, was understandably ready to pass on the tradition of wearing the flower bands, but was thankfully still glad to be involved with all the other parts of the day. 

We’ve developed a number of fun personalized traditions over the years of celebrating Easter together. One of the favorite parts for the girls is the hunt to find the baskets. It used to just entail a simple scavenging for each of them, but has evolved in the last couple  years to include actual clues, and directions suited for each girl. Then after they find the baskets, they have to find the eggs! Baskets are in the house, with the treasure hunt; eggs are out in the yard, 21 each, and each egg has the first letter of the appropriate girl’s name on it.  That way all three girls get an experience that is tailored specifically to them, based on developmental stage, personal history, and private jokes. And none of them wind up feeling like they didn’t find enough eggs, or that it was all too easy/hard to actually enjoy it.
Since it was first thing in the morning, and since we aren’t completely insane, we got the girls to at least start off with some fruit before going on to candy — so yes, that is a straw-berry that Xi is holding, and no, it wasn’t in that plastic egg…

But some of this was:
And this year, since we found out how many Halloween candies have GMO’s, and since we do still want to give the girls the opportunity to have some candy a couple of times a year — we sought out and purchased only organic candy. And I have to admit, for some reason I felt pretty darn classy in the bulk aisle of the Good Food Store buying the several kinds of purely organic candy I decided on.

This photo I am only including because Bella and Xi’s outfits are just so damn awesome.

Here’s some swing fun the elder girls were having one day. They had developed the spin game previously, twisting up the swing as far as they could and then riding it as it unwinds — but this time they went to epic lengths because it was part of Bella’s astronaut training…

One of the other things that is always on the agenda when the girls are together is to hit the Carousel. We’ve been going there for a decade now, and for me, it still never gets old.
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That’s Echo in the Blue riding a pony to the left of Bella and Xi — who rode in the carriage because there were no other ponies next to each other. The video below is what they look like flying by — first focussing on Bella and Xi, then you can see the side and back of Echo on the next round…

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I can’t remember if I have ever heard so much genuine laughter or felt so much joy in 6 days before. I now officially can’t wait for Summer.

Hope you and yours are having a splendid Spring as well.

*

Be well.

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About Nathan M McTague, CPCC, CPDPE

I am a full-time parent of three, Writer, Life Coach, Lecturer, Parenting Mentor, and Shamanic Practitioner. In all of the above, I am seeking to assist my fellow humans in their processes of claiming and unleashing their highest potentials.
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2 Responses to I’m Thankful for… Spring Break!

  1. Nathan, your home is truly a “beautiful place of the world.” So inspiring to follow your real life adventures in parenting. Thank you for sharing it with the world!

    • Thanks Sandy!

      I always feel a little trepidatious about personal posts because it seems just a little gratuitous — like, who’d really be interested (besides the grandparents. of course)? But at the same time, I get real joy from reveling in it — it’s such a nice reprise of the actual moment(s), and I get very high on gratitude!

      It’s funny you mention the title of the blog in this context. I have been meaning to make a little aside on the about page to tell the story of that title. It came from a moment, just like one of these, where just being present with our kids allowed a transcendent experience of the ordinary. Echo was thunderstruck in an alley by a laundromat, a chain link fence, and some garbage, lost in an exuberant appreciation of it all. Natalie was kind of ready to move on from what she was experiencing as a dirty, stinky, potentially unsafe thoroughfare. And then Echo looked up with her radiant blue eyes and said in rapture, “Oh Mom — isn’t this a beautiful place of the world?!”. And instantly, Natalie perceived a difference in her perspective on the place, and on the possibility of beauty in any space. And that perspective is very much what being immersed in kid-world is all about for me.

      I’m glad you liked the post. Thanks for writing in!

      Be well.

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