Monday, April 2, 2012

Scenes From A Spring Break

When Todd and I first started planning our spring break vacation we were looking into taking the kids to Chicago for a few days to explore the city and visit all the sites.  The more we planned the more expensive the trip became until we eventually decided to scrap the whole idea.  Since we will FINALLY be taking the kids to Disney World this summer (that is another post yet to come- I need help!) we decided to save money and stick close to home.  It turned out to be a good decision.

The first few days of vacation were spent up north at the cabin.

We did a lot of walking around in the woods.

We set up cans for target practice.

Todd took turns showing each boy all about gun safety.

Then, with daddy by their side, they each got to take aim on the cans.

Even I got in on the action.

Gracie watched from a safe distance behind a tree.

The next day it was more walking in the woods followed by watching daddy cut down trees for next year's firewood.

The kids had fun climbing and bouncing around on the trees.

Even though we hadn't yet put the pier in the boys were still able to practice their casting while Gracie found sticks around the yard for our fire pit.

It was a really nice time up north.  It was supposed to be rainy all week, but the weather really cooperated and we had a great time.

Our next adventure took us to Manitowoc to the Maritime Museum.  The kids loved seeing all the cool ships and learning what an important role Wisconsin played in making ships for WWII.

We even got to go on and tour an actual submarine.  It was SO AWESOME.  Here we are sitting in the sub's galley.

After the museum we went to our favorite little free zoo.

It was a busy day so the next day we stayed home and relaxed and played outside. 

Friday we went to Oshkosh to the EAA to see and all the cool planes.  Not only was it educational, it was super fun too. 

Overall, it was a great spring break.  The kids felt that they got to go on a bunch of really cool trips, and Todd and I even managed to have a date night and see The Hunger Games (woot woot!)  and then go to dinner.  Win! 

Now today it is back to our regularly scheduled program.  School, work, choir rehearsals, meetings, blah, blah, blah.  At least we have some good memories to get us through to summer. 


Hilary said...

Day trips (and evening dates) are a great way to spend some free time. The kids seem to have had a blast. Gotta love those salutes.

Elaine A. said...

I'm going to be selfish and ask when I can come visit and stay at your cabin by the lake. I'll bring wine. And chocolate. ;)

It just looks SO gorgeous there!

Such a nice Spring Break. My kids get a break for the Easter vacation this week and we are off to TX. I'm most excited since I've been missing my family lately...

Hope you all have a great Easter!

Wisconsin Girl said...

I agree about a stay at your cabin up looks amazing. What a wonderful spot to have to take your family. That's one thing I really wish we had and think of often as I see cars heading north on 43 for all of those long weekends. I love the picture of your kids on the tree!

Looks like a very fun spring break! We need to get to the EAA, or at least my hubby and son do. I'm not sure if the girls would be up for it yet:) Have you been to Bookworm Gardens? It's only been open a year or two but it is AMAZING! I took my kids there 3 or 4 times last summer/fall.

Hope you have a happy Easter! We are praying for warm weather so we can be outside for an egg hunt:)

Kat said...

Yes, ladies! Come on up to the cabin! That would be so much fun!!!!

WI Girl- Two of my boys have been to Bookworm Gardens with school. I went along on the fieldtrip and it IS an amazing place. I am planning on taking my kiddos back there this summer. :)

Riahli said...

Fun! I'm jealous you got to go watch Hunger Games with you hubby... Ryder and I were suppose to do that this weekend and it didn't work out... bummer. Hope to see it soon. :)

Wendy said...

Looks like y'all had a great time! I was cracking up at the salutes. :)

I'm hoping that we also get good weather for our Spring Break!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Can you believe I STILL have not brought the boys to the EAA???
Looks like a good vacation for your family.

Mom24 said...

That sounds fabulous! Glad you had such a good time. Happy Easter!

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