The kids only had two days off school for Spring Break this year (four days total with the weekend) and Jared couldn't take any time off work. But we made the most of what we had!
pre-spring-break treat for myself and the kids, I took each of the big
kids out of school for a special little lunch date on Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday (it was Restaurant Week in Ogden - great chance to enjoy
wonderful stuff at great prices).
How did my babies grow up to be such big handsome young men?
picked something a bit more tame - Union Grill. He went for the triple
pig sandwich - bacon, roasted pork and ham. He was quite pleased about
I didn't think to take a photo of my lunch with Eliza but we had a
grand time chatting it up and enjoying beautiful and super tasty food at
Then on Friday when the kids were out
of school, we explored the gorgeous new Museum of Natural History at the
University of Utah. We learned a ton about the earliest inhabitants of
Utah, Utah's diverse ecosystems, Utah's rich geological history (the
kids love rocks), earthquakes and fault lines, dinosaurs, and chocolate
(there's a special exhibit going on right now all about how chocolate is
went for a family hike - my favorite really hard hike - Maylan's Peak.
Oliver, Silas and Isaac were the advance party and wow, they hike fast!
At the base of the mountain it was late spring with leaves on the trees
and nice warm weather. We hiked up through early spring and on to
winter. The last part of the hike involved LOTS of slushy, slippery snow
but we made it!
Great mix of spring and winter at the top!
was Easter and Eliza already covered that quite nicely in her post. It
was a really lovely Easter involving watching great videos about
Christ's life and death, eating our traditional eggs benedict for
breakfast, going to church in our new Easter clothes (well, the boys
just got ties and belts but that was plenty for them), having a pork
roast and mashed potato dinner (we're not that into ham, the traditional
Easter meal - why's it traditional? Anyone know?). We ate dinner by
candlelight at Silas's suggestion (he was sad that we didn't get a
chance to do our Passover dinner on Thursday by candlelight and wanted
to still have that experience). We sat at the table for a long time and
just talked, everyone bathed in that pleasant candlelight that softens
faces and moods and brings out good conversation.
I left it totally up to the kids what they wanted to do. They voted for
a lazy morning of games and big tasty breakfast of crepes with fruit
they said they wanted to walk downtown to the train museum, visiting
shops along 25th street on the way and trying out some of the fun
activities in the new book I got recently called How to be an Explorer of the World: A Portable Life Museum.
We had such a great time exploring things we'd already seen many times
but hadn't really LOOKED at carefully (the ideas in the book helped us
Here we are setting out:
Here they are down by the train station:
The kids climbed on the trains for a while before we noticed the new
signs that said you're not supposed to climb on them. Sad day. That's
always been a favorite activity. But luckily a lady told them they could
climb on the front of the trains, just not on the tops.
our walk, we looked for all the different words we could find and took
pictures of them. We also looked for patterns. When we got back home, we
made these collages and were pretty darn pleased with them.
we did this activity where we found things in nature to match different
paint chips we had (Eliza spearheaded this one).
There's so much to see when you really look! And art is everywhere. Beauty can be found in almost anything.