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Thank You Very Much: Spring Break Edition

by Kmama on April 2, 2012 · 30 comments

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What’s TYVM (Thank You Very Much)? It’s my way of sarcastically thanking all the little things that have ticked me off. It serves as free therapy, and boy do I sometimes need some free therapy! TYVM used to be a weekly meme, however, I retired it awhile ago due to lack of participation. The button is still on my sidebar in case you’d like to play along. If so, please leave the link in the comments and I’ll be sure to come and visit.

I have a semi-serious one this week.

Thank You Very Much to the fact that Spring Break is never really a break for my boys.

As a dual income family, Spring Break really doesn’t mean anything. Jdaddy still works. I still work. And therefore, Buster still goes to daycare, and because school isn’t in session, Buddy goes to daycare too.

Every year, I feel badly that Spring Break means absolutely nothing to our family. While we often take vacations, we never take them during Spring Break because of the cost. So, while my kids watch their friends take off for a week, we stay home and life goes on just like normal.

This is the first year that Buddy has really noticed that some of his friends are actually taking advantage of Spring Break, so he’s asking questions, and feeling disappointed that we aren’t doing anything fun. It’s tugging on my heart strings.

Do you do anything for Spring Break? If not, do you feel guilty?

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1 Oka April 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

our spring break wasn’t much of a spring break this year, three of my kids took turns with a stomach virus, and we got to watch the Red Wings loose to the worst team in NHL…ugh


2 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Oh that’s terrible!! And yeah, that Red Wings game was pitiful.


3 momto8blog April 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

we spend time together and catch up on stuff we don’t always have ties for, like shopping. I make the kids do their closets!!!


4 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

That’s a good time to do that stuff. I already did the boys’ dressers back in March because we had a week of 80 degree weather.


5 Making It Work Mom April 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

We are the same – two working parents so not much of a “vacation”. We also never take vacations during the actual school vacation weeks either – cost and crowds. This week we are going away for the Easter weekend. We are driving about 3 hours away and going to one of those hotels with the indoor swim parks. We have never been so the kids are very excited.

I know what you mean about the guilt though.


6 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I hope you had a nice time over Easter! We’ve done the indoor water park before and my kids loved it.


7 Evonne April 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

Our Spring Break usually consists of the kids and I cleaning the house for Easter. I think they’d rather be in school than clean.


8 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Ha! That’s a good way to ensure they like school, right?


9 Angel April 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

Ya know what nope we don’t, never have. But we do try to do something family friendly as a family on the weekends, just a jaunt to someplace cool nearby.


10 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

That’s cool. Last year we went away for the night, but this year was nothing different from normal. It made me feel bad.


11 SuperMom Blues April 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

Heck, it’s not just you girl. I’m at home, and we don’t do anything either. The highlight of my kids week was watching Sonic the Hedgehog on Netflix and playing video games, LOL. I bet they had more fun at daycare than they would have had at home doing nothing – I used to work in a daycare and we always had the most fun stuff planned for Spring Break – crafts, gardening, painting outside, games. Don’t feel guilty – you’re a GREAT mom and not going someplace for Spring Break doesn’t make you any less of one :-)


12 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I know they had fun, but it’s just that now that Buddy knows what spring break is and realizes some of his friends do cool things, I feel bad when it’s just more of the same old stuff.


13 Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

When I was a child, we always went but we couldn’t always afford to go when I had my own kids. Sometimes we did, and they do treasure those trips, but they probably treasure them so much because there were just a few of them over the years.


14 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Good point. Though, we usually travel outside of spring break. This year, it’s nothing until October though, and I think we’re all feeling the itch.


15 Nicole Q April 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

nope. and my hubby is home.
but we only take one vacation a year and sometimes we dont even go anywhere.


16 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Sometimes staycations are the best. But when you don’t even acknowledge that it’s a break, that’s when I feel bad. That’s what happened this time.


17 Erika April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

My husband is a teacher so my daughter gets to come to work with me for two days until he is on Spring Break and then she gets to stay home with him the rest of her break. Since the baby is breastfeeding and at a daycare in my office building, he will still be in daycare this week (for convenience sake). I use to feel guilty that spring break and summers meant nothing because my daughter was in daycare all summer up until last year when my husband finished grad school. At least the daycares usually try and make it fun for the kids. Sometimes working full-time stinks… I wish I could take a week off to stay home with the kiddos and enjoy the break!


18 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Working full-time does sometimes stink. I don’t know if you’ve read my I’m a Full Time Working Mom and I’m a Full-Time Working Mom part 2, but I address some of those feelings in my posts. It’s hard.


19 Stefanie April 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Honestly? We don’t do anything for Spring Break either!


20 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I’m so glad I’m not alone!!


21 Kim April 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

we do nothing. The kids will get up way too early until Sunday, when they’ll finally sleep in — only we have to be up for church, so that’s helpful — and the weather won’t be quite nice enough for long playdates outside. Not that I’m totally not going to be kicking them outside. Because I am. :)


22 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Doesn’t it figure that they always wake up early when you get to sleep in, and then want to sleep in when you have to get up? My kids are famous for that.


23 Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Yes! I feel the exact same way. I feel bad that I can’t even just stay at home with them that week even if we went nowhere. Hopefully one day I’ll have enough vacation to be able to take off that week.


24 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Someday, when we don’t have other vacations or short little days off planned, I WILL take that time off and stay home…but that’s a ways into the future.


25 Emmy April 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

I am so sorry. But just remember you are doing what is best for you and your family and that is what matters. In the long run they are going to look back and think about spring break– now it might bother them but in the end it will not


26 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thanks! You’re always so good at focusing on the positive.


27 Kelli April 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

Spring is always Jason’s busy time at work, so we don’t usually do much on spring break. I do take the boys to do a few fun things {mostly just to keep myself from going crazy in the house for a week}, but no big trips for us! I was hoping we could take the Airstream out for it’s first trip for spring break this year, but it isn’t quite ready yet!


28 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

That’s too bad that it isn’t ready yet. As it worked out, Spring Break was crazy busy for me at work this year too, so it’s good I wasn’t gone.


29 Rachel April 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

I hear you! I felt badly that we didn’t do anything special for spring break either. But we reminded ourselves that we have just gotten back from Mexico and we avoided the Spring Break crowd there…

I grew up the same way – I think just doing more craft things at hom (me, crafting??? Yeah, my poor mom).


30 Kmama April 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I wish I could craft. Then at least I could introduce something fun for the boys, but no. It was a very boring week for them.


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