The kids had a different spring break than their Daddy this year. On their spring break, Mom watched them while I went to work. For two whole rainy days they played video games and ate lots of cookies with Abuelita. Wednesday, I got to be with them. After running a few short errands, I took them to Incredible Pizza for lunch. They were happy when I announced where we were going. What a nice surprise it was for them! For me it was nice that the whole thing was free. With the gift card from Aunt Sammy and Uncle Geoff, plus some coupons, we got as much as we wanted to eat and plenty of games. They walked out of there with some prizes too. In the evening we went grocery shopping at Hy Vee. They didn’t complain because they love the scale at the health food section. They get to enter a number and push a button to get a sticker with the item’s price on it. It doesn’t take much! Then while I waited for them to use the bathroom (I can send them in by themselves now!), I rented some Redbox movies. I let them stay up late watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Roman loved it! He laughed and clapped and cheered at all the right parts. It was cute. But whenever I let the kids stay up late, the next day they get up earlier than ever. Roman was up at the crack of dawn watching cartoons.
On Thursday we cleaned the house in the morning, then the boys across the street came over to play for a few hours. I loved the sound of laughter coming from the trampoline. Mercifully, the rain stopped for a while so they were able to play outside. Julian wanted to play soccer, so we did. He tried all his tricks that work with us, but his friend wouldn’t let him get away with it. “No way, Julian, you made up that rule! We get that point.” That night Rick and I watched our movie that I rented, 50/50. It’s one of my favorite movies now! I loved the relationship between the sick guy and his mother. I’ll blog more about that later. Today, Friday, we went clothes shopping for the boys. It was fun! Roman is the only one who really needed anything because Julian gets Roman’s hand-me-downs, but I didn’t want Julian to be sad, so I bought him something too. Also I wanted them both to have new clothes for family pictures. But I was being cheap. I asked Julian to choose between two shirts he liked because I didn’t want to buy them both. He deliberated for a while, and finally made his choice. We moved on to Roman’s department, but Julian just couldn’t hold his feelings in any longer. He started to cry and said, “Mommy, I want the other shirt. I want them both.” He wasn’t being bratty–I think he was genuinely sad. So his tears worked and I bought him both shirts. He cares so much about clothes. Roman really doesn’t, but he was happy to have them anyway. After lunch we went swimming at the YMCA. The water was warm. I heard the lifeguard say that it was warm because it was the baby pool, and the babies get cold. Well, the babies aren’t the only ones who get cold. The middle-aged ladies get cold too, and enjoy a warm little pool to splash around in with their kids. We swam until the whining began, so we went home. Now they are happily playing video games, one of their favorite things in the world.