Spring Break

When we were planning Spring Break originally, Nick wasn’t taking time off. I’d thought about going to see my parents or staying here…and then at the weekend we had a Teen Regional Weekend for church.  Plans changed.

Nick looked at the schedule and realized this was a great time to a) do our family vacation (a mini one this year due to other travel going on later in the year) and b) to go see the Magna Carta (on display in Houston). So we added that to the schedule.

Meanwhile I realized that my much postponed visit to see my bff needed to happen during that week, too.

So our break became one long car ride with interruptions here and there.

We started off our break with a Holcomb Family Dinner at Nick’s parents house.

Cousins all watching a movie
Cousins all watching a movie
Adults all talking about "boring stuff" (according to the kids)
Adults all talking about “boring stuff” (according to the kids)

Saturday, this happened:

There's free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!
There’s free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!
Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing
Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing
Floppy David is floppy
Floppy David is floppy

Then on Sunday we started the first leg of our journey… to College Station, where I spent a lot of time sitting around while the kids went exciting places, like the ice skating rink.

Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.
Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.
David is a speeding blur!
David is a speeding blur!
Now Ben's got it going on.
Now Ben’s got it going on.

I did break free and run off with Steph for a while to do some catching up and shopping. My favorite thing we saw:

I am absolutely certain that we do.
I am absolutely certain that we do.

While I was gone:

Time for Poker!
Time for Poker!

Then on Tuesday we drove down to Houston to tour the Houston Museum of Natural Science and to see the 1217 copy of the Magna Carta.

At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.
At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.
The chained books made the kids excited: "It's just like your Library screensaver!"
The chained books made the kids excited: “It’s just like your Library screensaver!”
The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)
The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)
The 1217 Magna Carta
The 1217 Magna Carta
The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.
The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.
TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!
TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!
Alligator?
Alligator?
Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon
Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon
We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.
We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.
Our skyline view
Our skyline view
These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that's cause they taste like curry!
These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that’s cause they taste like curry!
Sliders, sliders, and more sliders
Sliders, sliders, and more sliders

On Wednesday, we drove back to Tyler, dropped Nick off, then the kids and I drove to Quitman to visit the cousins at the park near their new house.

Teeter-tottering with the cousins
Teeter-tottering with the cousins
Wandering down the nature trail
Wandering down the nature trail
Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.
Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.
That's a really tall slide!
That’s a really tall slide!

On Thursday, we did a bunch of laundry, repacked, and headed up to Colleyville to see Kay. Unfortunately, she was unexpectedly still in Houston.  We spent several hours trying to amuse ourselves on our own before she made it back.

On Kay's trampoline
On Kay’s trampoline
In Kay's backyard
In Kay’s backyard

Then the girls had to go to gymnastics class (and yes, at this point we were wondering why we were even invited up, and by the end of the visit there was unpleasantness), so we took the kids to the park.

Climbing at the park
Climbing at the park
My spider boy
My spider boy
David in a teacup?
David in a teacup?
The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed was broken.
The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed we were supposed to sleep in was broken.

The next morning we had a muffin cook-off.

Iron Chef: Muffin Battle
Iron Chef: Muffin Battle

Our plan for the rest of the day involved the ginormous amount of books to go through and then take to sell at Half Price Books.

These are the books I'm taking home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn't take home, but did dig through.
These are the books I took home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn’t take home, but did dig through.

After Half Price, we went to Cost-co to celebrate Pi day the cheap way.

Happy Pi day!
Happy Pi day!

Then we went back to the house for movies and a frantic search for my debit card.

Sometimes it's easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.
Sometimes it’s easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.

In the evening before bed we had one final bit of happy Pi-ness:

Happy Pi Day!
Happy Pi Day!

Saturday we got up and drove over to McKinney for the Dallas UCG Regional Teen Weekend.

Church a la research center
Church a la research center

We had church and a Bible study earlier in the day, then in the evening there were separate dinners for the pre-teens/families and for the teens. After dinner, the teens had a dance and the pre-teens/families were left on their own for entertainment.

This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. ;)
This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. 😉
Savage Raccoon Greg
Savage Raccoon Greg
Sweet Owl Greg
Sweet Owl Greg
Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.
Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.
Our dinner companions
Our dinner companions
Touring the Heard Museum in McKinney
Touring the Heard Museum – they were sweet and let us tour as long as we had enough adults to take all the kids through. Nick and I took some extra kids whose parents were chaperoning the dance.
Our hotel for the night. Ben thought it was beautiful
Our hotel for the night. The younger kids and I went back early for sleep while Nick stayed behind and waited for David’s dance to be done.  Ben thought our hotel room was beautiful.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast back at the Heard Museum before going for a little hike on the nature trails.

The Heard Museum's Research Center
The Heard Museum’s Research Center
Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail
Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail
Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail
Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

After the trail (which the kids didn’t go on because it was FREEZING!), we headed out to Garland to the Skatium.

Roller skating in Garland
Roller skating fun
David is a blur on roller skates, too
David is a blur on roller skates, too

After the skating, we had one last meal together before we left for home.

Lunch with friends at the roller rink
Lunch with friends at the roller rink
Greg and Theron
Greg and Theron

And that was the end of our Spring Break. 🙂