Spring Break: Our “Staycation” Comes to An End

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2012

Guess who let us sleep in until 8:00 the last TWO mornings! 

{sorry it’s dark and blurry, but I was NOT going to turn the flash on when she was just waking up!}

After yesterday’s fun giveaway, I have to catch you up on the last 2 days of our Spring Break!

On Thursday, my sister Ashely {the one home from college} hung out at our house for the entire day and entertained Nora while Dave and I both worked outside. It was so much fun for me to be back outside doing yard work again — especially since I hardly did any yard work last summer.

Apparently, they played pretty hard, because Nora was exhausted after just a couple of hours and actually took a few naps!

Meanwhile, Dave was outside cutting just about everything he could cut with my dad’s chainsaw!

{we have about 30 of these trees lining our property and ALL of them needed to be trimmed!}

I was trimming smaller bushes and working to clean up our mailbox area… don’t even get me started on how ugly those yellow press boxes are (and no, we can’t get rid of them.)

Here’s what it looked like after about an hour of digging out rocks and transplanting a few other plants from around our yard.

{the plants are still really low to the ground, but it’s a mixture of day-lilies, sedum, coral bells, and creeping purple phlox}

Of course, it will look much better once these perennials grow over the summer — and once I add in a few annuals. It’s good enough for now though.

After a very long afternoon of yard work we dropped Nora off at my parent’s house (they just got back from vacation and NEEDED their Nora fix) and headed to Akita, a new Chinese restaurant in town.

We treated my sister to dinner since she watched Nora ALL day long — and I know how stressful that can be!

We love Chinese food, and this buffet even offered a full Sushi bar! We decided that we will definitely have to bring Sarah (our international student) back here.

Oh, and I thought my fortune cookie was very fitting for this week (mine is on the bottom)

Looks like Grandma and Grandpa also played a little too hard with Nora… she was out cold in the 10 minutes it takes us to drive home from their house!

After a quick bath, Nora was sound asleep by 8:00pm… and I was sleeping by 9:30. I think I’m FINALLY starting to catch up on my enormous lack of sleep from the first 4 months of her life!


Friday was another super relaxing day… especially since we got to sleep in again (thanks Nora).

Unfortunately, our toaster somehow broke over night (yes, that makes 3 malfunctioning appliances over break!)… and that meant Dave couldn’t have his regular breakfast of toast, waffles, or poptarts.

I made French toast and scrambled eggs instead — he was thrilled!

Complete with real maple syrup… my favorite!


It’s been such a great week for being outside (sunny and mid 60’s all week) and we are so thankful for that! Dave took Nora for a walk in the afternoon so I could finish up some yard work — she just loves her stroller!


Oh, and thanks to come cute hand-me-downs from Dave’s cousin, Nora is all set for Easter!

Isn’t it adorable! 

My mom recently found a little sweater and some cute sandals (at a garage sale) to complete the outfit.


Since I haven’t been cooking all week, I surprised Dave with Culver’s for dinner — it’s his favorite restaurant and I figured it just wouldn’t be Spring Break without a trip to Culver’s!

And just because I’m the nicest wife ever (and because I had a gift card and a bunch of BOGO coupons) I even splurged on dessert 🙂

It’s been really nice not cooking all week, but since we rarely ever go out to eat, I think I’m ready to get back to our normal (and much more healthy) weekly meal plans next week!

After dinner, we gave Nora a bath and then enjoyed a bit more fresh air via the back porch swing (one of my favorite places to hang out).

She was in bed by 8:30, which gave me just enough time to do two quick loads of laundry, clean up the kitchen, sweep the floors, and quickly pick up the main areas of the house before heading to bed myself.

I’m a little sad that our week-long “staycation” is coming to an end… but I think I’ll be ready to get back into more of a routine next week. Plus, I’m really ready to start making my to-do lists again!


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  1. KimH


    Great photos & Im glad you had some down time.. Have you ever heard of Mercury Retrograde? Its a 3 week astrological (plus a week or two extra with lighter energy) period of time when anything & everything mechanical, electrical, & communication go haywire.
    That explains your appliance failure.. You may not be a believer.. but I am & so are a lot of others around me who’ve been introduced to the aspect.. Its a wild ride & over now for at least 3 or 4 months. 🙂


  2. Jane


    It is so refreshing to have a change of pace – and to have some helping hands with the baby! You are a better woman than I am because – although my dear, sweet husband has done every chore of mine (including cleaning bathrooms while I was pregnant) -I have yet to cut the grass! He likes that outdoor stuff more than I do….


  3. Flav


    Lovely day you’ve had. I am sure your sister loved the day with Nora… Do you still have your exchange students in your house or have they gone back to their countries? Sorry, I am just curious as I was an exchange student myself…


  4. deborah


    Sounds like fun!

    Your yard is beautiful!

    I love Culver’s! You can’t go without getting ice cream! 🙂 We don’t have a Culver’s close to us, but I like to go when I get a chance.

    Darling Easter outfit. I love baby clothes and you can find so many nice ones at thrift stores or garage sales. My kiddos are long past baby clothes, but I still like to look at baby stuff.

    There’s just something about a porch swing{and a porch}!


  5. Amy


    Thanks so much for sharing your week. It was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed all the pictures too! :). I was amazed how you got all that baking done the other day in just 2 hours. I must just move way too slow in the kitchen. 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration as well. I’m a teacher at a small Christain school here in CA and my 2 kids and I are on break this week. You’ve inspired me to tackle some projects around the house and yard instead of just wasting the time away.


  6. Erin


    Love getting a glimpse into your daily life like in the post above. Sounds like it was a great staycation! Nora is pretty much totally and completely adorable – love all those faces you are able to capture in photos! Enjoy getting back into the swing of things. Happy Easter!


  7. Jen


    Andrea, you look fantastic! And congratulations—you’ve used a new parenting tool. Wearing their little fannies out until the drop from exhaustion! lol


  8. Thrifty Mom in Boise


    Sounds like you have had an awesome week and you got a lot done too. I want a week like that! Your place looks great and Nora is such a cutie! Happy Easter.