Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Break

The kids are home! I'm in heaven! This is the first time in about 6 years that I've had my kids home for Spring Break. They usually go to their dad's for every school vacation, but this year, plans changed, and the kids are home with me. I'm loving it.

On Saturday we packed a fabulous picnic lunch and took all the kids (minus Caitlin who was out of town with a friend) to the beach. The weather was perfect. Upper 60's, sunny. Lyns and I hung out on blankets in the sun eating to our hearts' content, and the boys dug holes and played in the water. Adam did a little of both. Great vibes, happy times, and the perfect amount of beach. You know how too much beach can wipe you out. . .it was just right this time. We had to head home after about 2 hours so Adam and Dylan could attend the Priesthood session of General Conference. But, no beach pictures because the camera's batteries were dead. Oh well. We're hoping to go back this weekend.

Monday morning, after Conor's speech therapy, we headed to the Los Angeles Zoo. We wanted to take Caitlin with us, and as it turned out, her mom and brother were going on Monday too, so we made a date, Ashlie and me, with all the kids. Adam stayed behind to work. Kind of weird, hanging out with your husband's ex-wife, but not so much for us. We get along well, and have a mutual respect for each other.


This was Conor's first trip to the zoo, and he was so excited. He talked about it for days, and mostly wanted to see a gorilla. The petting zoo was fun, and the lioness stood up and stared at Conor, but the gorillas were napping out of sight.


After a lunch break with a picnic near the monkeys, we headed back to the gorillas, and we were lucky enough to get a great performance! One walked right toward the glass and Conor was thrilled.


We headed home so I could teach piano lessons, and then that evening, Adam and I took Lyns, Caitlin, and Aiden to the Hannah Montana movie premiere. We were given the tickets from a friend who was told that they were the red carpet premiere tickets, with all the stars, and so we dressed up and headed downtown to the El Capitan theater. When we got there, the red carpet and the lights and limos and crowds were across the street at the Chinese theater. There was another movie premiere there, and apparently the one we were attending was the junket premiere, not the red carpet, which had taken place last Thursday. BUMMER. The girls were so excited to see Miley Cyrus. After we got over our initial disappointment, we decided to still have a great time seeing a fun movie (for free!) that nobody else in the world gets to see till Friday. And, it was great. I actually loved it. The story was cute, the music was catchy and fun (especially that line dance. . .must learn), and Hannah dressed modestly. All very good. We had a great time. And thank you to Genevieve for the tickets!


Now we're catching up on LOST, hanging out and having fun, and getting ready for Easter weekend. We're planning an Easter Feast with recipes from my new favorite food blog, Real Mom Kitchen.

Tonight? Test on Plato's Republic. Crossing fingers, saying prayers.

11 comments:

Misty said...

i loved this post! you are such a great mom, Jenna! I love that you went to the zoo with your husbands ex wife. Seriously! What a woman you are!

Misty said...

p.s. i loathe hannah montana. Only because of your recommendation will I concede and take gen to see it...

Abby said...

This all sounds so warm! I love that picture of you and Conor at the zoo..adorable! And hello! Look at you you tiny little thing at the premier-ish! Hot mama for sure!


Tell Lynds to knock it off with the growing up and becoming a lady stuff. Heheh awww! I just love you guys!

Annette Lyon said...

I was going to rave about what a great mom you are, but I have to say that kids are getting absolutely gorgeous.

Kimberly said...

This post just made me feel all smiley and gooey. So glad you got to have this time with your kiddos!

Rachel said...

Im not worried, you'll do great!

Luisa Perkins said...

Heaven for sure!

Julie Wright said...

Oh that sounds like a great time. You are so cool! What a great mom and how completely awesome that you and the ex's wife get along enough to hang for a day. You guys restore my faith in humanity. I like Miley Cyrus so I'm excited to see the movie.

YogaNana said...

Oh, the zoo! Easy to see how thrilled Conor is -- what a fun day! Thanks for sharing it.

Love,
Nana

Saint Holiday said...

How I miss the carefree life of classical scholarship. Nothing but the best books, profound meditation and circumambulations, with children all around, through zoos and museums and theaters. The good life. The greatest pleasure. You deserve it all. I love you.

Dad

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