Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring "Break"

My friend Amy Vranes recently posted on facebook that Spring Break isn't much of a break for moms.  Good point Vranes.  I always start out with grand plans and end up beaten down and worn out by the end of the week.

Here are some of the highlights:

I went to lunch with a lady I met on LDS Linkup a year ago.  I know.  Most people don't get on dating sites and end up making friends with other women but that is what happened.  Marika is really funny and she is actually getting married to a guy she met on the site.  Woohoo!

Are you ready for this--I took Luke and Sammie horseback riding.  HORSEBACK RIDING PEOPLE!  That should entitle me to a full day of reading US magazine in bed I say:
I bought the deal for four people on Groupon so we also took one of Luke's friends.  We had lunch up there.  It was a lot of fun:

I went to dinner with my high school girlfriends.  Look at Natalie's gorgeous kitchen!

All of my kids got haircuts which made me feel like a good mom.  I am known for having shagamuffin kids.  Ryan got the worst Dumb and Dumber Lloyd Christmas haircut:

Now I have to put product in his hair until it grows out:

We went to the zoo and surprisingly it wasn't a madhouse (Buster pre-hair cut):

My kids have been playing outside (hooray for fantastic weather!)

Sammie celebrated a birthday!

Easter bunny came and brought my kids stuff I would have bought them anyway for summer:

Finally, we celebrated Easter at my Mom's house.  She did the annual Easter egg hunt for the kids and we all ate too much:

Now the long slow march until Summer!


Natasha said...

You are such a great mom! I always feel like I should get a prize after I take my three to the zoo alone. It is work! Same with riding horses.

Jill said...

I used to feel the same way about Spring Break until I started working, now I live for the same breaks the kids get! It helps that my kids are huge and independent though because they don't bust my groove much anymore.

How did you end up meeting a woman on a dating site?!

Horseback riding?! Are you trying to score points for mother's day?

When my kids were 1 and 3 a lady in our ward gave them the worst haircuts ever! We called Whitney "Prince Valiant" for 6 months! I'm still not over it.

Emily Redd said...

love all these pics Brooke!! The kids all look so darling! Kate had so much fun at Sammie's birthday party! Love the Lion House. When are we going to lunch to celebrate YOUR birthday??? or dinner?? next Saturday??

Amy M. said...

Haha. Thanks for the shout out. You look hot in every photo and I love your Easter outfit. I want to copy the whole thing. I'm impressed you went horseback riding.
I love how Sammie's Easter bucket is overflowing the most. Girls "need" more stuff.
Your mom is so cute.

Em said...

I am with Jill--how on earth did you meet a woman on LDS Linkup? On a site like that, I can't imagine she was a "match." :)

Looks like you had a great break and Easter--the horseback riding looks so fun!

it girl said...

in Poland still waiting for spring :(

Heather said...

I wish I had a spring break... yours looks like lots of fun! And, I don't see LDSLinkup as a "dating" site... I kind of see it as a not-as-successful Mormon facebook... with date potential if you play your cards right.

Liz said...

The horseback riding is pretty much a pass for laziness for the whole summer. Good job, mama!

Natasha said...

By the way I feel strange always looking forward to your posts, while you don't know who I am. I found you through Jill. If you email me at I will send you an invite to my blog. I have all of about 3 readers, ha!

D-dawg said...

Your easter baskets look amazing Brooke! I don't know how you do it all your kids always look cute and so do you. Can't wait to hear more about your new BF I've seen pictures of!