Spring Break Staycation

by Caroline on March 26, 2012

This week is our spring break. Yes, even virtual homeschools have a spring break, and most other regular holidays. ย One thing we don’t have is as many teacher-inservice days. ย The girls are always a bit bummed when they realize that the kids who go to “regular school” have the day off.

We’re not going anywhere for spring break this year. We usually don’t; my family is too far away to drive there and back in a week and still have time to visit. Decoder Man’s family isn’t as far, but it still costs a good chunk of change for gas money to get there and back (1000 miles round trip). So, we’re just taking it easy.

To be more precice, all of us but Bubbles are taking it easy. Bubbles is right now on a 5th & 6th grade Sunday School “Radical Service” (mission) trip to Boise. They left yesterday after church, and will be back tomorrow evening. They’ll be working at three different service organizations: Boise Rescue Mission, ย World Relief, and the Idaho Food Bank. They’re sleeping in sleeping bags in a nearby church, and get no showers until they come home. No, thanks.

Empty ADHD Medication Bottle


Bubbles has been really excited about this trip. She loves to help people, and was especially interested in helping refugees from war-torn countries get a new start here in the Treasure Valley.

The one thing I’m worried about–we ran out of Bubbles’ ADHD medicine. She doesn’t take a very high dose, but let me tell you, there’s a huge difference when she doesn’t take it. There’s a reason her nickname is Bubbles. I’m not talking about bubbles that you blow and watch float lazily in the air, I’m talking about champagne bubbles–tons of them, with lots of energy, bringing happiness to all nearby. I can just see her everywhere her youth group goes today and tomorrow, bowling people over with her bouncy personality.

I’m not sure what happened. I give her pill to her every morning, so it’s not like I hadn’t seen the bottle in a few days. But yesterday I went to get her one for right then and two for her trip, and *gasp* the bottle only had one pill left! Noooooo! Nothing for Monday or Tuesday. Luckily, we did still have some pills of an even lower dosage that we sent with her. She didn’t think they would work, but I told her that since she’s not having to sit and do lots of schoolwork, it would be fine to help her calm down a bit. She seemed ok with that; hopefully the power of the placebo effect will kick in and make up the difference. ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

The messy 3rd bay of our garage

The messy 3rd bay of our garage. Help!

After she gets home we don’t have any big plans except to clean out our garage. I’ve been trying to schedule it in almost every summer/fall weekend for the past two years, but it’s never on Decoder Man’s list of things to do. To my delight and amazement, Decoder Man, of his own volition with no prodding from me, has offered to try to get the last couple days this week off so we can work on it. I’m so relieved. I cannot stand the big mess, but it feels too big for me to tackle alone. Decoder Man says we’ll be ruthless this time–we’ll see what actually happens.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

GpaG March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I know Bubbles will do just fine.
I wish I could be there to help with the garage clean-up. I’m really good at getting rid of stuff; especially if it isn’t mine.


Caroline March 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I wish you could come help with it too. For more than one reason. ๐Ÿ™‚


Karen March 27, 2012 at 6:44 am

And then, when you get done cleaning your garage? You can clean mine! And then the basement! And then I have, um, six or seven more outbuildings of a variety of sizes that could use some attention. It’s a job someone who can throw other people’s stuff out would do really well.

Also, I was just reading yesterday about stay-away camps at our state’s national forest (we have one!) — and to my shock, your oldest would almost be old enough to go. And yes, she will do fine. ๐Ÿ™‚


Caroline April 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Um, riiiiight. While it’s definitely easier to be ruthless with other people’s stuff, I think I’d need to be there a month or more. Not that that wouldn’t be fun, when it’s with you. ๐Ÿ™‚


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