We're still on Spring Break here in our little corner of the world. All the public schools are back in session this week, so we do have to get out of our comfort zone and go to swimming and violin lessons as usual, but we're still not up in the school room much unless you count M2, who can't go 24 hours without doing a project or craft of some sort.
Last week was largely spent preparing for and executing plans for M2's 8th birthday. She had a slumber party with a few of her friends, and it went beautifully. M1 had a difficult time understanding why he wasn't allowed to participate in (read: take over) the girls' plans, but Oz and I distracted him with a flight simulator and time on his Kindle Fire, so I don't think he missed too much. This week my grandmother turns 89, and we're going to go up and visit her. She wants to have a birthday party at her retirement home, complete with cookies and root beer floats. I sincerely hope that when I turn 89, I'm able to have cookies and root beer floats! How fun is that?
Easter is on Sunday. Usually I have candy bought and stashed by now. This year I've bought candy, but for reasons that have to remain secret because Oz is still in the dark (some of you know what we did with the candy and have seen photos, but SHHH!), the kids know the candy exists and they know that I'm probably going to use it to stuff eggs. It seems rather to defeat the purpose if they already know what will be IN the eggs, so I may have to have Oz pick each of them up a chocolate rabbit just so they have a little surprise. We'll see. Last year the Easter Bunny stopped by. I suspect a repeat performance may be in the cards this year.
I started the beginner digital photography class last night. It's the first class I've taken in years, and it's lovely. I'm very glad Oz pushed me into signing up. Apparently the classes are usually quite full - 18-20 people - but our class only had nine people enroll, of which only seven showed up last night. The instructor seems knowledgeable and kind, and he's been doing this long enough that he knows more or less what to expect. It's a four-week course, and we're covering the basics - metering, aperture control, shutter speed, ISO settings, and white balance. It's just what I had been hoping it would be, and I'm already starting to think about the 'final,' which is a photographic scavenger hunt.
Finally, I finished a 9-week exercise program yesterday. I used EA Sports Active 2 for the Wii, and it wasn't easy. The program asks you to work out four times a week for those nine weeks, and I can see a difference in my body shape. I have more of a waist now than I think I've had since before M1 was born. I weigh about the same as I did then as well. It's a massive accomplishment, something I've been wanting since M2 came along, and I'm finally there. I'm not done, though. I have Jillian Michaels' No More Trouble Zones workout DVD, and I'm going to use that through April, then go back to the Sports Active 2 program and see what the 'hard' setting is like. It'll probably kill me. If it doesn't... well, you know the saying.
Hope things are starting to warm up where you are; I'm so very ready for spring!!