A little recap of our Spring Break trip: (scroll down to the bottom for knitting content!)
We were in Florida only 7 months ago and the differences between that trip and this one are too many to mention! The kids were totally changed from the last time we visited.
Just before heading down this time, we thought it would be a really good idea to invest in swimming lessons for the older two kids. They had a total of 8 consecutive weeks/16 lessons immediately before the start of Spring Break. Of those 16, we probably made it to 10-12… And yet, this time around, the kids both had such confidence and ability in the water that the hubby and I just gasped and stared at them and each other! It was amazing and wonderful, to say the least. Even our youngest was more excited about being in the pool and playing in the sand on the beach.
The actual trip here was shockingly uneventful, too. We chose to spend the extra money on a through flight rather than have layovers and potentially ‘lose’ our luggage again. I’m so glad we did. SO GLAD! The flight didn’t leave until mid-morning, which meant we were all able to sleep to our usual time and to get ready on our typical schedule. I was able to pack pretty lightly considering we have 3 kids who all need boosters/car seats. Security at the airport was eerily quiet and easy. You heard right. Easy! We made it through without any trouble at all and were able to eat a little snack and play a little in the airport before boarding our flight. The kids had their movies and some more snack stuff… the DS games, etc. Even our 2.5 year old who didn’t have his car seat to hang out in was really content. He didn’t start causing any fuss at all until just before landing, and even then it was very minimal and only because he was tired from missing a nap.
Our luggage made it intact. The hubby was able to get our rental minivan while I waited with the kids for the bags. We found the car, and with the exception of the hubby falling over our daughter (who walked directly in his path) we were in Florida and ready to play!
I am so glad we’ve been able to travel with the kids and that they’ve been able to experience and see things I wasn’t privy to as a youngster. I know they’ve learned so many things by traveling with us… They often travel as well as or better than their older counterparts. I’m very proud!
On the knitting front, I have made much progress on the first Fall Foliage sock, having worked the first heel and part of the cuff. I’m only working on it in the car now, so progress will likely slow down. I also picked back up on my umpteenth Central Park Hoodie… I cast on for this one before we left for break and am only working on it after the kids are asleep. It’s a good thing it knits up so quickly or I might get bored faster than usual. 🙂 What I’m most excited about, though is this:
I followed Eunny Jang’s EXCELLENT tutorial on self-striping yarn this time and my results are as close to perfect as I can hope for! I was striving for a striping of bright green, white/natural, and bright pink. The only thing that wasn’t exactly as I hoped was the intensity of the color. I know better for the next attempt. When I have finished the socks, I will post all the details about how I achieved the colors etc. I’m hoping that post will be very soon since my oldest son starts soccer tomorrow… with luck, that’ll mean an increase in mindless knitting at least twice a week during practice and games!
Enjoy your hump day!