Five school days left until my favorite week of the year: Spring Break. Great weather, great friends, great family plans–It’s all mapped out in my head and I can’t wait! Like usual, I have probably over scheduled it, but there’s so much refreshing that needs to be done. I need to sleep in a bit, recharge, and re-energize for the last nine weeks of school.
Part of the week involves a much-needed family getaway, but the rest of the week? All mine!
Easier said than done, right? Here are my plans to make the most of this precious week.
- Get a babysitter. If you have small children, treat yourself to a day off from everything. I am planning to hire a sitter for one whole day, in which I will attempt to do as many of the other things on this list as I can.
- Spend time with some water. The beach, the lake, the river, a creek, a pool–any
largish or moving body of water will do. There is something magically meditative about water, whether it has your feet wrapped in a cool hug or is holding you up on a float, it is hands down the best way to spend a few hours and unwind.
- Take a nap. During the school year, I don’t get to do this much, but I am convinced that an entire continent and part of Europe cannot be wrong about the restorative importance of an afternoon siesta. So one afternoon, there will be a large fajita-filled lunch to get me in the mood, followed by a faceplant into my pillow. It already feels amazing.
- Go junkin’. I love thrift stores. I do not, however, love thrift stores if I have to take my children with me. They are 4, 6, and 7. I love them, and they can suck the joy out of a 50 cent Goodwill sale like no little people I’ve ever met. It’s hard to dig through a pile of wallets or a rack of clothes when you are fussing at your son to stop wearing the pink heels, catching your 6 year-old before she manages to hang upside down off the clothing rack, and before your 7 year old launches into a “Why Smoking is Nasty” lecture at the lady she saw stubbing out her cigarette outside. There will be either a flea market, auction, or thrift store afternoon–without the kiddos– so I can relax and enjoy the hunt.
- Read something for fun. Because I teach English, the only reading I get to do during the school year are student papers and the literature I’m teaching. And there’s only so
many times you can read about Scout and Jem before even they lose their appeal. (This year was an exception though–I got to read my husband’s first novel. Check it out here!) This spring break, I have a few brain candy murder mysteries lined up, and I’m planning to take them to the beach with me. Two birds and all that. Plus I just bought folding rocking chair, so I am all set!
- Have a big afternoon out! I am going to kidnap several of my friends and we’re going to sit at an outdoor table and tell stories and save the world over drinks and appetizers. You’re all invited!!
- Explore your artistic talents. As far as DIY addictions go, mine is small but mighty. I have the materials to make a dozen (really cute) birdfeeders, a set of letter canvases to paint for the entrance, an area taped off to sand and paint into a hallway chalk board, the fabric for the Christmas pajamas I was too tired to make in December, and the fabric to redo my dining room chairs waiting in my cart at fabric.com. My goal is to finish at least one of these projects over spring break, so I can say I accomplished something on my to-do list. And because I promised my husband I wouldn’t buy any more project stuff until I actually finished a project.
I also have a significant collection of adult coloring books and a small set of colored pencils and Sharpies that I plan to spend some quality time with. I was super excited to find that my co-op order will be here in time for Spring Break. Check this out and be jealous! If you haven’t checked out Thaneeya McArdle’s coloring books, you are seriously missing out. They are the perfect combination of large and small designs and I am addicted. (Remind me later to write about using adult coloring pages in class!)
- And just so you can say you accomplished something really important, purge your junk drawer. This is actually at the top of my to-do list, if only so I can say, without lying, “I did some clutter purging over break, and you’re right! It felt great.”
As a teacher, fighting burnout is one of the most important things you can do. This year I have a plan, and I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready to go! Who’s with me? What are your plans? Do you have any great ideas that I’ve missed? Share them in the comments!