This past week was Carter’s Spring Break at preschool. To offset the cycle of clean the house in the morning and then spend the rest of the day trying to keep it clean, we would leave the house for fun adventures and then come home to a house that was miraculously still semi clean.
***Disclaimer: What follows are pictures of our kids looking sweet and somewhat compliant. Our kids are super sweet and even compliant SOMETIMES. I did not take photos of meltdowns or “bad attitudes” or strangers’ faces filled with judgment or the many stern “talks” that included the phrase, “Do you want to go home right now because you’re acting like you want to go home right now.” I’ve unfollowed Instagram accounts and blogs that only present the photogenic side of parenting because it’s just way too easy to look at the perfect photographs and feel like a bad parent. If you’re similarly inclined, just know that these are the pretty moments and the other, not so pretty, moments were there too but we chose not to document them for posterity.
We started our week at Disney’s California Adventure for the Food & Wine Festival. Also, we’d recently started back on Weight Watchers and a food festival seemed like a great place to get our minds off food. HARDY HAR HAR! The portions are small and when shared they are just a couple of bites so Oprah would approve.
I had great ambitions to take pictures off the food at the festival but when faced with the food we would scarf it down before I could take a picture. This is the one picture that I took. It’s even nicely styled on our stroller seat! It’s the French onion mac and cheese topped with parmesan crumbles and chives at The Onion Lair booth. It was topped with too too many French onions. Once you got rid of some of the onions you could taste just how good the mac and cheese was but you had to sacrifice the parmesan crumbles to get rid of the onions and the crumble was an important element. Everything else we tried was great but the Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream was my favorite.
It’s not like the Disneyland parks aren’t normally packed but with the Food & Wine Festival it is too infinity and beyond busy. We managed to still have lots of fun anyway.
Then, we tried the children’s museum, Discovery Cube in Santa Ana. We’ve been there before but Carter didn’t seem to enjoy it because he was too young to really interact with the exhibits. Now he’s at a really good age and he LOVED it. I would say that kids between 5-9 are at the target developmental age to really enjoy it. Carter’s favorite part was the outside dinosaur exhibit where he met a kid even wilder than himself so the day was a win. I even got some cute pictures of both of the kids.
To end the week we took a trip to downtown LA for the Discovery Science Center for the, soon to be gone, Disney Pixar exhibit. I’d forgotten how great that museum is and … wait for it …it’s free! The special exhibits aren’t free but the rest of the 3 story museum is free. We saw an actual space shuttle, a giant aquarium with sharks and several other kid-friendly exhibits.
The Pixar exhibit was the highlight for all of us (except maybe for the baby who needed a nap BAD).
He’s back a preschool Monday and then we register him for Kindergarten on Tuesday! And then we rest? Probably not!