Last week was Semester Exam week here. My kids spent the last 2 weeks working hard on exam reviews and studying for the exams. My husband and I worked hard on quizzing them for their exams and making sure they were well-rested and well-fed. At the end of the week, the school system kindly rewarded us with a 4-day weekend.
Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, and Tuesday was a non-student day. So the kids and I had a 4-day weekend (Dad had to work both days, unfortunately). I tend to use these days off from school to make appointments for the kids that would normally require taking them out of school. This way, they don’t miss school work and there’s no make-up work to worry about. So we had a doctor appointment on Monday and a dentist appointment on Tuesday. I now have to make follow-up appointments for more tests and more labs and more work. Nothing life-threatening, but just more to add to our busy lives and busy schedules.
Thankfully, this time I also made time for some rest and recreation. We planned a visit to Busch Gardens here in Tampa Bay with some friends. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. They have some of the best roller coasters I’ve ever been on! And I’ve been on a lot of roller coasters! They also have some wonderful shows and animal exhibits. And the food is excellent (but pricey).
We only got to spend about 4 hours there yesterday. But the weather could not have been more beautiful. And the company could not have been more pleasant and entertaining. And the rides were fun. And the crowds were small. And our pace was slowed. And the air was fresh and we breathed deep (well, except near the elephants and rhinos). It was a very nice break from all the hectic rush/work/plan/schedule/study/quiz/drive routine we always seem to be in. And it was much needed.