I suppose the optimistic way of stating that Spring Break is already half over would be to say that we still have half of Spring Break left! The boys and I have been enjoying our week, and David will be taking tomorrow and Friday off, so the best is yet to come.
We started our day on Monday bright and early with a consultation appointment with an orthodontist for Tommy. I balked at taking him when his dentist first suggested it, but it's been a couple of years now, and Tommy has most of his adult teeth already, so we decided it was time. He's been asking about getting braces because so many of his friends have them, so he must think it is time too.
The appointment went well, and we have officially started the process. It should take him about two years, and nothing terribly drastic needs to be done. Actually, it's a pretty good scenario - not pointless or purely cosmetic, but also not scary, super complicated or very lengthy. He has a cross-bite and a narrow upper palate, so they're going to start with an palatal expander. I've done a bit of research about them, and after bypassing the typical "don't Google medical stuff" horror stories, it sounds like they're very well established and carefully used these days. He has three appointments scheduled for the week and a half after school gets out, so I suspect he'll join his pre-teen metal-mouths by the end of the first week of June. I'm hoping he'll have enough time to adjust to everything before our scheduled trip with David's family at the end of June.
After the long morning at the orthodontist, Charlie and and Tommy and I came home and had some lunch. Then we went to a park for a long "recess." It was a beautiful day! The boys played socccer with a couple of their friends while I walked laps around the park. Then they rested in the late afternoon before going to swim practice. We wrapped up the day with this week's episode of Cosmos. Day one was over!
Tuesday started even earlier than Monday, with the boys' well-child doctor check-ups. I was really happy to get appointments over Spring Break. They have a new pediatrician, and I really like her, so the morning wasn't too bad. Tommy is officially 5' tall and Charlie is 4'3" tall. The highlight of the visit for the boys was when she recommended weight/strength training for them both. David was excited about that too. He's been waiting for them to be old enough to to that sort of thing with him. We decided that David would be our personal trainer (me too!) so things might get very interesting over here.
After we finished with the Doctor, we went home to pack some lunches. (Aren't we good!?) We went to Explora Science Center for a couple of hours, ate our lunches on the playground, and then walked over to the Natural History Museum for a couple more hours and and an Imax movie about the Ice Age. It was a little taste of summer days for us!
Today has been a stay-at-home pajama day. I desperately needed to do some laundry, and the boys were ready for some down time. I made scones for breakfast. The boys played an elaborate pretending game that involved laundry baskets, foam swords and two rings of power - one that turns you invisible and another that turns you incorporeal. Technically, they were "helping" me sort laundry, but I love to see them really play together, so I didn't actually make them do very much work. They watched a movie and had canned chicken noodle soup for lunch (a treat for them.) They built a fort our of the living room furniture and listened to an audiobook of the Odyssey after lunch - otherwise known as big-kid rest time. Now they're playing video games and are still perfectly happy. Tommy has an allergy shot this afternoon and they both have swim team practice again, so I'm perfectly happy to let them continue as they are. They will get plenty of exercise at practice, and we'll get sunshine and fresh air tomorrow.
I hope you are all having a relaxing Spring Break too!