Happy Spring! I am thrilled winter is finally over. Long, sunny days are ahead! As usual, we’ve been keeping pretty busy around here.
Ian and I got a last-minute opportunity to attend the Beaux Arts Ball for National Jewish Health back in February. We found out the Friday before the ball, so I raced around Saturday morning to final a ball-worthy gown. The night of the ball happened to be one of the coldest, snowiest nights we had all winter. Go Figure! We took the light rail down and had a blast eating and dancing the night away. This year’s theme was Wicked, a fun Broadway spin on the Wizard of Oz.
The last weekend in February, my long-time friends had a girl’s weekend in Hartsel. We spent the weekend relaxing, catching up, eating the delicious food we all prepared, and ventured out for a little jaunt of snowshoeing. The weekend went by entirely too fast and I am anxiously awaiting our next girl’s weekend!
Finally, after a March that flew by before my very eyes, it was time for Spring Break. This year, just like last year, I took 29 8th graders to Washington, D.C., and New York City for five days of frantic fun! We spent two-and-a-half days touring D.C., and then the other two-and-a-half running around NYC. It was incredible, and totally exhausting, but worth every minute!
In D.C., we saw the National Archives, the Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean, WWI, and Lincoln Memorials, FDR, MLK, and Iwo Jima Memorials, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum.
We also visited the White House, the Newseum (where we saw a piece of the Berlin wall!), American Museum, Arlington Cemetery (where four of our kids participated in the wreath laying ceremony), Ford’s Theatre, WWII Memorial, the Capitol for a quick tour, and the Air and Space Museum. Whew!
Then, we were off to NYC – one of my all-time favorite cities! We stayed right down in Times Square, which was priceless for the kids and a superb location for our sightseeing adventures. In NYC, we went shopping in Times Square, saw the Top of the Rock (amazing views!), we took all the kids on the Subway, and visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
We walked around Wall Street and the Financial District, visited the 9/11 Memorial, walked through China town and Little Italy, saw Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theater, ate cheesecake from Junior’s, toured Radio City Music Hall, and meandered through part of City Park where I met my dear friend Lyndsay in what is now becoming our yearly tradition.
The last part of the last day we let the kids shop along 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Plaza. While the kids shopped, the chaperones went to the MoMA! I was able to see Starry Night, Andy Warhol, and so many other amazing works of art first hand. Incredible!
We finished the trip at St. Peter’s Cathedral and enjoyed a much deserved delicious cupcake and coffee from Magnolia Bakery.
I spent most of Thursday and Friday sleeping! I’m sure there are places I forgot to mention, but you get the general idea of what we saw and the frenzied pace we keep in order to cram it all into five days.
Now, Spring Break is over. Sigh. I head back to work tomorrow. The last quarter is bittersweet because it’s my last few weeks with this group of 7th graders, but we are all so very ready for summer! Hold onto your hats – it’s going to go fast!