On the first official day of Spring Break, we were off and running - I was, at least! March 30 was my 5th year to run the C'ville 10 Miler. My family came to cheer me on, and thanks to fancy apps with live tracking, Jeff and the kids knew when I was about to pass them and were ready with cheers, signs, and grins. It was an overly humid (yet chilly), overcast, slightly drizzly day, which made me even more grateful for their presence. I ran a new PR of 1:23:49, placing me #440 overall and # 22 in my age bracket.
Mother Nature rewarded us, seemingly, with a week of gorgeous spring weather. As per tradition, our family embarked on an overnight adventure, this time venturing to Lynchburg to spend the day at Amazement Square, picnic outside, swim at a hotel pool, dine at a cool restaurant in a former train station, then hit up a state park the next day. It was a wonderful respite, and our best spring break adventure to date. The adventure, in photos:
|Aidan is pretending to be the spider, devouring the prey he's caught in his web. Of course.|
|We explored this river table FOREVER. Leo (aka Toothless) loved working the locks along the riverbanks.|
|Family Jam Session. This was *really* cool.|
|Incredible WW II Tableaus, done by local student artists.|
|Tour de France (Tour de Lynchburg?) here we come!|
|Inside the glass walled painting room....|
|Table Side 1|
|Table Side 2|
|Inside the fort that Jeff built for wine-drinking and card playing...|
|James River - we saw a turtle, a snake, a bunch of birds, some horses, and three really cute mammals.|
|GORGEOUS weather - the kids complained they were hot. 17 or 70, we asked? reminding them of the nearly unbearable winter we've just endured....|
|Ah, yes. Happiness. Along the James River, minus the accordion and the beer. But still. Happiness.|
Later in the break, the kids had a lovely day with Grandma and Grandpa, making a cool craft and going out to the movies. We explored the nearby trails with friends on another day, and ended the week with some scrumptious meals by the young chefs.
It was a great week, and a taste of what's to come. As I watched Leo return to his relaxed, in-control, even-tempered self during his respite from the stress that school brings him, I look forward now to summer in a way I haven't fully appreciated before.
Yup. Spring Break was pretty much this: