Evolution of Spring Break + Squash

Day 1: Monday

The Easter egg hunts are over, the kids are done hiding eggs over and over from each other and the trinkets and toys are either broken, eaten, or played with to the point that they now hold no more fun. The kids are tired, but still have lot’s of energy. With the cousins still in town we take the entire brood to the park. It’s more exhausting than relaxing. The older kids want to hike, the younger ones just disappear. It’s hot, one child is always hungry, and after awhile the babies add to the chorus of complaints. I agree to take several of the cousins home for a sleepover. Luckily, everything went smoothly.

Day 2: Tuesday

Cousins head for home, and the kids are all mine. Easter candy hangover officially comensed at about 8:45 in the morning and lasted most of the day. Squabbles between the siblings ensued and I kept them so busy that they didn’t have time to squabble much. I ran while the kids biked five miles, stopping at the park to play soccer before heading home. Physical activity is the best punishment for fighting children. By the end they were exhausted and went to bed early. But not before fighting.

Day 3: Wednesday

Children thought they would get to sit around and watch television all morning. Since the squabbling has now escalated to full on fighting, we went running in the morning, then came home where a chore list greeted them. Dirty looks, choruses “but it’s vacation” and a gang up against Mom took place. “I shouldn’t have to do chores on vacation” they retorted. They should know by now. Mom always wins. Period. They did do their chores so quickly that I rewarded them with a trip to the skating rink. They each got to invite a friend too. Wii man fell asleep at 7:30 on the couch after a day of football, soccer, running, skating and chores.

Day 4: Thursday

Rainy day should be synonymous with “oh crap” for a mother. Plans change, no outdoor activities, and no matter how many times I turn the television off and try to direct them to something else, it seems to just get turned back on. The baby is cranky–she can’t go outside either. The dogs sit by the backdoor pleading to be let out of the rain. I look at them with pleading eyes too while holding a sobbing baby with two children (and one of their friends) following me around asking what they could do. B-O-R-E-D is the most used word of the day and could start it’s own trend on Twitter.

Day 5: Friday

If I hear one more “I’m bored, what can I DO?” I’m going to cry. I’ve suggested Legos, cars, dance, writing, reading, drawing, boredom buster books (really 101 suggestions and you can’t find even one?), even television. None of them worked. I am fresh out of ideas, sick of cranky baby and about ready to hand the dogs the leashes to let them walk themselves. Monday, hurry!!! And to top it off, I still have three hardboiled eggs left. Oh stomach, please don’t fail me! I’m having trouble looking at them anymore! But I am GOING to finish these eggs.

Oh yeah, you’re probably wondering how squash fits in to spring break, right? Me too. It doesn’t. We just ate it this week and I thought I’d share. I usually make up a big spaghetti squash and use it in place of noodles for spaghetti and also for a few sides. Like this one. Even though I absolutely LOVE butter on my spaghetti squash, I keep it healthy by omitting it and upping the herb flavor. We hope that you have a happy and healthy spring break!

Parmesan Herb Spaghetti Squash

2 cups cooked spaghetti squash

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 tsp sage

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic

In a large bowl, mix together the spaghetti squash, sage, basil and garlic. Scoop 1/2 cup into each individual serving bowl and top with several tablespoons of parmesan cheese. If needed, feel free to add more herbs into the squash mixture until you get the flavor you like.

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