Spring Break in Chattanooga

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Cricket’s lunch box is empty.”

Well, that’s not exactly the text you want to receive from your preschooler’s teacher.

I have to laugh when I think about it, though, because it perfectly sums up our re-entry to school post-Spring Break. I had accidentally grabbed an empty lunch box off the counter, and by the time I received the text, there was nothing I could do about it as I stared at Cricket’s untouched lunch box on the kitchen island. So she ate leftover Goldfish and applesauce for lunch (and survived). Truthfully that’s about where we are in these in-between, wishy-washy last few weeks of school life — eating makeshift meals and wishing our mom had remembered our lunch, figuratively and literally.

Needless to say that the forgotten lunch was the start of a rough week or two spent getting back to a routine after Spring Break. There have been a lot of moans and groans, snooze buttons hit, dreaded deadlines rushed toward (and forgotten lunches). Ryan traveled for a week and a half starting mid-break, leaving us girls to survive solo parenting at home. To maintain my sanity, I began gazing longingly at that lovely little season we call summer while simultaneously spinning my wheels trying to get there. Why did I schedule so many obligations between now and then? I blame overconfidence. And caffeine. It makes me feel invincible. ;)

So, in an effort to ground myself in April and not June, here’s a quick look at our mini-vacay to Chattanooga over Spring Break — a two-day jaunt as a full family of four filled with lots of ice cream and underground waterfalls and princesses in a city made of rocks. Sigh. Can we just go back to that responsibility-less escape from reality?

All hail the loooong weeks between Spring Break and summer vacation. May we all just simply survive them.

Ruby Falls

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Clumpie’s Ice Cream

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Rock City’s Fairytale Nights

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Continental Breakfast (haha!) and Swimming at the Hotel

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Chattanooga’s Children’s Museum

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The Incline Railway

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One Last Clumpie’s Cone (for the road)

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