We opened our AHOP Restaurant--which bears a close resemblance to another restaurant with a similar name. We had pancakes and sausage for breakfast--some of the best pancakes I've ever eaten! I tried a new mix, an all-natural multi-grain pancake mix. There were nutty grains throughout the pancakes and the texture was wonderful! I will definitely be making these again.
After our late breakfast and clean-up we all got ready to go to the movie theater to see Karate Kid. Ben and Luci's karate instructor has been encouraging all of her students to see this movie and it didn't disappoint! It was very well done. In case you didn't know, the movie not only starred a member of actor Will Smith's family (his son Jaden Smith) but was also produced by two members of the Smith family: Will and his wife Jada were two of the producers of this movie.
We had a little time to relax after the movie, and then it was time for Ben and Luci to go to karate class. We kept this in our staycation because Luci is going to be testing for her first stripe on her belt this Friday and she doesn't need to miss any classes before then.
In keeping with the oriental theme of the day--a movie set in China followed by karate class--we had an oriental themed dinner. Our restaurant, The Oriental Palace, served grilled sesame chicken, fried rice, chinese broccoli, and egg rolls (I cheated a little, egg rolls were take-out).
After dinner we watched a couple of movies we'd rented from one of the Blockbuster kiosks, Bridge to Terabithia and Extraordinary Measures. Both were good movies, although I wasn't expecting the sad part in Bridge to Terabithia.
I don't have a lot of pictures today. Movie theaters aren't particularly photography friendly. Karate class is so routine for us that I didn't think of taking my camera.
Ok, now here's me being honest:
What I've learned about staycations so far is that it is really difficult to eliminate the normal flow of a household . One of the flaws in this staycation is that my kids still fight over the same spot on the sofa, they still argue about who will brush their teeth first, and they still annoy each other with the same intensity. I still see homeschool planning/organizing I need to be doing, I still read the mail and stress over the finances, and wish I'd had my carpet cleaned. And I most definitely still have to clean up after and take care of our 4 1/2 week old puppies several times a day. It is just not possible to completely escape if you don't really escape.
Don't get me wrong...we have been having fun. We've done fun things together this week, laughed a lot, and spent time together--which was the goal. I have enjoyed having my husband home with us instead of kissing him good bye every day as he goes to work. That alone makes it worthwhile.