Last year, I started a tradition called Skip Days. One day every May, I will surprise my kids and take them out of school early just to do something fun with them. I take the kiddos one on one and they pick our day. They’ve been planning these days since about Christmas break, so they were super pumped when I showed up at school and surprised them. When the little two are in kindergarten, I’ll start this tradition with them too.
In a perfect world, we’ll do this through their senior year in high school 😉 . I know that might not be possible, but I’m going to try and keep it up as long as I can. This has turned into very special days for us, and it’s something they talk about all year long! I always make sure and clear it with their teachers and I pick days and times that work best with their schedules (for instance, Smith missed recess, lunch and PE) because I don’t want to interrupt anything they can’t miss.
So, a few weeks ago, I surprised Kensington for her skip day first. When I dropped her off that morning, she had no clue. Last year, she had wanted to visit the American Girl store, but this year, she wanted to eat lunch with Lovie and shop for summer clothes. What?! What happened to the baby who wanted to see the dolls????? Smith was like “she’s going to buy you swimsuits whether you’re with her or not, so you should do something else”. That kid is so funny! #andright But despite that, she really wanted to do a little shopping with Lovie and me, so that was her Skip Day!
I picked her up for lunch and look who surprised us…
Papa Jay! He met us for lunch before heading back to work. Kensington said she wanted Madeley to be with us on this day (Ashby was at school) because she never just hangs out with Madeley…so she tagged along as well. (Smith said he didn’t want any sisters around on his skip day!).
After lunch, we picked up a few summer essentials like a hat 🙂 .
Madeley had no fun whatsoever.
We also stopped for a Starbucks treat too!
It was such a special time with my biggest girl. She picked the music on the way there (Les Miserables and Thoroughly Modern Millie), we talked and talked and talked in the car, she got a few new things to wear this summer, enjoyed her lunch and Starbucks and then we headed back to pick up Smith after school. She said it was the perfect Skip Day!
So, then last Monday, I surprised Smith.
Here is what Smith wanted to do: eat pizza, swim and eat chocolate cake.
I mean…that does sound like the perfect day, right?!
We’re so pumped to be heading outside to swim!!
Both Ashby and Madeley were home on this day, so Andrew worked from home and hung out with them while we swam outside. (Remember, no sisters allowed!)
Love this boy of mine!
He was pumped!!
We were having such a good time…
…until we saw a snake in the pool!!!!!!!!!!!
Good thing Andrew was home!
That farm boy has no problem getting a snake out of the pool. Eeeeeeeeeeeeks!
Ah! We resumed out snake-free fun right away!
Smith had been seeing commercials for Domino’s New York Style Pizza, so that’s what he wanted to order. He was a fan :).
After pizza, I had a popsicle and he had…
It was the perfect Skip Day!
As a mama to four, I’m always looking for ways to spend one on one time with each kiddo. I love them each oh so much and know how important it is to have that time together. These Skip Days are something that we’ll never forget 🙂 .