Time again to answer Joyce’s questions for Wedneday Hodgepodge.
1. We’re in to a season students call ‘spring break’. Did you/your family travel over spring breaks when you were growing up? Tell us something about a ‘spring break’ you remember (from childhood or adulthood, either one).
Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s we always had Easter break. I forget when it was changed to Spring break. I’m not sure if we had the full week leading up to Easter off or starting on Good Friday for a full week. My family did not travel over Easter holidays. My mother was too busy baking Kulich (Russian Easter Bread) and making Seernaya Paska and sewing Easter dresses to go off galavanting. 🙂 We would fast on Good Friday and then attend a Good Friday evening service and when the service was over we would break our fast together with a meal at church. On Easter Sunday we would all dress up in our Easter finery and celebrate Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and come home to a luncheon of Lamb with colored Easter eggs and of course the delicious Russian Easter Bread for dessert.
In 1997 I had an epic road trip during our kids’ ‘Spring Break’ to Southern California. Dear was working but our two sons and daughter, our oldest son’s girlfriend (whom he married in 2001) and our middle son’s best friend, joined me as we traveled down I-5 with stops in Yuba City (at Dear’s mom’s condo) and then to our destination in Yorba Linda at my Mom and Pop’s home. Our oldest son was accepted to Westmont College in Montecito (Santa Barbara) and would be attending there come August so we made a trip there on one of our days. We had beach days, cousin days, a Disneyland day and Baba and Dzeda days before we headed home stopping in Clovis (at my cousin’s home), and Yuba city to have one more visit with Gommy (Dear’s mom). That stop and visit on April 18th/19th was the last time we would have with Gommy as she died on May 6th of that year, unexpectedly. Collages at the end of this post are from this epic road trip to Southern California. The photo at the top of the post was from this road trip, too.
3. March 7th is National Cereal Day…are you a fan? What’s your favorite? If not cereal what’s your favorite breakfast? Your typical breakfast?
I do enjoy breakfast cereals like Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats and Granola. My favorite breakfast is our family traditional meal of Swedish Pancakes and little smokies because we are all sitting around the table enjoying that breakfast together. If we eat breakfast at a restaurant I enjoy Eggs Benedict.
A typical breakfast would be high fiber cereal with blueberries or toast with avocado.
4. Break ground, break of dawn, break down, break the bank, break one’s stride, break the ice, break a law, break a habit, break bread…choose one of the idioms listed and tell us how it applies to your life currently.
I’m in the throws of trying to break the habit of going up on the scale after I’ve gone down on the scale. So far so good. The up and down and up again has been a yearly habit so it would be nice to break that cycle this year and stay on the low end.
5. Where do you go to connect with friends and family? What do you like to do most when you’re home alone?
Because of our moves later in life I’m disconnected from my longer established friendships. We’ve been in our current country location for 4 years and we are establishing new friends. We go to church to connect with friends. We connect with family and friends in our home or in their homes. I’m thankful for friends and family that come visit and stay overnight. Also thankful for trips to see friends and family.
I’m a list maker so when I’m at home alone I like to tick off my list. I like to have at least one day a week where my calendar has nothing on it and I can wile away the morning in my jammies and robe.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
March is my birthday month and this part of our state is not ideal for travel on my birthday, usually. We are re-thinking a night away and postponing that to the beginning of May, Lord willing. We’ll check the weather and try to get down to Spokane for a nicer meal than we would get in Colville on my birthday but time will tell. We also want to get to Spokane to see ‘Jesus Revolution’ while it is still in theaters. Growing up in Southern California we had experience with the Jesus People at Calvary Chapel (the original one) and want to see how it’s been portrayed in this film. Have any of you seen the movie?
April 12th we traveled in a rented van from Bothell to Yorba Linda. We made a rest stop to kick the soccer ball around. If I remember correctly we stopped in Yuba City for an overnight (or maybe that was an overnight on the way home) before we made it to Yorba Linda. Cousins came to visit us at Baba and Dzeda’s house on the 13th. On the 14th we headed to the Huntington Beach where our rented van broke down. I worked on getting that remedied while the kids enjoyed the beach.
On the 15th we drove to Santa Barbara (Montecito) and visited Debbee (cousin/niece) and to check out the campus that Josh would be attending.
On the 16th we had more cousin time playing card games.
On the 17th we had a Disneyland day with my sister and a cousin Melissa.
On the 18th we hit the road with stops planned in Clovis to visit cousins and then in Yuba City to see Gommy again.
12 thoughts on “I Still Call It Easter Break Hodgepodge”
Lovely memories and I am glad you are still creating new ones!
I haven’t seen the Jesus Revolution yet but several of our friends have and they seemed to enjoy it.
…Ellen, you sure have a bunch of family pictures!
I haven’t see that movie yet either, but I would sure like to. If you see it, let us know what you think of it. Such sweet family memories and photos. Have a great day.
Hi, I have not seen the movie. Please share your thoughts about it if you do see it.
I enjoyed your family photos and taking a trip down memory lane with you.
Happy Birthday Month!!! 🙂
You’re right, we had Easter break but we never went anywhere. Your mother’s baking looks delicious and beautiful. Yes, the scale drives me crazy too. Enjoyed reading your random thought and the photos are wonderful.
That Easter food looks and sounds so yummy! We’re disconnected from our long time friends here as well, and trying to get connected with new people can be hard. Happy Birthday and I hope you have a great week!
Raison Bran is one of the cereals I eat too. I do eat Cocoa Pebbles too though. 🙂
I’ve never been on a Easter Break or a Spring Break. When I went to school we just had off Good Friday.
Don’t even remember the last time I went to the movies!!!
I imagine it is called spring break now because not everyone celebrates Easter and it’s not always around Easter time!
Ellen – enjoy your birthday when it arrives, and I do hope you can arrange a little get-away. I used to eat Frosted Mini Wheats all the time – I might ask Hubby to get some for a walk down memory lane. I loved the 1997 pictures. Pre-digital photography – the pictures have this light/quality that is so distinct. And the hair-dos!!!
Your Hode Podges are always so interesting and loved all the photos too. Thanks Ellen! Happy birthday in advance 🙂
I absolutely loved the movie and was truly moved. I thought they did a great job portraying the movement, and the acting and script are excellent, not cheesy at all which is how I would describe so many movies that fall under the faith category. I think better movies are being made in that arena now. Happy birthday month! I like mine to last more than a day lol.