Spring Break State of Mind

We are wrapping up Spring Break here at McNally Manor – tomorrow morning the alarm gets set and the lunches get packed.

I didn’t actually take any time off from work this time around, but thanks to a flexible schedule and free wifi, we were able to fit in some fun (and at least a change of scenery for me).

High points included a quick trip to Trader’s Point (no, your school age kids really aren’t too big, honest), where the kids and friends climbed all over every thing and played some basketball, while I worked in their snack room with the free wifi.

We also made a trip north to celebrate a nephew’s birthday, and visit my grandma who’s hanging in there at 103.5. I heard some more great stories, including one where “Doris and I met these guys on the boat – we decided to go with them instead of where we were supposed to go…we would have gotten away with it had my cousin not told her mother who told my father.” Pure gold, I tell you. We also had a quickover night, complete with hotel swimming pool.

Big kids are awesome for many reasons, and one of those reasons is they can swim for HOURS. What I noticed this time is that while they continued to have jumping contests and hold your breath contests, they were also really swimming, not just dog-paddling everywhere. More on that later.

This week we also went to the library (computers for them, free wifi for me), got some RedBox rentals, hit a new-to-us YMCA, and the noon time free swim at Goldfish with friends.

Yesterday we visited the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, which was really interesting. I had no idea so many people try to keep big cats as pets, or operate “roadside zoos” or whatever. The kids loved it, and want to go back for one of the special events they hold throughout the year.  The tour was enjoyable and educational, and held everyone’s attention for the full hour +. Definitely worth the trip.



Today we finish up break with a recess from Sunday School,  but we attended our regular swim class/team practice. The fox LEVELED UP to Pro today! I am so proud of him – he’s been at the Star level for weeks (maybe months), and working hard on his dolphin kick and 4 min continuous swim. Today he NAILED it. He was beaming from ear to ear, and might have been gloating just a little when he told MaM he was going to catch her (he’s one level below her now- swim team is so close he can taste it).

And that’s a wrap on Spring Break 2017. Not the most exciting, but it was a good break in the routine, and my kids are one step closer to growing gills. I’ll take it.

If you’re thinking summer like I am, and you’re thinking your kids could use a swim refresher, check out Goldfish Swim School’s Jump Start clinics. They will be held between now and the beginning of summer, and will help get your swimmer pool-ready! 



My Own Real Life Circus

Saturday morning we loaded up the gang and headed out to a before-hours preview of Circus Starring YOU at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Aren’t your kids kind of old for that? Nope. Not at all. It’s funny, each time we go, the museum seems to grow with my kids.

Circus starring YOU is a big-top adventure like I’ve never seen. The whole exhibit has the feel of a big top, and there are, as you may have guess, three rings of activities. There’s plenty for the littles to enjoy, but my bigs had a GREAT time. I loved watching them play and explore and try new things. BgK and I may have tried a few things too. There may also be photographic evidence that we broke part of the exhibit.


There’s virtual reality tight-rope walking, juggling tutorials, a cannonball prop, Roman ladders (so fun), and ARIEL RINGS. Oh the ariel rings. We spent a lot of time there, trying out moves.

This exhibit is here through Thanksgiving weekend, 2017- you won’t want to miss it.

Next Up: Swim Team

As I suspected after one lesson at Goldfish Swim School, MaM had a swim team in her future. After the second lesson, she was officially scheduled on the Goldfish Rec team.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…such an important life lesson.

Where do kids go after they’ve mastered the techniques taught in traditional swim lessons? At Goldfish, they can join their rec swim team immediately. The rec team practices once a week for an hour, and the practice includes conditioning, technique and time for fun.

Two weeks into her swim team experience, MaM was able to participate in a quarterly swim meet. Swim meets are achance for kids to show off their speed and cheer on their friends. Our first meet had about 70 kids, each competing in three events.  Kids swam in groups of 2-3, and ribbons were awarded for each heat (so everyone got a ribbon for every event). It was fun to see the kids swim their hearts out, and MaM really enjoyed herself. Pizza is also included in the event, which made the event even better. The swim meet experience prepares swimmers for a more competitive atmosphere, and is a great way for kids who enjoy summer swim clubs to keep developing their skills during the winter months.

Third in freestyle, second in backstroke, first in breaststroke!


The Goldfish Swim team is open to swimmers who have progressed past the Pro-Level and are between the ages of 5 and 12. If you child is a competent swimmer, this program will continue to refine her skills and take her technique to the next level!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us this winter to build my summer swimmers over this winter in exchange for my honest review of their programs!