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What are Your Plans for Spring Break?

Schools are closed for spring recess this week, and lots of parents share their plans with Patch.

and campuses are closed all this week for spring recess. That means many parents and children are out of town, or heading out, for family vacations.

On Monday, we heard from Los Gatos dad, Eric Harrison, and his son, Mathew Harrison, 6, a first-grader in Erin Shumm's class at Louise Van Meter Elementary School. We also interviewed parents, Christine and Terence Throm, whose son, Alex, attends Union Middle School and daughter, Elizabeth, attends .

On Tuesday, we spoke to Los Gatos resident, Shannon Thomas, who plans to take her niece, Talia, 10, to the library and local parks, and dad, Paul Todd, and his daughters, Millie, 8, and Cecily, 5, who were getting ready to go ski at Lake Tahoe. 

Wednesday, we feature mom, Tina Phan, and her son, Jeffrey Suzuki, 12, a student at Raymond J. Fisher Middle School, and Campbell residents, Laura and 5-year-old Max Reese. Jeffrey said he will study and then have fun locally. His mother said the family will stay in town for the break, because an older son has volleyball practice.

And Max? After a heavy episode of laughter, he finally told us what he was doing with a two-word answer—"doing babies." Mom clarified that the family would be staying home, "talking about babies" over the break. 

On Thursday we chatted with Priscilla Vodden and goddaughter Sophia Gordon, 11, a student at Fisher. We also talk to Marianne Zuhorski. Gordon is having a party during the break and visiting her grandfather's farm. Zuhorski, husband Paul, and children Fracesca, 4, and Luca, 2, are traveling to their home in Lake Tahoe and taking art classes.

Today we meet Ekta Gunsagar and daughters Krisaana, 5, and Aryka, 3. They're going on a Mediterranean cruise. We also hear from Petra Gross and son Mathew, 5, and Lauren, 7. Gross has to work so they're staying in town and Robin Quesada, and son Henry Quesada, 12, plan to go to , Lake Tahoe and swimming with dad.

MichaelJ April 11, 2011 at 03:16 PM
For years I never planned ahead to take time off when the kids where out on Spring break. I have learned my lesson and now I take time to plan a trip every time they have a week off from school ( which seems to be a lot more often than when I was a kid). It does not matter if we take off for the day or a few days. It is nice to see something different and spend time together. It feels good to unplug from video games and TV. We are lucky we have some awesome destinations right here so close to home. And it does not have to be expensive either. Go fly a kite at the beach, ride bikes on the trail or go for a hike in the mountains.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) April 11, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Great suggestions! I'm missing my family as I reply to you. Everyone left Sunday leaving mom since I have to work. Daughters are camp counselors in the Santa Cruz Mountains and dad and son are at Lego Land! Happy spring break!
Kim Ratcliff April 14, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Great interview, Sheila! Sophia is our neighbor and Saxon was invited to her “random party” during spring break. Guests were encouraged to dress in crazy, random clothing. Saxon wore Bob Marley pants, a feather boa, striped sweater and Dad's work shoes. He had a great time and even won the $5 prize! Thanks, Sophia.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) April 14, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Thank you, Kim. That's so cool that Saxon knows Sophia. She's a darling girl and her dog Stanley is so cute. :) Hope you're having a great spring break!

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