But yet again, my faithful readers came through for me. You didn't judge or criticize. You didn't call me ungrateful and, thankfully, you didn't show up on my doorstep with the authorities. In fact, you did just as I had hoped- You understood and you laughed.
We all agree there is a sense of freedom that comes from the suspension of carpools, packing lunches and homework. However, the complete lack of a schedule can also be quite jarring. Research shows that kids thrive with structure. I'm willing to bet that if the research was expanded to include mothers it would yield the following results:
Today, however, I have even more good news. Not only are you not alone in your insanity but you, my friends, have made it! Today is Friday- the last official day of Christmas Break. Personally, I don't need a calendar to tell me I've made it because I have...
7 Signs That I Have Made it to the End of Christmas Break
1. The kitchen cabinets are complete devoid of every cup, bowl, plate, fork and spoon because my children can not use anything twice and if I have to wash one more item I'm going to scream.
2. You have no memory of your living room flooring because you haven't seen it in weeks due to the thick layer of Legos, Rainbow Loom rubber bands, pillows and blankets.
3. Your body resembles that of a woolly mammoth because the idea of going to a waxing appointment with your children in tow brings to mind hours and hours of future therapy appointments and answering questions about items like this...
|I did not find this picture on Google.|
They actually sell this item at the waxing place.
Try explaining THESE to your young boys.
4. You've grown so tired of making meals and snacks that you say yes to chips at 10 a.m., consider apple flavored lollipops a fruit and organize your daily errands around mealtimes so you just "accidentally" find yourself near a restaurant or the snack bar in Target.
5. You realize you actually miss doing the laundry because your children have spent 90% of their Christmas Break in their underwear.
6. Quiet days with the dog and the Roomba sound like a dream come true.
|Of course my Roomba knows how to have a good time, so who could blame me?|
Have your appliances made it to 2nd base?
7. When sitting at your computer "working" you are actually researching Summer Camps.
*Do you think a 6 week sleep away camp is too much? Me neither.*
I wish I could say I was one of those "fun, fly by the seat of her pants" kind of moms. I think I'd be more accurately labeled "Fun With a Plan Mom." My kids are certainly no worse for the wear- I think. And they've had a great Christmas Break- I hope. And I'm pretty sure my tentative grip on sanity will return by noon on Monday- I pray.
We've done lots of great things over vacation- trips to the beach, indoor Go Kart racing, crafts, movies, hiking, etc. But these 384 hours have not been all gingerbread houses and pillow forts. I think most of you can relate.
I'm pretty sure I'll be complaining about making lunches and practicing math facts in a matter of days but I can guarantee that the moment I start longing for Easter Break, someone will give me a well-placed smack in the back of the head.
I can see the light at the end of the long, dark Christmas Break tunnel!
That's just my normal.