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Spring break is upon us. Spring break didn’t mean a whole lot back when all the kids were homeschooled. Now? It means a change in structure, routine, adjusting to What Do I Do All Day Without the Structure of School. It’s usually a bit rough on everyone. I’ve been a mom for twenty years and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way.
I decided to sit back and just enjoy my kids being home. I have been enjoying the fact that I don’t have to worry about school assignments or their education. I can sit back and just enjoy my kids. I just be mom, not teacher.
Day 1: Monday we hung out around the house. I did a ton on laundry. I got as caught up as you can be in a large family. The kids played and watched movies, relishing their freedom. I hung new light-blocking curtains in the boys’ room and hung some posters. Tilly took the kids to the library to stock up for the week on new books. We had ham and mashed potatoes for dinner. I made yogurt in the Instant Pot (you can watch our review here). It was good day.
Day 2: I accomplished nothing on my to-do list. I didn’t even worry about it. I determined to be present with my children. We played together. I pulled out the LEGO Friends Heartlake Mall that I recently got for a steal of a deal ($54 at Walmart). The kids worked together to build the set then played with it. They watched movies and played video games. I made pizza for lunch, since I had only six kids home and I could get away with just one batch of dough. We narrowly avoided a violent outburst when I dared to tell a child he could not have a PBJ ten minutes before dinner. And by narrowly avoided, I mean, I let him make the sandwich and he hid in his bedroom for the rest of the night.*
Day 3: Kids woke up and lounged on the couch reading books. Avi immediately began playing with the Heartlake Mall. I made coffee and blended it with heavy cream, passing it out to anyone who was interested (several were). A certain child came up stairs, took one look at the kids playing quietly with the LEGO set and began grabbing pieces; some right out of their hands. When the kids began to object to him grabbing pieces (and purposely knocking down their creations) he got mad. He kicked over another child’s LEGO bins. He took pieces and ran downstairs to hide. He came up and took more pieces. He knocked over a chair. He destroyed more creations.
Our only saving grace was the kids themselves who came up with a solution. They took the instructions and retreated to the girls’ room to make the Heartlake Mall with pieces from their own sets. The angry child sat down and played LEGO himself, having “won” this round.
Once everyone was safe and calm, I started making phone calls. I am dealing with the most ridiculously infuriating insurance/medical situation right now. It is unreal, but I am waiting until it resolves to mention it publicly. Then mention it, I will.
My blood pressure is skyrocketing due to adrenaline caused by a raging child and unyielding bureaucracy that always seems to win. Oh, and long phones waits, transfers and “can you hold a minutes”.
My Let Things Go and Just Be Present With the Kids, Enjoying Spring Break, philosophy only goes so far. Like in my imagination.
On the (literal) bright side, the sun is beginning to peak through and it is supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow and the next day.
Tomorrow is another day. Am I right?
* if you consider me a bad parent for “giving in” and think I am contributing to the problem, you are welcome to come visit and coach me…or better yet, call Super Nanny.