|At the Movies|
You would think with an 11 day holiday vacation I'd be posting on the blog daily. Obviously that wasn't the case. Why you ask? One word answer: kids!
Eleven days, all spent from morning til night with my little bundles of joy. Eleven days, that felt like eleven months. Make that eleven years. Make that.... well you get my point. Don't get me wrong, I truly appreciate every single second that I have to spend with my boys. I've even convinced myself that I appreciate the seconds when they are screaming their lungs out while kicking and rolling on the floor. But eleven days contain a lot of seconds, and although I still appreciate every one of them, I must say, it was a bit overwhelming.
I did however, learn quite a few helpful lessons during this "vacation" that I can carry forward for future "seconds." Here I'll share just a few, for any of you other moms not quite accustomed to the SAHM lifestyle:
1. Never take a two year old to the movies. Thinking my four year old would enjoy Monsters Inc. and the two year old would sit quietly and eat popcorn, I made this attempt. Bad f'ing idea! The two year old was all over the place. Not just in our theater, but every other theater in the joint. One highlight though, as he mingled from room to room I was able to get a preview of almost every blockbuster of the season!
2. Make sure to have double the amount of groceries needed stocked and ready to go in your kitchen before "vacation" time starts. God forbid you have to go to the store with the little ones. I went four times during the eleven days and am convinced I have four new wrinkles on my face. One for each visit.
3. Allowing children to color themselves with washable marker can be a nice alternative to drowning shots of vodka. When I had finally hit my breaking point last Friday it led to this:
I didn't care, they could do whatever they wanted, as long as they were QUIET. The time it took them to create this mess may well have been my happiest moments of the entire vacation.
4. Don't take your eyes off your kids for a second when visiting Whole Foods. While searching for an overly priced bread for Christmas morning my two devils were able to sneak behind me a grab one of EVERYTHING from the conveniently located sweets table. Yes, the thought to put every one of them back, germs and all, did cross my mind, but I imagined the scorn in which I would face from other shoppers wasn't worth the expense of a dozen sweets.
5. Having relatives around for the holidays isn't such a bad idea after all. I certainly could have used the help!
Happy New Year everyone!