Yesterday was our girls’ last day of their holiday break and freedom from rulers and homework. This morning, they had to return to their classrooms. I didn’t see them as I was asleep when they left, but I just saw my husband as he returned from driving them to school … and I’m sure they’re just as tired as he is! What a hard adjustment to make.
I’d like to say we did something fun and exciting for them, while they were on break. But, that’s not the case. They really had no desire to do anything except play with their Christmas goodies and chase each other around the house. All of us have had miserable colds & allergies, so most of the time, we sat around and watched each other blow our noses!
I did get to sew with DD#2 this week. And yesterday, DD#1 decided she wanted to make cookies with an old cookie press that I had, so she whipped up a batch of Spritz cookies in the shapes of dogs, stars and camels. That was fun for her and I was very enlightened to see that she stuck with the process, start to finish.
Well, almost finish – she didn’t wash up the dishes!
My husband also spent time trying to organize our closet. We have a huge master bedroom closet that has become the catch-all for all things that have no other home in our new house. Mostly, it’s boxes of treasures. Like his 40 years of collecting Boy Scout things. Or our wedding cake topper. Things like that. I went to the house on Monday to find the entire living room and our bedroom full of boxes – he moved everything out and then was going through them and putting back what needed to be put back.
Yesterday, he’d uncovered all of our Christmas boxes and was giving me orders as to how he wanted them re-packed and rearranged so that he could fit them all in our closet instead of some here, some there, some everywhere. A number of the music boxes that the kids have received over the years are snow globes. When we were in Utah, we experienced our own stupidity the first Christmas by finding frozen & broken globes as we’d stored the Christmas boxes in an outside shed. So, since failure is a good teacher – we learned that the boxes really need to be in the house or in a heated storage space. Which will now be our closet.
So, on the kids’ last night of freedom – we took down the Christmas decorations! I think they had as much fun reminiscing about the ornaments and music boxes as they did when we put everything up. Once the kids and I had dismantled and re-boxed as much as we could, JD stepped in and re-packed everything in uniformly-shaped boxes so that he could get them in our closet.
And except for about a dozen boxes that we emptied out, I have my living room back! I told him that I didn’t get too overly anxious about putting everything away this year. Usually, the day after Christmas, I’m rearing to go to de-clutter the holiday mess. But, we’ve never had a living room as big as we have now, so it really wasn’t an issue for me this year. We have a lot of space compared to what we’ve had in the past – and that sure helps this mom!
So, today, the girls have returned to learning from the books. And the manly man is down in the house with his dad, working on their homeschooling. It’s a good feeling, this getting back to normal again.
Let me share one last 2007 holiday photo with you, and then, we’ll move on to bigger and better in 2008!