Usually, if I'm alone with the kids for 2 days, I'm burnt toast. But this week we had lots of fun play dates and parties to attend so the kids and I had lots of good breathing space away from each other.
This is something I never realized until I had kids - interacting with them too much is a BIG problem. It never occurred to me that being with a 3 year old for more than 5 hours a day would make me loose my mind - until I did.
Because their attention span is like a gnat's.
Because they can't do a single thing for themselves.
Because they are prone to melting down (when hungry, when tired, when over-stimulated, when under-stimulated, when told 'no', as in, no you can't run around with a knife, no you can't eat candy for breakfast, no you can't go outside without pants, etc.)
Because their idea of fun is mind-numbingly boring to an adult.
Because, I've been told, they ask 386 questions a day on average.
|This guy - like so many things in life - only good in moderation|
So instead of getting annoyed at each other, we did the following:
Took walks when it wasn't raining. There's nothing more therapeutic for kids (and probably adults) than to be in the great outdoors.
|Judah is inspired to take a photo on the edge of glory|
Ran errands whilst looking like weirdos and freaking out checkout cashiers.
|The Trader Bros strike again|
Had some great play dates at friend's homes. This one in particular had some epic hot chocolate marshmallows.
|Never so thankful for friends as on Thanksgiving break!|
Had some great cousin time. Is it just me, or do all cousins get along terrifically because...you know...DNA?
|Happy goofiness, it's in our genes|
And of course, decorated for Christmas - the most wonderful time of year...
But something I'm totally dreading as the kids both have 2.5 weeks off school. O Lord have mercy.