There’s no school this week. I am not working this week. And Hubs is extremely busy at his own job right now and basically nonexistent.
This means that a few weeks ago I was confronted with the fact that I would soon be home alone for five days with two little girls who were guaranteed to drive me batty by 9:23am on the first day of vacation.
Oh, and I double-panicked when I realized that all the lovely school vacation events I researched in the local cities and towns were a) wicked expensive, b) too old for one or both of my girls, or c) so far away that by the time we got there, parked, and got our tickets, my girls would melt down and need to go home.
And have I mentioned they are not exactly easy-peasy, roll-with-it kids?
Therefore, I felt an urgent need to develop a plan of attack. I intend to not only survive this week, but maybe even have some fun. Which means I needed to 1) have some activities planned, 2) bring in reinforcements, and 3) buy a lot of wine.
So, my friends, here is how I plan to survive school vacation week:
1. First priority: Reinforcements. I called my mom and begged her to come visit for as long as possible. She is arriving in 3 hours and 31 minutes and staying for a few days. THANK GOD.
2. Bribes. I am going to strategically bring out some of the way-too-many Christmas toys the girls received and I stashed away. When boredom strikes: Voila! A shiny new toy that I didn’t buy but can take credit for!
3. Playdates. For today I planned a playdate with friends we don’t get to see too much anymore. The moms had coffee and the kids left us alone and played. Ah, heaven. I know having a playdate doesn’t sound like an out-of-the-ordinary idea, but we don’t have playdates that often anymore, so this was a real treat. Man, I miss playdates.
4. New crafts and baking. I have been cruising Pinterest for fun craft ideas and we’ll do a new one just about every day. One day it was button letter art. Another day it’ll be homemade play dough. And another day we’ll bake cupcakes. Because I don’t need much of an excuse to make cupcakes.
5. Retail therapy. We are going to bargain shop and go to out to lunch. Maybe twice. Grandma likes to shop for her girls and take them to restaurants, and I am not complaining. Or resisting. Did someone say Cheesecake Factory?
6. Get away from each other. We are still going to have rest time every single day. Even when my mom is here, the girls will need a break, grandma will need to nap, and I’ll need to be away from all the other females in this house for at least an hour in the afternoon. Too much estrogen in a concentrated amount of time makes me cranky. And anyway, mama needs her daily dose of internet.
7. Movie nights. A full-length movie is usually a once a week event around here. But this week? I’m debuting a new movie most nights starting at 4pm, just when we are all beginning to melt. I found there are a lot of on-demand kid movies that are really cheap. The girls discovered the joy of Alice in Wonderland tonight. I discovered the joy of a lovely rosé.
It’s Monday night. One day down. So far, so good!
How are you surviving this school vacation week?