Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Playing Hookey

I have absolutely no excuse. The kids have been on winter break for 2 weeks and we have done nothing but hang out together at home. We have stayed in our jammies, eaten more snacks and fewer meals, and in general have been lazy. They have played with the neighbors, skipped naps and stayed up late. Its been heaven, for all of us.

But Monday marked back-to-school for the boys. They were almost an hour late the first two days. It was hard to get back into the routine. Then they were so cranky and tired when they got home from school. Sure, it was nice shopping with only 2 kids instead of 4, but they were so worn out at the end of the day. They missed each other too. Lainy Ann would mope all day and Connor wanted nothing more than to play outside with everyone when he got home from school.

Last night the kids received the last of their Christmas gifts from grandma. They had little time to play with the toys last night before bedtime. So first thing this morning they were shooting nerf guns and playing cars. And we were late for school again. But they were playing so nicely. Connor even said "Do I have to go to school today?" Its only kindergarten and preschool. So I made a deal with them. If all of them promised to rest (watch a movie) so mommy could rest then they could stay home.

They played outside all morning with the nerf guns. There are quite a few 'bullets' on my roof now. Even Alexander got into the act and was running around outside playing and swinging on the seesaw swing. We put batteries in toys. Everyone took a turn with the new remote controlled car and Chinese yo-yo. We played a crossword game on the DS, sent email thank you notes, and cuddled on the couch. I feel only slightly guilty since I didn't want to deal with the fight to get everyone to school this morning. But how much longer will they be little?

I have decided to go play with our visiting cousins this afternoon, just to overcome the guilt.

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