Wednesday, June 27, 2007

SUMMER SHACKLES


Ah ... the beginning of summer vacation. My kids are officially in my care and control 100%/24-7 - for the next 70 days. Here that metallic clink in the background? That would be the sound of my summer shackles. My official summer imprisonment has begun. I'm not talking lame-ass Paris Hilton-esqe imprisonment (who catwalk struts out of jail for pete's sakes?) I'm going to be doing some hard time over the next few months.

Now I know what you are thinking... you should be happy to be able to spend all this wonderful, bonding, quality time with your daughters. Okay get with the program will ya? FACT: I'm used to having my afternoons low-maintenance. Karis naps, and I get two glorious hours to myself!! Now I get nothing - nada!! My low-maintenance has now become high-maintenance because I now have to entertain Kierra (who, by the way, isn't always a dream to entertain). I have Jenna and Karis fighting like cats and dogs every other minute. I won't get to take my leisure afternoons walks anymore (because my kids can't walk the pace I want to go or the distance). There will be no break for my sanity until September. As I write, Kierra has already destroyed two crayons (written on my coffee table - good thing they are washable) and has been digging through my fridge. Commence hair ripping.

I think the big problem is I've been spoiled by my leisure time. The last five years of motherhood have been hectic to say the least. Having three kids in a year and a half - hectic. Having a special needs child - hectic. I finally got to shift into low gear. I'll admit it - I rather enjoyed it. What full-time parent doesn't? So you'll have to excuse my incessant ramblings and bitchiness from now until September. I promise not to be too snarly. My only saving grace is my looking forward to my "mommy's vacation" in approximately 15 days. I'm meeting my two bestest buds in Vancouver for one glorious week-end of husbandless, childless, uninterrupted sleeping, no drink minimum, shopping spreeing, G-rated fun!!! Until then, I will lapse into my acutely aware but vegetative state which alleviates my stress just enough to get me through the day.

Drama queen much?

11 comments:

Lene said...

Oh I know what you mean about that child free time. Peace and quiet are just relished in our house!

Your trip with your buds sounds just heavenly!

tulipmom said...

I don't think you're being a drama queen at all. Last week Sweet Boy had no school and no camp, and I thought I was going to go INSANE!

Thankfully he started day camp this week. I will be feeling your pain again during the several weeks post-camp and pre-school starting.

Get out of the house with them as much as you can. Try to take advantage of free museum admission days. If your girls are into crafts, order a bunch of cheap stuff from the Oriental Trading Company. Can you get a babysitter or at least a mommy's helper/teenager to come over one afternoon a week?

Hang in there!

TK the Shrink said...

How did you pull off a "mommy vacation"???? I'd LOVE one of those! LOL

Good luck!!

Elle said...

I have a VERY nice husband!! LOL. He encouraged me to go and have a wonderful time.

MamaLee said...

Well I can't relate to this post at all.

BAHAHAHAAAAA! This summer has only begun, and having 3 little ones are quite the handful. I am looking forward to some nice family time, but frankly, when school starts up again, and 2 out of the 3 go to school, I'll be PRAISING! And I'll actually get some quiet time with just one kid. I think.

And that girl's weekend? Hm. Sounds delicious. Wait. I think I'm going WITH you? I have to go check my calendar...

XOXO

Elle said...

Why Miss Lee.... I do believe you are correct!! And some other hooker we shouldn't probably oust... LOL.

Janis said...

who meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????

lol

Elle said...

quite possibly!

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Thats exactly how I felt when Stinks stopped napping...I'm still upset about it.

Em said...

Anyone who thinks you should be looking forward to "wonderful quality bonding time"....has never had kids! My wife is sounding just like you...how many days till school begins?!?! LOL

Jenny said...

I don't think it's dramatic at all- it's true. My son was out of school for about 24 hours before he looked and me and said, "So, what do we do all day?" I thought he had toys and stuff to do at least occasionally. Apparently not.

Enjoy your mommy vacation! I'm planning to take one in the next 10 years or so. ;o)

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