You never think that coming home from vacation will be harder than preparing to leave for vacation, but it always is. Those little things that you do day in and day out throughout the week really add up. And when you are gone for over a week, there is a lot to do when you get back. All of that is the long way to tell you all that the last week was insanely crazy for me.
Besides all of the catch up, I decided that immediately after we returned from vacation would be a great time to throw a wrench into our established routine. Since preschool was over for Zach at the end of May, we’re changing gears a bit over the summer. He’s spending three days a week at the sitter with Evie, and the other two days he’s spending at my sister’s house. Being the awesome preschool teacher that she is, she’s working with him a bit over the summer on his letters and numbers. In order for him to do that, he has to spend the night up there two nights a week (due to the 30-minute drive each way). Zach is loving every minute of it, especially since he gets to hang out with his cousins two days a week.
This is all working out splendidly, especially on those mornings when Zach is at my sister’s house. Mornings go much easier when I only have to get myself and Evie up. I even got to work 15 minutes early one day, which is pretty much unheard of for me. If it weren’t for the fact that I had to arrange to pick him up two evenings a week, the whole deal would just be spectacular. I hate for my evening routine to be messed up but I chose to do this, so I can’t really complain. It just makes the week feel so much busier.
After a crazy week of the new routine, trying to catch up at work, trying to catch up at home, and in the meantime keep my sanity, I was wiped out by the weekend. I had all these plans of things I wanted to get done and I got very little of it done. Instead, I had one of the best weekends with my family that I’ve had in a long time. We did get a bit of work done on the house but we also went to see Toy Story 3, took a long afternoon nap during a thunderstorm, had my brother-in-law over for dinner and a movie, played on the slip ‘n’ slide, and went swimming at my mom’s. I ended the weekend exhausted, sunburned, and very happy.
It makes me wish I could just blow off the housework and other odds and ends all the time and just have fun. Oh, how I wish that were an option. I wish I could just shove it all aside and take a true vacation for the summer like Cass intends to do. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?