Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer vacation is so kicking my rear end

We are already two weeks into summer vacation, so it's no small accomplishment that I am actually writing a blog post right now.

You know how I said I had a whole system set up,  complete with picture schedule and lots of enriching, educational, learning experiences?  Yeah, well, that's been pretty much shot to crap already.  I think that's a record, even for me.  Honestly, I'm not at all surprised.  Who was I kidding, anyway, thinking I, one lone woman, could be a match for my three feral monkeys?

I mentioned that I was trying to get a handle on summer vacation and someone oh, so helpfully pointed out that summer has just begun.  How was I going to feel in a few weeks after many endless days of entertaining, feeding, refereeing, and wiping butts?  I almost screamed in her well-meaning face.

You see, my kids have thrown me for a loop.  I expected Danny to be struggling with the schedule change and disruption in routine.  Amazingly, he's been doing pretty well, actually.  I guess he is so relieved to be done with the seriously stressful school year that he's been in a terrific mood.

The other two kids, on the other hand, have been driving me batty.
Charlotte has made me twitchy, because my beautiful little girl who is radiant and whimsical?  Yeah, the girl never shuts up.  Ever.  I think I  forgot that while she was in kindergarten this year.  Even if Tommy is screaming and the phone is ringing and she's watching TV, Charlotte still insists on telling me a long-winded story about her teacher's rabbits.  Nothing will make her stop talking.

She even, on occasion, talks in her sleep.

And Tommy doesn't seem all that happy to have his siblings home.  He and Charlotte actually got in an extended fight the other morning.  It consisted entirely of them saying to each other, "You!  Stop talking!"  "No, YOU stop talking!"  "Be quiet, Charlotte!"  "Tommy, you're giving me a headache with all your talking!"  This lasted at least 45 minutes, despite many threats of bodily harm.

Yes, it's gotten to me.  And I don't think I'm less of a woman or mother to admit this.  I will get a handle on things, but it's an enormous adjustment to all of us.  So, to the acquaintance who implied I should get my crap together and get moving on a task that I left unfinished: I'm doing the best I can, okay?  And I'll get to that little task sometime around September.  

Until then, leave me alone or I'll sic Charlotte on you.  









11 comments:

B1L said...

Charlotte was getting sad yesterday... complaining that everybody laughs at her for no reason. I asked her who. She said 'Everybody'. She said that everybody ignores her, too. Again, I pressed her for more information. She said the boys are so loud that nobody can hear her sometimes. I stifled a chuckle, better parenting prevailed, and I told her I was sorry I was too busy to listen, and that I would try and do a better job of listening to her next time. It was good to see her happy again, she then expounded a long story about... her teacher's rabbits and how they're all named after different candies.

Lexi said...

We still have three weeks of school. I've been hoarding anti anxiety meds for weeks....

Lizbeth said...

I have some left over narcotics from my back. You want some?

They work wonders on not giving a rip....just this AM the kids were having the extended fight on who's touching who and I could have cared less. Alex won by a thread as he wasn't really touching anyone, just merely placing his finger three inches from a body....see they work wonders...

Courtney Barnum said...

Gotta love that Ryan and his input :)

AutismWonderland said...

We have a few weeks left till summer too. I'm still not sure whether or not, Norrin will be in summer school.

Thank goodness for Ryan :D

Mom2LittleMiss said...

Oy. Our summer vacation starts in t-40 minutes. If this is what I have to look forward to... God help me.

KONABARBIE said...

Loved your memes! My son always did better in the summer than the school year. That was good for me too! Of course from kindergarten to age 11 he spent most of the summer at day camp and came home so exhausted in the afternoon he was asleep before i got him home. We thought day camp would help his social skills. It sure helped me keep my sanity.

Elyse said...

LOVE RG! Summer has just started and I need a vacation already. We do like the pool though and will be spending plenty of time there.

Stimey said...

Your Ryan Goslings were really funny. And I so hear you about the talking. Oh dear lord, I don't know how I'm going to take Quinn talking at me for 12 straight hours every day. I'll be twitchy too.

Sanstrousers said...

My right eye has been twitching for a month now! I feel Ryan's pain!

Baby Gifts said...

I thought I was the only mum out of my perfect parent friends that dreaded summer holidays? We have been coping so far, but it is early days and we're skint!