Thursday, April 02, 2015
I am SO HAPPY that we took a quick trip for spring break because these days have unfolded EXACTLY as I feared they would. Just me and the kids hanging out all day while Ben works. Argh. I wish I was a better stay-at-home mom. I mean, I am good at it and the kids have fun, but I wish I had more fun. I think if I didn't have other things to do-- teaching during the semester and my moonlighting online teaching during breaks, I would be less stressed.
And I mean, I do like it. During the week when the boys are at school and I have my at-home days with Dorothy and Cooper, things are lovely, and I often nap. It's hard to complain about a day with a nap.
And the big boys themselves are so! much! fun! Harry is reading Farmer Boy which he bought at the Wall Drug bookstore, and he talks to me about it, and I LOVE it. That book! I read some of it aloud in the car and the food descriptions were just as delicious as I remembered them to be. And Jack and I are reading Little House in the Big Woods, which Harry was never interested in. It is simply written enough that Jack can read some of it, and I absolutely adore reading it aloud-- one of my favorites ever. Last night, Harry and Jack and I went to see Cinderella. It was WONDERFUL, and they are so fun at the movies.
My point is, though, that being home with all 4 of them is kind of tough. The big boys mess up the tranquil routine that the babies and I have fallen into, and I feel like I am constantly cleaning something up. Today, I had a simple, simple goal for the morning: go to the library to return my almost late books and pick up my holds and swing by Toys R Us to let the kids spend their Easter money from Ben's parents.
We got up around 7:30. The boys walked the dog, and I made eggs and fruit salads. I did some laundry, cleaned up breakfast, nagged the boys to get dressed, worked out, took a shower, dressed the babies, cleaned up the wreckage of the babies' rooms, and then tried to heard everyone out the door. And it was 11:15! IT TOOK US 4 HOURS TO LEAVE THE DAMN HOUSE. This doesn't happen when it's just me and the babies.
Cooper, though, is never happier than when his big brothers are home. Today he came into the kitchen to tell me that he thinks Jack doesn't like to play in his room because it's blue and could we please paint it pink because that's Jack's favorite color. I didn't tell him that Jack hates his room because Cooper is a little despot, short and stout.