Let me try to form a coherent thought now.
I know that the grass is always greener on the other side. Right? Usually after a week's vacation, I'll grumble how going back to work sucks but I'll willingly do so because it's my routine. Because it's something I know that I have to do. (And sometimes because eating lunch in peace and quiet is nice.) But I've been doing a lot of soul searching as of late and my week at home was extremely peaceful. Yes, there was the typical chaos that is attached to 4 year old triplets but I was calm (for the most part) and I didn't miss the other stress in my life.
Rich had a final exam a mere three days before Christmas Eve. (Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.) Because he had to leave early to drive into Boston (so that he could drive to school after work to take the exam), I wasn't able to shower before taking the girls to school. I really didn't even care either.
Wednesday was Pajama Day at the girls' school. Anna refused to be photographed and Allie told me that she was making the same face as the Grinch in this photo.
After dropping the girls off at school, I raced home to shower and continue with the never ending laundry. I had just about given up my BIG plans for cleaning, purging and organizing by this point and I simply wanted to stay on top of the day to day cleaning. Before I knew it, I had to leave to pick the girls up from school.
After many, many, MANY years of having to dress appropriately and conservatively for work, I was more than happy to throw on WHATEVER for clothing. I seriously just wanted to be comfortable and warm. Now, maybe if I was at home all the time, I would eventually have a different view and opt to wear cute outfits (here and there). (Especially if I was nominated for What Not To Wear.) I'm calling out the fashion mommy bloggers right now. There is no way that you wear wedge heels, a skirt, tights and a dry clean only shirt on a regular basis. Maybe you wore it for those pictures. Or maybe it is different if you just have one baby. But I'm not buying it. Maybe I'm just a grumpy old (unfashionable) lady.
So Wednesday afternoon was filled with dance parties and fashion shows.
I find it amazing that of all of their characters and figures, the girls used a Barbie doll for the fashion model. And Allie had her walking the cat walk singing, "Do you feel like a rock star?" WHAT?
And then we made a trip to the library so that we wouldn't have overdue items. We ended up staying for an hour. There was hardly anyone there so the girls picked out books and we camped out on the couch reading. Unfortunately, my children have tasted the sweet and salty sin of fast food and request it for meals on occasion. They had asked earlier in the week and I had nonchalantly brushed it off with a "maybe we'll go later in the week." Yeah, well, these kids don't forget anything. (And I, myself, really enjoy those sweet and salty fries. On occasion.) *
Because Rich was taking his exam, I bathed the girls and went through the bed time routine solo. And then watched House Hunters.
What I didn't expect was the day (and week) to fly by as quickly as it did.
[* Disclaimer - Rich and I try to eat healthy. The girls do eat fruits and vegetables and we encourage them to try new foods, which they do.]