It has been one heck of a “weekend” around here, and I feel like I haven’t stopped since Tuesday night. Wenesday and Thursday were obviously all about the cooking. Which amazingly went better, and was more organized than ever. It turns out that I don’t actually have to run around like maniac. I can actually plan out times, and get everything on the table at the correct time, still hot and the earth will not stop spinning casting us all into outer space. Who knew?
But as it has become tradition, the three days following is TheWife’s time to get away from it all. Three days at a spa up in the Catskills of New York (are there other Catskills?), leaving me, LatteGirl and the two doggies. I thought keeping a child entertained would get easier as she got older. More able to entertain herself, and less of a need for Daddy for every activity. But with one small exception that does not seem to be the case around here. If anything, it has been the complete opposite. A few years ago, all I needed was a couple of coloring books, a Bear in the Big Blue House – Dance Party! DVD, and except for the possibility (OK, the it was highly likely) of having to rewind back to the beginning of the Bear Cha-Cha a couple of dozen times, I was usually good until lunchtime to get things done around the house.Â That is apparently no longer the case.
We have been trying to keep LatteGirl more active and spending less time in front of the television.Â Which is easy during soccer season, or when she has Karate or Dance lessons on Saturdays… of a normal two day weekend.Â Now we have three days, and no organized activities.Â She finished her homework in about an hour.Â She spent another hour or so doing additional math and spelling work in some workbooks we picked up for her (she did this without prodding or coaxing, clearly proving she takes after somebody other than me).Â She then declared she was bored, and needed some daddy time.
If it wasn’t for a holiday parade that her school marched in (and another mother took her to), I would have been in some serious trouble.Â What did we manage to cram into three days?Â Baking Cookies, Painting wooden crafts, we saw Enchanted, we saw Bee Movie, we went bowling, and we put up christmas decorations in the house.Â Finally by Sunday afternoon she was finally ready to unwind a bit, and as we embarked on the Christmas decoration part of our weekend, we slowed our pace so that we could watch Frosty, Rudolph, Here comes Santa Claus, and of course Merry Christmas Charlie Brown.
I am so ready to go back to work and get some rest.