Is It Bedtime Yet?

Yesterday we came home after a 3 day weekend visiting out-of-town relatives, and tomorrow we head out again to spend 5 days celebrating Christmas with our families. Needless to say, it’s been hectic! I managed to get all the laundry done and the suitcases re-packed, so that’s good.

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We made cookies today. If you’re ever looking for a quick and easy baking activity, roll out a refrigerated pie dough and give the kids cookie cutters. Add cinnamon-sugar and bake for 10 minutes. They aren’t very tasty, but it’s fun and my kids love anything that has “cookie” in the name!

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Gunnar also got a special surprise in the mail. For those that don’t know, he is obsessed with learning about germs and the human body. He can label brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spinal cord, and more. He knows terms such as red blood cells, white blood cells, macrophages, microbes, and probiotics. It’s great seeing him so interested in science, but he was requesting a germ or cell printable up to 15 times a day. This coloring book will hopefully give our printer-and my nerves-a break, while still allowing him to foster his love for science.

So even though we were gone all weekend and the day was far from perfect, it was definitely better than I was anticipating. Jana had some moments today, but she’s a strong-willed threenager and has moments every day, so nothing new there. Gunnar has actually surprised me the past week with how well he’s handled the lack of schedules and traveling. He definitely has had some moments this evening that have made me want to pull my hair out, but overall I’ve been very impressed. And hopeful. Hopeful that this is the real deal and that the closer he gets to age 5 the easier things will be. I’m not naive enough to think 5 year olds are perfect, but the increase in good behavior has been nice.

That being said, I am counting down the minutes until bedtime. All 3 kids wanted lots of snuggles today, which is awesome, but I am officially touched out. I currently have Gunnar and Jana sitting on my lap watching tv and I’m trying really hard to cherish these moments because they’ll soon be grown (blah blah blah) but oh my gosh I just want some space! Can any of you other parents relate? Please let me know I’m not alone!

 

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