With several more days to go, this week has played out pretty close to my idea of a ‘how to’ for a successful winter break. So far:
- No 5-something a.m. alarms for any reason.
- I have already hit that point where I have to stop to think to figure out what day it is–my personal litmus test for time off from work.
- We have spent time w/ both sets of grandparents.
- Family time: Each of the kids received at least one Christmas present that lends itself to spending time with the others. (video games, a foosball table, etc.)
- ‘Me’ time: Everyone has had some time for their own individual interests.
- The Trio: Lego sets, sleepover at a friend’s house, driver’s education classes, a baking class with a friend, reading…even a little homework
- Mom: an evening out with work friends, setting up a digital photo frame
- Dad: lunch with a friend of almost 30 years who lives 3 time zones away on his last day in town, writing this
- Some long-lingering items on the household to-do list are now to-done.
- Both of our high-commitment sports (high schooler’s club volleyball and the elementary middle schoolers’ year-round swimming) are off all week for the last time until Memorial Day.
- Family movie night…finger foods for dinner & a DVD.
For us, this type of week is a healthy balance of powering down after a busy fall and taking time for things that don’t always fit during the school year. Good times.