It’s that time of year when we’re tired. I’m tired. JJ is tired. I think we’ll all agree that it’s frantic this time of year. School has broken up for the year and there was a big buildup to that with barbeque dinners, concerts, supervising writing of cards for classmates and buying a present each for the teacher and the school care person because they’ve both been fantastic. Unfortunately I’ve still got to work this week before we can both be on holidays for a while. I’m also tired because I’m doing a new job and I’m preparing for that conference I keep blathering on about.
So the tiredness kicks in and it means short tempers all round, around here. JJ has been whining and whining and whining on and off about really petty things and he’s not normally a whiner. The other day at the supermarket we’d finished doing what we had to do, we’d hopped in the car and and he still kept whining at me and I finally lost it and screamed ‘shut up’ at the top of my voice. As I said this, I realised my car window was wound down and there were people everywhere. Definitely not a good parenting look. Shamefaced and redfaced I calmly drove off.
Tonight I was out in the garden watering and JJ found a small foam ball that I think Monty had just dug up. It was the final straw for him and he lost the plot this time. Hmmm, wonder where he gets it from! He kept going on about how it was his favourite ball and Monty must have gone into his room and taken it to put in the garden. I tried to calm him down but nothing worked so I just let him calm himself down while staying very calm myself.
Afterwards he was back to the happy boy he mostly is and I managed to feed him, read to him, he read to me and I put him to bed the earliest he’s been to bed for ages.
I can’t wait until Thursday when it means it’s the beginning of four weeks off for us. There will be nowhere we have to be in the mornings and lunches won’t have to be made until we want to eat them. People have asked if we’re going away and apart from a couple of short trips, we’re not, and I’m really looking forward to getting up when I want, getting dressed when I want and just lazing around. Did I say I can’t wait?
We both need some time to decompress. How about you?
Decompression is a fantastic idea at this time of year – I firmly believe that the best holidays are ones that happen at home, especially about now!
I hope that tomorrow it all winds down wonderfully for you – and that you have the best holiday present ever – a happy you and a happy JJ