Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vacation.. Or Is it?

I despise school vacations. I was trying to explain why to Caitlyn the other day, and the conversation went something like this:

"Mommy gets 3 or 4 weeks of vacation for the whole year - you have 8 during just the summer alone!"

"So that means you have 4-5 weeks of vacation LESS than I do (smiles proudly at her math skills)"

"Right - and that doesn't include Christmas Vacation, February Vacation, April Vacation, and all of the other made-up school holidays".

*shrugs* "Maybe you should just get a new job".

She then turns on her heel and goes back to practicing her latest and greatest jump rope song.

Trying to balance work and life is tough enough during "normal" school weeks - add a vacation week into the mix, and it turns life upside down. I've spent the majority of this week having play-dates at my house, sending Caitlyn to play with her friends at others houses, and trying to squeeze as much work and running  in as possible.

Play dates = destruction
To all of those parents who stay at home with their kids, you're my heroes.

And to all of those parents who are in a similar space as me this week, let's all meet up Sunday night and raise a glass to the end of vacation!

Only 7 weeks until the next one..

Happy Training!


  1. Ha. I guess I never really thought about how much work it is when kids are on school vacation week -- probably because I don't have any kids to experience the "joy" that is school vaca week, huh? I seriously don't know how ANY parent juggles it all - single parent, working parent, etc. You all amaze me.

  2. I love that we just discussed this yesterday too ;-) In person! So fun. Glad I got to 'borrow' you away for a bit for a run, and I give you so much credit for juggling so much with C and work and everything else. Damn good.

  3. Hahaha... "maybe you should just get a new job". Love that!

  4. I used to be a teacher and loved all the holiday and never even thought about how it impacted the poor parents. Now I am a stay at home mom and I am with you-I hate the school holidays. I'm like really, do we have to celebrate presidents?? Hope you survive because trust me I know it is rough!!

  5. Ah, child logic - so simple! Even after all these years my kids still are surprised that I don't get off work just because they so - they were shocked that I didn't get President's day off!