Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Break Already? Say It Ain't So!



Ahh, Friday.... So often we hear rejoicing voices for this beloved day of the week. I, on the other hand, have been dreading this particular Friday for weeks.

 Today is the 1st day of winter break for one of my children.

 It marks the beginning of the end of 2010.

Only four days until The Man's son arrives from Colorado Springs.

Just 1 1/2 left of school for The Girl.

Less that 2 weeks until The Boy, my first born, turns 12.

Yikes.

With Christmas just a week away, I am filled with anticipation. I am so excited to travel to Chicago and visit my beloved family. I am not at all looking forward to a long, potential snowy drive with three preadolescent children.

I am giddy with excitement to meet my newest nephew who was born in October. I'm not so sure I am ready for our three kids and my brother's older four kids to be unleashed, together, in one place - indoors...

I am looking forward to seeing Fave Cousin, but I am sad that after a very short visit I will have to say good-bye to her and her rugrats. I wish they were closer. I wish our visits weren't so short. I wish the time between them was shorter.

I had hoped to have a birthday party for The Boy over break. I'm not so sure he followed up on his end of the deal by securing his friends' phone numbers. He started a new school this year, but hasn't spent any time out of school with his new friends. I'd like to see some of them at his party and get to know them.

I am praying The Girl will behave herself over break. Things between us have been tenuous at best and I am not currently her biggest fan. Her bad attitude and lack of respect for the rest of us have left her at the top of all of our Shit Lists recently and I would hate to spend the holiday fighting with her.

I also hope The Man and his son have some time to reconnect while he is here. The Man works so much and while his son was here over the summer, I don't feel like they had much "guy time". While all of the stuff we have planned during his visit is family stuff, I hope the two of them can find some common ground to build on.

What are your hopes for the holidays? Are you looking forward to the last couple of weeks of 2010? Or are you secretly dreading winter break? Do you have any family traditions that don't necessarily revolve around Christmas? Have you made any New Year's Eve plans?

14 comments:

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

HAPPY BFF! I, too, have to travel for the holidays this year, and once I arrive, will be handing my kids over to their dad, so I'm not quite looking forward to it, but it will be nice to see friends and family. We are flying... north... so I just pray the weather holds out so we don't get stuck like we did last year! Our holiday break does not start until Tuesday!

Adrienne said...

Congrats to you on your BFF post! :) My son turned twelve in September, and my five year old is now six since Dec. 9th. So many December bdays!! They grow too fast! That car ride sounds challenging. Breathe...

Heather said...

Hi. Nice to meet you!
I just hope the tamales I am making for the first time don't poison anyone.
I also you y'all have a great time and all goes well.

Crystal said...

Happy BFF! I'm here via Shell at Things I can't say. I have a kiddo that turns 12 right after Christmas (makes me sad). Can't wait to look around your blog some more! Enjoy your day! And have a safe drive and a Merry Christmas!!

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Heather said...

Hello BFF! Found my way over from Shell's and now a follower. I can't wait to read more. Hope you have a great winter break and a safe trip.

Cori said...

Wahoooooo for Break :D Enjoy the time with your family!!!

Happy Holidays!

Cheeseboy said...

Quite honestly, I am hoping to do a couple things with the fam, but sitting on my butt and relaxing with them most of the time.

Reconnecting time between father and son is very important. Good for them.

Losing Brownies said...

I hope it all goes well!!

bigguysmama said...

Oh goodness, we really are 2 peas in a pod. We are heading to VA on Sunday. Stopping in Chicago area to stay overnight w/ my sister-in-law and her kids. Then off we go. When we come back we'll be able to spend a day with them, and that's it. I wish we were closer too so the cousins could be growing up together. Next year we spend break down there!

I can tell ya, things really started ramping up with my daughter who has ADD/Depression at your daughters age. This was when I really started realizing she had bigger issues. There's more we can talk about when we get together...hopefully after the new year. Man will we be able to comiserate!

Have a wonderful Christmas!!

~Mimi

The Blue Zoo said...

Wow. You are gonna be a busy girl!

My hope is that I dont kill anyone.

That may be a little too optimistic.

Tammy said...

I have to say I am looking forward to sleeping in and not having to be up early for two weeks! :) I have lots of little things to do with the kids so hopefully that will help.

Babes Mami said...

Babe is too little for me to dread winter break yet but I'm sure I will soon enough!

Heather said...

Congrats on your BFF post. Hopefully all goes well over your holiday. Holidays with the Tweens is always a little tricky!

Danielle said...

Sounds like it is going to be an interesting Holiday for you all! Enjoy!
I just hope my family is not sick. It is running rampid out here. Ugg my luck

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