Who here hates homework? I do and I don’t. I understand they need it to help reinforce their understanding of what goes on in the classroom but sometimes it feels like so much. I am sure its because of all the extra activities we put kids in these days but most of the time its because the kids want to do those extra activities.
Between school getting out at 2-3pm, at least an hour of homework each night (some times more depending on your kid), sports, getting them to bed at a decent time so they are ready for school the next day and not to mention reading at a minimum of 15-20mins, what time is there to be a kid? What time is there for us to enjoy them being a kid? I mean just rereading that makes my head spin, right?
Today, Thursday, we usually must have all our school work done to turn in by Friday. And do you see how I said OUR??? Yes, it is OUR school work because, we as moms take the hits if the kid doesn’t do or half asses his/her homework. One of my kids put off doing a big part of his homework. I was fine with it and kept reminding him that by today he would have a lot to do before track practice. He kept reassuring me that ‘yes mom, I’ll do it Thursday and not make a fuss about it’. Well that brings us to today… Can anyone guess what happened when I told him he had to finish it before track otherwise no track practice?? I bet if you’re a mom you are screaming out the answer now. Yes, you guessed it. A total meltdown tantrum. Ugh, why oh why do I insist on doing this to myself. After almost an hour of him crying and me pulling teeth to get him to do one page my husband said, ‘let me take him to track because noting is getting done’. I wanted to throw my shoe at my husband and scream ‘because if he goes then everything I’ve said means nothing and he will do this again and again and again dummy’. But instead I smiled and looked outside, took a deep breathe and said ‘yes, go and have fun’.
As they left, I sat there wondering why we put so much pressure on ourselves to make sure everything is perfect. I mean I know, don’t back down or else they will see your weakness blah blah blah. But do I like sitting here watching him cry over a stupid assignment that when he’s in the mood can finish in ten minutes?? No! Do our kids really need to make every practice? Do they always have to do their homework at that moment? Where is the fun?? When do they get to play and be kids? Better question is when do we get to enjoy them at this stage of their lives?? TODAY!
So, they left, and I told my other kids ‘lets go outside, get dirty and play’. Something I have to remember is that life goes so fast so I need to take those days and be selfish with my kids more. Screw homework/sports/other activities occasionally. I won’t regret time spent together.
Cheer’s my Wino’s
Mommy’s Trip away
A few weekends ago, some of my mommy friends and I got to take a trip and get away for the weekend. It was a wonderful weekend filled with activities I was able to do before kids were in the picture like eat in a nice restaurant, order whatever food I wanted, have a drink whenever I wanted, only having to worry about dressing myself, watching my TV shows, working out whenever I felt like it, etc. It was so nice, and the place was just stunning! I mean if your ever up in Avila and looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend Sycamore Springs Restore.
Anyway, one of the first thing we did when we arrived was rent some beach cruisers, take a bike path down to the beach, and do a little wine tasting. As we were getting on the bikes, one of my friends handed out waters and some wine in a can to put in our baskets. It was the first time I had had wine in a can, and it was so amazing and convenient. Don’t get me wrong I have seen wine in a can before, but I never thought about buying it, let alone drinking it. How do we all feel about canned wine? It was very convenient, it tasted amazing, never had to worry about breaking any glass, it fits well in a purse, would be perfect for a pool, beach, or park day. It would be so easy to take camping and/or a BBQ party. I am thinking this is something we can see Mother’s Retreat doing in the future! Keep an eye out!
Until next time,
Cheer’s to my Wino’s
Who’s ready for summer?
We are back to school from spring break vacation. It was so nice doing absolutely nothing for a week. I know, I know most of my mom friends were dying to send their kids back to school and I have a kid who is very reliant on routine so it can get tricky in our house. But not having to wake the kids up and drive them to school, pick them up, and run to one sporting event to another was wonderful. Also, it was nice having my kids home and doing fun, spontaneous things with them like going to the beach. It was amazing coming home and letting them play outside until the sun went down while I enjoyed a nice glass of Rose’, and we all know how much I like my Rose’. It just gave me a glimpse into the summer time. Summer will be here soon enough, and we can all enjoy those summer nights perhaps with a glass of Mother’s Retreat Wine!
Cheers my Wino’s
Hello my MR wine-es,
Hope you all have been well and are enjoying this spring weather. I apologize for my absence. Life happened and kid sports. Of course that means so much extra work, late dinners, more meal planning, trying to figure out when in the world can the kids get their homework done, etc. I am now finally coming up for air and hopefully will be more consistent. Maybe. Hmm. I will do my best haha.
So funny thing happened this morning. The kids are on spring break and my husband has the day off because it is Good Friday. What does spring break mean for a mom??? It means nothinhg, just another day but you aren't bound by the timeline of school drop offs and pick ups. So, a more relaxing morning becasue we dont HAVE to be anywhere. Does that mean I get to sleep in? NO, of course not hahah, sleep in hahah whats that.
Anyway, I went downstairs and started my normal breakfast prep and my oldest had asked me to make pancakes for breakfast. I made a batch and as the kids trickled down the stairs, I gave them a milk and pancake. After taking my husband his morning coffee in bed, he finally came downstairs. I decided to take advantage of him being home and told him I was going to go for a run.
At this point, all of my kids except for one had come down and had breakfast. I said to my husband "hey, I am going for a run and everyone is awake except Maddison. Can you make sure she gets a milk and give her a pancake when she gets up?". OH MY GOSH, guys if you had seen his face when I said this... I should have taken a picture! It was so funny becasue his face was confused, shocked, and giving me a questioning look. He then responded with "wait I have to make her a pancake...ummm, ok....wait with what?" I figured I would let him suffer and think that he actually has to make her pancakes instead of telling him that I had some ready for her. This went on for a few mintures and it was so funny watching him panic. I finally told him that he didn't have to make anything and it was all ready to go for him. The relief that washed over his face was priceless. But man was that fun! Great joke to play on your husbands! Maybe next time I will tell him he has to do the laundry for the week....hahahhaha. I will definitely have a glass of MR Rose' tonight!