As I write this, our daughter is parked on the couch next to me, attached at my hip as we watch the finale of The American Baking Competition (which aired a couple of weeks ago, but I promised I wouldn’t watch until she got home). In the kitchen, my husband is overseeing our son, who inspired by the show decided to make chocolate chip cookies.
It’s good to have them home.
Don’t get me wrong – our two week “parental break” was lovely, and with another break coming in two weeks we are already planning what to do – but something has definitely been missing. It’s been very quiet. A little empty. A little boring.
Now, the kids are back and order is restored. Or should I say, disorder is restored. Our dishwasher is running double-time. The laundry hampers are overflowing. And there are shoes everywhere.
We’re catching up on our ‘nuggles, sleep and television specials (Teen Beach Movie anyone?). We’re playing summer softball, and planning next week’s “staycation” with a special emphasis on “stay” thanks in part to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts re-opening our in-town beach.
Homework battles have also returned as we tackle summer reading, and attempt to limit the “summer slip” but with the help of a two week parental hiatus, I’ve managed to survive the battles with my good humor intact.
Makes me wonder if I can send them to camp again – sometime in January.
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