Pour Your Heart Out: Enjoying the Chaos

I may joke around a little that I need a special prayer, a babysitter, and wine to get through the winter break.

And I might sometimes feel like I’m losing the last bits of my sanity and that I will forever be stepping on legos, Mighty Beans, and Trash Packs(have you seen those gross little things? I don’t even get what you do with them).

But, really: I’m enjoying the winter break with my boys.

Even though they still get up way too early for my taste, there is no rush to get everyone dressed, lunches and backpacks packed, and out the door on time. We’re on our own schedule.

It’s not a big deal if they and I want to stay in their our pajamas or let’s be honest, just their underwear, all day.

I might read “If You Give a Dog a Donut” 50 times each day. And have to figure out how on earth their new toys work while reading the directions that all look like Greek to me. And break up fights because the boys are having too much togetherness with no breaks from each other.

But, I also get sweet kisses that smell like the peanut butter fudge that the little sneaks found and ate for breakfast. And I get hugs and smiles and hear giggles and can let my boys just be.

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During winter break, my home is loud and messy and chaotic… anything but peaceful.  But it’s full of my boys.  So, I’ll take it- chaos and all.

And maybe I’ll stop complaining that winter break seems to last forever.

What are you enjoying the most during your winter break?

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  1. They are only boys who love kisses and cuddles for so long, so yes, enjoy it while you can. Yay!
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    • Time really does go so quickly. I can’t imagine how I’ll feel in a few years when they want to go off with friends instead.

  2. When my kids were younger, the holidays were more exciting and fun. Now that they are both adults, it’s like most of the enjoyment has gone out of it. Treasure these times with your boys while they are still little.
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  3. There are always pluses to school breaks, but I won’t lie. I am usually ready to send them back to school within time ;)

  4. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Fudge filled kisses sound great to me! If we had fudge, JDaniel would sneak it too.

  5. Aw, this is sweet! Mine aren’t really at school (A just goes a few hours a week,) so we’re not really in “break” mode. I DO like having Ryan around more; we’ve done more as a family, and that makes me so happy.

  6. Yes, winter break can drive me nuts, but I love not being rushed. The kids and I can stay in our pajamas all morning, and sometimes through the afternoon. There’s no rush in the evening to do homework, make dinner, get baths, etc.
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    • I love there being no rush. And no homework is awesome. I hate having to help mine with homework. It’s work for mom, not the kids!

  7. Oh – I wish we had a winter break! I loved spending 4 days with my Jellybean and family though. It was awesome seeing all of my sister’s kids play with him. I can’t wait until next year when he “gets” Christmas too! Hope you had fun bouncing yesterday!
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  8. Winter break can seem to last forever but I’m enjoying time with the kids. Lots of game playing and putting toys together.
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    • So much putting together! I opened one box and looked at all the pieces and shoved it toward my husband! LOL

  9. I have been enjoying not working!! I remember working all last Christmas…staying up till midnight to dib topics for New Years, etc. Forget it this year. My family is way more important! Trying so hard to re-prioritize, etc!
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    • Not working? That is awesome! I remember the craziness of trying to work last year, too- even on Christmas Eve b/c that was a weekday. I was so cranky.

  10. That is why I’m so glad that Grandma is here to read the books a million times! ;) I do love that I don’t have to rush around and that we get to lounge in PJ’s all day and enjoy the time as a family. January 3rd, will be here way too soon!
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  11. Cute pics! I can totally relate ! Tomorrow is put toys away day so I do quit stepping on them – I just wish the boys would quit arguing so much ( too much time together!). And Trashies? Yea totally don’t get them!

    • I’ve tried to put away… and the toys keep coming out.

      I have not a clue what you are supposed to do with those Trash things- except step on them.

  12. I enjoy winter break for the first week or so and then it becomes too much where I’m just counting the days until my son goes back to school. nah, it’s not that bad but still, I don’t dread the day he goes to back to school. :P
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    • Oh yeah, I won’t be sad when it’s time for them to go back- just trying to enjoy the break as much as I can.

  13. I don’t get to enjoy winter break with my son since he has to be with his dad! I only got him for Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning..Then off he went..
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  14. Sounds wonderful. I’m kinda sad my little one is growing up too fast. Those hugs and kisses and stories are few and far between already. He got a new game for the wii, and he forgot who I am! LOL
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  15. At the end of the break when they go back to school you’ll look back and wonder how it flew by so fast.

    I’m off for the kids winter break too… I took the entire week between Christmas & New Years off. I too will need wine even though I enjoy being home with them!
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    • I love the slow pace of this week. Even though it’s a bit chaotic. Hope you are enjoying your time off!

  16. With the crossouts, it’s difficult to get the image that you’re hanging out in your underwear all day out of my head :-)

    I’m back in the office . . . and I’m really, really missing my little ones. Mind you, it’s not a break for them. But, still, with being home from work far more than I have been, I’ve had the extra morning cuddles, and the books read over & over & over again, and watching the same movies time & time again . . . you know, that stuff that you wouldn’t give up for anything.
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    • LMAO!!! I thought about adding a line in there that I don’t hang out in my underwear. Just my pajamas. :)

      Glad you got to enjoy some at-home time.

  17. Yes, this sweet friend. Exactly this.

    The mess and the whining and the sneaks but the snuggles and the giggles and “just being.”

    *Sigh* xo

  18. I love this, Shell. It’s so true and so perfect. I am writing my post for today and was thinking about the positives for a change when doing so. ;)
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    • It’s very easy to get caught up in the negatives. But, really the positives far outnumber the negatives.

  19. I’ve enjoyed sleeping in, having helpers to help me clean the house, not having to spend an hour and a half helping them with their homework, and spending some quality time together. Even though, sometimes the fighting and arguing drives me insane, I’m enjoying the little “break” from school. Plus, all of the Christmas gifts are keeping them from fighting so much!
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  20. I’ve been replaced by XBox’s, DVD’s and friends (teenagers) so I’d just like to see my kids once in a while. (LoL)

    Enjoy it while you can Shell. Soon enough, you’ll be me. (LoL)
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  21. Gotta love those sweet kisses that smell like the peanut butter fudge.

    My daughters are now 22,25, and 28 and some days (some days) I miss the chaos of the past.
    When they go back to school you should stay in your pajamas for one more day.
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  22. There’s been so much drama this holiday season that I’m so ready for it to be over and done with.

  23. Oh, how I miss those fudge kisses! Now I get Opposite Day dialogue – “You’re the best cook ever! . . . Opposite Day.” My older boys are here a lot right now – the one who’s getting ready to have a baby girl any day, the one home from army training – and I love watching and hearing their words, their conversation. The little guys, though, they come around wanting hugs but not admitting to it, so I have to tackle hug them, or they curl up beside me with a book at the other end of the couch. They still need their mama – but so less obviously:) I don’t miss those crippling Legos – LOL – the littlest one build with them in his room and is VERY organized with them.
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  24. I know what you mean…it sucks and it’s great. The best part for me is NOT having to rack my brain of what to put in my 5-yr-old’s lunch that he will actually eat…other than seaweed, that is. The kid’s never touched a noodle, but he’s all over seaweed. Go figure.
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    • He eats seaweed?

      My kids tend to go the traditional pb&j route. Except my youngest, who hates pb&js.

  25. I’m starting to get antsy at all this quality time we’re all spending together… but it’s so fleeting…although I kind of wish my husband would go back to work, he’s the one that makes us get dressed in the morning and wants things to be just so. sigh.
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  26. I love your posts! You write them so well! So glad you’re enjoying your time together!

  27. Sounds like our break! I’ve actually been loving the break this year, though ours just started this week. And not having to drive kids around all day long– it’s blissful. :)
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  28. I’m loving being lazy…however I am not loving that my husband (who is off this week too) keeps setting his alarm for 630 am for no reason!!
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  29. I, too, love not having to hound kids to get dressed, make lunches, and rush out the door. So nice to hang out in PJs for a while. But all of the togetherness can get tough….patience runs out quickly. :)
    Recovering Supermom recently posted..NaBloPoMo Day 27: Internet Find: Cookie RecipesMy Profile

    • I have been losing my patience a little more than usual, I think. But, still trying to enjoy the non-crazy moments.

  30. sometimes I feel like that too on the days off that I am always around them, but it is so nice that there is no packing lunch, getting dress, etc. Just be a bum around the house is real nice!
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  31. I think we all “complain” from time to time without really meaning any of it. I love breaks too – even though I need to go into work and drag the boy with me. I like taking my time in the mornings. I like riding into the city on the train with him, even if that means I can’t sleep or read like I usually do. I like our time together – even though it’s more work for me. So I know you do too.

    We’ve been reading “If you give a dog a donut” everyday too :)
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  32. The mornings are my favorite. I love not having to rush to get ready. I love not having homework in the afternoons. I love that my kids are so thrilled with their new toys that they are happy to play all day
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  33. I loved being able to sleep in til ten this morning! So fun to hear the giggling and teasing and happiness that permeates my house during the holidays.

  34. So I am anxious for preschool to start back up. And dance class. And swim lessons… so we can get back on a schedule around here. But for now I’ll enjoy watching them play (and scuffle) and I’ll try not to curse (out loud) when I step on little toys.
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  35. I’m enjoying the same things… not rushing off… having no where to be… the time with my kids and NOT having to go to work every morning!
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  36. I absolutely hear you. My daughter asked for popcorn for breakfast and at first I was like No! Then I realized it’s technically a grain and has less sugar, so we both had popcorn for breakfast and it was awesome and tasty! It’s great to spend a little silly time with my girls.
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  37. I know you are enjoying them…every little second of joy that is spilling over on your family before school starts again. Hoping the giggles keep coming!
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  38. Sweet kisses that smell like peanut butter fudge… sounds like heaven. Complain all you want, isn’t this why you started PYHO? No one is here to judge, only support. And you a freakin’ SuperMOM in my book.
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  39. Oh yeah, my house is a complete mess.

    I’m ready for the kids to go back to school…sort of. I like sleeping in.
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  40. Love this post! I was dreading the Christmas break with my 3 boys, but I’m actually really enjoying it…especially not having to rush and get everyone ready to drive to school! Plus, they are occupied with their new toys, so they actually give me a bit of free time ;)
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  41. My oldest is turning 11. I truly am speechless about it. It feels like time stopped and then took off running at double speed. So much fun and so very strange to see the boy who is almost in middle school.
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    • It really does go by so quickly! My oldest was looking at pics this morning and asked “This is when I was 6, right?” And it hit me… yes, back when you were 6- you’re 7 already- when did that happen???

  42. Oh me too! I love having my boys home. Yes, it’s a lot of work and headaches but I just love it. I’m sad that this week is 1/2 way over and they go back to school on Monday. :(

  43. With my daughter only being one we still had a calm and routine day. Although it was fun watching her play with all the new toys and books! I know I will miss it but I look forward to her being just a bit older so it will be more exciting.

  44. I love not having a schedule….just like you. Adorable photo of the boys.
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  45. Not only have I stayed in my PJs all day today, I haven’t even showered. I’m pretty sure I brushed my teeth, but I can’t be positive. And I’m definitely not wearing clean underwear. (TMI?)

    My husband is out of town and my daughter is still with her grandparents, so I’ve had the whole day to myself. And while yesterday was wholly productive on the home organization front, today has been spent somewhat sick on the couch, which gave me the perfect excuse to work on my blog all day – something I literally never get to do.

    So, after the whirlwind activity surrounding the most joyful Christmas I can remember in recent history, I have so enjoyed this day of complete and utter solitude. Dirty underwear and all. :)
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    • LOL I’m still in pajamas. I considered if they were acceptable attire to go to the movies in yesterday. But decided to actually put on real clothes.

      Enjoy your quiet!

  46. Doing the homeschool thing means that it isn’t really a break for us – I mean we are breaking from school, but we are still hanging out at the house most days as usual. But I have enjoyed being more lazy, and watching more movies, and reading more books (just for fun!) the last couple of weeks.
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  47. I’m so glad you are having a great time with your boys…this time while they are small seems to go by so fast!
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  48. My girls have been entertaining the boys so much that I’ve got more free time to do my own thing than normal :)
    I think I’ll be sad when they go back to school and i have to parent again LOL
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