Yes, I’m blogging about next week this week. I’m doing that because I’m going to spend this week preparing myself and the dayhome for next week, because…
NEXT WEEK IS MARCH BREAK.
Even when I was a kid, I hated March Break. It felt like everyone else was going ‘away’ (DisneyWorld was a popular option.) There was almost never enough snow to have fun in, but the mud was too cold and the sky was too grey for any springtime activities, either. My parents invariably spent it frustrated and annoyed because of all the kids underfoot.
By Thursday we were all sprawled in front of the TV, just waiting for it to be over.
As a parent, I don’t like it much better. Now I get to hear from Harry that ‘everyone else is going away’. And the snow has mostly melted so outdoors is a slushy, muddy, churned-up mess. I will be completely full next week, all day every day, and I’m already feeling the desire to just curl up in a ball and wait for it to be over.
This is neither practical nor productive.
After consulting with Harry and Ron, we’ve decided to have a theme week, and the theme we’ve picked is rainbows. Rainbows, because we are all so sick of grey & brown that we’ve agreed to try and bring a little colour into our lives. Every day, we’ll do a different rainbow-themed activity. Here are some:
- making coloured ice cubes and using them outdoors as building blocks (on the deck if the ground is too gross)
- baking layered rainbow cupcakes
- giving everyone rainbow manicures (my brother works for the cosmetics department at a national drug store chain, and he got me a whole bunch of cheap nail polish in vivid colours for this project)
- making rainbow mobiles
- making a “foods rainbow” – cutting things out of flyers in particular rainbow colours to make a mural
If anyone has other suggestions, lay them on me, because I am notoriously not good at coming up with these kinds of things.
I also just realized this morning that the time change happens this weekend. The BAD time change. The “oh my fucking god George’s habitual 5:15AM wakeup is actually happening at 4:15AM” time change. The one where all the kids are cranky, out-of-their-routines messes for a good solid week.
I think my rainbow project may be purchasing liqueurs in all the colours of the rainbow. I daresay I’m going to need a little extra help to get through it all with my sanity intact.