Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mommy Drinks Because You Cry - The Summer Version

Today is the first day of summer vacation in my house.....sigh. Don't get me wrong. I love all my girls to the ends of the earth, but all four of them together ALL DAY LONG kinda makes me anxious. Even too much sunshine gives you a burn!

I am still dealing with my anxiety trying to get it under control with my medication and my doctors. I have a feeling that having four girls screaming and fighting all summer long isn't going to do much for my nerves. My girls are good for the most part. But, they all get on each other's nerves at least twice an hour.

I am trying to stay positive and remember the wonderful perks about summer like:

* getting to sleep past 7:00 a.m.

* not having to pack another lunch for two more months

* not having my life, schedule or wallet dictated by school

* no 8:00 p.m surprises that someone needs something for the next day

But, there is still the fighting, whining, tattling, screaming, and "Mom I am bored".

I have a lot planned to keep them busy. Hopefully, it will work. I am already teetering on insanity, so I am trying to keep what little I have intact.

Any cool ideas what I can do with my four girls this summer? Any and all suggestions are always appreciated!

There is always my glass of wine at the end of the night! :)



  1. I feel you!!! Definitely focus on the perks, if you can! ;) I know my kids are going to drive me up the wall too!

  2. Well...being a crafter, I'd say hike yourself and your little charges down to the local craft store and pick up t-shirts and acrylic fabric paints. Have a "design your own t-shirt" day and that'll keep them occupied for at least a couple of hours. When their shirts are all done and dried....they'll happily parade around in them announcing to the world that they "made" them. Cool, eh?

  3. Not to make you pack a lunch when it's a non-lunch packing time of year, but picnics and parks will give you many moments of peace!

  4. I so remember. I only had one and that was enough. I can't imagine four. I say have the drink. I say drink all summer long. Why not? Bwahahahahaha.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  5. Just start a count down to how many more days until school starts!

    For me it's different this year. This is the first year I am homeschooling my kids so I am used to them being home all day. So for the first time, I actually get a summer break FROM school. So it's easier for me not to have to yell at them to get their work done. Yet, there still is all the whining, fighting and all the rest. I hated making the lunches too. Granted, I still make them lunch but it's so much simpler now!

    Add Kahlua to your coffee!

  6. You can always ship them off to the Small Town. I would love to have them for a week (other people's children are so much easier).

  7. I love the picture : ) I only have one and couldn't imagine having four! But hopefully they will like everything you have planned. I agree with the crafts for keeping them busy. Making making a "Summer Scrapbook".

  8. Go hiking, to the park, or the zoo! I can't imagine having 4 little ones tell you they're bored every day. I get frustrated with my one telling me that. :) Good luck!

  9. I can feel your pain. I have 4 teenaged boys plus their friends inavading my home for the summer. Definitely wine in the evening is in order. Do you have any babysitters you can use every once in awhile during the afternoon. Getting away for some alone time saves the sanity.
    I hope that you get your anxiety under control. Finding the right meds is hard. I'm going through the same thing right now, and it is frustrating. Hang in there!

  10. We planted a garden this summer. Kite building material costs >$5. Or how about this idea: have them make wine for you! Two birds and one stone.
    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  11. Good luck with your summer and your anxiety. I struggle with anxiety too and I know how it is having four children at each other's throats. Although I am lucky, two of my kids are boys. Good luck and I know you will find some fun activities for your girls.

  12. Oh. My. God. Do I know what you're talking about! We still have three days left and for the most part, I've got zero ZERO planned to keep them busy. The bickering begins almost as soon as there's more than one of them awake. Ugh. And of course, we've got to stay within our budget which means we've got to go on cheap or free outings...

    I don't know if you have free movies in your neck of the woods, but some of the theaters in our area offer older (already released on DVD) films @ 10 am for free. It's something. Also our library has crafts once a week.

    I could always move out for two months, right?

  13. It's the "I'm bored" that always breaks me down!!

  14. If you live anywhere near DuPage or Kane COunty, they have this Passport To Adventure program in the summer where they give you a book of all the little, obscure museums in the area, like history museums and art museums in towns. You have the whole summer to visit a certain number, and then you get a prize! Here;s the link...

  15. One summer I eliminated "I'm Bored" completely. I made a list of not-so-nice chores and posted it on the fridge. When I heard that term, the offending child then got to pick something fun off that list to do! Sweeping out the garage, watering the garden, weeding, etc. are all boredom ending. Okay, so the chores never really got done, but I never heard that term again! It worked for me, maybe it can for you.

  16. I hate summer vacation! Yes, I get to sleep in and all that, but the cries of "I'm bored" begin about 15 minutes into the first day of break. And I have a Midget with ADHD who wants to be entertained constantly. Ugh.

    I have no neat ideas for summer fun. We usually spend most of the summer down by the pool (our apartment has one) cuz I'm usually too broke to do anything else.

    Have a great day!


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