Our Thanksgiving Holiday was a success! Everyone had a fun day with friends and family. We all ended the day with very full bellies. We saw Santa Claus over the weekend. Did a little Christmas List shopping. Watched a few holiday movies. And made an extremely HUGE mess!
I love the Holidays. But the thing I don’t love… The mess. The clean-up. The lack of routine. And getting back into the routine after it is all said and done.
Since we have six kids in our family, as well as a busy schedule, we often get asked what the secret to our sanity is. (Sanity, of course, being a relative term) And honestly, it’s our routines. Bedtime routine, cleanup, meal times, morning routine, and general expectations that keep our home running (craziness and all). Not to say that the routines mandate our day, but the consistency allows both myself and the kids to keep our frustrations in check.
Then the holidays come… And it all goes out the window! And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed my week of cooking and relaxing. I did some Netflix binge watching. Snuggled with my kids instead of unloading the dishwasher. Stayed up late, and allowed quite a bit of sugary indulgence by both myself and my littles. It was nice. Aaaaaaaand not-so-nice.
It was nice to not worry about the laundry or bedtimes and homework. Nice to use paper plates and eat leftovers and lounge around. Nice to eat to until we were going to explode. Nice to have lots of sugar and spice.
Not so nice to have grumpy kids who are sleep deprived and sugar-high hyper. Not so nice to wake up on Monday morning to a pile of laundry as tall as I am… (Not Joking! 6 loads down and 4 more to go!!!) Not so nice to see the playroom which looks like it vomited boxes of toys and books all over. Not so nice to scramble around to find jackets and gloves and hats and shoes which were not put in their proper place.
And so I have decided. My routines have ruined me and I am RUINED without my routines!
I am not delusional that I will be able to stick to all my routines during the holidays. But it doesn’t mean that every single one of them needs to disappear during the Holidays. In fact, I am pretty sure that in the next few weeks the routines will help my little ones feel more at ease and able to more completely enjoy the festivities with the presence of a few of those routines.
It comes down to this. Balance. And Attitude. If mommy can have balance and a good attitude….then my home will survive. It feels a bit daunting to look at the crazy messes in every room of our house this year. But they represent the memories and fun of the holidays. I am quite sure that there will be many more “recovery routine” days over the next few weeks as Christmas is bringing lots of events and family visiting. But it is worth it.
Maybe today, you are like me. Recovering from the holidays and undoing all the “ruin” without your routines. It’s okay. We can do this! We will recover. We will get back to the comfort and stability of the routines. And when we need to throw a few of them out the window. We will survive that too.
Breathe in and out. And recruit some help from the hubby and older kids.
Happy Routine Recovery!