After three and half weeks off for Christmas break, my kids went back to school this morning. The house is oddly quiet.
The longest mid-year break we’ve ever had by far, the past three weeks were actually incredibly enjoyable. I thought going in that I would be SO ready for the kids to go back to school long before the break was over, but that wasn’t the case at all. We had a really relaxing and much-needed respite from the crazy daily grind and I was actually sad to see them go this morning.
That being said, three and half weeks is also a really long time to be out of school in the middle of the year. It was a little hard to get back into the swing of things today, but I expected that. And I prepared for it, so it turned out to be much easier than I anticipated.
On the very first day of break, when I was still used to having a million school-related things to do everyday, I emptied all the kids’ gym bags and washed all their one gazillion P.E. and sports uniforms and re-packed the bags. I washed their dress shirts and dress socks, cleaned up their blazers, and shined their dress shoes. (To be clear: the children all helped. Please don’t think I did all of that smilingly and unassisted.) We unpacked their backpacks and recycled unneeded papers and we checked out what the homework assignment situation was over break so we weren’t caught by surprise by a long-term project on the last day before school started.
We got everything clean, sorted, and re-packed. And then I could just forget about it. I relaxed and didn’t even think about school stuff again until this past weekend. I made everyone double-check their homework (which we did here and there over the break, so it wasn’t a mad all-day affair on the last day). I double checked sports bags and backpacks, put beach towels in everyone’s swim bags, and that was it. We were already ready.
That one day of work on the first day of break made the entire rest of the three weeks so much more relaxing. And it absolutely made this morning run much more smoothly. A day’s work well worth it!