I can honestly say we made the most of Zach's school break. Usually we get home from Utah and wish we had a whole other vacation to spend with just each other. This year we got just enough time together as a family, just enough time together as a couple. We were all sick a lot, too- and very grateful we didn't have to pack our coughing, runny-nosed, and runny-diapered kids anywhere. Is there anyone out there whose family didn't all get sick over the holidays? I don't know if it's just Facebook awareness, or if I've really been hearing about more sickness.
We made the most of our last vacation days by consolidating our kids.
They're all sleeping (very figurative term at this particular moment) in what used to be the twins' room. We moved Mia's bunk bed where Anya's crib used to be, and stuffed her dresser in there, too.
Then, we did what we've been dreaming of doing since we moved to our little house two years ago.
We moved all of the toys that have been camping out in our family/living/computer/exercise/dining/play room and put them in Mia's old room, which now serves as their play room! Now we have a very uncluttered and spacious family/living/computer/exercise/dining room and couldn't be happier. It's like we moved to a house with another 150 square feet!
The biggest plus is that their play seems more structured. Not only do they seem to understand better where everything needs to be put away when they're done playing, but when playtime ends. We leave the room, so clean-up time is way more obvious. It wasn't just the space that was cluttered, it was our schedule. It was as hard to differentiate play time and lunch time as it was to seperate the playing and eating areas. Impossible when the high chairs were between the toys and the play area.
Unfortunately, now we've subsituted day-time chaos for night. It seems I might have to make a habit of sitting in their room playing police-mom while they fall asleep. Off I go.