Works For Me Wednesday- Christmas Break Sanity

WFMW Silly me. I had been looking forward to Christmas break. My kids had been getting along so splendidly. I had been thoroughly enjoying their company. Even patting myself on the back a little for what a spectacular job I clearly am doing as their mother. Then we went to Chicago last weekend, got all off schedule, ate way too much sugar and grease, and spent WAY too much time cooped up in a car and hotel room. Today, I paid for that trip my friends. With interest.

At approximately 11 am today I tweeted this:


It was just that kind of day. When my hubby got home from work I pretended to go downstairs to do laundry, but really hid and watched a bit of TV until I was caught. And then I had 3 Frango mints for dessert. And tonight I joined a gym and am actually excited to go so I can put my kids in childcare. If you know me at all, you know I have clearly gone off the deep end.

So give me your ideas. Give me your links. Give me your posts. Help a sister out. Cause I might now make it through the whole vacation. Seriously, what works for you?

This post was linked up to Works for me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


  1. sounds like you need to cut off sugar access ;) i’m kinda jokin kinda serious. When my sibs are ‘on sugar’ (yeah, it affects them like a drug) they are AWFUL. one brother LITERALLY bounces off the walls. he walks into em and bounces right off ;) my older brother is a big meany when he’s all sugared up and lacks self control, and some of my younger sibs are very very whiny/fussy, and can hardly cope with any frustration or disappointment… they’re all strong willed people, but are much more difficult to deal with if their diets aren’t under control. Me, i don’t go ‘on sugar’ very often, b/c i’m hypoglycemic and refined sugars can make me really sick and… kinda bipolar.

    The sugar affect usually lasts a day – then things get better. but my fam has to be really really careful about watching everyone’s sugar. Sometimes mom splurges and lets em eat to their heart’s delight – like on easter or halloween, thanksgiving, maybe Christmas, she just knows she’ll pay for it later….

  2. Phoebe says:

    Structure :) My kids get all fiesty with each other when our day is just open ended without a plan. Even if there is something to look forward to, they have certain things they HAVE to do before they get to do what they WANT to do. Don’t get me wrong. I love days where we lounge around and do seemingly nothing, but those only last so long before I have to implement a small routine or structure of some sort. Another thing we do every day we possibly can is “quiet time.” At our house that means kids go to their own rooms (we run out of bedrooms, so one gets to stay downstairs) for at least an hour and do a quiet activity – knit, puzzles, read, play with Pollys, dollhouse, listen to a hiskids program on the radio….). They often want to play TOGETHER during quiet time, but I don’t let them. That break from each other makes their reunion that much sweeter and lends itself to a couple more hours of nice playtime. I hope you find something that works for you! I agree with the sugar comment above too, although that’s HARD this time of year. I know I’ve temporarily lost my self control and that’s bleeding into the kids’ eating habits too. Ugh. Fine example I am!

  3. I ran across this today: http://livingpower.blogspot.com/2010/12/your-christmas-break-survival-guide.html

    Good luck to you. Good luck to us all.
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  4. Hey Jill ~
    Here’s some ideas for you….http://cindybultema.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-vacation-family-fun-to-z.html.
    We also have a structured “Monday Fun Day” or “Terrific Tuesday” where all the kids get an Activity Card (just like my Snow Day Shuffle). It works every time. Monday I had 8 kids here all day ~ and they didn’t fight (or say “I’m bored”) once. it was a miracle!
    Lastly, if you run out of ideas, walk around the block and stop and visit us! We’d be glad to visit!
    Merry Christmas!
    Cindy :)
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  5. Hi Jill :)

    I shared some fun ideas here ~ http://cindybultema.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-vacation-family-fun-to-z.html, and the kids and I spent tons of time at Breton Village today (love that train!).
    If you get bored, go for a neighborhood walk and come by and see us! :)
    Merry Christmas! :)
    CIndy :)
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  6. Janice says:

    I’m looking forward to my son’s school vacation. Maybe I’m crazy….My game plan is to do something special everyday. Some things will be simple, like coloring and putting snowmen on their bedroom doors, to complicated, like a gingerbread house. I also plan to stick to our general schedule for bedtime and rising, except rising time will be allowed to be later if he sleeps that long. Heading over to check out the A to Z blog!

  7. We’re headed to a hotel for the night (Embassy Suites are inexpensive and awesome–free snacks at night, free breakfast in the a.m. and TWO rooms!) I’m excited b/c I think I’ll be able to have fun (no housework) and we’ll just swim in the pool, watch a movie, etc. We’re not even going to any sights–just the hotel! I think this is going to break up our break well, and if it works, maybe this will be a tradition for our fam!
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  8. Miriam says:

    A gym is great – I use my membership mostly for the daycare. Some days, well, a lot lately, I relax in the hot tub or steam room, then have a nice long shower and shave, then sit in the cafe with a coffee. It’s heavenly! I use to feel a little guilty, but I’m over that! What gym are you at? We can plan to meet up and hang out if you are at the MAC =)

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