Well, what's on my mind today?...
1.) Due to budget cuts, our local school system elected to lengthen the school day and take longer summer/winter breaks this year. The end result is my kids are still off from school and not going back until next week. I am surprisingly OK with this; it has been nice to have them home, and they haven't started driving each other crazy or fighting like cats and dogs yet. I'm expecting that to commence any minute now.
2.) Because of this extra-long winter break, we decided to take a family vacation to Disneyworld! It was our kids' first time there, and yes, it was indeed magical.
3.) Not so magical: The flights there and back. Can you say turbulence? On the last leg of our flight home in a ridiculously small plane with 20 mph winds, even the flight attendant looked nervous.
4.) Interestingly, my kids were not the least bit scared by all that turbulence. In fact, they conversed LOUDLY and with glee about how much it felt like Space Mountain. I am not entirely certain that the surrounding adult passengers enjoyed that conversation. I guess kids' minds don't go where adult's minds do.
5.) Despite all that, I will fly again. It is still my preferred mode of travel and I don't think we should make decisions based on fear. Besides, the world looks pretty darn amazing from 30,000 feet.
6.) My kids brought home Mickey sweatshirts, Mickey ears, and new toys from Disneyworld. I brought home a nasty head cold. I think there should be a law that Mommies are not allowed to get sick. It hardly seems fair. Even if I feel awful, there are still meals to be prepared and bottoms to wipe. Hopefully not at the same time.
7.) I'm not sure I should have typed that little joke about preparing meals and wiping bottoms. I promise I don't do both at the same time.
8.) Back home today, it is cold and dreary outside with a dusting of snow (not enough to play in). It's definitely a soup-in-the-crockpot kind of day. Too bad my kids won't eat the soup; I'll have to make them sandwiches or some other alternative. At least my house will smell great and feel cozy, and The Bossman and I will enjoy a warm, soothing dinner. How do you get kids to eat soup? I guess it's something about all that stuff being mixed together that freaks them out. I have no room to talk though, I didn't eat soup until I was in college.
9.) Speaking of fighting like cats and dogs (see #1), my father related a very funny story yesterday. He and my mother were driving the kids somewhere, and all three of them were packed into the backseat. Not surprisingly, these close quarters inspired some sparring. As The Princess punched Radar, Superman joined in and began throwing punches too. My father sternly lectured all three kids, and told The Princess, "You are being a bad influence on Superman." Superman did not agree with my father's assessment and responded matter-of-factly, "I was born punching!"
10.) My sewing room has been calling me. I think I feel some creativity coming on... just as soon as I can get these kids back in school.