It's April vacation for us here. We started off by having Tamar's kids over for a sleepover since we don't get to see them nearly enough. Then we were planning on taking our dogs to the beach for a day trip, a birthday party and some other fun local outings. However my daughter started with a fever and cough on Tuesday and we have been down since. She and I have had two sleepless nights and we are both a bit crabby and all she feels like doing is hanging on the couch and watching movies.
My son is just full of energy so it's a bit of a balancing act around here. To keep myself together I am going to get dressed and fix my hair so I don't look as drained as I feel. There are still things to do around the house, like mop the muddy dog prints off my kitchen floor and keep up with laundry and dishes. When someone in the house is sick I feel like I have to constantly run around cleaning in particular the counters and sinks.
I'm in luck though because my son loves to help me clean. He does a great job sorting laundry and spraying the counter tops and sinks with my vinegar and water mixture. This will help keep him entertained, while spending time with me, while getting things done. Then we can all cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie together while enjoying our favorite popcorn. This way I know there's a little reward waiting for me at the end of my hard work. Hard because I'm tired and just want to nap in the chair.
Instead of focusing on all the fun we can't go out and have today I'm going to try to make the best of a difficult situation. It can all just feel like too much when you are tired, trying to take care of a sick one and watching the chores pile up. So today I'm giving myself permission to not be perfect and get everything done, I will concentrate on the important things. I'm going to do my best to keep everyone happy and make sure the atmosphere doesn't feel to heavy for when my husband comes home from work.
It's easy to forget that not every day has to be perfect and to focus on what you can't do or what you are missing out on. I hardly ever get to just snuggle on the couch and read with my kids without something else needing our attention so today I'm going to take the opportunity to do just that. And when it all feels like too much I will step out into the sunshine and take a deep breath.