It took us two extra days this year, but all of our holiday decorations have been taken down. It looks empty and quite sad in our entryway and living room now.
Take into account my exhaustion on Friday, in addition to the fact that my mom had hurt her arm, and nothing was accomplished that day. But today I was wide awake and ready to go, and my mom's arm was feeling much better, so we recruited everyone to help us and we got everything packed away. It was a pretty quick process with everyone involved, even though the twins spent more time examining each ornament than actually helping me wrap and pack them!
While I hate rushing the year away (don't even get me started on how annoyed I am by the fact that Valentine's Day decorations were in stores before New Year's Day was even over!), I do look forward to having the next batch of decorations up filling the empty spaces that were left around the house today. It's funny how quickly you can forget what your house looked like before having tons of holiday decorations up for a month.
Now that the holidays are officially over, the kids are prepared to go back to school. They're not thrilled about waking up early, but they're excited to see friends again. I'm definitely not thrilled about getting up earlier tomorrow, but once the kids are all out of the house, I think my mom and I are both excited to have a moment of peace and quiet! At least I had some time away from everyone at work, but my mom has been with all of the kids non-stop for the past two weeks. I think she needs a minute or two without yelling, singing, or high-pitched squeals.
Good luck to everyone as you all get back into daily routines tomorrow... That first day is never easy!
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