Learning to live with our kids again

This coming weekend is Easter, the weekend we travel to pick up the two kids from university. The drive to Quebec will take us anywhere from nine hours to twelve depending on traffic. Once we arrive, middle child will immediately want to start moving the contents of her apartment into the trailer, we will have brought with us, hubby will want a beer and I will want to lay down since the drive is exceptionally hard on my body.

Now middle child has lived on her own for three years, so there is three years of her crap precious belongings to bring home. Once her stuff is loaded, we will then drive over to where the teenage boy lives in residence. More crap precious belongings will be loaded into the trailer. So in less than a week, are other two children plus one large dog will be home, again. This is when our life will once again be turned upside-down. Now middle child will only be home for a couple of weeks, since she is going back for spring school, leaving us with her dog, which is a whole other set of issues.

The first thing my husband will notice will be the leftovers – they will be non-existent, and hubby loves leftovers, great for work, and snacks for when he gets home from work. Next I will notice that the tank of gas we put in the van once a month, will now last about a week, and the van will rarely be in the driveway. I can’t complain about the laundry, since my girls do their own, but the teenage boy will remind me, he is on vacation again, and thus the laundry is all mine. I will give him credit for bringing it up and down the stairs for me.

Middle child has to leave her dog with us while she returns to university for six weeks, because of new living arrangements. Bear, a mixture of German Shepherd and Doberman, is a very well-behaved dog who adores our daughter. So for the first week, he will pine for her while he also gets used to living with us again. There will be mud everywhere. We have a large yard for him to run around in, but we also have a lot of mud in our yard in the spring, if of course spring ever gets here. So along with cleaning the paws of our own little beagle, we will now have to clean the paws of Bear. The worst though, is the amount of poo outside will double, and Bear’s business is not small, plus he prefers to go wherever, whereas our dog is trained to go in the same area.

So this Easter weekend, all seven of us (five adults, two dogs) will be together again, arguments will quickly ensue as people and dogs learn to put up with each other again love each other for all of our differences again.

Note:

The fact that our youngest is nineteen years old, mom sent him a text message last night:

  • Mom: “Does the Easter Bunny need to make a stop here, he/she was wondering. (mom’s have a direct line to the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus just for such questions)
  • Teenage boy: “Tell the Easter Bunny that if he has to ask, I’m going to skewer him and roast him in a stew”
  • Mom: “Oh dear, though rabbit for Easter may be good”
  • Teenage boy: “No”

17 thoughts on “Learning to live with our kids again

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  2. Izzie Anderton (@IzzieAnderton)

    Oh hun, I am feeling your pain! Easter holidays at my daughters’ universities fortunately didn’t overlap by more than a week, but we still have one of them at home & I’m feeling mean for looking forward to her going back on Sunday!
    Our food bill has more than doubled, my new car has been AWOL ever since they returned, the house is a tip & I’ve washed every single day!
    My advice – wine helps a lot! Stay sane lovely x

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      Yes, I have been slowly preparing the fridge by buying extra food the past few months. Thankfully the girls do their own laundry, so that is one less thing I need to deal with. Oh, and there is extra wine hidden in the cupboard.

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  3. Poppy

    My daughter has 2 more years before she leaves for school and I already have plans for her bedroom. I’m going to have to make a “no pets” policy for sure – Easter bunny included!

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      It might be a tad difficult hiding a bit of rabbit in a ham, mind you if I cook a turkey, well I could add it too the stuffing….evil plans form in mom’s mind. 🙂

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  4. Journeys of The Zoo

    I’m pretty sure that my Mother wrote this post. Except coming from you, it’s way funnier.

    If the saying “What goes around comes around” is correct, I have so much to look forward to.

    Besos, Sarah

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