Friday, December 28, 2007

Kids on Vacation = Me on Vacation

I love when the kids are home from school. I look forward to every weekend. I dread Monday mornings. It's easier and definitely more fun when the kids are on vacation.
  • I can stay up late without worrying about getting up early to get the kids off to school.

  • If I'm tired in the afternoon, I can lie down for a bit. I don't have to watch the clock to pick up the kids.

  • If I have to run to the store, I have a babysitter!

  • My daughter empties the dishwasher when she doesn't have school!

  • I can have intelligent conversations during the day with my older kids.

  • Best of all, at night we play games, watch movies, and talk.

I got my 14 year old season one of Gilmore Girls. She only saw a couple episodes before it went the air, but I figured she'd like to watch the first season. Rory is 16, and so far, there's nothing bad on the show. She loves it SO much. I'm starting to really get into it, too. Sounds corny, I know, but it's a nice show for a mother and daughter to watch together. I'm always looking for nice shows for us to watch.

My 3 year old got season 4 of Full House. She opened it and once again said, "I don't want this!". Last night we sat down to watch it and she LOVED it! Michelle is 3 in this season, just starting preschool. D.J. is in 8Th grade, just like my other daughter. She loved it, too. Even my 11 year old son said he was surprised that he liked it. Full House is definitely a wholesome show to watch. We don't have many cable channels, so my youngest has never seen it before.

We rented Pride and Prejudice from the library. It was pretty good, but not as good as the A&E version, obviously. We found ourselves comparing everything. The A&E version was more like reading the book. There was so much more detail because it's six hours long.

I love Harry Potter. I didn't start reading the books until after I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie. Then I started with
The Chamber of Secrets and read the rest of the books. I decided to go back and actuallyread the first in the series,The Sorcerer's Stone. I'm so glad I am. Almost every page is different from the movie. Dudley didn't bring a friend to the zoo with him in the movie! The book even starts differently. If you love Harry Potter and haven't read this book yet, READ IT! I'm trying to convince my 11 year old to read it, but he thinks it will be boring. He loves Harry Potter, but isn't much of a reader, though. I'm still going to try to convince him to. I'm sure if I read it to him, he'd love it.

A few other things I hope to find time to do before the kids go back to school are going out to dinner, seeing National Treasure 2, playing our new games Buzz Word and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, and watching Can't Buy Me Love (remember this movie?).


Shellie said...

I feel the same way. I love vacation time!

Kitty said...

Other mothers look at me strangely when I say how much I love the holidays! We have a list of things we want to do before they go back to school too.

Oh yes, and my daughter is addicted to Harry Potter - she is an expert and has read all the books several times! :-) x

Karen said...

Ah, vacation. It's a love-hate relationship. I love having the kids here, the extra help with housework, the babysitter, playing games with them.

I hate having the kids here, fighting with each other every single day, arguing about chores...

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

It is nice having the kids home for a couple of weeks so we can all relax a little bit. Although, my younger son has a science fair project to work on, I can't believe his teacher gave them homework! I mean c'mon, it's vacation for heaven's sake!

Anyway, older son loved all the Harry Potter books, and doesn't like the movies because they aren't true to the books. I suppose they do the best they can considering how long the books are, they can't get every little detail in there.

Have fun watching all those videos and playing all your games! (better ice that Wii arm of yours!) :)

Bia said...

The title of your post says it all! I love it when my boys are home from school...everything is so much more relaxed! (And I actually love summer vacation!)

I'm with you on Pride & Prejudice; I have both versions and love both of them.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation! God bless.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I LOVE Gilmore Girls (the early seasons, anyway--it got kind of annoying near the end). It is definately perfect "watch with your daughter" TV.

Dawn said...

I remember "Can't Buy Me Love"! That was a good movie. I don't remember if it's appropriate for a 8 y.o. (wasn't even thinking about such things last time I saw it) but it would be fun to show my daughter just so she can see a little bit about what things were like "back in the olden days" :p

Flea said...

My ten year old, slow reading boy found Harry Potter on tape and CD at the library. He has listened to all seven books, keeping him away from TV and computers voluntarily. Awesome sauce.

Becky said...

Sounds like you all had a nice Christmas!

AAhhhh, the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice. LOVE Love Love that movie! Have you ever seen the Bollywood version called "Bride & Prejudice"? If you're a P&P fan, it's definitely worth adding to the mix. A fun, ethnic/cultural take on it.

I, too, enjoy not having to get up or watch the clock to take or pick up our oldest from school. And I still have a week and a couple of days left! Woowhoo!

Kellan said...

WOW you have lots of good stuff to watch. I want to see National Treasure 2 also. Hope you have a good weekend and enjoy your kids and all the great TV/movies. See ya. Kellan

joan said...

Can you believe I knew nothing about the Gilmore Girls until this year? Now my kids loved Full House when they were growing up and I do love the Pide and Prejudice movie. Looks like a wonderful way to spend time with your kids. Hope your holidays were great!

OHmommy said...

I can't wait until my kids grow tired of Dora, Spongebob, and Disney Princesses.

I would love to watch some real things with them. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Kila said...

My boys love watching Full House reruns on TV.

My favorite part of Christmas vacation is not having to get the kids to bed early, and not having to wake them up in the morning. I hate to wake up sleeping kids!

Zoe said...

i have a toddler, a preschooler, a K and a teenager. there are noooo naps going on. i'm so jealous.

Deb in OPKS said...

I am rereading the Harry Potter series for the 3rd time. I just love the series!