Holiday Truths

So, apparently we’re all on holidays.

Except I’m not.

Instead of enjoying some time with my family I’ve headed back to work this week. But don’t feel too sorry for me as I’m back on leave again at the end of next week for 3 weeks. And it’s going to be awesome!

Anyway, having the family on holidays while I’m not, has been an interesting experience in a number of ways.

1. I’ve discovered I rather like having a house husband at home. I’ve relished not having to cook every night. I’ve enjoyed not having to wrangle the kids every morning. I’ve loved not having to rush around like a lunatic, like I normally do.

It’s something I could get used to, very, very easily…

2. It’s interesting to see what the family gets up to when I’m not around. Yesterday, for instance, my husband shared a photo on Facebook of an indoor cubby house he had made with the kids. Which was awesome. I would share it here but it does show the adorable faces of my three little bears, so I better not.

Instead, here’s a representation of what it looked like, except ours was better…

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While the cubby was awesome, I did have to ask why the photo indicated that the kids were still in their PJs at lunchtime… Apparently, it was pyjama day at home – clearly it’s a case of fun dad when it comes to the holidays!

3. It’s also very curious to see how the kids behave when I leave and return each day. It’s apparently such a big deal to be separated from me – they cling to me when I attempt to leave and then throw themselves on me the minute I return.

In contrast, they pretty much ignore their father when he goes to work. I suspect it’s all in the novelty of the situation, rather than a reflection of their relative feelings towards us both, but I’ll soak up their devotion while it lasts!

So there’s a few interesting things I have noticed this week. I wonder what next week will bring?

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38 Responses

  1. Ah yes. Pyjama day. Dads are good at having those. Some dads are also good at forgetting about teeth, hair and packing away toys. Well, in my experience anyway. I guess it doesn’t hurt to break from routine from time to time …
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    • Kirsty says:

      Well, I was willing to overlook the other stuff for one day but I’m hoping that things don’t get too out of hand while I’m at work next week!

  2. My hubby is in the middle (well, 2/3) of the way through a 3 week forced holiday (his work shuts down which is good but also sucks). Anyway, I am still working, Nick is still in kindy, but I’m not getting the benefits of a house husband at all! Hmmm, this will have to change. Sounds like your hubby & the kids are having a great time together!
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    • Kirsty says:

      It’s a pity you’re not getting the full benefit of the house husband, Aroha – mine even did the dishes today! He knows the way to my heart… 🙂

  3. Sounds like great bonding time for the kids and dad! Blessings to you and yours! Visit my blog sometime if you get a chance! Thanks, Teresa
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  4. Emily says:

    Kirsty I can totally relate to a lot of what you are saying! And I sometimes wish I was the one going out to work each day – but then again I know the grass isn’t always easier. But I would LOVE not to cook EVERY night, wrangle kids EVERY morning, this why I’m dreading Monday. But maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way, time for an attitude change on my behalf! Emily
    Emily recently posted..Things I know will happen once the Husband heads back to work

    • Kirsty says:

      Having read your post I do understand where you are coming from Emily. I’m enjoying a bit of a rest at the moment but soon enough all the holidays will be at an end and I will be left with my normal load again. At least I get a little reprieve but I’m thinking I will need an attitude adjustment myself very soon!

  5. Shelly says:

    Husband had his time off over the Christmas break, and I did too so we spent it as a family. Now he’s gone back and I’m back at work (from home) so yesterday I encouraged the kids to build a cubby just to keep them occupied. It took them over two hours to pack it away! Every item of linen in our household was utilised. Enjoy your time off Kirsty. Happy 2013!

  6. Alicia says:

    Ah yes, I remember working in the afternoons and not having to do tea and the dishes that ensued! Enjoy your few weeks off!
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    • Kirsty says:

      It’s nice to have a little of the load taken off, isn’t it Alicia? And I’m so looking forward to my time off – it’s the only thing that makes the coming week bearable at all!

  7. Oh pyjama’s are so totally day wear! I would live in mine if I could!

    Dad’s are the fun parent to the kids aren’t they. I’ve walked in on sooo many insanely HUGE forts in the lounge room over the years. Usually the whole room would have been taken up, with the teevee and DVD player in there with the kids.

    Happy Friday lovely! Have a fantastic weekend, and enjoy your little holiday from work that’s coming up!

    xxx
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks so much! Knowing that I have some leave coming up makes the coming week at work (while my family have fun at home without me) a little easier to bear!

  8. Francesca says:

    Fun dad happens here too when Mr O’s on holidays. He has two weeks off soon while I’ll be at work some of that time. I’m looking forward to seeing what they get up to!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I know Francesca – I’m very intrigued to see what I’ll come home to during the course of next week – we may have to compare notes!

  9. Me says:

    Glad they are enjoying themselves. A is at home at the moment but no chance of coming home to cooked dinners even though his mom is there too – they wait until I get home and then say “What should we have for dinner ?” and I land up doing most of it anyway. THe good thing is that he does clean up the kitchen afterwards. And he will cook on the BBQ if we are having meat !!! So, all in all, it isn’t too bad – just can’t wait for MIL to leave !!!!
    Enjoy your 3 weeks off when it happens !
    Me
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    • Kirsty says:

      I love my MIL and get on with her really well but I understand your desire to claim your house back again! Pity dinner isn’t sorted for you every night but at least you get some help with the clean up – that rates pretty highly with me, anyway.

  10. Mia is the same, she clings to me the minute I walk back in the door after work but is happy to give Dad a big smile and then go back to doing whatever it was she was doing before he got home. And he is definitely the fun parent, Dave had a week off a few weeks ago while I went to work and let’s just say not a whole lot got done around the house but Mia was very happy every day so thats all that matters I guess.

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s funny how it works, Kylez. I am normally the one who takes the kids to school and picks them up in the afternoon so it would be strange for them to see me leave first. And yes, dads seem to be the fun parents, don’t they? All fun, no responsibility… 😉

  11. Ness says:

    My Mr 4 clings to me too just like you describe. My boys also build ‘cubby houses’ like that pic, in the living room.

    Have a great 3 week break!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Ness – one more week and I get to spend some real time with the family, without missing out on the action!

  12. I love pyjama day! I think we all need one once in a while. My boys would have a few a week if we let them 🙂
    And I completely agree, when hubby was at home while I returned to work I LOVED the fuss-free mornings and not having to cook. Bliss.
    Happy new year!
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    • Kirsty says:

      It has been really good over the last few days having my husband at home – I’ve even been spared doing the dishes – how awesome is that? Wishing you and your family all the best for the new year too – may we both juggle home and work with class in 2013!

  13. Rhianna says:

    PJ days are the best. Though it is so hot here they aren’t often worn. Mind you it was nearly 11am before I chucked a singlet and bike pants over my bra and knickers so I could hang the washing out today! Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely
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    • Kirsty says:

      It’s so hot everywhere right now, isn’t it? I have to confess I was in my pyjamas until well after midday on the weekend – sometimes you just have to let go and take it easy!

  14. Ang says:

    Sheet cubby houses are the best. Well done Daddy! Especially declaring pyjama day 🙂
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    • Kirsty says:

      I remember with fondness making my own indoor cubby houses when I was little – I used to be so proud of my masterpieces. It’s lovely to see the ‘tradition’ being passed down to my own kids!

  15. Grace says:

    Must be heavenly to have a house husband! Although I would probably slap the wrists of mine if I knew the kids were still in their PJ’s at lunch time 🙂
    Excited to hear about your holidays in 3 weeks time ! x
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    • Kirsty says:

      I did make a pointed comment on facebook when I saw the photo with the kids still in their PJs and it was amusing to see him trying to cover his tracks afterwards! But I can cope with the occasional PJ day – I think they are sometimes good for the soul!

  16. Enjoy the change of pace and scenery! I often think it would be nice to switch places for a while, but at the end of the day I know I get the the better deal! Grass is always greener!

    • Kirsty says:

      Most definitely Martine! I know this well – I was once the full-time worker while my husband stayed at home and I never realised how good we had it. All I could do was complain of this, that and the other not being done but I never realised how easy the arrangement actually was for me until my husband returned to work and it was all left to me again!

  17. robomum says:

    Although the words ‘house husband’ really mean ‘even more work for me’, you can’t argue with pyjamas and cubbies!
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    • Kirsty says:

      I think he has the formula for “fun dad” down pat – let’s see what next week brings when I have a full week at work…!

  18. Leigh says:

    Dads are so much fun! I know when I have to step out the house becomes more chilled out. Im a bit of a task master so being home with dad is a breeze! Enjoy your impending time off xx

  19. Work does get a bit old sometimes. Sounds like the kids are enjoying their time with their Dad. Enjoy your holidays 🙂

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