The toys look as tired as I feel

Looking around at the constant mess that is my house during the school holidays, I keep seeing signs that the toys are feeling my pain. I suspect that ‘Toy Story’ is real after all.

Frazzled.

Frazzled (with my body on backwards).

Askew (and just slightly stabby).

Askew (and just slightly stabby).

Confused (don't know my up from down).

Confused (don’t know up from down).

Queasy (although the holiday hangover is passing).

Queasy (although the holiday hangover is passing).

In need of a good lay down (when does school go back?).

In need of a good lay down (when does school go back?).

Funny how I was looking forward to these school holidays so much. Now after almost three weeks of it, I can’t actually discern any difference between the school and non-school parts of the year in terms of my workload. Actually during the holidays I have more interruptions and there isn’t a half hour where the house stays in order.

So the exhaustion levels are the same but the tasks have changed. Instead of packing lunchboxes and endlessly turning socks inside out and matching them, I’m now constantly washing the sand out of beach towels and applying sunscreen (my most hated job, but I can’t trust them to do a good job on their own).

The calendar tells me that the New Year is underway and many people’s holidays are over. Once more I’m reminded that mums don’t ever really get a holiday, do we? Yesterday, I did sneak an hour and a half on the deck with my kindle and a gin & tonic. I guess that’ll have to do.

Am I the only one feeling a little ripped off? What are your best ways to find some relaxation amongst the holiday chaos? Let me know QUICK! The kids don’t have to get off the PS3 for another 45 minutes – that’s my downtime slot for today!

In return, I’m offering you an easy dinner to ease your workload. It’ll use up all that basil which is probably going to seed in this heat. It’s from the Complete Lunchboxes Planner e-book.

Vegie Smugglers pesto pasta salad

Easy to make and yum either warm for dinner or cold on picnics.


Pesto Pasta Salad

1 large clove garlic
¼ cup pine nuts
1 bunch basil leaves
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan (please don’t use the powdered stuff)
250g pasta spirals
½ punnet cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

In a food processor (mini one is best), blitz together the garlic and pine nuts. Add the basil and blitz well. Combine in the oil (a little at a time). Stir in the cheese. Set aside (all day if you like).

Cook the pasta according to packet directions. Scoop out 1⁄2 cup of the water and set aside, then drain pasta and return to saucepan. Pour over pesto and mix through. Use more oil or reserved cooking water if too dry. Stir through the tomatoes.

SERVES 2 ADULTS & 2 KIDS.

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7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Natural New Age Mum said,

    I just made some pesto – guess what dinner is now ?? thanks Wendy – my tip is to hide in the toilet and do ten minutes of meditation 🙂

  2. 3

    Claire Bailey said,

    Now I’m thinking I’ll have to train them that toilet time is alone time 😛 Currently my best alone time is when the littlies decide they want to go play angry birds; the soft toys are the pigs, they get set up on the bed with pillows and one of them as the structure under the doona, the other one is the bird and they go crashing into the doona, make a huge mess, giggle themselves silly and so far haven’t hurt themselves. I just wish they would use their bed instead of ours.

    This is looking good, I am enjoying all the cold meals I can think of at the moment (the flat pack sushi has been a lifesaver for this by the way 🙂 ) and all the better if I can make it in the morning before it gets hot and make arsenic hour as simple as possible. Going to get basil at the supermarket tonight now 🙂

  3. 4

    meetoo said,

    I feel your pain!! My best tip – play dates, especially with friends who have siblings the same age as all your kids (assuming you have more than 1) and then you can take turns with the other family.. best bit is – even though play dates often result in more mess to clean up – they are usually so busy playing they leave you alone for most of the day (except when they are hungry!). And then hopefully the other family will repay your play date with an invite back to theirs 🙂

    • 5

      wendyblume said,

      Yes, agree absolutely. had one extra kid yesterday and two today. somehow though the reciprocal invites aren’t as plentiful. I’m sure it’s nothing to do with my kid’s behaviour. 😉

  4. 6

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  5. 7

    Rosie said,

    I’m just reading back over your archives and came across this post (my son is only 1, so I have no concept of school holidays yet!). Have you tried the aerosol, spray on sunscreen? Life changing. Super quick and easy and does not need to be rubbed in. I just stand him outside in a nappy and spray him down (obviously I do his face separately!). Makes a pretty difficult job much easier!


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