2 weeks down 3 to go.............

We are almost halfway through our summer holidays at home with the kids. I had a phone call yesterday, my house was in chaos and my caller (my boss) could hear it all imploding around me. I told her it feels like I'm living on Central Station (constant arrivals and departures of various children, not all mine either!) and I had spent the night lying, not sleeping, beside a steam train (aka Snoring Dear Husband!) so it wasn't a great time for her to talk with me about work. Christmas holidays are a very trying time for mum's in Australia, granted it is 1 week less than the 6 we used to have when we were kids but it is a real test of any mothers endurance still. My boss who I might tell you is single and childless just laughed when I said how difficult is to just survive here let alone make an entire quilt ready for teaching in February with all this happening around me. But to her credit she had a solution, she sent me to go and look at a video on YouTube and it certainly made my day so I must share it with all of you holiday weary mums who understand just how I'm feeling.

"The Mom" song, sung to the William Tell Overture, by Anita Renfroe. This is what a mom says in 24 hours, condensed into 2 minutes and 55 seconds! Hilarious and talented! Lyrics for "The Mom Song" below just in case you missed any or you need to practice!

"The Mom Song"

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here's your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now!
Get up and make your bed
Are you hot?
Are you cold?Are you wearing that?
Where's your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don't forget!
You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it's the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don't forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don't shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don't play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don't forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along!
Don't make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn? Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone!
Get off the phone!
Don't sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod's my iPod if you don't listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you're coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You'll appreciate my wisdom someday when you're older and you're grown
Can't wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You'll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I'll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don't get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I'll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,"I don't care who started it!
You're grounded until you're 36"
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven's sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I've said it once, I've said at least a thousand times before
That you're too old to act this way
It must be your father's DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I'll give you something real to cry about
Oh!Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get up here, say a prayer with mom
Don't forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom's work never ends
You don't need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I'm the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!

Now back to your everyday lives as busy mums just like me who really do say all of the above and more each and every day, no wonder we are tired and frazzled. Ring a girlfriend tomorrow and get together for some girl time or you won't survive the next 3 weeks!


Levin (and Emily) said...

yep i can relate to it all. i just walk around the house muttering to myself 'why do i bother'. everything is trashed and i am constantly feeding, watering and cleaning up after them! not to mention the need to find entertainment for them!
but i do like the way mornings are more relaxed and how everything slows down a little.
goodluck over the next three weeks.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there! Relief is coming!

Son went back to work yesterday. Husband is still hanging around the house until the 7th.

I TOTALLY related to the steam engine ... earplugs are a girl's best friend.

Leonie said...

I have to say that I am now surprised that my siblings & I made it to adulthood! Here in SA we have 6 weeks.....and it is so hot.

Meggy said...

Oh I am hearing you. We have 8 weeks for the holidays so there is alot of negotiating to fit in with work. Funny weather here too this summer, loads of rain and windy days, not good for the beach which is what we usually do alot of.

Jelly Wares said...

JUST PRICELESS!!! I guess I have all of that ahead of me know don't I???