Over the winter our house can get a little stressful, a lot messy and really, really noisy with our four older children stuck in close confinement for months on end. Lot’s of games are played, books read and TV is watched. Teasing is rife and levels of sarcasm are at their highest.
Come this time of year we are all so grateful for the first signs of spring and the weather staying dry for more than five minutes at a time. They are always rubbing each other up the wrong way and even the nicest of games often end in tears and they are bursting to get out of the house to run free and visit their friends.
This year has been even harder having a young baby in the house. We have been less able to just get out of the house whenever, even to go for a simple walk. Just seeing daylight has been a luxury, they go to school and it’s dark, they come home from school and it’s dark. The weekends always seem to have the worst weather making it impossible to find somewhere suitable for all of them without spending a fortune.
Over the years we have learnt to let the noise drown into the background. So much so that it has gotten to the point that the kids have to make sure I’m actually looking at them know I have heard them 100%. I know, bad, bad mami. But seriously, have you ever sat in a room filled with kids trying to be quiet? The room is far from silent. One child is quiet, the sniffing is almost inaudible, as is the pencil on paper, the turning of pages, the whispering under their breath as they read. Times that by four and you get a hell of a noisy room. One will start tapping their pencil on the table or humming a song and within moments we are having a full blown rendition of the Frozen soundtrack, or the latest One Direction song.
Its lucky we have never been the type of family to be overly quiet when a baby is asleep. Yes we try to avoid loud bangs and shouting but if they happen its not normally an issue. The best thing to be in this house is a heavy sleeper, we have one light sleeper and she rarely gets a decent night poor thing!
So now we wait for spring. Our spring cleaning has started, we are decorating and we wait to throw open the windows and let all the mustiness out and the fresh air in. We wait to be able to go out and enjoy the beautiful nature that we are so lucky to be surrounded by and introduce it all to the newest member of our family.
Mostly we wait for the chance to be more than six feet from another human being.
How about you? Have you about had enough of winter now and are excited for spring to arrive? Let me know below.