We’re in that kind of fuzzy stage right now after vacation, trying to get back in the groove. It’s harder when it’s a long vacation, like this one was.
Sleep/ jet lag has been so-so.
I’ve been waking up really early and unable to fall back to sleep- around 3 am on Sunday (1st day back), and Monday I think around 4-4:30. Today I also woke up just before 4. I laid there a while and then just decided to get up. The boys have been waking up a bit earlier than usual, too.
Last night we were in the kitchen talking with Ivan’s sister who had stopped by. We hadn’t seen Asher in a while, and Ivan went to look for him….turns out he had fallen asleep on the couch in the living room! It wasn’t even 8 pm. Haha. We dragged him half-asleep into his room and tucked him. 🙂
Work catch up is also going okay. Lots of emails. I sat at my desk basically from 8-4 with barely any breaks at all yesterday, just sorting through things and trying to regroup. After a very active vacation, it felt kind of yucky to just SIT so much. Not even joking, I think I logged maybe 3,000 steps in the entire day yesterday. BAD. I’m determined to get out for a walk today and do a short home workout. Not going to add the gym back on quite yet. Maybe tomorrow??
Home stuff is going pretty well. We still need to do a full grocery run, but have enough to get by until….maybe tonight. Haha. I’m happy we are at least all unpacked. I still have a variety of home admin tasks to do, and I feel like I spent forever adding upcoming sports schedules to the family Google Cal and my planner. Ethan has a new schedule conflict with piano vs. soccer….ugh. I’m waiting to hear back from his teacher on that one. My personal email inbox needs more attention, too, and I have a variety of forms, papers, things to respond to, etc.
We didn’t buy much on our trip (as if we had SPACE to bring stuff back!! The combo of country/outdoor activities + Ireland weather + big city/Rome + slightly warmer weather made this trip a little tricky to pack for…we didn’t exactly travel as light as is ideal).
But the boys each brought back some cool souvenirs for a couple of their best friends. 🙂 They really seemed to enjoy picking things out for them! It was cute. They put some real thought into it.
Asher also wanted to get this magnet for his school Religion teacher, from the Vatican:
I already shared my worry stone souvenir… Besides that, I just got a couple of small things. My mom also got me this little tea bag holder. (Coaster? Plate? I don’t know what it’s called. Something you can set your tea bag on when you take it out of the cup or pot.)
It’s small and fits right at the back of my desk, and is very cute!! I do tend to make single CUPS of tea, very often. And then I take the cup to my desk to work, and after a while, I want the tea bag out! But I never have anywhere to set it. So this is perfect. The little leprechaun is silly but so adorable, too.
I also picked up a new bookmark in Ireland:
I wish I’d found a real bookmark in Rome, but we didn’t do too much shopping there. I did buy these beautiful postcards. Many times I just use postcards as bookmarks, anyway, so they’ll be fine. It really brings me so much joy to use travel bookmarks or postcards to mark my book pages! It’s one of my favorite “bright ideas” I’ve ever had. LOL! Every time I open the book and see it, I get a flash of fond memories. 🙂
I am grateful that Ivan is the manager of the boys’ shoes. They both needed some new shoes, and he always deals with that 100%- finds them, orders them, gets the good price, makes sure they fit, deals with any exchanges….I’m not even sure I know what size shoes my boys wear right now. hahaha. Not sure when he ordered them, but they already arrived yesterday.