A Jazzy Easter: Part 1

The Easter school holidays is turning out to be an exercise in xbox damage limitation as I single handedly try to entertain an exuberant, xbox-obsessed pre-teen by desperately attempting to provide alternative and appealing entertainment.

We got off to a good start by hosting a small sleepover on the first day. This was followed by an early morning xbox-fest, as is expected with a chez-Jazzy style sleepover, promptly followed by..lets just say a little argument, when I tried to encourage him to leave his preferred activity to go to a Triple A organised Art activity involving clay-making. You'd swear I was trying to get him to go do schoolwork at his teacher's house on the holidays. Apparently, she does house calls when you're hosting a sleeepover, for a small 'fee'  something I'll remember to threaten him with next time ;-) I'm relieved to say that a very different child left that Art class to the one who entered. How calming an activity clay making is :-)

The next day Mr Jazzy went off on his golf trip so we were left to our own devices for a few days. We filled this time with limited, well as limited as I could make it, xbox play interspersed with trampoline time and walks/cycles to the beach. It is hard to see a boy stuck on xbox when the sun is gloriously shining outside.

We had a trip to town for a fruitful secret meeting on foot of a secret email I received, all will be revealed in due course! The bribe for this was pizza and a trip to the museum. No pizza as it turned out and the museums close on Mondays, so it was a relaxing trip to Stephens Green and dinner in the local chinese with a fellow Golf Widow and her daughter that evening instead. The last time WiiBoy was at this restaurant he was about 6 years old and only ate egg fried rice and chips. This time he had chicken wings and chow mein, which he didn't like so he had...... egg fried rice instead! But, hey he tried and trying is always praised :-)

We had takeaways and trips to pub for tea and snuggles. We also had another Triple A sponsored trip, to the cinema this time. Thank you Triple A.  We ended our week with Mr Jazzy's return which was almost spoiled by an unexpected xbox meltdown. All my fault, of course! he was so enraged, upset and broken-hearted ....and wouldn't speak to me for about an hour! This meltdown threatened to ruin daddy's return, his important Taekwondo class and a hastily arranged sleepover in his pal's house. Thankfully all was resolved and his 'head felt better' just in time. Phew!

The next day I took a sleepy sleepover boy to the Grand Canal Theatre to see the Sound of Music. We had pizza in the over-priced Milano's restaurant first (with Mr Jazzy) where a pint of beer costs approx E8.80 and a glass of wine E7.30. They do have a special on at the moment but you need a secret code and then you must nod and wink at the waiter to surreptitiously ask under your breath for the *speaks from covered mouth* specials menu. Gawd!

The show was entertaining. Verity Rushworth (she who plays Donna Windsor in the Emmerdale soap) was brilliant and Jason Donovan....wasn't. The sets and set changes were wonderful, the second half was slow and WiiBoy thought it was all B.S. What can I say?! I enjoyed it but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was better. WiiBoy did reveal something to me:  no offence mum...but I prefer the acting bits to the singing...and dancing. That's ok, sez I, we all take something different from these shows. I also pointed out that sometimes the songs tell the story too and they must be acted as well as sung. This was very evident for pretty much the first 15 minutes of this show!

So now we're into the second week and I have plans for the next few days which include no xbox play whatsoever.

This break is quite exhausting and as he's 11 WiiBoy stays up late every night, which leaves me no time for being my usual social butterfly self ,so forgive me for not reading your blogs recently... I will be back stalking you real soon and that's a promise ;-)

I must add though that WiiBoy has been very good while Mr Jazzy was away and is actually becoming a companion to me. He is growing up and I am very, very proud of him :-)

xx Jazzy

NOTE: This is a hastily written post on a pay-as-you-type PC with a mind of it's own. Please forgive any bad spelling, grammer and the lack of photos or links. It is the PC and not the 3 glasses of wine that I have consumed!

10 comments:

  1. It sounds non-stop, Jazzy, and fun but tiring. Hope you get some me-time soon xx

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  2. Oh my, a two week holiday??? That's long...I thought I had it bad for one week. Hang in there!!!

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  3. I can empathize with you as that is a long holiday, I know that I struggle to find things for Griffin and I to do when he is out of school. In the summer I tend to get stressed out because I don't get any time to myself.

    I wish that my sleepovers were that fun when I was in school.

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  4. Oh how I sympathise with you I did a similar post a few days ago. I feel as though I'm run ragged to try and keep the boys entertained in order to stay off x-box and playstations!! yet the weather has been fab so why haven't they just got off their backsides and gone out to play??? Too much to ask? School starts soon LOL xx

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  5. Feel for you and hope the second week goes better! x

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  6. @Blue Sky: Thanks. I try to get the 'me time' whenever I can. Strange things constitute me time though, don't they?

    @Lizbeth: I'm hanging! Yeah,two weeks is VERY long :-) Although, I am glad he's getting a two week break from school. He needs it. I will just have to find a way to recuperate when he goes go back ;-)

    @Mum In Meltdown: Oh, I hear ya! Really I do. They have no interest in outside unless they're forced into it!

    @Sarah: Thanks! It's not too bad really, I just have to stay on top of it.

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  7. when mine were a bit younger, I used to flip the maind electric switch with the brush and say there had been a power cut!then they couldn't watch any more tv. But now they're wise to me.Thank you for your comment on my blog.

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  8. I don't know how I missed this one!!! I loved what you said at the end..about him becoming quite the companion. I feel that way with my oldest now..we actually sit and have conversations...just enjoy hanging out together..it is quite lovely. :)

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  9. @Mum of all Trades: Brilliant idea but I don't think I'd get away with that now. I have threatened to lock away the controls and to lock the sitting room door. I have actually carried out the latter threat!

    @Kathleen: It is indeed lovely! I really am loving that aspect and feel I could now take him to the local Chinese restaurant by myself some evening and that we'd have a lovely time. Just like my friends do with their pre-teens ;-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  10. I am catching up on WEEKS of blog-reading (please forgive me)... I love the bit at the end in tiny print ("It is the PC and not the 3 glasses of wine that I have consumed!")... must remember this! ;-)

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