how to lose your mind in 10 days

23 Jul

For the past 10 days I have taken care of: 4 children, 3 dogs, 1 husband, 1 baby tortoise, 1 canary and 2 teenagers, a.k.a. my parents (yes, in THAT exact order).

I have survived…

…minus a few brain cells from the burn-outs/meltdowns/drama-queen-like-cries I suffered these past few days. At one point I had to google the first signs of bipolar disorder just to make sure I wasn’t a strong candidate heading towards that direction.

Why would I voluntarily put myself through such an ordeal?

It’s easy, my friends: Sisterly love.

Alex & her eldest were going to be gone for a few days and she asked me to help my mom take care of the remaining family (2 daughters, 2 dogs & the baby tortoise).

Sure, I thought to myself, when she first discussed this with me. I can handle it. No problem.

WHAT THE F#CK was I thinking?

I won’t bore you with the stories that made me seriously consider jumping off the 3rd floor directly into the pool (which is slightly on the right side of the building) at one point or the other.

I will however, share with you, a few of the GREAT moments, because these are the ones that make it ALL worthwhile:


sometimes you just need to PLAY ALONG


or have an imagination like my mom’s


and play out of nothing


when everything else fails, use chocolate


bribe them


don’t forget to take care of them


live in the moment and enjoy the small things in life

Truth be told, it was HARD WORK but I survived. My mom survived. The kids are still in one piece & none of the dogs have gone missing or died. Case closed.

Until next time



9 Responses to “how to lose your mind in 10 days”

  1. Elina Zambounis July 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    I really don’t see your point (well….sort of), as all I see (and this was always the case with this family – grandparents included) is happy family summer moments!
    Had time even for donuts??
    You guys are all blessed!
    Give a big kiss to your amazing mom of yours, and to each and everyone that has casted in this post (including you).
    Keep up Tatu mou! You’re all doing a great job!

    • wonderlandbytatu July 25, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      if we saw each other more often you would know the BIG problems that lie beneath…As I didn’t like to sound like the whining chick, I preferred sharing the good moments.
      I feel blessed having my family healthy, a sister like Alex & a (still) solid roof over my head.

  2. July 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I want to know about the moments that drove you mad!
    Btw, those donuts look good!

    • wonderlandbytatu July 25, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      you wouldn’t be proud of me, trust me!
      whenever I screwed up, I tried to make it good by baking them something (do I get the mother of the year award or what?)

      • July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

        Drown yourself in comfort food – hmmm. I’m going to plead the 5th.

  3. meditatingmummy July 24, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Yum! chocolate. Did it help? It always helps me. Oh Tatu, you are so brave. Good for you, in spite of the craziness, you took over, helped your mum, kept sane( um, somehow) didn’t jump.. haaa haa… and look at the memories you created. You are amazing.

    • wonderlandbytatu July 25, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      yes, I am proud of myself that I didn’t jump after all!
      You are always so kind to me, thank you, you MAKE MY DAY!

  4. ramblingsfromamum July 25, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    You kept your sanity – good girl – proud of you. What stunning photos, the colours are magnificent. Look how pretty you are 🙂 Now post the melt down moments and a pic of the pool 😀 xx

    • wonderlandbytatu July 25, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      thank you MM.
      who wants to read about mother burnouts & lunatics??
      I hope you are doing well xxx

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