On nights where John has away games he gets home fairly late. He usually gets home after both boys are asleep, which means that my nights can be fairly long. If we've had a good day, then I can handle the long nights fairly well, but if we've had a long day and then are about to embark on a long night, well then I just feel a bit overwhelmed.
So, to combat my overwhelmedness, I've decided that on those particularly difficult nights, we will have an indoor picnic. I throw out our picnic blanket on the carpet, we put on a movie, and we eat dinner in the family room. It helps save my sanity a bit and hopefully it will be something that's sort of fun for the boys to do with mom while dad's away. So far these have really helped make my difficult nights alone with the boys much more enjoyable. Yeah!