Best ways to get back into 'normal' life?

As vacation winds down, and school is staring us in the face on Monday, I have a dilemma.  Do we wring the most out of the last couple of days (that means bedtimes stay slidden into the 10pm range for the boys) or do we put them down closer to the normal time in preparation for having to be back on schedule on Monday?  I dread having to get up earlier again, and having to go back to a fixed routine.  I MUCH prefer to stay up late and get up whenever … and my boys do tend to sleep in pretty well when they’ve been up late.   It’s a bit of a hypothetical question as we’ve already got dinner plans tonight, so the likelihood of anything resembling a normal bedtime is slim. 

I always have this problem though.  I don’t like to switch gears, especially when it involves going from something fun and relaxed so something fixed and routine.  I know my attitude about it infects the kids too, and they don’t look forward to it as much as they could.  Yay School?!  Not in their vocab, though they almost always come home having enjoyed it.  Any tips for getting back into the groove, other than telling myself to buck up and shut up?  They would be appreciated! 

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote of mine, which may shed light on my desire to wring the most out of the weekend …

Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!

So, how are you winding up your vacation?