Yes I think I deserve a medal, we are all still alive at the end of it. This is my measure of success!
The boys ages 6 & 8 have had 9 weeks off school. As a working mum this is a nightmare for me to co-ordinate work and childcare during the holidays without spending more than I earn! Luckily I have great parents and friends that live locally who have been happy to have the boys and throughly spoil them.
I am also lucky that work have been very accommodating and over the holidays I can do 2.5 days a week. On the half day I can work from home so the boys stay with me and just have to be reasonably well behaved, as in not kill each other, for 4 hours. This has worked pretty well apart from the other week when I was on an important call to a creative agency and all of a sudden there was a piercing scream. Ben had managed to hit himself in the mouth with a wii remote and split his lip, this is a very Ben thing to do, no he wasn’t playing on the wii just swinging it around. The lovely lady I was trying to brief at the time was very understanding as I explained through the screams there was blood everywhere and I would have to call her back. Typically this happened 10 minutes before I had to finish work.
Now the boys are so excited about going back to school. They have become bored with me and the copious amounts of toys they have around the house, as well as bored of each other. They can’t wait to see all their friends everyday and start doing fun stuff at school again. Although I’m sure once the homework starts the novelty will soon wear off.
What have I loved about the summer holidays, in no particular order;
- No school runs – it’s so nice not to be shouting instructions in the morning. I’m really not a morning person and it doesn’t matter how organised I try to be we are always running late. Then some one needs the toilet before we leave the house. Then we get in the car and we’ve forgotten something, if I’m lucky we remember this before we actually get to school! This also means I haven’t had to rush to school pick up’s either, hoping the traffic isn’t too bad after work or that it isn’t raining at the precise time they come out of school.
- No homework – yes I have enjoyed this as much as the boys. I always feel like a monster mummy making them do this every night along with all their after school activities. It’s never a simple homework either and after that they have to do reading and spellings etc. Bearing in mind they are 6 & 8 I have to google some of the answers, English wasn’t my strength and I still don’t know what the difference is between verbs, nouns, adjectives and the like. The summer holidays have been a stress free time in this respect.
- Beach days – we are so lucky to live by the beach. Although the weather hasn’t been amazing this summer we’ve still made the most of visiting the beach at every opportunity. The boys have tried surfing on a friends surfboard and paddle boarding with daddy, this was hilarious trying to watch them try to stand up. They built sandcastles and dug numerous holes that I hope no unsuspecting person fell in after we left. Beach days are great, especially when you’re trying to get through the holidays on a budget.
- Spending quality time as a family – so often the weekends are filled with boring jobs we have to do around the house. As I’ve worked less I’ve had more time to do fun things with the boys, crafty stuff they got for Christmas that was still in boxes. We’ve made dinosaurs, played board games, made plasticine jewellery, done numerous drawing, made paper aeroplanes, painted tiles. Played silly games and goofed around the house not getting dressed until lunchtime. It’s been really fun.
- Trips – We went to Bath for 2 days at the beginning of the holidays. It was nice to spend time the 4 of us away from home. We walked around the beautiful city and had ice cream and a nice dinner. Then we visited the Roman Baths and the boys loved it, they had an audio tour and were happy to follow the instructions for 2.5 hours. At the end of August we also visited London for 2 days, did a river cruise to see the sites, visited the science museum and had ice cream in Harrods.
Overall it really has been a great summer holiday and although they have driven me mad and complained they are bored occasionally I am really going to miss them when they go back to school.
I read somewhere in the last week you really only get 18 summers with your kids before they go off and do their own thing maybe even move away to Uni etc. This actually made me panic, what a short period of time we really get out kids for, we should make the most of it.