Two months ago I wrote a blog entitled 'half term makes me a better person' stating how calm I was at the end of our half term- jobs done, kids happy. I received a small backlash from certain friends claiming I was 'crazy' and they couldn't wait for the holidays to be over. They found the holidays started well. Planned days out were successful, children calm, but towards the end of the week, when funds were running low, and so less days out, the children were at each other's throats and complaining of boredom. They started longing for school.
Following my half term blog- I have a confession to make. Yes- our holidays are wonderful. I feel so much more chilled out when the kids are off school, at least, once we get into the holiday I do. But it doesn't start that way. Every holiday I find we need a small amount of time just to get into the holiday groove. Life is so busy during term time it has become difficult to just switch off. Half term takes one or two days to sink in, but I have found our first summer holiday has taken a little longer.
I like to post my blog on a Monday. I feel refreshed on a Monday. The weekend has usually provided me with enough amusing anecdotes to write an entertaining piece with ease, and to help me become more disciplined with my writing I aim to produce one once a week. This blog post comes over a week late. Over two weeks since my last blog- the reason for this- getting into our groove.
Lets face it the summer holidays are a pretty epic event. We spend half the year talking about them. For most, us included, it is when you partake in the annual vacation abroad and so a lot of time and energy is put into planning said trip. We decided to take ours half way through the holiday. The reason- gives us time to chill out before we go away and some time at home before school starts. My daughter was getting pretty wiped out towards the end of previous terms so we also thought it may be good for her to recoup so not to risk any holiday colds or viruses. This term however, there was no end of term lethargy. She has been tired all year but as soon as the summer term was coming to an end she was a beacon of energy- and this very much came into play as soon as school ended. Waiting to go away may have been a mistake....
'Mummy, what activities have you got planned today? Mummy how long until our holiday, mummy I'm bored, mummy play with me, mummy do this for me, mummy can we bake, mummy can we draw...'
It seems to me our holidays start how other's end. I think my daughter becomes used to the constant interaction school provides it is strange for her to suddenly just be. She has become so used to there always being someone to play with that for her to just chill out proved to be quite difficult. For the first week of the holiday I acquired a limpet. Actually I should say another limpet. I am quite used to my youngest constantly clinging to me- but suddenly I found my eldest doing it too. Of course I had planned activities, trips out and I LOVE playtime. But it seems I was not allowed to cook or do any chores- let alone write a blog, or attempt to run a business.
EA week and a half in and we have made it. The girls are calm once again, happy to play together while I make tea, relaxed even though I may not have an outing planned for the day. I, on the other hand, am exhausted- a week and a half of no time alone, having to work late into the evenings as I no longer have the toddler nap time to myself to get things done. I am counting my blessings we are through it. To all those people who read my half term blog and thought I was a bit of a smug cow- may I just apologise- I have now seen the other side, and it is not pretty. I need a holiday to get over the first week of holiday! Thank God there are six weeks left!