So school finishes on Friday for my children. Six weeks of holiday ahead.
In previous years I have approached the summer hols with dread in my heart. This year however I am feeling a lot more positive and am approaching them with nothing more than mild irritation in my heart.
Things about the holidays I am not looking forward to
- The house is never quiet. It's not the children that are noisy but their gadgets.
- I can't go out by myself -daughter has to come along. This is an improvement on all three coming.
- People asking me for food all day long.
- Younger son's buddies coming over bringing electric guitars. Son cannot go to their houses because he's the drummer. Something C and I did not forsee when we said 'yes, of course you can learn the drums'.
- Daughter annoying sons so much that she ends up crying.
- More laundry. They get through more clothes for some reason.
- Buying the school shoes. Can I get them on Amazon do you think?
Things about the holidays I am looking forward to.
- Six weeks of lie-ins.
- Only one packed lunch to do. Obviously C can make his own lunch but he has a limited repertoire (cheese sandwich or cheese sandwich) so I do it to ensure he gets a varied diet.
- No school uniform to wash and iron.
- No endless letters and forms to sign from school.
- No standing about in the playground waiting for daughter listening to other parents whinge about the teachers.
- Saving £8 a week on bus fare. We could almost get two extra bottles of wine a week for that, but of course a more sensible plan would be to put it towards the shoes.
- No clock watching.
- Nine days completely to myself when C takes them all camping. I can eat what I like (but not too much of course!) when I like, watch what I like on telly and get on with my crochet in peace.
- A week away in Cornwall.
- Going to bed on Sunday September 5th knowing that it's all over.
I am not the kind of mother who organises lots of different activities and outings for her kids. I firmly believe that children do not need entertaining. I believe this because I am very lazy. And also broke. My kids have always been very good at amusing themselves, probably because they've had to be. Well done me.
My sons will laze about moving from computer to TV to Wii before finally deciding to go for a bike ride. Now they are old enough to run errands for their old mum, although not, unfortunately, old enough to fetch me a bottle of wine. They also can bike over to friends.
My daughter is very friendly with the neighbouring girls and will spend the whole day at the house of one particular friend who is an only child and whose mother is consequently glad of company for her daughter.It works out well for everyone.
I do have a few things planned for the summer to do with my children.
- Teach sons how to cook three dishes each-a lunchtime snack, a main course and a pudding.
- Declutter my daughter's bedroom with her.
- Take them all to Witley Court , possibly with a picnic.
- Can't think of any more.
Elder son wants to make one of these.
Just a fraction of the clutter in my daughter's bedroom.
Witley Court. At its best when the fountain is playing which it does on the hour throughout the summer for about ten minutes.
So, are you approaching the school hols with a heart full of joy or do you wish it was September already? :o)