I am thoroughly enjoying the school holidays at the moment. There is no rush to go anywhere and although there is nothing much to do I tend to stay at home and hideaway for most of it because I feel like I get a break from all the busy. Bad and antisocial friend I know!
I say yes to Tiny Teddies for Breakfast and a movie so I can sleep in (judge away, it's the holidays), even though it is in 5 minute intervals with someone always needing to ask me something that cannot wait. "When is it my birthday"? That could have waited, it's not for another 10 months!
It is a time of pick what you want to wear. We are staying home and I can't be bothered arguing with you.
So we have watched a good five movies in a row and eaten through the entire snack tin. Better make a healthy lunch and throw in some frozen veggies with the pizza for dinner so I look like a good mum. Three days of this and they are turning more feral by the hour.... we need to make a plan! I stand in front of our black board and we make a list of everything we want to do over the holidays. My brain turns into schedule mode, as I have said before, it does like to do that, I can't help myself and I make a (flexible) daily plan.
Morning - pj's and movie, ipad or TV
Mid Morning - art and craft or park
Lunch - movie or nap
Afternoon - something from the list
Evening - board games
It's all win win from here on then. Kids are doing something stimulating and their own ideas of how they want to spend their holidays. I have just become an awesome mum to them and still get to lay on the couch and read books or faff around the house in full holiday mode. We end our day all sane with a list of achievements from a productive day. I can tell my husband I actually did something when he walks in the door and sees a packet of two minute noodles sitting in a bowl for dinner, the do it yourself kind.
Now if any of you are looking at 'book marks' on the board and wondering what the.... I will explain. Jack asked if he could have a book mark for his stars wars book set he is reading through and I didn't have any. Eva suggested we make one. She's obsessed with craft and the high squeaky voice and hand clapping while she said it gave away that is would be a very exciting activity. I got my thinking cap on and decided it was a very easy thing to make and we could do some good ones. I don't do anything half hearted and went into full swing teacher mode. The laminator came out, old cards and bits of paper I collect for some reason and some glue sticks (no mess). I folded and cut A4 paper into quarters and we began making. Jack found some star wars stickers, Eva cut out shapes and little pictures off old birthday cards (always worth keeping) and I got my creative on as well. Into the laminator and we have a handful of book marks!
So yes I am really excited about the holidays. I will be excited the two days before school returns as well because at some point I will get over this and crave some routine and a cooked dinner. For now though this is good quality time. Our rule is we get to do one thing a week that will cost money like going to the movies or out for lunch. We do a weekly trip to Kmart or Big W to pick a craft or art making activity and the rest of our activities are freebies.
Holidays don't have to be expensive and you don't have to constantly be entertaining your kids; that's what toys, games, paper, TV and ipads are for. If they don't know how, well you have six weeks of holidays to teach them. Remember these are your holidays too and you deserve some time out mumma xx