Staying at home doing nothing. Remember these days? I have made it my mission to enforce a day at home hidden from the world during the school holidays. However this can sometimes be easy in thought and tricky to actually do. I know that sounds weird but I am one of those kinds that get charged from being around groups of people and yet, at the same time, dream of the days of being locked inside my house experiencing the sensation of absolute boredom.
Today is the first day of school holidays for us and a no preschool day either, which means, zero need to leave the house. The kids have spent the last week being ripped from their beds tired and grumpy and today, here we are without a single reason to get up and everyone is wide awake at the crack of dawn! I pointed out where the muesli bars were hidden and told the kids to help themselves while watching the longest running movie Netflix was offering. I have the perfect opportunity to go back to sleep but all I can hear is silence and my thoughts get the better of me. What is Franklin up to? I yell out every ten minutes for updates on him which somehow has put the idea in my kid's heads to then shout to me about when are they getting dressed, what are we doing after the movie, what is for morning tea, when am I getting out of bed.... I give up.
Morning tea hits and I'm feeling for chocolate or biscuits to edge me out of tiredness. I have been bypassing all the yummy unhealthy treats during my grocery trips in hope that I will miraculously drop 10kgs before we head to our beach holiday. How is that working out for me you say? ahhhh not great! I spot a Nutella jar in the corner of my eye and pray it's empty. It's full. Are you like me though and when you decide to go full on healthy, no junk food, you feel you need to eat everything bad out of your cupboard first? So this jar needs to go and fast. The process of eliminating this glorious ingredient begins with cut up fruit with a Nutella dip (we are still eating fruit and it is the holidays). We make peanut butter muffins with nutella as the icing and with a couple of nutella sandwiches, the jar is gone. Now to sort the rest of my cupboard so I can start my healthy eating plan again tomorrow! (I'm sorry healthy people you must be cringing. Help me!)
What I love most about Sydney is the weather. Even in the middle of winter, you can have a day that is sunny and warm and today has been just that. We rolled out the picnic rug on the grass at the back and filled a tray with our special picnic lunch with the theme 'Nutella' and spent most of the day laying in the sun watching the clouds change, reading books, drawing trees, playing soccer (I lasted 5 minutes) and making holiday plans. Sounds like the most heavenly day doesn't it? And it was! Even better, it was free and we didn't need to leave the house.
To be honest I am home pretty much every afternoon minus a few after school activities during the week but I think it was really important for my kids to see me enjoying the day at home and doing activities with or alongside them. I could have cleaned all day and spent hours scrolling through Pinterest but while the kids were engaged in play and excited to see me join in, I decided that stuff can wait to rest time.... or another day.
I don't know if its because I'm getting older or more tired or life is busy, I have begun to really appreciate making space for my home body self. The kettle is boiling and I'm about to sign off here until next time. In ten minutes my feet will be up, a movie on for the kids and I will escape into my new holiday book. I won't get to do this all the time and who knows what job opportunities will come with writing so while I have it, I'm taking full blown advantage. If you have it, so should you! Enjoy your kids and enjoy your home xx
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