Thursday photo #250

This is the first time for a while that the school holidays has seemed somewhat hard going. Usually, the thought of it is harder than the reality. This half term has been a challenge though, and I’m not even sure why. A short break in Dorset As we usually do in the school holidays, we decided to make the most of the camper van and have a few days away. This time, we headed for Highlands End holiday park in Dorset. They have static caravans, glamping pods and camping for camper vans, caravans and tents. The facilities are excellent with…

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Thursday photo #249

Just like that, half a term has passed and the school holidays are impending again. Unusually for us, we’re here for most of the holiday, so we’ll be working our way through my list of things to do in the West Midlands this half term. Before that though, we’re off to Dorset for a few days. We’re camping by the beach so I’ll be taking my swimming costume with me and hoping to get in for a sea swim. Watching week A few times a year, they have a watching week at the girls’ ballet school. I always love to…

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Thursday photo #248

Unless we’re away in the camper van, our weekends tend to follow the same sort of pattern. Saturdays are spent outdoors. Usually visiting a National Trust property, the children often ride their bikes. It’s a day of freedom and fresh air and I know they always feel better for it. Being outdoors in Winter I sometimes feel a bit guilty for dragging the girls outside when it gets really cold. On Friday, the girls played in the snow twice. Once before school on the decking, then we went up the Malvern Hills for a walk at the end of the…

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Thursday photo #247

One of the things the girls miss out on a bit due to our hectic lifestyle is playing with friends. So this weekend, when Lia was invited to a friend’s house, both girls took full advantage. Playing with friends When I decided not to put Libby into our local school, I knew that one of the disadvantages would be that the girls didn’t live near their friends. It concerned me that they’d get left out as the other children went on playdates after school. But as it turned out, it hasn’t been a problem. Libby’s class just weren’t really into…

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Thursday photo #246

Do you ever find yourself getting back into things you used to love when your children start to enjoy them too? There have been a few occasions recently when my husband and I have been struck by the realisation that we weren’t setting a good example. Asking a child to do something you rarely do yourself never seems to go particularly well, so it was time to do something about it. Music lessons Libby has been learning the piano for 18 months now. She loves it and is progressing well, but like all children she is reluctant to do as…

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Thursday photo #245

The Christmas holidays really seemed to drag here. The girls didn’t go back until last Wednesday and it seemed like such a long time between Christmas being over and school starting again. They’ve been back over a week now though, and it seems as if the holidays never happened. We are all firmly back into our routine and I’m finally finding the time to work. A weekend outdoors At this time of year, I always struggle with being indoors too much. The children go a bit stir crazy and we all end up stressed. With the Winter being so mild…

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Thursday photo #244

I’ve never been one for routine, spontaneity makes me extremely happy. But there’s something about the school holidays that can get a little stressful, especially when you’re itching to put New Year’s plans into place. This year, the girls had quite a long Christmas break, only going back to school yesterday. It has been lovely spending that time with them but I was definitely craving routine by the time the holidays ended. And just like that it was over The girls slipped seamlessly back into their school routine yesterday, despite a rather hectic week. We spent the weekend camping in…

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