Every school holiday, I put off the things that really need doing. Then in the last week, we run around like headless chickens trying to get it done. New shoes, labelling uniform, hair cuts… none of it makes for a fun week. So this year, I’ve tried to be a bit more organised. And remarkably, I think I like it!
Last week of the holidays
Like most children, my two go back to school next week. This is usually the point where we’d be entering panic mode. But instead, I booked a few days away. I’m not going to say we’re relaxing, because who really does that when they have young children? But we’re definitely making the most of it.
The girls have been swimming, had picnics, played outside, been on the beach and looked around a castle. Yesterday, they went off with my husband to a funfair while I caught up on some work. Today’s plans involve a SUP, a kayak and a lake.
It may not be for everyone, but booking something in for this last week of the holidays has been a game changer for me.
A happy mistake
When we go on holiday, I almost always end up working. Not loads, but my laptop comes with me, as do my camera and my phone. But when we arrived in Somerset this week, I realised I’d forgotten my laptop charger.
After an initial panic, I realised it could only be a good thing. I had enough battery to do the essentials. Publish a couple of blog posts, reply to emails and send over a draft that needed to be in. But that was enough.
So, instead of wasting a significant proportion of my time working, I’ve been enjoying the holiday. Next week, my two little girls will be back in school. For Lia, it’s the beginning of a new chapter as she starts in reception. And Libby will be straight into her usual routine of managing to be constantly busy. But for now, we’re here, together. It really shouldn’t have taken a mistake to force me to make the most of it.
Thursday photo #225
The girls have been on a variety of different trains over the past couple of days. This one was from Dunster to Blue Anchor in Somerset. As usual, I think they were performing some sort of song or dance routine.