No school run, no packed lunches or clock watching; I love the holidays, but why is it that it takes a few days of complete chaos before the real fun begins? I spend my time being referee between my children and I become sick of the sound of my own voice.
I have noticed over the last two or three summers that it takes the children a few days to calm down and enjoy being in each others company. Even though I knew this and was expecting the same this year I was still left completely exhausted by the constant bickering and fighting on the Day 1 and all I can say is that we all survived the day!!
Despite a trip to the park, the paddling pool up in the garden and camping in the tent the bickering was relentless. I suppose they are used to a day full of learning and activities and home is not like that, it takes time to adjust to the relaxed approach to the day. Add to that they were all completely shattered, it was a long term and the excitement of the long holiday made them fit to burst by the time it actually arrived.
I know that by next week we’ll be having lie-in’s (yes, it does happen) and our days will be wonderful with just a simple dog walk or the fact that we don’t have to go anywhere! We will have impulsive trips to the beach for ice-cream at 6’oclock and routine will completely go out of the window. The holidays will be great.
We’ve made a list of all the things we want to do and places we want to go over the next few weeks. We have a chart full of exciting trips to make which will obviously not go according to plan, but like most things we will have a giggle (or cry) along the way!
Pleased to report that life it good, harmony has been restored and we are rocking the holidays!