So we are back into the school routine after five lovely long half-term days. This is one thing that has changed now D is at school: holidays are looked forward to and specially enjoyed by us all. I like having everyone at home; I like planning activities (without the panicked – what on earth are we going to entertain ourselves with feeling that I got only a year ago); K loves having D around to play with; D loves being at home to play with his toys; a trip to the shops or out for coffee has a fun, holiday feeling. And, lest I forget, we have cheerios for breakfast.
We were home for Thursday, Saturday and Monday. Daniel was at a friend’s birthday on Thursday afternoon and K had a friend to play (two three year old girls, two hours – eight different activities! I counted: hide and seek; biscuit making; blowing bubbles in the garden; biscuit icing; snack time; dancing to music; face-painting… I’ve forgotten one). We did a treasure hunt for coloured objects … which led to an unprecedented piece of creative scribbling in the hall. Days out on Friday and Sunday (lunch with friends) and friends here for lunch on Monday meant the days felt full without being overwhelming. A little lesson learned for me: forward planning of holidays is essential. Note to self: start thinking about Easter now.