IMG_0681So 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.  IMG_0669Days 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.IMG_0687

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I started blogging after the birth of my first child. Since I stopped working, I realise I am defined far more by my relationships than by what I do. So, I am: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.

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