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Half-term Mayhem

Most Mums and Dad’s tend to count in term time but our lives are ruled by it, more so, because my husband and I are both teachers by trade, although currently I am not working due to the costs of child care.
I always get so excited about the build up to half term, counting down the days down with the children for Daddy to be home and play. We always set ourselves up for the ideal of a chaos free, calm and relaxed break! (I am laughing out loud as I write this, at the complete stupidity of this thought!) This because, before the holiday has even begun we have had plans made throughout the week. This has so far included me going to the baby show, meeting up with friends, my sister and boyfriend visiting from Scotland, some tutoring work, and a photo shoot at mother care with the twins. Before you know it, you don’t have one day free!
The ‘spare’ time is filled with activities to do with the children but I have found that the things we usually do week to week are closed for half term (nightmare) and everything that is open like the zoo it carnage! We queued for twenty minutes yesterday to get Noah’s face painted as a lion for his treat, which, you would expect with lots of little ones there, but what you don’t expect, is a queue of adults wanting their faces painted! I don’t mean to sound like the party pooper but for anyone younger than five, anything longer than a ten minute wait, may as well be a year! I felt the adults could have let it go when it was so busy but maybe I am being miserable. BBwas very patient though and looked fabulous as a lion.
We went to a soft play centre today, and we were so thankful we went early, because it was raining and clearly everyone had had the same idea! Within an hour of us arriving there was not a table spare and I was getting stressed to the fact that too many older children were charging around in the toddler area and there seemed to be no supervision. The children enjoyed it though, but how any Mum’s find that relaxing I don’t know. Maybe, if you have older children you can leave them to play while you sit and read or chat to a friend, but with three little ones it is constant running around.
Half term also means that all routine goes out the window. Things like washing, ironing and cleaning come to a standstill and I am preparing myself for the fact that I know next week will be catch up on all the housework chores in excess amounts!
But we love having Daddy home and so many other families don’t have that luxury. Today has been finished with cookie making with Daddy and a very sticky mixture that would not cut into shapes so we convinced BBwe were making rain drops.‘Dollops’ would have been a more appropriate word! So I say, bring on the Mayhem and madness, because we would rather have Daddy with us. (But if anyone has a house work fairy I would be very grateful if I could borrow it!

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5 comments to Half-term Mayhem

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    Great picture, my daughter still loves face paints! Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, just seen your discussion on BMB.

    I imagine both of you being teachers makes for a fabulous summer holidays!

    CJ xx

  • Annette

    Fantastic! Noah's lion face is fantastic! I agree – the parents could step aside!
    I am really not clued up on when term-time is at all! So we made the mistake of going to the pool on Friday, and it was chaos! But in a way it was good for Reuben to get used to more noise, and older kids splashing him… Which he didn't mind at all, so that was great! Where we live is also on the border of Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and the two counties have different half terms – meaning it kind of goes on for 2 weeks here! We constantly find ourselves saying "are the kids off school AGAIN!!!?" xx

  • Annette

    Fantastic! Noah's lion face is fantastic! I agree – the parents could step aside!
    I am really not clued up on when term-time is at all! So we made the mistake of going to the pool on Friday, and it was chaos! But in a way it was good for Reuben to get used to more noise, and older kids splashing him… Which he didn't mind at all, so that was great! Where we live is also on the border of Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and the two counties have different half terms – meaning it kind of goes on for 2 weeks here! We constantly find ourselves saying "are the kids off school AGAIN!!!?" xx

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    Great picture, my daughter still loves face paints! Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, just seen your discussion on BMB.

    I imagine both of you being teachers makes for a fabulous summer holidays!

    CJ xx

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