I Just love school holidays and the whole notion of no ironing school uniforms, making lunches, homework and no afterschool activities, we have extra time up our sleeves and I don’t know about you but I almost hear my brain sigh from the little bit of relief.
What I love most of all when we are on school holidays are home days, days where Zakidlets and I might stay in our PJ’s until mid-morning or later and yes we risk the fact that someone unexpected may call in, do you know what?……… you have to take us how you find us!
Home days are pretty casual around here sometimes we bake, sometimes the 2 bigger kids go exploring out along the creek in our slightly larger than normal backyard, there might be a movie in the afternoons, sometimes we do BASIC craft (nothing that requires too much intervention on my part), on the odd occasion we have been known to get a bit fancy decorating thongs like this day here , then there are the whatever days when I have things I need to get done around the house, Zakidlets have to make their own fun and to me that’s what being a kid is all about, you can’t be entertained all the time (I do get that now as a Mum… sorry Zagrandma!).
The girls particularly enjoy having a little tea party for morning or afternoon tea, their older brother has been known to join them on the odd occasion too. Previously we always used a plastic tea set, that was until a gorgeous school mum told me her idea of purchasing cheap 2nd hand teacups and saucers from the Op shop, we found a set of 4 for $4 and it has been one of the best $4 I have spent. As far as hygiene goes, how different is drinking from a 2nd hand teacup any different to one you would use at a café, (just make sure you give them a good wash/scold before you use them).
The girls think they are little ladies at a café when we use the set and the beauty of it all is that if a cup or saucer breaks it doesn’t matter, we know where to get more and all foe a good cause. We have now upgraded from water to real tea (they get decaf). We still use a little plastic milk jug but I’m thinking a little treasure hunt may be in order these holidays to find a ceramic one.
If we are not having a home day generally that means I am working (as most Mum’s do these days)…. but Zakidlets are very fortunate to have both sets of grandparents close by who happily volunteer their time to help Zadada and I out with childcare, we are extremely grateful for all the support they give us!
I do try to do a couple of out and about things with Zakidlets, like going to the park, beach or both, we might have a play date at a friends house or our own and sometimes as a treat we’ll go to Maccie D’s (the golden arches restaurant) for a lunch treat. Last school holidays all 5 of us went to Brisbane Museum with some friends we had a great day out, take a peek at our adventure here. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have some fun.
I will add that during school holidays especially when we are at home if the attention is not directly on Zakidlets they are either hungry or bored, I assure you I do feed and water them on a regular basis and if I walked into their bedrooms I could easily find at least 10 things they could do (when the bored complaint gets pulled out I generally suggest donating their toys to charity!). I’m pretty sure I used to say similar things to my Mum, I guess I had to have a turn on the other end of the stick sooner or later and you know what?…. I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Oh, just in light of the tea set topic. Last holidays we had a lunch date with Zadada and while we were at the café I couldn’t help but notice the centrepieces they had on their tables, tea pots with herbs growing in them, I just had to make one of my own and here it is, the good news is it’s still alive a whole term later, probably because it’s mint and grows like a weed (my kind of plant!).
What do you get up to during your school holidays? Do you have bored, hungry kids at your place too?
I hope your school holidays are off to a great start!
I’m off to experiment with some Chorizo and Haloumi patties now……if they’re a hit you’ll be seeing them.
I Just love school holidays and the whole notion of no ironing school uniforms, making lunches, homework and no aftersch...