Every holiday, I look forward to having the children at home. I plan, in my head, what we are going to do. When the holiday is over and term starts, I greet other mothers in the playground with expressions such as “Where did the holiday go? ” and ” I didn’t get half the things done that I planned.”
This holiday is going to be different. I have a summer folder. (Aside: Doesn’t everything look fun when it is written with a rainbow pencil. Maybe I should try it when I do my accounts.) My mistake in the past has been keeping it all in my head. It is so easy to forget the perfect trip out or fun activity, as the days roll passed. Also I can organize materials that will be needed, although we have most of it already.
So I have a page of fun activities and another for trips out. In order for me to have time to do these activities, I am going to need their help to do the daily chores. So I have a list of jobs that they can choose to do. The idea is that every time they do one of the jobs they can earn a point, which can be cashed in for a fun activity or outing. I’m hoping they will eventually connect that helping me with a job will free up my time to play with them. They have bought into the idea and are all really excited about the ideas.
I’ve also scheduled in “bored time”. Quite a bit of it really. Just as crucial.
Oh, the other part of getting ready for the summer holidays is ….. my elderflower champagne has been fizzing nicely. Its been doing it for a few days to be honest, but I have only just bottled it. I now have over seven litres in bottles. This is the first time, I’ve made anything like this. I’m a bit nervous about it exploding, so it is sitting by the sink.
Any experienced elderflower champagne makers – should I be releasing the pressure by opening the tops every now and again?
So roll on summer holidays. Less than three weeks to go!