I have really enjoyed having the girls at home for the past two weeks over the Easter holidays. I have absolutely loved the long lie ins, the not having to get dressed until midday, the being able to be out all afternoon and not be back by three, and the staying up late and not needing to get them in bed by seven. I have also loved the lack of after school clubs and being at home during the early evening to be able to cook a meal and eat as a family. Add to this the chance to spend time with the girls and play, visit new places and discover new things, and eat out in some lovely restaurants, and I would say that our Easter holidays were pretty good.
The girls went back to school this morning, and I have to say that today, I was totally ready for them to go back. Entertaining children all day is hard work - especially when they are chalk and cheese and want to do different things!! I know that that's part and parcel of being a Mum, but when you start to get a taste of having more free time once they start school, it's always a shock when your time is not your own during the holidays.
The kids being at home has meant that I seem to be making food every two hours, turning on and off various consoles, computer's and TV's constantly, and getting bikes and scooters in and out of the shed all day. Our washing pile has swelled to epic heights as the girls want to change their clothes every five minutes, and I have given up trying to keep on top of the housework because as soon as I tidy a room, my little whirlwinds will have it back to it's previous state in less than two minutes flat. Although it is lovely having them at home. It is also lovely having them back at school!
So far this morning, I have been reminded why having them at school is such a luxury!
- The TV is my own - I can choose whatever channel I want to watch rather than having to mediate over who gets to watch what they want next, and my house is not constantly filled with the sound of children's channels.
- I drank my Tea hot this morning - not cold because I keep getting interrupted
- Oh the silence that fills the house!!! - that blissful silence which I know in years I may come to loathe, but right now, it is so lovely to hear the sound of nothing rather than arguing and constant requests and sniping at each other.
- I don't have to cook for anyone else today other than me!
- I can access any computer or tablet I want without having to negotiate how long I can use it for before they will want it back.
- I can use the toilet with the door shut and uninterrupted! - I can even get in the bath without being interrupted too!!
- I can talk on the phone without a little voice trying to grab my attention
- I can get on with work without having to stop every five minutes
Oh yes, it's been a lovely Easter Holiday, but today is a welcome reminder about why having school aged children is lovely too. Now, how long until 3pm????