This post may well come to bite me in the backside in a couple of weeks or so but I doubt it. You see, I love the school holidays. Absolutely love them.
I love having my full brood at home. As a stay at home mummy, this is what it is all about for me. I think I look forward to the holidays even more than my children. I love having a house full of children and noise, bickering and all.
But I just love the freedom that comes from not having our days disjointed by school runs and battles over homework. I love lazy mornings and relaxed bedtimes. Taking away those rigid time tables of who needs to be where when, somehow actually makes me feel much more organised. There are no forms to sign, no uniforms to iron, no dates to forget.
I just love us all being at home together. I love making plans for days out and camping trips. But those unplanned days too where you can just see where the mood (and the weather) might take you are just as much fun. If not more in fact. It’s all about having that time to breath. Just time to be. And I love it.
School holidays used to fill me with absolute dread when I worked which is why I think I love them all the more now. I know that I’m lucky to be at home and enjoy them rather than worry about where the hell I am going to find, let alone afford, childcare for all of those weeks ahead. I get the chance to create memories of never ending holidays instead of feeling guilt ridden about being at work and I am so very grateful for that.
This summer feels like a bit of a milestone too. Come September, my eldest will be starting his GCSEs and my youngest will be making her very first steps into school life as she joins reception. My ever growing, ever changing family is making huge big steps this September and it feels like an even bigger reason to make the most of every day of this holiday.
And I can’t wait.