Today we have broken up for Summer!! I know lots of people who know me read this so I feel I need to start with a disclaimer...I was desperate for the holidays to start last year, and the year before....and the one before that. I am one of the odd people who likes to spend time with their children so my desperation for the summer holidays to start is more to do with the fact that I will be at home with my little people..obviously it helps that I can also have a few lie-ins and not go to school too though ;)
This year has been crazy! I never thought when J and L went back to school in September, that I would be joining them a few weeks later but it just kind of happened that way. I've been working, part time, as a teaching assistant, mainly with children in Yr 1 and 2. The learning curve has been steep. I didn't realise how rose-tinted my glasses were in relation to childrens achievements at school. How lucky I am that J and L want to learn and how lucky they are that they get the support they need at school and at home and how quickly I could make a classroom display out of a cupboard full of random items.
I've had a really good year, it's been hard, especially juggling school with Nicsknots, home with work. It would have been easy for me to shut up shop and get stuck in with school, or vice versa but, you know me, I don't give up, I just sleep less and work harder....and spend quite a lot of time feeling guilty that I don't spend enough time with J, L and M and that maybe the reason why L isn't eating is because I haven't been at home all day or that people will think I am an awful Mother because the house is a mess and we've eaten more ready meals and less fresh veg but we all still seem to be alive...although M had no clean pants this morning, the ironing pile has taken over the lounge and the only food we have in the kitchen are the eggs that the hens have laid and chocolate and biscuits that the children have given me this week.
So now we have 6 weeks. 6 weeks to get up late, to play in the garden that resembles a jungle, to go on holiday to France with friends, to finish making the fab play house, to redo my website, make new bags and 6 weeks to relax. Bring it on!