Juggling the School Holidays

It’s half term.

Me & Chris have to book our holidays from work for the year in October & November, and compete with our colleagues for time off that matches school holidays.

We have a fantastic crèche that the children adore, and take children up to the age of 12, so our back up plan is there if we can’t get the time off we want.

My parents live in Liverpool, Chris’s in Dorset, and although we have one aunt who lives locally, she works too, plus as our only local baby sitter, we don’t like to take advantage and only ask for help when it’s a really special event.

So school holidays normally mean one of us at home with the children having day trips & fun while the other works, or both if us working & the children having fun at holiday club. (In fact, the children often moan if we get time off & they can’t go to holiday club!). Occasionally, it works out that my mum and dad offer to have the children for a week – again the children love their holiday without mummy & daddy, and my parents get to spoil them rotten!

Getting time off at the same time so we can go on holiday is virtually impossible. We haven’t had a holiday since we went to Disneyland Paris three years ago.

This year we’ve managed it, and are going to Cornwall for two weeks in August – I can’t wait!

So what are we doing this half term? Well the children are over the moon as they have both of their favourite options!

They have two days of holiday club, then my mum is collecting them on Wednesday for a Liverpool holiday till Sunday. As you can imagine the excitement levels are through the roof.

Me & Chris are both working. But for us, we are going to get some time off as well. First words out of his mouth ‘we can go for a run together!’ We’re also planning a cinema trip out.

So I’m looking forward to an adult week, but also going to spend the week feeling like I’ve lost a limb.

There is a part of me jealous of all the Facebook & Twitter status updates about switching off alarm clocks & lie ins, I also know we’ve found a bit of a balance that seems to suit our family.

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