For this Aussie gal it is Summer, the end of the calendar year and the school year.
Which also means my children are home for 7 weeks, yes you got it 7 weeks for my little ones.
The last several years we have been ridiculously blessed with an invitation to fly away somewhere during these holidays, staying with friends and/or family for a week or two.
It would break up those long long weeks of I have nothing to do, he hit me, she looked at me, get out of my room and my all time favourite chorus MUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMM!!!!!
A new environment, a different house is often all it took to break the cycle. We would then return with a refreshing look at our humble abode.
This year, as we dip into week 4 at home, there is no such break on the horizon.
I have considered my options:
I can go out everyday to find entertainment for the kids, spending truck loads of money in the process ??????
There is the “go outside and play” option……. backed up with “When I was a kid Mum did not see me until it was dark”. ?????
Then the indoor entertainment of Ipads, TVs and computers that succesfully shut down all the fights and nagging and all communications amongst family members in the process. ???????
Time to get creative. Time to behave like we have gone away from our home on a holiday. You got it I am going to pretend I am not home.
Here is my creative and yet simple list of ways to pretend you have gone away on holidays.
Bunk the kids in together for a sleepover with a mattress on the floor, just like you would at Uncle Joes.
Sit at the beach all day reading and making sand castles, what housework? You are away on holidays remember.
Eat breakfast outside, listening to the birds and enjoying the early warmth of a Summer day.
Cook less, eat more takeaway, keep meals simple. You never have all these appliances and spices when you go on holidays. Go one step further and take dinner to the park.
Buy a shower gel that smells like a Day Spa and then take a long leisurely bath or shower closing your eyes and imagining yourself strolling through the door for that massage. A vivid imagination is needed for this one.
Buy lots of snacks and settle down with hubby and a few friends for an early Happy Hour. When the kids get hungry hand out the supplies. What dinner routine, you are on holidays remember.
Watch lots of movies. Kids movies, favourite movies, hire new movies. Watch movies late into the night, you are on holidays remember.
Do not get dressed until lunch time, all day even, and of course wear your most casual holiday attire.
Go for a long family walk in a new suburb or to a new park. Take the camera, pose the kids for photos and enjoy the sights, you are a tourist on holidays remember.
Buy some Summer magazines, a new book, both. Sit down for leisurely afternoons to read, take the kids to a park and read, climb into bed early and read.
Above all else, let go of your routine, enjoy the break from school runs, making lunches, the pressure to be somewhere by a certain time.
It may not be possible to take that fabulous break everyday. It is about what you can, when you can, if you need to.
You are on holidays remember.