Surviving the holidays
So, if you are anything like me then you will have very nearly survived the Easter Holidays. This time last year I was very pregnant and both kid one and kid two had chicken pox and if I’m completely honest I’m not sure which has been harder.
I love the school holidays, they are a time when PJ’s until lunchtime are the norm and it’s a time to just ‘be’, be that nosey, chaotic, tv watching, den building, and up late. This has been my first holidays with the three and my word it has been… noisy.
I can safely say that in these past two weeks we have accomplished absolutely zero, the main aim has been to not lose my ‘sh*t’ and to leave the house every day. Which, in hindsight may have been setting my sights a little high, it takes a lot of effort and man power to get three kids out of the house. Let me re-phrase that, it takes a lot of energy to run around after two out of three kids, attach shoes to four feet, find coats and wrangle them all out, to remember not to leave my keys in the door and not to forget the baby!
Finding things that all three kids can enjoy has been tough, especially now that Little G is on the move. But as a seasoned professional now (ha!) (I think being a mum is one role you cannot be a ‘professional’ at!) I have a few fail-safe things to try during the holidays….
Rainy walks, tog up the kids in waterproofs and wellies and task your children to jump in every single puddle they can find. However, be prepared for epic strops when you find out that they have holes in their wellies.
Drag out breakfast for as long as you can, what the hell have two! Give the kids cereals whilst you cook up some pancakes/waffles/toast/more cereal – chill out in the kitchen with the radio on LOUD! It will be lunchtime before you know it.
Make the kids tidy their room – bribe them with chocolate, obvs! Give them polish, the hoover and just leave them to it… trust me, you will go up to their room to the sound of giggling whilst they take it in turns to suck up each other’s bellies with Henry. The room will not be tidy but you have just wasted an hour and are one step closer to bedtime.
Take a trip to IKEA – now this is the most adventurous of all holiday activities, but, there are just so many benefits*. (*These benefits can only be enjoyed, discovered, if you do in fact make it all the way round without wanting to divorce your other half) Make sure that you go when food is required, breakfast, lunch or tea – the restaurant supplies the best food at the best cheap price. The canteen style dinning lends itself perfectly for a family with small children as the sound of all the other children will drown out the sound of yours. You can then plonk your children in the trolley with as many pencils and as much paper as they want and get them to write you ‘lists’ – if said children will not go in the trolley the arrow game is the best. Challenge the little people to run to each arrow, once they get to the next one they must freeze like an animal, this goes on and before you know it you are in the market place where all hell breaks loose! The other fail-safe game is to get each kid to pick their favourite bed – they then have to find it and get in, this is great but make sure they have clean shoes and don’t start playing hide and seek (there is a time and a place for hide and seek, IKEA is most definitely not the place!) The next best thing about IKEA is that never mind what you buy, it will generally have come in a cardboard box…
Make a den – after said visit to IKEA you are primed and ready to start building the den of dreams. Den building will be a bit annoying for the first two days but by the third you will hardly notice the mammoth structure in the middle if the lounge or miss the sofa cushions.
And would you believe it, all these activities, thrown in with a soft play visit – which by the way is actual parent abuse – and a number of Paw Patrol or Inspector Gadget episodes and we are nearly at the end of the holidays. Just remember to enjoy them – you will need to count to five in your head a lot, but as soon as everything goes back to normal you will crave a morning of eating toast in a den, in your PJ’s watching Chase and Marshall save the day again!