Even though the last half term has been short (just 5 weeks), we are all ready for a break. There are two weeks of no school stretching ahead of us and Daddy will be taking the whole holiday off work!
I admit that I build up high hopes for the school holidays. I romanticise the notion of long, lazy mornings snuggled up, four in a bed. I make lots of plans for activities that we can do together. I expect us to have lots of fun and laughter.
In general, we do but, because we are a 'normal' family, we also have tears, tantrums and fallings out. We get bored. Sometimes, no-one wants to do the *brilliant* activities I have planned.
So, what are our intentions for the Easter break?
Well, we have written a holiday wish list. (We did this at Christmas and it worked quite well.) The idea is simply that you write down some things that you'd like to do and you aim to tick off one per day. They don't (and shouldn't) have to be expensive activities or day trips but they at least provide some structure for the breakfast-time 'what are we doing today?' conversation.
This is our list:
- draw the whole story of "Frozen" (an ambitious art project, I'll admit: NOT my idea!)
- run down a sand dune (we saw an episode of Nina and the Neurons about sand dunes)
- visit an art gallery (next term, my daughter's class will be learning about art appreciation)
- go to some cafes
- do an Easter Egg hunt
- write a story for the school creative writing competition
- visit all the Grandmas and Grandads
- visit Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood's Major Oak tree is not far from Grandma's house)
We may yet add a few more things to our list. Possibly a trip to the library; perhaps a playdate with some friends?
I wonder how far down our list we'll get?