It’s dawning on me that I’m not very well-prepared for these school holidays. Not that I like to have every minute of every holiday planned – and I think it’s actually quite good for children to be “bored” and have to decide what to do about it – but it’s nice to have some idea of things to keep everyone occupied at least some of the time.
We had planned a trip away for a few days, but The Dad’s broken elbow has scotched that idea. I can’t use that as an excuse, though, because we weren’t even leaving for another week!
So far there has been a lot of playing with new toys – Christmas and birthday presents both – and a reasonable amount of writing thank-you letters, under surprisingly little duress. But there are mutterings in the ranks, and Fainjin is even claiming to be tired of Lego (gasp!). I guess that’s what you get, if you play with it every day for 10 days from 6am until 7pm with few breaks.
Today we went on a family bus trip into town to run some errands, which the children found mildly diverting. Tomorrow I have promised a trip to the library to stock up on books. It’s meant to be nice weather, but windy. If it’s not too bad we might take the new bikes and scooters down to the beach for a bit. If we get a really nice day we might take the bikes and scooters around the coast to the next village.
Pearl wants to play with her paint-by-numbers kit and make a quilt, but I’ve suggested we wait until next week, when Babess is back at daycare and I’ll only have to keep Fainjin out of her way while she works. Perhaps I can interest Fainjin in making a quilt too…
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