We are officially halfway through the summer holidays and I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying being able to spend some proper quality time with my girls. We’ve had some lovely slow days together – just pottering around at home, reading, and popping into town to run a few errands. I’ve been managing to get a bit of work done here and there as well.
I know how lucky I am to be able to do this. It’s our first year of doing summer without any paid-for childcare whatsoever, and even though it was only ever for one or two days in years past, with three children it ends up being pretty expensive. I can’t imagine having to pay for full-time childcare and having to work for the whole six weeks. I have friends who have to do this and I know how hard they find it being away from their children, which makes me appreciate my time with my girls even more.
Of course there have been plenty of squabbles and the occasional meltdown too, but on the whole it’s been quite relaxing. Not having replaced my car yet following the accident I was involved in has sucked at times, because we’re kind of stuck as to where we can go and what we can do, and there have of course been days where I’ve got frustrated with that – I’m used to having my freedom and being able to go wherever we want. But the upside is that I’ve actually been able to spend one-to-one time with each of my daughters at home, because their sisters have been elsewhere in the house doing their own thing. I’ve done colouring with Lola, played noughts-and-crosses with Mimi and had some heart-warming conversations with Ella.
Here are my moments of happiness from the last ten days: