School Holidays...

Posted on April 10 2016

Just want to say thanks heaps to everyone that read my first blog! After I crawled out from under my doona, and put down the brown paper bag that I was gasping into, I read some of your encouraging comments and was rapt. So I'm back!

Back to school tomorrow! *happy dance/twerk/fist pump*. Our holidays have been pretty quiet. My husband worked pretty much the entire time, bless him, so it was just me and the kids. Every day I would look at Facebook and see people out doing holiday things, being really good mums, taking their children out to special places and having fun times.

Each day my kids would ask me what we were doing today. 'Can we go to funfields? Can we go to the movies?' Can we go roller skating?' I would reply with the old 'we'll see' but to be honest, by the time I went to Woolies and bought bloody food, the chance of a day at funfields was as likely as a day trip to Disneyland. It wasn't gunna happen!

These holidays have seen my children (and their various friends) consume:

- 27 litres of milk
- 15 loaves of bread
- 12 cups of noodles
- 2 jars of Nutella
- A jumbo bag of dinosaur nuggets
- 3 boxes of that disgusting Easy Mac stuff
- 27 bananas
- 3 litres of yoghurt
- 2 kilos of apples
- 2 kilos of grapes
- 6 punnets of strawberries.
They ate heaps of other crap too, but im not really sure what, although if I vacuumed on, under and in the couch, then inspected the contents of the vacuum bag, I'd probably find out.

I have washed at least 20 cups per day. My washing machine has been going non stop. They have changed outfits as often as a Victoria's Secret model. I've found play dough in the dishwasher and the house phone in the toilet. They dug a hole in the back yard and spent hours making mud pies. Right next to my line full of white washing. (Not so white anymore).

Ive picked up my couch cushions 743 times. Ive folded blankets from their discarded forts. I've played referee in many different forms. I've threatened soap on tongues, iPad restrictions, wifi disconnection, cancelled play dates. I've hidden in the shed while they called me, begging for my Apple ID and password, eating their Easter eggs and rocking.

I've also slept in. A lot. Had heaps of laughs and cuddles. Spent days in my pjs, watched Toy Story more times than I can count. I've watched my kids play with their friends. Watched them write songs and then listened to them perform them. Observed the people they are growing up to be. These holidays have been like my old childhood! Back to basics. I think they've had a good time. They don't feel deprived or that they are missing out. Well not right now anyway. Pretty sure I'll find a handwritten note in the coming days saying something along the lines of 'you are the worst mother and I'm bored'.

How do you feel about the holidays? Have you had enough or would you like just a little more time?

Claire x


  • Vicki: April 11, 2016

    Loving your blog Claire .
    I loved having the kids home

  • Kate: April 11, 2016

    Thanks for this Claire. I can totally relate however I felt a bit sad when they went back this morning.

    I’ve been sick with a flu most of the holidays which has now developed into tonsillitis so we spent most of the 2 week at home watching movies and playing games. They never really complained. I got the odd “what fun things are we going to do today”. But mostly they just amused themselves.

    Im sitting here now in a quiet house having a cups without interuption and looking at the destruction that was the school holidays. Yep toys and the remnants of snacks everywhere and I haven’t even looked in their rooms yet.

    But I feel a little bit lost so I will look forward to 3:30. For about 10 min until they ultimately start fighting on the way home and then I will know school term has started and we are back into a routine.

  • rebecca Ferrantino : April 11, 2016

    We can all relate but lucky me was away for 11 blissful childfree nights in bali while my hubby looked after the kids aged 8 7 & he knows what’s it like to do it all from cooking cleaning washing grocery shopping with all 3 in the worse food shopping with the kids. .he took them out most days. .its funny well mean l think l ask him for money for outings on the school holidays he tells me he has no money but mind you took them out alot but anyway school is back todsy..yessssss. .happy dance…coffee’s with the mums

  • Tayla Vassallo: April 10, 2016

    omg Claire can relate to you 100% I took a week off work to spend with the kids and I felt really bad by yesterday…… but you have made me feel ok about spending time at home with them and not doing all those expensive full on experiances and I guess there is always next school holidays…… love the blog and thankz for being you ?

  • Dannielle : April 10, 2016

    What a great thing your doing. Thank you being a mum can be lonely so it’s nice to know we are all doing it together

  • Fi: April 10, 2016

    Oh Claire I love this!!! You have summed it up to a T. Great blog I look forward to the next one xo

  • Josette: April 10, 2016

    Love reading this! So real and relatable. Your holidays sound like ours ? I’m gonna hate getting up early tomorrow too!!

  • Anita: April 10, 2016

    Great blog Claire. We had a mini holiday, went to movies etc. Spent more money than I would have liked to! I worked half the holidays whilst hubby had time off, however he spend that time organising, running around and helping set up our local footy club for the official opening today! Phew!
    Kinda happy for quiet days, fuller wallets and a tidy home!!
    Keep up the great work ?

  • Amber Wood: April 10, 2016

    Unfortunately I have worked all school holidays, so I wish they could be a little longer so I could have some time with the kids. Fingers crossed next school holidays I’ll have some time with them.

  • ClaireHodgson : April 10, 2016

    I still have the 2 year old demon, so I’m not quite off the hook, but I will miss the girls. I think. A little. Maybe. ?

  • clarissa: April 10, 2016

    Love this Claire.
    I think I’m crazy but I want more time with them. I am looking forward to a tidy house tomorrow but the mess and noise is so much more fun. Clarissa

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