When you are a blogger, holidays present themselves with a week or two of endless opportunities. Days out, short breaks, visits to local attractions, even a quick trip to the park gives you opportunities to fill your Instagram feed with perfect family shots and possible ideas for blog posts. Even when you are at home, there are craft ideas to make and cakes to bake, again all great opportunities to add to social media.
But this holiday is not one of those. This is going to be a holiday of not doing much. There won’t be many exciting photos nor will there be many exciting trips.
Does that make it a bad holiday?
I don’t think so.
We are all shattered. It has seemed like a very long half term this time. It has in fact been longer than usual by a week or maybe two, thanks to Easter being rather inconsiderately late this year. Also, the rare difference of holidays has happened with my husband and I as we work in different counties and every now and then, it does happen that the holidays occur on different weeks. Also very inconsiderate if you ask me.
So a combination of solo parenting for me along with lethargic, worn out children means that I will not be rushing anywhere or doing anything much at all. As we seem to spend our lives rushing around, it is nice to take the slow path for a change. Lazy mornings, late breakfasts, quality pyjama time. It is all good.
As I speak, I am sat typing gently on my keyboard and my daughter is doing some drawing. The teen has gone to a friend’s and the tween is sat exercising his thumbs on his X-box. Nobody is complaining that they are missing out. Nobody seems bothered that our days aren’t scheduled to the nth degree.
As the children get older, they don’t want to be dragged here, there and everywhere. They want to make decisions for themselves, go out with friends, chill out.
This week that is fine with me.
We will do more at Easter maybe as there are two weeks and hopefully the weather will inspire us all to want to go out and explore. There are adventures to be had but they will have to wait for another time.
Until then, I am going to make another cup of tea and put my feet up.