So it’s officially the Summer holidays, and I have no idea how I am going to pull this off! For those who don’t know me I am a mummy to 3 beautiful monsters (ahem children) and I run my own handmade business from home.
We are only in week 2 of the holidays and we have already had 2 accidents (one of which has resulted in a big bruise, swelling and pack of frozen peas) a WWE wrestling match, a toddler meltdown over a CUP!, a permanent marker tattoo, and a game of who can ride the fastest off this ramp! So it’s safe to say I can only work when they are fast asleep in bed.
This is my second year working from home during the Summer holidays, last year I had not long started so I didn’t have as many orders to fulfil. I didn’t plan any days out, they just happened. This year needed to be slightly more structured, so I had few hours to work in the evening, instead of clearing up the massacre created by my little people.
On the first day of the holidays, we took a trip to the V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, I didn’t realise how stressful this would be on my own. I made our pack lunches in the morning, packed the changing bag and got ready to go. I had already pre-booked a bargain parking space 2 minutes from the museum (£5 for the whole day) so this made it slightly easier, until I took an hour to find it! Once we were in the Museum they all really enjoyed it. We had the best ice-cream ever and then headed to the Museum gardens for our lunch. This was when I realised I had forgotten one of the main items a 20 month old needs. Nappies! So a quick getaway was needed.
During the first week, we had been to the beach, a carnival and a Funday (all of which I had my Auntie to help) these were easy compared to the Museum.
This week they have been helping me and their Grandad with our front garden. My dad has cut down the bushes and got the ground ready for gravel to be laid down. They, of course, wanted to help so have been sweeping, digging and pulling the weeds up. I never knew I had such a green fingered little family.
For the remainder of the Summer I have literally 5 more days planned. A trip to Weald Country Park, a day at the Paddocks on Canvey Island, a day trip to Clacton, another carnival and another beach day at Dymchurch.
I have bought a few arts and crafts items and a few outdoor games for them to do, on the days I need 5 minutes peace.
So, I wish all you parents and carers the best of luck. Enjoy making memories.
Lots of love,