In about two hours, my holidays will be up. For the past week and a bit, I have been on leave and it has been pure, unadulterated bliss!
I am normally a full time working mother and my normal life is busy, busy, busy. So having this time off from work has been amazing!
I have been able to walk the kids to school and back; to prepare healthy snacks for them when they got home; and to spend time with them to chat about their day. It has been extra special because my little boy started school this year.
A quiet house
How nice is it to walk in to an empty, quiet house?
Oh, joy! The air almost tingles with peace and quiet.
Time to myself
On average, I normally have the house to myself for about one hour a month.
And the only time I normally have time to myself is the 15 minutes from work to home each day. So being able to just ‘be’ was amazing.
Like most working parents with two small children, my life is mapped out with military precision.
But not in the past week and a bit!
After dropping the kids off at school, I would walk home in the sunshine, let myself in to the empty house and do an inner happy dance. What would I do today? Where would I go? And the answer was: anything and anywhere (until 3.30pm).
I watched Series 1 and 2. It was ace. ‘Nuff said!
I have not done one speck of exercise apart from walking the kids to school and back.
In my normal life, I usually get up at about 5.30am every second morning or so, to get to the gym by 6am so I am home by 7am.
But I refused to do anything that would bear any semblance to my normal life – and that included exercise.
Sure, I’ve put on weight. And sure I feel sluggish and stiff.
But in a childish way I also enjoyed blowing a raspberry to what I “should” be doing!
Yeah, I know exercise should be part of your daily routine..blah, blah, blah…snore… but I dinna wanna do it! So ner!
Of course, it all ends tomorrow! Boo hoo.
Dabbling in interior design
While I was enjoying my time in my wonderfully quiet empty house, I would take a style audit of the rooms and decide what I needed to give them a lift.
So I bought new photo frames, cushions, glassware and throws.
I moved items from one room to another where they worked better and even bought a few interior design books and magazines!
My husband can’t wait for me to get back to work so I can stop banging on about aqua v teal cushions, and whether we need to add shelves or a print above the TV. Talk about First World problems!
It’s all over now
Yes, it’s all over and it was a wonderful glimpse into the life of being a stay-at-home Mum with both kids at school.
Although I know that if that was my normal life, it wouldn’t be as much fun. Instead, I can imagine it would be more about taking the children to and from after school activities, and running errands, plus lots more!
But who needs reality at a time like this?