Its February half term here in the Borders all 10 days of it counting the weekends. When my daughter first went to school February half term was a sensible three days which is easy to manage as I took two days off and my husband the other. However this extended holiday is a bit of a nightmare at a time of year when Bright Light Marketing is really busy and I daren’t even mention taking time off to my husband who is working all hours. So it is a week of juggling early starts to get work done and late finishes to finish it. In between to spend time with the kids.
But I confess it is difficult to juggle especially as to add to the mix the painter has been in this week to mend the ceiling from our roofing leak. So some balls have not been juggled very well.
Work wise I have managed it as its amazing how when you have a couple of hours to do work it really focuses you and my use of lists and highlighting priorities as ever has worked really well for me. Quality time with the kids or kid as my daughter has been away part of the week getting spoilt by her Grannie and Papa has been achieved. My son and I have had lots of reading the Wombles, lots and lots of laughs and lots of outings and walks. What hasn’t been achieved is that my house is not looking so good and could do with a bit of TLC but does that matter? No it doesn’t as sometimes you just can’t achieve everything.
So tomorrow I am taking the day off as we have a very special VIP arriving my one year old niece and her parents. The kids and I have lots of things to do before they arrive and I feel that I deserve one morning of reading in bed I think instead of sitting at my computer.
So I know my teacher friends value this break and I can understand why and I know that like me they have to work some of the time too during the holidays. But I confess I am happy that next year we return to the shorter holiday of three days and an additional week in the summer! The kids and I have just been watching Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang on DVD. Must admit I laughed at the beginning when the mum says “I’m coping!” as bedlam surrounds her. Like her I am coping but looking forward to Easter when I can be off with fewer balls to juggle and have a rest!