I love school holidays at the best of times, but after the super busy few months that we had to start this year, I was especially looking forward to these.
It was also the first full school holidays in our house – noteworthy because when we lived at our previous address (a crumby rental unit), M hated staying at home and was constantly dragging us to the door to go out. I couldn’t blame it. It was a dump, we didn’t have much room to play inside or in the tiny back-yard, his eczema flared up because of the trillions of dust mites living in the very old carpet and it was either incredibly hot or terribly cold due to lack of any kind of insulation.
In our new house with its three bedrooms, polished dust-mite free floorboards and big backyard we have the opposite problem – he never wants to leave. So these holidays have been the perfect time to just stay at home. And we did.
The boys spent every day bar about 4 in their pjs all day long and we had a great time. It was such bliss just being able to enjoy each other’s company at home, with no appointments or therapy to rush off to and no place that we had to go or wanted to go to.
The few days that we did go out, we had a great time too.
We took train crazy M on the Puffing Billy steam train for his third birthday (happy birthday to my beautiful boy!). It was a great day out. The only time M ever sits still is on a train and he was particularly mesmerised by the steam train. Equally train mad S loved it too. Baby A just slept all the way there and back – but the odds are pretty much in favour that once he’s old enough to appreciate them, he’ll love trains too!
We also had 2 days out catching up with different parents and kids we know with CP. These outings are always great. So much shared unspoken understanding.
And finally, we took the same annual trek that I have taken since I was little to meet up with my extended family in a small country town about 2 hours from Melbourne for a very cute little Easter parade and then on to a beautiful mineral springs nearby for a picnic. I love my family. It was great to spend time with them. M and S had a great time with their cousins and I enjoyed catching up with everyone’s news. It’s a long trek for just one day, but it’s always worth it. Being there always brings back happy memories of my mum, my childhood and my family as a whole. I love that we’ve kept up the tradition and love that it’s now a special day for my boys too.
Back to business today, we were all up at 6am and out the door by 8am to drop M off at childcare and head off to S’s day of EI. We’ll be off to horseriding tomorrow, then swimming, then kinder, then speech therapy, then the chiropractor, funding applications, school visits….. YEP. It’s term time again. Sigh!