09 October 2012
& the school holidays continue . . .
I'm all about free fun for children during school holidays. I guess it stems back to when we first had children we didn't have cash to throw around, so we made the most of free activities or hanging at home. Personally i use school holidays to clean out the children's rooms & they need them to relax from going hard at school all term. Staying home is not a chore, it's a pleasure.
So here is a typical free fun day at our place . . .
starting with a dose of home juiced goodness. I did wash these celery sticks again!!
Nothing wrong with window shopping & not spending, my children are largely unspoilt with stuff, this Santa falls under the category of unnecessary stuff, no dropped lips or tantrums, she completely understands the word 'no'.
This is our 3rd school holidays now with chickens, they are the pet that doesn't get old. Chickens have so much personality. Pets are the ultimate school holiday activity, to feed, play & nurture. Dare i suggest our chickens have a fabulous diet.
I have always found that my children naturally pair up, or enjoy a good dose of solitude in their own rooms during the break. I have strived to make their rooms inviting & cosy, so they want to be in them. Actually my twins have talked about moving back in together.
School holidays are the perfect time to exploit child labour - gardening, cleaning, tidying, baking & cooking. My guys make a mean chicken schnitzel. As a housewife, these jobs are normally mine during the day, so i trade with them . . . i unpacked the dishwasher!!
Then there are the not-a-school-night treats like sleeping out in the lounge or siblings bedrooms. This is still a huge hit with my son, he's 8 & will bring half his bedroom with him too. He got a bit cold one night so slept with ear muffs on. I cannot get enough of this little fella.
So we've stayed home these holidays, one trip to the cinema - with $6.50 tickets - it was hard to resist while i was recovering from a migraine, in the dark with quiet children. This is how we roll almost every school holidays. We're not massive must-go-away people, it's too expensive for a family of 6 on a single income, we remain realistic & homey. Love Posie