Just What Kind of Mother Are You? #weektoview

DSC02263Hope you had an amazing Easter break? Ours was great, although a huge challenge to juggle work and children. I really enjoyed just hanging out in Nottingham with the kids for once. It was a chance to reconnect, to recharge some flagging batteries and to rethink. Having worked hard on some travel blogging press trips as a family we kept our days out low key, and the photos too. Although we did go to one blogging event, Next’s Summer 14 for Kids day, more on that in another post. hello

Max found having the kids at home full time a challenge to his normal sleeping routine. Greyhounds, contrary to popular belief, are very lazy, a couple of short walks a day and a lot of sleeping. The garden however, opened up as another place to doze in peace.
DSC02321 Both kids mastered bike riding this holiday, I can’t tell you how long this has felt in coming, but it really is one of those things you need to give time – and we’ve been away so much. I will write a post about how we cracked it, because there were some valuable lessons learnt. I was so proud that having mastered it, L decided to convince G he could do it to, it was magical watching her teach him.DSC02407 Over the Easter weekend we headed off with the caravan to Oakhill Leisure in Lincoln. It was a last minute and we weren’t sure, but it turned out to be a great find by Mr A. A lovely site with a playground, these nets, 20 acres of woodland and a huge field to run wild in.DSC02417We didn’t see much of the kids, being a kid at a caravan site means riding your bike (hurrah at last!) and playing out all day. All the things I took for granted growing up in the 80s on a cul de sac.DSC02500 We walked all the way round a huge lake and felt a huge sense of achievement. Bigger than that we felt free. L ran through the field screaming ‘I’m Free!’, G climbed to the top of this mound and shouted it.DSC02508The Easter Bunny wasn’t put off by the caravan or the greyhound, he delivered.
DSC02535 I left my phone at home and had a much needed break from email and social media. I took two novels and a notebook. I devoured Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly, maybe not the best book to read when trying to give your kids freedom to run wild. But still, a real page turner with a unexpected and perfect thriller ending. It also made me think a lot about modern parenthood.

Then, undistracted by my phone, I made plans, lots of them, while Max slept, lots.DSC02540We came home to egg roll

Egg rolling time!

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More on that here.

On Easter Monday Mr A had to work, but the kids, cycled along the river with Max and i running behind and I treated myself to a Shandy in the pub beer garden while they played on the bouncy castle.

Haven't had a shandy for ages!

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Sounds idyllic, but there were so many arguments, I think we all felt the end of the holiday approaching. It has been really hard juggling work and kids for two weeks, but that time together is so magical and so precious. I realised we have already had our caravan four years, where did that time go?

This morning I am breathing a sigh of relief, but missing their chaos madly.

Hope you managed to juggle all this Easter? Tea? Coffee?

12 thoughts on “Just What Kind of Mother Are You? #weektoview

  1. Sounds like a lovely Easter Penny, and I can definitely empathise with the arguments. I LOVE having my children at home, but it’s never as idyllic as it seems. Z and S have argued non-stop and I’ve hardly got any work done, but the break has been fab overall, and I do feel sad to be sat here alone this morning. xx
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  2. With everything you have been up to I would think you need a months holiday – on your own! Caravaning does make you slow down doesn’t it! We haven’t been camping for ages, but for the same reasons I think we will be going this summer – total switch of from the outside world!
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  3. Sounds like a lovely Easter Penny, but totally know where you’re coming from about the arguments. LMC was most definitely ready to go back to school today and so was I. Somehow having all this nice weather means she’s been outside so much more and has actually left her more tired that she was at the start of the holiday. Bit of a parenting fail there!
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  4. the easter holidays always remind me of going down to my grandparents caravan down by rye when i was young, so so many happy memories. happy easter to the residence at a residence home and away x
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