How am I going to survive the summer holidays? This is a question I’ve asked myself a lot in the run up to school finishing.
Yet I have to do it. I have to survive each day when theres just me and three people to keep entertained.
Ive have a few days booked out to see friends, which at least is something.
Hubby is off for a few days here and there too which also helps.
I think the thing that gets to me most is the loneliness. No other adult company during the day. It makes the days long. The hours are ticking by slowly.
I know I should be trying to make the most of the days with the children that I am blessed to have but it doesn’t make it any easier. It doesn’t make the constant ‘mum, mum,mum, mum…’ any less.
I wish I could do more with each of them. My 7 year old wants to play board games. But we can’t usually because the baby is there needing attention or grabbing the pieces. The 4 year old wants to play outside on the scooter or bike but I can’t do that by myself as I need to entertain the baby.
I keep seeing the phrase on facebook that we only have 18 summers with our children. Strictly thats not true, we have lots of summers with them but maybe not all while they are little.
The other prohibitive factor of course is money. Everything we tend to want to do to entertain ourselves costs money. Even a simple lunch outside the house costs money.
I’m trying to be grateful and thankful but its hard. Trying to cling onto the small things each day but it’s hard.
Theres no real point to the post but to record my feelings. If it makes one less person feel as bad as I do. Or realise that maybe there are others fighting their own summer holiday battles then today I’m winning.
We can do it mum’s (and dads).
I’m not going to pretend its easy. I’m not going to be that instagram perfect family, but I do promise to appreciate the small moments. The small victories where they are having fun and enjoying their summer.
We can and will survive the summer holidays.
But for now I have to go as yet again they are hungry……