One of the good things about being being a teacher is the holidays, although they aren’t quite what they seem. I will inevitable have to go to into work to do bits and bobs, plus lesson planning doesn’t do itself. However, I will have 6 whole weeks without an alarm clock and 6 whole weeks at home with my girls. I’m not going to complain.
Now, I love my kids to bits. but I’m not exactly the crafty mum full of Pinterest-worthy ideas to flood my Instagram page. I need ideas and plans to to occupy my kids and to make sure that the quality time that we have together is used well. Plus I like a bit of structure and routine. I feel like as a busy working single mum that I miss enough of their lives, so I do love that I get this annual six week period to devote my time to them.
This year, I’ve decided to combine all of our ideas and to create a summer holiday bucket list challenge. The intention is to see how many of these ideas that I can get through over the next weeks.
Most of the challenges will be related to spending quality time with the girls and providing them with new experiences, but there will be a few related solely to myself as the next six weeks are also an opportunity for me to recharge my batteries. Which is never a bad thing.
Making Memories With The Girls
Like every other normal day, my priority for the holiday is to spend as much time as possible with the girls. As they are due to be with me pretty much everyday anyway, this shouldn’t be too hard. Our bucket list for this holiday is to:
- Visit at least 3 different types of museums
- Read a book a day. (And hopefully not We’re Going On a Bear Hunt 42 times)
- Watch 6 Disney films that they’ve never seen before (Bambi and Dumbo here we come!)
- Visit a local farm.
- Make sandcastles on the beach.
- Have breakfast in bed.
- Make something for our home.
- Write and illustrate a story together.
- Visit the zoo.
- Get a picture of me and the girls. (I have tons of them, hardly any of just the three of us)
- Have a picnic.
- Cook a new recipe a week and get the kids involved in cooking.
- Walk at least a mile a day.
- Catch up with friends and family.
- Have a pj day.
Recharging My Batteries
Hopefully, my boiler will be fixed this week so that I can have steaming hot bubble baths again. It’s only been a day and I miss them already. My favourite thing to do of an evening is to sit in a bubble bath with a glass of wine, candles and a face mask. It’s been one night. I miss it already. So, in order to totally recharge my batteries, I need to find new things to do. Therefore, I am going to try to:
- Read a book a week. I have so many that I want to read at the moment.
- Make a new smoothie a week.
- Declutter my flat. I’m still working on this but decluttering my space helps me to think more clearly.
- Write, write and more writing. I like writing and I like blogging, but I like being ahead of my blogging schedule. At the moment, I am not.
- Experiment with my clothes more and go for a more feminine look of dresses and sandals as opposed to jeans and Converse.
- Make a new make up challenge as I really enjoyed the lipstick week challenge that I did back in May.
It must be because I am institutionalised from all my years in education – I’ve never done anything else – but the six weeks is always a time for me to take stock, recharge and make changes. Wish me luck!
What are your plans for this summer? Let me know in the comments below!