Apr 20, 2012

Holiday break photo essay

Well, every holidays I get about two thirds through and I am filled with the dread of "unfinished school holiday projects"... Day 1 of the new term looms (though naturally this is a pretty flexible start date around here : ) and I feel like I haven't done enough, the girls are still too tired, the pile of "to-dos" is undone, the laundry has exploded, what exercise plan? blah blah blah. 

Then IT happens - you wake up one morning, and magically everyone is feeling good and relaxed. Board games come out, spontaneous performances occur, knitting projects are suddenly nearly completed and it is all going to be okay after all.

Since homeschooling, I have really come to appreciate these breaks - mental health breaks more than anything - where everyone just lets go of the rush of organised activities, and even mum gets to dig into the sewing and craft project pile and daydream. 

Phew. Holidays are just the right length aren't they (or is it that one just times the exhaustion and dullness to end in plenty of time to do good stuff at the end?).

I think we are going to make it!

Here is what our term break is looking like right now...

Beach hideouts to build with best buddies...
while Mike contemplates Uncanny Valley

(thanks Amber for this shot : )

making dragons with Ruth Park at Tweed Gallery.
Then recreating an old family favourite photo from 5 and a half years ago:

That is our dear cousin on the left in 2006 - with November running as always, July tiny on the right...

Times have changed! 

As have some old favourite pieces of clothing - re-crafted this holidays into bags (seen here with very funny faces 3.5 years ago), a long term project for mama (read: procrastination project)...and more ambitious than our t'shirt shopping bags inspired by "Sewing School"...

That old Veronica's jacket now a bag for Cub Scout camps and general use:

and the sweetest "made by Auntie" Hello Kitty dress has now been refashioned into a bag for July; shown here with some marbled eggs from Easter.

A couple of firsts - first games of netball, first ever Scrabble, first ever Connect 4...

and a lot of laughing - here is July with her cautionary tale "Do not chew the end of your red water-colour pencil" LOL

Next week we are back into the thick of it - I have even done a term plan (wow - must have been a relaxing break after all) he he. 
Ahem - ignore those fingers there, I guess she is wishing for world peace....

What did you do on your holidays?

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