For the past 20 years I have been a working mum or if I wasn't working I was studying at college to aim for a better life for my kids. So I am not really sure why it hits me so hard when its the school holidays and I have to go to work and leave my child at home - You would think after all this time I would be hardened to it!
At the end of term all I seem to hear from mums is 'Yay, I get 2 weeks of with my children' or 'Two weeks of lay in's, I cant wait' and sometimes its a right old kick in the teeth and makes me wonder if being a working mum is worth all the guilt I feel of not spending time with my child. Of course being a working mum, I have some space from her and I am giving her a good example by showing her that independant women can have families and work. But I also feel guilty for not being there for her and then there is also the juggle of sorting out childcare! I dont know why it hits so hard this time, Maybe its because Tilly is my baby and I have seen how fast kids grow up already with the older children. Childhood memories are precious.
So Easter Monday, my last day off this week before I went back to work I told her that she could do what ever she wanted and she was in charge for the day (strangely, my child likes responsibility!). And that is how we came to be sitting on the beach, in the freezing cold and under a black cloud 'enjoying' a teddy bears picnic.
Creating memories is important when it comes to your kids, and it doesn't have to cost much at all. Tilly could of chosen a day out somewhere expensive but instead chose to do something simple and free (my purse was so pleased!) As we live on the beach, sometimes we forget that it is on our doorstep and don't use it enough.
So here was our picnic on the beach with Olaf, a Meerkat and a Unicorn!