I always feel guilty about summer holidays because I am a working mum and this summer has been increasingly difficult for us as it is the first year that I haven't been able to use my Parental leave entitlement to take August off to be with my child. I work 3 days a week and those three days are all in a row, so I work 3 days and then get four off. It is this way as it makes it easier for us to cope with childcare for Little Miss T and it means for 4 days a week, she has my undivided attention. K went off to Brownie camp for a week in August which meant I needed to book a week from work, and although we were extremely busy this week sorting things out at home. It was still nice to be with her.
If anything was going to go wrong in the summer holidays, it seemed to go wrong all in the week that I had off. firstly we have a radiator that came away from the wall and we had to get someone to come and look at attaching it to the wall. But that night the whole radiator came away from the wall and was spurted EVERYWHERE! I managed to tighten the nuts as much as I could and we put towels down, but by the following morning there was water everywhere. So then we needed a new lounge carpet, expense that I really couldn't afford, but even though we tried to dry the carpet out, it still smelt damp. So after the radiator was repaired, I found myself laying a new carpet! I was impressed that I actually did it. New carpet has such a lovely smell and feel to it. So now Little Miss T knows there is to be no food or drink in the lounge as well as no shoes.
I hung a coat rack onto the wall and 15 minutes before someone important came to visit us, the whole thing fell from the wall and coats flew everywhere! we quickly scooped them up and laid them on a bed to 'hide' them. The plaster on our walls is rubbish and when ever we try to put anything on the wall, it always comes down - I cant remember how many times the curtain rails have come down!
Anyway today I was back at work, As much as I love being at home with Little Miss T and we did some really lovely stuff like baking cakes, trips to London and painting and glittering the contents of a Hobbycraft delivery we got - it is so nice to get my identity back! I am Vicky again, not just mummy. I am with grown ups and not having to watch My Little Pony on repeat anymore haha. The grass is always greener though isn't it? when I am working I often wish I was a SAHM, When I am off like I was for nearly two weeks I yearn for my life with grown ups. Sometimes you don't know what you want. And today whilst I was at work, I wanted to be home with Tilly. I have always been a working mum ever since Kim was 2 years old, so to give it up would be a completely different way of life for me and besides I am a big believer of the fact that working mums can have a family and work if that's what they want to do.
So tomorrow Little Miss goes back to school, She has moved up a year and it scares me that she is growing up so fast, before I know it, she will be as old as K! Make the most of the time you have with your kids because it will be all too soon that they want to spread their wings and go off to start their own life.