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End of days...

Holidays that is.

It used to be that I dreaded holidays. Even before the boys started school. Everything feels different during the holidays. Public transport and public places certainly change, that's for sure. Before the boys started school, holidays meant no more peaceful outings for a while, because every family would be at the popular children's venues (homeschoolers really DO appreciate having those venues to themselves during term, LOL, you have NO IDEA how much nicer it is!)...

Then when the boys did start school, the holidays became this pressure cooker of togetherness where there was somehow an expectation of something special or exciting on the schedule each day (even though we had done NOTHING to create that expectation - except send them to school with children who's parents did lots to create that expectation in their own kids, who then shared that expectation with their friends, in an almost competitive manner, at times)...

I think, mostly, the holidays were hard because *I* myself didn't have that much to do during term, and so holidays ended up being MUCH-MORE-WORK days for me, personally.

That was until this last Summer. I really enjoyed the Summer holidays with the boys, and was sad to see them end... Then on the first day of term our entire lives were turned upside down sand castle style...

Term 1, 2010 was beyond crazy with school, Bryn experiencing kinder for the first time, me doing two courses and all of us moving house. Even when the holidays started, I was still on my third week of placement, so really we've only had about 10 days together...

It's gone so fast. During those 10 days we've had 2 birthday parties (one Luey attended, one family one for Dave). Erik had a play date. We've had two lots of friends over. We've sourced and bought and taken delivery of a new washing machine after our old one died. Had MIL over for a visit. My dad showed up out of the blue for a visit. Attempted to finish nearly all the unpacking and clean the house to my standards (which aren't that high, but higher than the previous occupants, that's for sure!). Been to the movies. It's been go, go, go, and now the holidays are over.

Term 2 promises to be as busy as term one, so I'm already looking forward to the mid-year holidays!

At least in term 2 I get to finish this course and gain my qualifications, which will hopefully lead to gainful part time employment to ease our financial troubles a bit. Even better if Dave got some full time work!!!

But now, I have to go and prepare us for the coming week - and really this blog post has been all about procrastinating from doing just that!

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