03 February 2012

Preparing for Half Term

I purposely chose a job that was flexible with hours so I could be a working mum but also remain a full time parent, being able to take my kids to and from school daily was vital to me. When I returned to work after the Christmas break I tried to make sure the first thing I did was to book off February half term!

I like to be organised and plan ahead. I generally have little 'to do' lists and memos for all sorts so February half term is no different. Thinking of things to entertain the Mini Mes in advance prevents boredom and means we can make the most of the time we do have together come rain or shine - so I’ve already made an Amazon wishlist of bits and bobs I’ll be ordering shortly to keep us busy this February.

During the summer holiday the kids really enjoyed a circus workshop that we attended so I’ve added some some devil sticks, diablos, juggling balls and spinning plates to the list. We can use these indoors if it rains or outside if the spring sunshine ever arrives – they will be performing cheeky monkeys in no time!

I’ve added a few DVD’s to this list for rainy days. Chloe in particular likes role play games so when we aren’t at the cinema she likes to make her own tickets, dim the lights, hand out sweets and popcorn and have us all watch a movie snuggled up in duvets on the sofa. Happy days.

Both the kids (and myself hehe) like to be creative so I’ve added a few craft sets and animal related activies. These are usually educational but fun and learning through play is always great in my eyes.

Apart from buying a few new sets to enjoy we have the huge craft box full of feathers, glitter, sequins etc so we can get messy and make some nice pictures. We can also work on the scrap books.

We will do some baking as always. Chocolate marshmallow fudge, truffles, cupcakes and brownies being our favs at the moment (there goes the diet). I’ve got lots of cook books so it will be a case of letting the kids have a nosey and picking something yummy to make that hopefully won't be too bad for my waistline - Eeek!

I’m hoping we will get out and about as much as possible and the weather will be lovely for nature walks and trips around the reservoir with the puppy now hes had his jabs and been micro-chipped. He’s named Spartan (after our love for gladiator style movies and the TV series Spartacus) and he’s a 12 week old Border Collie.

We will probably spend a day at Gullivers in Milton Keynes, go bowling and out for a few meals. Pizza hut has such great deals and I have a weakness for a meat feast, on a regular basis!

I’ve still got a while to go yet as it's not for another 10 days but just the thought of it puts a spring in my step already.

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