It Was A Happy Half Term

It Was A Happy Half Term

It hardly seems possible that as I sit here and write this, we are almost a quarter of the way into the year and Easter is approaching at a speed faster than I think we are all comfortable with. This time last year we were on the countdown for the Little Man to be starting school and here we are, twelve months later and he has almost six months of schooling under his belt already. Time is going so fast.

Getting School Holiday Prepared

School holidays have been planned well in advance in this house. I’m fortunate enough to only work part-time. Having said that, my part-time is mornings, so that is still every day that we have to take into consideration that we will need some sort of childcare during the school holidays. So, you can see why we need to be organised!

Obviously, this isn’t the first school holidays we have had to arrange. But the first one we went away to Portugal for a week and so we had annual leave already allocated for that. I am lucky enough that I get most of Christmas off, so that wasn’t a major issue. On the couple of days that my husband and I had to work, our wonderful parents stepped in, to look after him during the mornings, then, of course, I am home to take over in the afternoon.

With only limited holiday it has been a case of sitting down with the calendars and allocating out annual leave as evenly as possible, but between us and with the help of our parents, I’m pleased to say we are sorted for the year. Summer was worrying me a little due to us having six weeks to consider, but thanks to some careful holiday planning, my wonderful managers and some home working out in place, we are sorted there too.

Time For A Rest

The point of this post wasn’t to go on about how we have arranged a child care for the year but to focus on how lovely this last half term has been.

I guess I was a little dubious about what to expect. To put things into perspective, this time, I had three days at home with the Little Man and my husband had the other two. By the end of the term, Little Man was beyond knackered. Each day it was the biggest of challenges to get him out of the house in the morning. He’d had enough and was ready for a rest. Whilst I was looking forward to it, I was also wondering how I was going to keep him occupied at home on my own when he was so used to going out every day.

I wanted him to rest. I didn’t want to make plans for every day. I didn’t want our schedule full from the morning until the evening. I wanted to make sure he could chill out when he wanted and get the rest he really needed from being on the go all day, every day when he’s at school. And, some may say I’m mad here, but I wanted him to get bored. I wanted him to realise that you can feel bored but then find something to do, at home. So, the three days I had him, we actually only went out once and that was to see my Mum and Dad. The rest of the time, we spent at home and we loved every single minute of it.

Fun At Home

Do you know? I didn’t tidy or clean the living room for an entire week. We had all of the toys out. We had all of the Playmobil, the Lego, the board games. Sure, I tidied up at the end of each day to make it respectable and less of a trip hazard but this was our play area and we embraced it. We had a lot of fun over those few days and it was because I totally embraced it and stopped worrying about the trivial things.

It was so nice to get up in the morning and not have to rush around to be somewhere. We did everything in our own time. It didn’t matter that my floor was covered in Lego. It didn’t matter that my living room table was now home to the Ghostbusters crew and the Marshmallow Man. It didn’t matter that my cushions were everywhere because they were apart of Little Man’s Lego City. We were having fun, together at home and that was all that was important.



We had minimal episodes involving tantrums. We laughed, we giggled and we played. We loved being at home together. I had the best few days with my Little Man and I was genuinely gutted when Thursday came around and I was the one getting up to go to work. I was jealous of my husband and would have happily traded places with him to have another couple of days with my mini-me.

Having said that, he had a party to go to and a play date with his cousin at the local farm park that had been planned, so don’t worry, he’s had his fair share of fresh air this week too. He got the best of both worlds. It worked out brilliantly. For all of us.

A Great Week

I think it’s important for children to spend time at home. These days there are so many options out there to keep the kids entertained. Places to go and things to do, but it’s not always necessary. I can imagine if you have more than one child, having them all at home, every day for the duration can be a bit much, so I understand the need to get out. But it is possible to have fun at home too, for a couple of days. I think you just have to let your guard down a bit and just go with the flow. Don’t worry about the mess for a few days.


At first, when I realised that all of my Annual Leave was to be used on school holiday cover it was a bit disappointing because that left no time for me to take a day if I needed it for anything else, but after last week, I’m not bothered now. We have a lot to look forward to this year and I am lucky that I get to spend so much of his school holidays with him, not all parents can do and for that, I count my lucky stars.

Can you believe I took just one photo all week? I really didn’t think about picking up the camera. I lived in the moment and I loved every minute. Now I’m off to have a mega clean and tidy up before we are back to the old routine. But I’m looking forward to Easter already.


How was half term for you? How do you manage it if you are a working parent? Let me know in the comments.



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  1. 26th February 2018 / 2:14 pm

    It’s so nice to just enjoy the moment sometimes isn’t it? We spent most of half term at home too – the boys played games, we played a few board games and enjoyed our home. It was great.

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:28 am

      Glad you had a nice one too Morgan x

  2. 26th February 2018 / 3:07 pm

    I am sooooo with you on this. We had a similar halfterm and I too look back very fondly on it. We must allow kids to recharge and to help them understand that rest is important. Right best be off on that schoolrun! #familyfunlinky xx

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:28 am

      And also that it’s not realistic to always have somewhere to go! And I did not miss that school run, one bit!!

  3. 26th February 2018 / 7:16 pm

    It sounds like my front room looked like yours. I left all his stuff out – including the den he built by carrying every cushion – even the ones you sit on – out of the conservatory and in to the front room. So long as we had somewhere to sit in the evening and could still the TV we were fine. I love encouraging creative play rather than (lazily) going somewhere where it is provided. It is tiring, but it is worthwhile. After a week, I have returned to work a Champion at building dens! Glad you had a good week. #AnythingGoes

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:27 am

      Ah, it sounds like you had a wonderful time too. I love a good den though, don’t you?

  4. 26th February 2018 / 8:17 pm

    A lovely read – its so important to take time to just chill out at home and ‘make mess’, and to not live life through a lens. I get so tempted to pick up my camera or phone and sometimes feel pressured to get that ‘shot’ but I bet it was lovely to just not have to think about it and relax! #Anythinggoes

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:26 am

      It was just so lovely to wake up in the morning and not have to go anywhere. We could do whatever we felt like and that’s so rare these days.

  5. 26th February 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Aaaw your so right, kids do need down time in the holiday’s as well as entertaining. I know my two school age kids are really ready for the break when it gets to half term. I’m pleased to see you had such a good one 🙂 #Anythinggoes

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:25 am

      Oh, he was so ready. And so was I!

  6. 26th February 2018 / 10:03 pm

    That sounds lovely! I too plan days at home and encourage my boys to find their own way to occupy themselves; usually they turn to Legos but lately my middle son is listening to books on CD while coloring in his room. Today it was even warm enough to play outside! #FamilyFunLinky

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:24 am

      He has so many toys, it was nice for him to have the time to play with them all!

  7. 27th February 2018 / 6:09 am

    I enjoy spending time at home. I hate going out sometimes, it just takes away my relaxation time.

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:23 am

      I’m a home bird too!

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:23 am

      We did, thank you.

  8. 27th February 2018 / 8:35 am

    Sometimes kids need some downtime and just to chill at home rather than endless activities. It’s nice to have proper quality time together too. Ours passed by in the blink of an eye as I was working but we managed a day in Birmingham, Thanks for hosting #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      27th February 2018 / 10:23 am

      It went super fast, didn’t it? Glad you managed to get a day out.

  9. 27th February 2018 / 11:35 am

    I’m all about the not tidying and having fun. Great insta ice 👍

  10. 27th February 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Both of my kids are in high school and we are thinking about what we want to do on our Spring Break. This year I’m thinking of taking your approach and slowing down a bit. Planning a bit of a rest time and NOT overschedule our time! #TriumphantTales

  11. 27th February 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I love the fact that during half term, you don’t need to rush about. Staying PJ days are awesome! #triumphanttales

  12. 27th February 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I love the days you get to tidy up just enough to start having fun as soon as you wake up the next day. That ghostbusters set is absolutely adorable!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. 27th February 2018 / 7:58 pm

    It sounds like you had a really lovely time. Sometimes its really nice to just loosen the reins a little and relax. #FamilyFunLinky

  14. twotinyhands
    28th February 2018 / 4:18 am

    My two are still very little so I have them all the time and I dread having “non” days. I’m reading this full of cold and I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about my trek to playgroup etc in the morning. Maybe I need to be better at embracing the house. I might try this tomorrow! I’m planning on going back to work when kids go to school, slightly daunted over holiday allowance and allocation around kids.. still got 3-4 years to go yet! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  15. 28th February 2018 / 9:23 am

    Sounds like a fab week! You are so organised. I’m impressed. I have no idea who we are going to manage once Small Boy starts school. Thankfully I only work three days so I think we will do the holiday juggle with my husband and I taking our annual leave over school holidays but never together. #TriumphantTales

  16. 28th February 2018 / 5:29 pm

    sounds like a great time. We only had a few days off here but I’m still in the process of getting the house back to pre-break condition. Sometimes you just have to embrace the mess #triumphanttales

  17. 2nd March 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Ah so glad you had a great time. Both of mine still went to preschool/nursery as I was at work. We’re making the most of not having to stick to term time holidays and have two booked this year #TriumphantTales

  18. aliduke79hotmailcom
    3rd March 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Our kids definitely need a bit of a rest in the holidays. All th activities are great, but it’s good for them to have down time too. It’s lovely that you and little man had such a lovely few days together.

  19. 3rd March 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant week!! Half term can be lots of fun 🙂 Thanks for linking up #BloggersBests

  20. 4th March 2018 / 9:29 am

    We don’t notice half terms so much here at present. Every day is a play day for me and my girls. #TriumphantTales

  21. 10th March 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Sounds like you all had a great time. That is lovely. WIth all that those lego’s, how did you avoid a foot injury? They hurt worst than most real accidents! I’m glad you let loose, with your mini you! #triumphanttales xoxo

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