If I'm totally honest I'm usually pretty happy when the school holidays finish, the kids go back to school and our routine starts again. During my work-from-home days I like there to be order, everything in its place and everyone out of the house.
But this year the idea of the kids returning to school is sending me into a panic. I'm not ready for the school holidays to end.
The last four weeks has gone by in the blink of an eye and it's with a pretty big dose of shock that I realise there are only two weeks left of the summer holidays.
Where did that time go?
I guess this particular break is important when it comes to the model daughter as she's in year 12 now and is hoping to move to Sydney in the latter half of the year to test the waters. This may be the last big stretch of school holidays she ever gets.
As for my boy, even though he's only going into Year 8, he's the youngest of "the cousins" which means this could actually be the last school holidays he gets with the usual clan of his sister and cousins in tow.
No wonder my panic is setting in.
We usually keep the kids fairly well occupied during holiday time. Regular trips to the coast, day trips to Sydney, time spent in Goulburn or just hanging around Canberra going to the movies, visiting local attractions, going to the public pool and inviting friends over to "play".
Then there are the days where we just chill. We do nothing but hang out at home, happy in our own company.
So what have the kids done with their summer this year?
Time at the coast (our second home).
|Walking from Surf Beach to Denhams Beach around the cliff top.|
Our coastal travel includes time spent with my parents at our holiday house and time spent with the hubster's parents in their home
Our annual trip to the Bateman's Bay fair
|Throw back to five years ago with the kids and their cousins|
|The tradition continues with the next generation|
Trips to the movies
A visit to Sydney for a Broadway musical
Inviting people to the house
|Celebrating our boys 13th birthday with the extended family|
Finding ways to keep active
|Our day trip to Bundanoon recently included some lunch time cricket|
Visiting the local pools
|Canberra Olympic Pool is a particular favourite this year with the diving boards a highlight|
|A wander through the town|
|Checking out the views in Morton National Park|
The next two weeks will have more of the same with another trip to the coast, an overnight camping trip with Nanny and Pop back at Morton National Park and a visit to Sydney for the model daughter.
Then it will be over for another year. School will start, the routine will set in and before we know it we will be immersed back in the day to day rituals of everyday life.
What have you been doing with your school holidays?
Are you ready for them to end?
How will you spend the next two weeks?