This half term was utterly perfect and I am now counting down the days until the next one. I completely embraced having both children at home and we really made the most of it.
I had booked Isabelle into a gymnastic crash course for the week which was an hour everyday. Let me tell you, she has completely fallen in love with it. It seems that she has found her 'thing' and she hasn't stopped talking about it since. The smile did not leave her face the whole time and every day you could see she had a great sense of accomplishment. I have booked her in for another week during the summer holidays and also put her name down for the weekly club. There is a wait to join but we're hoping it won't be too long of a wait.
The afternoons were filled with crafting, trips to the park, going up to the allotment and meeting lots of friends. You could definitely tell Isabelle was missing school though as she didn't stop talking about her friends. I always feel so much pressure on half terms to give her the best possible time but with things being tight money wise it's not always easy. I just want her to have fun and most importantly just have a break as she works so bloody hard at school.
The week was completely topped off by celebrating Isabelle's birthday with a party with her school friends. It was brilliant and I made sure to take it all in and at times just stood and watched her (in a non creepy Mum way). On the Sunday before she went back to school there was a big surprise waiting for the children in the back garden. My amazing mother in law had bought Isabelle a trampoline (something that she has always wanted) for her birthday and because the weather was due to be awful we decided to give it to her a day early. She was over the moon with it and I know it's going to get so much use.
When Isabelle went back to school I had this over whelming feeling of sadness, purely because we had had such a good time together and I really missed her. I feel like just when you think the bond with your children can't possibly get any stronger, it does. It's amazing what one week of quality time can do. It continues to teach me to never to take them for granted and to make the most of every second we have together.
Now to start planning for the next half term! I hope you all had a brilliant time too.