After reading Rachel Jones’s summer10 post today, I have decided to choose myself 10 things to achieve over the summer holidays. It’s all too easy to let 6 weeks pass you by and then realise when it’s too late all the things I wanted to do. So, after much deliberating and crossing out of items, here is my #summer10 (including only one school-based item – let’s get the balance right here!).
- (Get the school one out of the way first) Write a SPaG plan for the whole year. A boring job, but it will save many a late-Sunday night panic.
- Don my swimming costume, get in the paddling pool with the children and have a real life, full on, water bomb and water pistol-based water fight. Obviously on a very, very hot day!
- Vaguely related to the above, but buy a bikini. For foreign holiday use only (NOT for back garden use where the neighbours with the big balcony overlooking the canal can get an eyeful!). The last time I wore one was when I was on my honeymoon, very nearly 8 years ago. I may not have the perfect beach body, but no-one apart from the three gorgeous people I’m going with will know me, and they won’t mind whether I’m in a bikini or a potato sack! Although, to be fair, I’d probably get a bit sweaty in a potato sack.
- Make pasta. We gained a pasta maker a couple of years ago and have used it all of about 3 times. Our speciality so far seems to be butternut squash ravioli, but some serious pasta invention with the children is definitely on the cards.
- Sort the children’s bedrooms. Ok, a dull one, but definitely a necessary one. How do children get so much stuff?? Their bedrooms are overflowing, T has grown out of all of his toys, G will inherit them plus has a birthday soon. I’m guessing the 5a on this list may include “go to Ikea”. Which obviously includes 5b “buy meatballs”.
- Go on a date. MNQTH and I actually went on a night out together at the weekend, and it was brilliant. A nice meal, a stop off at a party and then a few(ish) drinks in the pub afterwards. We just don’t get to go out for the sake of it any more. But we will.
- Take T on a bike ride. He finally mastered cycling last year, but since then has only really pootled around the streets by our house. A proper bike ride with at least one of his parents on their bikes (both, if we can sort a bike seat for G!) is well overdue.
- Maybe even linked to 7: go for walks. There are lovely walks around where we live, and we have the Forest of Dean on our doorsteps. We should make the most of it.
- Read a book. I managed it recently (“I do not sleep” by Judy Finnegan – I really enjoyed it!) but I’m aiming to read at least one during the holiday. I might even be ambitious and take a few away with me. The Kindle will be fully loaded!
- Play the piano. I love my piano, but rarely play it. When the children are awake, my awful playing is made all the worse by some either very high or very low plinky-plonking of small hands. When the children are asleep, I can’t play for fear of waking them up. I’m going to choose one piece I love and crack it over the holidays: I’ll practise until the neighbours are sick. I’ve got a few ideas brewing already… musicnotes.com, here I come!
None of these tasks are particularly big ones (well, except the bedroom sort outs… that may well turn out to be a mammoth task!), but all completely achievable. Whatever happens during the next 6 weeks, I know I’ll have an amazing time with MNQTH and the children. I’ll report back at the end of August with lots of ticks on my list.