Did you read The Guardian yesterday and those families with all the activities? It made me knackered just READING it, here - I just think it sounds MAD, where is the downtime? When I read tstuff like that I thank goodness neither of mine do any afterschool stuff, it means we do actually have time to relax and do nothing.
Yes I did WWW., We normally do very few regular activities during term time: by the time we get homework done and everyone fed we are just ready to crash out and chill! But ds1 has joined the boys' choir at school, which is fab, and it's their first concert on Wednesday. Then Thursday there's a lecture on CERN, which he is desperate to go to.
My job is doing cover in secondary, so this stage of term tends to be extremely busy for my job too!
We had our open day yesterday, and it is one of those things that allows us to have a 2-week half-term.
The two-week half-term is absolute luxury. Instead of catching up marking and planning, you actually get time to do your own thing. I have loads of things to do (hair, teeth, dog to groomers etc.). But will also have a couple of lunches with my friends who SAH.
Wednesday he is going straight after school and gets back at 8pm. He will just get the bus back or a lift with a mate if he can negotiate one, so that doesn't affect me: just him!
On Thursday I don't think any of his mates are sufficiently nerdy/geeky to go. But it will be either all of us (me, ds1 and ds2) or none; depending on how tired we all are. I just don't want them to get utterly exhausted.
The lectures are run by the local engineering society. We went to one on the sun by someone from Cambridge. (We really are out in the sticks, so it's a great opportunity to be able to get to these sort of things.) I understood about 10%, ds1 a bit more than me, ds2 a bit less than me. But they both loved it! ds1 says he understood 20% at the time, but he's come back and done some more reading and internet research and now understands 40% of it!
I'm very jealous of those of you with two weeks off at half term. We break up on the 23rd for a week but I seem to have been ill or tired most of this term so far; not enough to be in bed, just generally a bit groggy, flu-ish etc.
I'm just sitting here trying to find us a hotel somewhere for a couple of days. Dp is doing the Birmingham half marathon, so it would be nice to have a few days relaxing after that (as I'm sure that cheering him on will be totally exhausting for me and the dds!).