The biggest tiny human in my house is now one and a half terms through his first year at school. I was convinced when he started school I’d suddenly have way more time on my hands and life with just the 2 girls Monday-Friday would be a breeze. Not so. But we’ve survived a term and a half and we are slowly falling into our new groove of school runs, reading practice, remembering book bags and the apparent memory failure of 4 year olds at 3.30pm everyday. But then they hit you with a ‘holiday’. ‘Holiday’ is a grand term. I see no sun, beach or time off for a frazzled mum. Half of my tired head thinks having all three at home, no school runs and time back with my baby(?!) boy sounds like an OK prospect. A time to catch up, chill out and just play. Then I remember I haven’t worried about cooking a hot meal in the evening for months thanks to free school dinners, the constant arguing between the delightful siblings and the amount of mess having three children at home creates. We survived the Christmas holidays, but that’s Christmas! And we ran away to Disneyland for 4 days of it. Half term was looking decidedly dull. Yet somehow mightily exhausting for me. So I did what any normal mum of 3 would do given half the chance….sent the eldest to stay at Grandmas.
Grandma now lives in Devon so the girls and I headed down after a couple of days to get out of the house and enjoy the momentary stop in the school run travelator. I’m still a bit clueless when it comes to effective child exercising and entertaining options in Devon so it was great to be told about the Half Term activities that Wyevale Garden Centres were putting on. The Wyevale centre at Fair Oak is one of my favourite haunts….it has a play zone where the tables to enjoy your leisurely(!) coffee at, are behind a glass wall! Genius!!! Coffee and a tiny bit of peace…..compared to any other play zone at least! Small wins and all that.