I will have to go to work throughout the week but I really want to make the most of the time that I do have with my two special people. So, I thought I would comprise a half term bucket list and see how much I can achieve.
1. Plant some vegetables in the garden.
At the end of our garden, over the bridge and the brooke, there is a lot of unused, overgrown and wasted space. It is a real sun trap down there and for weeks, Noah has been asking to plant some flowers and vegetables for a couple of weeks now, so this half term I am going to make it happen. Considering a little bit of gardening would greatly compliment what he has been learning about at school, it is also fun to start with a seed and watch it grow. It will be good for both of the children and it will give them both a sense of achievement, especially when we can harvest some vegetables for our evening meals in the coming months.
2. Learn To Ride A Bike
This is not for me... I learned how to ride a bike about twenty- something years ago. Noah however, did not quite get the hang of it last Summer and he just wasn't ready. For a boy who is pretty fearless, he is kind of terrified of falling off and he has built it up to be far worse than it is. He is six in July though, so I think that we need to try again... This half term. And if we try little by little, I 'm hoping by the end of Summer he would have nailed it.
3. Picnics And The Park
This one is weather permitting and judging by the gloomy sky outside today, it may be unlikely but... I really want to go for a picnic. I want to choose somewhere fun to go so that we can spend a bit of time playing games and exploring somewhere new. With the promise of some delicious treats awaiting us when we feel ravenous from all of the fun. I want to plan it if I can so that we can take some good, nutritious foods with us to go with the goodies that a picnic should never be without.
4. Delicious Smoothies & Healthy Baking
I want to get my munchkins involved in the kitchen this half term. I am yet to find a healthy, energising smoothie that Ellenah is in love with and I want them to make sweet potato brownies with me. Food education is a big deal in our home, especially as my two have such a sweet tooth. When I can, I try and make it fun and informative so that they carry the right lessons through life with them.
5. Science Experimenting.
Noah has had a book of science experiments that has pretty much gone untouched since his birthday last July... We are going to start working our way through the book. Noah is a big bookworm and a superstar pupil but the one thing that his teachers have said is that he struggles with practical experiments in which he has to take directions from written text and apply them to the practical work. So not only will it be fun and something that I want to be involved in but it will help him going forward. Ellenah will very much enjoy this, more so than Noah I can imagine. I can see the excitement on her face now, when we get round to making a volcano. I can't wait.
6. Take Beautiful Photographs Of My Beauties.
I am excited for this one. A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded my camera from an AA battery run digital camera which had been dropped too many times and was pretty battered, to the point that it would no longer turn on. I opted for the Canon EOS 700D (Matt said that it was a good one!) and now that I have figured out how to turn the thing on and how to navigate around it a little bit more... I am very interested in learning more about photography and improving upon the skill.
I haven't always been that happy with the photography on my blog so I am excited to see what I can do. I feel like I am growing wings and I really want to fly with it.
My two children are the perfect focal points of my photographs. Not only are they absolutely beautiful and I just happen to love them more than life itself but we have recently shimmied around their sleeping arrangements (You can read more about that HERE). So now, I have a bedroom and a playroom that I want to smother in photographs of their beautiful faces and our happy lives.
My list isn't long and full of weird and wonderful things to achieve but I'm all about the small things mattering most. I don't want to set myself up to fail because the reality of it is, I am a working Mum. I would love to fill up my days with activities and days out but that is not my life. Sometimes it sucks but considering we only get one life, I'm not going to waste feeling envious of someone else's when I'm pretty confident that we are all perfectly happy in this one.
What are you lovely people up to this half term?
Lots of Love
x Maria x
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