Mama OWL Blog: The End of Term - at last!

The End of Term - at last!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief on Friday. The Christmas term really takes it out of you and those last two weeks are meltdown mode.

With five in school, there is so much I have to remember that most days I don't even know where to start. A couple of weeks ago for example we had L's parents evening the same night as H & E's Christmas discos at school, as well as E's usual gymnastics lesson. So - I went on the school run and picked up H & E, took them to gym where E had her lesson, the Mister picked us up and we went to the IL's house so that I could change E and we could pick up L (who had walked there after school with A, J had gone on home).

We took E, H, & L to the primary school and dropped off E for her school disco, which was 5pm-6pm. We then drove back across town (with H & L) to the senior school for L's parents evening, seeing three teachers between 5:15 & 5:45, before rushing out to the car and driving back across town to the primary school to drop off H and pick up E for 6pm/6:15. The Mister then drove us home, before heading back to pick up A from the IL's and then collect H at 7:30pm. Add in the usual swimming, football, tae kwon-do, rugby and after-school clubs, homework, housework, work, as well as parties, nativities, plays, concerts, Christmas shopping, wrapping, preparations.

Lather, rinse, repeat for a month. That has been our life.

I'm exhausted. The kids are exhausted. The Mister is exhausted. The bloody DOGS are exhausted. It's time to wind down & enjoy a well earned rest.

I have just about finished the Christmas shopping, and even most of the wrapping is done. We have decked the halls and made our annual batches of white chocolate and cranberry fudge and Christmas rocky road for the teachers at school, as well as some gingerbread.

L has managed a very difficult end of term change to his routine and handled it well with only a few hiccups. Not perfect, but getting there. We bought a couple of boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for A & L's tutor group to thank them for welcoming him into their group and looking out for him around school, showing him patience and understanding.
E has coped so well with her first Christmas at school, with only one or two 'moments' of refusing to join in with things, & becoming a bit overwhelmed and tearful. She did GREAT.

Term has finished, and I could not be more relieved. A two week break is exactly what we all need, to retreat into our bubble and relax. In two weeks I will probably be counting down the hours until they return to school so I can put my house back together again, but right now it's time to kick back.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Merry Christmas! The end of term juggling act is hard enough with three kids -with five your head must be spinning! I was tired out just reading about it!

  2. Thank you, I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I've been glad of the break, not looking forward to getting back into routine next week!


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