We’ve made it to school holidays by the skin of our teeth. Every year I try to keep things simple in the lead up to the end of the year, but despite my best efforts, it often feels like a struggle. Balancing end of year events for the family, as well as trying to wind up work for the year, and plan for next is always a juggling act. This year, a few balls got dropped along the way.
We celebrated five years of living on the farm last week. I hoped to write a post about what I have learnt over the last five years but, to be honest, I’ve been nursing a good case of burnout for the last few weeks. I can only use my energy once, and getting to the end of the school year with my sanity (mostly) intact was the number one priority.
Fortunately, we are here now.
It always takes me a few days to get into the swing of the holidays. I have to make a concerted effort to go with the flow, instead of trying to “accomplish stuff” all day. It takes a lot of effort, but yesterday I sat and watched a Christmas show with the kids while crocheting. I was thinking about how I needed to clean up our bedroom, and that I really should start packing some boxes ahead of our move in January, but I managed to stop myself and just enjoy sitting with the kids. It was just what my brain needed.
Of course, we have holiday plans. A week at the beach after Christmas, and a week in the mountains towards the end, so that the kids can do swimming lessons. In between, we are moving out of the house so that several rooms can be gutted and the renovation can proceed. Yep, it’s all happening here.
First up, though, we are just going to just take some time to relax and just breathe…