A letter to Ollie - Starting School

A week ago you started school.

I was not ready.

But you were. Definitely ready, you have walked into school with a smile on your face everyday since, confident and comfortable.

I cried a little the first time you said "Just go Mummy!" as I hovered around you anxiously, wondering if I should give you one last hug.

Our Rhodes Activities - Bee Museum and Lindos

As wonderful as it was just to relax for a large part of our holiday, I felt quite strongly about visiting a country where we could also explore, soak up a different culture and learn something new. I wanted our first family holiday abroad to be one where we could all share in the experiences, creating memories.

So when it came to choosing where to go we picked Rhodes. You can read about the hotel we stayed at, Mitsis Rodos Village, in my previous post. The resort was lovely and contained everything we needed, including a beautiful beach, wonderful pools and fabulous food but we did find that we had to go a little further afield in search of family excursions.

Before departure, I spent a lot of time researching the island and compiling a list of all the places I really wanted to visit. Admittedly, I think my list was ambitious for a week long stay with two children but I was able to prioritise and combine a number of our activities - anything I wasn't able to achieve on this visit is a reason to return in the future!

Our first excursions were the Bee Museum and Lindos, followed by a high speed boat ride and trip to Rhodes Old Town which you can read about next time.

The school holiday space and time conundrum

I have a real love hate relationship with the summer holidays. In fact, I find that school holidays, and in particular, the six week summer break, are one of the most mind-bending, reality-twisting occurrences that I have dealt with as a parent.

At the end of the summer term I long for them. Days without the strict routine and pressures of the school run, the time to spend with my children without having to tick off homework, washing school uniform and attending the numerous events and clubs.

I can't wait for the holidays to begin.
But then they're here and it doesn't take long before I find myself wishing for the school term to start again.

Maybe it is just the usual cliche of the grass always being greener on the other side, maybe I can just never be happy unless I have something to complain about but really, I prefer to think that there is some strange, other-worldly, paradox about the school holidays. Almost like a wormhole or time-loop that suspends the normal rules of, not just routine, but time and space itself.

Review - Mitsis Rodos Village

We recently returned from our first ever family holiday abroad and I'm still not over how lovely it was to spend that time together in the sun. It was just what we needed and more. I'm already thinking about holidays next year and wondering how on earth we managed eight years without a break away by the pool (with unlimited ice creams and cocktails, amazing).

I've decided to do a little series of blog posts detailing our experience, the hotel and our excursions so do come back to read more over the next few weeks!

When choosing our destination we picked Rhodes because, although Matt had visited before, I really wanted to visit the medieval Rhodes Old Town with it's castle and ancient cobbled streets. However, when it came to choosing a hotel, we picked the Mitsis Rodos Village which is on the South of the island in Kiotari.

Bye Bye Baby

My weekdays are often predictable. Often monotonous.

I'll do the morning school run, dropping Lily off to school and then taking Ollie down to nursery. I'll come home and I'll do the housework, or some of my virtual assistance projects. I'll go back to school at midday to get Ollie and walk home with him again. We'll have lunch and spend the time together before we head back to school once more to collect Lily.

But all that is changing.

Ollie is starting school.

Our afternoons together are numbered.

Of course I'm excited for this next great milestone in his life, but bloody hell, I'm really going to miss him.