Schedules are what my life is made up of – drop off and pick up at extra mural activities schedules are the centre of my universe. My fridge is covered with sticky notes and my computer and cell phone are filled with reminders to buy ornaments and phone the local soccer team coach to book a place for the boys for the duration of the holidays. Sticky notes to phone the free range farm and order a turkey for Christmas dinner and to liaise with the parents of my daughter’s best friend about an upcoming weekend sleepover in their Durban house. All these things keep me on track and on top of everything that needs doing. Having all these plans to make plans and schedules are a big part of running a tight ship with reasonably well-adjusted children and happy husband. With the schools closed my schedule has changed quite a bit to accommodate idle young minds…
Let’s get physical!
It gets everyone away from the telly and video games; it is also in keeping with their school PT (physical training) schedule – the boys (Oldest, young Mister and nephew) have joined the local soccer team for the duration of the holidays. Missy will be continuing with her dance classes at the community centre and they all go swimming at the community Olympic size pool on Wednesdays if the weather permits. I’m a firm believer in the old adage that, “the family that plays together stays together” so we’ll be doing a few fun activities in Durban to make the most of the holidays.
Fun & games
Thursdays and Fridays are board game evenings and the whole family gets involved in the tournaments. The prize for the winning team is often a homemade treat and a dish-duty-free weekend. In a sly plan to minimise telly time we assign a holiday reading list off of which the children are allowed to pick a book to read during the holidays.
In this house, we nap
An integral part of the holidays is ensuring that all the children get enough sleep, which becomes near impossible to get at night because everyone is protesting bedtime citing that they don’t have to go to school so they don’t have to sleep. In the daily holiday schedule we have two nap times, midday and 16h00 to accommodate everyone’s schedule. There’s even a designated nap zone comprising of only a Sealy bed, pillows and blankets.
Tasty Treats & Festive Food
Holidays are all about the food, the company and good times. Over the years I’ve learned how to put together a holiday menu for the family that is both delicious and healthy, which means wholegrains, veggies & fruit, protein and lots of organic ‘real’ food. Healthy snacking means that the rugrats and hubby can indulge during dinner and dessert. Everyone loves a smoothie and this ‘Berry Smooth’ smoothie is favourite of mine:
500g Low fat vanilla yoghurt
100g frozen mixed berries
50g fresh strawberries
Mix the yoghurt and frozen berries in a blender until smooth.
Pour in long tumblers or cocktail glasses.
Slice the strawberries and use them to garnish.