5 Aug

Due mostly to internet connection issues (again!) my blog time has been very sporadic, but partly also as we have all finally relaxed into the swing of being on holiday.

Getting the older ones out of bed has been an effort to say the least. I know all teenagers love to lie in, and in fact their bodies are going through a new stage that throws their body clocks out of sync, but it is extremely annoying when you also have two much younger children and would like to start and end the day at roughly the same times.

To be honest we’ve not been up to much getting out and about. I think we’ve all needed just to chill. For the teens that means a lot of reading, Minecraft and texting (!), and for the wee ones Lego, Sylvanian Families and lots of drawing and colouring, interspersed with running about in the garden or on the beach, and some TV/dvd times.

We did a lot of tourist type activities when the grandparents were all here so in some ways that was like going away, so I refuse to feel guilty. I do however want to take them all to the cinema at least once, as that will be a lovely treat and some escapism.

M has been mostly fairly calm, she is so relieved not to be at school (even though she has been coping very well when she goes) that she is generally content to be at home with me in sight. Her anxiety levels shoot right up if I attempt to go out without her, for instance to buy food, that for the most part I have taken her with me. She hates shopping and finds supermarkets taxing to say the least, so it shows how much she wants to be near me. Sadly, her autism comes with a gigantic portion of anxiety with the greater percentage based around knowing she is near to me, but if I can reassure her I always try to, even though my “me” time has been almost non-existent since school broke up.

Here was yesterday in pictures. No 1 son, R, decided to tackle some of the garden and at the same time thought the little ones should be playing outside, so he became all assertive and dragged them into the garden. It all ended happily – tired children and a garden with a long overdue haircut.






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