My husband has just left on an 11 day surfing trip. I’m not going to dwell on my situation. I’m going to plan my days. I’m going to be a calm parent. I’m going to be a fun mum. And I’m going to stock the fridge with wine.
The lovely Vanessa from Style and Shenanigans recently wrote a fantastic post about how to manage when your partner is away. She provided some fantastic ideas on how to keep organised and sane. I will be using MANY of her brilliant ideas to get me through this period. One of which is to be organised. So I am currently making lists. Many lists.
My first step is to plan the days. The little lords go to kindy three days a week. So that leaves six days to fill while husband is away enjoying the sun, waves, beer, afternoon naps etc. As I said – I’m not going to dwell on my hardship. Here is my list of ideas so far:
- Play at the beach: If I can find a spot out of the wind, this is the best activity ever. Sandcastles, snowballs (made out of damp sand), shell collecting etc = hours of fun. Clothes and car will be full of sand afterwards but I will make peace with that side of things.
- Visit a playground
- Visit the Reptile Park
- Visit the zoo
- Visit a park: Preferably with a fenced playground and some grass area in the sun
- Go on a ferry ride (might be tricky with little lord #2 and his inability to sit still. Might need to enlist a friend / grandparent to enjoy the peaceful journey with us)
- Visit a play centre: Find a small one. Find a quiet one. Find a clean one. If you achieve this, you are superwoman.
- Go to the movies: I’m hoping to find a 45 minute session. Will bring our own popcorn to avoid the queues.
- Go to the library: For books, DVDs and kids magazines (in my experience this activity is often only 10 minutes due to the noise level of my boys. I swoop in, choose the books and leave).
- Go to a museum: Can be expensive but I will endeavour to use my entertainment book and find a deal.
- Go to a cafe: I know a child friendly cafe where they do mini milkshakes with lids and they provide colouring in. 10 minutes is probably all I’ll get. Enough time for a large flat white
- Go to Spotlight: Load up on cheap crafty items and let the lords go silly with glue, glitter, stickers etc (might save this one for when they visit the grandparents).
Tried and tested activities
We do have some regular activities like swimming lessons and kindigym so will structure the above ideas around those.
I am also putting together my own To Do List of the admin / household / personal goals I’d like to achieve whilst husband is out of my hair away. So far it includes:
- Get my tax paperwork in order
- School admission forms completed and submitted for little lord #1
- New towels for our new bathroom (and possibly a vanilla candle or three)
- Toy audit and storage reshuffle
- Work on the look and feel of this blog
- Research for a weekend away in the Hunter Valley
I don’t think I’ll get through all the items but a few ticks would be nice. Finally, I might allocate a sneaky bit of time to “spend” my evenings doing some online window shopping! Do I have a list of the items I am dreaming of? Sure do!! Even better – here’s a moodboard:
1. Reggie bag $129.95 by Louenhide at Birdsnest; 2. Printed cushion $24.95 by The Hall at Typo; 3. Owen track pant $19.95 by Cotton On; 4. Heath bath towel $29.95 by Country Road; 5. Polly swallow printed scarf $24.99 by Forever New; 6. Neon concrete candle holder set $39.95 by Sarai Homewares at Down That Little Lane Shop; 7. Snowflake ring $34.95 by Nest of Pambula at Birdsnest; 8. Fillsta table lamp $29.99 by Ikea.
If you have any other ideas (sunny or wetty) for kids activities I’d LOVE to hear them. Do you create a to do list when your partner is away?