I'm quite a home bird, so I didn't plan too many day trips out, but I did arrange to meet up with friends to keep us busy. I stocked up on cake and biscuits, bought a few crafty bits to keep us busy, and I'd also been hoarding a stash of magazines, books and other little bits and pieces that I seem to collect.
Some of the rules were very much relaxed. A little while back when Ram wasn't away quite so often I would sometimes allow the children to sleep in my bed with me. It's a big bed so there's plenty of room, and I feel more secure at night when we are all in together. I put them to bed at their usual time, then join them later on, carefully moving each one to a side of the bed before I slid down in the middle. Within seconds I generally have two small children, still fast asleep, suddenly right on top of me, having located me with some sort of uncanny sixth sense. Mia is a noisy sleeper and regularly screams out in her sleep for no reason, while Harry wakes up early, wakes up Mia, and then neither will go back to sleep and I spend the day exhausted.
So this time I managed to get away with popping them with me only on the last night, and fortunately they were okay with that. Every other night I tricked them into thinking that they were staying up later by having a 'stay up late movie night' that started at 6pm and finished at their normal bedtime, at which point they went straight to bed with no fuss hoping for a repeat the following night!
We had a couple of TV dinners, and Harry played a huge amount of Minecraft. Luckily Mia is very good at tidying so the house didn't go completely to pot and I managed to keep up with the washing (it's surprising how much more space Ram's clothes take up than mine and the children's!)
I did quite enjoy the evenings that I had to myself. I've been watching Broadchurch, which I missed when it was first on, and also re-watched a few episodes of Sherlock while I got on with my crochet. I was pretty tired at the end of the day so it was nice to have something repetitive yet productive to get on with! I'm building up quite a collection of granny squares now, although there's a way to go yet until I've made enough for a blanket!
The children are back at school now and it's quite nice to have the peace and quiet during the day, although I must admit to having a little tear in my eye when I dropped them off on Monday morning!