As the end of the school year approaches there are certain facts that are inevitable in our household. I wonder is it just us who has this strange things begin to occur at the end of the school year?
Fact One: The disappearing socks
Towards the end of the school year a strange phenomenon becomes apparent. My children’s socks start to disappear. I think that they are maybe selling them for extra match attax cards or something as I swear they leave home in a pair of socks and come back in socks and yet at last count my youngest son has only 3 pairs of school socks to his name. How is this possible? Lord only knows, but its a fact…
Fact Two: Disheveled appearance
My once neatly turned out children with bright white polo t shirts can at the end of the school year be found wearing whiteish t shirts with a heady mix of mud, pasta bolognese and permanent white board marker decorating them. Do I care? Not at this stage people. I can regularly be heard saying ‘oh well you will just have to wear it I am not buying new ones now’
Fact Three: My children wish my life away
The countdown has begun and I am asked sometimes up to 10 times a minute (well it feels that way) ‘When is the end of the school year?’ or ‘when are we going on holiday?’ My head is slightly spinning as I have, for reasons unknown, also signed up to go on two camping trips before the end of the school year. That is 2 lots of packing, unpacking and washing for 6 people I have to do before I pack for our almost month long holiday. I don’t mean to moan as I do appreciate that not everyone gets to go on holiday, but still I am slightly freaking out and the countdown by days, hours and minutes is stressing me out!!
Fact Four: My children’s feet grow
Yep right before the end of the school year we seem to have irritating growth spurts and I am suddenly faced with a £100 Clark’s visit right before the end of the school year. I mean honestly who wants that… I am always tempted to just ignore the slight wince as the shoe goes on, but I know I can’t so off we trudge to buy new school shoes in JULY!!!! Fortunately this year a friend had a brand new pair that didn’t fit her son so we are covered at least on one base.
Fact Five: End of the school year activities
It feels like there is always something going on at this time of year. It may be a virtue of having four kids so having multiple different events, but it seems like my presence is required all over the place. If I am honest I have lost track some what. What with performances, assemblies, parents drinks, end of year teachers gifts and such like the head is spinning. I am dropping balls all over the place and don’t know who I haven’t paid and who I have.
I find this time of the year chaotic, but it is all worth it as it is nearly my favourite time of the year. The 6 weeks of summer holidays. I must say despite all of the stuff I need to get done before the end of July I am looking forward to the long summer days without a school run to interfere with our fun. So when that end of school year party is in full swing for the kids I too will be feeling full of joy. Although this will of course be dampened by that shoe bill…