The Summer Holidays and Home Etc #64

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am so pleased to be linking up with Caro and Jess and their Home etc Linky!

I cant quite believe that it is nearly time for the summer holidays to be over. It seems to have whizzed by so quickly. I had been really looking forward to the summer holidays this year. This was before we made the decision to go ahead with extending our home and now that we are well and truly into the build it is all a bit chaotic. I do need to remind myself that it will be completely worth it in the end and this time of chaos will be over soon. Mr T has also been working so hard this summer he has not been able to take a day off yet at all. The children miss him, and so do I. So much.

So we had a conversation late one evening, the children were asleep, we were tired or voices muffled, the dull sounds of the telly in our ears. We looked dishevelled, exhausted, wired hair, but we still managed to smile at each other. Because no matter all the chaos and the craziness around us this is everything we have ever wanted, we are so happy and so exhausted and we both wouldn’t have it any other way.

We decided that he needs to take some time off. Just like that, in that moment. It wasn’t an easy decision for him because he is a workaholic. But things have worked out so that he has kind of being forced to take the time off. You cant ever tell my husband to take time off because he just wont do it. He loves his job and he is able to be creative which really inspires him to keep going. He is definitely an absolute inspiration to the children and I.

So although the summer is coming to and end, it is all going to get very exciting around here because daddy is going to have a week off with us. Now that will involve work around our home, like finishing off the children’s room that now needs to be painted and have a carpet laid. But it will just be absolutely lovely to have him home, with us, all to ourselves. We couldn’t be more excited.

I mentioned it to the children, that their daddy is going to take a week off to be with us, and sadly they didn’t really even answer me. The realities of having a working (too much) daddy does show sometimes. But when he is here it is just lovely. I am looking so forward to it in every single way. I am getting all excited just writing it down. I cant remember the last time he had a day off so his week off is like a dream come true for me. I am so excited about it.

The summer holidays have been up and down this year, some days so amazing and filled with fun and laughter and some very stressful days where I have shouted and not being the mum I like to be. But having tradesman over left right and centre and not having the children’s room finished, work to do, a house to clean and working evenings have all been a lot for me! I truly take my hat off to us mums working from home, working out of the home and staying at home with the kids, we all certainly do a lot (and dads of course).

Parenting takes you on this whirlwind where time speeds past and you try and juggle everything one handed while cooking and cleaning and trying to find time to love your husbands and cuddle your babies. Seriously thats what it is like sometimes.

I think sometimes we all need a pat on the back for the amount of effort we put into our families, our homes and our work. We try our best and thats so important. It is more important than anything in this world. After all we are: “The hand that rocks the cradle” so to speak.

The summer holidays can be quite intense and I will be the first to admit that and I am okay with that. I am okay with not always being the perfect mum and finding it all a little difficult sometimes. I think we all put far to much pressure on ourselves to live up to expectations, the pressures of doing it all. But you just cant without failing somewhere else. So everything in moderation, take your time, live well, live a lot, laugh and have fun. Life is too short to take everything too seriously.

On a another note, I would really love to share with you some of my inspiration for the children’s room. Pinterest is my new best friend!

Let me know what you think of my choices. I hope it turns out as wonderful as I have imagined. Still not finished but much closer to the finish line, as the room is now ready to be painted and have a carpet laid. That makes me excited!

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  1. August 17, 2016 / 9:59 am

    My husband works away and whilst we all accept it as how it has to be we do miss him. I love the first bedroom it looks so calming. Can’t wait to see it finished!

    • Tanita
      August 17, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Aw thank you Lindsay. I know it is hard sometimes it must be harder as yours works away. When I got home from work this evening my husband had painted the room I was so pleased. First coat is done we have a few more to do before it is ready. Slowly getting there. X

  2. August 17, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    This is our last summer all together before my eldest starts school. We’re having such an amazing time I don’t want it to end. I adore those rooms on Pinterest, I hope your room refurb goes to plan – I started to paint my girls’ room the other day but it’s still a work in progress!

  3. August 17, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Aw I’m so glad your hubby has taken a week off, that will really be lovely for you, even if the kids aren’t interested haha! I love your inspiration photos, especially the cushions in the second photo. Good luck with the renovating X

  4. Stephanie
    August 17, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Ahh it will be so nice for you all to spend that quality time together while your hubby is off. 🙂 I love your inspiration photo’s, especially the one with the wall full of prints. we have that kind of layout on our lounge wall. x

  5. August 18, 2016 / 10:08 am

    The boys’ daddy works away Monday-Saturday so they don’t see very much of him either, it seems to be quite a common scenario in this day and age but it’s wonderful to hear that Mr T is taking a week off so you can all enjoy some quality time together. I think any one of those bedroom styles would look amazing, there’s something very tranquil and calming about them all. Can’t wait to see the end result lovely xx

  6. August 18, 2016 / 10:32 am

    My husband is having the last week of August off and we cannot wait!
    Absolutely love the bed drapes. Makes a room so so pretty x

  7. August 19, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Hope you have a lovely week together. Those rooms look very calming – I really want a room with white floorboards. One day!

  8. August 20, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    The kids bedroom is exactly the way i want to decorate my daughters room. Currently her room is Minnie Mouse themed but we are moving town in 2 months and bought a new house. All new. I can’t wait to start on it.

  9. August 20, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    It’s difficult isn’t it. My hubby works long hours and my daughter just doesn’t get it. Glad he’s getting a week off with you. Love the ideas you’ve pinned. X

  10. mummyofboygirltwins
    August 22, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Summer holidays are tough! I have found myself shouting a little more than normal and sighing a lot! Pinterest is also my BFF too! Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks for sharing!


  11. August 23, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Aaah this is a lovely post — I was so happy to see your blog’s name pop up on my feed!!! Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely. LOVE your Pinspiration!! I absolutely love it on there — the only thing is, my life doesn’t always match up to Pinterest land!!! Parenting is hard some times isn;t it? You’re certainly not alone! xx Caro #HomeEtc

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