One of the biggest changes we've made since moving back to Tasmania is to slow life down a bit and minimise a lot of unnecessary running around so we can enjoy life more.
Part of that decision involved having the boys, who turn 4 this week, stay home with me full time, all day every day. This is the first year I have had just with the boys at home on their own since Blue Eyes started full-time school this year. The Boys will start 'big school' next year in the form of a 3 day Kindergarten so I really wanted to soak up their last year here at home. They are an absolute delight to have around and I find that now they a little older I can get a lot of things done with them around and I don't feel the need for a break from them like I did when they were younger.
Also being twins, they have a permanent buddy by their side and entertain themselves together pretty well. The cost of childcare/pre-school is $70-$100 per day and we just can't justify paying up to $200 a day for them to be in care just so I can have a few hours to myself.
Then there is the headache of dropping them off and picking them up. It's just another inconvenience I didn't want to sign up for. I feel like this year both them and I don't need it. I am neither opposed to childcare nor the need to have some respite from the daily grind of child-rearing, I'm just not doing it this year.
Last year in Sydney, they went to pre-school 1 day a week. I called it my "Woman-Posessed Day" because it was the day I ran around like a lunatic getting a million things done in the 6 hours I had to myself without any children. I volunteered at the school, did the weekly groceries, cleaned the house, cooked, did some after-school activities with the older 2 and then had to hop in the car AGAIN to pick the boys up during peak-hour traffic.
I was thoroughly exhausted at the end of my 'day-off' but felt I needed it nevertheless. Not this year.
We do lots of fun things together. One of our favourite weekly things to do is head down to the beach. It's a 5 minute drive down the road and completely isolated and gorgeous all year round. We throw the tennis ball to the Whippet, collect treasures, run around the sand dunes, climb over the rocks and wile away the hours until the weather turns bad. It's one of my favourite times of the week. Just me and my boys.