I made no attempt to spend too much time working during the Christmas holidays - figuring that trying to do so would only mean I'd be disappointed in myself. This was a good decision.
C had just finished his very first term at school and was absolutely exhausted - combined with the excitement of a five year old of Christmas of course! Bug too was pretty worn out, and also very, very excited about Christmas. So we spent the first few days of the holidays just relaxing. We watched a bit of TV, we played with Lego, we went for long walks in the woods and played at the adventure playground, we made a gingerbread house, and we snuggled up on the sofa - bliss.
On Christmas Day they woke up, opened their present from Santa (a puppet theatre and various puppets), looked in their stockings and we exchanged presents.
We followed this with a walk in the Wyre Forest on Christmas morning on our way to my Sister-in-Law for Christmas Dinner.
We stayed there for a couple of days, incorporating a visit to see Dick Whittington at the Regents Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent which was hilarious, and some snowman building on Boxing Day.
Sunday was at home, with another long dog walk and some time to play with new toys (and get some laundry done).
Monday morning Hubby was back to work, and the children, dog and I travelled down to see my family in Devon. More walks in the woods, present exchanging, swimming with the cousins, playing on the beach etc.
Back on New Year's Eve, with my mum in convoy. She stayed a few days, and we did a bit of shopping and pottering about, including a visit to Hereford and to Worcester.
Sunday was another restful day, and a long dog walk. Monday, the last day of the holiday, I took them for a long-promised treat to the Play Planet in Hereford.
This week they are back to school. We've all finally succumbed to the germs that Bug has been coughing at us all holiday. I'm back to work. So far this week I've sold two items (I'm still getting excited about this. Looking forward to when I sell so many that it's no longer a novelty!). I've bought some more fabric to make some more sandwich wraps and snack packs, and ordered some wooden items to paint and embellish ready for my first craft fair, which will be the 1st March. I've blogged once so far this week, and completed one i-writer article.
I feel quite hopeful that I'm getting there with the balance. I feel as though I'm on the cusp of making some actual money from doing things I enjoy doing, and with the flexibility to be there for my family when they need me. Roll on a successful 2015. Happy New Year!