The Joy of Half Term

I don’t have time to write, it is half term so I am too busy :-

Making jam tarts that set me back a tenner in ingredients and a new bun tray, resulted in a kitchen and three humans coated in flour and nearly cost me my sanity. A bargain when you consider you can get a value pack for 50p.


jam tarts

Homemade Jam Tarts – A bargain at only £1 each.


Answering random questions and listening to random statements. You think Mail readers are stuck in their outdated opinions, well I reckon I could change their minds more easily than I can convince a two year old that the green thing he is pointing at is actually blue.

Being lectured in great detail about Minecraft. I have literally no idea what is going on, but have perfected the art of nodding and looking interested while mentally shopping for cushions. Nods wisely, ‘Yes, redstone.’

Refereeing a game my toddler calls ‘Splat’ and I call ‘head butting your brother’.

Having repeated conversations about CBeebies Land. How does he even know there is now a CBeebies Land? Is there a toddler psychic network that transfers important small person news throughout their community? I have tried explaining it is four and a half hours away by car, which is too far when you consider he gets sick on journeys lasting ten minutes, but he reckons we can avoid the puke by walking, and does not agree that a walk of that many miles is best left to people who are a) fit, and b) who can walk in the right direction for whole minutes at a time.

Supervising the removal and subsequent re-positioning of 28 Mr Men magnets. One casualty so far – Little Miss Tiny has become so tiny she is now invisible to the human eye. We put them all on the fridge. Then take them all off. Then put them all on the freezer. Then take them all off. Then we take them in the lounge and put them all on the storage heater. Then take them all off and head back to the fridge. I have not been so intellectually stimulated since I went through a phase of watching Neighbours as a teenager.


When will they write a Mr Gin ?

When will they write a Mr Gin ?


In between all this I am trying to come up with genius ways to get us all out of the house without bankrupting myself, re-stocking the cupboards every 25 seconds, as having the big two home for half term is the equivalent of opening your kitchen to a plague of particularly peckish locusts, and intervening in the bickering that occurs whenever I leave the room to try and get some washing/cooking done. The toddler is being especially trying without his usual routine of activities, playgroups and pre-school. Why do they stop everything in the weeks I need them the most?!

I definitely don’t have time to write, luckily I have a new app that just transfers my thoughts directly from brain to screen, so handy at times like this….Anyway, must dash, am being repeatedly asked whether I need a sieve, and if I don’t come up with a reason to need that sieve soon there will be a tantrum,


Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. May 29, 2014 / 9:50 am

    the joy of school holidays! Now Bernard has finished her exams and college is over, she is always at home – just there looking at me – whatcha doing mum? whatcha doing now? shall we go out? can we do…..? Not sure how I’m going to manage another 14 weeks of this! but I shouldn’t complain i guess – after that she’ll be gone to uni and I will miss her (must keep telling myself this!)
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  2. May 29, 2014 / 10:24 am

    As LP hasn’t even started nursery yet we are oblivious to the joys of school holidays! I definitely think that by the time she’s at school we’ll be needing a Mr Gin too! x
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  3. May 29, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Sounds a fantastic holidays so far then! I am loving your Mr Men magnets. My kids gave up on trying to get me to understand Minecraft.
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  4. May 29, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    Have to admit that my two are really struggling with the lack of routine this week. Combined with poor weather and illness it’s turning in to a recipe for disaster!
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  5. May 29, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Oh the joys of the school holidays… we haven’t done much this week apart from planting things in the garden and a few play dates… the weather has been pretty rubbish. Loving your jam tarts! X
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  6. May 29, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    You’ve got to love half term, the endless questions, fights, requests for things goes on and on… makes you appreciate teachers in a whole new light
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  7. May 29, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    I am not laughing honest… I do hope that you survive the holidays and that you find Little Miss Tiny! 😀 xx
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  9. May 30, 2014 / 6:32 am

    There is totally a psychic toddler network… Flipping terrifying it is too. Sounds like you are having a blast – ha! When it’s all over and they’re back to school I really think you might be onto something with Mr Gin. It would be a worthy addition to the series x
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  10. May 30, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Ha ha – yes this is just like my half term. Hope you found the sieve and manage to have a few moments peace.

    I must get me one of those apps!

  11. May 30, 2014 / 8:22 am

    Love it. Half-term is SUCH fun. Damn weather doesn’t help, makes it so much harder to get the little darlings out in the fresh air.
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  12. May 30, 2014 / 8:43 am

    Oh hear you, and then some, I think this holiday has been particularly tricky because of all the blinkin rain. Right I’m off to do some baking…do you have a recipe for those expensive jam tarts? 😉
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  13. May 30, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Haha – I did the maths on the crumpets I made once and realised that they just weren’t cheaper or discernibly nicer than the shop bought ones – although they probably have less rubbish in them.

    I last made them three years ago and haven’t returned, despite thinking I really ought to and still having the crumpet rings in the drawer…

    CBeebiesland has infiltrated my son through a bit of targeted marketing at Tumble Tots – I was a bit cross about that!
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  14. May 30, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    Oh the school holidays! I have to admit I can’t wait for normality and routine to begin again next week, but then I know I will miss them being around when they are not.
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  15. May 31, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    Lol. It annoys me too that toddler activities stop. Although also that they only do toddler activities on weekdays ….not allowing for parents who work.

    I never make pastry (too lazy). We use leftover ready made stuff for jam tarts…reminded me, I’ve still got some in the fridge to use up.
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  16. June 2, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    Oh how familiar this sounds….especially the constant lesson in Minecraft. In a way it’s cute that he even thinks I care…I so don’t! I relished going away for May half term this year, although of course the bickering and minecraft still came with us!
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  17. June 6, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    We had a fun half term particularly because my youngest appeared to hit terrible twos and refused to do anything he didn’t want, or even things he wanted to do if I asked at the wrong time. We got as far as making chocolate crispy buns for our baking activity.
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