I didn't go away this time - the kids were each away for a week and I had the other one at home. Most of the time that was a good thing, we had more time to talk, to go on little excursion for a day, to cook and to watch films together. But sometimes it was also quite a struggle. It's hard to keep them away from their iPads, without the structure of school they tend to spend far too much time glued in front of their screens. Also they are definitely turning into teenagers with all the "lovely" traits that come along with it.
I hope the next 9 weeks till christmas won't be too stressful. It's usually an intense time with little light and lots of rain and fog. We always have a big school party right before christmas which means more work and little concentration for the mundane stuff like French or Maths and all the students are really tired right before the end of the year.
I'll try not to fall into the stress trap, find little moments for myself and try to breath deeply.