Hello all and a very happy first day of the new month to you!
July is going to be quite a busy one for me for lots of reasons and I’m very excited! I’m hoping to be fully recovered and returned to work within a week or so, I saw the Doctor yesterday who very kindly and politely told me to stop expecting too much too soon and to rest.
July is one of those months that is always full of occasions, weddings, parties, barbecues, school concerts and that impending feeling of excitement as the school year nears its close. It’s funny since having children that excited feeling has come flooding back reminding me of how I used to feel, that mixture of excitement and anticipation along with sadness at changes classes and things changing.
This July is no different, we have lots to look forward to including our family summer holiday (more of that later), my brother in laws 40th birthday party in London, some of my favourite little people’s birthdays, the boys end of year concerts, summer fetes, coffee and lunches with lovely friends and hopefully once I’m better some time spent walking along the beach.
Evenings in the summer always seem so much more relaxed, we take longer to eat and chat over dinner while sitting overlooking the cows in the field at the bottom of our garden, the boys play before bed and enjoy being in the garden for a vast majority of the day and I can faff around in the kitchen watching them and smiling while I cook and remember being young and carefree myself (younger, after all I am only 32!)
School is such a slog at times especially with after school clubs, activities, trips, reading books, homework and keeping up with the hustle and bustle of the deadlines and school runs. I love the feeling of knowing that soon we can all breathe a little and the boys can have a more relaxed routine. I think it makes them appreciate their time at home more and respect that school routines are a part of our lives but they get their out of school fun too. Not that they are too worried about this as I have never had any issues getting them to school, they both love it. Getting them to put their shoes or underpants on though is another matter altogether!
It will be lovely as well to have time off altogether as a family. So often karl and I have to coordinate our leave in the holidays so sometimes only one of us is off to cover the additional childcare, we do go away but it tends to be short breaks. This year we have three whole weeks together. It’s going to be amazing! Although I wonder if I will be saying that once we have three weeks in a foreign country with no respite from eachother!
My plan for this month once I’m up and about properly is to get back on track with my fitness. All too often lately I have found myself spending time with ice cream, chocolate, nice crisps and all manner of puddings instead of keeping to a lean diet. I hope to get my runs back up to four plus times a week and to try and be a little more productive as opposed to having to slog my way through. It’s all about positive mental thinking I know and with my health lately I get that I haven’t been in the best place so a new more positive outlook is what I’m hoping for this month.
Just when I start to feel sorry for myself when I should be looking forward to all these wonderful things I remind myself of a conversation Karl and I had about our eldest son Nate and his snack at his swimming lesson. Karl had bought an apple amongst some other bits for him to nibble on as he is often hungry as swimming is after school and before dinner. Nate promptly asked karl if he had bought a knife, of course karl hadn’t, who needs to chop an apple out and about when you can just bite into it? Our poor Nate that’s who, he hardly has any teeth left!
Happy July you lovely people xx