Hi all, how are we?
I have always loved this time of the year, it’s all about new beginnings, new hopes and dreams, aspirations for another academic year. We all seem to get a new sense of purpose and look forward to the next part of the year, Autumn, Christmas, booking next years holiday and how much more grown up and personality filled will our children be by the end of this year.
I’m quite sure that if you have children who have been home for the holidays like me, you have a new sense of purpose because the house looked a little bit like it had been hit by a tornado! I got more housework done yesterday in two hours than I did in the whole of the holidays and that included a stop for a cuppa in the middle (who doesn’t love a cuppa mid clean!)
I also got pangs of sadness as I looked out of the window over the garden and saw all of the things the boys have been up to over the last few weeks strewn all over the place. It was like a scene frozen in time, the slide in the paddling pool, the football goal with various craft creations tied on to it, the buckets and spades piled on top of the sand pit, the trampoline with a number of balls inside and of course a number of toys that should really never go outside that I had either forgotten to pick up or not realised the little monsters had sneaked out! Only this time there was no laughter, no boys running around playing imaginary games of cowboys or space men because they are both learning about life and expanding their amazing little brains.
I was very sad this week to have not been able to drop them off for their first day of school. It’s a big thing going into year one and two and sadly I had to take them and their gleaming new shoes and uniform to my parents who took them to school for us as we both had to work. I also felt very guilty as I so often do. When I did get the opportunity to do the school run myself the next day though it ended up with Leo refusing to put on shoes (yes again!) then not getting into the car. Nate moaning because Leo was making too much noise and then Leo in the playground getting into a small tussle with another boy about who was the best at football even though Leo tends to pick it up and walk around with it much to the annoyance of the other children.
Back to aspirations, I love how this time of year reminds us about being young and how it felt to be going off to school for another year. I still find that it inspires me to start something new, to take up a new skill or just make some changes. This will mostly involve some changes to the garden for us however I am in more of a consultancy role as building sheds and erecting fences really isn’t my strong suit. Maybe that could be my new skill!
How does back to school feel to you? What exciting projects or plans are on the horizon for you? As usual I would love to hear.
Much love xx