Tuesday 8 September 2009

Packing up and moving on

August into September is much more of a New Year for me than December into January. It is a time for the end of the long summer holidays and the beginning of a new academic year; I make new resolutions and turn over new leaves; we pack away the old and start unwrapping the new.

In the last week we've said goodbye to the summer holidays.

G finished six months of training and his first half-ironman race.

And I left work.

The children have started in new classes at school; C's comes with a whole new playground and extra responsibilities. O has a strict teacher.

We're beginning to find our way with an entirely new and unfamiliar family routine. I can pick up the children from school every day now, but we've said goodbye to the childminder who helped me look after C and O for the last five years. We all cried. C is still crying actually.

But also we're enjoying the late summer sunshine, and some of the plum jam I made for our breakfast toast through the winter.

I think it will be a good year.


  1. I think so too. Poor C, hope the jam helps him cheer up a little. Love the photo of G, there stands a proud man!

  2. September is so much more New Year-ish than the official one.

    Hope your new routines bed down soon. We have new school first day tomorrow - I am more uptight than either child. But this is probably a good thing.

  3. All the best for the time at home - it's been one of the best decisions I ever made.

  4. a whole new chapter starts! i love being SAHM (for now) i wish i had finished work sooner to be honest!
    hope you all find your new routines soon :-)

  5. The sun has been shining for you this week and you have exciting plans. Onwards and upwards! Love Ma and G'Ma xx

  6. I think it will be great. Don't worry if the routine doesn't sort out yet - mine usually bed down by about March.


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