Here I am with our me and mine post for August 2017. I still remember writing our August 2016 post and remembering our summer together as a family.
Sorry the photos are particularly grainy due to bad lighting and it being nearly dark when we took these!
This summer saw Sophia loose her 5th tooth. She looks so cute and ever so grown up now with her new big girl teeth coming through. Archie has been telling everyone he too has wobbly teeth and we all humour him on that. He loves to be just as big and just like his sister. Its very cute because in reality he is still only just three, whether he realises this or not is another thing.
Its mainly been the children and I all summer whilst Daniel worked. I have to say I have enjoyed every moment of having them home albeit the last few days have been a little challenging. I think they are both ready to be out of each others shoes and back at school. Last year Archie went to nursery one day a week in the summer which was really lovely for Sophia and I and actually I wish I had organised that this year but as he doesn’t attend a nursery any more only a term time preschool it limited it a bit for me.
This year neither of them went to a summer club either so they have been in each others pockets the whole summer. Which for the majority of the time they have had the most fun together. But other times they have had enough of each other too. I know its only normal but I do think that always makes parenting a little more challenging but either way it was very far and few between and they both get on very well most of the time.
Our summer was extremely busy we always had something planned. Last summer I juggled two jobs while having the children home, and this year although I have done a few things work wise it has been a lot more relaxed and its been really nice to have some down time in that sense. I think it also helps the children are a lot older and more independent this year. Mainly been able to entertain themselves with imaginary play and enjoying the garden. Even so when we went out for the day they really are no trouble at all.
I am also very lucky that my pregnancy has gone so well and made the summer holidays very easy in that respect I have lots of energy and don’t really feel so much that I am pregnant sometimes.
This summer has seen us do lot of fun things together, we visited the seaside with friends, the lavender fields which we have done for the last three years. We also went camping which we have done for the last three years too. Which is always a lovely way to finish off the summer holidays because I get to have Daniel parenting with me and that always gives me much needed support. By the time the end of the summer arrives I need that lots. He really is a fantastic dad and I don’t give him enough credit. He is so kind and caring and a lot calmer then me most of the time. He is everything to us, we love him so very much and not a day goes by where I am not grateful for him. The amazing man that he is.
Just three days left of the summer holidays for us and the children will be back at school and preschool. I am really looking forward to it. Getting a sense of routine back with school runs and the house. Especially with two birthdays to plan for and Christmas and our new arrival I need to be super organised this year.
I have done a lots of sorting over the summer and we have plans to make two bedrooms out of the one large bedroom we do have for the children. In an ideal world if we could manage it I would love for the bedrooms to be done before the baby is here. But we have already done so much to this house we know just how long a room can take to do here. I won’t go into too much detail but if you read my blog regularly you know our house is concrete and whenever we redo a room the whole thing needs to be stripped to concrete and re insulted. This adds time on and of course with splitting one bedroom in two we need to cut two more holes in the concrete wall to add windows. So its a bigger job then we would like. But I feel like it is absolutely necessary for our family especially to give Sophia her own space even more so when baby is here to give both the boys their own room once the baby is out of our room. And just so that we all have our own space and we are all comfortable here.
I have let my garden go this summer and I put that down to pregnancy I still feel energetic but the bump does get in the way and I actually haven’t mowed my lawn myself this whole summer. I hope next year to be green thumbed like I was last year. I feel like the summer is already over here with on and off hot and miserable days. I have never known so much rain in August.
I haven’t managed to blog as much as I would like this summer at all. I just haven’t had the time like I said having the children full time leaves little time for writing on here. I have actually come to learn that it provides me with some sort of sanity when I am feeling a little overwhelmed a little outlet and a place to remember and create.
I still love blogging just as much as I did when I first started and I love documenting our family moments and taking pictures of us all. I look back at old posts of the children sometimes and am always blown away by how much they have grown in just a year. It amazes me.
I don’t know if its my hormones this pregnancy or that I am keeping far too busy but I feel like i reflect on things a lot less then I used too. This blog was a huge part of my reflection and a huge part of my thoughts as a mum but as the children have got older and busier so I feel that the busyness has distracted me from writing and reflecting on motherhood. My head is always a buzz of thoughts and usually very late at night when I am falling a sleep I think about things and by the time morning has come I can’t remember the last thing I thought about writing when I went to sleep.
In September and up until the time our baby boy arrives I want to write and document as much as I can. I will have plenty more time once the children are back at school and right now I look really forward to sitting down and writing I have a lot of exciting posts coming up. Especially of our recent trip to Cornwall which we have just returned from. We found some truly beautiful places and its our little family adventures like the one to Cornwall that bring us closer as a family and where we make the most loveliest childhood memories for Sophia and Archie.
Here is to a lovely September for all of us.