Tomorrow the second school term commences and the big boys go back to school. And while I’ve enjoyed the break almost as much as the boys have, I have to admit that I am looking forward to having a little more breathing space to achieve a few things while they’re at school.
I’m also looking forward to starting over and doing things better this term. Like getting some strategies in place to encourage Charlie to get himself dressed in the morning, which he is very capable of, instead of it ending in a) a yelling match b) him getting dressed in the school footpath or carpark (yes, this has happened) (more than once), or c) me giving up and doing it for him. We also need to get on track with the boys doing jobs around the house, and maybe even sort out a pocket money scheme.
These are not unachievable tasks, but I am often guilty of waiting for the perfect opportunity to arise before making things happen. You know, like I’ll be SO much more organised when I have a renovated kitchen, or the moon falls into the second quarter, or I have more time, or something along those lines. But the truth is that I’ll probably never have more time and there’s no better moment than right now to begin, so it is my intention to use the snippets of opportunity more wisely and just do it.
And, just for the record, the lunches are all made and ready for tomorrow and the uniforms are laid out, so at least I’m on track for the first day of being organised for Term 2 ;)
Ben and I were very honoured to be asked to be the Godparents of our youngest niece, Polly, and we loved celebrating this very special occasion with our family today. I thought this was a beautiful snapshot, captured by Uncle John, of Nicholas reaching out to his favourite baby. It certainly does take a village to raise a child, and I’m so glad we are part of this amazing village.
nicholas: It has been a while since we played in the sandpit. Between the mosquitoes and the rain, pulling the lid off the sandpit really didn’t seem that appealing to your mumma, but when we decided to make a sandpit volcano (similar to this one) over the holidays, you relished the opportunity to spend ages playing in the sand and water. You had some very important jobs to do in there, apparently.
charlie: The beautiful cake for Polly and Mia’s Baptism was apparently also quite delicious. Love your cheeky, cake-eating grin. You have loved every minute of freedom over your first official school holidays and relished the break from routine. While you’ve declared you’re not returning to school tomorrow, I’m predicting that you’ll love being back amongst your friends and all the fun of Prep as soon as we arrive.
Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of my youngest boys every week in 2015.