Word Of The Week 05/09/2014

A beach setting with the word OVER in the sky
It goes only too fast and before you know it the summer holidays are over for another year.  I feel really lucky to be a SAHM and spend time at home with my two daughters, and this summer we have done lots of things together as a family and a lot of fun simple things like walks, cycling, and arts and crafts on the rainy days.

As the new term grew near I heard a lot of parents saying they were keen to get the kids back to school from under their feet, back to normality.  Am I alone in loving having my girls at home to spend time with them? I found it really sad today taking my youngest Lara back to school, not the drudgery of it, just the fact of her being away for seven hours when we have got so used to being together all summer.  We are creatures of habit I know, and routine is a good thing for children, although during the summer holidays your school day routine is gone, we found our daily summer holiday routine pretty quickly, what do they say it takes three weeks to form a habit?  We were well an truly in our summer hols habit and it is sad it is over.
It was with a heavy heart that I waved goodbye to Siobhan to her first day of year 10, she was full of nerves and apprehension, going to a mainstream school is hard for her, with the noise and the hustle and bustle of school life.  She is very much all about the routine (having ASD), and she had got so used to the summer routine so she was not relishing going back to the noise of the school.  We sometimes look at her and think that her going to the mainstream school she attends every day is very much like a lamb to the slaughter. It sounds harsh I know, but she is a sweet, vulnerable, immature (a term the psychologists love to use about her ’emotionally immature’) young lady who we feel she is out of her depth at a huge mainstream school.  
A teenage girl sitting on the grass shot from above

It has been a summer of laughs and limited sleep In’s for Siobhan (in her opinion) our teenage daughter, which that in itself is a small miracle.  It was quite heart warming that she chose to forgo the extra sleep to make sure she didn’t miss out on any fun things we might be doing and even more lovely that she thought us packing a little picnic and going to the park, was a fun thing to do. Lucky me I say.
A photo of an eight year old blond girl with a union jack headband on in the park

We also had two weeks with a close friend’s daughter staying with us over the summer holidays, and this was a lovely addition to the mix, being only one year older than our youngest she fit’s in like a dream. It was a lesson in sharing for them all, and a lot of laughs were had, a few inevitable late nights, giggles and chatting long into the night in their bedrooms, I didn’t go too over the top and be the nagging mother as these are the little things that they will look back on with fond memories when they are older.

A photo of a smiling teenage girl at the park in the sun

The six weeks were full of simple pleasures, playing in the garden, taking the football to the park and staying until the sun came down and lots of nature collecting – we now have a lot of collections of pine cones, leaves, pressed flowers and little things the girls found along the way.

A shot of three sets of kids feet in trainers in the woods from above.

Over sounds so final but hey ho, we will do it all over again next year, and add to the memories.  I have a notebook of all sorts of days out and random things the girls want to do, so every time they think of something, we can add it to the list and they get excited thinking of all the things they have to look forward to.  Not necessarily really big things either, on one of Lara’s lists was getting better at drawing pictures, so we got right onto that one.  While Siobhan has just added onto her list to go to the Natural History Museum and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  she just loves learning new facts, and with her birthday coming up these days out would be perfect for her.

My list is full of things I want to do with the girls (and my other half when he not at work!) making the most of our time together, making things together, be it baking, crafts a bit of up cycling or whatever, but making memories.

What is your word of the week? I would love to know.

I am linking up with the lovely Jocelyn at The Reading Residence  and her linky Word Of The Week.

A blue football being held by three kids hands  shot from above

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  1. September 5, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely summer, all simple things which are the best 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:27 pm

      Thanks Em it was great 🙂

  2. September 5, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    I love having everyone at home-of course there's bickering and the usual stuff, but I wouldn't want it any other way. My daughter is 8 and I still miss her when she goes back to school. I'll be the same when it's my son's turn to start school next year too. It looks like you've had a lovely summer 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:28 pm

      We did thank you, I think I will always miss them when they are away! 🙂

  3. September 5, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    I find the summer holidays such a difficult balance, and the enthusiasm for which ours return to school reinforces that. I wish we could have 50 weeks of part time school- I love having ours at home, but there are times of challenge, alongside times of absolute love and happiness.
    I'm so glad you've your balance and the holidays have been the respite needed for everyone. Now to look forward to half term 🙂 #WoTW

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you Debbie, it is lovely to have them at home but it is all balance and I am sure they would be bored without school to satisfy them! 🙂

  4. September 6, 2014 / 12:40 am

    Sounds like you had a fabulous summer #WotW

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Amanda we did 🙂

  5. September 6, 2014 / 10:37 am

    It sounds like you all had a great summer, and I do like your idea of lists of things to do, too. My daughter's only just starting school, so we've never needed a list before as we've had endless time to do things. I'm sad to have her at school, and I suspect I'll be like you with the holidays as the kids grow up, though that's not to say they don't have their moments!

    Thank you for sharing and joining in with #WotW – lovely to have you x

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      Thanks for hosting, I hope your daughter has a lovely start to school 🙂

  6. September 6, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Sounds like a lovely summer for you all x #WotW

  7. bethan read
    September 6, 2014 / 11:52 am

    This is a lovely post! The summer rockets past far too quickly! my youngest (2) starts proper school next week as we live in Spain and they start the year they turn 3! Too young for my liking! xx

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you Bethan, wow that is young to start! It is interesting how different countries have different ways of teaching and ages too, I hope she has a great time 🙂

  8. September 6, 2014 / 11:56 am

    Looks like you did a lot of fun stuff over the summer!

  9. September 6, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    My word of the week is 'anxiety' but that's a whole other story 🙂 I feel your worries over Shiobhan – like a lamb to slaughter – my DD just started secondary and she seems so young and feels a bit like I've thrown her in with the sharks. We're all worn out and have only done three days! Does sound like you made some great memories over summer though… all about balance. #WeekendBlogHop

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      It's not easy being a parent that's for sure! They tell me it get's easier but we shall see, thanks for your lovely comments 🙂

  10. September 6, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    I love having my kids home too, and even though they are not all back at school yet I'm so not looking forward to it being over….but then, I do have some things planned as it will be the first time in 9 years that I will be child free for any length of time. Roll on half term though, everything is more fun with the kids around 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks Anne, wow 9 years! enjoy it but I bet you will miss the noise! 🙂

  11. September 6, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    Sounds lie you all had a fab summer! Hope it wasn't too hard going back 🙂 #WOW

  12. September 6, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    The holidays seem to have passes in the blink of an eye. You certainly sound like you have made the most of your time together. #wotw

  13. September 6, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a great summer – it always seems to be over too soon though. Love your idea of keeping a list for the things your girls want to do – what a great idea 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks – it has gone so quickly! 🙂

  14. September 8, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    I love your photos, so natural. Sounds like a great summer, my eldest starts pre-school next week and I am dreading it, like you say a change of routine again and I really will miss having him around. I hope they have settled into school and sounds like they have some great summer memoires to look back on xx

    • October 4, 2014 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you Hayley, it is hard when you miss them so much – but like you say so lovely to look back on the memories of a lovely summer 🙂

  15. September 9, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    I do enjoy the summer, and it always seems to go too fast, but I have to admit that by the end the kids are generally more than ready to go back to school! It sounds like you've had a wonderful time x #WotW

  16. September 11, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Over a week later and I'm still mourning the end of summer and missing my girls. Great post in so many ways. Hope Siobhan is settling back into school and the routine it brings.

    • October 4, 2014 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you, it's not easy being a parent is it?! Siobhan is back to the routine now and back at school, but I am still missing them a lot! 🙂

  17. October 26, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Very true, summer holidays fly by so quickly

  18. March 3, 2015 / 9:04 am

    sound like you had an amazing 6 weeks, your right it is always OVER to quickly

  19. March 3, 2015 / 9:04 am

    sound like you had an amazing 6 weeks, your right it is always OVER to quickly

  20. July 20, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    reminds me of my school holidays!

  21. June 19, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Sounds long at the beginning the before you know it it's all OVER like you said til the next time