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