When the school holidays began, I felt like we had an age to have fun with the girls. I thought the long days and light nights would seem to last forever and that by the time school came back around we would all be ready to get back to it. As it turns out, the time has flown by and not one of us is ready to for the summer to end. Not only because the time to be a family has been just what we’ve needed, but also because I’m dreading the cold days and dark nights. Once September hits, it’s all downhill.

In some ways the holidays have been hectic, as we have been decorating the house. We’ve been upside own for a few weeks, whilst Hubs worked his way through the DIY. In other ways, we’ve had some long, lazy days enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors. I’ve had days away from parenting, once to work and the others to volunteer at my local National Trust Property. We certainly haven’t been bored. It didn’t take us long to get into the no-school routine.

Fun, festivals and fields –

These last few weeks have certainly been a lot of fun. We’ve been camping a few times, which the girls have loved. We’ve been to the Gloworm festival in Nottinghamshire and we’ve visited every National Trust Property within a  30 mile radius! I’m grateful that Hubs has had a lot of time off this Summer, which has meant we’ve been able to enjoy a lot of it together. Why is it that as you get older, you realise the simple quality of time just spent being?

Back to reality –

The thing I’m dreading most about the new school year beginning, is the biggest starting reception class. It doesn’t seem two minutes since she was born, so I can’t fathom how on earth she’s old enough to go to school. Both girls are growing so quickly, right before our eyes. It’s amazing to see them flourish, but I wish the time would slow down. It’s true that I’m never going to get this time back. This cliche bothers me more and more every day.

There’s a lot to look forward to over the coming months. There’ll probably be another few days away, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. It’s that time of year again and I know that this year I need to embrace it, rather than wishing it all away.