I absolutely loved the summer holidays. The lazy starts and the endless hours with both boys playing were so lovely. I wasn’t prepared for the effect on my bank account though. Or the fighting, oh god the fighting.
We constantly needed to take the boys on days out to keep them from killing each other. I imagined that having Harbor home would mean there would be opportunities for me to get more work done as they would entertain one another. This absolutely didn’t happen. They were constantly arguing and always by 4pm the arguments had turned into full on fighting. Harbor always coming off worse with a bite mark or two!
So this week I am adjusting to just having one child again. I’m enjoying having some structure and I guess I am still in the honeymoon period of Harbor going back to school. There have been home cooked meals every night and I have sat down and done homework with Harbor every evening. (Which is normally rushed through in the mornings)
The skies were blue again today so I decided to brave a long dog walk. I don’t have a toddler carrier and often Sonny won’t walk for long periods. I really should invest in one!
Today we walked to a train track a few fields from our house as an old steam train drives past and Sonny loves it. Also it’s free!
We are planning to head back tomorrow as all the blackberries are ready for picking now. I am trying to remember to enjoy every minute of this time as they aren’t little for long.
This quote is my mantra
Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.
– William Martin.