Just like Prince George, my Little Shires started a new school year this week, and as we walked into the playground on Wednesday with everyone wearing squeaky new shoes and uniform that’s slightly too big for them, in some respects it felt as if we’d never been away!
This year Little Mister is in a part of the school built only a few years ago.. Not only does it have touch-screen pads to open doors, for Little Mister it’s something Mademoiselle didn’t have – that’s what he likes! Something that his sister hasn’t already experienced!
As Mademoiselle is new in Year 5, we are having to think about her secondary school education, going to look at schools and make some serious decisions. This time we’ll be making decisions with her, unlike when she started reception six years ago!
I didn’t realise how much the children would grow this summer, but both had a pretty big growth-spurt. Mademoiselle in particular but she was due one! Although being nearly a decade old, she was still wearing aged 7 school uniform with ease.
Not this year! Everything is new, and although I did try and bag bargains from across the Supermarkets it still cost a pretty penny! Even though Little Mister hasn’t shot up as much as his sister, the knees on his school trousers are always scuffed so he needed new too. I’m not sure what he does in the playground but he sure has fun!
I spent what felt like hours on Monday labelling all of their new school uniform. I did it with a glass of wine in hand – that seemed like the only way to conquer this mountain of grey & green uniform! But I’m in LOVE with the Easy2Name labels – seriously easy and they stick like, well, glue!
Little Mister is also having a new bed arrive at the weekend. He’s been reluctant to change his bed because he loves it so much (so he tells me) and he sleeps so well in it (I don’t want to disrupt that!) Still, his midsize bed is now just a wee bit too small.
Initially I found it hard toredecorate because the room layout hasn’t really changed much since it was his nursery, apart from the Lego Ninja stickers and bigger bookshelves! But now, this is going to be his room choices, a different layout to incorporate the bigger bed and it’s going to look quite different – another nod to leaving the past & hurtling full into the future!
I’ve also discovered a new way of writing for my blog. I used to write every night, as the mood suits. But that would sometimes see me working well into the night. Over summer I caught up on sleep and realise that, actually, I quite like now feel totally self-induced knackered!
A tip fromKim at Northumberland Mum has changed this and I’m dedicating one evening a week to writing and just getting it all done. It’s working!
So it’s all been a bit new this week. By next week it’ll probably feel as if we have never been away!
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.