One of the big things we have been considering over the last couple of months is youngest making the move from pre-school to Big School. A few weeks ago, she had her last week at preschool (photos below) and celebrated with a teddy bears picnic. It will be strange not making the journey to nursery in September - since it's the place that my girls were so happy attending every day for five years, but life moves on, and we have to move on with it. Youngest will be starting Reception in September, at over half a year younger than eldest was when she started reception. It is very strange thinking of her in full time education at barely four - but I'm sure that she will take it in her stride. For me, it means only having one school run to do, rather than two, but more significantly, it truly means an end to the baby and pre-school phase after seven years, and a shift of moving on into the next phase of life and being a Mummy to two primary school-aged children who has her days free.
As the summer term has finished and the holidays have descended, we have had more time to spend together as a family, and of course, the glorious weather we have been experiencing has helped to move our fun into the outdoors. The kids love the outdoors as it gives them more independence, and more freedom to explore and play.
Recently the girls took part in their bi-annual dance show. It was youngest's first one and she was so excited. She keeps begging us to play the dvd so that she can see herself dancing - a future star perhaps? Youngest has been enjoying lots of meals out - a recent jaunt to the pub offered her a kids meal with six fish fingers! She didn't manage to eat it all...
We had fun cheering on Andy Murray and watching the tennis throughout wimbledon. Eldest displayed her "musical talents" at her music recital at school, whilst youngest enjoyed a couple of weeks having the reign of the garden before eldest broke up. Both girls have been making serious use of their paddling pool - much more than any other year. We have also enjoyed more visits to the beach, and some fun in the park climbing trees - a good start to the summer and hopefully more fun to come!!
So as you can see, the kids have been busy! I have also been busy lately - well - more like, I've been busy for the last three years. When youngest was born, I decided to retrain so that I would have a career once the kids got older. I returned to study, studying to become an Antenatal Teacher with the NCT and an accredited university. It was a very long, hard journey - made especially harder with juggling study and the kids, but I am now a qualified Antenatal Teacher and Birth Companion - and I also now have letters after my name! I have already started teaching through the NCT and will hopefully be expanding my business as the kids go back to school. I will be writing about my experiences of studying when you are a parent in a future post, but September will be all change in our house.
So that's what we have been up to lately! How are you enjoying the summer?