So the Easter holidays came & went & both of my children have been back at school for one whole week now.
The return to school is always somewhat bittersweet....
on the one hand we seem to be hurtling towards yet another school year being almost over &....
on the other, the house returns to its calm, tranquil & tidy state, for a few hours at least, and there can't be a mother alive who doesn't enjoy that!
My children spent the first few days of the holidays in their pyjamas doing as little as possible, which was soon followed by several days of desperately need activity (at least on my part) & running off all the steam that had built up at home.
We went to Wales for a couple of days at Easter & my heart beat just a little faster as we crossed the Bristol Channel into Wales.
We went to the beach & walked across to an island which can only be reached when the tide is out, my children loved it, wondered what would happen if we got marooned there for the night....it all felt very "Famous Five"!
The weather in London has been completely gorgeous this past couple of weeks, today is unbelievably warm & lovely.
Blue skies, blossom & magnolias everywhere.
No coat required, my ankles have even made an appearance or two.
For now, we are finished with the builders in our house, they will hopefully return in July....
there is much to be getting on with in the meantime though.
Painting & more painting. Sorting out our storage unit.
The jobs & plans are endless.
Our finances and my patience are not ;)
After a month or so of not reading very much at all, I am now finishing "The Miniaturist" & have just started Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying", having heard great things & read about it on many blogs.
I'm very interested to see if the book is as good as everyone says it is....
there's nothing like a move & having to be creative about storage space to make you realise that you still, despite regular decluttering, have too much stuff!
A mother in my son's class is currently taking part in "Masterchef"on TV....
she has been completely brilliant on it & stands a really good chance of winning this week's final, I think.
She also has four children under 9 & runs a successful business.....
whilst being thrilled for her - and totally in awe - it's definitely had me wondering what I am doing with my life?!
It is also my birthday this week....big birthday next year.
I've always said that I never worry about ageing....that may be changing!
On that note, my head is full of plans & I am, inexplicably, feeling recharged....
I say "inexplicably" because my 2am internal wake up call is still going on, ugh!
I've been spending less time online recently which has been rather nice....so with plenty to do, I have new lists to make, this week is going to about Getting Stuff Done.
Have a great week.