Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why hello there, September

Somehow, we're half way through September - not that you'd know it, given the extreme heat we've been facing recently. I have to say, I enjoyed this summer a lot more than I thought I would. I was nervous about having all that spare time with two tiny humans underfoot, but it actually worked out beautifully. Unlike Australia, day camps are a big thing here from age 3+, but we made the decision to only do one camp this year for Ollie, VBS. Although some weeks we went a little crazy without the routine of preschool and mothers group, I'm so glad we had all that time together. It was just me & my boys. There is going to come a day when he is begging me to go do all the different camps with his friends, and I know that day isn't far off. But for now, it's mama (and brother) time.

We did find some kind of casual routine in the summer. Tuesday playdates with a friend. Weekly walks to the library to get new books and play a little. Afternoon walks with a neighbor for froyo. Thursday dinners at Off the Grid, our local food truck gathering. Swimming lessons every Friday and riding my bike & trailer to Philz every Friday afternoon to meet Mitch and let the boys play on the plaza. And regular visits to fun places like Happy Hollow and the junior museum & zoo. I even started braving the park (just one particular park) with the boys again after naptime. We spent our weekends doing family activities - the beach, aquarium, hiking, even a weekend away and some camping with friends. I've been up early every morning, working hard at the gym like never before and have lost some stubborn kilos, toned up and met some goals. I might not be quite where I want to be just yet - still much more toning to go to combat those tuckshop lady arms, but I feel like I'm the healthiest I've been in years.

To be honest though, the summer didn't begin well. I got ran into by a car while I was buckling Austin in and lost a car door (and had to drive a rental minivan for a couple weeks - I don't know what was worse, getting physically hit or having a 'slidey door car' as Ollie called it). We experienced the grief of loss, losing another pregnancy in the first trimester. There have been family health issues, crises back home and it's often been so hard to be so far away.

But we made it. It's September. I'm still reasonably sane. And although I initially felt a little negative about what this summer would hold, I am thankful for these past few months. The days were often exhausting, but satisfying. Ollie is growing up so quickly and this time next year he'll be in kindergarten 5 days a week. I think it's going to take me the next year to prepare myself for that transition. Summer of 2015, you didn't start well but it sure did end happily.

September. Bring. It. On. I'm excited to see what this next season has in store for our little family.

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1 comment:

  1. what a fun summer you had.
    I also can't believe its already September, I though it was just the start of summer the other day. haha
    I am looking forward to this coming season also.


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