It’s the very first “siblings” of 2016! I can’t believe January is half over already. Wait, yes I can we have been nonstop at the start of this month kicking off with birthday celebrations for Mr P. The food and goodies have not stopped either yet I am afraid. B is back in school and MM in nursery and the year has kicked started off at record speed. Normally for me, January is a slow and quiet month. I reflect and plan for the year ahead and we take it easy. Instead of making new year’s resolutions I am tricking my subconscious mind by making “to do lists for 2016” instead. I think sometimes just calling it something different really helps. I have already ticked a few “to do’s” off my list like clearing out the garage & loft with numerous trips to the dump aka the tip, and charity shop. Then I hit the closest and cabinets of the house with more charity shop bags and gave a few bags of clothes to friends with younger kiddos after selling what I could on ebay. Phew….that’s only the first two weeks of January. The kids have been just as busy starting up soccer and swimming lessons for B and ballet, gymnastics and swimming for MM. It’s a never ending going in and out of the house each day of the week.
The kids have had such a great time over Christmas being together. MM has enjoying having her brother back everyday to play with and have a playmate again. She was so sad that he started back up at school while he enjoyed Christmas he was itching to get back to school. I was so pleased that he still is loving it so much and so keen. I know this won’t last so I am soaking it up. It’s been a transition the last two weeks getting back into the speed of life and routines. I will admit harder for me those early wake ups when it’s dark and cold and I just want to stay hidden under the fluffy duvet.
TOGETHER THEY ARE LOVING…
Pretending ice skating on the drive during frosty morning school runs.
Playing make believe bus trips B as the driver, MM as the student.
Continuous hours of playdoh fun.
Bubble baths with their new bath toys from Santa.
Still singing Christmas carols.
Making up their own versions of baa, baa, “pink” sheep and asking why does it have to be black sheep?
Car conversations after school when they have been reunited, Mommy not allowed to join in.
Giggle wars: one laughs, other laughs louder and so forth.
While I am working on a simplifying goal this year with clear outs, saying yes to less, and taking in the life’s little moments more it seems we are off to a busy start to the year. I feel that’s ok because once it’s ticked off my “to do list” for the year I am done. I have this motivation that the faster I finish my list the faster I can enjoy doing nothing. (like that ever happens). The kids are growing up at the speed of light and I have been feeling guilty over the holiday that it should be more like it was with less tv/wifi and more running in the country fields together before it’s too late and they are teenagers who despise doing family days out. The kids got new bikes for Christmas and we are hoping to make the most of them as soon as the frost leaves us.
My favorite moments of these two siblings this month is their Saturday/Sunday mornings together. We stay in our cozy pyjamas, they climb in bed, tickle and torture Mommy & Daddy until we get out of bed ourselves. We have yummy breakfast buffets together and plan our fun days ahead. The kids seem to be so relaxed on these days and giggling more. I love the sound of their laughter throughout the house on a weekend morning, it’s pure heaven. If I could bottle that up and repeat it whenever I am feeling down I would be the richest lady alive.