And back to routine!

Like many of you since Wednesday this week has been about getting back to routine which means School for the kids and back to work for myself and my husband.

I read in the paper on Tuesday that the average parent gets an hour to themselves every day and even before I read the article I concurred with its findings.  For routine in the Drane household means that the alarm clock goes off at 0545 not that we get up then but my husband likes a snooze! We get up between 0600 and 0630 depending how tired we are feeling so this week its been 0630 am.  For my husband its a quick dress and breakfast and then the commute to Edinburgh and a day of work returning between 8pm and 9pm each day for his hour of relaxation time before bed!

For me the first few frantic hours of the day are spent putting the days washing on, putting the days befores away, waking the children, feeding them and the dog breakfast, some housework and then the half an hours coaxing trying to get the kids out of the door so we can make the School for 0845 which only holds enthusiasm for the dog as he knows he gets a walk.  Then its my sanity health check of the day with a walk with the St B mums before I either speed to a meeting or spend an hour at home catching up with emails before going into the office for the day.  Then its home again to make the tea, get the kids out to Brownies or Boys Brigade or on other nights supervise the tidying up of the bathroom after bathtime destruction kids style, then story time three chapters each and then final coaxing of the day try to get them into bed after they have their hot water bottle in bed, cuddly toy and glass of water by their bed.  Then its a final scoot round the house to tidy up, clean up the kitchen and I am just about there when husband arrives back from Edinburgh and we finally sit down for the night!  So I would say that the newspaper article is very accurate for not just the Dranes but families across the UK.

Facebook and Twitter followers will notice that there has been a lack of communication from me this week you may have wondered have I had a bad week?  Well no.  Though I was not looking forward to the kids going back to school as yet again the words of the famous Abba song go through my head “slipping through my fingers”

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well-known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I’m losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what’s in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake, I let precious time go by
Then when she’s gone there’s that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can’t deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
(Slipping through my fingers all the time)
Well, some of that we did but most we didn’t
And why I just don’t know

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what’s in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time
Slipping through my fingers

Slipping through my fingers all the time

Schoolbag in hand she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile

It’s not been a bad week.  The kids have enjoyed being back at school, our aged Honda with its new battery has worked each day so husband has had an easy commute and I have hit the ground running and am very pleased with what I have achieved in the first few days of work. 

Its more that the routine of life has taken up my time which coupled with a new year resolution to have a glass of wine only at on a Friday and Saturday has found me using my hours relaxation taking a cup of tea to bed and reading “Birdsong” a fantastic book that my husband bought me for Christmas instead of sitting with glass of wine in one hand, mobile in the other watching the television.

I have also been thinking about the routines of life in the last few days and have come to the conclusion that though we say often that we hate them in fact even in our leisure time we create them.  On holiday in Spain for example we quickly create a routine of what we do each day am by the pool, pm by the beach and though some days we step out of that routine most days we would follow it.  It was the same in the Lake District this year and actually out with the main festive days it was the same over the festive break.  And although there are times that I think that being free each day to do what I want I know that if I didn’t create routines into my life I would go crazy even though at first it might seem liberating.

So the first few days of work life of 2011 and I am pleased with what I have achieved I finish the week feeling that I have hit the ground running and have lots of ideas and thoughts on how to build our toddler Bright Light Marketing in 2011.  I have spent quality time with the kids and each child is immersed in a new book.  I have finished Birdsong and enjoyed it immensely.  New Year resoloutions so far are kept.  Its now friday afternoon and I am very much looking forward to a glass of wine tonight and a weekend with the family untill Monday comes and the routine of life starts all over again.

Have a good weekend!

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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