I am now into the final week of juggling looking after the kids and work. It’s only three weeks that I do the juggling act as we are off for three weeks of the holidays.
I must admit I look forward to it lots in advance. It’s such a change from routine and there is no rushing out of the door on the mad school run. But principally as it’s a chance to spend time with the kids. I think as I worked so hard when they were younger now being able to spend time with them is really special. And I know in a few years time they will want to be out and about with friends so I am making as much of this time as possible.
It means working different hours. Early starts and then working when our great child carer comes in at 3pm. Working some funny hours and with the help from a friend on one occasion and my sister-in-law I attended a few morning meetings. I have managed to keep all work balls up in the air. And in fact Bright Light Marketing has had a very successful July. It’s one of the many reasons that I enjoy being self-employed. You don’t have to work nine to five. You can fit it round you. Though it will mean you will find yourself working at some very funny hours.
We have done lots over the past few weeks. Swimming at Hawick swimming pool is a weekly must and it’s been great to see how my son is starting to progress though he is nowhere near as confident as his swim like a fish sister. Visits to Border Berries has been a must too to stock up on raspberries and strawberries. We have also been treated ourselves to coffee and Mainstreet and Woodside Garden Centre. And enjoyed lots of walks along the Tweed and around the village. As well as lots of time in the garden reading and just talking and laughing. Though not sure I can take many more jokes about bodily functions from my son. He’s out at tennis and then at a friends today so my daughter and I are going to watch the dawn treader and I’m going to do the ironing usually a sunday chore but in the holidays when it suits me.
It’s been good and I have enjoyed it. But! What do you ask is the but? Well I have enjoyed it as it’s been a treat. However I know that we can’t do it forever. At some stage we do need some routine in our life. So as I woke this morning for an early start and the dog looked at me and wondered at what time he would get his walk. I thought to myself I have enjoyed this summer lots. I will dream about it over the winter and I will count down the weeks from spring to the summer holidays. But part of me will also enjoy being back to routine as will the dog who loves his 0830 school walks. My son can’t wait to get back to his footballs and my daughter is starting to talk about school. And anyway it’s only seven weeks till the October holidays.