Our Summer Holidays have come to an end this week, that blissful bubble has burst! George has been at kindy for a couple of weeks now, but Bell and Tom started back at school during the week. Both were excited to be heading back. It has really been only me that has been dragging my feet.
My nieces stayed with us at the beginning of the week - we loved having them here. There has been uniform buying for Bell (they grow so much over the summer break) and school stationery purchases - always a favourite back to school task.
The rain has decided to come back by the bucket load. It has been a really dry summer. Our water tank and gardens are thankful as are the farmers and grape growers round here I'm sure. It always amazes me how the rain times itself for the school run!
I've been baking for school lunches and roasted a chicken the night before school and stripped it down for wraps and sandwiches. I will continue to do this as one chicken makes the kids and adult lunches over a couple of days, the carcass is put in the freezer for future stock making.
I had a meeting at my new job, yes a new job! I applied and accepted the position in December. My previous job just wasn't working out, the hours were all over the place. They wanted to extend my hours/days and I was working school holidays which was not meant to happen. My new role is in a school (Visual Resources) and it is Term Time Only - the holy grail in my opinion. That is why I have had a seven week Summer Holiday. To have a part time job that allows me to have the school holidays off to spend with the kids works so much better for us as a family.
After Tom's first day back at school he had a Birthday Party to go to - at the Pools - the weather held together but consequently he is so tired today. As I type I can hear him snoring as George bounces around in bed...........some things never change.
Mr H and I managed a Date night this week too - woohoo. Just a quiet dinner at a local restaurant. Good food and wine - I want to go back with my camera as they have the most incredible kitchen garden on site.
I think our weekend will be a fairly quiet one. Planning a girls morning in town with Bell tomorrow before she heads off for a sleepover. I have vegetables in my garden that need harvesting. And some more baking for the tins and school lunches will need to be done.
So that's been my week - Term 1 is all go. I find the School Term routine always works well for the kids, although it was a shock to the system to be up, organised and out of the house in time. I know I will be hanging out for the first round of school holidays.
Have a great weekend - what are you up too?
How has January treated you?
What do your children like in their school lunches?