June has been a funny month. In some ways it’s gone quickly but in others it’s felt like it’s gone on forever.
For the first time ever, I’ve actually been away from the kids for a substantial amount of time. For the last 5 years or so, I’ve needed to go on a training course for work. All kinds of things have meant it’s just been put off. I’ve always been really reluctant to have five nights away from the kids and it just felt like too much. This year, I decided to finally bite the bullet and just go for it. Long story short – it was absolutely not fun, I didn’t like being away from the kids much, but I met some lovely people and passed the course! Hurrah!
Although I was only away for six days, it felt like a very long time – adding to the feeling that June has been a long month!
This month has also seen the end of Katie’s time at preschool, Ben has finished primary school and after the holidays, Thomas will also be moving nursery. I’m really looking forward to spending the next seven weeks with them and it’s exciting for them all to be starting new adventures. But it does feel bittersweet that they are moving on to new things and we’ll never have this time again.
As per usual, I thought I’d reflect on the month using the #Little Loves headings provided by Coffee, Work, Sleep, Repeat:
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
As a result of having to spend a lot of time this month on train journeys, I’ve actually read three books. But the one that has really stuck with me is Mitch Albom’s The Time Keeper.
It’s unusual for me to almost be brought to tears by a book but this one really is special. The overall message of the book is obviously that time is precious. But it really has much more to say. It made me think about the people in my life – both those who are here and those now passed – along with my own attitude to the things that fill our time.
If you’re looking for any summer reading I would thoroughly recommend it! I think it’s actually shaped my actions since reading it – including turning work down to prioritise spending more time with the kids. Although I am stressed about being able to provide for my children – nothing can replace the time I have with them. This book has been a timely reminder of that!
I have lost count of the number of episode of Something Special this month. Thomas has never really shown any interest in TV before but he is making up for it. The cry of ‘bubble’ aka Tumble goes up almost as soon as he is awake. His demands know no end as he screams for it to appear not just on the TV in the playroom but the living room as well. As soon as the music comes on, he’s dancing and is utterly entranced.
As he was screaming at bedtime last night to go “DOWN” for “BUUUUBBLE” I thought we’re really at the point that we do just need to switch it off for a while.
I’m not against screen time as a principal, but I do believe it should be limited. It’s a really difficult balance though. I think kids need time to wind down but Thomas is actually acting like an addict at times.
The summer holidays are so close and I’m hoping the weather will allow us to just live outside for a while!
I’ve been continuing following the Joe Wickes 90 day challenge so have been at the gym more often than usual. As a result my listening has been more about finding quality gym tunes!
I’ve had a mix of cheese and more current music but I’ve been getting fairly bored with it. Any suggestions of things to get moving to would be much appreciated!
I was delighted to link up with some of my blogging buddies again but on a craft theme this month. Although things have been really hectic, it was lovely to take some time and craft with Katie.
These had to be completed in stages to allow for drying time which meant a good three days of dedicated craft time.
The final stage was completed with the help of my friend Megan. I think it must be a sign of true friendship when your friend doesn’t even blink at the suggestion we need to film spraying pebbles with varnish in the pouring rain!
I’ve mostly been wearing the same work clothes on rotation but I did finally cave and buy the dungarees I’ve been lusting after for the last few months. They are so unbelievably comfortable and thankfully numerous people have said I look nice in them rather than asking if I’m pregnant!
Katie now has quite a selection from Marloweville to form the basis of her summer wardrobe! The cotton is just beautifully soft and I’ve been amazed at how well they’ve washed. Thomas particularly can get so grubby within seconds of getting dressed so this is really an important thing for us!
On the topic of taking time to appreciate life. It’s been great to take time out as a family and try some new things. Heading to the Söderberg Jazz festival was almost like going on holiday for an evening. The weather has allowed us to get out on our bikes and make the most of the cycle path. We’ve been managed to visit some of our favourite restaurants and even try out new ones too. All in all, it’s been a good month!