It’s hard to believe that Roo has been at home with me since 9th June as we decided to take her out of pre-school and let her spend the summer holidays with me in preparation for her starting reception in September. Looking now at the calendar, with just two weeks to go until our home visit by her new teachers I honestly don’t know where the school summer holidays have gone.
We had two amazing weeks in Florida where memories were made that I will always treasure and hold dear in my heart. Despite the lack of sunshine this summer we’ve had great days out at Twycross Zoo, Amerton Farm, Sudeley Castle and many more places. I’ve tried to keep a reign on the spending as with me not working and only Daddy E’s salary coming it has been great to get involved with the meal planning Monday brigade and benefit from the deals on sites like My Family Club and Zulily.co.uk
It is though with a somewhat heavy heart that I go into the next two weeks. On one hand, admittedly I am looking forward to getting my afternoon’s back as I have such a lot of writing to do for people and on my blog that it has gotten tough to keep up with blogging daily but then I will miss the hullabaloo and mess in my house that only Roo seems to know how to create. That first day when she goes off to school will be very weird for me. I have do doubt there will be tears, lots of them, by me and her. I must try to be a strong mummy and give her a huge hug and a beaming smile as we walk across the school playground, and I am grateful that Daddy E has the day off work to console me with cake and tea afterwards.
So for me, as I am sat here eating a fruit tart and a cup of earl grey tea (this rarely happens), undisturbed in my home office it’s made me think what are my top three best memories of the last summer I have spent with my little girl before she embarks on a new journey of school. If you’re still with me and still interested here they are:-
- Seeing Roo’s face absolutely light up as she ran towards Rapunzel in Disney World Orlando. Rapunzel is one of her favourite Disney characters and to get to meet her face to face, hug her and talk about her love of Pascale and long hair was magical. It reminded me of my first trip to Disney World with my parents and I will treasure the photos of this moment dearly.
- Watching her learn to swim and become confident in the water. I cannot believe she can now swim 20 metres unaided with no arm bands or floatation aids. The child that was terrified of water 6 weeks ago now throws herself in with glee every weekend we go swimming, dives to the bottom of the pool and regularly does hand stands under water. I personally am not a strong swimmer and I am so glad we decided to have lessons with Roo and teach her this important life skill.
- Purchasing Roo’s first school uniform. This is something I dreamed off for a while now since I found out she was going to the local Catholic school. The uniform is cute and I knew she was going to look cute in it. So it was lovely to go out and get her grey pinafore dress, her long socks, her lemon polo shirts and her monogrammed (queue alternative word for expensive) school cardigan. She’s tried it on once but wouldn’t let me take a photo (she can be such a diva at times) and looked amazing in it. Now we have her sparkly black leather school shoes to match which are polished and adorned with name tags to add to them I cannot wait to see her put everything on when she starts on September 17th.
So that’s my three favourite moments from the summer holidays this year with Roo. Three events that have carved memories into my heart and my head.
I’d love to hear what are your top memories as a parent from these school summer holidays.
What are you going to miss about having the kids at home, and what are you going to love about them going back off to school?