Well since my last post I’ve considered closing my blog down as I’ve seriously neglected it (as per). But maybe I just need to give myself a kick up the backside and tell myself to make time for it and stop assuming that I have nothing of note to write about. I should know that, once I start, the words will flow and I’ll wish I hadn’t left it so long! And the whole point is that this is my online diary, a wordy version of Facebook if you like, and one which I’ll look back on one day to see what was happening to us Taylors, however mundane. But it is hard, when juggling work, friends, family, chores, gym and life in general, to justify ANOTHER 30 minutes in front of a laptop at the end of a long/difficult/stressy day, and there’s still the ironing to do.
So I’m not even going to check back to see when my last post was! Today is 22nd July 2015, and we’re pretty much at the start of the summer hols for Jake. My spreadsheet of babysitting duties is always tested to the limit at this time of year and, thankfully, we’re lucky to have lots of support to help get us through the hols relatively unscathed!!! Jake has enjoyed a very successful year behind him at school – his report moved me to tears which, as anyone who knows me will testify, is pretty standard. TBH it’s not just about the level of his work and learning (which was great, he’s way above average in everything, keen to learn and pretty smart – clearly from his Mam ha ha!). It’s more about my son as a person – how he has a a good group of close friends, joins his class with a smile on his face every day, is well liked by his peers, excels at sport and is demonstrating “great sportsmanship”. GULP. This is the sort of stuff you want from being a parent – who cares about grades!!?
Since my last post he’s been through tough trials to get on the U7s squad for the football team he’s been training with for over a year, but he did it in the end! However, it took all 4 sessions for us to get the “yes”, and not because he’s not good enough. It was more to do with him adjusting to playing outdoors and him not taking it seriously initially. Plus admittedly he WAS rubbish at first (!) – he seemed to forget all he knew! As parents, it was a fine balance between us trying to be relaxed about it and also trying to impress upon him what an achievement it would be to get on such a great team with the kids he’d got to know over the year. A pep talk (or two!) from his Dad seemed to do the trick. And he’s come on leaps and bounds since. A professional footy player in the making perhaps!!? Although I must admit I’m not looking forward to the cold mornings cheering him on, especially in the winter. Not fun!
In other news my lovely niece Lily turned one recently (doesn’t time fly?) and we managed to double book her party weekend with the Mouth of the Tyne festival so that was a busy one. Looking ahead, we have Ladies Day at the races to look forward to this weekend (9 of us going – should be a hoot!) and then a family holiday in the Lakes with my Dad and sister and co. Jake is super-excited to spend a whole week with Dexter the Dog and also his beloved cousin, Lily. They’ll both be pestered beyond belief!
And in between we’ll be trying to survive the hols without bankrupting ourselves through countless soft play visits, new uniform expense, several family days out and general entertainment. Oh and I’ll have to try and chill for 6 weeks about letting my son play out. I KNOW it’s good for him – it just goes against all my motherly instincts! If I can’t see him, I stress, On that note – pass the Kalms!
‘Til next time