Three days a week I’ve been taking the children to school, putting on their coats, holding their hands and making sure they have everything they need when I drop them off in the morning. Then, I pick them up again in the afternoons, getting to see that happy face they do, that look that comes on their face the first moment they see you – and getting to walk home with them, talking about their day.
But the other two days a week I’ve been at work and I’ll walk with Hubby or my Mother-in-Law half way to school before parting ways and going to work. Each time the children give me a kiss and a cuddle and get briefly sad before leaving me until I see them again, hours later, minutes before dinner time.
But a while ago I realised something had to change. Working around Hubby’s shifts was hard for all of us and I couldn’t really give my best to anything, constantly juggling work, home, kids, blog. So yesterday I wore my work uniform for the last time, I made my colleagues a last cup of tea and I then walked out the doors at 2pm to a new start for all of us.
Today is the start of the rest of our lives and tomorrow is a brand new week and a brand new routine. It’s a week that will see me doing the school run each day, not having to leave the children half way again, and being able to spend those precious couple of hours in the afternoon with them.
I’ll no longer be juggling the children, emails and everything else in the afternoons and will be able to spend quality time with them – maybe even going to soft play for a treat after school and a junk food tea or popping for an ice cream on a Friday. Or, we may even just go home, put our pyjamas on and snuggle with a movie for an hour or two – just enjoying the quality time and just being, having a slower pace and being able to appreciate it a little bit more.
Somehow I spent the last two and a half years with so many plates spinning and I’m proud to say that I didn’t drop them often. But, it’s time to spin less plates and to focus on the most important ones. I’m looking forward to being able to make memories with my favourite people each day and not just having to wait for a weekend away, an odd day together in the school holidays or another special occasion. From now on each day is right there for the taking and we will definitely have the time to take it.