At the end of August I saw all the tweets of mixed emotions – a great Summer had by everyone – amazing weather, suntans, kids needing hair cuts and with permanently dirty feet – and now Summer’s drawing to a close and the children have all been back at school for a week or two. Some tweets were happy that they get back to the routine of school, others were sad that they won’t have as much quality time with the kids again until next Summer. I didn’t see any tweets from anyone that were 100% happy or sad at the prospect of the new school year starting.
I realised while reading those tweets that next September LP will start preschool. We will be eligible for the 15 hours a week of free childcare and I have already registered her with a local infant school – She’ll go every morning, 5 days a week.
I know that I’m going to make the most of this coming year. LP and I will never again have as much quality time as we do now once she starts her life of education. I’m planning a year of days out, maybe a little holiday and as much fun stuff as we can fit in. After next September we’ll be restricted by term times and school holidays.
I know dropping LP off on her first day at preschool will be hard – for both of us. It reminds me of her starting with her childminder last year and how hard that was. But this is different, this is the start of her future. Plus, I’ll be able to pick her up every day when she finishes, have her tell me about her day whilst we walk home and have lunch with her.
Next September will also give Little Man and I some quality time together. A couple of hours a day to spend together, just the two of us. This is something that will never have happened before, and it will be nice to spend time with my Little Man. It will be lovely though when LP comes home from preschool to join us each day.
I know September 2014 will be here before I know it, and it’s another milestone in all our lives. But for now I’m looking forward to the here and now – my Birthday next month, Dave’s the month after, Christmas after that. There is so much to look forward to that right now next September seems an eternity away!