How is it the end of August already? I feel like I say it every month but this year is whizzing by so quickly! I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of unwritten rule that the more children you have the more time speeds up. I can’t be the only one that’s noticed that? Ernie’s first nine months on the planet has gone at least 6 times quicker than Mabel’s did, I’m sure of it!
August has been a bit of a month of organisation for us; Carl and I have been decluttering left right and centre. There’s still an awful lot to do but we have at least now got a wardrobe for our bedroom so we have somewhere to hide the piles of clean washing that’s waiting to be put away, so that’s freed up a bit of floor space… (insert eye roll). I have a little tip for anyone who doesn’t want their house to turn into well… a tip! Definitely don’t move house, empty as many boxes as you can, put the rest in the ‘spare’ room and the loft and think ‘we’ll sort that out after the baby gets here’… then promptly have a baby, start a blog and decide to home educate your eldest child. We still have quite a few unopened boxes piled up in the spare room, and they don’t have a home to be packed away into! We are slowly getting on top of it now though so I’m sure we’ll get there eventually, maybe 2020? I would like to put a deadline on it that by Christmas we’ll have all the boxes unpacked so we can reclaim the spare room (it’s not really spare, it’s Ernie’s room but he sleeps in with us or the girls at the moment and I’m sure he’s in no huge rush to change that). We’ll see how we go though, I have a feeling these next few months are going to be a little crazy.
A difficult mountain to climb will be streamlining some of the toys that seem to be breeding in the play room… I will be asking the girls to chose some to donate to charity soon (or the ‘poorly children’ as Mabel understands it). We’ve done it before and it’s a slow and painful process with toys going into and out of black bags several times, but if it saves us a bit of storage space and it teaches the girls a little bit about the importance of giving then it will be worth it. Nobody needs that many cuddly toys.
As well as organising the house I have been trying to organise myself a little bit more. September marks the official start of home education for Mabel, and I’ve decided that it’s time to try and get into more of a consistent daily routine so that we can make the most of our days. I have been getting up early every morning, like before the kids get up early. It’s painful to be honest with you, I’ve never been a natural early riser! But that extra hour or so before Carl scoots off to work, really helps me to feel ready to take on the day. I feel so much better when I’m at least showered and dressed before I’m left on my own with three children, rather than waving him off bleary eyed in my dressing gown, clutching my first cup of tea of the day.
I’m also managing to fit a bit more blogging in when I’m up early which is great because I really want to share as much of our Home Education journey as possible with you guys. I know when I was first looking into home ed what I really wanted to know was how does it work for real families? How do people manage it? Well my plan is to show you, warts and all as we go along. I’ll share the ups and downs, the disasters (of which I’m sure they’ll be many), and all the activities we do and resources we create. I really want this blog to be a resource for anyone who’s thinking about home education and is on the fence, or wants to find out more or is just starting out like us!
Because we spent a lot of our weekend time organising and decluttering, August wasn’t a great month for adventures, but it was a good month for family BBQs and we did go to Carfest for a day which was our first family festival and we all had a great time. We are already thinking about doing a proper weekend camping festival next year because it was so much fun! I’m sad that we didn’t manage to go camping this summer, but I think it will be a lot easier to manage next year when everyone’s a year older… or at least that’s what I hope!
September is going to be all about starting off our home education journey. I’m going to be thinking really carefully about what I want to achieve and how we are going to do it, trying out different routines and resources… I’m going to be writing about the whole process on here and going live on my Facebook page once a week to update on how everything’s been going. I’m so excited to get started and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
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