27 August 2009

Counting down

I feel so distracted lately. I meant to blog about my cousin Di's visit last week but didn't even get around to doing that (and took no photos). We had a lovely time, only marred by Phillipa and Noah's bickering. Oh my gosh, HOW do mothers cope when their own kids bicker and fight non-stop??? I realised how blessed I am with my boys. They hardly ever fight or bicker and are easily stopped when they do.

But despite the two littles pecking at each other we had a lovely visit. In Di's words, "This time here has been filled with reunion, laughter, tears, fun, exasperation, nostalgia and most of all awe at the diverse beauty of the place." Part of her visit was my attempt to lure her up to Lancashire and hopefully I will succeed - it all hinges on jobs and meant-to-be's.

But now I am floating around feeling in limbo. I need regular, reliable, uninterrupted time alone to stay sane (it's just how I'm wired) and as much fun as we've had over the summer holidays with trips here and there and guests to stay, I am starting to unravel. I can't remember when last I had a chunk of alone time. We're nearing the end of the school holidays and I feel like we are limping into the finish line.

School starts next Thursday. I can't believe my baby will be starting "big school"! By the end of September both boys will be in school full time and I will have 6 and a half hours of alone time every single day - a luxury I can hardly imagine. But for the first 7 school days Noah will only go from 1pm - 3:30pm. Then the following week he will will attend mornings only and come home for lunch. But after that he'll be going full time.

I'm looking forward to the routine and rhythm! Today the boys are visiting friends for a few hours so I'm enjoying the peace and quiet - I'll take whatever I can get right now.

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