Yesterday Lucas went back to school and we officially reached the end of our summer holidays. He went back through those classroom doors without a backward glance and just like that we are back into our ‘normal’ routine. Part of me is relieved to get back to it, I find I get so much more done in the day when it’s just me and the twins. I tend eat better and do more exercise, I’m more productive and last night I slept better than I have all holidays! September always feels like a fresh start to me and I was ready to get back to that but I still wasn’t quite sure I wanted to trade in our family time, if I could have had one more week with us all at home I’d have taken it. The summer seemed to go so quick.
This year was extra special, we could do so much more that we haven’t been able to manage to do before. We didn’t use the pushchair once, we can throw everything in one bag and head out for the day, we can eat in a restaurant without needing highchairs – so many little things that make it easier for us to get out and about. Don’t get me wrong it is still a mission to get everyone out the house but it is nowhere near as stressful as it was. It’s hard to remember the days when the twins were really tiny but I remember that first summer after they were born we tried to go out to a local farm near us and it was a complete disaster. Everything that could have gone wrong did and I remember thinking at the time that it won’t always be that way, that at some point we”ll be able to do things without it feeling like the most monumental task. And it has, it is here and we can do it.
We crammed a lot in over the summer and I thought I’d share a few photos of things we did that didn’t quite make it onto the blog. There are a few from our camping trip and Liverpool stay and then some from a day at New Brighton and a few from our favourite local park. There was so much more we did and I didn’t photograph everything as sometimes it was just nice to switch off but when I looked back through these there was a lot to make me smile.
As much as I wish life could be like this all the time these days wouldn’t be as special if it was. The beauty of the holidays lie in the lazy mornings, the spontaneous ice cream trips, late nights in the garden and being able to say yes to the movie night. If we could do these thing all the time then they wouldn’t be the same. That’s what makes the holidays so precious – the times we can say yes and be the fun parents. We can make those memories I hope they remember when they are older. I want them to say to each other, ‘hey, remember that summer that we went camping’ and then laugh at the things we got up to.
I’m usually so ready for Autumn, I love this time of year, but this time round I am really sorry to say goodbye to the summer – it’s been a good one.