All of a sudden, without any idea how it happened, this year that has only just started, and started horribly, has almost stumbled to the end, and I’m not sure HOW it’s November and I haven’t quite got used to writing 2015 on things yet. My house smells of lemsip, olbas oil and vanilla candles that are adding an air of cosiness to fight off the glooms, and the kids are spending most evenings colouring things in and asking me to display their ‘artwork’ all over the walls.
We’ve just got past the first half term break of both my kids being in school – and we are all more exhausted now than we were before the holiday, and I think perhaps we needed an actual holiday! Instead we had a couple of days out, cleared out even MORE of the things that surround us in our little house, and napped a lot.
Both boys are doing fantastically in school – this is the best year for Jellybean so far, and he’s learning as much about himself as he is about all his favourite topics. Midget Gem has settled in well and is doing very well, and seems popular, but is tired a lot and can be fairly hard work in the evenings at times!
I am feeling the change of the season, and would rather like to hibernate for a few weeks until everything stops being so gloomy. Clock change always seems to mean that everything gets done in the dark, and that can be draining.
The gloominess does tend to make me feel miserable, and it’s tempting to wallow in it – but that’s not very helpful, so instead I’ve bought new wall lamps, bright lampshades, and lots of crafty activities to spend time with the kids making home feel more cosy and colourful, to make a space that keeps us smiling.
If, however, anyone has some spare tickets to sunnier climes and fancies whisking us away for a while for some genuine vitamin D , feel free to offer!
I was sent the new Def Leppard album last week, and that’s taken me back to being a grungy teenager, and if you like cheesy 90s rock, I strongly suggest you go and buy a copy; there’s nothing like the music from your youth to put a smile on your face! When all my friends at school were into Take That and Boyzone, I was a die hard Def Leppard fan, and it turns out my taste hasn’t got any less cheesy since!
Right now it’s almost time to collect two grouchy boys from school in the fog, and an evening of comfort food, cuddles and Disney is the plan to let all of us have a bit of down time and relaxation – and hopefully none of us (myself included) will have a tantrum!