I feel like we are finally finding our new normal now. The balance between life-Lily-Matt-Myself-University is starting to level out and I feel as if a level or control and organisation and it’s refreshing.
I love to be organised and I like to know what’s going on, what appointments we have and most people are aware that if it’s not booked and in my Happiness Planner, then it won’t be done! It’s like the organisation bible of our family.
My Happiness Planner is the key to my positive attitude and extreme organisation.
I’m now hoping that my eating habits will now get back to normal. With my birthday and Mother’s Day recently, I feel like I have really pigged out and ballooned with my weight. Now that they’re both over, it’s tie to knuckle down and be more in control of that again with the hope that all goes back down! With our wedding in October (eek!) feeling like it’s approaching at a million miles per hour, becoming a Mr Blobby is not what I need. Oh well, happy thoughts, self-control and think of my beautiful dress (it’s a secret right now)!
There is a part of me though that is starting to love being a working mum. Don’t get me wrong, the mornings where Lily gets upset about me leaving are still really tough and I think that will be an issue that comes and goes over the years, but I love saying that I’m a working mum. I feel a certain level of pride in that. I’m also enjoying the feeling that I am really contributing to my family in a financial sense. It’s not a lot, but it is something. Finally, I love being able to show Lily what hard work can achieve.
She has spent the past three years watching my write essays, rehearse presentations and read countless textbook to expand my knowledge and now she is getting to see the rewards from that. I’m showing her how hard work and determination can actually pay off! It has also made the time that we are all together as a family feel more precious, meaningful and I know that I seem to be appreciating them more. There’s something special about taking that rare hour or two free to go for a simple walk or coffee all together to catch up on what we’ve been up to and how we’re all doing.
One thing I loved about this week was the laugh we all had surrounding the creation of an Easter bonnet. It was the night before playgroup, we had no idea what we were doing and we just winged it. It didn’t even look that bad. In the end, Lily gave her hat to a child who didn’t know they needed one (I was very proud of this act of impromptu kindness).
Now that the clocks have changed and the days are getting lighter, I’m hoping we’ll get to enjoy some evening walks around out village after work and before bedtime. What do you all like to do to catch up and reconnect as a family?