Halfway through September and it seems as good a time as any to look back at the plans I made at the beginning of the month and see how they’re faring so far. At the start of the month I was all rejuvenated with possibility and motivation and the promise of a new stationery purchase (new stationery does that to me). But now the notebooks have been scribbled in and the mid-week wine ban is being supremely tested by those Back to School tired tantrums, how are things?
Well, let me see.
I planned to make more videos. That’s going quite well. In fact – cue: effortless segway into some shameless YouTube promotion – I’ve actually just finished my first ever Day In The Life video if you fancy a watch? I’ve always shuddered from doing these in the past as I couldn’t quite fathom how you’re meant to live your life all while filming it at the same time. The thought of dealing with a toddler meltdown with one hand and holding a camera in the other made me feel queasy. But I actually really enjoyed making this video and it’s inspired me to do one of these a month, along with one weekend one too (alongside some more chatty videos).
Anyway, what do you think?
In other news, we have a very exciting trip planned for 2017 which I can finally share on the blog. We’re GOING TO PARIS! Woohoo! But – wait for it – we’re GOING TO PARIS KID FREE!!!
Yes, oh my goodness, I am beside myself with the excitement of it. Three whole nights in Paris without any children. I mean, obviously I love my kids and all, but MAN we’re ready for a couple’s break just the two of us. We’re staying with the NLM’s cousin who works in Paris as a teacher (teacher genes run in the family) while my parents look after the girls. It’s not until early May so we have plenty of time to get planning. If you have any Parisian recommendations do share!
On a similar note, I’m also rather excited about our first meal out together as a couple in over two years (yes, you read that right) tomorrow night. We’re going out for dinner to celebrate the NLM’s birthday (the Paris thing was his birthday present by the way, which is why I couldn’t say anything before – not that he reads the blog, but you never know). I’ll be blogging all about it next week as I’m working with a really cool company who’ve helped us find a babysitter for the evening – this company is like the Fairy Godmother for all housebound parents in need of a date night. Seriously.
Workwise, we’ve recently launched a brand new service over at Roost offering content solutions to brands and publications in the interiors sector. Pamela (who has a beautiful blog of her own – you should check it out if you love pretty homes) is now helping me edit the site and we have some other plans for 2017 which are pretty exciting too.
Over the summer I think I got bogged down in comparison syndrome and bothering about what everyone around me was doing. I’ve welcomed the hustle and bustle of September and the focus of a routine to force me to keep my blinkers on and just knuckle down. And it’s paying off with new work commissions and projects doing the things that I love. Win.
Frog’s settled in really well back at school, which is a relief after the tears we’ve had over the past couple of years. She’s always enjoyed school but hated the transition from home to school. I’d often leave her wailing in the classroom, which was a horribly stressful way to start the day for all of us. But we seem to have cracked the worst of the school separation anxiety (fingers crossed) and that’s a joy to see. Took us bloody long enough.
Baby Girl – who will be two soon OH MY GOODNESS – is thriving in her new routine and doesn’t seem to mind her sister being back at school. The pair of them really enjoy the weekends when they get to run circles around us together and generally create carnage at every possibility. PS. Aren’t toddlers FUN?! (Said with a mild hint of sarcasm.)
And I think that’s it. Oh – actually – there’s a new workout class I’ve been going to that involves bouncing up and down on a trampoline for an hour. But that really deserves a whole post of it’s own.
How’s life for you lately? What have you been up to?