Oops. Sorry about that. Things got busy, I got happier and the blog fell by the wayside somewhat. But I’m feeling the creative twitch and so…I’m back. Possibly. Let’s see how long I can keep up regular posts.
Lesson planning calls tonight so this can’t be a long one. So here’s a whistle-stop tour of what’s been happening in this house since my last post. 18 months in 18 things.
- My job got made permanent. I’m still loving it. Moving jobs was the best thing I could have done and I am still so glad every day I go in to work that I took that leap of faith.
- Bean 1 finished her Reception year, absolutely flourishing despite being one of the youngest and continues to enjoy school and show us the new things she’s been learning every day.
3. Bean 2 has turned from a toddler to a pre-schooler, soon to be a ‘schooler’. He cannot wait to start school in September and, second time around, I feel so much less anxious about it all.
4. The house that is standing is not the same one it was 18 months ago. Having decided in January 2017 we were definitely staying put, in February 2017 we decided we definitely wanted to move. We’ve been in the new house for 9 months now and it has been such a great decision. The extra space and a proper garden for the children make it all worth it. As long as we don’t think too much about the extra mortgage, that is.
5. In the spirit of ‘don’t think about the extra mortgage’, we’re currently spending most of our remaining savings on remodelling a large part of said house. And therefore living out of boxes, in an enormous mess and with a kitchen best described as ‘basic’.
6. MrHSS and I celebrated 9 years of marriage, and are looking forward to our 10th anniversary in October. Our original plans of a big holiday have been put on hold thanks to said new kitchen but then this is us all over…our honeymoon budget was spent on installing a downstairs loo instead all those years ago (and it was worth every penny!). Feel very proud that we’ve managed to make it through the ‘new baby fog’ and are still here, still together and still happy.
7. Talking of that ‘new baby fog’, we made a big decision. We are all done with babies in the HSS house. As the children get older we’ve come to the realisation that two is the perfect number for us. I’d be lying if I didn’t own up to the odd moment of brodiness but more and more I know this is definitely the right thing for us.
8. Not our own babies, but we did become godparents. People who know us – & especially MrHSS – well, generally look pretty incredulous at this. He was just glad not to burst in to flames at the altar. Sensibly our friends stuck with the simplest version of the service and we are so proud of our friends and the wonderful children they are raising.
9. Bean1 learnt to read in her head. This feels like a massive milestone to me. Books were SO important to me growing up. I love that she’s starting to discover them for herself.
10. Bean2 has discovered The Faraway Tree. With an absolute passion. Every conversation is about Rick, Beth and Franny (yes, even their names have been sanitised for the 21st century audience) and he has added the words enchanted, google buns and fiddlesticks to his constantly growing vocabulary. He has also stopped being scared of things and discovered tantrums and boundary pushing to a whole new level.
11. The Beans stopped sharing a room. When we moved, we gave them the choice of having their own rooms or staying in the same room. Bean1 was adamant – she wanted her own room. Bean2 was happy to keep sharing. After 2 weeks, Bean1 was desperate to start sharing again while Bean2 firmly refused. Whether they’re sharing or not, it’s pretty irrelevant since at some point most nights all 4 of us seem to end up in the same bed anyway.
12. I started doing more work stuff. Remember all those responsibilities I gave up? It’s been fantastic just being able to focus on my class but with Bean2 off to school, and being my own worst enemy, I couldn’t resist looking for the next challenge (why, why do I do this to myself?!). From September I’ll be a Maths Mastery Specialist Teacher. That’s pretty exciting.
13. I discovered the true joy of the Ikea creche. This may sound like a small thing. It is not. It is the freedom of a whole hour of child free time. Yes, you do have to spend it in Ikea but I can think of worse things than that.
14. We hosted Christmas. That was an undertaking. I loved it. MrHSS says “Remember how much this kitchen is costing? You don’t think we can afford to cook in it, do you? We’d better go to someone else’s this year.”
15. Bean2 saw his first real snow. Enjoyed it for a day then said ‘I’ve already played in snow.’ when we tried to encourage him out again the next day. Then saw it again a couple of weeks later. Still fun.
16. We’ve holidayed in the Peak District, France, Dorset, Bristol, Greece, Wales (multiple times), Devon and France again. I’ve rediscovered Youth Hostels from my childhood and discovered a love of camping (still trying to persuade MrHSS a full summer holiday under canvas is a great idea). We’ve stayed in bunk beds, tents, yurts, basic cottages, luxury houses and Premier Inns.
17. We got Netflix. This has been both a power for good and a horrifying insight in to what passes as children’s television nowadays. Currently reviewing our children’s Netflix viewing privileges.
18. MrHSS and I continue to realise that whilst we may now know it all about parenting babies and toddlers, all that knowledge and experience is basically worthless to us since the babies and toddlers became school children. Yes, the house is still standing. Just about. What happens next is anyone’s guess.