Hello Internet friends… so, I said I wouldn’t cry. Hmmm… sniff sniff. Well, I did cry (sob) and then it passed and I went out to lunch with my girlfriends and drank wine and all was right with the world again.
The big girl has started grade 5 at a new school and the baby girl has started prep. Poor old Will has been overshadowed by his sisters — but we all can’t have our important moments at the same time, and he’s taken it just fine.
In a lot of ways I have marked the start of the school year as the beginning of the year – so Happy New Year. For the last two years (or so), Dave has been a stay at home dad as my business was just getting to a point of ‘busyness’ that something had to give, and we didn’t want it to be the kids. So he has been home, helping me, helping them, and generally being a fab guy. We share pick-ups and home stuff, and it all works really well. And now, we have three at school, and he and I are ready to take on the world between 9 and 3.30pm.
The first thing we have put in place is a rotating fortnightly schedule (based loosely on Tamara Lackey’s weekly plan that some of you may have come across). We spent a few hours putting it together and it will be organic and flexible, however for now, to say we are the most organised we have ever been is an understatement. It incorporates my shooting days, allocated time for business development, processing, marketing and other fab business things. We have the kid’s extra activities, our gym time, who is picking up who and when – you name it, it’s scheduled and it feels fantastic. Already, we are finding more time then we had before! I highly recommend it
Here are our beauties starting school. Their three different personalities demonstrated so well in this pic!
And then a bit of extended love for the baby of the family on her first day of big school – complete with crazy hair and left over Australia Day tattoo on her arm. x