Another academic year is over. Oldest is now more than halfway through primary school, his younger brother has two years under his belt and youngest starts at nursery in September. Where has the time gone and how did all this happen?
It feels like we’ve limped over the proverbial finish line. Everyone is exhausted and, to be honest, I think we were ready for the summer break about a month ago. The recent hot weather hasn’t helped – not that I’m knocking it, mind. Please come back, sunshine.
Six weeks lie ahead. Like most parents, I have mixed feelings about them. To use some project management terms from my old job, they’re both an opportunity and a threat! The best thing to do, therefore, is to make a rough plan. So here are my summer goals.
Relax and de-stress
The top priority is for everyone to relax as much as possible. Things have been really stressful of late. The last few weeks of school and the usual problems that self-employed folk experience have kept us on our toes.
I have an appointment with a cardiologist too. Yay! It’s not likely to be anything to worry about, but it’s playing on my mind a little, so I want to take it easy as much as possible.
Enjoy lots of family time
It feels like we hardly see the boys these days. Similarly, youngest will be with her new friends at nursery twice a week come September, so I’m really looking forward to some decent family time.
We have a week on the Isle of Wight to look forward to, as well as a handful of days out so it’ll be lovely to enjoy each some quality time.
Get some work done
Being my own boss, I have to be flexible and prepared to work whenever opportunities arise. The bills won’t pay themselves, after all!
It’s important to keep things ticking over too so, even though things will be quieter, I’ll still be publishing posts and attempting to be funny on social media.
Sort out our house
We’ve tried to move house twice only to be thwarted by changing circumstances. Here’s to third time lucky! I’ve been self-employed for almost three years so am reaching the stage where mortgage providers won’t necessarily laugh at me.
With that in mind, we need to do all the odd jobs around the house and garden to make the place irresistible to potential buyers.
My first goal was about reducing stress, so I’m already questioning the wisdom of this one. But youngest has shown signs of being amenable to potty training and it would save so much money if we could get her out of nappies.
It’s high time too. So here’s to six weeks of cajoling, bribery and hoping that the washing machine doesn’t go on strike.
So those are my summer goals. What are yours?