I know, I know, it’s more than half way through February. It only seems like a moment ago we were all in that post-Christmas, beginning-of-January lull where things are quiet and you have the whole year stretched ahead of you. I’m not sure how we’re a half-term through school already. Anyway, I’m here today with the Monthly Voice for January; here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month and some things that I’ve been loving…
And just like that, four seasons have been and gone and our little one is another year older.
Five – a whole handful! She is very proud to show people how ‘many’ she is with a thrust of her palm. I’d forgotten what it was like to be little and to feel so excited to be another year older. Bailey has been looking forward to being five for a good few months now. As soon as Christmas had been and gone, she was on to the next highlight of the year… her birthday.
All parents everywhere know how challenging the school run can be. It has the power to turn the most sensible and reasonable grown-up into a quivering mess. What is it about those first few hours of the day? They bewitch us and we end up barking one syllable words over and over again at our children…”SHOES!” “TEETH!” “COAT!”
Honestly, if anyone saw me in the morning trying to hustle Bailey out the door, there is no way they would think I was an advocate for slow living.
I am convinced that time is actually faster for those early morning hours. Every day, without fail, minutes seem to disappear.
When your family is spread around the world it can’t help but alter what being together feels like. Once or maybe twice a year, if we are lucky, do we all get to exist under the same roof for a day or two, and back in July we had a whole week of family time.
Even though July’s vacation seems a long time ago, the memories are lasting, and I still carry the essence of our time together. I hope when Winter comes, and the sun seems far away, I will be able to close my eyes and transport myself back to our Summer in France. If not, I have this to remind me…
Stories from France…
Thanks for all your well wishes about starting school. So far, so good.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I thought I would share some of the wonderful things Bailey has said over the last three months or so – life through the eyes of a four and a half year old.
Her language is still punctuated by ‘4 year old talk’, she mispronounces things, or gets the tense wrong. Or she’ll use words or phrases that are beyond her years, which instantly makes them funny. Best of all though, is the little glimpse we get into her imagination and sense of humour. The way she gets lost in her creative play is something else, and it is quite magical to be around.
Here is the world according to Bailey….