Sunday, August 17, 2014

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School started this week, and we're right back to our routines already. I like it this way. I enjoy summer break and the leisurely days too, but I feel more comfortable with places to go and things to do. Our school situation is unusual in that we also homeschool, in addition to mornings spent in a traditional classroom setting. Afternoons are for homeschool, a couple of hours each day. They're adjusting. This is the GB's first year - she is in kindergarten - and it seems okay so far. The first afternoon was hard - she was really tired. We'd had extra time at school that day while she was given a reading assessment, then we needed to buy her new dancewear (she'd outgrown her leotard and slippers). She's tired in the afternoons but she's sleeping like a log at night. I remember the LB doing the same thing. It's a big change from preschool. But it will be okay; I've been blessed with very adaptable children.

It was a week of changeable weather. It rained on the first day of school. A storm came in around lunchtime and stayed all afternoon. We worked together indoors. I lit a new candle while cooking dinner. Two nights later, on Friday, I was making popcorn on the stove for the Bear and me (it's our Friday-night-relaxation treat) when a huge storm developed. There was vivid lightning and very loud thunder. We had to unplug the computers and TV. We listened to the radio while we ate our popcorn and watched the lightning. We've had beautiful sunsets lately, the mountain lighting up pink and red on clear evenings. I can feel the change of seasons in the air - the sun is setting earlier and the mornings are cooler. A few trees are starting to change. It's still very warm during the day but it feels like fall is just around the corner.

We celebrated the Bear's birthday this weekend, with dinner at an Italian restaurant and then back home again for homemade tiramisu. He asks me to make it most years. It's deceptively easy to make. We gave him some shirts and a book, along with candy. He didn't want much this year so we had fun with simple things for him. We have a school friend's birthday party to attend later today; she and her toddler sister are celebrating their birthdays together. I crocheted a little hat for each of them this weekend for gifts. I used the Autumn hat pattern from The Green Dragonfly blog for the hats, modifying one to be a bit smaller. It's such a quick and easy little pattern and it makes an adorable hat, perfect for cool weather. I'm so glad to be able to make gifts as needed.

I feel good about our return to routines and our new life with two kids in school. There will be bumps, but we've got this. They're growing up and life is changing a little bit. I know they're enjoying themselves, along with adjusting to the newness. I don't have new plans for myself; I like what I do and I think it's important. I'm right where I need to be, and they are too. I think we're going to have a really good year.

47 comments:

  1. It's good to get back to routine and I'm sure you'll all settle down really soon.

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  2. Life with you sounds blissful right now. I'm envying you your warm days, it's not quite warm enough here at the moment, I could do with a bit more heat before the end of the summer. I love the feather print and the greens and blues in the first photo, they're beautiful. I hope you guys have a good week and that the children are enjoying school. CJ xx

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  3. I also prefer routine in life - it gives stability...
    Love your photos - such a beautiful bird feeding/drinking dish you have in your garden !!
    I wish those yankee candles were sold here as well - I've heard so much about them, but have never had the chance to try them...

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  4. A lovely post reminding me of when our lives revolved around the school year. Those first days back at school when we all had to get back into a routine. Sounds so familiar xx

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  5. Like you, I enjoy the routine that school brings. My littlest started school last year and it was odd to have nobody at home after eleven years! There's definitely a change in the air here as well and it seems a little too soon.

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  6. Enjoy the new school year together and a very happy belated birthday to the Bear!
    V x

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  7. It's good to be in a routine. I like having things to do and places to be! Such a pretty floral arrangement in the blue pitcher! I don't think I have ever been so ready for fall and cooler weather, as I am this year. Your soup looks good. That's one of my favorite fall foods! And Happy Birthday to your husband... the tiramisu looks delicious!

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  8. Sounds like you have all settled back well. Tiredness is to be expected I think. It's just the change of rhythm in your days. The tiramisu looks lovely. Bee xx

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  9. Love your photos as always - the colors are so vivid despite the darkening of the evening.

    I'm glad things are calming down and becoming orderly again for you, with the coming of fall and the beginning of the school year. I'm sure you'll all have a really good year too.

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  10. September always seemed to me to be like a new year beginning. I loved the summer with my kids but I always enjoyed getting back into a routine again. The first few weeks were always a little tough though! We would be all a little tired and cranky till we got our hours straight! Good luck this week.

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  11. I do so love your posts and photos. Bright and joyful and about life as it is.
    Anne xx

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  12. Love the touch of cobalt blue in your photos today, Jennifer. You could teach me so much about photography! Life with children is full of changes, isn't it? Best of luck with the new routine this year, especially to the Little Bear.
    PS Adore that bright dish with the little birdies on it! (I want what she's got) :)

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  13. I think your kids are flexible because they see you and your hubby adapt with ease. I always get a sense of calm when I visit you here, and I have a feeling that your home often has that same feeling. Another great post!

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  14. I love a change up ever now and then but I must admit a good routine helps me feel balanced and calm.
    As always your blog photos are gorgeous and full of meaning your blog content is rich with life well lived.

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  15. Great pace of post and life in general. I am ready for my little one to go to school in September, I feel fine about it we are all ready for a change. Lovely pictures Jen. Jo x

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  16. As always some beautiful pictures, the seasons are slowly changing her too, there is a nip in the air in the morning and at night. The children will soon get over the tiredness and settle into their new routine.

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  17. It is our second week at school and like you, we are settling into our usual routine nicely. My little ones sleep like logs, too. Unfortunately, it wears off after two or three weeks of school..... Enjoy the warm weather and beautiful sunsets! x

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  18. Oh Jennifer, lovely moments from your week!! Beautiful photos, especially the first.
    Happy Birthday to your Bear! Hugs :D

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  19. Thank you so much for picking my card as one your winners from the teddies challenge, it is such an honour.
    Thank you for all your hard work in making the challenge so successful, it's a shame that the challenge is ending but I can totally understand your reasons and wish you all the best.
    Sue xx Obat aborsi

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  20. I'm all for routines, though I do enjoy the slower pace of school holidays too. It will be all change when Eleanor returns to school in a couple of weeks with her starting sixth form, I'll be changing my routine too I suppose as she'll be at home at different times, I'll be fitting in with her.

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  21. I like what you said about being where you want to be. That's wonderful. My older daughter is starting school in two week's time and we're worried how she'll cope physically. Hopefully she'll have a good start to the school year as yours have. Enjoy your week.x

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  22. Hey Jennifer,
    Your final thoughts have struck a chord with me today, as I potter in between administering to Pops, who took a tumble from the rocks yesterday. I enjoy my role, but need to reassure myself from time to time that there is no need to listen to the oughts and shoulds that can get the better of me. Your life over the water reminds me of that. You are such a lovely Mum, and your family life reflects this in so many ways.
    And the light in your photographs is really gorgeous - you can see the pinky hues reflected from your mountain I think.
    Have a lovely week, Jennifer.
    Leanne xx

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  23. What beautifully clear air you must have - your outdoor photos sparkle with it. Rain is so precious, isn't it? Hard to resist taking photos of it on leaves. :)

    You are indeed exactly where you ought to be. Enjoy the transition back to school time, and I hope that GB's adjustment will go smoothly. Anything that makes them sleep hard is a good thing! Happy birthday to your Bear.

    I love the art in the first two photos.

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  24. Apologies for my absence of late, but we've been on holiday and Violet's still got 2 and a bit weeks left of the school holidays.
    Happy Birthday to Bear - that Tiramisu looks yummy.
    Hope you're all keep well.
    Jill x

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  25. It's good to get back into routines again isn't it? Our schools go back tomorrow after 7 weeks holiday. There is a definite seasonal change here too, I have also been lighting my candles in the evenings now. That tiramisu looks gorgeous, happy birthday to the Bear.
    Marianne x

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  26. Settling into routines again is very comforting. This fall will feel a bit different for you with GB at school in the mornings. I'm not surprised to hear she was so tired. It's a big adjustment!

    We have the same hints of the changing season here too. I love the lead up to fall almost as much as the season itself.

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  27. Yes, here too summer is slipping into autumn. But I'm as much an autumnophile as I am a pluviophile so I really don't mind these greyer damper days, just so long as the sun shines sometimes!

    Beautiful images of your contented family life Jennifer :)

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  28. I love routines - I always have. I'm the sort of person who wakes up thinking "Oh, it's Monday - swimming today".

    Happy birthday to your hubby. :o)

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  29. Autumn arriving early here too, though the children won't go back to school for another 2 weeks. I'm sorry I'm behind with reading and commenting, but I've enjoyed catching up in a spare few minutes this evening. Enjoy your return to your satisfying routine. :)

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  30. Settling into a school routine after summer break is tough on kids - it'll take a few weeks. What is that pot of yummyness cooking on your stove...the one with all the veggies?

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  31. It's your positive take on change that the children pick up on, making them adaptable and flexible. I love the tiramisu birthday cake! I think we might adopt that idea, it's one of my favourites! J x

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  32. They do grow up and usually kids adapt much faster than adults. We started back to school today, Little Buddy had a grand time in his preschool class. Now I have to get used to driving him to and from school while working, yikes always something to adapt to.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  33. Sounds like you have it all back to normal, great group of photos.

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  34. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your super duper husband! How nice you know how to make tiramasu! Our 2 little grandsons start school next Monday. We're all excited. We arrived home last afternoon and I spent way too much time putting up a blog post.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  35. You sound very content and happy and that is exactly what is important. Not what anyone else thinks you should be doing. I'm finally figuring that out for myself. So glad all seems to be falling I to place for the new year.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  36. I think you are going to have a really great year too! And that is because of who you are and your beliefs. I feel proud to know you as you show what is possible as a parent. There is so much beauty happening all around you and I loved reading the part about popcorn and the storm! Cozy moments are the best! Happy week to you Jennifer! Nicole xo

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  37. I discovered you via BoboBun's blog... such interesting posts you write, and I am in love with that gorgeous blue patterned bowl on here, is it for the birds? Great photos too.

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  38. great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna


    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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  39. oh kindergarten.. that is a quite a milestone.. D will be there soon, I can hardly believe he is starting pre- school this year.
    Happy Birthday to Bear!
    that bowl with birds and the feather painting are both beautiful.
    we are having a mix of weather too.. we start the day in hoodies and end in tanks tops and shorts.

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  40. Happy Birthday to Bear! I am sure that it was a good one - I hope! I imagine that you are wondering where time has gone now that both children are at school, I hope that they are both enjoying it and that you are enjoying it as well. xx

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  41. Aw, your posts always make me smile. :) I haven't been by in a few days. I've been experiencing a lot of discomfort these last few weeks of pregnancy. I'm so happy I came by! The start of a new school year, I can only imagine how busy you are. We have started a routine of preschool learning/activities here at home with our daughter. I hope you have a beautiful week with your family.

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  42. Aaah, life sounds good for you right now Jennifer, I hope your routine settles down comfortably soon and that you have a fab new year! Your pictures are beautiful by the way, love that sunset... I'm a bit obsessed by clounds snd sky at the moment! x

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  43. Life sounds so good, I really hope you do have a great year. It's a time of newness and adjustment, but it sounds like you've got it covered. x

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  44. A very Happy Birthday to your hubby, Jennifer! That tiramisu looks delicious! May your son and daughter have a fantastic and fun school year!!

    Poppy

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  45. My youngest started school this year too :) He is adjusting well, except this week he got hand, foot, and mouth from someone at school and has been miserable. The doctor told me I cold take him back to school on Monday and he's happy to go back to school again. I'm glad that things are going well with your family, transition can be hard, but it sounds like you're doing a great job.

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  46. Routines are good, I do know what you mean. I think it must be even harder for you Jennifer as your summer break is so much longer than hours! I feel like this summer has gone quickly for us, but it was only a 5 week break (normally 6-7). I didn't have much time off work, but when I did have time off we made the most of it. We've just had a birthday too, I have a 7 year old boy in the house now! Eeek. I think you do so well with the homeschooling. We find it difficult around here to do homework, but we have to make a big effort to get through it. It's not compulsory homework, but we always like to do some and if they don't supply homework, we do something ourselves. I really hope the small Bears have a great school year!

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  47. wishing you a wonderful school year xxx

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