The summer holidays are over. The last week of the school break was spent decluttering, cleaning and tidying. My husband was away for work, and the children watched a movie each morning. The house looks fabulous. Comparatively, of course.
More to the point, I think the reorganising we've done will help keep the family going in a logical and tidy way.
The main stimulus for this orgy of organising was the visit of my uncle and aunt. We don't see them often, but love to catch up. They stayed with us on Saturday night, and we hosted a family dinner for our local relatives. It was great. Dinner for 15, and it all went well. Lovely to talk and share pictures and memories.
On the last day of the children's school holidays, we visited the Zoo. I haven't been there for a few years now, and was very impressed with the improvements they've made. In fact, we joined as members so will be visiting again soon.
I have fallen behind in my obligations to Simplify Your Life. I was overwhelmed by the idea of making a family mission statement... and panicked. I still haven't done a mission statement, but believe I have clarified more in my mind our goals.
So for the next month the goals I will be working on are
* keeping the new school stuff organisation system going.
* trying out one new recipe a week.
* making time to make things EVERY day.
* participate in #talknt on twitter each week.
Not in this list but still worth noting because we do them and they are good;
* menu planning and shopping with a list.
* seeing family.
* enjoying the outdoors.
School has been back for two days now - the children are enjoying it, and have shown no reluctance to go. It's great!