Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been?
Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been using #mysundayphoto to revisit some of the highlights of the last year. After a stressful year it’s has been nice to look at the good times we’ve had.
This week we are off to the woods.
Way back in January the boys and I took a trip to a local woods that I have frequented since I was a toddler. It is a lovely woods that has changed a lot over the years but is still a firm favourite of mine and now my family.
The above picture was taken of the boys whilst they were sitting on a carved seat. The woods are a managed woods and trees are periodically cut down and every now and then you come across a stub where it has been deliberately left and carved into a seat. Oliver in particular loved coming across these and climbing on them and pretending he was king of the castle.
Over the next last few Sundays of 2017 I am going to be using the #mysundayphoto posts to have a look back over our last year as a family.
We’ve had quite a stressful year and it is nice to be able to look back on the fun times we’ve had and the exciting events that have taken place in that time, such as the birth of our third son, George.
Starting us off is a trip to Disneyland
Back in the Summer we were lucky enough to get to go to Disneyland Paris for a few days with the rest of our family. In fact I posted a #mysundayphoto of our time there.
The above photo was taken in the Inventions Restaurant that is located within the Disneyland Hotel. We booked a character meal for the boys as we weren’t too sure how they would react seeing them within the crowded environment of the park, we needn’t have worried on that front.
The meal was a fantastic idea and time though as the boys really got to interact with five different characters from the Disney family. As you can see in the above photo of Oliver Mickey Mouse was one of those characters, along with Pluto, Donald Duck, Tigger and Eyore.
We would thoroughly recommend a character meal if you can stretch your budget, because although on the expensive side it was fully worth the money we paid.
This morning Oliver will start in Reception at his new school and I am left wondering where the last four years have gone?
I can remember quiet clearly bringing Oliver home from the hospital and thinking how he had his whole life ahead of him.
Well now he is making his start on that journey within his life and taking his first full steps into independence from myself and his mum. Oliver has had a great start to this year whilst at his pre-prep nursery, thanks to the set up within the nursery due to its Montessori grounding. As a result Oliver is well grounded in proper lessons and can count comfortably to twenty and above when he puts his mind to it.
However we still have a worry about how Oliver will settle as he can be quite nervous in new situations.
Whatever happens I know that he will try his best and make us proud as he always have done.
Yesterday Oliver went on his first ever school trip to a local Farm and it’s got me thinking at how he is now growing up.
The thing is I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I can vividly remember him being born and bringing him home from the hospital and now he is venturing off on adventures with his pre-prep school.
When I went to pick him up from the school yesterday afternoon he was full of the excitement of spending the day with his teachers and friends and everything they had done at the farm, including seeing a Sheep race, and I am pleased that he is growing up and becoming independent. However inside there is a part of me that realises that this is the start of a long journey that eventually leads to him moving out and getting a place of his own.
Now I realise that, that is a long way off but it did dawn on me, as he was telling me all about his day, that he was starting to move away from being almost completely dependant on myself or Keighley.
Oliver starts Primary School in September and so I know that during his time there he will be having more day trips out and also trips out to friends houses and also trips out with friends. I also know that this is part of growing up and that every child and parent go through it. There is part of me though that has been taken by surprise by the speed it’s happened. As I said at the beginning of this post I can vividly remember Oliver being born and bringing him home from the hospital and also those first few days however over the last few months he has grown in confidence and character and now in experiences beyond Mum and Dad.
There is a huge part of me that is looking forward to what the next few months brings in terms of Oliver’s development but there is also a small part that is sad to see that development.
As of this week Oliver is now a school boy of sorts as he starts in the local nursery.
Obviously this is a huge step for both him and us as parents as it means he is growing up and fast.
Over the last weekend I got thinking about how time has flown past from the day he came into this world to now where we are taking him to nursery and he is taking his first steps at independance from us his parents. I was amazed at how old it made me feel as a result.
As he takes these steps we are obviously still teaching Leo the basics like how to walk and talk etc so it is nice to be able to spend some time with just him but I know I will now also need to carve time out for just Daddy and Oliver time.