Wednesday 10 October 2012

Life with four school children

Yes, all four are in full-time education now.  Sophie, who 18 months ago would not let me leave the room has taken to school in a magnificent way.  She loves it, it has ignited something in her, and she is on the go constantly, amazing us with her speech, observations and zest for life.  In fact she is slightly sad at weekends when she can't go to school!!  What a turn around, and I am so proud that she has done all this in her own time, without coercion. 

They had to go dressed as a Roald Dahl character  the other day, who better to go as than "Sophie" from the BFG! 
Ethan went as the BFG and I made him is own Sophie doll to make him a giant.  However, he will not let me post a picture of him dressed up, and I respect that.
Luke has had his hair cut, in accordance with his new school's policy.  How grown up he now looks.  

Life with four children out the house has been "interesting".  I have been keeping busy, such as creating some Scooby Doo characters...

...preparing more wool for spinning, in order to fulfill another custom order...
...making brooches to sell at a Guild stall in November...

...making felted soap using the wonderful soap from Michelle over at Handmade Haven.
But I find it so difficult to get motivated.  I seem so much more productive when I have people around me.  I guess I haven't had this emptiness or "me" time to this degree for the last 14 years, and it will take some getting used to.  The frustrating thing is that I can't get down to the allotment in all this nice weather we have had due to injuring my knee a month ago, and still not being able to kneel down. 

Still finding the joy in the world around us though.  Just look at this web that spanned the double driveway and garden the other morning!! 
Wishing you all a wonderful autumn, and those adjusting to a new rythym, I know exactly how you feel!!


  1. Hi Claire,
    Just been having a catch up with your blog. Hope you're adjusting to your child free days. I sometimes wonder how I'll adjust when the kids get older. Home educating 4 children fills my days now, not sure how I'll ever adjust to not having toys and kids around. Anyway that's many years away!
    I love the scooby doo toys you've knitted. Very cute.

  2. It will soon be half term then you can get your 'family fix'. xxx

  3. I can't imagine how strange it feels! A whole new chapter for you. :) xxx

  4. For the first time in 18 and a half years I am all alone during the day too. It feels unatural to me LOL.

  5. I love the Scooby Doo characters Claire, and the soaps. You've been keeping busy :) Hope half term comes round quickly! xxx (And what a web! I'd be worried about going out there lol)

  6. I remember how free I felt when all 3 of my kids were finally in school.. not long later I was asked to take a very exciting job as the executive director of a new non-profit working to restore a historic landmark.. I kind of wish I'd had more years of just being a mom before I started working. Enjoy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. I love the brooches and the Scooby Doo characters :) It'll soon be half term and you can all be together again x x

  8. Glad that Sophie has taken to school so enthusiastically.
    Love the brooches and Scooby Doo characters.
    Hope your knee is soon better and you can use your extra time to enjoy yourself at the allotment.
    Carol xx


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