After 2 weeks in the house, nearly 3, we are getting used to things here and it isn’t all ‘so new’ anymore. Although the timing of the move was not per the original plan, it worked out ok to have these ‘dog days’ of summer as a transition time. This zone between coming home from Pennsic and the start of school is always an odd time for us, why not pile on with moving. My time hop is treating me to our final weeks of summer from years past and we usually do something but I think we are all ok with the laid back no-plan plan we are doing.
Even with no-plan, we still do stuff. One can not stay in a house with 3 kids 24/7 and remain sane. We have gone to a few playgrounds, played with the new neighbors, library visit, Menards every other day – the usual. Niamh has leveled up to Mothers Helper and has spent a few nice little chunks of time being the playmate for a 2-year-old while mom gets time to get something done. She can’t stay solo with them yet but there isn’t a stay at home parent out there that couldn’t use someone to occupy the kid(s) for a few hours so they can focus. For me, it is great to have something special for her to do, to make her feel in charge in a time when there are so many things she can’t honestly effect.
Big milestone, the first for the house; Fiona can now bike. The story of her no training wheels journey is longer then her sisters and in the end, she blamed me for holding her up (literally, like holding the bike) when just the week before she freaked if I let go. I don’t care what changed but I knew that if she just focused on it she would get it. The first week in the house she decided that she would do it and I would watch and in less than an afternoon she was done. The amazing part is that she now wants to ride every day, as often as possible. She goes out alone (I can see her from the windows) and rides in circles in the dead end about a million times with side trips up and down the driveway. Niamh and Zoe were inspired by her and they all bike now way more than ever and even devised a few synchronized biking shows for me and they are more impressive than I was expecting. Yesterday Lars got home from training and he and I walked the dog and all 3 kids rode bikes and we had our first real family walk in the quiet little neighborhood we moved into.
Otherwise, we are mostly keeping to ourselves. I am looking at the month ahead with activities and trips and visitors and school starting Tuesday and my campaign and looking at this time as my opportunity to connect the family to this house. I’m looking forward to getting back to my workouts and meetings and going out with friends and having people over but quiet is good for now too.