It's been the end of an era in our house today. For the first time in nearly nine years I have no children around and the house is quiet and still. Little Pickle (2 1/2) has started going to nursery for three mornings a week.
( All set to go, with 'Beer' and 'Muzzie')
Because of the small age gaps between my children (the biggest is 27 months!) I have not been child free for a long long time. As soon as one child was ready for nursery, there was always a new baby to take their place - but not now.
With three at school and one just starting nursery, I find myself with all this delicious time to do the things that I want to do and with the ability to do them uninterrupted - hooray! I have even taken the plunge and signed up for a dressmaking course at our local fabric shop - something I have wanted to do for a long time. Being a self- taught knitter, sewer and crocheter, I thought it was about time someone showed me how to do it 'properly' rather than me making it up as I go along! I also plan to start attacking the 'Projects I want to do' list that seems to get longer with each day..
It's bitter-sweet though, this passing of an age. While I look forward to all the things that I can do, it makes me a little sad that there will be no more babies and that my 'babies' are all growing up. Ah well, it had to stop sometime I guess :(
... At least I got this to hang on my wall!
(I must add for those who may be slightly perturbed by the name of Little Pickle's bear, that we are not a family of very heavy drinkers, but that 'beer' is Dutch for bear, and that 'Daddy Long Legs' - ie. my husband, is indeed, Dutch. It has made for some funny moments though - but will tell you those later!)