Well today's the day they're finally all back at school or college
Nick and Lou walked off together this morning - the big brother escorting his little sister on her first day at his school - no bickering either - long may it last! They did laugh at posing for this somewhat staged picture
Sarah of course, having left secondary school, has been making her own way in the grown up world of 6th Form College since Monday.
We did have a minor glitch on Monday - she went in all hyped up to start the hard work of AS levels and was allowed home at lunchtime as there was only one lesson timetabled for her because of tutor meetings, assemblies etc - a bit of an anti-climax compounded by the fact that she managed to lose her timetable from her back jeans pocket between college and meeting me in the centre of town - oh dear! Floods of tears, major panic and a quick drive back to college for her to log onto the intranet and copy it down again to rectify this - problems are seldom insurmountable.
The week has got better - she loves PE; Geography and Biology will be fine and Chemistry is going to be jolly hard work but definitely doable. The thing she's finding the most strange is calling all her lecturers by their first names.
She's made lots of new friends, signed up for any sport imaginable that fits in with her timetable and generally had a ball so far.
You can see from this picture of all three of them before they set off this morning that they're all raring to go - long may it continue.
For the first time ever going right back to when Sarah started in Reception class all those years ago this long anticipated day of peace for me feels unexpectedly very odd - I seem to be rattling round a bit like a pea in a drum. Partly I think because I can't seem to concentrate on anything meaty on the stitching front and I really do not want to go and clear out the fridge which is really the most pressing job on the household list - closely followed by tidying my sewing area as the worksurfaces are fast becoming a distant memory!
I shan't have time to think about all this tomorrow as the men arrive first thing in the morning to complete the front drive - hurray!
I have managed a little crafty stuff
I quilted and finished off this little wallhanging I started ages ago and sent it off to a friend in need of a lift