Goodbye September


September went by in a whirr.  The last thing I remember was getting T ready for the first day of school and now the first month is gone.  Pfft, just like that.

She’s well settled now.  To be fair, we didn’t have any problems with her settling in. It was different of course when she was in reception and even parts of year 1.  My husband and I are really pleased that year 2 seems to be working out really well for her, in spite having a new teacher.  All is definitely well.


Little T has also started with ballet and is loving it.  She’s pleased with her pink leotards although she did wonder if she could have a different colour.  When I queried it with her teacher, she said that their students are required to wear regulation leotards, not wanting to offend, we decided to just get them from the ballet school.


After the closure of T’s gymnastics club in Bodmin and then following her announcement of early retirement and then coming out of it, we were a bit worried that we wouldn’t find a new club within reasonable driving distance from where we live. I’m glad my husband persevered in looking for another one.  Luckily for us, the North Devon Gymnastics Club decided to open up a pilot class in Bude where it’s nearer to us.  Since they are still new in the place (their main club is in Bideford), they don’t really have much equipment yet, I’m hoping that will change soon.  And since it’s nearby, close friends of T’s from her school have decided to join in with her.


Admittedly, T didn’t practice her cello over the summer break in spite her teacher giving her some exercises.  I guess it’s because I wanted her to enjoy her summer break more.  But I’m glad to say she’s back in the groove and is practicing as much as she can.


I’m glad to say she’s still doing well.  To be fair though, she went to swim club over the summer-break, so she didn’t really get much of a break from swimming which is good, because she hasn’t lost her momentum.  Her coach is really pleased with her progress, especially since little T had a bit of a trust issue with her.

Yes, we are all settled and definitely back in our school routine.

Our word of the week is routine.

What’s yours?

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  1. It feels good to get back in to the groove and have a bit of routine doesn’t it? It sounds like have a very busy week with all of the extra activities! I’d love my little girl to go to dancing or gymnastic but there is nothing close by and we don’t drive so it’s difficult!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂 #WotW
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    • I’m just glad that we did find a gymnastics club closer to us, same with her ballet. Have a lovely weekend too 🙂

  2. Great blog post!
    Cannot believe how you fit that many activities in a week.

    I go to uni and work part time, and it’s sucking out all of my time already.

    Anyways, lovely blog!

    • Thank you! Well her cello lessons happens in school, so it isn’t really an after school activity 🙂

    • She certainly is enjoying all the activities and actually wanted to add more, but it’s just too much already. x

    • She just started this year. She wanted to do ballet after she announced that she was “retiring” from gymnastics and then changed her mind. Now she wants to do both. Kids!

  3. wow, that is a lot of activities, I can’t imagine how you juggle it all, amazing! Definately suddenly with more things happening September has whizzed by X #WOTW

    • She wanted to actually add more, but we told her that she has too many on her plate already.

    • My daughter was the same when she started reception. It took her awhile to settle in too. Don’t worry, I’m sure your son will get there 🙂

  4. It is nice to be back in a routine. Especially with after school clubs. September has flashed past. I’m still catching up with people after the holidays and now its October. #wotw
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  5. I think your daughter has a perfect routine to develop physically and emotionally as music will encourage her to be more creative and expressive. I will follow your example when I have children 🙂 x

    • Oh that’s lovely! T is also making loads of friends, not to mention friends from school also decided to join her at her gym club.

  6. I can’t believe we are in October already – where is there year going? We haven’t got much of a routine at the minute as we are about to move house and everything feels like it is all over the place – I am hoping we get settled at the move. Cello sounds so wonderful – I hope that Boo wants to learn a musical instrument when she is a little older
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    • Good luck on the move. We moved into our new house last May and still have a few rooms to do up.

  7. What a great routine you have, it sounds like you are back in the swing of it all and enjoying life. My eldest does a lot of sport and yet the youngest three are yet to find something that they love. My girls did go to ballet for a while but they didn’t enjoy it and I think it’s something we might come back to later on instead. xx
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    • Did they start so young? Yes, maybe when they are older. T only started this year and she’s six and is loving it. She started with gymnastics earlier (at 4) but is still definitely enjoying it. x

  8. I love a good routine and I know it’s not the same but it is even helping to train my new puppy! Great to see that the kids do so much and such a variety of activities too, wish my parents could have let me do the same 🙂
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    • It’s maddening sometimes, isn’t it? But the important thing is that they are all loving and enjoying their after school activities.

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