Back to School, Back to Reality….

My little ice-cream eating princess and Barbie fan Caitlin is back to school today, having started year one in school.

I managed not to sob at the school gate as she trotted in all grown up and apprehensive. Her brother has not stopped asking when he’s starting reception (Thursday) and is asking this on repeat approximately every 5 minutes.

back to school - Caitlin enjoying ice cream at Frankie & Bennys

I’m in that “where did the last six weeks go?” mood when I know we must have done something but I can’t remember what – other than the raft of usual favourites (pizza, beaches, fair rides, you get the drift).

I am feeling a little ‘mummy guilt’ that we did not up sticks and go to Bluestone Wales, Centreparcs, Disney World, anywhere in Spain but the cost of a UK holiday, let alone a foreign one, is becoming almost prohibitive.

It is difficult sometimes to avoid the inevitable school gate competition for the most exotic holiday (ooh look, there we all are in Dubai, Malaysia, kayaking up the Congo) but I tell myself that our time will come – not least when I finally get around to updating my passport to my married name (how much!!!!)

In the meantime, Ieuan and I are reliving Buzz Lightyear’s film highlights and I’m trying to introduce him to a foodstuff other than peanut butter. If only his food motto was “To infinity and beyond”!

How did your back to school go?

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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I put off changing my name on my passport til it was due to expire, didn't see the point.

Good luck with reception Ieuan, and ignore mummy when she cries at Toy Story 3.