I love these little stinkers... and I can't believe in 5 short days we start the next phase of life. Francie will be going to KINDERGARTEN!
We've had 5.9 years of a non-scheduled, sleep in, what should we do today life. I wasn't working much for the first 3-4 years and our days consisted of meeting friends for lunch, going to park playdates, lunch dates with Dad, hanging out with Jannie and some days never leaving the house. Francie and Maisie went everywhere with me everyday and we never really had anywhere we had to be.
Then when I opened Bumble life got a little crazier - but thanks to a flexible Dad and our amazing Emmy - the girls still get to enjoy that laid back life. Mornings rolling out of bed for breakfast, playing in the morning sun windows, making forts outside in their PJ's (some days never getting out of those PJs!) and never having to be anywhere. They walk downtown for a change of scenery and meet their gang of neighbors at the park.
Francie and Maisie started preschool near our house last year and we got in a little more of a routine. But there was no tardy bell and we'd leisurely walk, bike or get up to school on our own sweet time. Sometimes we called no school days and they'd just hang out with Emmy and their sisters all day.
Weekends we don't schedule anything except family events and sometimes a BBQ with friends - but usually informal. We don't have TV, we don't really do birthday parties, we don't have activities besides swim lessons once a week at home. The girls get lots of "dirt and sunshine" and learn how to make some fun with each other, whether they like it or not ;) I want to hold on to this for as long as I can!!
So is this all going to change next week when we start the next tens of years of SCHOOL?! I know I am naive to even think it won't... but Heff and I have been trying to figure out how to keep a simple, non-scheduled, non-overly-activities life! Is it possible?!
So Kinder is kicking us into the next chapter of our life... we are so excited for Francie to start her big kid book. We are going to do our best to keep up our unscheduled life and raise girls who get to enjoy a childhood that's not rushed (I loved this article about banishing "hurry up" from your vocabulary as a parent) but I am nervous as we get closer to the start of a school bell and tardy slips and afterschool activities, I'm sure I'll check back and look at this in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years and think what a crazy person I was to think this... but I'm sure going to try!