This week has taken on a somewhat slower pace than last week. After a lovely cycle trip with friends at the weekend, we had a quiet Sunday.
I had a couple of meetings this week for a new project I'm working on. I'm feeling excited and creative about it but more on that soon.
Isabella has had a couple of playdates and while we were with friends on Monday I began to feel unwell. I had something of a Summer cold and Tuesday was terrible. Isabella and Joshua are both fighting off illness too so there must be something going round. The weather being all over the place has not helped.
In between, I got quite a lot done for the Kindergarten with a lot of help from Nico too. It feels good to finally be able to dedicate a bit more time to the staff there while I'm not working. And of course it is all for the kids.
We got a bit done around the house but not as much as last week and there is still lots to do. I'll be cracking on with that this weekend because the next couple of weeks are full off day trips, events and our trip to England!
As usual, the big advantage of our holidays is having the time and energy to nag Nico into doing things get more done around the house. We got a lot done in the first week and especially nice was having some quality time with the children.
As far as jobs around the house go, this was my favourite. Unfortunately we haven't had the right weather to make the most of them yet but hopefully, we will. The lights were bought last year and we haven't had time to put them up since Summer arrived so I do hope it's not over already. In previous years we have sat out on Nico's birthday but this year it did nothing but rain.
The lights provide a lovely atmosphere and aren't too bright. They make the terrace a much more inviting space. It really feels like things are coming together around here again.
Last week we took the kids out of daycare to travel to Bremen and take them on their first boat tour. We were lucky to have glorious weather that day and a lovely breeze from the river. We took water and snacks and had a wonderful family day out.
Sometimes, it's easy to forget that you don't have to go far to get that holiday feeling. I love these day trips and I hope we'll manage a few more. This one is still one of my favourite memories from last Summer.
I wasn't sure how the kids would react but they both loved it. They sat and looked for a while and then they ran around and played a bit but all within limits and they were not a bit of trouble. Isabella was very proud to tell her Grandma all about it on the telephone. She loved spotting other ships and some of the industrial areas, especially the 'broken down pirate ships'. They both slept well afterwards too!
For me, it was a sign that we can do more with the kids and it's wonderful to enter this new stage as a family where we can do more and the kids are a little more independent.