Back to School – Whyyyyyyy???

It’s Monday… again…

It’s before 7am, and I am up… again… in the dark, faffing around and getting ready for work, preparing the kids things for school…

Did I really have a week off?

You may recall my post last week about what I had planned during our half term. If not you can check it out here!

There was not much R and R involved in the eventual plans for the week, what with kids having plenty planned, and driving up to my folks, then birthday things going on.

It all went to plan.

The car cost me an arm – rather than an arm and a leg – due to finding a great company that picked up the car, and dropped it back to us, with a service and MOT done in the middle.

The kid’s sleepover was great too – I just love seeing their cheeky faces when they have an opportunity to act all grown up, and they pushed the sleep time, but I was just glad they had fun,

The trip to Pops and Mum was short but sweet. We spent time together, popped out for lunch and shopping, and spent a wonderful evening watching old cine films again! They had found reels containing footage from when I was born, to my first steps, dancing (Lil Princess wanted to know why the 11 month old me was “twerking”! Try explaining the huge butt, thanks to a terry towelling nappy, and the baby bounce that all babies do, when they don’t have the ability to move on their feet too much, but want to enjoy the music!) in my own way, to my first trio to see family in Kenya. It was precious to see me with my maternal grandparents, and my Pops’s brother, all who aren’t with us any more.

I managed to film a couple of clips on my phone for you to share with me!

Here is me with my special style of crawling!

And here are those first steps!

I didn’t get much rest though, as I spent the first night chatting to my parents until late, and the second on the phone to my bestie until the wee hours. It was a much needed catch up, and many sage words of advice were spoken, making me feel a bit better about all sorts of things.

Back to reality (as in home) meant we were getting prepared for the Saturday night birthday treat for Lil Princess. It was a concert by The Little Mix Experience, a tribute band of her favourite group at the moment, Little Mix. It was a lovely evening, and I shall post in more detail about that tomorrow!

Yesterday was spent getting ready for today… Bleurgh!

I don’t want to go back to school!

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Actually, that isn’t entirely true. I am happy to be going back to a little routine. And I am not in as much of a funk as I was in January. Yesterday, I dyed my hair – Goodbye greys! – and beautified myself!

I’m feeling more positive, and more ME!

So here’s to a good new term, full of fun and craziness at home too, when the in laws go to India, and I have extra childcare to juggle, on top of usual mum/wife/ teacher duties… argh!

Happy Monday Peeps! Have a great week!!!


53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WeeklyPaige
    May 01, 2018 @ 06:52:54

    I loved this blog Ritu! Can someone please check out my blog it would honestly make my day!!

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  3. syl65
    Feb 21, 2018 @ 01:38:40

    I hope the first week back isn’t too exhausting Sister!

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  4. Tony Burgess
    Feb 20, 2018 @ 01:18:38

    Have a terrific week my friend. Enjoy the journey of the days ahead.

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  5. joey
    Feb 20, 2018 @ 00:53:19

    I had my hair partially un-grayed last week, phew! 🙂 I always feel better, but the truth is, I can’t wait til it’s all silvery and I can stop!
    I know just what you mean about a week gone too fast and wishing for a little downtime before the back-to-it time. It’s a bank holiday here, and my whole family was home chillin while I worked a 10 hour day :/ Oh that was hard. Hard!
    I hope your schedule suits you this week.
    Loved the videos – you are such a doll!

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    • Ritu
      Feb 20, 2018 @ 06:47:41

      Aw thank you Joey!
      We started back to school with an inset day, the kids go back today, with a vengeance!
      I’d love to go grey gracefully, but at the moment, I just don’t feel quite ready!!!
      Have a good day!



  6. fancypaperblog
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 21:40:56

    Firsr day back over🙂 we got through it!!

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  7. Corina
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 20:18:20

    I don’t work and is a holiday here in the US. But Mondays have that “quality” about them wherever we are. It snowed yesterday and it’s frigid out. I normally would not have to go out today but I have to take my daughter her key as I fed her cats for her while she was out of town. So I am procrastinating but I should go do it because it’s getting colder in a couple of hours and may well snow again!

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  8. Diana Frajman
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 19:55:56

    I feel your back to work pain Ritu. Cheer up you are now one day closer to the weekend 😁

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  9. HemasSphere
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 19:33:01

    Loved the description and the video.
    I am relatively new to blogging and love it when I come across such work.
    Pls visit my blog. I am 3 posts old here. I am working on a series. Would be pleased by your visit.

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  10. Erika Kind
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 19:28:55

    Have a great week too, sis, and thanks for sharing sweet little Ritu with us 😍

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  11. scr4pl80
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 18:01:47

    How nice that you have those videos and what a great thing it is to be able to catch some on your phone as well! Aren’t heart to hearts with the bff the best! I know I feel wonderful after mine. We have a holiday (President’s Day) today so no school, mail or banks. I am off today and tomorrow too! Happy Monday to you. Thanks for sharing little you.

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  12. Gloria
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 16:41:58

    Wow I love the videos! Such a little cutie! That is so lovely to have Ritu! It seems you had a lovely week though, even if you didn’t get much rest! The mornings will soon be bright too, which makes getting up early a little bit easier.

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  13. Dan Antion
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 15:41:04

    I love that second cartoon 🙂

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  14. Charli Mills
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 15:34:04

    You were so cute, toddling about and I enjoyed hearing you and your family googling over the film. Perhaps not much R&R, but sounds like a great week off catching up and experiencing life.

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  15. foodzesty
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 15:08:28

    OMG your adorable!! Ritu 🙂

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  16. pranabaxom
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 14:52:41

    That crawling was a good prep for belly dancing before 45😊

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  17. Shivangi
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 14:34:03

    Such cute videos Ritu❤️

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  18. willowdot21
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 13:12:26

    Have a good week Hun 💜💝💖💜

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  19. Carol
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 09:02:46

    What a cute baby you were and love the shuffle crawl 🙂

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  20. Osyth
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 08:35:42

    Delightful! I wish you a trouble free half term with much merriment and little stress (As little as possible at least)

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  21. Judith Barrow
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 08:28:47

    Oh, it did!! Lovely sideways shuffle.x

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  22. Judith Barrow
    Feb 19, 2018 @ 07:40:30

    Loved the ‘crawling’ video, Ritu. the walking one is unavailable… aw!! What a busy time you’ve had! My half term starts this morning and I am so thrilled to have time to write!! That’s besides the housework, catching up with friends, walking with Hubby after his op, childminding grandaughter. Oops… seems the week’s planned out. Hope I have time to write!!

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