Hustle and bustle

This week has been full of hustle and bustle. Picking up and dropping off children. Not festive related. Just run of the mill. The teens enjoy the full life and the extra interest it brings. I’ll admit to yearning for the light evenings, as I head off down narrow lanes to collect them again, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

We’ve had volunteering, carol singing, camping trip planning and further academia. Shopping trip with friend. That is just one teen. Admittedly the busiest of the three, at the moment. When her piano lesson was cancelled, this week, it gave us an unexpected break.

I’m so glad she has all these opportunities. So thankful to the wonderful people who make it possible for to follow her interests. If I can say “yes” to her, I do. None of it breaks the bank.

Oh, and yes, the “icy roads ahead” warning flashed up, on my car dashboard, a couple of these evenings. I’ve stopped jumping, when the alarm goes off, which I guess is a silver lining.

The other upside is that when we do get home, we often stand and look up at the cloudless sky to spot the star constellations. Cold equals a clear night, on the whole. It may be nippy, but we stay long enough to name as many as we can. Enjoying the moment. Precious moments, which I wish I could bottle up and keep. Tie up with a ribbon.

I hate to look ahead, but I know that times like this have an expiry date, when it comes to being a parent. The clock is counting down to a day that I’m no longer needed to ferry her around. I’ll take the hustle and bustle.

It all feels like a contrast to the start of the week, when we stood quietly in the church and spotted little wooden mice and ceramic birds, among the nativity scenes on display. Part of the Nativity Crib Festival. There were over 200 on display. There are more photos from our visit in my Sunday Photo post, if you’d like to see.

Taking the calm with the storm. I’m more than happy to do.

(See how I avoided mentioning the UK election completely …opps! Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound, here is our #dogsatpollingstations photo)

(#dogsatpollingstations – the hound was not impressed by the weather, but still executed his canine civic duty by accompanying us.)

Linking up with Anne’s Word of the week. My word(s) is “hustle and bustle”.


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10 thoughts on “Hustle and bustle

  • Friday 13 December, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I can well remember the days of driving my three boys all over the place. You are right to enjoy it while you can. They will be off on their own soon enough. I was very sad when my youngest flew the coop, but that only lasted for about 10 minutes. Now I am a very happy empty nester! 🙂

    • Monday 16 December, 2019 at 10:29 am

      I hope I’m the same! 😀

  • Friday 13 December, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    This time of year is certainly full of hustle and bustle. I’m glad that you’re enjoying that time though with your teens and I do love the idea of standing and looking up at the constellations on a wintry night. We have too much light pollution here to be able to see very much. Hope you have a lovely weekend. #WotW

    • Monday 16 December, 2019 at 10:28 am

      We have a pretty good view of the stars, but I’m always amazed when we go to one of the dark sky areas. Even more stars are visible.

  • Friday 13 December, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I think the only time you stop ferrying your kids around is when they learn to drive themselves or get a partner that drives. I was still taking my eldest girl to her night classes up until I got sick, and she was in her late 20s. Even now she’s asked My husband to pick her up from work when her shift has run late. She keeps saying she’ll learn to drive, but it’s all so expensive these days. The nativity scenes look amazing but I agree that your hound doesn’t look too impressed. x

    • Monday 16 December, 2019 at 10:17 am

      It will be interesting to see how it all pans out in the future for them. I’m taking nothing for granted.

  • Friday 13 December, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    It sounds like a busy week for you. It sounds like the cancelled piano lesson was a good thing so you could have a break.
    I have been going out into the garden to look at the stars lately. The kids think I’m mad. lol x

    • Monday 16 December, 2019 at 10:13 am

      I bet they’ll be joining you before long.

  • Friday 13 December, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Our dog wanted to go and vote for sausages 6 nights a week and chicken on a Sunday
    totally agree they grow up to quick and dont appear to need you anymore.
    Love the clear nights and the stars as well.

    • Monday 16 December, 2019 at 10:10 am

      It would be a popular canine vote.

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