Jessica’s birthday at the beginning of September always feels like the big transition point in the year. Somehow the change in seasons always feels more acute in September than at any other time. Maybe it is the change in the weather as summer ends and autumn starts – a change that always brings a feeling of sadness that another beautiful summer has come to an end. Maybe it is the realisation of the passing of time and how quickly my babies are growing up. Maybe it is just having to go back to normality and everyday routines once again.
September also marks the start of one of hubby’s busier periods at work. After enjoying so much family time together over the summer, it always takes some time to get used to hubby having to be away so often with work and not always back home for the weekends. With Jessica having started school, there is also the adjustment to not having her home so much in the day. Family time together at the weekend has become even more precious.
Some of the best family moments are those when we are all focused on a particular activity together. We took part in a community fundraising day earlier this month, where we got to build a scarecrow together. The girls had so much fun selecting the outfits for the scarecrow and helping stuff her with straw. We also had a fun morning getting in a festive mood and baking gingerbread hearts for a Christmassy photoshoot. This shot was an unofficial one taken on my camera!
These family moments are always the highlight of September for me – little moments that help carry me through when I find myself struggling to adjust to the changes that this month always brings. It’s not until the end of the month that I really find I start to settle into autumn routines and find my balance once again.