The getting up at 7.15 am. Making packed lunches the night before and ironing uniform - sorting the pe bag out too. Making sure we had breakfast, teeth brushed and managed to get out of the door on time and all with a toddler in tow!
The best thing about the Christmas Holidays was, of course, the lazy mornings. The 'not rushing around' and pyjama days.
We had an extra relaxing holiday period this time as Katie had an operation on her toes just before the children broke up from school. This ensured we stayed at home as much as possible to rest her toes and meant we missed out on the chaotic rushing around that we usually do at this time of year. Result!
Katie has been bombarded by friends visiting, which has been lovely for her. She has held court in her bedroom demanding snacks and drinks and generally having a whale of a time! Joseph, however, has been bored stupid. I think the technical term is 'cabin fever'.
We have tried taking him out, but obviously this has not happened as much as we wanted due to the weather. It rained a bit - did you know? On the plus side, his beloved Saturday football sessions continued throughout the festive period.
Not only did he win player of the week on 22 December (which meant he had the trophy for the Christmas week) but he found out that he had won his age group's football tournament on the 29 December. He took his player of the week trophy back that morning and came home with a medal and certificate to keep!
Needless to say, he was itching to get back to school to show his teacher and friends, but even more since he came home from football this week with the player of the week trophy again !!
So there we are. One day into the new term and I have a footballing star back at school, a toddler in bed ("my tired Antee Mandee") and a very, very happy Katie with red nail varnish on her toes!
I wonder what exciting things 2013 will throw our way. Apart from Daddy on the Edge turning 40 of course.... !