Settled into school

She is bubbling over with excitement as we make our way to the school gates. Her eyes are bright. She’s happy and carefree. She occasionally skips or breaks into a run, all the while chatting away about this, that and the other.

We step through the gates and flashes of blue, white and red speed past. She takes my hand as we walk to her classroom cautiously making our way past big kids playing tag, netball, or simply running riot in the crisp morning air.

She beams as one of her mates calls out her name. She does an excited skip and gives them a shy wave. Another friend more than a head shorter than her rushes up to give her a massive bear hug lifting her up until only her toes are touching the ground. The two of them giggle. There’s no need for words. Their eyes say it all.

She hangs up her bag and I help her unpack. She gets distracted easily. There’s so many kids to watch and things to show me in her classroom.

We head to the assembly area to wait for the bell to ring. Sometimes she picks up a skipping rope and joins the other kids in a mad skipping frenzy, other times she sits on my lap and nestles into my chest, the shy little girl resurfacing for a few moments.

The bell rings and she blows me a kiss before filing off with her classmates – a smile on her face and a newly acquired confidence.  heart1As we make our way to the school gates, I can’t help but let Miss Five’s happiness rub off on me. For a few moments, nothing else matters. I’m calm and carefree and dropping my daughter off at school is exactly where I want to be.

I smile as I listen to her chatter, occasionally responding with a ‘really’, ‘wow’ or ‘oh my goodness’, when she pauses for a breath.

We step through the gates and I greet people with a smile and a ‘morning’, as I guide my distracted little girl to her classroom to unpack her bag and hurriedly make our way to the assembly area.

I’m eager to catch up with the other Prep mums, who are fast becoming my friends. We chat about our kids, school, work, what we’re doing on the weekend. Conversation is easy and natural and I find myself laughing – a lot.

After our kids file off to their classroom, we linger for five or so minutes to continue chatting until we remember there’s little more than five hours until pick up. We’ve been quick to learn that nothing goes faster than a school day.

heart1This is the routine we’ve settled into over the past few months since I’ve been on leave.

I’ve loved watching Miss Five find her place in the school community, form friendships and come out of her shell. The nerves and overwhelm, which marked the start of the school year, for her and I, are a distant memory.

I’m proud of us. Six months into school and we’re nailing it. Here’s to another six months of smooth sailing.

How’s the school year treating you so far? Happy to be on holidays?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

50 comments on Settled into school

  1. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    June 28, 2016 at 6:54 am (11 months ago)

    That is gorgeous. The feeling of a new challenge and a new passion is wonderful. I found this excitement lasted a long time too. If only teenagers still had such excitement.

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  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 28, 2016 at 6:54 am (11 months ago)

    Oh I’m pleased you’re both enjoying it so much. Here’s to another happy half of the year, and of course, happy holidays!

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  3. Lydia C. lee
    June 28, 2016 at 7:10 am (11 months ago)

    I’m sooooo over school, and after school activities. Busting for the holidays!Can not wait!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:48 am (11 months ago)

      Enjoy the holidays! I hope you have plenty of fun planned 🙂

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  4. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    June 28, 2016 at 7:23 am (11 months ago)

    Just loved reading this Renee. I felt like I was there with you. I remember those days so well. Gee they fly by. No more school for me – I was glad when it ended after soooo many years but I do miss quite a few things about those days. xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:48 am (11 months ago)

      Yes, well it’s early days for us I suppose. Things are sure to get more hectic, but we’re enjoying it for now xx

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  5. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    June 28, 2016 at 8:53 am (11 months ago)

    This is so sweet! It’s an adorable time. So happy your girl is loving school.

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  6. Rachel
    June 28, 2016 at 9:09 am (11 months ago)

    I can feel her excitement and happiness leaping through the computer screen :). My little girl starts big school next year, I hope she settles in as well as yours.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:49 am (11 months ago)

      I’m sure she will. It will be here before you know it 🙂

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  7. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    June 28, 2016 at 9:13 am (11 months ago)

    That’s so lovely. School should be like that. Happy and exciting. Especially for little ones.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:49 am (11 months ago)

      Let’s hope it continues that way!

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  8. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 28, 2016 at 9:31 am (11 months ago)

    So happy to read this, mine are all happy so far. And last one to start next year, I can’t believe it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:49 am (11 months ago)

      Woohoo!!! Happy days, Em 🙂

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  9. Vanessa
    June 28, 2016 at 9:34 am (11 months ago)

    Sounds like a good school if everyone is that happy 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:50 am (11 months ago)

      It’s a very small school. We chose it for that reason. Our daughter is very shy and we wanted somewhere where she would feel valued and an important part of a community, not just another kid.

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  10. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    June 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm (11 months ago)

    Gorgeous, and isn’t it the best way? Little Vick is exactly the same. School is the best thing that has ever happened to him. I can’t imagine having someone who resents it. I hope they keep that sparkle in their eye during their years of learning xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:51 am (11 months ago)

      I do too, Vicki! It’s so great when they’re leaping out of bed in the morning to go xx

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  11. Nadia
    June 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm (11 months ago)

    It sounds like you are having an idylic start to the year! How wonderful. Even better that you’re building a community among the other mothers. My mother still meets once a month with the mums she met when I was in Kindergarten… and it’s been 20 years since I left school!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:51 am (11 months ago)

      How lovely is that!!!

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  12. Josefa Pete
    June 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm (11 months ago)

    What a beautiful post Renee – sounds like both of you are loving the new school routine. We are doing well – easy to say when AJ is in grade 3 and PJ in grade 1 – but I am happy to be on holidays. I need a break from the school run – in can get the better of me sometimes, not because of the boys, simply because of the rushing, the driving, the school car park :O

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:52 am (11 months ago)

      Yes, the rush can get the better of me some days too. Our school is so tiny it doesn’t have a car park. You have to park in the surrounding streets and walk there. It’s a pretty tiny school though.

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  13. EssentiallyJess
    June 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm (11 months ago)

    This was so lovely to read Renee. I’m so glad she’s loving it. 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:52 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Jess. I hope your little one has settled in well too.

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  14. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    June 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh, so beautiful. I’m so glad both of you are settling so perfectly into school life. It’s such a charming period of time when it all goes smoothly.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:53 am (11 months ago)

      It really is. I hope it continues that way.

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  15. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    June 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm (11 months ago)

    It is super awesome when they settle into school so well and it all just works! Keep enjoying it! xoxo

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  16. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    June 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm (11 months ago)

    You’re so right – nothing goes faster than a school day when you’re a parent – the kids might disagree though!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:53 am (11 months ago)

      Lol. Yes, I’m sure they would 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:53 am (11 months ago)

      Lol. Yes, I’m sure they would 🙂

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  17. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    June 28, 2016 at 10:50 pm (11 months ago)

    I’m so glad you guys have found your groove. It gives me hope, I think I’ll be just as nervous about everything when bub starts school as she will be. Actually I’ll probably be a lot more stressed and worried than she will be.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:54 am (11 months ago)

      Well you have all of those extra allergy things to worry about. Our school is uber-vigilant with that stuff and I’m sure all other schools are too. Your girl will be fine 🙂

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  18. Zanni Hacska
    June 29, 2016 at 5:31 am (11 months ago)

    Isn’t that so great?? So happy your daughter has grown into school so comfortably! Elka loves her school too. I can’t believe how much she’s grown up this year 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:55 am (11 months ago)

      Isn’t it crazy?! I look at my big girl in bed and can’t believe she’s nearly too big for it!! Glad Elka loves school too.

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  19. Seana Smith
    June 29, 2016 at 7:59 am (11 months ago)

    It’s so very satisfying, exciting and reassuring to see our kids be fine on their own, to know we’ve been part of helping them achieve that. I love seeing mine grow uop (not all the teenage stuff though!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 13, 2016 at 8:58 am (11 months ago)

      The teenage stuff slightly terrifies me 🙂

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  20. Bec Senyard
    June 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm (11 months ago)

    Sounds just like my Esther. She loves Prep and the first two terms have gone quite fast. I love the mums at our school and can’t wait till we catch up with them again. It’s lovely to watch our daughters make friends and interact at school. Loved reading this post Renee. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 13, 2016 at 8:58 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Bec. I’m glad Esther and you are both settling into school as well x

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  21. Denyse Whelan Blogs
    June 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm (11 months ago)

    This post made me smile all the way through it Renee! What a wonderful first 6 months of school. Your daughter sounds absolutely delightful!

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  22. Tonia Zemek
    July 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm (11 months ago)

    Just checked in to see how your leave was going and it sounds like it’s going swimmingly. So pleased for you and your little Miss 5. Have a nice weekend. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 13, 2016 at 8:59 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Tonia. Yes, leave is going very well thanks 🙂

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  23. Kathy
    July 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm (11 months ago)

    Lovely to hear she’s settled in so well and glad you are enjoying the time so much. It really is a precious time you’re getting with her and there’s nothing quite like the joy of a giggly little school girl.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 13, 2016 at 8:59 am (11 months ago)

      That’s right 🙂 Hopefully she continues to enjoy it!

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  24. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    July 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm (11 months ago)

    So happy to hear it’s going swimmingly. I know this feeling – seeing my tornadoes settled and happy at school makes me incredibly happy too! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 13, 2016 at 9:00 am (11 months ago)

      It really makes a difference! x

      Reply

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