#MicroblogMonday – Summer’s over, back to the grind

Summer’s over, August is almost over and we are almost three quarter’s of the way through 2018. WHERE has this year gone!? Seriously.

Tadbit turned 3 (much) earlier this year. She’s funny, stubborn, independent, sweet and everything rolled into one bundle of energy. Mr Siili often remarks/asks if this is what I was like at this age. I don’t know whether to laugh or groan. We chopped her hair off in June. We are all much happier about it. For Tadbit, she hated hated hated having her hair brushed. I disliked the fight over brushing hair. And she’s pretty cute with her short hair. Even if many others thought she was a boy because of her short hair and non-pink clothes. Whatever.

Paxlet is 5 and soon to be a teen on Thursday. Some days…it seems like all we do is fight. I know I was like this with my mom around this age. Pay back is a bitch sometimes. Paxlet started preschool/kindergarten. (Yes, kids don’t start 1st grade until the year they turn 7.) He loves it! I have no worries that he will do just fine in school.

Do you remember my multiple posts the last couple of years about my kids not speaking in English and would they ever learn to speak English? It has finally happened!!! You all saw that coming, didn’t you?
We visited my family in the US in May and the kids’ language skills have just exploded! Paxlet had started to speak a bit to me in English before the trip, but during and after, he mostly speaks to me in English. He has even switched from Finnish to English, mid-sentence when he realizes he is speaking to me and not Mr Siili. There are some words he’s not sure of, but if he asks about them or says them in Finnish, I’ll repeat them or make sure to use them in my reply. Tadbit uses English now, but still a lot of Finnish also. What’s funny/cute is that she throws in Finnish words while she is talking to me as if she hasn’t switched languages at all. We’re not sure she notices the differences between the two languages fully. I love that my kids are speaking more English. And relieved my fears have been proved wrong.

I’m still doing Parkrun. I ran a new personal best this last Saturday of 32:44. That beat my old time by 2 minutes! I give credit to my running partner. She helped me keep a steady pace and to not walk even when I would have, if I had been on my own. My goal is to run 50 parkruns before October 2019. I don’t think it will be that difficult to do 29 more runs in a little over a year.
I’ll will also start an 8 week FitCamp program next week. I’m aiming to lose a couple of kilos and hopefully learn something new about nutrition that I can use in my daily life. I feel like I am slowly getting some of me back!

This summer was a hot hot one! By hot, I mean it was over 26C (78,8F) and many days closer to 30C (86F) for over 50 days. The last time it was remotely this hot for this long was in the 1940s. It was a humid too. We all just about died. LOL. I enjoyed it as much as I could, but I was more comfortable when it was closer to 20C (70F) again. Fall is definitely on its way. The mornings need a jacket and afternoons only a t-shirt.

As summer is over, we’re all back at work, daycare or school. This year is the first that our kids are going to two different places in the morning. Tadbit has a new daycare lady, which is 1km (0,6mi) away (compared to the 2 minute walk we had previous years). And Paxlet’s school is right in the middle of that distance. We’re finding a new rhythm to mornings and afternoons. I’ve also started working 6 hours days instead of 5 hours, which is taking time for me to get used to also.

How was your summer? Is life treating you well?

MicroblogMonday For more microposts, go visit Mel’s post at Stirrup Queens.

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3 thoughts on “#MicroblogMonday – Summer’s over, back to the grind

  1. First off, I love that you gave Tidlet a pixie cut. It sounds like its been good all around plus it’s clear you’re refusing to allow outside perspectives influence that good that has come. Considering I’ve seen too many people allow the fear about mistaken gender inhibit doing this, I just have to say “Bravo!”

    I’m completely in awe of how kids pick up language. Given I’ve been relearning Spanish, they are so much more comfortable with experimentation and diving into communication that most adults. It’s so fascinating as it makes me reassess how I’m learning (I get nervous about conversation, but it’s clear that’s how I learn best too). Looking forward to hearing about how your kids continue to develop as bilingual learners.

  2. I’m from NZ, and can completely understand that at those temperatures, you “all just about died!” I was like that last summer too. And I’m a bit nervous about this summer, as we’ve had a pretty mild winter too. It’s weird to see spring flowers start to arrive when we haven’t had too many freezing days.

    I love the news of the kids’ language skills. Living next door to me at one stage was a German dad, Spanish mother, and Kiwi kids. Little Alex (about 4-5) would speak German to his dad, Spanish to his mum, and English to us or the children he played with. What a gift to grow up so comfortable in other languages. What a gift you have given your children.

  3. I was thinking the same thing this week…WHERE has the time gone? I feel like the year just started but here we are marching quickly into the last part of the year. Once school starts times just flies until Christmas it seems.
    So glad to hear your children are showing more signs of being bilingual. That is such an amazing thing to be able to teach your kids and will really benefit them the older they get.

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