A few heartfelt words as we begin a new daycare season…
We’re back!! Yesterday, after being on holiday for two long, glorious months, my boys headed back to school, and the Hooligans returned!
Several of last year’s hooligans have headed off to Kindergarten, so there are slightly fewer children here as we start up our season, and, and so far they’re all girls! We’ll likely have a few more hooligans hop on board throughout the season, but for now, it’s lovely to transition back into the swing of things with a smaller group.
We took things nice and slow yesterday. I didn’t have any structured activities set out, although I have some planned for later in the week. On our first day back, I simply wanted to allow the hooligans to re-familiarize themselves with their surroundings and with each other.
We started off in our yard, spending some time around the pond, observing how the fish and plants had changed and grown over the summer, and of course the kids explored our playhouse & sandbox, the play logs and tire-swing.
Then we set off on our adventure, heading first to our neighbour’s pond and garden where we found her herbs in abundance. We plucked basil and mint leaves and crushed them in our hands to release their wonderful fragrances.
Next we wandered down to the street to the Jumpy Rock. This is a favourite, little spot for us. We’ve spent countless hours at this rock over the years, jumping, climbing, sitting, chatting, pretending, or simply resting and relaxing. We never miss an opportunity to stop here when we’re out trekking around.
Then we headed into “the meadow”, a span of green-space behind some of the houses on our street. Another neighbour has offered us an open-invitation to visit her cow, and enjoy a ride on her garden swing whenever we’re out and about.
It was an absolutely delicious way to spend our first morning back together, and a profound reminder of how much I enjoy this job of mine. I truly consider myself blessed to be spending my days with these amazing little people. They force me to slow down, and live in the moment, to experience life at a child’s pace, and see the world through a fresh set of eyes. There is wonder all around us; something new and magical in everything we discover, and it’s right there in front of us every day. I am so grateful that I have these little people to remind me of that.
Welcome back followers, and welcome back HOOLIGANS! I’m so looking forward to our year ahead together!