Last day of the spring school holidays and Kate has just 6 weeks to go before she has finished her high school years.
Can you believe it, my little girl.
But of course that means exams will happen in that time too.
In fact each member of the family whether they are here or away at uni have a pretty intense time ahead
with work deadlines, exams and markets.
This is the time when my running lists of to dos becomes my most important tool plus my calendar
so I know who is doing what and when,
so that I remember to send an encouraging good luck message before an exam
and a follow up phone call to find out how it all went.
My lists help me break down each dolly order into small manageable steps,
so I can make the most use of each little or large block of time.
My lists help me keep on top of household stuff like feeding the family, paying bills
because it is so easy to let it all slide and then get into a bit of a mess.
I actually have a brand new note pad to use for this busy time.
I like to break my working year up into user friendly blocks of 6 weeks
with 4 weeks off over Christmas and set goals based around that time frame.
I don't need to think any further ahead than that, it just gets overwhelming.
It seems to be a time frame that works well for families and households too and I have a notepad for each six week block.
They are not just lists but doodles and sketches and dolly ideas, knitting patterns I dream up,
gift ideas and books I want to read, movies to see.
You know the kind of stuff,
my note pads of stuff.
So today I will open my new notepad.
I will begin my lists and I will start to get organised for the final push, helping to get my family through this last exhausting phase of their working year so that we still have time for plenty of laughs
and we are all well fed and cared for
and we will be ready to move smoothly
into that most magical time of
Advent and summer and freedom.