Well school starts again at the 1st of September in Belgium, after a 2 months holiday. In Belgium they kids do have 2 months of Summer Holiday, I challenge you to overcome this with only 28 holidays from work!
Luckily for the kids the 1st of September this year falls on a Saturday, so they do start the school year with a holiday! From the 12 months in a year, I do estimate that they only have to go 8 of them to school!
When we are at work, they are most of the time with my parents, sometimes with my sister and a few day per month with my parents in law. The fact that they are more with my family than my wife's family is just because this is easier to arrange. My parents-in-law do live an half hour drive away, so it is just more practical to bring them to my family! And for sure after the first of August when the football season has started again for them! With 3 training days a week, it is almost impossible to get back from work in time and to get them there to bring them to football practice!
So what do we remember of this year's summer holiday!
Well the summer has been great in Belgium, maybe to good. We had heat waves! Twice! It didn't rain for 6 weeks, which is quite strange because normally during the summer it will rain at least once a week.
This summer we had 2 holidays. The big one was to Kos, Greece and lasted for 12 days, the small one was at the Belgian coast and did last only 4 days. I always enjoy this holidays because those are real quality time with the family!
The world cup football
Of course, Belgium did get bronze, how can we ever forget this! I am curious if we can achieve this one more time during my lifetime! I doubt it. Our last change on a trophy is probably the next European Championship! Who knows?
And of course all the quality time we did have with our kids!
Well from Monday the regular rat race start again. The school start at 8.30 but we also both have to go to work. So, we bring them around 8. And than after school there are 3 days of football practice (Monday both, Wednesday both and on Friday only Lars), which is always a hustle to get things planned!
On top of that Nyls is going to start with Taekwondo! This practices are on Tuesday and Thursday!
Why not add it to the planning :). Next Tuesday will be his first practice, we will work from there!
All of this has to be combined with studying, our work, meeting after work hours and so on...
And in the weekend the pace doesn't slow down to be honest. With 2 football games to attend, lots which do overlap so we will have to decide who goes to which one! Then the garden needs some love, the house, the cats, we try to sneak in some golf which rarely happens :(.
For sure for Nyls Monday will be a special day, he will go to the primary school for the first time. He will be again the youngest (and probably also the smallest) of the playground! But he is ready for it. He really wants to learn to read, to write and to do math. So there is not doubt that he is ready for it, the question is not: Is Nyls ready for primary school but is primary school ready for Nyls.
Lars will go to the fifth year of Primary school, and he will start to learn French. He will to count on his mom for this, because French and I are not a match!
The uneven years are always the hardest in Belgium at primary school. The uneven years is where they do learn the most and the even years are more the refinement and repetition of the things learned in the uneven years!
While I am looking forward to see them evolve once again, I am already tired from the planning nightmares which we will have each weekend when planning the next week!
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