This time last year I was making my way around the different local schools trying to decide which one was perfect for my little Alice. I wasn’t ready to do it, she had only just turned three, but I couldn’t bury my head in the sand. For us it was a big decision.
I had the conversation of one of my friends ringing in my ears as I walked around each school. She had made a last minute decision to send her daughter to a different school, a school that was smaller and more suited to her natural personality. That she would get lost in a bigger school. This is how I felt about Alice too…
Alice is a gentle sole. Yes, she is fairly confident and will happily play and meet new people. But, she is also the first to step back when there is a crowd, she isn’t one to push herself forward. All of which are lovely qualities to have. I felt that in a larger school she would be constantly stepping back. She isn’t loud and I worry that she would go unnoticed.
So, as I walked around the schools I tried to imagine Alice there. After several back and forth chats with Andy, we decided on a school. A school we both felt was right for Alice, but a school that if she got into would mean a big change for us.
The day in April arrived and we found out that Alice had got into the school and we were both shocked and delighted. But, we also knew it wasn’t the end for us.
Because it’s a school that we are not in the catchment for and we know how lucky we were to get in. Our thoughts move to this time next year when we have to fill in the application form for Holly and of course we want her to go to the same school as Alice. Being out of catchment there is a good chance she won’t get a place.
The day we choose Alice’s school, was the day that we decided that if she got a place we would move house. It was a big decision to make, but since that day in April we have talked a lot about it. And actually the move is more than just being in the catchment area. We are moving to a lovely village that is only ten minutes from our current house, but it will give us a whole new way of life.
I will be able to walk Alice to school, the girls will be able to ride round our cul-de-sac on their bikes and scooters and I am hoping that we will over time feel part of the community. It is everything that I pictured, when I thought about being a mum and everything that I want for our family.
I am so lucky and thankful that this is happening for us…
Originally we were going to put our house on the market in January, but a few weeks ago we decided to just get on with it. Before I could blink, our house was up for sale and sold. And on the same day we sold our house, we brought a new house. It was a crazy day and we felt a bit shell shocked from it all.
But, we are so excited and it looks like we are going to be in our new home before Christmas. A home that we will stay in for many years to come and bring up our girls. It will be the home that the girls will remember from their childhood and have lots of happy memories there.
There is so much to get done and not much time to do it. But, it will be worth it when we get there.
We are ready for the next chapter in our crazy life…