This summer is all about getting ready for school. We’ve bought school uniform, books, PE kit and we’ve been to the library to learn about Roald Dahl for a project next term. Whilst we are making the most of the last few weeks we’ve all got together before September, we’re also very aware of the importance of being ready and relaxed about Libby’s first day.
The one thing we hadn’t purchased was a school bag. Libby has a lovely miniature suitcase that she’s been taking to nursery for over a year, but I felt that it was a bit heavy for school, especially as she’ll be having to carry it upstairs. So we chose this gorgeous Joules Girls Floral Cat Rucksack from the Kid’s Bags collection by House of Fraser. I love the fact that whilst it’s clearly a child’s bag, it’s also grown-up enough for her to want to use it for a couple of years. It is really well made from resilient fabric too, so I’m confident it will last her for a good while. It’s also cute as a button with the cat design and the lovely floral background. There is a handy pocket inside, and another pocket on the front. Libby has been using it as her swimming bag so far, and the front pocket has been perfect for keeping her glasses safe.
Libby had a lovely lunch box and drinking bottle for her birthday, and Lia has been particularly envious of it whenever we’ve had a picnic. So we decided to get Lia a lunch box of her own. After all, Libby will go off to school with her lunch every day, so it will be nice for Lia to have a few picnics of her own. We went for this cute Minnie Mouse Disney lunchbag, complete with carrying handle. It keeps food nice and cool as well, so it will be perfect for a picnic when we’re out for the whole day.
The final thing we chose from House of Fraser was this gorgeous Floral Dress for Lia. Everything has been very much about Libby in the run up to her starting school. Whilst everything we’ve purchased has been to serve a purpose, it doesn’t change the fact that lots of parcels have been arriving for her and nothing for Lia.
But when she saw the dress, all was forgiven. Lia is in the throws of potty training at the moment. She’s only just getting used to wearing pants so she’s not leaving the house without a nappy, but it is quite an achievement for her. So she was really pleased when we gave her this dress and said it was because she was doing so well with her potty training. The dress is such a gorgeous quality and shape, and the pattern on it is lovely and bright. I think if I were to purchase another, I would go for a larger size. This is an 18 months to 2 years, and Lia is a small two year old and will have grown out of it by the end of the summer. But for now, she is proud as punch of her new outfit.