Kids

Growing and Changing

I have been struck this evening by the fact that the kids are growing up so fast, and that life is changing for us all.

 

This evening was Leo’s “leavers’ disco” at school and it was the beginning of the transition from Primary to Secondary school for him.  He has 3 weeks left at Primary school, and I know that he is ready to move on to Secondary.  Next week he has his introductory visit, the following week is the (leavers’) school production and the week after, leavers’ assembly.  I am so immensely proud of the young man that Leo is growing into.  He is polite, considerate and thoughtful, as well as being self-motivated and well-read.  He and little Jack-Jack (now 4) have an amazing relationship and are closer than close.  I can’t believe that from September he will be taking himself to and from school.  This time 11 years ago I was still pregnant.

 

On Wednesday at nursery, I was handed a letter.  It was inviting me/us to a “Leavers’ BBQ” in a couple of weeks.  This is a very difficult time for me – that cannot be over-emphasised.  All of the children have been to the same (wonderful) nursery, starting with Leo in 2005.  Even more difficult, at the same time I was handed a letter inviting us to Jack’s Sports Day which is the following Wednesday; silly me – school and nursery are in different LA areas and Jack breaks up when we are on holiday.  I can’t believe that we are going to miss Jack’s last Sports Day, I am so disappointed.

 

Jack has now had 3 visits to school and seems to have enjoyed them.  So in September I will be dropping him off “properly” for the first time at “big school”.  Only 4 years ago he was still a little baby in my arms.

 

Anyway, I’ll stop there before I electrocute myself crying into the keyboard!

Such a big boy

Jack – Such a big boy

All grown up!

Leo – All grown up!

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Back to the wild!!

Me and Archie had been “dabbling” in campfires in the garden and had successfully made 2 fires over which we toasted marshmallows (the rest of the kids also participated in our 2nd attempt). So now it was time to try something a bit more “substantial”.

After school on Monday whilst Leo was at judo, the rest of us collected twigs and dead leaves from under trees near the school. Then we cooked sausages for the kids tea, followed by toasted giant marshmallows.

The kids want to do it every week!!!

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SWYFC Football Tournament

Yesterday was the kids’ club’s football tournament. They were only doing age groups up to u10s, so Leo didn’t get to play.

Sadly, Archie’s team didn’t win any games. Jamie’s team won one, lost one and drew three. It was a bright sunny day but with a strong, cold wind. Brrr!

I’ve added a picture of Arch playing (number 9) and one of Archie’s team with the Reading FC mascot, Kingsley the lion…

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Educating Archie

So, home education! Not something I ever thought I’d be doing. But things were getting bad at school for Archie and it kind of crept up on me…so I jumped in with both feet and he’s been at home for about 5 weeks now.

I have to say that I love home ed so far. And this is considering that Archie is not the easiest child to motivate! I am finding out more and more about what makes him tick. And he is so much happier. We have done so many cool things; trips, making things, finding out about things….and I am learning as well (bonus).

I have attached some pics of his trip to Windsor castle yesterday with Nana and Grandpa.

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Snow Day! (part 1, no doubt!)

Luckily for us, the kids’ school decided not to open at 8.20am even though it had only just started snowing.  I made the executive decision to keep Jack at home from nursery (5 miles through snowy back roads did NOT appeal), so it’s officially a Snow Day!

I took the doggies for a walk at 9am…by the time we got back, their footprints were already disappearing into the snow (we were out for about 20 minues!)…

Sniff sniff sniff

Sniff sniff sniff

Investigating!!!!

Investigating!!!!

Snow dawg!

Snow dawg!

Only an inch or so at this point (9.20am)

Only an inch or so at this point (9.20am)

It looks like Dave is being sent home from work.  He’s meant to have a gig tonight, but the roads around here are becoming impassable, so unless it stops snowing now, I can’t see him being able to get there…

We are planning to head out into the snow after lunch.  Bets on how long the kids will last?……..

Meanwhile, Leo and Jamie were meant to be going to Daddy’s this weekend and the boys had football matches scheduled for tomorrow……….not gonna happen!

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A Morning with Aunty Soph and Uncle Dave

Monkey eyes up a cookie!

Monkey eyes up a cookie!

After “cousins” had gone to school and nursery, Dave and I took Ciaran out for the morning.  We went to Starbucks for hot chocolate and a cookie, then to Uncle Dave’s drum shop, where Ciaran had a lot of fun looking at all of the drums, cymbals and percussion.

Waffle and hot chocolate

Waffle and hot chocolate

Ciaran liked this sparkly drum kit

Ciaran liked this sparkly drum kit

Ciaran trying out an electronic kit

Ciaran trying out an electronic kit

Ciaran put the metronome on on this electronic kit and was able to exactly match the beat – it was VERY impressive :o)

Checking things out

Checking things out

Lots of bits and bobs (DrumWright is about to move premises, so there are lots of boxes about).

Lots of bits and bobs (DrumWright is about to move premises, so there are lots of boxes about).

 

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Cousins take 2!

So last night, the “Watkii” introduced cousin Ciaran to the wonders of Skylanders, as well as Leo and Jamie sharing a room with C for the night.  They took the opportunity to make up a “show”, but I ended up having to sit outside the bedroom door, as sharing with cousins was clearly too exciting and I thought 9pm was late enough for a 5-year-old!!!

One delaying tactic Ciaran came up with was coming downstairs to find me (after being put to bed) to tell me that “before bed, I brush my teeth, get my pyjamas on and go to the potty”…I had to point out to him that he had already done all of the above!!!

Ciaran and Jamie demonstrate their monkey faces!

Ciaran and Jamie demonstrate their monkey faces!

...and their cheeky faces!

…and their cheeky faces!

Ciaran found a friend for Poor Monkey in Jamie's top bunk

Ciaran found a friend for Poor Monkey in Jamie’s top bunk

In bed, but far from sleep!

In bed, but far from sleep!

Show time!

Show time!

Leo and Ciaran

Leo and Ciaran

Jack and Ciaran

Jack and Ciaran

Ciaran says Jamie is his favourite cousin :o)

Ciaran says Jamie is his favourite cousin :o)

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Football results (Saturday 12th January 2013)

Scores on the doors….

Archie (SWYFC U8s) lost 2-1 :o(

Jamie (SWYFC U10s) won 5-3 :o)

Leo (SWYFC U11s) drew 2-2 :o/

Sorry for no pics; I have access to pictures of Jamie’s match but I don’t seem to be able to upload any :o(

 

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Cousins!

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Archie, Francesca, Jamie, Leo and Ciaran!

The kids were very excited to have cousin Ciaran come and pick them up from school today!

They played “tag” in the playground…

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Football Report (update) – 5th January 2013

Archie the Pass Master!!!

Archie the Pass Master!!!

As promised, a photo of Arch with his trophy…

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