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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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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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Flooding in Purley-on-Thames (update – 6th January 2013)

Jack and I went with Nana for a walk down to Mapledurham Lock this afternoon and I took some photos of the receding flood waters.  We think the water level must have dropped about 2-3 feet since the previous pictures I posted.

I strongly believe that the swans saw a child and thought we were a sure thing for bread!

I strongly believe that the swans saw a child and thought we were a sure thing for bread!

Investigative swan!

Investigative swan!

Gulls swimming in the fields...

Gulls swimming in the fields…

Mapledurham Lock

Mapledurham Lock

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The weir at Mapledurham Lock – spot the crazy canoeists??

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Canoeists on the weir…

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The water depth measured 12ft…

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The weir and canoeists

The lady at the lock cafe must have thought we were insane, as JackJack has an ice lolly (lemonade flavour) – brrrrrr!

 

 

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