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!
Jack – Such a big boy
Leo – All grown up!
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!
…and their cheeky faces!
Ciaran found a friend for Poor Monkey in Jamie’s top bunk
In bed, but far from sleep!
Leo and Ciaran
Jack and Ciaran
Ciaran says Jamie is his favourite cousin :o)
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(
We had 2 matches today, the first of the 2nd half of the season. Jamie’s match was cancelled as the pitch was waterlogged. I took Leo to his match and daddy took Arch to his.
It was a good match, and SW started very well, but at half time were 1-0 down. The first 1 minutes of the second half were the weakest point for the SW U11s and sadly 2 more goals were conceded. They pushed and pushed for the rest of the 2nd half and in the final minute were able to cross a ball in that landed neatly at Leo’s feet….just inside the goal! So although he didn’t actually score, his feet were there just in case. So with a final score of 3-1, Leo was awarded “Man of the Match”. Well done, Leo.
“Man of the Match”
Meanwhile, at the same time in Bracknell, the SW U8s were also playing. As I wasn’t able to watch, I was reliant on either an update via txt from daddy or a final score when we saw each other again. At 11.53, imagine my delight when I got a text telling me that Archie had scored! His first ever goal in a match…then a few minutes later his second! Yay Archie!!! The final score for SW U8s was 10-2! Archie was awarded the “Pass Master” trophy by his coach, who is delighted with how he did. Sadly I don’t have a photo of Arch with his trophy right now as he has gone to daddy’s house, but I will try to post one soon.
All in all, I am an extremely proud Mummy, and looking forward to the rest of the season.
PS Whilst waiting for Leo’s match to start, Jack and I were watching one of the goalies on another team warming up with his coach. When a ball came Jack’s way, he passed it back to the coach, who offered to sign him up 🙂
Well, what better way to end my first week of blogging than to schedule a New Year post for midnight! I was trying on my outfit for tonight earlier and asked Leo and Jamie what they thought of it…as Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman “big mistake…big…huge!”.
Never expect a compliment from 9/10 year old boy is the moral of the story. This is how I looked…
“You look tall”…”Is that all?…”
And Jamie said…”You look…ummm…ummm…tall.”. Leo didn’t even finish his sentence (“you look…yeah…”).
Anyway, hopefully anyone who finds this post has had an awesome and also epic New Years Eve (“awesome” and “epic” are key words in a household full of preteen boys and girl, it would seem…) and now it’s time to decide if I’m going to bother with new years resolutions, which seem to be the hot blogging topic right now…..
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