Thursday photo #264

With half term so soon after the Easter holidays, it almost seems as if the children didn’t go back to school. As always, we’re cramming in several short UK breaks during the week off, and yesterday we came back from a week in a stunning part of Cornwall. Camping in Cornwall It’s a few years since we last went to Cornwall. Much as we love it there, we’re confined to school holidays these days and it does get ridiculously busy. A few years ago, we spent some time near Polzeath over the August bank holiday. It was nice, but I’ve…

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Thursday photo #263

Hasn’t the school holiday come round quickly? I don’t remember such a short half term since the girls started school. It’s been a busy one here too, so I won’t be sorry to see the back of it. I’ll be crossing my fingers that the next half term is a bit quieter. Ballet exams Lia had her ballet exam yesterday, which marked the end of tests and exams for the girls this school year. Libby got honours in her exam last week, with Lia achieving Highly commended in hers. Both girls had a certificate with a sparkly wax mark on…

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Thursday photo #262

Birthday weeks are always fun in our house. This year has been particularly exciting, since the girls decided they didn’t want a party. So instead there was cake, shopping and sushi. Definitely a winning combination for a birthday weekend. Milestone birthdays When I think of milestone birthdays, five doesn’t spring to mind. One, ten, thirteen, sixteen and eighteen are the big ones for children. These days, four is more relevant than five as most kids start school at four. For Lia though, being five is a milestone. She remembers Libby being five and Libby is BIG in Lia’s eyes. She’s…

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Thursday photo #261

Hasn’t it been lovely to have another bank holiday so soon after Easter? Everyone seems so much more relaxed with the extra days off. Definitely a case for more long weekends throughout the year, or maybe every working week should be four days long. The illness that wasn’t On Friday, I dropped two happy girls off at school and went for a run. Not long after I got home, my phone rang and the lady from the school office told me that Lia was feeling sick and needed to come home. It seemed a bit odd, there had been no…

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Thursday photo #260

As the Easter holidays came screeching to a halt, we all tumbled back into our usual routine for a rest. I’m not really a people person. This week though, the support from friends, family and people I’ve never met was incredible. Before, during and after the London Marathon, those people made the experience one I’ll always remember. A weekend in London It came as a bit of a shock last October when I got a ballot place for the London Marathon. A winter of running followed, cumulating in a 17 mile run a few weeks ago. That was the furthest…

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Thursday photo #259

Why is it that we worry about school holidays until they arrive? The change in routine, the lack of time to work and of course, coping with the children. When they’re in full swing though, I always wonder what I was worried about. In fact, this has been one of my favourite school holidays ever. A few days away On Friday, we packed up the van and headed off for a last minute break in Wales. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We met some lovely people on the campsite and the girls spent most of the time playing…

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Thursday photo #258

With our school breaking up a little later than elsewhere in the UK, the Easter holidays were long awaited. What has also been long awaited is that feeling that things are getting a little easier. It is notable that since the last school holidays, the girls have become more independent. When things start to fall into place Over the past few months, Libby has started to show more of an interest in helping in the kitchen. She’s gradually taken over making breakfast for her and Lia. This varies in quality. Sometimes it’s jam or chocolate spread on toast. Other days…

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