Thursday photo #273

We’re nearing the end of our busiest fortnight of the school holidays. Since the girls finished school, we’ve had something booked in every single day. This continues until Sunday and on Monday, we’re off on holiday. We’re not lying on a beach holidayers, so we’ll undoubtedly be busy and active. But as yet, we have no plans. I can’t wait. The free day and the triathlon For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been quite looking forward to last Saturday. Nothing was booked in, so I thought we might stroll around a National Trust property with a picnic. Nothing too…

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Thursday photo #272

It seems ridiculous that under a week ago, the children were still at school. Since then, we’ve crammed so much in that I’m exhausted already. I’m managing to keep my head above water with work, but only just. It’s a great reminder though of how privileged I am to work from home. The girls have had one day at holiday club and have another day and a half lined up. But other than that, we’re enjoying the time off together. An education This week has been a bit of an education for the girls. It’s amazing how much they learn…

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Thursday photo #270

Why is it that when everything seems to be going smoothly, something always comes along to throw a spanner in the works? This week, both girls have been struck down with a sickness bug at different times. Thankfully they’re over it and back to school now. It has been a while since we’ve had one in this house and I hope that’s the last for a while. School reports It’s that time of year again when teachers are handing out end of year reports. A little reassurance that school is going well. It’s not about the academic side of it…

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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 #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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Thursday photo #257

After last week’s hectic schedule, it has been nice to take a step back from all the chaos over the past few days. Instead of having our usual family day out on Saturday, we baked a cake and walked to the local pub for lunch. The girls were going a bit stir crazy by the end of the day, but it was nice not to be rushing around for a change. Parent’s evening With the end of term comes parents evening as always. I have been pleasantly surprised by Libby’s parents evenings since she’s had her current teacher. She’s always…

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Thursday photo #256

I wouldn’t class myself as someone who has a problem with saying no. I prefer to think of it as taking opportunities as they arrive. In weeks like this though, I do sometimes wonder if I take on too much. For now though, the children seem to be enjoying their chaotic week. I’ve worked late a few nights, but I seem to be managing to fit everything in. The cross country run Last year, Libby took part in the school cross country run. She’s never been a particularly fast runner, but she has great stamina and can keep going for…

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