Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Bouncing Ben

Trying out the new trampoline centre in town -
I think we may be here a LOT!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Three Teens

Kathie and I have been friends now for over ten years - 

back when we met - we had a 2 year old, a 3 year old and a 6 year old -

some how {in the blink of an eye} out little children are now 13,14 and 17!

Eleanor is now as tall as Megs {she's in a pair of heels in this picture}

Love these girls!

At least the sunflowers are blooming {in the rain}

So far I've spent 3 of my precious summer mornings in school -
hoping that now I can get away with just the odd pop in to drop stuff off-

at least I got to see the first of the sunflowers in the Nursery garden in bloom -
though they have proved to be the most rubbish sunflowers ever -
about a metre tall - they were meant to be Russian giants!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Ben.... meet Ben

We went to see Ant Man at the IMAX Liverpool One
{Ben, Al and myself had seen it last week when Megs was away -
she sulked - we didn't object to another viewing - and Jamie came too!}

After the film {it's good} Ben was delighted to find a "life sized" Thing.

Some say that our Ben was named after the gentle giant Ben Grimm - 
and they'd be partially correct!

Bikes on a Saturday

Trying out Ben's new bike at the park 

I grabbed Megs helmet in a hurry -
adjusted the internal fit - and thought it fine.

It was only when i saw this selfies that I realized that i looked like a numpty 
with a tiny helmet on my big head!

I won't be doing that again!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Meeting baby Leo

We all had turns cuddling the gorgeous Leo - 
Laura and Wayne's beautiful 4 month old baby.

He might of been rather unimpressed when we went to the local carvery for lunch -
but be was mostly really happy and well behaved!

It was just lovely to see him for the first time -
as well as Wayne and Laura - 
it's not like we can just pop over to Aberdeen for a visit!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

And with a flurry of cupcakes.....

..... another school year is over.

Of course, Megs finished a couple of weeks ago - 
but today Ben left Year 9 behind -
and I said goodbye to most of my Nursery classes as they headed off to big school.

The last day of term is always exciting, and sad in equal measure -
this year - as I question how long I want to keep teaching -
I received some of the kindest and most heartfelt words from parents.

I know how much difference I've made to these children and to their families.
If I could just be left alone to do what I know is right then I would teach forever.

But as things stand, I am going to have to move on.
Another teacher will be leaving the profession
{not just yet - but I have a plan - an exit strategy that excites me,} 

But for today - there are cakes!