Wednesday, 5 September 2012

September - A Happy Birthday and A New Beginning

September has a arrived bringing with it some beautiful weather, I do wonder if we will have an Indian summer. As I write this part of my post, the kids are just about to jump into the pool, although I think the water is a little cold from all the shrieking that is going on!!! I'm enjoying having the windows wide open and, the sun on my face and a nice cool breeze - perfick!!!

The beginning of September has been busy for us as a family, we arrived home from our holiday in Wales on the 1st, completely shattered from our week of beach days, rugby matches, millennium stadium tours and much more. (more about that in another post!)
The next two days were spent doing washing, washing and doing more washing! I really don't believe we took THAT many clothes with us and that we wore them all!!! This was followed with lots of relaxing and organizing last minute school bits and pieces.
Tuesday was a big day in our house as Jack turned 13, we now have 2 teenagers in the house, so God help us!!! 

A lovely friend of mine makes beautiful celebration cakes and made this super rugby themed cake for Jack.
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Talking of rugby for Jack's birthday we have manged to get tickets for him and Paul to watch 
Wales v New Zealand in November and they are both very excited and looking forward to their boys weekend away!!!

Today was also Tomas' first day in infants school, which Paul found harder than me so he stayed in the car whilst I took Tomas into the playground. 
It was a good job he did because although Tomas had been very excited all morning I think he felt a little overwhelmed by all the people in the playground and had a little cry, but he came out beaming at the end of his first day and said he had had a lovely time. (phew!)
Today Rachel and Jack returned to school, I can't quite believe that I have one child starting GCSE's and  one just starting infants!! Both were excited to be returning which is always a good start.

Paul and I enjoyed our first child free morning by going out for breakfast unfortunately i was so engrossed in eating my Wall Street Mash Up that I forgot to take a photograph.
Before we knew it, it was time to pick up Tomas from school as he his only doing mornings for this first week, then we had a home visit from Tomas' reception teacher and  LSA. Not knowing what to expect I was glad that I had tidied Tomas' room this morning because as soon as they arrived the LSA asked Tomas to show her his room and then they went to draw a picture in the conservatory, during this time his teacher asked us a few questions and explained some of the topics that the children will be covering this year.
This visit was new to us as parents because both Jack and Rachel attended a nursery that was attached to their school and the school didn't have home visits.. Anyone else had experience of a home visit???

 So that's been my first week (almost) of September I'm hoping to get back into crafting very shortly and have already signed up for an Autumn Swap. I'm also hoping to exercise a bit more to be a bit lot healthier and to lose some weight and I think that if  I mention it on here it will give me the motivation that I need. Now where did i put those gym clothes??? 


  1. Lovely pic of all 3 together :) I have one starting GCSE's and the other starting A levels - still seems like yesterday I was taking them on the first day in Reception!!!

    We had home visits when the boys started at Nursery - was nervous for the first one but by two years later I was good friends with the teachers and they planned their visit time to us to conicide with a tea/cake break!!

    1. thanks Vicki, i know the time just flies doesn't it!
      i felt a bit sorry for the teacher as she is quite young and i think this may be her first teaching post, hopefully we didn't scare her too much!!!

  2. I love the photos, we took photos of all of ours on their first day at school and they are lovely reminders. Good luck with the teenagers!

    1. Thanks Gill, you're right the photos are a lovely reminder and also a chance to see the changes from year to year x

  3. Wow what an exciting time in your house. My son started A level college yesterday and I think I was more nervous than him.
    Happy Birthday to Jack, what a fantastic cake!
    Your home visit brought back memories of when my daughter started school. The priest would do a home visit before the kids started. My husband deals with everything church wise and wasn't home. My daughter spent the whole time hiding behind the sofa, not one of my best memories :) Hope your children have a lovely school year.
    Ali x

    1. Hi Ali, good luck to your son, i think that it doesn't matter how old they are i think we will be always nervous for them.
      I hope you can laugh about your home visit now but at the time i sure you wished you could have hid behind the sofa too. x

  4. Phew, very action-packed! My washing-machine broke down so I have a very large mound ready for when I feel ready to do anything about it, having also returned on the 1st!
    Our school does Nursery and reception visits now- I think everywhere does it now!
    The cake is amazing and a Happy Birthday to him!


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