Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bus pass...

I just had to send off for Charlie's school bus pass for his third year at secondary school. As always, we had to get a new set of passport pics, and I couldn't resist putting the last three side by side - May 2015, May 2016 and May 2017.
How much has he grown up?!?!
He won't need a new bus pass now until he starts sixth form in 2020 - goodness only knows how big he'll be then!
We had his school parents' evening yesterday, and he's doing really well across the board, which is great to hear.
His music teacher has asked him and a couple of the other boys to join senior choir a bit early, which made him really happy - particularly because they're performing a selection of pieces from Les Mis at the end of term concert! She reckons he's heading for a good bass voice apparently - so maybe Javert will be in his future! :-)

Friday, April 07, 2017

End of term fun

Rosie broke up for Easter today. (Charlie had an inset day, so he broke up yesterday and was pretty smug to have the day off when Rosie had to go into school. He's going to be a bit less smug when he realises that she's got an inset day at the END of the hols, so he's going back to school a day before her!)
She's had a busy time at school lately - lots of dressing up days and fun things to do. 
We had her parents' evening this week too - she's doing brilliantly across the board and we're so proud of her. Her teacher says she's well ahead of where she should be in maths, reading, writing... everything really! She also said she's astonishingly mature and perceptive for a five-year-old. Apparently she behaves really well and is a big help in the classroom. Pretty much a perfect report really. Couldn't ask for more from our little Rosie-girl. 
She's been very excited because they've had eggs in their classroom in an incubator, and they've hatched over the past couple of weeks, so now they've got lots of cheeping chicks in a box to fuss over.  Rose is quite the animal fan - she's still dotty about her hamster, Sunny. The school sent home the pic of her holding one of the chicks in class. I love it when we get pics from school - they use an app too, called SeeSaw, which means they can ping us photos during the school day so we can see what they're up to!
They ran an Easter colouring competition this week, and Rosie made a fab job of her picture. She was over the moon today when the headmistress announced in assembly that her picture was one of the winners. She was so excited - I think she fancies entering a few more competitions now!
They had a little Easter bonnet parade at the end of the day today, so they all marched around the playground in their hats. I love how pleased she is when she spots me at school events - I helped out at the Mother's Day shop at school last month, and she was tickled pink to have HER mum there during the school day. :-)
More to the point, I was pretty chuffed that I was able to recycle the same Easter bonnet she had for both years at Playschool! I'd kept it stashed carefully at the back of her wardrobe so I didn't have to faff around making a new one. It only just fitted, but she was quite happy to have it balanced a bit precariously on top of her plaits!
So that's what Rosie's been up to - we've got a few fun things planned for the Easter hols, so watch this space...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A few more pics from the House of Lords...




Here are a few more pics from the House of Lords event that Charlie spoke at - one taken mid-speech; one with Pete in one of the committee rooms at the Lords; one of Chas post-speech; and another with all the other kids who were involved in making the film and Baroness Massey who hosted the event. Unfortunately Baroness Howarth of Breckland - or Valerie, as we know her better (she's patron of Little Hearts Matter) was unwell, and unable to host the event as planned, so everyone was very grateful to Baroness Massey for stepping in at the last minute.
Am still pretty impressed that our boy has spoken at such a prestigious venue, but as per norm, Charlie's taken it all in his stride, and is now preparing for his next public speaking engagement at the medical conference in June. (Although he's in two shows as before then as well!)
Life is full, but life is good.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A trip to the beach



Rosie and I headed down to see my sister today - she lives near the beach, and though it was a bit chilly, it was a glorious sunny day.
Rose was so excited to take their dog Kenny for a walk, and thoroughly enjoyed throwing his ball for him to fetch.
It was a lovely day, fab to catch up with Fi, and Rosie was chuffed to bits to see her big cousin Lizzie (who passed her driving test today too - well done Lizzie!) so all in all a really good day!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Very proud of this boy....

:-)

(There should hopefully be some professional pictures coming soon, so will post them when I have them!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grandpa's Tie

Well, Charlie and Pete have just set off for the station on their journey to the House of Lords.
There's a smart dress code, which means they both have to wear ties.
I know I've said on here before that my Dad was a 'tie man'.
He'd have worn a tie to the beach if we'd let him. (In fact, I'm sure there's an old black and white photo somewhere of Dad at a church youth camp, playing football in shorts, with a sports jacket and tie...)
Anyway. When Dad died, Charlie chose a handful of Dad's ties, to keep until he was a big boy.
And this is one of them.
As I tied it for Charlie this morning, around the crisp white collar of his shirt, it brought back so many memories of Dad - all those years when I was a little girl, watching him knot his tie in the bathroom mirror.
He would be SO proud of how far his little Charlie-Boy has come.
And I know Chas feels like he's taking a bit of his Grandpa with him to the House of Lords today.