And so begins the first full week of school, and with Asa back in the office for a few days each week, which means a very quiet house!
6th January 2019
Today saw Kaide and I take a 12 hour round trip to take Xene back to university after the Christmas holidays, we left at 8am to a very quiet road, clearly nobody gets up early in East Anglia on a Sunday morning, with the customary McDonalds breakfast (I know, we had it for lunch yesterday!), we arrived pretty quickly this time, unloaded all of Xene’s belongings and then took her to the local Asda to stock up on supplies, lots of hugs and a few tears (from me) and we were off back to Norfolk, I always get upset whenever I say goodbye to any of them, its silly I know because she is back in 2 weeks for a study week, and we talk lots on video chat, but its the actual saying goodbye that does me every time! Kaides dinner of choice was KFC, so I am now completely junk fooded out… So todays pic is of Xene back in her uni house.
7th January 2019
When Viggo came out of school today, he was beaming a little more than usual, he had been chosen as the special person today, so he had to choose three of his friends to help with particular jobs and he got moved up on the reward chart to the sun. The change in Viggo after Christmas has been quite amazing, every day from September until December he used to cry every morning and cling to my leg, until his lovely teaching assistant used to take him into the classroom, I knew the tears only lasted for a few seconds but it wasn’t nice to see, however last week he announced that he wasn’t going to cry anymore and he was going to go into school everyday like a big boy, and that’s exactly what he has done! He also got called up in assembly on Friday for a superstar award for his brilliant reading and writing and he is already working at the level required at the end of reception year, he adores reading and is moving through the books rapidly. At his parent’s evening his teacher said that Viggo warms her heart, so I am one very proud mummy!
8th January 2019
Today Eowyn’s class had a visit from the school nurse to discuss puberty, i’m not sure if it’s because she is daughter number three or just because of the different personalities, but she is totally engrossed about the whole subject, in fact she hasn’t stopped talking about it since she got home, with lots of questions and opinions, she was particularly proud of the fact that she managed to name more of the boys body parts than the boy sat next to her! Both her older sisters didn’t really talk about it after their visit, but she wants to know EVERYTHING!!
9th January 2019
As many of you will know we made the decision last year that we needed to start thinking about a new school for Tyrus, although he adores the school he is at and all the children he has grown up with, he really needs a specialist school to help him be the best he can be, it was all going fine, we found the perfect school spoke with the head and it was all looking like he would start in September 2018, until we received a letter in July to say they wouldn’t accept him, so we had to start the entire process again, today I had a 3 hour meeting with various school staff and his ehcp co-ordinator to discuss our next steps, and it appears that if I want the best for my child I need to shout and scream and threaten legal action to ensure he gets the best education path that he deserves, which seems completely wrong and a waste of time for all concerned, but i’ll do whatever it takes! Don’t mess with a mum and her child’s future….
10th January 2019
It took me a while to persuade Neva to have her photo taken as she is never keen, but today was her final parent’s evening before she finishes High School, a chance for me to speak with all of her subject teachers and find out what grades they expect her to achieve, I wasn’t at all worried as Neva has always been an extremely hard working girl and sees to enjoy learning, the only thing she does have to keep an eye on is her stress levels as she is prone to migraines, so it was wonderful to hear that she is top in all of her subjects and they all expect her to pass with grade 7s or above (An A in old grading systems!) all she needs to do is ensure she studies little and often and retains all the information, simple right!!
11th January 2019
The end of our first full week in school and work and I must admit getting up today was hard work! I certainly didn’t have the enthusiasm I had for work at the beginning of the week, thankfully I had scheduled quite a lot yesterday, so I had a little bit of breathing space, Lochlan planned a last minute trip out with his college friends for dinner at the local Wetherspoons, it’s hard to believe that he will be flying the nest this year, he has just accepted one of his university interviews, so we are off on a road trip to Bournemouth at the end of the month, these children do like to keep me on my toes! I grabbed a quick snap of him working at the PC, creating his latest project for games development.
12th January 2019
Asa and Eowyn have been out in the garden today, repairing the chicken coop door, and general maintenance, it has been surprisingly mild, although I am sure it will soon drop to freezing temperatures again, I have seen a few mentions of the Beast from the East returning, but we shall just have to wait and see! Whilst they were fixing the coop, the chickens were having a lovely time dust bathing in the area under the conifers, a few had collected large clumps of mud on their super fluffy feet, so Eowyn gave them a little bath!
And that is our first full week of 2019, hope you’ve all had a lovely week