Back to School

It’s very cliche, and no doubt there will be plenty of people complaining about the back to school photos but you know what? It’s my blog and I’ll cry  show my handsome boys off if I want to.

Kieran and Back to School

Back to school, Kieran

Today sees Kieran starting secondary school which in some ways seems ridiculous yet in others feels very right. He’s grown up very quickly in recent years and has become such a fab person to be around. I’m not just saying that because I’m his mum either. He’s confident and comfortable in his own skill, and tells me that he doesn’t need to try and be top dog or in the 1% of his year amongst the “cool” or sporty kids because, as he puts it, “I’m my own kind of cool and I like it that way”.
This young man will go far.

Back to School For Taylor

Year 2! Taylor started Year 2 this morning which means that he is in his last year of Infants, moving to Juniors next year. What an absolute delight he is. He’s clever, funny and more than a little bit cheeky. He loves puns and has a great vocabulary. He attends Helen O’Grady Drama Academy and it’s becoming very clear that whatever he does in life, he’ll do it with flair and no doubt a dollop of extra drama for good measure.

When you become a parent you look out for the milestones, the first tooth, word, the first steps and so on. As they grow older your children continue to evolve every day, sometimes in very subtle ways. It takes seeing one of them donning a tie and blazer for the first time or your youngest walking alongside a new Reception class child to see just how much they’ve grown and how far they’ve come.

Enjoy it, folks, because time most definitely does fly when you are having fun. It doesn’t seem two minutes ago that Taylor started school for example. I hope your little and not so little ones have had a good back to school experience. I’ll be very happy when half three comes around.

back to school, Kieran and Taylor

Working from home mum – the Jubilee half term edition

One of the best things about being a freelance writer and working from home is that the work can be completely flexible when necessary. This week is of course half term and we’ve had the Jubilee celebrations as well. Being self-employed I haven’t had to book holiday leave, I have simply done a bit of a switch-around and freed up time to spend with my favourite people, Roy and the boys.


Grandad and Kieran - Thirsk Jubilee celebrations

We’ve had a great half term so far, with Jubilee celebrations at home and in town with the rest of Thirsk, a big family get together / birthday party and barbecue, lunch out, baking, lots of Star Wars-related art and craft and of course playing with cardboard boxes.

Box fun

This isn’t the longest of blog posts because I have to finish some bits and pieces before eating Kieran’s blueberry jelly surprise, cooking a Wookie tea and attempting the world record for the number of bubbles in a kid’s bath.

Playing nicely

Whatever you have done this half term, whether you’ve been working or not, I hope you’ve had a great time. I for one will be sad when the half term is over and “normality” resumes!

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