Its been a while since I have written a #littleloves post. I have a crazy six weeks in June and July when we have lots of birthdays, sports days, school trips, end of year treats in clubs, its a period micro-managed to ensure we’re all where we should be. To add to this melee this year, I have had a very difficult time at work which I am unable to discuss. All I can say is that it was the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in a 22 year teaching career but I knew I was taking the correct action. Sometimes the most difficult things are actually the simplest decisions, there is no alternative. It was a very stressful and worrying time and then totally unrelated Ofsted arrived too ( well overdue ) The whole period is a blur now and after being so preoccupied with work for a few weeks I have really tried hard to be Mummy this week. This attitude has led to some really lovely moments in the sunshine.
Now we have finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at bedtime, Little Miss and I are reading Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. This is so good and just the sort of book I want my daughter to read and be inspired by.
So on the third attempt I watched Sports Day this week, it was postponed on the first two occasions due to poor weather. Unfortunately Daddy and grandparents who were coming on the original dates were unable to make the new date so I was alone. This made for a very active Sports day as the children are in different Key Stages and had events in different areas of the field. I think I did more running than they did as I tried to ensure that I was at each event they were participating in. Luckily next year they’re back in the same Key Stage and it will be more relaxing for me.
On Wednesday afternoon, after school we headed to the beach and I loved watching my two play in the sea, exploring, diving and splashing around. A trip to the beach is such a simple pleasure and a delight. For the children it is so normal and routine to go to the beach, its just their playground, less than 500 metres from home, they will never know how lucky they are to live in such a stunning location.
The Beavers were on the beach this week and learnt how to make fires. Little Man loved this and was of course very keen to show me his fire making skills on Tuesday afternoon. I decided to use this positively and have an Independence Day barbie so he could help me make the barbecue and was allowed to light it under my very strict supervision, this seemed to satisfy his fire making desire. I have never made s’mores so as a nice American theme we made them for our barbecue. They were delicious and a real treat. To finish the marshmallows we toasted them on the embers of the barbecue, listening to a Spotify US playlist and chatting, it was a lovely moment on a warm evening.
I follow SketchInc on Instagram and have loved this metal pin badge for a while. As a reward for Ofsted and to cheer me up after a few tough weeks I bought it for my vintage denim jacket, although I wore it on a black chiffon top this week. I admire Audrey Hepburn on so many different levels, her humanitarian and charity work, films and style and hope this pin will inspire all who see it to be a bit more like Audrey.
On our Independence day barbie I played a Spotify list, there were some cracking tunes on it and found myself explaining American Pie to Little Miss. I know there are several explanations but I go with it as a song to mourn Buddy Holly, the big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.
We have one final busy week of this term as it’s the last week of clubs and it features special events including class assemblies and summer fairs. This weekend I will collect my new car ready for summer road trips and days out. The summer holidays are in touching distance now.
Thank you to Morgan’s for hosting this linkie and happy weekend to all.