Sunday, 26 February 2012

A new family member finally arrived ......

After a very anxious and scary wait my little niece Abigail arrived, I have to say she is so beautiful and perfect in every way possible.

I am so lucky that I have a close family and see them everyday, sophie is no longer the only little girl and is over the moon that she finally has a little girl to dress up with her.

Congratulations to my family and Abigail's 2 big brothers ...Welcome to the world Abigail .

The Goblin and the Girl by Neil Irani ...... great book

Goblin and the girl children's book by Neil Irani and illustrated by Yun Park, published by Maverick books.

This book is quite simple and my children really liked the story  and the illustrations are brilliant being a mum I thought this book was getting another message across reading the title you obviously think there is going to be a Goblin in it, but its actually gone one step better and the little girl sees herself as a goblin when ever she looks in the mirror I don't want to give to much away but I guess most girls and boys at some point feel like this and this story does actually address that just because you feel this way it is not true.

At the end of the story it shows that the little girl actually only needed a friend and someone to talk to  and when she looked into then she seen herself in the mirror .

In today's society where people are so wrapped up in being perfect, this book explains in children's terms.

I highly recommend getting this book my daughter loved it, its easy read but a deep story with a simple text.

Secondary school placement wait

As every parent understands once their child reaches year 6, you have the dreaded decision of trying to choose the best secondary school for your child.
I like most found this really difficult what if I picked wrongly this was actually the hardest decision I have ever had to make, much harder than buying a house or picking a wedding dress this massive decision was my child's future and even worse what if they did not get a placement !!!

We have 3 secondary schools near us 1 which is catholic so this was not an option the other two like many parents we went and walked around taking the grand tour and meeting pupils basically cemented our original choice but catch we live just on the boundary or the catchment area like many other children applying.

The applying on the form it requests you put down 3 options, I did not want any other school and neither did my son, the secondary school we have picked is next door to my children's primary school so I will be there if my boy will still walk with me ( so many parents have told me once they go into high school it is not cool to be seen with mum) my boy still kisses me at the school gate, NEVER to old to kiss mum.

So the on line for had to be completed the beginning of October 2011, why does it take soooooo long to give us parents the decision Did our child get a placement ?? myself like many other parents am going loopy waiting, I try not to think about what if he is refused but as the 1st March draws closer my heart is sinking.

Really what if we do not get a place, Like thousands of other parents its a waiting game, and if I have not totally lost the plot by announcement day I will hopefully be able to celebrate.

Good luck if your a year 6 mum like me xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Shrove Tuesday better know as Pancake day

Me tossing the pancakes

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins I have not decided what I am going to give up for Lent yet but we had a fantastic time making Pancakes, we had lots of toppings including nutella with bananas, strawberries and icecream they were sooooo yummmy and to top it off my new  little niece was here with us,

Everyone tucking in yummmy

I did not make my own pancake mix I cheated and bought shaker ones this was so much easier well lazier haha