Last day of school

Yesterday was my eldest daughters last day of her first year at school and what a year it has been.  She started off at private school, moved houses and is now at her local primary school and the amazing thing is, she seems to have taken all this in her stride.  She is generally quite an energetic and excitable child so apart from having to deal with that, everything else has been really good.  Since she spent most of her time at the private school, we received her school report from there a couple of days ago and I was really pleased with it.  I know lots of people who rave on about how proud they are of their child’s school report on Facebook and I used to mentally roll my eyes at them but I think for the first time and with her first school report, I can happily jump in the same boat.  Continue reading “Last day of school”

Sports Day Fears

It’s been a while since I last actually wrote a blog on the day it goes out.  Since coming back from India, I’ve had so many back up blogs that it almost felt like a bit of a holiday not blogging on here on a weekly basis!  Yesterday, I went to my daughter’s first Sports Day. My eldest daughter is so competitive that I think I had knots in my stomach wondering how she would react if she failed.  She was fine as long as she got her medal at the end (for taking part).  I was worrying for no reason.  Then I was worried about the mum’s race. I hate running. Sports Day brings back so many miserable memories of coming last in running but it was ok yesterday. I managed to keep up with the other mums, which was all I really wanted.  The dad’s on the other hand were really competitive!

In other news, I am now on a hunt for a nursery near where we live.  The youngest will be finishing nursery at the end of July and then from September, I want to start her in nursery nearby.   There are lots of nurseries to choose from and we’ve been to see 3 so far.  The first one was just one room for all kids from 2-5.  I wasn’t so keen on that.  The second one was walking distance but in the opposite direction to the school, it had lovely facilities and lovely staff but I didn’t really get a feeling for it.  The third one is also good and the one we are most likely to go with.  They seem to have things in place to encourage learning and progress.  However, there is so much traffic around there and parking will be a nightmare. Also, the playground is on the roof!  It is secure obviously but part of me feels a bit scared about it.  There are more nurseries we can look at but it’s only for a year so we don’t want it to be too far away really.

Another positive thing that has happened recently was that I sent in an amended tax return for one client, mainly because she had put all the figures in the wrong boxes and because she had originally completed it herself, there were no accounts to check. When I re did it, it seemed like she had missed out a lot of expenses.  Anyway, I sent it in (although the process of sending it in had changed since I last did anything like this so it took me two attempts before I got all the information HMRC needed in the format they needed it in) and then didn’t really expect anything.  I didn’t even chase it as she was on a payment plan which was based on the lower amended figures that they hadn’t seen yet.   A few days ago, I received a phone call from the client saying she had received a refund and was so grateful for it and it had come at the right time. It’s such a good feeling when I do something like this. The only problem about this now is that I haven’t invoiced her for it yet.  I will do eventually.  Maybe I will include it when I do this year’s tax return because I do know she is struggling for money having recently changed careers.  I will because I have to but I keep changing my mind as to how much to charge her as I feel sorry for her.

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What Next?

I went to the new school again, this time with my daughter and I feel a lot better about it.  Not sure why it’s Ofted 2 but everyone is really friendly and smiley, my cheeks still ache thinking about it!  The children are quite well behaved and calm especially for such a big class.  I spoke to some of the teachers there and I feel that my daughter will have lots of opportunities here to do well. So only one week left at this old school!  It’s sad to be leaving such an amazing school behind but exciting too to see what this new school will be like and starting a new routine.  Continue reading “What Next?”

The stress of moving schools

I feel a little sad.  We have got a school for my daughter in the area we live in.  It’s still not from one of our three choices but it is a good school.  It is the only school in this area that is not an Ofsted 1 school, which is probably why we got a place but I feel sad that my daughter will be leaving an amazing school where she has been doing so well academically and she seems to be making good friends finally and now we’re uprooting her.  I know she’ll be fine, maybe a little sad but ok otherwise. I hope academically, she will continue to do well and excel and maybe one day we can send them both to private school again. Continue reading “The stress of moving schools”

Private school or not?

My daughter currently goes to private school and I think there are a lot of benefits to private school but there’s a part of me that really feels wrong about paying for education. My granddad is a big proponent of education but he also very much believes that if a person wants to learn she will learn wherever she goes. In terms of education I do believe that and going private school was not our first choice.

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The Very First Week Of School

My daughter has almost completed one week of school. With all the rushing around over the last week, making sure I had everything and trying out the school run in between work and then actually starting school, I haven’t had a chance to stop and think until today. The whole idea of her starting school still seems a bit surreal and I’ve been nostalgically looking through her baby photos and videos not wanting to believe she’s almost 5. She seems to have settled in well after the first few days of bawling her eyes out and saying she doesn’t want to go to school. Today, she still said she didn’t want to go but for the first time, there were no tears just lots of hugs and a promise from me to pick her up at 3. We did have to talk through this on the walk into school though. She asked me to pick her up at 2 but I had to explain that I couldn’t because school finishes at 3 so I will pick her up then. I feel happier that I can leave her without her being in tears.

I knew the school run would be long and tiring especially as I will be sitting in rush hour traffic but to be doing this for next 18 years or so is already filling me with dread. Since we didn’t get any of our catchment school, the school we are going to takes about 1 to 1.5 hours there and back which I will be doing twice a day FOREVER! I’m leaving early so that she gets to school on time but the journey back is full of traffic. Also, at the moment I’m walking her in and waiting for her to go in and stop crying and clinging to me. Hopefully once she settles in, I can cut out about 20 minutes but it is still a long trip. I’ve already started looking for houses near the school although we still haven’t decided what our long term plans are for moving houses and possibly schools.

We’ve already had homework and reading books which at the moment is fine and easy to do. I’m sure once we get into a routine everything will be all okay but at the moment I feel like I’m constantly running around, working and doing things til late into the night and then have to get up early to start the day and I miss sleep so much. Today, I had absolutely no motivation to do any work, mainly because I was tired but Wednesday is one of the only days where I get the whole day to myself – no kids, no husband so it should be a productive day. But I resisted it so much today and spent the day dreaming about not having to work for a living. I would watch day time TV while eating breakfast and lunch, go to a yoga class, maybe even have a nap, read a book and I would do a little bit of work if I got a bit bored. I’m dreading tomorrow when I will have to catch up on everything I avoided doing today.

Not really a motivational saying this week but just something to tie in with schools:

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Reiki

I went on a Reiki level 2 course and for some reason I was very nervous. I wasn’t that keen to go in the first place but then I thought why not. I’ve got nothing to lose. I tried what I learnt on my husband and he said exactly what was in the back of my mind. He said it was like voodoo dolls and obviously that it didn’t work on him. Tbh it does feel like that and I get so worried that if I think bad things I might hurt someone. So I think I will do the case studies to get my certificate and then just stick to the level one style of practice. It’s a little scary! I do like the meditative side to it though.

This week we’ve all been down with a tummy bug and we’re still trying to figure out what to do with my daughters school. She’s got an assessment for the local private school on Tuesday and then I’ll need to give a deposit to secure her place because apparently it is getting quite full. Not sure how much to believe that bit, but I do need a school for my daughter. And obviously I want a good school for her.

With the tummy bug, both my daughters have been at home. One week with them is more than enough especially when I’m trying to work too. I want to be back on holiday. Spending a week with them there wasn’t so bad. I wish my life was a constant holiday!  Although, if it was, I think I would feel guilty for not working and eventually get bored.

It’s just been a busy week. One thing after another without a break.

Quote for the week:

‘Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.’ – Unknown