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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Danny's Night at the Oscars School Leaving Ceremony

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Well, Danny has reached another HUGE milestone in his life- the leaving of Junior School.  Oddly, I'm not a gibbering wreck at the thought of him beginning Secondary School yet.  This is mainly because I haven't had a look of time to think about this huge change!  Also, we have put in some extra work towards transition to make sure his new school are aware of Danny, his heart condition and additional needs.  So far they have reassured us for every concern we have and I'm hoping this will continue.

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When Danny was born as he was so poorly I didn't sign him up to Playgroup as I did with the girls.  Therefore when it was legally time to begin school and he was (thankfully) well enough to begin his education with his peers, it was a huge shock for him and he really struggled.  With the benefit of hindsight and seeing how well my girls have coped with starting school I would have postponed his time at school or permanently home schooled him.  

Thankfully both his infant and junior school (which are now one school) have always been supportive.  When he had his third operation, his class sent him  a Get Well Card and present to Birmingham Children's Hospital and when he visited them for an afternoon post op I can remember the teacher and LSAs all lifting him up and giving him huge hugs which really summed up the caring nature of the school which has continued over the years.  

Despite being a teacher myself, I have never been overly concerned with how he gets on academically.  It was more important to me that his health and emotional needs were met and anything he has learnt has been a bonus.  He took absolutely ages to read (he was stuck at knowing the sounds but not being able to blend them for years and I had resigned myself to the fact that he was never going to read).  However, it suddenly clicked and he became a good reader.  I was so pleased that despite his time off and health issues he did really well in his end of year tests.  

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Therefore at his "Night at the Oscars" School Leaving Ceremony we were so proud of Danny and all his fellow friends in Year Six.  It really was a night of celebration and I have to say has done more for Danny's self esteem than all the years he has been in school.

School leavers Ceremony

As you can imagine, the night was also emotional for all the parents and many of the children.  Old photos of our children were displayed in a slideshow.


School leavers Ceremony

 Danny- Champion of the World!

Boy Leavers Prom Fashion Style Next Suit Shirt Tie Dress Red Carpet

All the kids walked up the red carpet in pairs or trios (we also had some photos on the red carpet with him).


Boy Leavers Prom Fashion Style Next Suit Shirt Tie Dress Red Carpet

Boy Leavers Prom Fashion Style Next Suit Shirt Tie Dress Red Carpet

School Certificate Award

Danny was presented the School Gymnastics Award and the "Sponge-Brain Square Pants Award" for his encyclopedic knowledge.

We were so proud!

Next suit Si Gangnam Style



Danny looked gorgeous wearing a Next Suit (originally bought for him to be "Si" for Comic Relief!).  Whoopam Gangnam Style!  I had to buy a shirt, tie and waistcoat despite not needing this part of the outfit (especially as it was in navy!) but I'm sure he will wear it again!


Boy Leavers Prom Fashion Style Next Suit Shirt Tie Dress Red Carpet

Danny:  Next Black Suit/Print Shirt and Blue Tie.

Me:  Maine New England Dark Pink Floral Print Dress/Black Patent Wedge Bow Peep Toe Shoes (both from Debenhams)/ Metal Black Lace Necklace from Next (no longer available but this Jewelled Smokey Flower Statement Necklace would go well with this dress/hair accessories from Peacocks  (they always have lots of those Flower Clips which can be used as Corsage Brooch or Hair Clips.  

Wishing Year 6's everywhere all the best wishes for starting at Secondary School in September!

xxx


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

An Afternoon Leads to an Evening at Broad Haven Beach #CountryKids

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Last week  my sister Jo was still in hospital (happily she is home now!  :-)  More of that to come...) so we did the usual 3pm - 4pm visit where we bought her outside for fresh air and of course the chance to see all the kids at once.  We started off sitting on the "Concrete Island" with benches intended for these sorts of occasions but ended up on the grass, sitting under a tree looking for ripe conkers- typical Country kids!

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We then went for a picnic tea on Broad Haven Beach.  I always mean to explore new beaches as there are so many lovely ones around here, but Broad Haven is a good, trusted regular of ours.  When I was younger, my family used to even bring their caravan here in the holidays and at weekends so we could visit the beach most days- it's a great family beach.

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The weather was lovely and the sky a lovely shade of blue.  As we hadn't planned our visit, we didn't have any swim suits, bathing costumes, wet suits or towels.  However the kids just stripped off to paddle and swim and dried in the sun.

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These are all my phone unedited photos (apart from the square ones that I instagrammed).  I know the colours could be corrected and details made to stand out, but I love the unique lighting that you get on the beach as a result of the sun and the reflecting water.   I took lots on my camera too but haven't even looked at them yet!


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I bought my Sunday paper and attempted to read the supplements.  In reality, I only managed to read the "How we met" section but I appreciated that.


Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Just to sit and enjoy the view is a treat.

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

As the tide was fast approaching we moved across and away from the caves.  It's surprising how quickly this section gets "cut off".  The kids built a castle and moat.They started filling it off with an empty vessel they found on the beach.  Then the waves began to fill the moat to the brim for us.



Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

They had fun playing with this for a while, then before we knew it it was gone, flattened by the sea.

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

We were too late for the ice cream van but this worked in our favour money wise.  Dave walked up to the shop and got a pack of Choc Ices.  This meant eight ice creams for the price of one from the ice cream van.  I haven't had a traditional choc ice for a long time- with the papery wrapper and square shape.  Supermarket ones are more Magnum like.  The taste brought back lots of memories.

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Danny swam for a bit too long without a wet suit and did get really cold.  He was getting blue and shivering.  We all gave him our clothes to get dry and keep warm.  Then he sat in front of me for a big warming cuddle and all the girls sat in front of him to cuddle him until he warmed up.


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With our help he was soon ready to run around and play again but I really need to make sure I have a spare wetsuit and towel in the car at all times.

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Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

It was time to go home and get ready for school but none of us wanted to leave so we let the tide  decide for us and watched it coming in.


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Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Of course this meant that our now dry and fairly clean children ended up getting back in the sea and wet again!  But it was so lovely to see them carefree and having fun that we couldn't complain.


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Our only condition was that they left the beach and walked back to the car without a fuss when it was time to leave.


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Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Luckily they did which meant we all left happy after enjoying the day.

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Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

I also collected lots of smooth pebbles ready for pebble crafts in the holidays. 


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Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids



Broad Haven Beach Family Fun Pembrokeshire Wales Country Kids #CountryKids

Thank you Broad Haven for another lovely family fun filled day . 

xxx
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Still Country Kids! In the Park!

Danny Butterfly Garden

We're back!   Sorry we've been neglecting our Country Kids due to family circumstances but I'm pleased to say we haven't been neglecting our outdoor time.

I'm normally the parent who decides to go on adventures and makes sure the kids have a lot of fun outdoor time, but I'm so relieved that when I have been needed elsewhere over the last month, Dave has stepped up and been packing picnics and taking the kids off on his own all the time.  We've even planned it so I have been able to join them for parts of the time so I haven't missed out as much as I could have.

Anyway, while we have a long way to go life is starting to get easier and I have definitely been more present in our family life again this past week which is always good.

We've had lovely beach days and days out but I haven't found the time to blog.  However, these photos were all taken on my phone and therefore automatically are ready to go into a blog post so I thought I'd join in with a quickie (of the blog sort!)!

Thursday saw many schools closing due to strikes.  We were asked to help prepare a school butterfly garden for our local park so we did that in the morning, then made the most of playing once the work was done.

Here are a few snaps:

Danny Caitlyn See Saw park

Danny Caitlyn Rebecca isabelle Witches hat See Saw park

I love rides that they can all go on together at the same time despite their age gaps!

Rebecca Danny climb high spiderweb park

I have lots of photos of Danny up here by himself, a few of him with Dave (such a big kid!) but it's the first time I've seen Danny and Rebecca up the top together!  It will be the whole family soon!

Snail in nettles

Isabelle reflection Slide Park

I didn't see these reflections as I took the photo!  

Isabelle swing Park

Izzy now prefers the big swings to the (safer!) toddler ones.  She is well balanced though thankfully! 

Danny hang upside down Park

Girls Tunnel Park

The above photo makes me laugh-it looks so odd!


Caitlyn Tunnel Park

Danny isabelle swings park

Biggest and littlest.  Yes, he did have to cover himself in mud "war paint" whilst gardening!

Rebecca hangs upside down park

Danny Caitlyn see-saw park European flag

The Euro Flag sneaked into this photo!

Danny Caitlyn see-saw park European flag



siblings Danny rebecca caitlyn Isabelle witches hat Park

Surprisingly, noone got hurt on this!  I kept reminding them to hold on and keep their head off the ground etc and for once noone got a "dragging graze".  Ouch!

siblings Danny rebecca caitlyn Isabelle witches hat Park


siblings Danny rebecca caitlyn Isabelle witches hat Park

siblings Danny rebecca caitlyn Isabelle witches hat Park

It feels great to be back blogging and joining in with Country Kids again!  :-)

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