And it begins

Wow, I can’t believe that tomorrow Jenna starts her school life.  From tomorrow on for the next 15 years (about) every day she have to get ready to go to school – which means I will have to be more organised!

That from tomorrow (even though she is mornings only for the next year) I will have to make sure bags and clothes are labelled. I will have to be up regularly at the same time every morning, and start moving with a deadline! Thank goodness school here starts at 9am and not 8am like South Africa!

I am looking forward to the time I’m going to get to spend alone with my little man whilst the littlest lady has her morning snooze! I think my house might feel a little empty and quiet tho!

What I am not looking forward to is the dropping off in the rain… and obviously tomorrows forecast is heavy rain in the morning! GRRRR! Seriously someone needs to come up with a concierge service! Taking all 3 kids out the car and running the almost 100m from the parking lot to the school dragging a car seat and toddler and carrying another toddler (he likes splashing in puddles or lands up falling in them) is almost mission impossible! Mmmm… think this year I need to invest in some wellies and a rain coat! Yes I know, I’ve been here over 5 years and have resisted this long!

So as I said here it begins… here is the start of my daughter asking questions I don’t know the answer to and learning more than I could ever remember!

I do have to say that she is so so excited to be going back! I think there may be some tears though when she realises her best friend has moved schools and won’t be with her any more! Life lessons begin young!

Picnics and barges

Our lovely childminder decided to organise a get together for all the parent and children that she looked after to get to know each other and catch up during the summer holidays! So bags packed (with sun hats, suncream and rain jackets – silly British weather) we were off.

8 children, 2 infants and 7 adults climbed into cars to start the journey! First stop was in a lovely little village park for a picnic. Unfortunately we were surrounded by a carnival who decided to start their set up in the middle of the picnic! 8 children running around 16 wheeler trucks is not such a great idea. However the rain decided the matter for us and off we ran to the cover of the cars and onto the next venue!

We arrived an hour early for our barge trip so sat out in the garden enjoying the remnants of our picnic whilst the kids played with pebbles on the drive way (needless to say the manager was not best impressed that we would “break his lawn mower”!) The sun decided to bless us with its presence and the jackets came off – as did the shoes and hats and tops!!!

“All aboard” was shouted and we herded up the children and clambered onto the barge. A bit of squabbling of seats later we were all seated and ready.  The kids loved looking for fish and spotting the ducks, sheep, horses etc along the way – needless to say the captain was only interested in pointing out the houses and architecture we passed!

As usual Tamsin exceeded her nappy’s poop allowance and we had some major spillage! Think this was the only part of the trip she was awake for! Obviously the barge didn’t have a changing station so the tiny bathroom floor had to suffice – thankfully I was not on duty and it was hubby’s turn (I had a baby sleeping on me!)

So excluding the rain, some poop leakage and a couple of meltdowns (from various children at various times) it was a very successful trip. I mean no one fell overboard, we didn’t lose  any children and by the end of the day had exhausted children who slept like superstars!

Another experience ticked off our list! What else should be on it? Anyone got ideas?