Thursday, 24 March 2016

Random numbers in my week

1 - Leaving gift for Thomas' teacher who's moving to a new school. I wish her the best of luck in her new job but from a purely selfish point of view I could do without her going. Thomas takes ages to settle with a new teacher and I'm not looking forward to the next few weeks. 
34, 8 & 2 - 34 hiding places to find for the Easter Egg Hunt. 8 chocolate eggs and 2 cute chicks ready to be eaten. 
500 - Steps. No photo I'm afraid as I can't walk and take a snap at the same time but I've been on the treadmill.  I thought I would replicate my walk around the lake and did 500 steps. It took 5 minutes and burned 18 calories. I've been doing 5 minute stints and although I've not got any further than 3000 steps per day, at least I'm doing more than I was.

9 - Pom-poms used for the egg decorating competition at school.
2 - Scrambled eggs, made by the boy himself. You're never too young to learn how to cook, even if it is just scrambled eggs. And best of all he ate it with 2 pieces of toast.

4 - Days to the Holiday. The heebie jeebies have well and truly set in regarding the whole travelling thing with the news this week.

10 - Toes. A visit to 'The Foot Clinic' before the holiday. It definitely isn't a beauty parlour pedicure, there is no pampering, (I put the nail polish on), but oh my goodness, I feel like I'm walking on air.
60 - £'s. Allowance handed over to Amy who admits she's disappointed with how it's just disappeared over the month with nothing much to show for it. I think we can all relate to that. She has paid for her haircut, eyebrows waxed and given me money for tights, cosmetics and a couple of other bits so she's keeping to the rules of play and learning it doesn't go very far.
2 - Treats. A box of champagne truffles and a box of rose lemonade tea. Bought by me, for me. Both delicious and highly recommended.
3 - Tickets for the school show. They're like gold dust, so the fact we got one for Amy was a real bonus. Thomas' class did 'Singing in the Rain' and 'Thriller'. The whole production was fantastic with a grand finale of the teachers dancing. Brilliant.
1 and 40 - 1 prom ticket given to Amy today. There's no automatic right to go, it depends on several things, like attitude, unauthorised attendance, effort etc. There are 210 pupils in her year and 92 tickets were given out. I don't know whether that's it or if the rest of the pupils have a chance to redeem themselves. 40 - £'s to be paid for the ticket. And that's before we start on the dress, shoes, hair and make-up!
4 and 2 - Recycling pledges. Thomas' school is vying for 1st place in the borough's recycling pledge competition. The prize is £1000 for the school and a visit by Bake Off winner, Nadiya. We've already filled in our quota of 4, but in a final push to secure 1st place the children have all been tasked with finding 2 more adults willing to pledge they will do their bit for the environment. 


And that's it for numbers this week. The kids finished school today and are de-mob happy. Hope you all have a lovely Easter Weekend. See you Sunday.

xxx



18 comments:

  1. Happy Easter!
    Lots of positives for Thomas this week. Cooking AND eating and the concert-good for him. Hope all goes smoothly with the new teacher. Has she been to visit the students so they at least now who it is?
    That's interesting about the prom numbers. Here, if you graduate, you get to go to prom, unless you've done something to get yourself suspended!! Amy's school must have pretty high standards if only 40% of the kids get to go!!
    I understand about you having the 'heebie jeebies' about the travelling at the moment. I lived in Belfast, N. Ireland for 2 years in the early 70's, at the height of the 'troubles' so I know all about looking over your shoulder and being aware all the time!

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    1. Happy Easter Janice. Yes, cooking AND eating, who would have thought haha. He's at the age where he's constantly hungry but we struggle with what to give him so I think he's just naturally beginning to look at trying other things himself.

      The school does have high standards, very strict on dress code and behaviour etc. but I guess if only 92 tickets were given out, the majority don't conform! One of her friends didn't get one because she's always late to school. At 16 years old the Head's ethos is they're able to take responsibility for themselves or suffer the consequences.

      Ironically Mark and I have always said the first bit of check in is the worst. You're just like sitting ducks queuing up to check your baggage in. I'm trying not to think about it too much but not really succeeding :( Gosh, what a time to live in Belfast. Does life ever seem normal in places like that or is it just that the abnormal becomes a way of life?

      Hope you have a lovely Easter. Do you plan to see the family? xx

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  2. that's a lot of numbers. Ha, don't talk to me about tickets and school, I talk about the exact same thing today myself. Schools seem to have a ticket obsession. Don't get me wrong, I understand that they have to keep things under control and they have health & safety issues to bear in mind, but ARGH! tickets. I missed an assembly yesterday because it was on a stupid ticket system and of course, Violet was off sick last week so I wasn't able to get one when they were released. Anyway. don't get me started. Just don't.

    Love the look of the rose lemonade, just for the pink packaging!

    Well done to the Shirtless Child for making his own scrambled egg. I agree, it's a good thing to be able to make. And interesting you mention toast. Violet won't eat toast. But a few weeks ago she had breakfast at the high school next door to hers (where she will go), and ate toast. I felt like crying with joy, it's such a big deal.

    I understand your feelings about the teacher leaving. It's a shame when a decent teacher leaves. Especially when it directly affects your child. I hope Thomas isn't too unsettled by the changes.

    Right. Think that's me all caught up. Have a lovely Easter, and HURRAH, kids are off school now! :O) xx

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    1. Aww, what a shame about the assembly. Was Violet taking part? You'd think they'd put a couple to one side for the children off sick. Tickets are a pain. The only ones we need are for the annual show and every family is allowed 2 each which is a fair system. Any extras are on a first come first served basis although I have a feeling we might have got one because of the cock up with the last assembly when Thomas wasn't in there. Everything else your child is involved in, like class or celebration assemblies, you are automatically invited to watch.

      I know exactly how you feel about the toast. It's hard to understand if you have a child that will eat anything, but When they try something new it's such a great feeling.

      Thomas has met his new teacher. It's a man and he didn't seem too keen, so no doubt there'll be a few issues. Ah well, we'll see how it goes.

      Have a lovely Easter with Bill and Violet. The weather is lovely here today, not sure what the forecast is for the weekend though. xx

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    2. Just butting in - the amount of children's parents we have coming in to night owls seeing them eat all the different stuff we make as snacks is huge! Last week one mother was astounded to witness her Angel eating toasted cheese sandwiches! Said child won't eat cheese in any way shape or form and is iffy with bread!! At night owls, we serve it and everyone sits together. It's a social time. If they want it, hey can have it. We encourage nibbles to try with no big drama if they don't like it but huge congrats for trying! One mama spent a fortune on exotic fruit after witnessing her cherub scarfing down passion fruit, figs and papaya .
      He wouldn't touch it!!! Bloody kids!

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    3. Haha, the fruit thing made me laugh. I went in a couple of years ago to help with a live Jamie Oliver cooking session. All the children made wraps with grated carrots, beetroot, sweetcorn, etc. Thomas ate half of his and I thought we'd turned a corner. I bought exactly the same things for home and he refused to eat any of it. Dead right, Bloody Kids!

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  3. Have a lovely weekend Suzanne. You certainly deserve the tea and chocolates. I was given some easter eggs today and it's all I can do to save them until Sunday. X

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    1. Happy Easter Jules. The tea is delicious and Amy is helping me with the chocolates so I don't feel too guilty. I've had Easter eggs in the wardrobe for weeks and there have been evenings when I've been desperate to open one for that chocolate hit, but I'v restrained myself haha. Have a lovely weekend with the family. xx

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  4. That was a lovely and busy post. Well gone Thomas on the eggs. I do hope you can relax and enjoy your holiday preparation. Schools and their rules can be a real pain. And Prom time coming up for Amy. I was at a secondary school on Tuesday and it was Year 11 prom night that night, all the Year 11 pupils were allowed to leave at lunchtime - mainly so that the girls had time for all the hair, nails and make-up appointments!

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    1. Happy Easter MMC. We've done the scrambled eggs routine years ago, but this is Thomas all over. He'll eat the same food for weeks on end, then go off it and move onto something else for weeks. If he'd mix it up a bit it would seem better!

      I can imagine the girls taking ages to get ready. I bet they had a fantastic time. No prom here until after the exams and no idea where they're going until they're on the coach. And only then if they've managed to secure a ticket. The Head is a stickler for rules and regulations and sticking to her guns.

      Hope you and the family all have a lovely Easter Weekend. Do you have an Easter bunny at your house or not? Ours moved out a couple of years ago but I still have to hide eggs haha xx

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  5. What a detailed post today-numbers ain't my thing! I volunteer with an upcycling project and would be happy to take on the other two recycling pledges if that helps. My DH has just spent the afternoon building 8 little easels for my latest workshop-all made from recycled materials. Lovely to see Thomas cooking-he'll never starve if he can cook eggs. Cold wind here today but at least the washing is all dried and folded away. Catriona

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    1. That's kind of you Catriona; I went out for a meal with my 2 friends and got them to fill them in. I'm not sure if the final push will win them 1st prize but the other prizes aren't bad either, although I think they want the visit from Nadiya more than anything.

      Thomas is actually in the kitchen now making scrambled eggs on toast. I may well be redundant at this rate. The only thing he struggles with is buttering the toast. He has a go but I tidy it up for him.

      Same here with the weather, dry but windy and I've had washing on the line too.

      Hope you and your husband have a lovely Easter Weekend. xx

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    2. That's great news. Hope they win. Enjoy your holiday in the sun. Catriona

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  6. Would you believe I picked up a box of that rose lemonade tea yesterday (pretty box!) but wasn't sure I'd like it so I stuck it back on the supermarket shelf. Will definitely buy a box next time. Good to see your boy cooking. He'll soon be turning out brioches! Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend and that chocolate features a LOT!

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    1. Try it Liz, it's really refreshing. There's a slight hint of sherbert to it but it's a subtle taste overall.

      Thomas made scrambled eggs again last night then got the cook book out and was looking up cakes. Bless him. We are having a quiet Saturday, then tomorrow we'll see Joan and are going for tea at Aunty Ediths. My brother and family are coming for a brew and a hot cross bun on Monday. Hope you and yours are enjoying your weekend. xx

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  7. Not sure when you are setting FF, but I hope the getting there all goes smoothly and you enjoy the warm sunshiney lazing by the pool! Happy holidays xx

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    1. I'll be glad when I'm there. The flight used to be my biggest problem, now it's the whole travelling thing. This is for Mark really, who in all honesty has worn me down with it over the months. I'd be quite happy going somewhere in this country. xx

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    2. I know what you mean, I'm glad we stay in the UK. Though I have been tempted by a cruise but setting off from this country! No planes!!

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