Sunday, 16 July 2017

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Thomas is allowed to stay up with Amy at weekend and last night we went to bed leaving them both playing a game in the Xbox room. 

Suddenly, he came barging into the bedroom all of a dither. Amy had stood up, knocked his laptop on the floor and as he'd leaned forward to catch it, the dish he had on his knee dropped onto it and crack the LED display thingy leaving a lovely rainbow effect on the screen.

You have to be careful with Thomas, even a normal reaction of  'bloody hell' can reduce him to panic and tears, so we told him to turn it off, go to bed and we'd deal with it in the morning. 

Luckily we took out a care plan when he bought it, mainly because it wasn't cheap and he'd bought it with his own money that Tom had given him. I was against doing it as we don't bother with any plans or insurance for anything like this normally, but Mark insisted and I'm glad he did. We've already had a hardware problem with it and we just took it back and handed it over to be fixed. Same this morning. We handed it in and we can pick it up again in a week.

On the way back we stopped at the shops and I picked up the last of the gifts for his teachers. 

When I asked him how many I needed to buy for he said 4. Then there's the 2 office staff, a lovely man who goes in and listens to them read every week, a teacher who runs lego club, plus his Year 3 teacher who I will never be able to thank enough for helping Thomas through a difficult time.

We decided on bottles of wine for the office staff and his Y3 teacher as I know they're partial to a glass or two of vino, biscuits for the man, and a little goody bag of wine, chocolates and stationery for the rest. I favour nobody staff wise. I know what goes on in schools and everybody works hard.

The rest of the day has been spent doing bits and bobs. Amy has been in work and Thomas has been practising skipping with my dressing gown cord for sports day tomorrow. He's also in the 3 legged race which makes me and Mark smile. He walks with a little bit of a limp so it will be interesting to see how he fares trying to run with one of his legs tied to a friend's. But he volunteered for both races so he must think he's capable.

After raining all day yesterday, it's been lovely today so Mark has been re-grouting the patio. He found some filler on line where rather than mixing cement and having to work your way around on all fours, all you have to do is wet the patio and brush the filler into the gaps then leave it to set. 

I've spent the day doing not very much, which has been rather nice. 

Hope you've all had a lovely Sunday. 

           

xxx














24 comments:

  1. Thomas will be lost without his laptop but thank goodness it's only for a week. A good job you took out the cover for it.

    The teacher gift thing...yet another American import.
    We never did it when my two were at school although I wouldn't have begrudged it at all as mine had some brilliant teachers.

    Good luck to Thomas for his sports day tomorrow. It's Ruby's too and I will be there cheering her on.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. You know his so well Sheila lol. Thank goodness he's still got the Xbox.

      I don't begrudge a little token gift for any of his teachers, they've all worked really hard with him and it's just a little nod and a thank you. All, apart from his Y5 teacher that is who I never really took to but she left before the end of the year so I didn't have to buy her a gift.

      He absolutely loves the man that reads with them. I know who he is and he is a really nice bloke so a little thank you for him seemed appropriate as well and the office ladies work hard but often get over looked.

      Hope Ruby enjoys her sports day and the races she's taking part in :) xx

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  2. poor Thomas! Hope it was all sorted out today. Violet is the same, if I say anything remotely showing shock, she'll get all wound up about it. The pink hair situation was one of those times, she still got all worked up about it, when in fairness I'd managed to stay amazingly calm despite thinking she'd got a head injury.

    We are only doing one teacher pressie this year, meant to do it today, but so far have not done so. What do you get for a 28 year old bloke? I don't know.

    Thanks for your email. appreciated that :O)

    Have a lovely Sunday evening. Hurrah to the last week finally being here! xx

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    1. Oh yes the pink hair saga lol. He's just so sensitive you can't raise your voice to him at all, even if you're not actually shouting AT him it can still send him into complete panic bless him.

      Men are hard to buy for aren't they. Thomas has a male teacher in Year 2. I was working there at the time so knew he liked reading so we bought him a book token which he really appreciated. Apart from that I'd probably just send in biscuits or chocolate as a token thank you.

      My blood boiled on your behalf about you know what but not everybody is like us. I'd make a point of not missing anybody out but some people just don't think, although you'd expect more from staff.

      Hope Violet enjoys her last week at school. Sports Day tomorrow and then the leavers party. xx

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  3. p.s re-read your post. A week is better than never! so that's good! x

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    1. A week is long enough though Sadie lol! Just hope it's back in time for when we go to the van. xx

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  4. what a thoughtful parent and student you both are.

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    1. Aww, thank you Tania. I happen to think they all deserve a little something and I'm doing it because I want to not because it's expected. The ladies in the office work hard and quite often get overlooked. The man who reads is lovely with Thomas although from what he's said I think they do more chatting than reading, but the man thinks Thomas is brilliant to talk to. The Y3 teacher will be one of those teachers you remember for all the right reasons and the lego club teacher has spent loads of time with Thomas and is totally switched on to him. Then there are 2 teachers - one for English, one for Maths and they each have a teaching assistant, who sometimes, though not always, seem to do more than the teacher! So everybody is very deserving. xx

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  5. Thank goodness for insurance-we never think it's worth the money until we need it! I'm glad you included the office staff and teaching assistants and the man who helps with the reading in your gifts. Too often people give to the teacher alone forgetting it tales a whole school, as well as a supportive family, to give a child an appropriate education. I am knitting a scarf/shawl with Candy Swirl by Stylecraft but the colour changes are very far apart so I'm not sure that I'm loving it just yet. Hope the laptop is mended soonest in time for your holidays. Catriona

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    1. The insurance for the laptop has definitely come in handy Catriona. We don't bother with it usually because whatever goes wrong never seems to be covered - insurance companies seem good at!

      Everybody works hard in school so I'm happy to buy them a little something as they've all helped Thomas.

      The scarf/shawl sounds lovely, what colour did you choose? I'm looking forward to cracking on with my poncho next week. xx

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    2. I chose apple sour and I'll instagram it when it's done. Catriona

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    3. Lovely choice. Bet it looks gorgeous when it's knitted up. xx

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  6. Thank goodness for the insurance! Hopefully he'll be happy with the xbox for the week.
    Having worked in the school system for nearly 30 years I have received quite the range of gifts from kids. I've worked with very very poor kids and very very rich ones. So my gifts have ranged from a framed picture of Jesus with cracked glass, a christmas mug with a chip in it all the way to a cashmere sweater, flowers, plants, candles, gift cards and many boxes of chocolates!! I have to say I liked the gift cards-usually for coffee shops or book stores. No matter what, it was the thought that counts. Often it was the families that could least afford it always wanted to give you something.
    I've spent the weekend with the DIL as she was having a garage sale trying to get rid of stuff in preparation for their move to B.C. It was fairly busy yesterday but a waste of time today. Oh well, she made a couple hundred dollars but she figures that was about $2 an hour when you figure all the hours preparing for it!!!lol

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    1. Well, I'm not sure happy is a word I'd use right now Janice lol. They played an Xbox game yesterday where they could make choices about what happens and they both ended up in tears - apparently the story line was really sad - so I hope they don't choose another one of them again!

      I love your gift list from the children :) On one of our bring a bottle days somebody brought in half a bottle of aftershave. I put it to one side to throw away but forgot about it which was just as well because the day after a parent came to the office asking for it back. Apparently they were in bed when the child had left for school and they'd forgotten the bottle day so the child had helped himself to the aftershave. Have to say I felt very sorry for the child in question who had to get themselves to school and sort their own bottle of stuff out.

      Showing my ignorance here but what does BC stand for? Garage/Car Boots can be hit and miss and do take a lot of time to sort out but if you've nothing else planned and you can raise some money and get rid of some stuff as well it all helps. xx

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    2. BC stands for British Columbia which is the most western province. Son#2, Terry, lives in Vancouver on the coast, one block from the beach. Son#1, Gary and Rhonda are moving to Vernon, across the street from the lake, in the Okanagan Valley, which is sort of the middle, southern part of the province. It gets very hot and they don't get as cold as here in the winter and the growing season is much longer. That's where a lot of our fruit comes from. My sister has lived out there, different city, since she finished college and loves it. My parents moved there when my dad retired and stayed for about 10 years. They are all on the west side of the Rocky Mountains and we are on the east side in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Son#3 and family live here, Calgary Alberta, but they are vacationing in San Francisco at the moment. TMI?!!!lol

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    3. No, not too much information at all, I've just spent some time travelling around Canada looking at where you all live :) Do you mind me asking what took your parents over there in the first place and have you or any of your family ever been back to the UK? xx

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    4. We came to Canada in 1966 as my parents didn't think the prospects for us kids was very good in the UK at that time, far more opportunities for us in Canada. I think it was pretty brave of them. They had 5 kids ranging in age 15yrs. to 18mths. and my dad had 50 pounds to come with!!! He was a policeman in Manchester and he was told that another policeman had gone to Calgary. My dad wrote to him and he invited us to come and stay with them 'til we got on our feet. What he didn't tell us was that his wife wasn't in agreement with this and didn't want us there!!! My dad got a job right away and when he got a paycheck we moved into our own house.
      My mom and youngest brother went back to see my grandmother when he was about 8yrs. old. My sister spent a year in Germany, after she graduated high school, staying with some family friends in the military so she went to England a couple of times. I, very foolishly, got married to a guy from Belfast, N. Ireland when I was 18 and we went to live in Belfast and I went to Manchester a few times during that time. After 2 years I came back to Canada, by myself!!!

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    5. It was brave of them to take such a big decision especially with 5 children, although if it was your futures they were thinking about, it must have just felt the right thing to do. Goodness, fancy the policeman inviting you all over to stay with them only for his wife not to be happy about it. Maybe he knew you wouldn't be with them long as your Dad would easily get a job.

      Ah, we all do foolish things in our lives, it's realising we have and doing something about it that's important and you obviously did :)

      It sounds as though it all worked out for your family if you are still over there. I've no idea how it would have compared to here in the 60's but it's probably a better way of life than we have over here in this day and age. xx

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  7. Oh no! Thank goodness for insurance and I'm glad Thomas wasn't too upset by the incident.
    The whole gift thing is difficult isn't it? I've got Lily's key worker a bracelet. She has been a huge help to Lily since last September.
    Good luck to Thomas on sports day. X

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    1. Morning Jules :) He was upset but I managed to calm him down before he hit that 'no return' barrier!

      The bracelet is a lovely idea. I don't begrudge anybody a little thank you gift especially if they've been extra helpful.

      Skipping practice was in full force here yesterday. He can skip but moving forward while doing so needed some work :) xx

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  8. Glad you had insurance on the laptop and it can be fixed. Glad you managed to stay calm enough to keep Thomas from getting more upset. Sounds like you got some nice gifts for his teachers and school staff. We, too, used to give Christmas and year-end gifts to all of daughter's teachers and school staff and did so until she graduated from high school.

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    1. Yes, the insurance was definitely worth paying and we've had a text today saying it's in the workshop and somebody is working on it. It's hard not to react naturally sometimes but it's easier in the long run. It can take him ages to calm down although he's not half as bad as he used to be.

      I like to give a little gift to the teachers. They've all put in a lot of effort with Thomas over the years. xx

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  9. I hope the laptop was fixed promptly! Poor Thomas. You are a in the 'lovely appreciative parent' class!!
    My favourite things from children are the cards they write though this year the giant bottle of prosecco that came from a grateful parent was very well received!!

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    1. We pick it up tomorrow so I'm very happy with that and so is Thomas.

      I do appreciate the teachers - a lot. They put a lot of effort in. Some of the overall school situations have been a different matter but that's life I suppose.

      Is the prosecco on ice waiting for a celebration or was the last day of term a good enough reason to pop the cork. xx

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