Monday, 30 September 2013

In The Wars


Hello Monday

Hello to The Brainy One's birthday.
Hello to a brief meeting with a prospective helper for The Boy Child.  School will make the appointment.
Hello to Dance class.
Hello to the new Headmaster's introductory talk about the PTA.
Hello to a routine medical appointment.  Why is it so difficult to get an appointment with a doctor?
Hello to another weekday walk; this time the Inns of Court.
Hello to not having anything else marked on the calendar.  Hooray.

How does your week look?

Friday, 27 September 2013

Sharing a Cuppa

Hi, hi, it's so lovely to see you.  Come on in, but don't take your coat off, we're not stopping.  We're off round the corner for coffee and cake.
The Granny of a pupil at The Boy Child's school is hosting a MacMillan Coffee Morning.
There will be cake.
Lots of cake.
What's that?  You won't know anyone?  No need to worry, as I'm sure I won't know that many people, either.
How have you been?  How has September been for you?  It's always a time of transition and new experiences in this house.  The Boy Child is happy to be in Year 2, but we have all been taken aback by the amount of homework he has most evenings.
The new Head has made a positive start, is taking a keen interest in The Boy Child and has great expectations of and for him.  We are encouraged.
I am meeting a lady on Monday who is a possible candidate for helping The Boy Child in the afternoons.  She sounds very nice on the telephone, so I am hopeful she will be a good fit for The Boy Child.  
Nearly there.  Do you see the balloons on the gate post?
Are you a baker?  I love to watch Bake Off on Tuesday evenings, but my baking expertise is limited to biscuits and cookies these days.  I fancy making cakes, but The Brainy One always says he doesn't need the calories!  
We're here.
Oh, my, just smell that.
Brewing coffee and fresh-out-of-the-oven cakes.

This post has been brought to you in association with Abi's invitation to share a cup of tea.
  

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Weekday Walks

Little Venice on a beautiful September day.
The ladies who walk.
From left: S is from Australia, O is newly arrived from Norway and doesn't have horns in real life (not sure of her home country), Y is from Holland, as is P.
Such is life in cosmopolitan London. 
 The Grand Union canal; the busiest canal in the UK
 Floating cafe and permanent floating homes on the Regent's Canal.
The home of Little Venice's newest resident: Robbie Williams.  He paid £27 million sterling. 
I really enjoyed the guided tour today.  The guide was both knowledgeable and witty. Two hours passed very quickly and we still had time for a pub lunch (which I forgot to photograph).
Next up, the Inns of Court.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Hello Monday

Hello Dance class.  A new dance to learn every class.  Hard work, but such good fun.
Hello to making an appointment to meet with The Boy Child's teacher.  As well as the curriculum and homework, I want to discuss how he will accommodate The Boy Child's Autism when he (TBC) is not supported.  I also have questions and suggestions regarding his (the teacher) input on the Statement Review.
Hello to making routine appointments: doctor for me and dentist for The Boy Child.
Hello to exploring Little Venice with a few other school mums on Wednesday.  Little Venice is not a part of London I know at all.
~ Hippy chicks; Blackpool, late 1970s ~ 
Hello to wishing my sister a happy birthday.
Hello to Thursday afternoon swimming at school.  I told a few kids off last week; I should clarify my position.  Am I The Boy Child's Mum or a member of staff?
Hello to attending a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses.  There will be cake.  Lots of cake.
Hello to messing about on the river on Saturday.  Worthy of its own blog post.

How does your week look?
  

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Thankful ...

... that The Boy Child has such a Good Friend.
The Good Friend who is overheard saying, "C'mon, The Boy Child, I'll take care of you."
The Good Friend who answered the question a good friend is with The Boy Child's name.
I see the Good Friend and my heart fills with love for him.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Scrapbook Saturday

I don't remember how I came across Allison Davis and Scrapbook Generation, but I'm happy that I did because she has a scrapping style I can relate to.  Every month she hosts sketch week with a free download.
I made a double page for The Boy Child's album about how he learnt to dress himself and dry himself unaided this summer.  I was pretty faithful to the sketch and I used paper from Becky Higgins' Kraft range. The alphas are Echo Park's So Happy Together range.
The second double page spread I completed was for our Florida album.  Before travelling to the US, both families had agreed that there was no need to be joined at the hip and as it turned out, there were only two or three occasions where we went our separate ways.
On the day we went to Fantasy of Flight, they went to Universal and Islands of Adventure.
The paper used in the Florida album is Echo Park's A Perfect Summer range. 

What have you been creating this week?

Friday, 20 September 2013

Comparing Notes

Firstly, I want to thank those of you who took the time to leave such positive and encouraging comments in relation to Wednesday's post.
There is another child at The Boy Child's school who has Autism and has a Statement of Educational Needs.  I met with his mum this morning and she shared her experiences with me, gave me some great advice and loaned me a book she considered essential reading.
Onwards and upwards, eh?
As for The Boy Child, he said he got eight out of ten in his spellings and did well in his times tables.  I have to believe him because I have no evidence of either of these facts. His new teacher is not as forthcoming as his last.
However, I took him at his word and treated him to supper at London's Best Pizzeria.
And what of his promise that he would do his writing homework after supper (three pages of reading done before we went)?  
Didn't happen.
I was told that he hated me.
I was told that I was horrid.
He cried.
He has no access to the iPad all weekend.
Onwards and upwards, eh?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Homework Versus Autism

I lied to my cousin this afternoon.
She asked me, via text message, how we were.
I told her we were good, thanks.
And that wasn't true.
I was at screaming pitch and The Boy Child was crying.
The cause?
Homework.
We have discovered that there is a huge jump between Year 1 and Year 2.
And the jump in to Year 2 with Autism tagging along side has been enormous.
We are two weeks in to the new school year and obviously still finding our way.
On tonight's agenda was the following: reading, ten times tables, ten spelling words and four spelling sentences (which is where The Boy Child is supposed to write a sentence that has a spelling word in it).
There are ten spelling words each week and he has four nights to write out ten sentences.  For example: spelling word is joke.  Sentence is Mummy can't tell a joke.
Where to draw the line?
Do we want the teacher to make allowances for The Boy Child and set less homework?
The Boy Child is capable.  Just look at how far he has come since starting school.
We fought hard to get The Boy Child in to his school and we fought hard to have him granted a Statement of Educational Needs.
Is it a case of wait and see?
Do we voice our concerns and worries now?
I can't face the idea of every school day ending with raised voices and tears.
I've written this post purely as a means to giving some semblance of a voice to all that I am feeling right now.  I know that Autism doesn't come with a quick-fix.  We're in this for the long haul.
In a little over an hour The Boy Child will be in bed.
The Brainy One and I will watch Who Do You Think You Are? and drink tea and eat chocolate.
Tomorrow will be another day.
And we'll start again.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Simply a Moment

"Right, that's me away; I've a meeting at nine."
And with that the Headmaster leaves the basement dining room.
I'm there because it's coffee-morning-with-second-hand-uniform-sale morning, which I run with the other Ruth.  At almost nine o'clock, the parents have gone.
There is still a fair amount of uniform piled up on one of the dining tables, mostly larger-sized jumpers. Blazers and PE kit have sold well.
Not moving so well was the tea and coffee.  No-one appeared to have time to stop and chat over a cuppa. But I managed two cups of tea (and a chocolate chip cookie).
I begin putting uniform back in to the storage boxes.  The other Ruth counts the money.  We return cups, saucers and a tray of biscuits to the kitchen.  Chef is making meat balls for lunch.  The Boy Child will be delighted.
We lug the boxes back up the stairs and leave them outside the Head's office.  We can't put them away because his previously mentioned meeting is under way.  The other Ruth hands the money over to the Bursar and cheerfully announces that we made a little over £150.
Not bad for a little over an hour's work.
Not bad at all.
09.10 hours, Tuesday, 17 September, 2013

Alexa, of Trimming the Sails, invites people to share a moment with her around this date of each month. Nothing fancy, just a few well chosen words, or a photo, or a scrapbook page.
What's your moment?    

Monday, 16 September 2013

Week in the Life: Sunday in Review

~ good morning: something of a lie-in ~
~ pre-breakfast play ~
 ~ en route to the cinema ~
 ~ meeting friends for Justin and the Knights of Valour ~
 ~ bus home ~
 ~ chores: emptying the dishwasher ~
 ~ swimming lesson ~
 ~ supper ~
 ~ catching practice: good for those fine motor skills ~ 
 ~ bath time ~
~ watching the final part of What Remains; it was particularly gruesome ~
 ~ final check ~
 ~ good night ~
So.  A small give-away each day of Week in the Life, I think.
A random selection of randomly selected Project Life journalling cards in both 6x4 and 3x4 formats. Perfectly suitable/adaptable for non-Project Life creating, too.  
If you would like to enter the draw for these, please leave a comment and send me an email with Sunday Give-Away in the subject line to:  roo1968ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk.
Give-away open all week.
Give-away may differ slightly from items shown.


Hello Monday

Hello to another reasonably full week.
Hello to dance class.
Hello to preparing for second-hand uniform sale at school.
Hello to running second-hand uniform sale at school.
Hello to The Boy Child going on a school trip ~ London Eye and Aquarium.
Hello to helping at Thursday afternoon swimming. Forty children.
Hello to the Brainy One being away for three days.

How does your week look?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Week in the Life: Saturday in Review

~ good morning ~
 ~ getting ready ~
 ~ cafe in the park ~ 
 ~ The Brainy One leaving for an afternoon/evening function ~
 ~ time out for both of us ~
 ~ meeting his swimming teacher after Family Swim ~
 ~ supper at Carluccio's ~
 ~ me: ironing | him: watching Dad's Army ~
 ~ quiet time before bed ~
~ cuppa, Jelly Babies and an episode of The Sopranos ~
 ~ final check ~
 ~ good night ~
So.  A small give-away each day of Week in the Life, I think.
A random selection of randomly selected Project Life journalling cards in both 6x4 and 3x4 formats. Perfectly suitable/adaptable for non-Project Life creating, too.  
If you would like to enter the draw for these, please leave a comment and send me an email with Saturday Give-Away in the subject line to:  roo1968ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk.
Give-away open all week.
Give-away may differ slightly from items shown.


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Week in the Life: Friday in Review

~ good morning ~
 ~ getting ready ~
 ~ school run ~
 ~ second breakfast while I wait to give blood ~
 ~ 25th pint donated ~
~ de-gunking the detergent tray from the washing machine ~
 ~ assisting with bathing the pooch ~
 ~ post-school treat: all told, a good first full week in Year 2 ~
~ bath time ~
 ~ cuppa and two episodes of The Sopranos ~
 ~ final check ~
 ~ good night ~
So.  A small give-away each day of Week in the Life, I think.
A random selection of randomly selected Project Life journalling cards in both 6x4 and 3x4 formats. Perfectly suitable/adaptable for non-Project Life creating, too.  
If you would like to enter the draw for these, please leave a comment and send me an email with Friday Give-Away in the subject line to:  roo1968ATyahooDOTcoDOTuk.
Give-away open all week.
Give-away may differ slightly from items shown.