CM - I take it that work may have contributed to you needing a month off. Hope you manage to get back into the swing of things and it's not too stressful. My work is ok, like RF I'm lucky enough to work (mostly) with a good bunch of people, but still the idea of doing this for the next 20 years makes me want to run away sometimes.
My hubby has awful writing too - he doesn't think it's that bad but I think it's a scrawl. Issie's writing is perfectly legible and not too bad (for a 6 yr old) but like I said she'll reverse a lot of letters including s, n, and p - so it's obvious it's more than just your standard kids getting b and d the wrong way round. She'll also muddle letters so if she's writing "love" she'll write "lvoe" - all the right letters just not in the right order.
RF - I think the strathpuffer sounded fun ... but only for other people, would never be able to manage something like that myself. You must enjoy it really, so good luck and have fun.
I keep forgetting about the plank challenge - will have to set a reminder on my phone or something so I do it every day. Whenever I remember I do a 1:30 one but I think I've only remembered 3 times so far - where is everybody else up to on it?
Congratulations to TB - cute photo on FB, love the scrummy little babas.
Sorry to hear about your FIL Caro - might be worth looking into the charity transport thing TT was talking about as my FIL was too weak to drive himself during chemo.
Shows how education has changed I guess, in that your hubby got all the way to uni before being diagnosed. Issie is 6 and in year 2, so it's her last year at infants and if she is dyslexic I want her (and us) to be prepared for how this is going to affect her going into juniors next year and what we can do to help her. Hate to think of her having to struggle all the way through school.
Will give Roding Valley some thought - might be the goal I need to work towards.
Hello ladies - for the first time in months have found a small window of opportunity to have a quick catch up here. Sorry to read some of you going through tough times and black clouds. Good to hear about impending new arrivals though - look forward to seeing some pictures of Tatty's little one soon.
So we've been through some ups and downs since I last posted. FIL passing away at beginning of Sept was very hard on all of us. He'd been ill for a long time (non hodgkins lymphoma and then other blood / bone marrow related problems caused by the chemo) but he deteriorated very quickly at the end and about 2 weeks after the doctors said they couldn't offer any more treatment he passed away. Girls all handled it differently, Lily just won't talk about it, Issie has pictures of Grampa all over her bedroom wall and Anna is just too young to really understand. Very sad.
Another worry is that Issie is now being assessed for dyslexia. She has always been behind her peers in reading and writing but I'd been assured by previous teachers that "all children learn at different speeds" and that because she is one of the youngest in the class it might take her longer to pick things up. But by the start of this school year it was clear there was something more going on as as well as struggling with the reading she still reverses a lot of letters and some numbers too when writing. Fortunately the head of year is fantastic and is really supportive so Issie is getting a lot of additional help but we're just waiting now for the LEA to send somebody to do the official assessment so we know what we're dealing with.
Positives are that Anna started nursery in September and absolutely loves it. She does one full day and 4 half days and has lots of friends already. Lily is in the running club at school and was selected for the school to run in the borough cross country race the other week. She did brilliantly and I was so proud of her. Hubby's business is taking off a bit more now he has more time to devote to it when Anna is at nursery so he's added another 2 midweek bootcamp sessions and has managed to fill most of the places with mums from school. With Xmas coming up the extra money will definitely help.
I'm still plodding along with my running. Don't know what has happened lately though as the last few months every run I do feels hard even if only running for 4 or 5 miles. I know I'm not running as often as at the beginning of the year when I was running 5 or 6 times a week but I'm still getting out 3 times a week at least. Oh well, will keep going for as long as my old legs will let me.
Anyway, hope you ladies are all keeping well and will try not to leave it another 6 months before catching up with you all again. Although I feel like I'm keeping up to date by nosying at what a lot of you are up to through FB x
Oh, and Caro - have you been to the new Leyton lagoon yet, hubby took kids the other week and they loved it.
JT - that's awful about the wait. Hope Archie is okay now. They really should take the age of child into consideration more, especially in the evenings when these young kids should be tucked up asleep in bed so are going to be massively overtired as well as potentially unwell.
CC - sorry to hear your car is dead. We've been wanting to trade up to a 7 seater for ages but couldn't afford it but a friend of my mum's is selling a Zafira which is 3 yrs old and only has about 12,000 miles on clock. Anybody else got one? Hubby thinks it might be too small and there won't be enough boot space with the extra seats out. I'm your typical girly driver and just wondered what colour it was!
Thanks for good luck messages. Lily was fabulous!! So relaxed and confident, only a tiny bit of nerves sneaked in which meant she didn't hold some if the notes for as long as she normally can but overall fantastic. So proud, had tears in my eyes when I met up with her after the show. She absolutely loved doing it too and was on such a high she couldn't sleep so we had a cuddle on the sofa catching up on the tennis until 10pm. Next stop, the west end stage !
JG - it's definitely worth persevering with as their tastes do change. Lily is 10 now and although she'll at least try most things and isn't too fussy, there are still a few things that she's not keen on. In the last couple of years though we've seen a real change with her enjoying food with strong flavours much more. I do think eating together as a family as often as you can is really important though. I know that mine are more likely to try foods because they see us eating them but I also know I'm lucky that I can manage to get home from work in time to have a family dinner pretty much every day. Hubby is a brilliant cook and has dinner on the table when I get home - kids mostly always have the same as us unless he does a really spicy dish (although he'll often add chilli to a lot of the meals he cooks and then just lets the kids add natural yoghurt to cool theirs down a bit).
Oh, any lying to the kids is always good to get them to eat stuff. Issie decided a few weeks back that she didn't like prawns anymore so we told her that the ones on her plate were actually "chicken prawns" so they tasted just like chicken (which she loves) and she then ate them all. She's now convinced that the "chicken prawn" exists and checks when we have prawns that these are the chicken variety and not the normal ones!
Well tonight is Lily's school production of Alice in Wonderland and she has the main role of Alice. She's been working really hard learning all the lines and her solo songs (all 5 of them!) but I think I'm actually more nervous than she is. Really just hope she enjoys it as she's been a bit stressed and upset on occasions when she's struggled to remember some of the words to the songs. Personally, I think the parts are too large for her age group - on top of the songs she tells me she has 57 lines to remember. Anyway, fingers crossed it all goes okay and they have fun doing it.