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Final word (on this whole “both kids in same school” thing)

September 16th, 2011 · 5 Comments · lucy, school, Uncategorized

Last October’s post: “I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother […]

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The Long and Winding Road

September 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments · education, lucy, oliver, reflections, school

Way back in October last year, I wrote a post about picturing my daughter in her school uniform going to the same school as her big brother. It was a battle cry, asserting my dream and my intention to grasp it whatever it may take. This week, the dream became reality and I had the […]

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Blasts from their Pasts

August 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments · lucy, music, oliver

Tonight before the kids went to bed, I told them I would play them the songs that remind me of each of them the most and they had to guess which was theirs. To help hold their attention I found Youtube clips of each song. Oliver guessed the first was his. Lucy abstained. Oliver was […]

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Justice

July 24th, 2011 · 6 Comments · lucy, oliver, school, siblings

It was back in December 2009 that we had to choose which school Oliver would attend. I can still picture that fateful day. We were driving along a road close to our home under a grey sky. It was almost the toss of a coin between his catchment school and another equally good school that […]

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Limbo

July 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments · lucy, school

Many months ago I posted about the long struggle to get both our children into the same school. After deciding to take our chances and gamble that Lucy would get a place at Oliver’s school, even though the local authority had changed the admissions criteria, we got the bad news in April that our gamble […]

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Quiet time?

April 6th, 2011 · 5 Comments · bedtime, lucy, parenting, photo, sleep, tantrums

Babies sleep. A lot. Older children also need a lot of sleep. The trouble is, they don’t always want it. The 12 hours from 7pm to 7am should primarily be a time of quiet in our house. It is rarely so. OK, the kids do tend to be asleep not long after 8pm, but on […]

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And she’s off!

March 21st, 2011 · 8 Comments · bike, biking, hayley, islabike, lucy, video, wheels

Last week, with a little help from Mummy, Lucy got straight up and running on a proper bike at the first attempt. She had been pestering Hayley all morning to let her have a go and when she got her chance she took it with some aplomb. So she is riding at exactly 3 years […]

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Things to do with the kids – Paint a pot!

March 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · art, local, lucy, oliver, things to do with the kids

For the recent half-term holiday week, Hayley took a much-deserved couple of days break with some girlfriends at a nice hotel in the Peak District. This gave me the perfect opportunity to get creative with the kids and produce a nice gift for her into the bargain. We took ourselves 20 minutes down the road […]

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Storytime

March 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · books, local, lucy, photo, politics, reading, stockport

Lucy had a story read to her today at the library. The reader was our Member of Parliament, Ann Coffey! Apparently Lucy turned up late to proceedings, dragging over a chair to sit right in front of Ann (as pictured). Hayley reported that Ann read the story very well and Lucy enjoyed it.

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What’s on my…

November 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments · books, lucy, music, photo, work

Bookshelf Just finished: “One Day” by David Nicholls. Engaging if seemingly plodding at first, it lulled me in then hit me with a killer punch. Just starting: “The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better For Everyone” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. A book that claims to expose that “almost everything – from life […]

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