Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lasts & Firsts

Such a season of change in the police house, lots of lasts inevitably leading to new firsts. New schools, colleges, courses and jobs, all reminding me of how quickly small people grow.



Oldest boy, as ever leads the way into new paths as he left school earlier in the summer.


First Prom and how how did we miss the hugeness of that event for so many years? Such a fun evening watching beautiful teenagers make their entrance up the school hill to celebrate the end of an era. My boy and his pals made a spectacular entrance as they bounced up the hill in their finery.



Exam results, finally reaching sixteen, working, going to music festivals and enrolling in college for A levels: huge life events for this not so little boy (more for his mother in reality).

Starting new exam courses, babysitting, socialising, getting new piercings, we have hardly seen our beautiful girl this summer.




About to start the new adventure of senior school, having shared the ear piercing experience with her older sister,  my girl has spent the summer making amazing creations using duct tape and crafting beautiful friendship bracelets. A font of quirky knowledge and keeping us all happy with her delicious cakes,  this fantastic girl even sewed in her own name labels for her new uniform. That's a first I welcome.


The chilled peacemaker of the family is next, about to move into his last class of primary school this boy has truly discovered football. When not playing, or illicitly retrieving a ball from a neighbouring garden, he will be reciting a random football fact. Beating his big brother in the fantasy football league was the highlight of his summer. Easily forgiving  his mummy for getting the wrong time and accepting disappointment at being too late to enter the football league at church camp, this boy is such a star.



Another August boy has firmly put little boy toys behind him. All trace of toddler ness has been firmly ejected from his bedroom and he is sharing the football and cricket passions with his big brothers. Six years old and loving reading the beano and playing Lego batman, he has grown up so much over the summer. Another super star.




This small girl who is no longer small is leaving toddler times behind and rapidly developing into a little (bossy) girl. Still battling with the eye patch,  she gave a spectacularly stubborn performance in front of the consultant, hands clamped over her eyes refusing to play any eye test games. Not her finest hour, just as well we love her!


This little girl continues to charm us all with her giggles and smiles.


As the late September sun shines I want to capture this time; life is good and I am feeling very thankful.


Tell me a thankful moment for you!

44 comments:

  1. I am thankful for Jess's journey of discovery at Church Camp and I am thankful for my church family and I am thankful for your blog so that I can read and be inspired, x

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    1. That is so precious Jo, thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful comment xxx

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  2. Your children look wonderful and it sounds like they are all doing great. I'm thankful for my happy little family and our home, which we really love, and our busy life with school and friends. :)

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    1. It's so good to remember the happy bits - they can so easily get lost xx

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  3. I'm thankful that I was able to see K and A get married in the place of their dreams 5 weeks ago, that KL has some good flatmates at uni, and that my eye was fixed (again) by the consultant I saw last week.

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    1. All such lovely reasons to be thankful. Looking forward to writing something like that about my babes. Enjoy that amazing gift of sight xxxxx

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  4. Your blog brings tears to my eyes. Such wonderful memories, I wish I was as patient as you. Your blog captures all the important bits of life that we so often overlook.

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    1. Andy has just had a chuckle at the thought of me being seen as patient! Your words made me cry! Enjoy your precious moments today beautiful friend xxx

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  5. This is such a lovely post. Time marches on, whether we like it or not and your family are doing you proud. I am thankful that my youngest started school happily and loves it there. x

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    1. Hurrah for happy school entrance! So pleased all well x

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  6. What a beautiful post, so many happy memories and so many more to come.
    love jooles xxx

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    1. looking forward to more happy moments x

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  7. What fabulous photos of all your family! I'm glad to read that the new school year is going well. Jx

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    1. Thank you and hope school good for you too? x

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  8. Great minds do think alike. What a beautiful post to remind to be thankful for all the blessing God had given you. Can I repost on the busy mummy blog next week.?

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    1. That would be great! Thank you lovely x

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  9. Such a lovely post full of memories. Great photos. x

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  10. What a delightful bunch of kids, such lovely stages to celebrate

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  11. So many great lasts & firsts! I think when you have a big family they hit you all at once, and leave you a little breathless, tearful and excited all in one. I love your big boy's mode of transport to Prom.

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  12. I don't think I had truly registered before just how many kids you have - total respect! A lovley post, thanks for sharing. Sorry I did not stop by last weekend, Miss M ended up breaking her elbow so we spent my blogging time at A&E! Mich x

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    1. Poor you & her! Sometimes I forget how many I have....

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  13. What a beautiful, happy and talented lot of children you have!
    I have only the one precious daughter, and would have loved her to have had siblings to play with, but it was not to be.
    Enjoy your lovely family Grace!
    Gill xx

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