Week 16 saw DS conversing with the Almighty. There were more afternoon adventures involving buses, trains and coffee shops (thank goodness for loyalty cards). The pooch paid a visit to the dog grooming place ~ long overdue. The weekend was a total washout.
DS received an invitation to a party, but there's too much personal information to show it. Ah, yes, the art of the self-portrait. More blackboard humour from the guys at the cafe. Thank-you gifts for the staff at Nursery. Miss F. having a goodbye hug with DS, who wasn't for playing ball.
** This post was brought to you in association with The MotherLOAD: Week 4 ~ photograph a favourite ritual.** I love to photograph DS when he's not aware that I'm there. He's getting to the stage now where he tells me to put the camera away.
See those trousers? They are his new Big School trousers and we are encouraging his desire to 'wear' his new uniform. Just wait till you see him in the blazer!
So that's it. DS has finished his year at Nursery School and as of September, he will be a fully-fledged School Boy. In the meantime, we now have about 6 weeks to fill.
~ no more walking past the allotments twice a day ~
In the best traditions of mums with school-age children, I made a list. And you know what? This list makes me smile.
Because it's exactly the sort of list we'd have had when I was little, albeit a different city, a different river and a different zoo. I've realised that in attempting to make the memories that DS will have, I'm giving him the exact kind of childhood I'd had. Last night, DH asked how the list was coming along and offered up a few suggestions ~ everything he mentioned, bar one, was already on the list. Looks as though that's the two of us giving DS the sort of childhood we both had.
And it doesn't get any better than that. Apart from the scrapbooking opportunities, obviously.
(Oh, and did you notice that I've written down National instead of Natural?)
Next week sees the beginning of the summer holidays for DS and I've decided to capture it all, in all its glory, warts and all, as part of 2011's Week in the Life project. As ever, Ali Edwards is providing a wealth of information on how to approach this project and has even lobbed in a free organisational pdf.
I'm keeping my project very simple by using 12x10 divided page protectors from American Crafts (I bought mine here), with divided 6x12 AC page protectors as an extra backup (bought here), should I happen to have a particularly photographic frenzy.
Into the mix I'm adding journaling cards (by Ali, bought here, but do watch out for UK bank charges).
The patterned paper is Nitwits Collections Essentials and you may recognise it from my Me: The Abridged Version project. You know, this project also qualifies as Scrapbooking on the Road, as we will be travelling for some of next week. There's a lot to be said for having the prep done before leaving home.
Will you be joining me? I know Amy and Robyn are.
The week that saw a non-birthday party ~ check out Grandad playing golf with his walking stick. A visit to the RAF Museum, a great favourite with DS. A visit from my beautiful GodDaughter (and her mum and big brother). Uniform shopping/ordering ready for Big School in September.
The week with incredibly bruised legs. An afternoon spent sorting out my FiL's family history memories from over 70 years ago and trying to 'prove' what he claimed to be correct. The biggest EuroMillions jackpot ever ~ it wasn't us! DS hand-in-hand with his wee friend. Getting to grips with the Big-Boy-Bike (click the photo to see the large plaster on DS's leg).