The year 8 challenge
Jul22

The year 8 challenge

A couple of months ago, my daughter came home from school very excited because they had been told they all needed to do their own ‘year 8 challenge’. The girls had to set themselves a target and work towards it over the course of a few weeks. One of my daughter’s friends had just started doing parkrun with her anyway, so they decided to work together towards a 28 minute parkrun. As it happens, my daughter has run a...

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Silent Sunday 21.7.19
Jul21

Silent Sunday 21.7.19

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Project 365 2019 Week 29
Jul20

Project 365 2019 Week 29

It’s been a busy week, with a lot of coming and going for the kids. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 195 – Sunday 14th July – my husband and I went for a 13 mile run in the morning, just for fun! My daughter packed up her stuff for camping the next day and we had a visit from my niece and nephew. The only photos I took were of the garden and the wonderful wildflowers I planted for 58p. Day 196 –...

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Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson
Jul19

Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

We heard Jacqueline Wilson mention Dancing the Charleston the last time we saw her at Cheltenham Literature Festival nearly two years ago (we’ve seen her three times). So I knew we had to buy it as soon as I saw it in Waterstones. My daughter has loved Jacqueline Wilson for as long as I can remember. She’s 13 now, so she ‘should’ have grown out of her books by now, but does it really matter? Harry Potter books...

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18th birthday checklist
Jul18

18th birthday checklist

I started the year excited that my eldest was going to turn 18. Raising a child all the way to adulthood is a pretty big achievement. I wanted to make his 18th birthday really special for him and for him to know that I’d put the effort in. To be honest, I wanted to make it special for myself too. I wanted to look back and know that I’d done more for his 18th than I usually do for birthdays. I’d planned to start...

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