Project 365 Weeks 35 and 36

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with the start of my son’s apprenticeship, a weekend in Weymouth and the end of the summer holidays.

Here’s our fortnight in pictures…

Day 236 – Saturday 24th August – we went to see the British Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. (My son was supposed to compete there for his national athletics competition.) It was brilliant – there is so much to see with events on the track constantly, plus usually three field events at once. We saw the men’s long jump, which was an essential! I wasn’t sure we were actually going to make it inside though, as my son got a really intense headache in the car on the way there. When we arrived, he just had to lie on the grass in the shade for a while. Thank goodness it went away and didn’t come back!

British Athletics Championships

Day 237 – Sunday 15th August – a really hot 13 miles in the sun this morning. I rarely struggle when I run, but I really struggled this morning!

Running, Runner, Training, Heat, 365

Day 238 – Monday 26th August – bank holiday Monday and what my eldest described as his ‘last day of freedom’. He’d requested a trip out before he starts his apprenticeship tomorrow and had chosen Oxford. I thought he and the other menfolk looked very brightly coloured today. (My eldest is the one in the yellow T-shirt, as you can see, all three of them are pretty much the same height!)

Sons, Husband, Oxford, 365

Day 239 – Tuesday 27th August – my son started his apprenticeship! It was an unconventional start with a residential team building thing, so no photo of him looking smart in his work clothes. It was a very quiet day at home, as my daughter went on a sleepover. My younger son and I enjoyed watching the new series of Great British Bake Off in the evening and, yes, I am wearing my pyjamas! I always like to be ready for bed when I watch TV.

Great British Bake Off, Pyjamas, 365

Day 240 – Wednesday 28th August – a very quiet day, we didn’t do much at all. I picked my daughter up from her sleepover in the morning and she seemed fine. I got some new running trainers. I think it should be fairly obvious which are the new ones and why I needed them!

Running trainers, Trainers, New trainers, Old trainers, 365

Day 241 – Thursday 29th August – my son came home from his residential. He’d had a good time and the people were nice. Here’s hoping he will be happy there for the next few years! He’s got a polo shirt with his own name on it.

In the evening, I took my daughter to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. It was a very different production to the one I saw in London last month, but we both loved it. My daughter was surprised at how many of the songs she knows (I know all of them, word for word).

Day 242 – Friday 30th August – a very busy day, with lots of work, plus an appointment to get my daughter new pointe shoes, packing for our trip to Weymouth and the dentist for the kids. The dentist was brilliant – much more thorough than usual and really chatty with the kids. My daughter thought it was hilarious that my eldest had taken his flip flops off, so she sneaked this photo, then marked it up to send to my husband!

Dentist, Son, 365

Day 243 – Saturday 31st August – set off at 6am to visit my friend in Weymouth. We had to set off so early so that we could do Weymouth parkrun together. It was lovely to see her as I haven’t seen her for two years. A lot has changed in her life in that time, so it was a lot to take in. We spent most of the day walking.

Weymouth, Harbour, Boats, 365

Day 244 – Sunday 1st September – we went for a drive with my friend and her daughter to find somewhere for lunch and it took ages to find anywhere that actually had vegetarian food! After lunch, we set off for home. We were very close to West Bay, so I had to go and have a quick look at the cliffs made famous by Broadchurch.

West Bay, Dorset, Cliffs, Broadchurch, 365

Day 245 – Monday 2nd September – my son’s first ‘proper’ day of his apprenticeship in the office. It went well, so fingers crossed it continues to go well. I haven’t included a photo because I would have had to blur out his face and the wording on his jacket, which is like a school blazer in fleece form!

We started getting my daughter’s new pointe shoes ready to use. Would you believe that pointe shoes aren’t ready for use when you buy them? You have to stitch the front of them for protection and sew ribbons on them. We tried to avoid the stitching with this patch, I’m not sure what her teacher will think.

pointe shoes, ballet, daughter, 365

Day 246 – Tuesday 3rd September – the last day of the school holidays. My son realised yesterday that he had art homework. His teacher says his best chance of a 7 (the highest possible grade he is capable of in art) is by doing pencil drawings. This is a work in progress – can you see who it is? Just to say – he is not a fan of this person and nor is anyone else in my house.

Boris Johnson, Drawing, GCSE art, Pencil sketch, 365

Day 247 – Wednesday 4th September – back to school for year 9 and year 11! It was weird having only two kids going back to school, after nine years of having three kids at school. You can tell they’re growing up – for the first time ever I didn’t need to buy either of them new school shoes.

Shoes, School shoes, Back to school, Son, Daughter, 365

Day 248 – Thursday 5th September – after a busy day of work yesterday, it was a bit quieter today, so I spent some time drafting blogposts. I find blogging really relaxing, but don’t seem to have as much time for it as I used to. The photo is an update on the 58p flowers in my garden. There aren’t quite as many of them now, but there are still new ones coming out after all this time.

Flowers, Garden, 365

Day 249 – Friday 6th September – it feels like the weather has really gone from summer to autumn over the last few days. It’s hard to believe we were too hot less than two weeks ago. A day of work, followed by an evening out with my client’s team to celebrate a successful month.

Pasta, Dinner, Restaurant, Client, 365

Day 250 – Saturday 7th September – we started the day with four of us doing parkrun as usual, along with FIVE members of my extended family – aged 4 to 74. School rugby season started today and it’s all change – my son is in year 11 now and the year 11s are mixed in with years 12 and 13 for senior rugby. My son still isn’t allowed to play, but we went along to support his friends.

parkrun wristband, parkrun barcode, parkrun, running, 365

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  1. Oh wow I am not surprised you struggled with the run in that heat! I was hiding indoors!

    Gad the residential went well. And I didn’t realise that the ballet shoes aren’t ready to wear! I hate sewing so would hate that.

    My eldest started Year 9 too. I did get her new shoes but I think we might have gotten away with not getting any size wise but she did need new ones

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    • Thanks, that makes me feel more positive about my bad run! Standard ballet shoes are ready to wear, but for some reason you have to adapt pointe shoes before you can wear them. Luckily my mum does them for us!

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  2. Glad your eldest’s apprenticeship is going well so far. My mum used to do little embroidery thread crocheted circles to glue onto my pointe shoes. So much easier than darning the front.

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    • Thanks very much. I like the idea of the crocheted circles. It’s probably similar to this patch, which I’m pleased to say has worked pretty well now it’s stitched in place.

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  3. A really busy couple of weeks. I hope the patches work well – looks much easier than the alternative. We got away without new school shoes too, but H predicts he’ll need new ones at half term because he thinks his feet are growing. Glad the apprenticeship is going well.

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    • Thanks very much, the patches do seem to have worked well. I’m not sure either of my kids will need new shoes for size at all this year, but they will probably get worn out at some point in the next few months.

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  4. I’m glad your son got to enjoy watching the athletics.
    I hope your son is getting on well with his apprenticeship!
    Ahh! I love Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It sounds like you and your daughter had a lovely time.
    How nice to spend time with your friend. How cool to see the cliffs from Broadchurch!
    That does seem a bit rubbish that the pointe shoes aren’t ready to use when you get them. You think they would be for the price of them!
    Well done to all of your family doing the park run! x

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    • The apprenticeship is going really well so far, thanks! It was good to catch up with my friend as I haven’t seen her for a couple of years. I was determined I was going to see the Broadchurch cliffs!
      It seems crazy that pointe shoes aren’t finished when you buy them and I don’t know the reasoning behind it. Thank goodness for my mum, is all I have to say about that! x

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    • Thanks very much, I think the apprenticeship will be really good for him. We were pretty late to the party with Broadchurch, but it is a brilliant programme and well worth a watch.

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  5. There’s nothing wrong with taking your flip flops off in the dental chair, I always take my sandals off and put a pair of socks on when I’m in the chair. i hate sticking to the plastic seats. Glad your son is enjoying his apprenticeship. Your 58p flowers were a bargain indeed

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    • I must admit I didn’t find the flip flops as amusing as my daughter did. She thought it was hilarious! Thanks, the apprenticeship seems to be going really well so far. I am so pleased with my 58p flowers!

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  6. Oh wow, I’m not surprised you struggled with the run. That sounds warm. I never thought about the shoes in the dental chair. I loved putting on the ribbons on the shoes. Glad the residential went well. xx

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    • Thanks very much. I’ve never understand why pointe shoes aren’t just ready, it feels like hard work to sew the ribbons and darn the front of them! Luckily my mum does it for us. x

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  7. Championship sounds exciting!! Glad the headache didn’t turn out too severe. I’m always in pajamas when I’m at home I searched what this technicolour dreamcoat is. It looks very interesting. I’d love to see it! It must’ve been wonderful visiting your friend after 2 years.
    I feel the same about blogging too. I love it but I don’t have alot of time for it

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    • Unfortunately, your pictures aren’t visible to me, except the last one of the parkrun bracelet i don’t know why. If its not an issue from my side, please fix it. I really want to see your pictures

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      • Hi, I’ve had a look at my pictures and they all seem to be there, so I don’t know what the problem is. Hopefully they will reappear for you soon!

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    • The athletics championship was brilliant and I was very relieved he recovered from his headache quickly, as I was worried for a while! It was so nice to see my friend again, I must make the effort to see her every year rather than every two years. Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is brilliant.

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  8. My eldest is on his 4th pair of school shoes this year! I’m surprised the ballet shoes aren’t ready to wear. I’m ALWAYS in my nightie by 8pm unless I’m out at work! #project365

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    • That is a lot of school shoes in one wear! Normal ballet shoes are ready to wear, but for some reason pointe shoes aren’t. I have no idea why! I put my pyjamas on any time between 8 and 10 in the evening and it is always the best feeling!

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  9. What a busy couple of weeks! I am totally impressed about the school shoes as I am looking to have to change Monkey’s already because he’s had a growth spurt. Hope the apprenticeship is continuing to go well. I use to find blogging relaxing but I seem to have taken on too much as usual and now its just really stressful! Hope you had another great week x

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    • Sorry to hear that you find blogging stressful. As I do so little commercial stuff on my blog, I blog to my own rules, and when I sit down to write it feels like all my stresses drift away! It is a real release to me.
      Hopefully you can look forward to needing less school shoes when your kids are teenagers! Mine are 15 and 13 and we have only just got to this stage.

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