Year Five
Sep03

Year Five

My daughter, my little girl, my baby is going into year 5. How is that even possible? Surely she’s only just started school? Surely she’s far too little. But, no, my little girl really is starting year 5. She’s not so little any more, although that’s hard to remember sometimes with your youngest. Because she’s still a lot smaller than her brothers. Year 5 just sounds so grown up. Year 5 is serious. Year...

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What she wore: Floral jeans
Apr18

What she wore: Floral jeans

I haven’t written about my daughter’s style for a long time. That’s because she spends her weekdays in dance kit and school uniform and her weekends in layers of warm clothes, worn to keep her warm while watching her brothers’ sport rather than to look good. But spring is here and she’s finally started wearing different clothes! My daughter hasn’t worn jeans since she was about 5. She’s never...

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Dancer of the term (no more tears)
Dec17

Dancer of the term (no more tears)

At the end of every term, our dance school awards trophies to each class for dancer of the term and most improved dancer. Getting a trophy is a proud moment for a dancer and their parents. My daughter is, and always has been, the best dancer in her class. That’s not just me saying that. That’s the view of the teachers and of anyone who ever watches their class in action. The only time she wasn’t the best was when she...

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Singing in the pub (and Walking in the Air)
Dec16

Singing in the pub (and Walking in the Air)

Every year the school choir sings at the local Beefeater pub/ restaurant at Christmas. For the kids, it’s an amazing experience. They get the novelty of walking a mile each way, chatting with their friends, they get to entertain diners, they get to miss a big chunk of the school day AND they get free burgers and chips. Win! Needless to say, as members of the paying public, parents are allowed to go along to watch. In fact,...

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What she wore: Christmas jumper
Dec13

What she wore: Christmas jumper

‘Can I have a Christmas jumper?’ Woah! Hang on a minute there! Don’t you know we don’t have Christmas jumpers in our house?! This is what I thought, but I didn’t say it out loud. I had a word with myself and thought, well why not? Just because they seem a bit silly and naff and a waste of money and you can’t wear them in October or February (or July!) and they didn’t have them in ‘my...

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The school residential (missing my girl)
Nov21

The school residential (missing my girl)

My daughter is on her year 4 school residential and there’s a big hole in my life. It’s a very short time – only Wednesday to Friday, but it seems like forever. I knew I would miss her, but I’m missing her even more than I expected to. She has been so excited about this trip for so long. She has literally been counting down to it for months. I think she has shared with me every word the teachers have ever...

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