Wednesday, January 27, 2010

First Day at School

Dear Peeps,

Today was Lillys first day at school - and for you Mr Morgan a new classroom and teacher as you go up into junior school to year 2.

Gosh - I can't explain how proud I was with both of you - how you Morgan looked after your little sister and did everything you could to make sure she was calm before we went.   Thank you too for breaking the rules ( I know you shouldn't have - but you were concerned about your sister) and going into the lower junior area and finding Lilly for morning tea and making sure she knew how to open her lunch box and had someone to sit with. 

Thanks for following all the things we talked about - making sure you rlunchboxes were taken out of your bag and water bottles refilled and getting out of your school uniforms without being asked.  It makes my life so much more easier.

Your enthusiasm about school is infectious - both of you - and I delight in hearing you talk about your friends and what you learnt or saw.

I wonder if I spent enough time wiht you both before you were set off into the education system, was I a good enough mum, did enough craft or skills, read to you enough?

I was ok until Miss Lillys teacher gave me a small plastic bag -  Inside the bag was  teabag, a cottonwool bud and a tissue and a note:
"Here is a little gift for you as you leave your precious one with us on the first day of school. As you hold this cotton ball in your hand, the softness will help you remember the gentle spirit of your child.  After you 've gone home and dried your tears, make yourself a cup of tea.  Put your feet  up and relax. remember that together we will work for you child to be the best we can be."

I had to say good bye quickly and go outside and cry.

I think I have done the best I can - but was it and is it enough?

love always Mummy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AFL season - well nearly!

Dear Peeps,

Well - today heralds the beginning of the AFL season - well nearly anyway. I am so proud of the way both of you were so keen to get in and learn new skills  - despite it being hot and heaps of other kids there.

It was pure joy to watch both of you practicing and trying out the things the coaches were telling you. I was also delighted to hear you were very keen on what the Lions players were saying as well.  I have been impressed with the Brisbane Lions and their marketing and today was no different. Their season tickets are so tempting, but perhaps we might wait another year and drop big hints to family about buying them for Christmas this year huh?

I am looking forward to you, Morgan playing fixtures. Your willingness to do whatever it takes for the team will make you such a asset - you really do understand the value of team - rather than prima donnas and the limelight.

I am also very proud of you, Miss Lilly and your tenacity and focus.  I think you will surprise us all with your game.  Thank you for looking after Xander when he was so unsure with all those children about.  Your kind spirit and beautiful nature is such a blessing to me.

The photo was taken as the groups of children went to thier different stations.  Lilly is holding Xanders hand and helping him find the place.  Morgan is in the green shirt with a blue cap on in the distance and waiting ot be told where his age group is to meet.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cold Winter Walks

Write from Karen is hosting a photo competition again this quarter. This time the theme surrounds "Winter."  

Its mid summer here - so I have riffled round my June photos from last year and found this.  Morgan and Lilly are having a bit of a rest on one of our famous - half hour walks  when we go camping... the half hour sort of stretches to several hours - but we always see great things, wildlife and get to talk alot!

I remember this walk was really cold - sub zero - thus the get up the kids have on.

Thanks kids for just tagging along, not complaining (too much) and just enjoying the beauty we discover on our walks.