Wednesday, December 31, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have had a lovely Christmas. Jeff has been off since 22nd and doesn't go back till 6th January, his first Christmas break in 5 years. We have been to Church; had family and friends over; eaten too much; drank too much; and had an altogether perfect holiday.

Other news includes -
Ella is now 10;
Josh is now 16;
Ella threw a paddy during her school nativity and refused to join in (whilst on the stage!) ;
I have completed my Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course;
I am moving forward from the nightmare of the shop and all the legal stuff. Anybody hear me moaning about it feel free to give me a clip round the ear! :
We have just replaced the kitchen floor with good quality laminate flooring for a tenner - gotta love that man and his bargains! ;
Had a get together with Jeffs side of the family :) ;
Finally got to an all-day crop of MJ's - yay! :
Finished my quilt - and ok, it's not brilliant, loads of mistakes, but I love it :) :
Jeff christened the car after a night out with Jeanette, Pete, Sandra and Derek - and I don't mean in a good way! Josh was impressed, me less so ;
Ben's school report was fab, exceeded his expectations in nearly all his classes:
I have read ALL the Harry Potter books now :) I started The Deathly Hallows 4pm last Saturday and finished reading it at 5.10 Sunday morning! Jeff woke up at 4am, looked at me, said "You've got to be kidding me", rolled over and went back to sleep! LOL! :

And probably loads more, but it's New Years Eve and I want to go curl up with my quilt, some chocolate and a Baileys! OMG I've just read that back - what a difference to when I used to be at an all night party. Oh well, my excuse is I couldn't get a sitter. What do you mean? Of course I tried. Ahem.

xx

Sunday, December 07, 2008
Two days running I hear? I know, I finally feel like I'm coming to the end of a horrible year - oh wait, that's because we are coming to the end of the year! Yesterday was a lazy day - candidate - Anna's for a cuppa and a catch up - market for a bit of shopping - and laying on the sofa catching up on the last 2 weeks of non-stop. Went to bed and started to read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Not yet read the last one. So starting from the beginning and plan to read every night for a bit till I have! No spoilers please, I have actually never found out what happens in 7!

Anna had these cute Snowman soups gifts for her DS3's classmates. So I have openly copied the idea :) Work out at only about 70p each, and she's only one of 10 in her class, so do-able.

DS2 had some very sad news yesterday. His best mates dad died in a freak accident. How do you deal with that at 15? I can't get my head around it.

Now because of todays lazy day, today I have to get the decorations down from the loft - put them up - write Christmas cards - and tags - make the snowman soup - finish my portfolio - convert my video teaching assessment from VHS to DVD - finish my quilt now that I have enough material - update blog - plan Wedensdays lesson on The Positive Role Model - fix shower - sort out paperwork for 17th - write to Ella's birth father - oh, and Jeff's at work. Better get off here and get on with it.


Photo today is from Christmas 2003 when I could still persuade the kids to smile nicely for a photograph!


Saturday, December 06, 2008
Another busy week. "No, really?" I hear your sarcasm! Anyhow, both my teaching assessments went well. Phew! Could have been embarassing all round id they had decided I was c*ap after I've been teaching all term! The second one - for the PTLLS qualification - was recorded! I had to watch myself and reflect how I thought it went - and even if I say so myself, I thought it went well. Tutor even suggested I approach the college and offer to teach scrapbooking! Course finishes 11th December and that's the day the completed portfolio has to be in. And then in the New Year I start all over again with the CTLLS, next step up basically. I don't actually have to have it to teach the level I teach at, so what on earth possessed me to sign up for it! I know, glutton for punishment!

What else. Oh, Ella had her 10th birthday. I know, where has the last 6.5 years gone! When chatting to a student I mentioned I had a 17 year old son. She thought I was too young. Now, was she being nice, or is she hoping for an A****** Back to Ella. She had a lovely day. Her friends at school all made her cards and she took a cake in. She had some lovely pressies, visitors, e-mails and phone calls. So thanks if it was one of you :)

Went to see some friends Monday night who have the most adorable little girl. Almosyt, not quite but almost, made me broody! And it was a really nice feeling to be able to offer support and advice to them.

My quilt didn't get finished. That'll be on this weekends to-do list. Jeff went to the allotment meeting as it was at the same time, I think I owe him big time! LOL!

Thursday one of the Center Parcs ladies had the rest of the group round for a traditional Caribbean meal. OMG it was fantastic. I think I'm going to have to eat at Pats every night! And of course, with alcohol and a great group of friends, the whole evening was perfect :)

Last night we went to friends for a meal. DH has know the fella - like forever! And luckily his wife and I get on very well - even converted her to scrapbooking. World domination, one person at a time. Evil laugh (cos I don't know how to write it!). Another lovely night, and great for DH and I to get out as a couple. Not something that happens very often.

Busy, busy, busy weekend. So better get on with it. But as it's now Advent, will try and add lots of Christmas photos from various years. This one is from a journal I did a few years ago :)