Anyone doing anything interesting during half term? I have a bit of a nightmare – two children, two different holidays and just as I was wondering how to manage it a friend came up with the most amazing idea….without going in to lots of detail – I have the opportunity […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 22-10-2012 in BLOG / TRAVEL tagged with half term / jungle / orangutangs / rainforest / Sarawak / tropical Posted by Family Affairs on 16-02-2012 in BLOG tagged with half term / university open day
What a long day yesterday. Drove my eldest son miles and miles to the university of his choice to spend a day looking around their facilities and campus with a view to hopefully getting an offer.
I was really looking forward to the journey down there actually. His undivided attention for about three hours each way. We could discuss all his travel plans, where he was going to be staying, what his thoughts were on Syria, child poverty, Thierry Henry et al…
Not sure why I even bother to fantasise about this sort of stuff. We all know the score with teenage boys.
8am – Get in car and set off
8.10am – He’s taken off his shoes and put his feet on the dashboard
8.15am – pulling chewing gum in and out of his mouth that I can see in my peripheral vision
8.20am – Gets iPod out – starts singing very loudly before iPod even attached to head and tapping his legs.
8.30am – Starts fiddling with back of seat – “WOW! Look how far it goes back! Cool. Mum, do you mind if I go to sleep for a minute, I didn’t get to bed until like after 2am last night?”
8.32am – Puts earphones in ears. Goes to sleep.
10.30am – Wakes up as I’m parking the car. “Brilliant! Wow. We’re here. That was quick”.
We have a great day. Mostly apart. The parents are talked to separately whilst he goes off to talk to older students about the price of beer. We then meet up with a mate of his who is already there. Go to the pub and catch up on news and I leave him there and drive back on my own.
Oh well. At least I was invited.
This is all in the middle of a ridiculously complicated half term that I am having to juggle. Still teaching my classes which meant I had to get cover for yesterday and couldn’t think about going anywhere with the other two specifically because of this appointment at university he had yesterday. My daughter stayed at home cutting up little bits of paper and sprinkling them around my kitchen for art it seems and my youngest child has been enjoying a basketball course and was therefore happy and otherwise engaged with some friends which was good.
Got him back last night. Aaah. Look at the kitten in his hood:-
Posted by Family Affairs on 25-10-2011 in BLOG tagged with back to school / half term / KIDS / things to do Posted by Family Affairs on 20-10-2011 in BLOG tagged with Buddhist quotes / half term / KIDS / london / things to do
OK BUDDHIST MOMENT of a few days ago completely over. What was I thinking? Children are not our meditation – more like our medication…. I need Prozac or painkillers or something to take the edge off an immensely frustrating half term. I had planned to take my youngest son fishing […]
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