School Choices (or not!)

Wowzer!!!  I made it…  I’m back to my blog!  Oh how I’ve missed you!  I know it’s only been a few days, but I’ve got serious withdrawals!  This week has just been Mummy Madness!  Not that every week doesn’t have a little bit of ‘MAD’ about it.. But I’ve not had any time to get in the ‘Zone’ to magic up some blogging time this week!

I don’t know about other Mummy bloggers, but for me, I have to have complete and utter focus on my blog, otherwise the ‘Magic’ just doesn’t happen!

I have tried writing when other members of my family are at home, but it just doesn’t work.  The constant interruptions just ruin the flow…  sounds a bit hippy I know, but it’s true!

This week has been a bit of an emotional one…  It was Secondary School Places Day on Wednesday.  We found out where my son has been accepted.. And of course it hasn’t run smooth.  We did not get our first choice of the lovely school just 10 minutes around the corner.. Oh no that would be just toooo easy!!  It was oversubscribed, therefore we have been offered a place at a school outside of the town perimeter, which means travelling every day.  It is not an ideal outcome.  However, I was feeling quite positive about it, I do abide by the mantra that ‘everything happens for a reason’ (once again, a bit hippy, but hey ho!).  My husband however did not feel the same.  To say he was upset was an understatement!  It does seem a bit daft that we can’t get into the school in walking distance, yet we can get into the school several kilometers away in the countryside.  The school really is, in the middle of nowhere, on the outskirts of a quaint village.  We haven’t actually been around it yet so I am reserving judgement, as I have heard good things… However all this said, we are appealing.  So we now have to go through the drawn out process of the Appeal and uncertainty for several months.  I know deep down that my son will be just fine wherever he goes, I just wish the whole selection process didn’t have to be so unpredictable!

The ironic thing is, I heard on the news that 90% of children got their first choice!  Well looks like we’re in the unlucky 10% then!  Typical.

And Yesterday..  Of course it was world book day!!!  My daughter went to school as a Dalmation, but I copped out a bit on my son.  He just put his football kit on, and said he was from the book he has called ‘Boy Wonder’ or some such thing… I know – rubbish… but now he’s in Year 6, we have had so many of these dressing up days, that quite frankly my son’s pretty bored of it!  It is, let’s be honest, just putting more pressure on parents to either make (which, not being of the ‘arty’ genre, I am hopeless at) or buy stuff.  I know it’s fun for the kids, and I’m happy to do it, just maybe not quite so often.

It’s like school projects.  My son had his ‘coastline in a shoebox’ project last month, my daughter has her ‘rivers’ (I know a bit general, don’t you think?) this month.  Then we get a parentmail yesterday there’s a chuffing Easter project for them both to do as well.  I mean really…  I’ve seen enough decorated bonnets and eggs to last me a lifetime!

Despite also attending an ‘English Workshop Day’ at the school yesterday, I did manage to kick off a free book promotion on my debut novel.  If you fancy a free read:


Okay, plug over!!  Today was yet another school event!  As a Church of England school there are 5 Lent services at the Church next door, held throughout March, finishing with an Easter Service.  It was the first one today.  It really is a feat keeping over 500 children sitting in the same position for longer than 30 minutes!  My hat goes off to the staff, as I remember the constant pressure of keeping the little darlings quiet, when I worked at a primary school.  It is no walk in the park, I can tell you.

So, we are nearing the weekend, and after the week I’ve had I’m ready for it.  Especially as we’re off to a Charity Ball on Saturday night so I get to put my glad rags on!!  Also going out for a birthday meal on Sunday as I hit the bit 45 on Monday.  I have decided not to let this number bother me.  You cannot always control how life pans out, so just need to live every day as if it was your last! (Yep, I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, must be my spiritual side coming out in time for middle age!)

Have a Fab Weekend Peeps!

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