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Our own little one…

30 Oct

Whilst I am planning a baby blanket as a gift, I’m also preparing for the arrival of our little one!
She is due on 28th November, so 4 weeks and a day to go!

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A couple of weeks ago, my lovely friends and sister threw me a fantastic baby shower where we received gorgeous gifts and the cutest baby biscuits!

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The whole day was so lovely and topped off by a beautiful double rainbow.

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New pens

10 Mar

I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy new stationary, it’s pretty sad but true. Last week, I was talking with one of the lovely girls in my class about when I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. She said how, for a while, she had thought she’d like to be a teacher too because of how much she liked new pens and paper! It was so nice to hear this, I always think I’m the only one.

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A glimpse of spring

10 Mar

Last weekend, we went to Leamington for lunch and a walk around the park to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. There was some beautiful sunshine, finally a hint at springtime…

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Birthday fun!

21 Feb

My birthday, in 28 pictures (can you guess how old I am??)

Firstly, it was lovely to be in work for my birthday for a change, it’s usually in half term. I got some sweet cards and gifts, two impromptu outbursts of happy birthday from my class and their lovely company when I opened my presents during lunchtime.

Lovely cards, from friends and family…

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After work, we visited our friend and her gorgeous girls and I was treated to more birthday singing and a homemade cake…

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…and gorgeous gifts…

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We spent the evening with two more of my favourite people, who brought gorgeous gifts…

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I was spoilt by them…

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We do enjoy a bit of bubble-wrap 😉

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The next day was spent with family, it is my sister’s birthday five days before mine so celebrations are usually combined…

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Customary birthday treats…

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Beautiful gifts from my family…

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On Sunday, I went to a fantastic cinema in Birmingham (the electric) with my lovely friend, to watch Brief Encounter. This brought about some (rather unnecessary) black and white instagramming!

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I do adore this film, a great end to my birthday weekend!

A few other snapshots…

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This week…

3 Feb

Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this week…

The Killers video for Miss Atomic Bomb.

This sweet little animation from Disney (complete with a classically disneyfied lady)

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Finally, I showed this short Pixar animation at school as part of our circle time talk about bullying. It got such a laugh at the end and is quite powerful in its own way.

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Snowy views

22 Jan

Back to work, after the worst of the snow, there were some beautiful views on the way.

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The beautiful sunrise over the school playground, untouched snow.

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Thoughts on teaching

20 Jan

We have been back at school for two weeks now, intermittently interrupted by snow, and I am really enjoying it. I feel very lucky to be able to go to work every day in the company of 21 wonderful children. It is such a joy to watch them succeed and grow over the year and I’m already starting to dread the end of the year when they leave.
This weekend, I watched (not for the first time) an excellent French documentary called Être et avoir (To be and to have) which follows the life of a teacher and his twelve children in a tiny village school. I was really struck by how similar classroom life can be, even within vastly different communities and cultures.
The teacher, George Lopez, sums up his life and work when he says,
“It takes time and personal involvement but the children give that back to you”
I agree with this wholeheartedly, it must be one of the most fulfilling professions there is (of course, not without it’s difficulties) and I feel very privileged to be part of it.

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The view from my work window this week.

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