We've been to the Dentist (another filing for me WTF!) and am pleased to say none of my kids have filings. I'm hoping to get them to 16 without any - they don't have sweets very often and have no fizzy drinks so fingers crossed. We had a new stripey stair carpet fitted to go with our hall and landing make-over. Although the stripes didn't match at the top so they're doing it again. I didn't even notice!
The kids went to crazy golf with granny and grandad, crazy splash with me (which made me want to sleep from 3pm onwards), track cycling club, park, more crazy golf, cinema (The Nut Job - okay film but wait for it to come out on DVD) and cyclo-cross.
|Cyclo- Cross Bike - pic Google Pics|
My son took part in his first competitive cycling race. If you go onto the British Cycling website it details all 'Go Ride' competitions which are meant to be a taster into competitive riding which anyone can turn up for. Its a great idea and one so happened to be near us. He doesn't have a cyclo-cross bike which is essentially a road bike with sturdy tyres so he took his mountain bike. He didn't come last but nearly! He was in gear 4/5 for the best part of the course. I think the excitement and what not of it all made him forget that he does actually know how to ride his mountain bike and to change the gears depending on terrain. This course was huge and they had to do 2 laps - the more experienced youth riders did 3.
It was very hilly and I reckon 4 miles in total. He was exhausted by the end but I was so pleased he didn't give up and to my surprise he wants to repeat the "brutal" course again next week at a different location. I'd imagine a cyclo-cross bike is far easier to ride but they are in excess of £300 so he'll have to wait a bit if he wants to take it up properly.
He's back into his cycling in a big way and I may find myself ferrying him to the local track every weekend soon. I don't mind this though - its good for children to have a passion for a sport/interest of some kind. I want to give him every opportunity to progress as far as he wants to. It may last less than a year or may be something he continues to do. I don't want him to be an adult and think if only my parents had bothered to take me to this then I could have be involved in competitive sport. A little bit of effort goes a long way.
|One of the many activities during the summer holidays. I am partial to bit of crazy golf it has to be said!|
So school is out for summer. It's always a bit mental leading up to break up - sports day, parties, pre-school break up, teacher gifts, end of year production - this year it was Mary Poppins and so on. There was also a lovely achievement assembly for the end of term with medals, trophies, certificates, singing etc and it just (like I need to!) made me realise that mum did good in swiftly removing my children from their old school into this new one. Feel the fear and do it anyway - isn't that the saying? Well it all worked out. My little fella starts full-time (no staggering) on 3rd September with the other two. That will be a strange day indeed but its a little easier to swallow knowing what sort of school he'll be going to.
|The final step does not line up with the stripes!|
|5 years married and the hubster trumps me on the present front - yet again!|
For example, we were asked to arrived at 11.00 for an 11.15 am appointment - we were seen at 12pm and it lasted 5 minutes max. What are they doing between appointments - all the computer info was done whilst we were there?
There is no sense of urgency - people meander about without a care in the world. I reckon you could save millions just by making the NHS staff walk faster! Enough of this as its quite depressing as I'm pretty sure when I'm an old woman I will be saying "in my day you got free health care by paying a little every month and we didn't need costly private insurance".
|Tempestuous at times - very true!|
One year, one year I'll get him on the present front.
Until next time.....