Thursday, January 14, 2010

School days and....

Today is our thrid day of big school.  The first day was emotional to say the least. But i am happy to announce that there were no tears shed at all.  Not by mom! Not by Gabby!  Not by Dad!  We survived.  First off, Gabby hated the uniform. He does not like the long grey socks and tucking his shirt in is the pits.  But he loves his teacher, a very kind young lady called Mrs Fischer. He likes his little desk and he likes his desk mate, a little boy called Jaden.  Mom has had a busy couple of days doing all sorts of odds and ends like covering books, labelling stationary, sorting out after care, making payments, buying art shirts etc.  I am just so glad that i was able to take three days off to be with him at this time. It was great to be able to be outside the class room for the first three days and fetch him.  The first day we went out for a special lunch afterwards and he got to tell me about his whole day step by step, before we collected Seth.

Seth actually had a rougher first day.  He just could not understand why Gabby was not coming to school with him.  It was only after Jason took him with to drop Gabby off that he now understands that Gabby has a new school and that his school is HIS school now.  Otherwise the teachers are impressed with his speech development over the festive season.  Which makes me much relieved.  He has always been a slow talker so i spent the whole christmas holidays pointing at everything and saying its name, as well as having long gibberish conversations (which was actually kind of fun!!!).

I just need to get used to the homework!  Is it just South Africa that has kids doing such a lot of homework?  If the load is lighter in the US, i think i may be up to immigration, considering that i have 15 plus years of school ahead of me! Nothing like Gabby announcing last night at 7:15pm (bedtime is 7:30pm!!) that he has to make an animal out of circles, to cause panic! I also need to get used to making lunch boxes.

Otherwise the last three days have been good from a rest perspective.  I have managed to squeeze in a lot of scrapbooking.  I completed my christmas photos and am now onto my East London holiday album.  I am half way through and hope to finish by the weekend.  I have sorted all the pics, got out paper and am now on a roll.  I also am cruising with my cross stitch.  Please lord, might the end be in sight?  I did a chunk yesterday while finally watching Twilight the movie.  I know that i am behind the entire universe but it did not really appear to be my kind of thing.  AND after watching it i can safely say that it is not.  Sure the Wolf boy was nice eye candy (although i felt like a criminal!  Is that boy even 21???) but after that the emo vampire thing did nothing for me.  I love horror movies but like the mean cool vampires!  The kind that have attitude!  Give me Blade any day!

Today i have another quiet day although my brother is coming over to visit.  I hope to take the kids to Gold reef city, which is our local theme park this weekend and then i have a braai (BBQ) with some friends on Saturday night.

Finally a special thanks to my friend Amanda for picking me as a winner for her online give away! *Hugs*  Wish we lived closer so that we could meet for tea or coffee!

Here's wishing you a great weekend.


  1. Allison, thank you so much for taking the time to visit and to comment on my interview with Emma Lamb yesterday. It's so nice to meet you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. From what all my friends have told me, there is an insane amount of homework for little ones nowadays. I cannot remember even having homework, myself, until 4th or 5th grade.

    I'm glad it all went well with no tears! I can't even imagine, but those years will be in front of me before I know it!

  3. Hi Allison! Thank you for visiting my blog. :) Sounds like your kids are going to fall into school life quite well. I do believe there is just as much homework here in the US!

    I love your blog design with the birds!