It has been 3 months since you turned 5 years old, and you continue to amaze me every single day. We’ve been very busy since your last update so there’s a lot to cover… Where to start…
August was your birthday and you had a wonderful time. Although there were quite a few who couldn’t make your birthday party, you had a whale of a time. You had a football party at the sports centre where your coach, Jordan, came to lead an hour of football fun for you and your friends. Auntie K had helped me pull together some party food and party bags for afterwards and you had an awesome Batman cake. You came home saying it was the best party you’ve ever been to – what more could your dad and I ask for?!
We spent the summer holidays mainly at home, enjoying each others company and you spent a good amount of time getting to know your baby brother. We went for walks on the promenade whilst you scooted along on your scooter, to the local wildlife park with a picnic and to the new Lost Castle, which you really enjoyed. It was a pretty wet summer though, so we welcomed a week away in the sunshine at the end of August in Majorca – our first family holiday as four.
You absolutely loved being away in the sun, as you always do! You love your holidays, just like I do! You spent most of your time in the pool, swimming around with your goggles on and playing games with some of the other children. When Q came into the pool to cool down, you were so attentive with him and were really careful not to splash him or frighten him whilst he was in the pool for the first time. You really enjoyed spending time with all of us together as a family with few distractions, relaxing around the pool and eating lovely meals together.
When we returned home from our holiday, you were pretty much straight back to school. You have started in your new class, albeit in the same classroom, with a new teacher for Year 1. You have already progressed to Stage 6 in your reading – something that you are incredibly proud of yourself for, and we are so proud of you too! We’ve bought some new left-handed pencils to encourage your pencil grip which seem to be helping. We’re also completing your homework in the morning before school to encourage you to do your best rather than a half-hearted attempt after school because you’re tired. It seems to be working so far and we’ve certainly noticed a difference in your work. Well done, O!
As if your Saturday football class wasn’t enough, you have started an extra-curricular class one evening after school. You’re part of a small group of other children your age from school and you’re really enjoying it – you’re football mad! I don’t think that’s going to change now either, as you seem to have the football bug. If you aren’t talking about it, you’re kicking around a soft football in the house (which I’m always on at you for in case you break something!). Look out for O in the professional teams when he’s older!
September and October seem to have disappeared in a flash – school, football classes and family has been your focus lately. We booked a pretty special holiday for this last week in October – the half-term school holiday. We set off on the Friday straight after school (which you thought was so fun!) to visit friends down in Surrey. We had arranged with them to visit Legoland for the day on the Sunday, which included an evening of hot chocolate, fireworks and doughnuts. You loved all the models and rides, being unable to name which was your favourite!
We then went on to visit Disney Land in Paris for four nights. In the run up to our holiday, you had been adamant that you didn’t want to meet any of the characters. You’ve always been rather nervous of characters that turn up to birthday parties, etc, so this didn’t come as a surprise. I’m sorry but I pretty much forced you to meet the first one – Marie, from The Aristocats. Because of the time of year, there were Villains like Jafar from Aladdin, Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame and Captain Hook from Peter Pan dotted around – so I thought I’d ease you in! You gave Marie a big hug, had your photograph taken with her and walked away with a huge grin on your face. You then met Woody, Jack Skellington and Spiderman, to name a few. You loved all the rides – it would seem you’re an adrenaline junkie! We came home only by promising that we would take you again. How could we not, you’d enjoyed it so much.
I love making memories with you, and documenting them here in the hope you’ll want to read them when you’re older. Love you lots like jelly tots, from Mummy xxx (well, you’ve started to call me ‘Mam’, in true Northern style, but we’ll stick with Mummy just a little bit longer…)