February always flies by in such a blur, doesn’t it? It always feels like such a relief that it is no longer January but it is amazing how those few shorter days makes it feel like at least a week shorter than any other month. Or is it just me? In many ways, the less said about February the better for me. The end of the month crept up on me some what but I’m certainly not sad to see the back of it. Maybe that’s something to come back to on another day but for now, I am just happy to welcome March with open arms.
Of course, a month that starts with pancakes can only ever be a good thing. Although technically I suppose that’s how February ended not how March started? But a pancake hangover definitely counts. Every year I always say to myself, why do we only have pancakes once a year? They are so delicious! But after standing at the hob for over an hour flipping the things for everyone but me, I soon remember why. Tradition states that I get the first one that never turns out right because nobody else wants it, while they sit and eat perfect pancake after pancake and moan when the batter runs out. I sound like such a misery guts, don’t I? I love it really, promise!
I have been meaning to write this post for the last three days but just haven’t got around to it but I feel like so much has happened already in March. It started with my ten year old getting her offer of a secondary school place on Wednesday. I hadn’t realised just how nervous I was until it came to opening that email. Those of you that have already been through the process will know just how much more pressured it seems compared to primary school. But she got her first choice! We’re in! And really couldn’t be happier about it! She is such a sensitive little thing that I know the transition isn’t going to be an easy one but now that we know where she is going, we can at least start to prepare her properly for September.
My son is nearing the end of his apprenticeship and this week has been told that he will definitely be offered a full time job once he has qualified which is incredible news. It is so nice to see him find his thing, you know? He always struggled at school and now that he has found something that he loves, he is positively soaring. I can’t sing the praises of the whole modern apprenticeship thing enough. I think for some kids, there is a lot to be said for getting out there in the real world and earning a bit of money while getting more qualifications under your belt and proper hands on work experience. It has been the making of him. And this weekend sees him go the The Big Smoke for the very first time on an all expenses paid work trip. I’m a tiny bit jealous!
After months of university open days and interviews for my eldest daughter, the wait is over and she has all of her final offers in. I can’t tell you just how proud we are of how she has handled the whole interview process, I would have been a bumbling mess but she has taken it all in her stride. She has university offers for Bradford, York and Leeds plus has been accepted into two art schools. Such an amazing position to be in of course and it is all down to her extraordinary talent and hard work. I know every parent thinks that their child is amazingly talented and set to be the next Barbara Hepworth but she really is amazingly talented and set to be the next Barbara Hepworth. I would say that even if she wasn’t my daughter her portfolio is amazing. The plan is for her to defer her degree for a year while she spends a year doing a foundation course at Leeds College of Art. I’m just so ridiculously happy for her. This is her dream coming true. Just the small matter of three A Levels to get through first of course but going by her latest school report that shouldn’t be a problem. Complete brainbox that kid.
The two little ones represented their school in a cross country race yesterday and neither of their teams won but they had the best time which is really all that counts. They are both freakishly fast runners to say that they have such little legs. This is a relatively new talent that they have only just discovered thanks to a new and super enthusiastic PE teacher. They certainly don’t get it from me that’s for sure! And today (a day later than the rest of the world) they have gone into school dressed up for World Book Day as the big bad wolf and Miss Trunchbull. It’s all go at primary school, isn’t it? It’s no secret that I am not the craftiest of people but they love dressing up every year so I do try my best to help them come up with a costume. It’s amazing what I can conjure up with a bit of Chanel eyeliner and Daddy’s Paul Smith shirt (shhh.. just don’t tell Daddy!) I think they look fab and most important of all they do too so that will do for me!
March really is off to a flying start. I feel like it has been the week for good news and my heart feels so full right now. Long may it last. All we need now of course is for the weather to catch up and realise that it is spring… Or maybe that is a bit too much to ask?