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Growing Up

I finally managed to get out with Siobhan last night. We went to one of the funky little cafes in the city for dessert to celebrate the fact that she is now in the league of grown up ladies. It was really nice. We talked about crazy things, we video called Ollie to show him how good dessert was – this was Siobhan’s idea! It was so funny, Ollie was most impressed. We dressed up and off we went. Just her and I and night time. We were both very grown up.

She had an apple berry crumble with coke, and I had banofe pie. Siobhan ate all of hers and finished the rest of mine for me too. Seriously, she is her father’s daughter. I don’t know where she hides all that food, but I’m fairly certain it’s part of the reason that she is growing so tall. Did I tell you she is an inch taller than me now? It’s disgusting. She is too tall and too willowy. I think it needs to stop now, she is too gorgeous for her own good.

My cellphone doesn’t take the best pictures unfortunately.

She’s Got Smarts

Siobhan came home from school last week with a notice from the school.  The story I got was very long and involved, which it always is, because it takes her an hour to tell you anything with all the she said, he saids and confusion in between.  Anyway!  I finally got it out of her..it goes like this:

The principal came up to her while she was out doing PE I think (physical education for those of you not in the know) and asked her to come with him.  He and another teacher had a wee talk with her and gave her a bunch of papers to bring home to us.  She has been selected to take part in an extra-curricular program for Gifted and Talented kids, working with ICT things.  How awesome is that?

I’m really glad that they’re picking her up for these things, because she is very clever.  It is to do with literacy I believe, as she said a lot of the kids who were chosen for the poetry work group she did were also selected for this program too.  It’s nice because she really enjoys school and I’m enjoying seeing her be chosen for things like this.  I’m very proud of her, I think she’ll find this a really rewarding challenge.

Wayward children

My wayward son – Greebo turned up on the back lawn this morning. He was gone for four days, and I was sure he was dead. He looks a little thinner and was full of the purring and the smooching and the “you missed me? why foolish humans, I’m here aren’t I? Now feed me damnyou!”

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Have I told you how fantastic my kids are? Yeah, I know..every parent says that about their own kids, but in my case, it’s actually the truth. I have two of the most amazing children in the entire world. Yesterday, they came home from school with their end of year school reports – because unlike you, odd Americans, with your winter at the wrong time of the year, our school year finishes at the end of this week for the summer holidays.

Every year, I look forward to the end of year school reports, and every year, I am never let down by those kids. The highlights for me are the teacher’s comments, and of course, their results in English, because..you know, it’s my subject. Both of them are improving in mathematics which is great too of course, you want to have your kids be great at everything, of course..they can’t be and I like to give credit where credit is due. The fact that unlike me, they actually try to understand numbers is more than enough for me.

I’ll start with Siobhan, because after all, she is the oldest. Siobhan’s report doesn’t have her reading age this time around, she’s just turned 11, and the last time they recorded it it was around 15 years plus. Her writing is improving, and she was selected for a creative writing course earlier in the year, most of you have seen her poetry, it was awesome. Siobhan surprises me with her ability to learn languages. She has a real talent for it. I think it’s all the reading perhaps, she retains information really incredibly. She has a wee Korean friend who has been there this year. Siobhan was chosen to be this girls buddy at the beginning of the year, because she is such a sweet girl, she’s always thinking about the well-being of other people and likes to have them feel like they belong. These two developed a really close friendship and have been best friends all year. She is leaving at the end of the school year, I’m sad about this, because they have developed a really close bond. Siobhan bought her a beautiful little bracelet from the Gondola shop, it is linked little silver kiwis with different coloured paua inlays. It’s really lovely. She has learnt how to speak and write Korean over the last 6 months from this girl. She can introduce herself, her family and write the characters, she knows how to say all our names and goodness knows what else in Korean. She is also very good with Maori language. In fact, she’s mastered all the basics they have taught her, and got every answer correct in the test they just had where they had to write the answers in Maori. In her teacher’s comments, you always hear how quiet and kind she is, and how she always works really hard. Her teacher says she has made huge progress in both numeracy and literacy. I am very proud of her.

Aleeya’s report was more of a surprise actually. She is always quiet in class and we’re always told how shy she is when speaking, however her report says that she participates fully in class discussions and justifies her ideas and opinions positively and effectively. I’m really impressed. This year she has had a male teacher, he is quite young and delightful. He’s a new addition to the school and a real blessing I have to say. It was funny, during the first week, when I always go up to their classrooms with them to get myself familiarised with the teachers, I noticed some of the other mothers, you know the type, the ones who are overweight and slob around in tracksuits constantly – were turning up with their hair done and lovely clothing on and full of smiles. Not that I could blame them, he really is rather stunning. Aleeya has responded really well to having him as her teacher this year. She’s an amazingly clever girl anyway, but I think this year she’s really come out of her shell and shown people what she is truly capable of. He has written a special note in her report stating that her reading age is 12+ years and that her comprehension is very good. Her spelling age is 13 years. Let’s not forget that Aleeya is turning 9 next Wednesday. She has always been an impressive speller, but to be spelling at high school level in her 4th year of school really blows me away. Her teacher has written in his comments that she has “maintained the same superb effort through all curriculum areas and never let her high standards slip at any point.” He goes on to say that she “continues to entertain with her unique writing style…” amongst a lot of other really heart warming, tear jerking wonderfulness that just make you as a parent feel really really proud of the fact you have raised two wonderful, clever little individuals.

Ollie’s Japanese Builder Friend gives us Japanese sweets and crackers for the girls, he gave us these fantastic little sweet animal crackers which the girls have been mad on. Each little animal has it’s name on it, just in case you’re not sure what it is. The other day, Aleeya came bursting out of the kitchen with the little box in her hands going “Mum, mum, look! I’ve got a cock!”

And sure enough, she really did.

Kids for Kids

Last night was the annual World Vision Kids for Kids show.  It’s a Christmas show with Susanne Prentice (a NZ singer) that is designed to make people aware of the poverty in the world and make some money for the kids in other countries who are living in extreme poverty.  It’s really nice actually, she goes to a different country each year and comes back with footage of what world vision is doing for these communities and what still needs to be done.  So every year, they tour the country, and our kids spend ages learning Christmas songs and have one big long 4 hour practice that day, before the 2 and a half hour concert that night.

This isn’t even all the kids!  Mine are in there on the left hand side.  There are around 900 kids from schools throughout the region that come and sit and sing in the choir.  It’s actually very cool.  This year both the girls were in the show, last year it was just Siobhan.  The kids were a lot wilder this year than last, they were all mad, but it was still pretty fun, and they all have such a blast.

If you’ve ever wondered just how different my kids are, you need wonder no longer.  These pictures capture their personalities so perfectly, Ollie and I cracked up.  There are so many kids that part of the fun is trying to find your own, when 900 kids are all waving at their parents, it’s not all that easy.  We spotted Aleeya pretty quickly however, because her group was bought in early and she was right at the front of her row.  She however, didn’t spot us at all.  We sat there waving and waving until our arms were falling off discussing the fact that she was too busy finding her best friends parents and Ollie turned to me and said “I bet Siobhan is in there somewhere waving at us”   and was she?

Betcha bum she was!  She spotted us instantly and waved ALL night long.  We’d wave at Aleeya and Siobhan would wave frantically back.  I ended up doing belly dance arms at her and having her do them back.  She was just so enthusiastic and excited to wave at us.  Seriously, her life is devoted to making everyone around her smile.  She is such a sweetheart.  She’s always thinking of everyone else before herself.  She told us she counted from door 11 (which is where they entered) around to door 18 and that was how she found us.

Meanwhile, our precious youngest daughter was having the time of her life.  She seemed to have totally forgotten that there was an audience at all and was completely in heaven with her little best friend next to her.  Every time we looked over at her, we’d just crack up laughing.  This is what we caught her doing:

That’s right internet.  Armpit farts.  Thank you What Now.  Her Uncle Johnny will be so proud.  She is the best armpit farter ever.  She can make the best noises.  We started to get worried though, when she started doing them with her leg.  Aleeya is very sweet too, she’s very thoughtful and loves to make you happy, but over everything, she has the most amazing sense of humour ever.  She’s all about getting the laughs.

At half time Ollie went in and told her where we were sitting and that we could see her and her wicked armpit farts! Seriously though, it was a fun night, the kids had a blast and Susanne Prentice really is a great performer.  She’s a lot of fun to watch. Good times…and great way to remind me that Christmas is lurking just around the corner! UGH!

How excited are we about this move?

Tonight, Ollie goes to tuck Aleeya into bed and he says to me “that’s your daughter that one. Go read the note outside her bedroom door”. So off I go! And this is the note I find!

Dear mum and dad
I wanted to spend the
night in my sleeping
bag on the floor don’t
worry it is quite comfy
but put me back on
my bed if you must
love ALEEYA

I wanted to scan it for you, but we’ve packed the scanner away! All you really need to know is that it is written on a purple piece of paper with Harry Potter in the corner pointing his wand in my general direction. How adorable is that? And why might you ask, is this to do with how excited we are? This afternoon she asked me if we’d be sleeping in the house on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I told her we wouldn’t be sleeping there until Monday, because we’d have no beds.

So, my precious baby daughter, has proven to us all, just how comfy the floor is to sleep on! So precious!