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Questions For KayCee At The End Of Year 8

I started asking Kaycee and Ella some questions at the end of the school year in 2012. I love being able to look back at the changes :)
These are KayCee’s answers at the end of year 8.

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2013
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2015
2016

2017

KayCee’s still doing brilliantly at school. She always puts in the extra effort and her hard work pays off.
In September she has her little sister joining her at big school!

As always, we’re very proud of her. 🙂

Kaycee year 8

I am really good at Maths and cooking
I like to  cook
My favourite thing to learn at school: Food tech
1 person who makes me laugh: Can’t pick just 1 – all my friends make me laugh!
One word that describes me: Talkative
I am really happy when: I’m with my friends
I am really sad when: When I fall out with friends
My favourite book:  Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events
My favourite TV show: When calls the heart
My favourite vacation:  Greece
I like school when: It’s the last day of term! (Alo when we have fun lessons!)
I don’t like school when:  On Thursdays – again!
My favourite season:  Summer
My favourite toy:  I don’t play with toys anymore
My worst nightmare fear  Being alone
Things that make me mad:  Ella
Favourite sport:  Rounders
I like my Dad because he’s nice and funny and buys me things!
I like my Mum because: she’s nice and kind and buys me things!
I like my family because  they’re kind

KayCee’s in Greece

Our gorgeous girl has gone to Greece with her best friend, Emma 🙂 They look like they’re having a wonderful time, although KayCee is suffering from burnt shoulders. She’s been putting sunblock on, but I fear she’s not been reapplying it often enough.

At The Airport

KayCee and Emma at the airport going to Greece

Greece

KayCee on the beach at Greece

 

KayCee and Emma on the beach at Greece

 

KayCee and Emma in the car - Greece holiday

She’s due back on Wednesday and I think Ella will be the most pleased to see her! They fight like cat and dog when they’re here, but Ella is really missing her.
She’s been getting tearful at bedtime because KayCee isn’t there and she said she’s been there for all of her life.

She’s slept at friend’s houses twice this holiday because she doesn’t like sleeping in her room without KayCee!

Autumn Crafts Older Kids

Autumn Crafts

Kaycee and Ella love to spend time crafting so with the nights drawing in I thought they’d like some ideas of things to make for autumn.

Ella especially likes candles so with this in mind, I found a couple of crafts using candles. Last year she made some Halloween luminary jars and gave them to her sister, Kellyann. This year I want her to make some for me but I don’t want Halloween ones!
I love these autumn leaves luminary jars from Create Craft Love and I know Ella will enjoy making them 🙂

Autumn leaf luminary jar - Autumn crafts
This image is a screenshot from Create Craft Love and belongs to the owner of the site.

There isn’t a tutorial for this one because it’s really not needed! The photo is from the Instagram account of a very talented lady who makes art from natural resources.

We did rock painting in the summer holidays and we all enjoyed it very much so I know this craft would be great for us all t have a go at 🙂

rock family candle holder
Photo Source

Glittery Autumn leaves hanging from the fireplace would be a great way to get us ready for all the glitz and glam of Christmas decorations!

glittery Autumn leaves
Screenshot and tutorial from House Of Jade Interiors

Kaycee’s and Ella’s Nanny loves feeding the birds so I thought they could make her some homemade bird feeders. It’ll be a nice surprise for her and the birds will be well fed now the weather is on the turn.

homemade bird feeders
Screenshot and tutorial from Growing Family

There are more Autumn Crafts on my Pinterest account

Back To School For Kaycee – Year 8

Year 8

Her second year of secondary school, also known as year 8 to most, is upon us. Why is time going so quickly?

Year 8 first day of school for Kaycee

On Facebook Memories today there were photos from Kaycee’s first day at infants school. She was so cute and it seemed like just yesterday I was taking those photographs.
She’s going to be an adult before we know it and I’m really trying to savour this time with them. I’m so pleased I’m able to work from home as it means we get lots of time together 🙂

Kaycee first day at infants school

Kaycee and Ella on Kaycee's first day at infants school

I don’t have a blog post about her first day at infants because I wasn’t blogging properly back then but I do have a post from when she started year 2 🙂

More Disneyland Paris Photos!

More Disneyland Paris Photos

I know I bombarded you with photos the other day but they have so many lovely photos I wanted to share a few more. Kaycee and Ella are going to love looking back at the blog and seeing all these photos when they’re older.

Kaycee has started reading my old blog posts now and she loves seeing photos and reading about the things she got up to with Ella when they were little.
That was the whole purpose of starting the blog for me so it’s lovely seeing her reading a post and enjoying the memories 🙂

I hope we get the chance to take them to Disneyland Paris one year. It looks amazing and I’d love to experience it with them sometime.

Mickey and Donald on parade - Disneyland Paris Photos Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella with Minnie Mouse - Disneyland Paris Photos The castle lit up at night - Disneyland Paris Photos Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Ian, Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Donald Duck signing Ella's autograph book - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee and Donald Duck - Disneyland Paris Photos Donald Duck playing with Ella's hair - Disneyland Paris Photos Ella with Donald Duck - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee, Ella and Donald Duck - Disneyland Paris Photos Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella in front of the castle - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee and Ella trying to pull the sword from the stone - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Ella posing in Mickey hands - - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris Photos Ian, Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella Kellyann, Kaycee and Ella - Disneyland Paris PhotosThese are the Christmas decorations they bought me. I can’t wait to hang them on the tree 🙂

Minnie and Mickey Christmas tree ornament - Disneyland Paris Photos

Minnie and Mickey Christmas Tree Ornament - Disneyland Paris Photos

 

Questions For Kaycee At The End Of Year 7

Year 7

Kaycee snapchat

I started asking Kaycee and Ella some questions at the end of the school year in 2012. I love being able to look back at the changes :)

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

Well, she made it through her first year of secondary school without too much drama! We’re very proud of the way she’s adapted and the effort she puts into her studies.

Kaycee end of year 7

I am really good at Collecting Vivos (points given at school for good work, behaviour etc)
I like to  do art
My favourite thing to learn at school:  Art
1 person who makes me laugh:  Dad and Sophie
One word that describes me:  AmazingBeautifulCoolHappySweetLoving (she put them all together to make one word!)
I am really happy when:  Sophie is not angry with me
I am really sad when:  Sophie is angry with me
My favourite book:  The Secret Series
My favourite TV show:  Once Upon A Time
My favourite vacation:  Mablethorpe in the caravan
I like school when:  I just like school altogether – most of the time
I don’t like school when:  On Thursdays
My favourite season:  Summer
My favourite toy:  I don’t play with toys anymore
My worst nightmare fear  Being alone
Things that make me mad:  Ella and Sophie
Favourite sport:  Rounders
I like my Dad because  he cooks nice meals
I like my Mum because:  just because she is amazing!
I like my family because  they’re nice

 

Kaycee snapchat

Our Baby Girl Is In France – First School Trip Abroad

France

 

Kaycee’s been counting down the days until the school trip to France and now she’s finally there. It was weird her not being here when I got up yesterday. She had to be at school for 5.30 am so she set her alarm for 3 am. Her friend, Sophie, had stayed the night to make it easier to go to school together. They didn’t manage to get to sleep very early; they were just too excited, I think!

She’d gone before we woke up so she left a goodbye note on the fridge for us all. She’s such a sweetheart. I’m going to miss her being away this week. I know how much fun going on a school trip abroad can be, though, so I’m happy that she was able to go.

Monthly Allowance

She paid for the trip herself out of her monthly allowance. We’re very proud of how she managed her money.
During the last school year, when they were both at Junior school, it felt like they wanted money for something every week. They wanted to join every club, buy every school photo and spend money at book fayres and summer fayres and Christmas fayres. They also wanted hot school meals every week and pounds here and there for various fundraising days.
It was getting very expensive and a bit out of control so we decided that they would be given a monthly allowance.

They now have to work out what clubs they can afford to join. If they can’t afford them all, they have to pick which one they’d most like to do.
If they have money left at the end of the month, they’re not allowed to spend it on rubbish. They know they have to keep it in the tin so it builds up.

Budget

To pay for France, Kaycee did need a little extra help from us and other family members. She’d not been getting the allowance long enough for it to build up but she still did well with her budget.
She went without hot school meals, opting to take a packed lunch instead and the only club she carried on paying for was Guides. She saved Christmas money so she’d have plenty of spending money.

I can’t wait for her to come home so I can hear all about it. Thinking of her in France with her friends reminds me of when I want to Holland on my school trip. I hope she has as much fun on her trip as I did on mine 🙂

Kaycee France

 

 

A Knights’ Trail, Lincoln – The Girls’ Found Them All!

Lincoln Knights’ Trail

Kaycee, her friend Emma and my niece, Lily-May spent the day in Lincoln doing the Knights’ Trail.  If you don’t know what it is, here’s the blurb from the website:

Follow the Lincoln Knights’ Trail – 36 sculptures across Lincoln city centre – to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

“The Battle of Lincoln, one of the most decisive in English history, meant that England would be ruled by the Angevin, not the Capetian dynasty.”
Professor David Carpenter

Last year we had Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail that celebrated 800 years of the Magna Carter.

Museum Of Lincolnshire Life

36 Knights have been placed around Lincoln city centre and the aim is to find them all. A leaflet can be picked up from The Museum of Lincolnshire Life that shows where all the Knights’ are. When you find each Knight you will see a symbol on it somewhere. Once you’ve found the symbol, you check the code sheet and write the corresponding word in your leaflet.

When you’ve found them all, you return your leaflet (there are numerous places to hand them in) to receive a badge and a certificate.

It took them all day to find them. They had a great day even though they were shattered when they’d done! 🙂

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First Parent Teacher Night At Secondary School – So Proud!

Secondary School First Parent-Teacher Night

To say we were proud of our Kaycee on her first parent-teacher night is an understatement! They were most impressed with the effort she puts into everything. She’s working at the top level in just about all her subjects.

It’s hard to describe how nice it was to hear them all saying such wonderful things about my daughter.

Truthfully, though, it wasn’t surprising.
During her first year at junior school, she had a choice of projects to do for homework. She chose to make a booklet about Christmas in Victorian England and she had a full term to work on it.
She worked on it every week and did a really excellent job.

Her reward for all her hard work was to get a mention in the school newsletter, along with other students who had worked hard on their projects. She was very proud of herself 🙂

Kaycee seems to have taken to secondary school in her stride, thankfully and we’re so very proud of her.

Secondary School First Parent-Teacher Night Kaycee

 

 

 

Going from straight to curly hair

Girls and Hair!

When my girls were little, they both had curly hair and I loved it!

Kaycee curly hair
Kaycee

 

Ella with curly hair
Ella

I had visions of teasing out ringlets of hair every morning before school and putting them in pigtails.

That didn’t happen.

Thick Hair

Kaycee, the eldest, has thick hair like mine and the longer her hair grew, the straighter it went. The curls didn’t disappear, they stayed at the bottom of her hair no matter how long it got. I put off having it cut for years. I couldn’t stand the thought of cutting the last of her curls off!

Ella’s hair isn’t as thick as ours so I was hoping her curls would have a better chance of staying in as it grew. Alas, it wasn’t to be either! I put off having her hair cut as well for the same reason but I finally gave in when she was nearly 6-years-old!

Short Hair

Both girls have tried having short hair but they soon decided they preferred it long. They didn’t like not being able to do much with it when it was shorter.

They went through a stage where they wanted straight hair and asked if we could buy straighteners. We said no because they were too young. Now they try everything they can to get some curls back in their hair!

Curly Hair

We’ve tried using rags

Ella with rags in her hair to make curly hair

It worked quite well but took ages to do.

Ella at the wedding curly hair

 

Kaycee at the wedding with curly hair

The best result we’ve had so far out of the things we’ve tried have been magic curlers. I saw them on eBay and they were quite cheap so I thought we’d give them a go.

Ella hasn’t tried them yet but they worked great for Kaycee. They’re really easy and quick to put in as well.

Kaycee with magic curlers in for curly hair

 

Curly hair after using magic curlers

Different Styles

Both girls spend ages watching videos on YouTube looking for different styles. Not all of them curly, I’m pleased to say 🙂

Ella's hair styles

They love trying different styles in my hair and have even tried putting pigtails in their dad’s hair. He doesn’t have much, though, I have to say. They were pretty small pigtails!

Daddy with pigtails

Genes

The girls obviously get their hair genes from me, luckily.

Hopefully, they’ll never have to worry about hair loss but I have some friends and family whose hairline has started to recede. Some of them don’t mind but some of them would like to try and stop the flow of time.
One of the things I’ve seen that can help is ATP – Advanced Tricho Pigmentation which works in a similar way to a tattoo.

Here’s what the Harley Street Hair Clinic have to say about it.

Advanced Tricho Pigmentation works in a similar way to a tattoo. Natural pigments are applied to the patient on either the scalp or brow area and our team of experts work to delicately replicate the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp, and natural strokes on the brow area to replicate each individual brow hair.

The specialised process deposits tiny amounts of pigment to the recipient area and positions it within the dermal layer of the skin. Once applied by one of our highly skilled technicians you’ll see realistic results that replicate real hair.

Ant’s had a look at the website and he said he wishes it had been around when his hair first started receding. He doesn’t like the idea of a hair transplant or a toupee but would have been ok with ATP.

Long Hair

The one thing he doesn’t have to worry about, though, and we do, is the amount of hair that sheds everywhere in the house. Three girls with long hair is an actual nightmare! The drains get blocked, the hair wraps around the hoover roller, clogs it up and makes the belt burn out and stray hairs can be found in the weirdest of places around the house!

Truthfully, though, I love helping them with different styles. I love giving them the curly hair I always craved when I was a child and I love that they want to play with my hair because it’s oh so relaxing!

 

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