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
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!
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 🙂
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 🙂
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!
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.
Her second year of secondary school, also known as year 8 to most, is upon us. Why is time going so quickly?
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
These are the Christmas decorations they bought me. I can’t wait to hang them on the tree 🙂
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.
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.
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 🙂
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! 🙂
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.
When my girls were little, they both had curly hair and I loved it!
I had visions of teasing out ringlets of hair every morning before school and putting them in pigtails.
That didn’t happen.
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!
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!
We’ve tried using rags
It worked quite well but took ages to do.
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.
Both girls spend ages watching videos on YouTube looking for different styles. Not all of them curly, I’m pleased to say 🙂
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!
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.
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!