It has been a running joke in our little family recently that Megsie would be graduating before daddy, and last weekend she just beat him to the post as she had her little “gradulation” ceremony! It was a nice morning spent as a family to be there at her cute little graduation for her Montessori Pre school and I could hardly believe that it had been a whole year since we were there for Ethan. It was nice to see her with her class mates, her cheeky smile and little outfit. I especially loved that she was described as “A big personality with a big appetite” and as we laughed our heads off with the rest of the parents, we both knew deep down it was absolutely spot on and the perfect way to sum her up!
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I found out that she tells them regularly that she wants to be a farmer when she grows up “so she can have lots of pets” and is naturally tender with the resident rabbits! Though she acts like she doesn’t remember anything to us, she is clued up on her continents, which animals come from where and her maths skills are pretty impressive too.

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When Megan was born, it never really crossed my mind, nor hasn’t it until this last year or so with where their birthdays fall, that her and Ethan are only one school year apart. The more I ponder on this and observe their interactions and Megans excitement to follow him to “big school”, when I see them want to do everything together and hear their private chats as they sit playing in their room together, I realise how truly lovely this small gap is! I am sad that our Montessori chapter is now closed, as I have learnt to just love everything about their approach and techniques, but thankfully I am not worried about Megan starting full time school like I was with Ethan – Rather I am excited for her. Of course it helps some that I know the parents and school now and that her brother and little buddy will be next door. I like to know that their paths will certainly cross at lunch time, in assembly and other school events and that I can attend and watch them both now in their achievements and experiences. But mostly I look at her and honestly feel she is ready for new challenges, settings and people to meet. I am excited for her to take her “big personality” and conquer all of these new things, learn much and build friendships. She is so kind, funny, crazy and has lots to give, that I just know after the initial awkwardness she always displays, she will settle well and do just fine!

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It was just as lovely (and a little more exciting) to witness Nathan graduate too just 5 days later. It was obviously way more official and meant far more to our family than that of becoming of age to move on to full time school, but we let Megs at the tender age of 4 believe hers was just as huge! I certainly felt such a sense of pride at my husbands accomplishments and as I sat with his mum, all of us i’m sure aware that his Dad too would have loved to have shared in this moment, we just both felt so happy to be able to celebrate this major step with him. 4 years of sacrifice, graft and madness paid off and he is already settling into his new job…life opening up to a new chapter for him and for us all.

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I look at these 2 special days and I think how exciting it is in life that whatever age you are you can feel the self pride that comes from being recognised for commitment and hard work and that through things like graduations, you can have an opportunity to celebrate the end of one chapter as you step into the next. These moments will be treasured and remembered for a very long time and they most certainly will remind us of the work and commitment we all put in for greater things for our family…they will remind us of changing seasons and new adventures and supporting each other through out them.

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I wanted for a while and for many reasons to home educate my kids (at least for the first few years) It seemed so wonderful, so flexible and suited to the child… unfortunately due to our current circumstances and my uncertainty with grief we decided school was the right thing for them right now and this week opened the page to the chapter I have been dreading – the path to starting school/Nursery in mainstream education ahhhhhhh.
InstagramCapture_ee8971c3-38cd-4eb8-89bb-2202acc3a81fAs I sat at playgroup on Tueday morning I had the feeling I was supposed to be somewhere. I was. Ethan was due to visit his class room and new buddies on Tuesday morning and Megan Wednesday afternoon and I had completely forgotten Ethan’s visit! After a mad panic and a frantic phone call to school Ethan was able to tag along to the Wednesday group visit (which was far more convenient) and Megan into her new Nursery.

Megan went in with zero issues and not even a glance back (phew) and after telling them she was potty trained… came out having Pooped her pants and wet herself (awkward), but other than this minor set back I was surprised at how “right” and natural it felt taking them. No regrets, no worry. I dropped them off and felt calm and happy as oppose to the anticipated dread of this moment that has been brewing. They both left beaming and chatting all about their uniforms, friends, teachers, trophies, water play, drinking fountains and whole host of other things. They had made some pictures and new friends and greatly looking forward to September.
school visitIt wasn’t how I had hoped or imagined this phase of life to be for them but I am not disappointed either, it felt right and they were happy! I will really miss the wonderful staff and atmosphere of the Montessori nursery they have been attending but I know that this school will be great and also convenient for us all. The small numbers, kindness and values it has are perfect for our family and its a really good school and was our 1st choice – Bonus.

To mark the “end of an era” Ethan “graduated” pre-school on Saturday…
ethan graduationIt was lovely but also SO funny to see all of the extravagance for a bunch of 4 year old kids…the cap and gown cracked me up, but I am really pleased to have been a part of it because it was really sweet to watch and to hear and see just how fond of the kids all the staff are and to also mark the end of this phase and look forward to the next. I don’t worry about Megan in our next chapter…its only Nursery and she can hold her own and is fiercely independent but there are so many things I wonder and worry for about Ethan – What will be his strengths? What will we need to spend more time on? Who will be his friends? What will he look like in his uniform? Will he love the good old Biff, Kip and Chip books? Will he be happy? Will people like him? Will he stand his ground? Will he have fun? Adjust well to it? Will he shine?
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