A new year is here and we're ready to jump in head first! We already have a lot on in 2020. Cecily will be turning one, Lily will be seven and also had her next dance show in the Summer.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had fun celebrating. I'm definitely a few pounds heavier and have spent most of the last week in a food coma but, oh well! Easter next!
Looking back on 2019 though, I'm really proud of ourselves as a family. We grew from three to four, survived maternity leave and had our first Christmas at home, just us. It was a big year and full of so many great memories that 2020 has some big shoes to fill.
In February Cecily will turn one! Luckily, this happens during half term so we can celebrate as a family. Right now we're still trying to decide on what to do. Shall we save for a small mini break, a big day out or keep it simple at home? We'll obviously do something with family but want to do something just us four and something fun! I looked into Cbeebies land but as its half term, prices are through the roof (which is a shame as Cecily loves IgglePiggle).
This year Lily has a lot more dancing to do! As well as her normal festivals, the school also have their Summer show this year. I love it as all the children take part and it's a chance for our family and friends to come and see what Lily has been up to and how much she's improved over the past couple of years. It's also fun for the children. They get to dress up and enjoy themselves with their friends.
We also ended/started the New Year by visiting The Canterbury Tales! In 2019, Lily earned a music Blue Peter badge and with that, she received a Blue Peter Badge Card which gives her free access to over 200 attractions around the UK. It expires when she's 16 and we're going to try and visit as many of them as we possibly can. So what better place to start than somewhere on our doorstep! It's somewhere we walk past probably 30 times a week and have never been. It was brilliant! We followed the characters as they travelled to Canterbury Cathedral and as local residents, there was a part of me that felt really proud to live here. I don't know which place we'll visit next but half term will be filled with Blue Peter visits. If your child watches Blue Peter definitely encourage them to apply for a badge. Lily had a fun time completing the application tasks and was so happy and proud of herself.
Lily is also heading into the next section of year one! I really enjoyed the first half of the year. Their topic was history and I really enjoyed indulging in my hobby interest while teaching Lily new things. I was so happy when she turned around and said "I really love history now mummy". Next term is focused on Hot & Cold and in history they'll be looking at explorers to hit and cold places. We've already managed to find Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott in Lily's History Heroes: Explorers pack so she's getting a head start. There's also the range of school events that happen through the year like Easter assembly, sports day (and yes, we're in it to win it) and of course, parent's evening. I love parent's evening as I'm that mum that goes prepared with questions that I want serious answers to (poor teacher).
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and it'll be great to see what 2020 brings....
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