I've accepted that autumn has arrived and changed over the clothes in my wardrobe today. Winter clothes take up so much more room, don't they? Still, glad to be reunited with some warm favourites and pleased that they mostly still fit although getting into my teal jeans was a laugh! It also means that hats are back - hurrah!
Going to a funeral is never easy but when you've never been somewhere before there is always potential for incident. Isaac shared in the bafflement at Yardley Crematorium as we tried to work out where we were supposed to park (it seemed to be a case of abandon your car on the road wherever you wanted) and then in my bewilderment as I went out a different gate and we found ourselves on a mystery tour of the area, taking in the sights of Small Heath before GoogleMaps finally decided to help!
Finding new smileys on Facebook made me smile too as did the battle of the smileys in which Isaac and I engaged (Jude is still a month too young to join in) Isaac's were prominently football related so I claim the moral victory due to variety although Isaac wins for best comeback:
Another half term day and another round of errands and family taxi duties.
Jude's enjoying being Scuba Stevens at holiday club - he's looking forward to 'shark attack' tomorrow.
And on his return he and Isaac seem to be having a series of half term games challenges; it's funny listening to them from another room.
John decided we'd go out to dinner - delicious albeit tricky going as half my mouth was frozen!
The dentist did not make me smile although looking in my mouth and seeing that his idea of a temporary fix seems to be a lump of chewing gum might have amused me if I weren't in pain!
I ran a race this morning. A combination of wind, deep mud, tree roots and stones and several steep sandy hills all made it hard going but ensured a big smile after I finished the race. I was particularly pleased with how I ran up the final hill to the finish - a cruel way to end a race I think. Although not as bad as the steps I faced at the end if the Hegichauslauf! Isaac and his love of 'burst mode' made me smile too as did Jude 'the lookout' who was actually the last to see me coming!
This afternoon I drove John to the airport, had coffee with the boys and bought Jude some Hawaiian board shorts.
Back home, we watched SCD and then Hugo which took me back to ISW and listening to Mr Andrews reading it to Grade 3. I never did get to hear all of it! But thinking back to my time in the library made me smile!
However, being penguins huddled together to stay warm at playtime made me smile. As did the enthusiasm of some of cross country club who wanted to run in spite of the rain, and proceeded to run through puddles 'accidentally' and 'slip over.'
Sewing Bee also made me happy - I can't sew really (although I can thread a sewing machine!) so I enjoy watching and learning.
And of course, the news is out that I'm key noting at #ililc5 in February. Which makes me smile broadly as I'll see my magnificent MFL mates (see below for examples!) but also somewhat apprehensively as I currently have not a scooby what I'll say. It's several months away though...
I was up very early to go to The Languages Show but my train journey was brightened by planning minibooks for Y5 and 6 at WPS, and by the gentleman sitting at my table who kept me amused. I have been smiling all day, imagining middle aged men riding Harley Davisons dressed in gimp suit with tassels!
Lots of smiles today:
I was the first to declare that I am nuts about languages and won a year's subscription to Languagenut - unfortunately, only one of my schools can benefit this time :(
I met up with people I haven't seen for ages and had time for some actual, real life chats with people rather than virtual ones.
I spoke to lots of people with questions about primary language learning and hopefully helped by answering them!
I collected lots of badges and some quality freebies but not so much that I couldn't carry it, and no 'bumpf' ;)
LittleLinguist saved my book that if requested on FB - great customer service!
And my 'chauffeur' Parker C made sure that Lady Penelope left with a smile and a giggle by improvising Prosecco for her!
And I saw some cute posters and cuddles that I couldn't have but had to photograph.
2MW always make me smile but I made them smile today when I told them that I was staying with them until 1140 :) We had a fun Spanish lesson and then planned traditional tales in literacy. My example was about a cow and a field of carrots!
Watching a short part of Goodnight Mr Tom with Y5 madee smile as it's a lovely story and John Thaw is brilliant. A shame we could only watch 8 minutes.
"Boxercise" was hard work but all the arm work is getting less 'impossible' and is now just 'very challenging' - and it feels great when you finish.
It always makes me smile when I think that a class haven't been doing their best and I come to mark their books, expecting substandard work, only to discover a few gems that show understanding, application and imagination!
Jude asked to go to and see Alison Balsom play at Birmingham Town Hall and tonight was the night. An excellent concert with lots of variety. We really enjoyed it although Jude was disappointed that we didn't win the blue pTrumpet.
Before the concert we admired the WWI inspired 'garden' outside the Council House.
The great excitement in Y4 at being allowed to use the dictionary and look up *any word you want* made me smile.
Pre birthday lunch today - and John had preordered my Prosecco :)
Delicious as was dinner. And I particularly enjoyed my nap afterwards!
I was 'trapped' on the platform at church by the harvest collection for hospitals in Liberia fighting Ebola. It was all brought to the front as we were singing and our escape route was just about cut off. However, it was amazing to see the arrays of wellies, sheets, towels, disinfectant, food, vitamins and juice. And a John Wayne DVD box set...:S
Off to bed soon to finish my book - although I've only just ordered the next one from the library so I'll have to wait to continue the story.
My plaiting skills have been praised today - this was my evening version. The morning version was two French plaits to keep my hair out of my fave whilst I 'suffered' a HIT session.
HIT was great fun although exhausting. It's good to push yourself though. And it helps if there's someone yelling at you so you don't give up prematurely.
And I really enjoyed the concert by the Staffordshire Band and Peter Moore at Lichfield Cathedral. Amazing sound! And I took time to appreciate the lovely metalwork gates in the cathedral. Must go back another day to the no estimate further.
As we left the sky was clear and you could see the stars very clearly. A beautiful sight above the cathedral. Unfortunately, we couldn't take a decent photo but it's stuck in our memories!
Meet Omid the Socktopus. Purchased today in IKEA, his squiffy eyes make me smile.
Being made to sprint up hills then sprint back and forth across Meadow Platt made me smile on a sort of masochistic way as I was still in pain following BoxerciseHIT last night. And it made me laugh when I started sprinting like a Pavlovian dog because I thought Jac had yelled "Lisa - go!" when she had in fact yelled "Slow!" Ever obedient, that's me!
I enjoyed teaching y2 today. They quite often make me smile. Today they were on great form. One class came up with all kinds of reasons why a world made of chocolate would be a bad idea like it being very unhygienic and melting too often, then did some great animal impressions whilst recalling all the words we'd learned last week. And the other class and I had a fun game, all sat in a circle on the floor, pretending to be animals whilst one of the class tried to guess who was leading the animal impressions!
And punctuating these two lessons was break time during which y1 pupils brought over some caterpillars to show me (my Mum would've done her nut) and then some y2 girls came to ask me to remove a spider from the toilets so they could wash their hands as they were scared!
More children wowed with postcards from "Balamory" and some funny conversations about ferries, 'windbags' and 'men in skirts' to start the day. And to end the school day, some remarkable listening and questioning (for Y6!) about Estevanico, exploration, empire building, indigenous people and the spread of languages. Not exactly what I'd planned but worth a 'detour' I thought.
Biggest smiles though at bath time/bedtime with a hilarious singsong of primary school songs that resulted in Isaac declaring that 'air is overrated.' My boys are hysterical!!