Monday, 30 November 2015

LisaSmiles 334:365

Well done Isaac on your award for your GCSE results. 
Mr Baugh's jacket caused smiles as did Mr Goodwin's effusive praise of the incredible breadth of Isaac's general knowledge.  
My new phone is finally working but Jude will have to wait as his new SIM card is too big! 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

LisaSmiles 332:365

It's Jude's birthday - 14 today! 
Lots of smiles opening presents, eating cake and playing silly games! 
And these ducks and geese made me smile this morning. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

LisaSmiles 330:365

When your son goes off to a debating competition and texts to say it was going well until his team realised that speaking for the opposing team was ... Malala who proceeded to interrupt their argument with "points of information" that were quite ferocious in their vehemence. They lost but not before the headteacher got Malala's autograph 'for his daughter'. 
In other news, a translation competition for eldest and a trumpet exam. got the youngest, and (very good) reports all around. 
Oh, and a rather tasty omelette. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

LisaSmiles 329:365

I love it when children who find school work really tricky are rewarded for their efforts with success. Happened today in Y5 when several of the 'low ability' children did a brilliant job of describing a monster in Spanish and hardly made a mistake because they listened to my advice and followed it, using the chart as instructed.

A 'smiling' stingray from last week.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

LisaSmiles 328:365

Biggest smile of the day reserved for excellent news about a colleague who is ill after weeks of (incorrectly) bad news.

Other smiles:
The enthusiasm of the language leaders. 
The child who, when I thanked him for opening his planner to the correct page for me to sign, said "I am a blessing!"
Triarama madness. 
Sitting down to relax and thinking that it must be time for bed and discovering that it was only 8pm. 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

LisaSmiles 326:365

Proud Mummy moment. Jude not only played in three of the six bands/ensembles in tonight's concert at the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham but also had a solo. The concert was in memory of his music teacher at Plantsbrook who died last year and I know he would have been a proud of Jude too. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

LisaSmiles 325:365

Sad to say goodbye to Rous and Martita but smiled when I discovered that not only is there an article in the Tlaxcala paper about my colleague and I visiting but also a picture that describes us as 'distinguished teachers' :)

Friday, 20 November 2015

LisasMiles 324:365

Love Martita's smile. So bright it illuminates the room. Or the underground! 
We've had a great time in London today. 
Lorry spoils selfie ;)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

LisaSmiles 323:365

Introducing my Mexican friends to curry! We enjoyed the Boldmere Street Festival but they needed to sit down to eat! 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

LisaSmiles 320:365

Cold hands but warm hearts at the Sealife Centre. A delightful experience. 
And I love this photograph. We were like little girls in that tunnel! 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

LisaSmiles 319:365

Rous and Martha arriving from Mexico made me smile broadly. As did the subsequent 'how fast can you complete the Mexican states jigsaw' competition between the boys and our visitors. Isaac reigned supreme! And my apple crumble was a hit which, as a reluctant and not very skilled cook, pleased me no end!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

LisaSmiles 318:365

Catching up on Les Revenants (I'm four weeks behind!) And I've got chocolate! 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

LisasMiles 314:365

"Love is what makes you smile even when you're tired"
A quotation from a child when asked what love is. 
I can really identify with that today! 

Good to get out for a run though. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Saturday, 7 November 2015

LisaSmiles 311:365

It's good to be home 
And find my boys wrestling on the carpet as I walked in the front door! 

Friday, 6 November 2015

LisaSmiles 310:365

Going to miss 'el kiosko' and Santa Ana Chiautempán. 
Going to miss Colehio Esperanza and Popacatapetl watching. 

Adiós México

Thursday, 5 November 2015

LisaSmiles 309:365

What a lot of laughs this afternoon. I got so confused switching languages that I started translating English into English at one point. And the balloon!
Going to miss Alan and his Mum!
And a very special evening with Ana Gloria and family. Muchas gracias 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

LisaSmiles 307:365

A lovely welcome.
Music maestro. 
Making friends with the police!

Monday, 2 November 2015

LisaSmiles 306:365

Our one eyed taxi driver.
New friends at the bus station who loved our English accents! 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

LisaSmiles 305:365

For the next week I'm just uploading pictures as I'm in Mexico and don't have much time.  So many smiles though!