Sometimes life throws you a curve ball as it for us this past summer when we received news that Jack had not been accepted for his first choice of primary school. We had put down four choices, the last being our 'wildcard'. We didn't even know where the school was, we had just heard good things. Well. Much to our surprise, that's where he was offered a place.
I expected to be driving in towards the city every morning but as it turns out I am now travelling the the opposite direction, deep into the countryside. For the first couple of weeks the school run seemed like it took an eternity -winding through all those small rural back country roads. However, I have really come to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the drive to school. Every morning, no matter the weather, it is a feast for the eyes. Ireland is really beautiful. So far we have had beautiful low sun shining through the autumn trees. And many days we have such romantic misty mornings. Just lovely. On the way home from Friday's school run, Noah and I took a little wander through a carrot field and stopped a few times to admire the scenery.
I can only imagine how treacherous the school runs will become in the snow. Treacherous but stunning, I'm sure. It'll either be snow tires or snow days! I don't think we will have the luxury of gritted main roads. This school is buried so deep in the back of beyond!
As for Jack, this turn of events seem to have suited him just fine. The smaller school fits him like a glove. His confidence is growing by the day. He is happy, enthusiastic, motivated, interested, excited, and content. I am amazed at how much this little guy has picked up in 5 weeks. He is literally writing words that we spell out to him! He is coming home and asking me to show him how to read, write and draw (and he has never shown such an interest before!) I am so thrilled at how much he has taken to school.
Noah was sent a lovely little bobble hat from Lala&Bea London, a family run business with factories based in the UK. They produce practical but fun products for kids, that are designed for parents. The Made in Britain campaign is one that is close to their heart. I really adore all the Lala&Bea designs (check our the darling blankets!) and Noah's hat has been receiving lots of lovely compliments! Thanks so much to Lala&Bea, and please check out their website and shop local!
Here's what we've been up to in the past week:
1. Cousin time!
4. Brother lifts
5. Doggy playdate
6. Self Portrait. Jack by Jack.
7. Anything you have, I want too.
8. Mossy mohawk