threekidsintow

O'Sullivan family travels and beyond

School’s out for summer

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The heat wave continued and we had scorching hot sunshine each day, week after week. It has meant glorious weather for so many local events. We helped at the annual Alfie Gough Teddy Bears’ Picnic with a session for babies and toddlers. The kids helped distribute the pom poms and shakers to all of the babies and so earned a well deserved ice cream afterwards. We then took part in lots of fun activities including holding snakes and birds of prey. Lovely day raising money for a worthy cause.

 

Ian has also been lending a hand at events – distributing water at two fund-raising for Cancer runs (Pretty Muddy and Race for Life) … and later had to marshal at one event to prevent some of the 5k runners becoming 10k runners!

The sun definitely shone at the 5th annual Pirate Party, a free event for families run by Helter Skelter and Baby Sensory. Arrrrrrr! It was hot, hot, hot… but we had lots of babies and toddlers having fun with the activities and a real ‘feel good’ vibe.  We sang, we danced, we shook our shakers in the sweltering heat …. and I slept like a baby that night!

Summer is starting but before we can get in the swing of it, we had to say goodbye to school. It is that time of year when the end of school vibe is upon us – big changes are afoot with one of our troop saying goodbye to Primary. The start of many goodbyes began with the Year 6 disco … an emotional affair for some judging by the tears at pick up time. Despite it not being a prom, Aoife opted for a dress to be like her peers and they did look lovely.

The next ‘goodbye’ was the Year 6 end of year play, where she had a main part as Dr Who’s assistant Sarah-Jane. All of the year group took part and it was amazing to watch especially when they performed energetic songs by Queen.

 

And the ‘almost final’ send off was a fun packed show stopping event, with circus workshop, stalls and inflatables. The rest of the family were able to join in the fun for the last few hours and all had a fabulous time.

On the last day, with the final ‘FINAL‘ goodbyes, Aoife was awarded the trophy for All Round Sporting Achievement.  A great recognition to her commitment and effort to the school’s sports teams, and it really made her day.  She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at school and here’s hoping the next step is just as much fun!

 

Much further along his educational journey, and a massive ‘end of an era’ took place as Eoin graduated. Ian went to see the ceremony and was very proud indeed. They spent a lovely few days celebrating with friends and family. Well done!

But before we can wrap up all aspects of education for the family and get round to enjoying the summer, we’ve had the usual end of term school stuff too and it has been a task to keep up with it all.

Orla performed her Egyptian play showcasing everything they had learned as part of their topic and paraded their costumes and art work in the school carnival.

She also performed in a wonderful celebration of music one evening, singing in both the choir and chorale group. The evening featured some wonderful musicians, pupils playing guitar, piano and other instruments which made for a very enjoyable evening. Musicians of all levels took part, from beginner to some very experienced and proficient young people. As a parent, I am so pleased that the school embraces all aspects of the arts, it is great to see every child’s talents and love of music being encouraged.

Seamus had a fantastic time in sports day. He was so excited he actually forgot to carry the bean-bags in the bean-bag race at first … which then gave him the giggles.

The drama group performed their WW2 musical ‘We’ll Meet Again’ which was very emotional to watch, quite a few parents had tears in their eyes. It was the story of evacuees and life during the war. Aoife played the school teacher and a mother who sends her child away. This play had won award at Broadstairs Art and Drama Festival earlier in the year.

And then there was the school fair as well, with crockery smashing, more than a little cheating on Hook a Duck, tombolas, raffles, cakes sales and more. No wonder I have so little money!

   

Ahhh, FINALLY it’s now the end of term. That time of year when all the stuff your child makes in school ends up coming home. Soooooo, if anyone fancies a 1m high 3D wall-mountable rainbow elephant head, give me a shout ….

Outside of school, we spent a lovely morning at ‘Margate Made’ where we tried the quite interesting Samurai Shiatsu, made catapults and keyrings with the scouts and had face painted too…. he asked to be a T-Rex in case you were wondering!

And at Broadstairs Victorian Weekend we saw classic cars and Pearly Kings and Queens. We even bumped into a pirate on a day trip to the beach! The town was so busy, and with the fantastic weather meaning the beaches were full, it looked and felt wonderful.

The weather did take a turn for the worse when we visited Ramsgate for the Festival of Sound. After so many sunny days, it was unusual to feel the wind and rain. However, I must say it did add to the atmospheric feel to the installation ‘Requiem for Cross Bones’, a piece by Emily Peasgood which features crosses which sense movement, triggering music and sounds to reflect the history of lives lost.  It was interesting to visit and something very different set in a familiar place.

But the sun shone again for our friends wedding! We scrubbed up well and embraced the happy couple’s love of 1940s/50s.  I got to meet up with some old and dear friends and we all had a lovely day – even though we didn’t catch the bouquet!

The parties continued when Seamus was invited to a friend’s summer party. The set up was fabulous, with assault courses, tissue paper target ranges, paper cup shooting gallery and barricades for a Nerf gun battle. We couldn’t stay long as Seamus became a little under the weather, but he definitely enjoyed his time there. Thank you!

However, earlier this month he enjoyed having two friends round for the day, taking them to the park, having a picnic and also proudly showing them his chickens.

The chickens are earning their keep and are laying regularly so we’ve been sharing eggs and also the mountain of excess veg produce with neighbours and our ‘help yourself’ table at the end of our street. We received a very sweet note saying how lovely it was to see the return of our veg stall. We’re so glad that it makes someone smile.

 

All in all, it has been a busy few weeks and predictably the sun has gone into hiding so we can definitely say “let the school summer holidays begin!!!”

Author: threekidsintow

We are Caroline and Ian. We recently undertook an adventure, packing up everything and travelling with our three children. Our blog started as a way of capturing our memories of the preparation and interesting aspects of our journey. After a twist of fate, we're back in the UK much sooner than expected so who knows what's next for us now we're back home with our three kids in tow!

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