Progress: Word of the Week

Something a little different this week. Progress. Not just for me but the children too. I’ll start with my progress.

I’ve finished my navy skirt and I’ve finally settled on patterns for my next two sewing projects. I’ll get the agony over and cut them out at the same time. I am the world’s biggest procrastinator when it comes to the stage of cutting into fabric. Honestly, if I could do the first swish of the scissors with my free hand over my eyes, I would. After that I’m fine. It is the first snip that is my obstacle.

I always knew I wanted to use the beetle fabric for a blouse. I went through several patterns. Circling round. Laying out pattern pieces. Almost cutting out. Changing my mind, but I think I’ve finally settled on the Lara set. It nicely side steps pattern matching beetles down the front opening, by having no front opening.

The orange fabric is for a coat. I need a light weight coat for the school run and errands at this time of year. Initially I thought of a duster coat and then ducked out when the fabric arrived. Hmm. A duster coat in this particular fabric might look more like a dressing gown. (Mummy, why is that lady dropping off her son at school in her dressing gown?)

So a long jacket it will be. The one on the right. I think.

Of course, it can all still change.

Now onto the children’s progress. I don’t talk a lot about how the children are doing at school, unless it somehow links up with home life or has a craft theme. I’ll sneak it in then. Otherwise, the stories are theirs, not mine to share and I feel uncomfortable writing them here.

This week, I think the Universe spotted me. Checked out my lack of attention. Turned the celestial spotlight in our direction and flung down the gauntlet. Daring me. I can almost hear the roar “Try and ignore putting these on your blog, mere mortal. Ha! Bet you can’t.

OK, Universe. You got me. I can’t ignore this week. So many notable events seemed to have lined up together in one week. Chance, Fate, invisible hand. Call it what you will.

To start, the Teen completed her bronze D of E expedition. I am completely bowled over that she did it. She’s always been a good walker, but they carry everything they need to camp for the weekend and walk miles. Tent, food, water, change of clothes. Needless to say, she was very tired when she made it home.

On top of it all, she has kept up with homework and study. She’s just got her head down and done it. With no prompting from me.

She’s year 11. A key year. Thoughts are turning to the end of this school year already, when her year of school mates, will head off in different directions. She has signed up for not one, but two end of year social committees. (Universe, really?) I didn’t see that coming. Either of them.  I don’t think her Reception class teacher would recognize the quiet, barely four year old I entrusted her with, all those years ago. For all those August babies out there, you can do it.

(old photo from last year)

Middle One is taking on more too. At school, she’s joined more clubs and making good friends beyond the confines of her classes. She is working hard and achieving the results that she really wants. I could not be more pleased for her. This week she pushed the boat out and signed up for something that forced her out of her comfort zone. Whether she gets it, I don’t know, but I’m so pleased she has tried.

While I’m at it, I should include her piano progress and the speed she is picking up new pieces.  A pace never seen before in our house. She’s using You-Tube to help her inbetween lessons.

The Boy has had a week of it too. Again, I didn’t see this one coming, either.  (Universe, want to explain?)

I’ll let the photo do the talking on this one.

All three are his this year. (Should just add that the green one should have deputy or assistant on it.) He is taking it all quietly in his stride. Sometimes it’s hard for the youngest to shine.

Seeing as I’m listing all this – in for a penny, in for a pound, – I might as well add that he gained his next badge at Trampolining, this week too. His penultimate badge.

I am quietly proud of each and everyone of my children. They have shone in their own way, but not as I imagined. So maybe the Universe,  (or whatever name you like to use), is doing me a favour. I don’t often take the chance to say that I am proud of them. This week has given me the chance. At this moment, I can safely say that I could not be prouder of them. Did you hear that Universe? Did you get that?

OK, Universe. Have I done my bit? Satisfied now? Can I go back to showing my finished navy skirt and cauldrons of granola? I did things too.

Joining in with #wotw with my word Progress.


16 thoughts on “Progress: Word of the Week

  • Friday 6 October, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Oh wow, you are right to be proud, they have all been shining this week and it’s lovely when they surprise you, too. There’s nothing nicer than seeing you kids achieve something or enjoy something new, it is great, well done to your children. Oh, and that coat fabric looks gorgeous x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Sunday 8 October, 2017 at 10:37 am

      It has been quite a week!

  • Friday 6 October, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    What a wonderful week for all your children. You must be fit to explode with pride! Junior has been considering doing D of E so it’s lovely to hear such positive things about it. I love the fabric for your coat, I think the longer version will look fabulous x #wotw

    • Sunday 8 October, 2017 at 10:36 am

      I hope Junior goes for it. I know the Teen is glad she did it.

  • Friday 6 October, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Blimey I remember doing DofE and going to the palace to get gold award! Well done your son, it is lovely when they thrieve! X #wote

  • Saturday 7 October, 2017 at 11:11 am

    What a truly lovely post, it really made me smile. What a lot of proud moments, definitely something to celebrate and share. Great post for a Saturday morning read.

    • Sunday 8 October, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Rachel. Hope you have a good weekend.

  • Monday 9 October, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Aw what an amazing week for them all i bet you are so proud, I have to say I am so glad year 11 is over ! its a tough one! That fabric is lovely I love the fabric

    • Monday 9 October, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Yes. Year 11 is full on, although I’m not wishing it away.

  • Tuesday 10 October, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Like you I struggle with the first cut and after that I’m very self critical over my work. It’s lovely that your children have surprised you and have all achieved something. #Blogstravaganza

    • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Slightly comforted to know I’m not the only one that struggles with it

  • Thursday 12 October, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Oh that is brilliant – well done to all three of your children for doing so well this week. Such wonderful achievements for them and such proud moments for you x #WotW

    • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Thank you

  • Friday 20 October, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This post gave me quite a chuckle with the “universe” trying to tell you something. I have those days (weeks, years!). I have to say though, at first glance I thought you were going to give us progress on your children’s sewing projects, LOL. Do your children ever sit down at your sewing machine? Just curious 🙂

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Yes they all sew. They do go through stages, but at least they know how to if they want to.

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