My month in Instagrams: September 2014

My month in Instagrams: September 2014

September saw two significant milestones: my birthday (21 again, obviously) and Toby heading off to primary school for the first time. But before he did, we made sure his last days of freedom were packed full of fun. Beaulieu and the beasts Although they’re now at the same school, the boys started term a week … Continue reading

So far, so good

So far, so good

It’s been 2½ weeks since Toby started school and he’s still as enthusiastic now as he was at the end of his first half-day, washing away our concerns that he might struggle to cope with the change in moving up from preschool. In fact, if anything he has embraced it even more readily than his … Continue reading

Am I a writer?

Am I a writer?

It’s a question to which the answer has never been obvious to me. So let me start with what I’m not. I’m not a professional writer. I have a day job. I’m a middle-ranking manager in a large multimational corporation and consequently I write in my spare time. I have no formal training as a … Continue reading

The constant of cuddles

The constant of cuddles

The move from preschool to primary school has become a biennial routine for us. Isaac went off to ‘big boy school’ for the first time two years ago (although it feels like only a couple of months in my mind’s eye). Toby started this week. And in two years’ time it will be Kara’s turn. … Continue reading

First steps, long journey

First steps, long journey

Not that he realised the enormity of it, but yesterday Toby took his first steps on a long journey that could last a dozen years, potentially more: his first day (well, half-day) at school. I have to admit that I was concerned about how he would cope with his first morning in school. After all, … Continue reading

A not-so-grand day out

A not-so-grand day out

Toby begins his primary school adventure today, so I took yesterday off to treat him to one final boys’ day out for the summer. Now if it had been Isaac, he would have immediately produced a list of demands including Legoland, London, the cinema and ten other things, all before lunch. But Toby is a … Continue reading

Beaulieu and the beasts

Beaulieu and the beasts

Isaac is back at school today (Toby doesn’t start until next week) so yesterday the boys and I had one final day out together to bring the summer holidays to a close. Given that both boys’ favourite TV programme is Top Gear and that Toby is developing his literacy skills largely by learning to read … Continue reading