Saturday, March 12

How my frills are growing up!

Just had to share this with you (and record this for me) just how much my little frills are growing up!

Eloise, who hasn't had much of a mention this year due it being her second year at school and her little sisters starting school - has had a lot going on herself.  She has started in year one in a 1/2 composite class.  Although she was one of only three of her class from last year she's settled in brilliantly peer-wise.  Last year she had some ups and downs in this area due some clashing with and instability of another student last year - it kind of tainted her school yard relationships somewhat.

But I'm happy to report that this year has been much more positive.  I'm sure it has something to do with that student no longer being at the school but also she's just that bit older and enjoys playing with lots of different people rather than just one or two.
Eloise at school friends birthday party

She's taken up recorder as part of her composite class and all parents who have a new recorder player in their family will be nodding as they read this:  it has been getting on our nerves a little. But actually she's doing less squeaking and more playing and she takes herself off to the backyard to torture the neighbours practice, it's all good.  She's loving it - it's a positive thing. really.

Having learned last year how important it is to nurture and encourage healthy and positive friendships in the first year of school - most weeks everyone has had a playdate.  If they have behaved, they may invite (or go on if they are invited) one friend home for an hour and a half after school.  Eloise totally surprised me when she wanted to invite a boy...!  But the boy had been in her class last year and was into Zhu Zhu pets like her so didn't really seem like a stretch - and I have to say - the best playdate ever - they just had so much in common.  I used to have male friends even in primary school so I guess it wasn't so out of the norm...!

Some days we've had two of the frills bring someone home for a playdate on the same afternoon and that's been a little crazy!  I let them run around like mad in our garden (Luckily it's enormous) and then chill out time before they go home (Thank you Barbie movies!)

And this next week - Laura is off to a boy's house for a playdate.  He apparently is drawing pictures of her and him with love hearts so I'm guessing he's a little smitten with the unsuspecting Laura who thinks of him as 'a very nice boy from my class'.  (Don't worry Laura I was always clueless in the same situations even as an adult) Laura also has her first school party on tomorrow.  There was a little tantrum when Olivia realised she didn't get an invite but that's life!  When I explain that they don't get invites to all Eloise's classmates party I think the penny dropped.  Olivia's time will come.

In fact, she's quite a popular lass herself, another playdate invite has been accepted for Monday and she's off to a playdate at a classmate's house for the second week in a row.  She's settled in beautifully and she's the only one of my three daughters that can remember to bring all her lunchbox containers home every day.

Laura, who unlike Olivia who was writing her name at 3 years old - had been very reluctant to learn how to write her name, learn the alphabet etc before school.  Her teacher is such a great fit for her personality wise because she is very structured and presses on.  Laura, 6 weeks into school is an ACE at her sounds and has improved in all areas - writes her name well now and even insisted on writing in and on the card for her classmates birthday party.. how CUTE is this?

So suffice to say, I'm a super proud (and busy) mama of three girls.  The weekends are shorter than ever - but it's thrilling to see them develop, grow and blossom.  It really is.
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5 lovely comments:

Lucy on March 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh Liss. Those girls of yours - they are so so beautiful. Their freckles - just adorable.

(My Olivia has a best friend from her 1/2 composite class from last year. He is quite besotted, but she is unaware - it delights me. And they are so close and so in tune with one another. I love it. He is 9 now, and they are in separate classes, but still spend time with one another at school and on play dates. He looks out for Charlie and Lexie too. Quite a perfect frienship.)


Nikki on March 13, 2011 at 7:52 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

My little Ezra loves playing with the boys {I hope I'm not writing that when she's a teeneager ;) } they're just more her 'style'.

Christie @ PoppySeedBaby on March 13, 2011 at 8:18 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Beautiful post Liss, your girls are gorgeous, what a great job you have done!

Chantelle {fat mum slim} on March 14, 2011 at 8:01 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

They're beautiful. Thanks for playing Point & Shoot. x

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on March 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I love these girls to bits. They've all for their own unique and wonderful personalities and I feel so privileged to be able to see them grow up first hand!


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