Every year, I feel the need to make the same announcement: I’ve finally finished the exam marking! For the last few years, each June has been full of extra work as I’ve worked for one of the exam boards doing GCSE marking. In a strange way, I really enjoy it – it’s amazing to see the quality of the responses each year, and it does give me a bit of faith in our exams system and in our education system. But there’s no denying, it’s a long hard slog. Admittedly, this year shouldn’t have been so hard, but we went away for a week in the middle of June and I didn’t get as much done as I had expected, so I’ve had to work really hard this week to make the deadlines.
Marking and deadlines aside, it’s been a really good month. We started with a mini-heatwave, which was brilliant. My grandma (aged 91) came up to Lancashire for a holiday, and joined us for church, lunch and and afternoon in the garden. 3 of my aunts joined us as well.
The boys have been brilliant this month. Ben is still superhero obsessed, and has eaten ice-cream most days this month.
Samuel has cut his first two teeth and started waving and clapping. He’s a bit poorly this weekend but he’s normally such a joyful little boy.
It was my dad’s 60th birthday this month too, so we headed down to Somerset to spend the week with them. I can highly recommend holidaying with your parents when your children are small! We had some great days out at Puxton Park, which is a children farm park with soft play, and hunting for fossils in Lyme Regis. We also had a gorgeous meal out with my parents, my sister and my brother in law to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.
Our me and mine photo was taken by my mum this week. She took several, but none are actually that good. We’re at Hestercombe House in Taunton, and we had just walked a long way!
I think July should be a fun month: we’ve got several fun weekends planned. But it’s also the month I technically go back to work (albeit for 3 days), the month that Ben finishes preschool, and the month that I have to leave Samuel for more than a few hours, so it’ll have some challenges too. And hopefully there will be a lot more going on on the blog than there was in June!