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First day of rugby

All in all very good. He listened well and played along. Needs to learn colors though.


First day at Under th Rainbow

Rhys has been so ready to start at Rainbow. When the door open, he runs into the classroom with the other kids, sits down and starts playing with the play dough (I’ve seen a kid sit on him and he didn’t even budge!), gets his name from the name board, plays with the toys there and just acts as if that is his school.

But last Monday he actually did start at rainbow. He was very confused when I put in his smock, but I do think he got it a bit. I had to stay only 5 min with him and the teacher told me that this would be a settling in week, and he should stay for only 1.5 hrs every day (bummer!). 

I went for a swim anyway and saw that they had called 20 min before I finished my swim. The message was just about whether Rhys could have milk and biscuits, and by the way, I could actually come at 11:30 to collect.

When I got there to pick him up, the teacher said he was brilliant, played with the other kids, was so good and happy and could come all morning the rest of the week! Go Rhys!

Mimi and Papa visit

We miss them. Today Rhys saw a chubby older man in the street and shouted: “Papa!”


Who’s better: Ella or Rhys?

Little sister

Ella is still obsessed with having a little sister. Last week she told her swim teacher Artur that she had a baby sister. And today she told Flo that “my mommy is having a baby sister.”


Ella has been obsessed with a little sister.

Ella: daddy, I want a little sister.

Tim: but Ella, you already have a brother. And if you have a sister, where is she going to sleep? We only have two bedrooms for the kids

E: she can sleep here (pointing at the floor, right at the end of her bed).

T: but Ella, there’s no room for her there.

E: now daddy, you’re just pretending, and I am going to get very cross with you!

Also this week, she told her swim teacher Arthur that she has a little sister.