We met up with the rest of the Harris clan yesterday to celebrate Diana’s (and Claire’s) birthday. The highlight was near the end of the day when Kaira wombled into the living room, spotted Sam on the couch, said “hi!”, then walked over and gave him an extended hug. The rest of us were a little jealous.
The family were watching the Friends episode where Ross wears leather trousers. At one point Sam asked Claire to stop vibrating, she was laughing so much.
Lauren starts a trial period working at a local pub/restaurant next week. The trial was optional, but a friend who works there cried after her first shift because it’s such hard work, so she wisely decided to give it a try first. Kids these days eh?
Lauren cooked some cookies for Mother’s Day. Three of them were in the shape of letters, and Claire and the kids decided that they should eat them. So Sam started singing “We just got a letter” from Blue’s Clues, a kids programme he would have last seen when he was 3.
Sam had another parent-teacher conference yesterday. As always the teachers are really pleased with how he’s doing. He needs to put himself forwards a little more, and have a go at an answer even if he’s not sure of it. This all sounds familiar from the equivalent meetings for Lauren a couple of years ago. Claire cried when she heard about this, but that was as much to do with being ill (enough that she couldn’t go) as it was pride for her little boy!Read more…
Today we bought Lauren some shoes for her birthday. Sadly this is for her birthday from 2 years ago. Top parenting.
Each year the high school mock work interviews for Year 10s, using employers from the area. This sets the kids up for their work placement interviews, as well as being good practice generally. Lauren did great in hers a couple of years ago, but I was a little apprehensive about Sam’s - he’s very personable (and smart of course), but can appear a little unfocused if he hasn’t engaged with the task at hand.Read more…
After a slightly concerning number of rejections, Sam has found a work placement with a local IT support company. Fortunately it’s in Southampton, which is rather closer than Lauren’s placement in London. That makes it Claire’s turn to provide transport.
Direct quote: “No more unicorn poos for you, Sam”
Another Birthday-Christmas-Birthday season done. The kids are both getting beyond the presents stage, so a lot of what they got was cash. They didn’t seem to mind. First Christmas with cousin Kaira, first without Grandpa.