Chai & A Chat #9 #ChaiAndAChat

It’s that time of week again! Chai time! 

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d say that, for the most part, we are a healthier bunch! So, the sniffles are still there, and my foot still hurts, but we’re cool!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that moderation, my first experience, was actually really interesting. It is fascinating to see how everyone in our Academy, at the different schools, teaches and assesses the kids. We had our discussions, and I look forward to the next time, when we look at progress made, and what happens next… This is a part of teaching I haven’t experienced yet!
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d say that I have found a way to make Lil Man remember things he needs to sort out at school, off his own back… Threaten to not let him go to a party! It’s been two weeks that I have been asking him to go an pick up some books from the Spanish teacher for his revision and print out a paper he needs for a science assessment… Surprisingly (not) he forgot EVERY DAY, then when I mentioned ‘no party’ on Wednesday evening, he suddenly managed to come home the next day with everything done!
  • If we were sipping chai together, you’d remember that cricket fever is still running high in our household, and Lil Man had his second trial for the District team…
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d say that I am getting rather scared of how fast our children are growing up… He has teenage parties to attend, and has a voice that is squeaking, and trying to break, and she, at ten, is now reaching hormonal highs, if you know what I mean… My babies are no longer babies! Stop the clock, I wanna get off!!
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d tell you about the wonderful evening I had with my Tootie Frootie mums, complete with Secret Santa gifts! We met for drinks, before heading off to Rico Sabor, a great paella restaurant, serving a Christmas menu with a Spanish twist. There was music, great food, wonderful company and I discovered a love for Virgin Mojitos! We ate, danced and took umpteed silly photos too!
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  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you that I was exhausted, after a late night (2am and I don’t see much of each other) and I slept in untoll 10am!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that the rest of the weekend was a lovely festive family snuggle time, complete with getting the Christmas tree up!
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you that Sonu Singh is expecially happy. He climbed into boxes as the tree was taken out, he tasted the branches several times and knows he has his favourite spot set for the next few weeks… behind the tree. He even got mega excited at his own advent calendar!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I am now nervous about my first formal observation of the year. It is always tough being watched. I know I am a good teacher. I know what I believe in. But you always know that the day something is going to go to pot will be the day someone is watching you!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you we have a team building event at one of the Panic Rooms here. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I mean they are puzzle rooms you enter as a team, and you have an hour to solve a mystery. We did this once before so it’s exciting to be going again!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that I am excited for the Jingle Bell Ball! Can’t wait to tell you about it next week! Yes, there are a few acts I don’t have a clue about, but I hope to be able to recognise the songs, and embarrass my daughter with some silly dancing!

Have a great week all! Let me know how your’s has been!

36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. You Can Always Start Now
    Dec 04, 2018 @ 23:12:24

    I so enjoy this series – catching up with you!

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  2. elementhealing
    Dec 04, 2018 @ 14:17:21

    I love this format! I can relate to children growing up too fast. When I look at my beautiful son I wonder where 28 years went. Our children are such an amazing gift that we want to keep them close for as long as we can. We never really lose them, the relationship grows and changes, but remains. The Love is always there.
    Don’t worry about your assessment. The people observing you already know you are a good teacher. What they want to see is how you handle things going sideways from the plan. Are you able to use something going wrong as a teaching moment? They want to see how you adjust and get things back on track. You’ll do great!

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  3. Erika Kind
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 20:06:14

    A busy, productive, and successful week! I am glad you all are doing better!

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 19:11:52

    Think you had a lot of efforts making this wonderful christmas decorations, Sis!
    But it seems you are an evil mother, rather a mother-in-law from a fairy tale. lol Poor Lil Man.
    Mother goes to a party, and LilMan has parlour arrest. 😉 OK, i fully understand. Work has to be done, and this must be learned too. Best wishes for the week. Michael

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  5. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 17:26:56

    I saw all your lovely Instagram pictures, Ritu. Michael’s voice is also breaking and squeaking a lot. Greg’s just changed almost overnight so we didn’t have this with him.

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  6. rachaelstray
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 15:52:31

    That Christmas menu with a Spanish twist sounds right up my street. I’m glad you’re all starting to feel a bit better now! Good luck for the panic room I would love to do something like this!

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  7. syl65
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 14:18:59

    I see Lil Man is not as forgetful as he seems 😀 glad you had an overall good weekend ( breaking your curfew and sleeping in late) Sister 💜 Sipping on some lemongrass tea and pondering the holidays 🙏🏽

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  8. Dan Antion
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 13:48:08

    I like how the cake and cookies were introduce as we moved on. And, by the way, that clock never stops ticking…sorry.

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  9. Jennie
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 13:40:02

    I must join the Tootie Frootie’s one day! And the party threat always works. Glad everyone is on the mend.

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  10. Jim
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 12:41:37

    if we were sipping chai right now, I’d be wondering how you got into my rehab room but close the door and lock it. 😉

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  11. sebby holmes
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 09:59:24

    What a lovely way of presenting your post. Best wishes Sebby

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  12. stevetanham
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 09:55:07

    Love the format, Ritu. Kids growing up too soon… poignant. Long time ago now, but my favourite period was when they were between two and ten. After that, you have to accept its more about them and their ‘arrows’. 😎

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  13. Dorinda Duclos
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 08:21:12

    Glad you’re all feeling better! I love these posts! 😊❤️

    Liked by 2 people


  14. foodzesty
    Dec 03, 2018 @ 07:27:48

    Wonderful Christmas Decorations 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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