Chai And A Chat #19 #ChaiAndAChat

Well hello again Peeps! Have you got that drink ready? My chai is waiting!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that the illnesses seem to have subsided, but there are still coughs and sniffles abounding. We’ve had other staff off sick, and on Friday, there were only 10 children at my afternoon nursery session!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that work has been mega busy nevertheless, as, with staff shortages, it means a whole lot of juggling the human resource we have to fit the craziness of the timetable! But we coped. I’m writing this, aren’t I?
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d mention that I had an interesting conversation with my Headteacher… about my future… and hopefully soon enough, I can tell you what might be on the cards for teacher Mrs Bhathal, aka me!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d excitedly tell you about a fantastic opportunity our school had, to have a Pantomime Dame, Mama-G, come and read a story to the children. Now, who wouldn’t want child-friendly drag queen to come and read to the kids? (S)he was brilliant too, reading a story, How To Be a Lion first, then reciting one of his/her own ones to the children, all about a boy who liked to twerk! It was hilarious!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that we had even more birthdays to celebrate. This time it was my mother-in-law and Hubby Dearest. He was her 21st birthday present, and 42 years later, they are still celebrating together!
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More birthdays, more cake! #birthdays

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  • If we were sipping chai together I’d moan about orthodontic visits. We’ve had to hare over to the surgery twice over the last two weeks, for appointments for Lil Man. He was fitted with a removable device in October, but it was so uncomfortable, he was unable to keep it in, and refused to wear it. It took him a couple of months but he decided he’d rather have the fixed ones instead. The appointments were a flop. They were still trying to convince him to stick with these ones, but they would need to make new ones at a cost of £70 to me… We have 6 weeks to help him make a decision as to which one he’s going to go for…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d excitedly tell you that my brother and his little family are coming over in May and I am stoked as I finally get to see my baby Finndian nephew #2. He’ll be nearly 10 months by then, but finally! I can’t wait to give him the huge aunty cuddles that have been accumulating! And my #1 Finndian nephew too! Such a cutie, growing fast and chatting away in his Finnish/English hybrid mix! May can’t come fast enough!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that we have a crazy trip due this weekend, arriving in Leicester for 9,30am, which means waking at the crack of dawn, and leaving by 6.30am from here, but the saving grace is that we will stop off and spend the night with Pops and Mum!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I am soooo looking forward to Friday. The kids finish school on Thursday and we have a staff training day which is being held by Andy Cope, of The Art Of Being Brilliant fame. We had a workshop by him in September, and it was, honestly, life-changing for me. If you want to read a little more about it, I posted here.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d add that half term break also starts for us on that Friday -Yippeee!! Can’t come soon enough!!

Have a wonderful week Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

#SoCS Jan. 3/18 – In Other Words…

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.” Use the phrase at least once in your post. Have fun!

How are we all today?

I’m fine, on this Saturday morning, glad that the alarm didn’t have to go off to wake me at some ungodly hour!

And what do I have to look forward to? Chillaxing time? Nothing but me and my book? (And family, obviously!)

Don’t be silly!

February is always one of my busiest months, with all of my in-laws birthdays my Hubby Dearest’s birthday (Mother-in-law’s on the same day!), my Lil Princess’s  (Father-in-law’s on the same day!) AND Valentine’s Day! And today, in fact, is my brother-in-law’s special day! Happy Birthday, Big Bro!

In other words, there’ll be no rest for us this month, let alone this weekend!

But I still aim to carve some time out to write, during our half-term break, which is a week off from work at least, if not from life!

Better get off to wrap presents!

Catch ya later Peeps!

Happy Saturday Peeps!

Birthday Wishes For My Brother! 🎉🎊❤

Today is the day we are celebrating my brother’s birthday! Though he may be sat in a country different to mine, I will still be celebrating for him!

Miss being with him on his special day but he knows my thoughts and wishes are with him!


Sibling Love

Happy Birthday to my brother!!!!


… But more sweet!

Today we celebrate the birthdays of my precious Lil Man, turning 11 today, and my darling Mum’s birthday too!

Mum, 11 years ago, I gave you a gift, I could be ever better… Your first grandchild. All I can give you now are a multitude of thanks. For being my mum, for making me, for being there all the time, my rock, loving me no matter what…

We wish you a most wonderful birthday today, and hope to see you soon to celebrate properly 😍🎂🎁

Lil Man, 11 years ago, you finally popped out, and into our world. A screaming ball of love and fun. So wanted were you, our first born, that when you were placed on my chest, we didn’t even think to ask whether you were boy or girl. The years of turmoil and heartache were worth it. 

You have grown into a young man I am so proud of, coping with difficulties with gumption, a superstar in your chosen sporting activities, a champion dhol player, and an all round wonderful boy.

Today is bittersweet because as I wish you happy birthday, you’re not here with us. Instead you are celebrating your birthday away, with your school friends. I know you will be having fun, but know that we miss you and love you so much!

When you are back, you will have grown even more, in so many ways. A new maturity, after being away, and another year under your belt. Who cares if you haven’t gained as many inches as your peers. 

Great things come in small packages, and you, my darling son, are one of the greatest small packages I ever did see!

Happy birthday Mum, and Lil Man!


Day three of the Holidays


Well day two had gone, the dentist was erm, ok… My gums need a bit of TLC and God my mouth was sore after the hygienist finished! Kids got the usual, brush better, Lil Princess came out minus her newest wobbly tooth!

On the plus side we finally ordered our new bed!! Yay!!! Still don’t know when delivery will be though… Hopefully within a couple of weeks!! I’m excited! My back is so looking forward to a decent mattress!!

No Karate though… My mouth was too sore, I didn’t have the energy or patience to sit in a room for 2 hours while the kids ‘hai-ya-ed’ around the room!!!

So to today… A nice peaceful day… No major plans except we need to get homework done! And I have a parcel to pick up, and I need to order the cake for Lil Princess and Father in Law for Friday… Oh and be on standby… The In laws fly out on their annual jolly to India for 2 months soon and MIL is packing so any last minute things they need… I’ll get a call…

Sorry, what did I start the last paragraph with? A nice peaceful day!!?? Scrap that!

Never mind, that’s the holidays for you!!

Happy Wednesday, aka Happy Hump Day!!! That middle of the week day that signifies the quick descent o the weekend!!!

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