Palm Trees and Dinosaur Eggs

Easter Egg in Grass

‘Lil Miss, put Francesco in the oven and burn him. Then he’ll die! He’s been very very naughty’

Oh. My. God!

‘Lil Man we don’t burn people for being naughty. What has Francesco done?’

‘I don’t know, but he’s a baddy. A real baddy.’

Hmmmm.

The kids have been doing a lot of role play lately. Some of it has been quite amusing, such as when Lil Miss piped up the other day

‘Lil Man, we needs to go the shoe shop, I need new shoes’

and Lil Man replied, ‘I’m not your baby’s daddy. You’re not getting new shoes!’

But still none of it has gone anywhere near pretending that toys, are burning and dying. I was slightly horrified and also completely perplexed as to where it came from.

Until bedtime.

‘Mummy, do you know the Easter story?’

‘I know some of it sweetie, why don’t you tell me what you know?’

‘Well, there’s palm trees and dinosaur eggs. No wait. Easter eggs, there’s Easter eggs. And Jesus was the King and the guards came to arrest him in his castle. Then he was made to carry a cross. His OWN cross! They got his hand and feet and put nails in them. Mummy, would it hurt if a nail went in your hand? There was two other people with the baby Jesus. No wait, Jesus was the King. One had a REALLY long white beard. Then Jesus died because he’d had no water. Would you die if you didn’t have anything to eat and drink? Mummy will I be alright if I don’t have water while I’m asleep tonight?’

Then he gulped down his milk and asked for some water.

I wondered why he’d been so keen to eat every scrap of his tea earlier!

I’m not sure what to make of this yet. I haven’t quite processed it. If it’s not obvious already, they’ve been taught this in school. I’m all for being honest with them but I can’t help but think this was done in slightly too much detail, he’s only in reception. He’s just 4 years old. I think that’s the thing that’s bothering me the most, the detail it seems they’ve gone into. He kept wanting to talk about how nails would feel in your hands and feet. He also started asking why we die because we grow. It took me a while to figure out that he just meant growing old.

It’s a tough one, I know at some point they need to know about death, he just still seems too little and my mothering instinct wants to protect him from things that might upset him.

I told him that I’d have to find the Easter story so we could read it together and talk about it some more. ‘Can we have a different Easter Story?’, he asked, ‘I don’t like that one’. I don’t blame him to be honest! Maybe we’ll make up our own happy Easter story with palm trees and dinosaur eggs.

Too cool for school!

‘Can’t believe my lil man starts big school next week.’

‘It all just goes way too quick.’

I’ve said that A LOT this past week…..

‘Have you blogged it?’ Says @theboyandme ‘……it’s such a momentous occasion’

‘I want to write a post about it, but I can’t bring myself to do it’, says I.

I have to admit, I’ve never been the parent that cries buckets leaving their babies at nursery and counting the hours until they’ll be reunited.

I’m more like the one gaily skipping home looking forward to drinking a ‘hot’ coffee and making toast that I’ll actually get to eat!!!

Its not that I don’t love my babies with all my heart. I do, totally.

However, I do value the time I have to myself, even if it means working. That’s now my ‘me time’ and I’m grateful for it.

It might sound a little selfish, but I do value time to be grown up (well, sort of) me again! I also couldn’t enjoy my job more at the moment and am really loving the time I’m able to spend at the Centre.

But, as happy as I am to send them both off to pre-school, I am struggling with the whole proper school thing.

Pre-school was a great balance. A couple of days where I could work and Lil Man and Lil Miss get to go have fun with their friends. There was still always plenty of time for us to do stuff together, go to playgroups, playbarns, out for coffee, etc.

This ALL changes next week.  For the first time ever, I’m sure I’ll shed a little tear on the walk home.

Its just so permanent. Lil Man’s attendance will be required at school every week from Monday to Friday (except for school holidays) from now until he is 18!!

It means Lil Man is a proper grown up boy now!

It’s such a big thing. I’m going to miss him so much, but I am also really excited for him.

I’ve seen him grow in confidence and skills every time he’s moved to a different setting and I just know he’s going to come on leaps and bounds, once he’s got over the initial shock of having to go every day that is!

When I persuaded him to try his school uniform I wanted to get a snapshot of it! I’m not one for keeping up with the Joneses but everyone else is posting nice pictures of their littlies on Facebook and for once I thought it would actually be nice to have one pic of Lil Man doing the same. All togged up in his brand new school uniform to mark the occasion.

He wasn’t keen on putting his full uniform all on, but I finally managed to persuade him and did think I might be able to get a quick shot of him in all his get up.

And get the shot I did…..but, not ‘quite’ how I expected.

I definitely wasn’t expecting to be mooned!!!!

Cheeky boy!!