Well, the summer has flown by. It's September already. Really? I don't feel like I've done anything for the past 8 weeks or so, although I suppose a fair chunk was taken up with losing my beautiful Nan.
Miss G has had a wonderful summer. She went on 2 trips with friends to Spain and was (apparently) a joy and a pleasure to take (huge sigh of relief).
It has also been her 11th birthday. E-L-E-V-E-N, how did that happen? I'm sure there must be a mistake because it doesn't seem that long ago. It doesn't seem half that long.
Being 11 means a move from junior school to high school. Seniors. Oh deary me. This is where the boys, and the make up, and the arguments for high heeled shoes and fancy designer items happens, isn't it? And then there'll be those nights where I'll stay up worrying that she'll come home ok because she's 2 minutes later than she said she would be.
As long as she isn't like me I'll be ok. I know I was a hellish teenager. Oy, I hope there's no such thing as karma. I have to say that she does me proud. I've really enjoyed this summer with her, when she's been here (which hasn't been often). She has a wicked sense of humour and makes me curl up in a ball laughing. The other week it was her little cousin's first birthday and she was eating the food and said dryly 'well, it seems they've got things the wrong way round here. The drinks are warm and my fish is cold'. She comes out with snappy retorts and hilarious one liners all the time. But never gives her teachers any lip (thank God). Mostly just her dad (but they are made from the same mold and will wind each other up until one of them finally snaps - usually Daddy). My baby girl is growing up into someone I would be proud to be friends with.
Miss G's birthday involved the purchase of new dolls..... (she's 11, yes, but these dolls are not your average doll, and in this house we have an unhealthy obsession for the vinyl toy. The husband is the worst culprit.)
And with the dolls came a sudden desire to sew. At last!!!! Hopefully the little seed will now sprout and grow.
She even sat quietly with her brother and they dressed them together
What do you do for an 11 yr old's birthday party? Apparently a sleepover was in order. 8 girls getting their nails done, having face packs and telling ghost stories. And playing the cardboard box game. That's a fun one - you take a box and have to pick it up with your mouth - no hands, without falling over. Each round you cut an inch strip off the box and make it smaller and smaller. Miss G was surprisingly good at it. Although the winner was a wiry little gymnast/dancer (go figure).
There has been some discussion lately of make up and leg shaving. Her new uniform requires opaque tights all year round. She is blessed (more like cursed) with monkey fur (like me) on her legs. It keeps you warm in winter, but doesn't look great poking through your opaque tights. It looks bloody awful poking through your black opaque tights, actually. So leg shaving has been okayed, but I think her make up skills might need a little work, don't you?
(make up and high heeled shoes along with inappropriate clothing for a child are my sticking points - when you need them, you can have them has been my stock answer. And when will she need them? Ha. Never.)
His Gingerness starts full time school tomorrow. He's very excited. I am having mixed feelings - on the one hand I really need to be able to get work done during the day. The summer has scuppered my plans for doing much at all and I am way too far behind on my deadlines for Fat Quarterly stuff. On the other hand I will miss that little Ginger beast terribly and the house will feel dreadfully empty without him.
He is most excited about having a packed lunch. It will consist of a cheese sandwich, some quavers, strawberries and maybe a biscuit (he says). I do have a feeling he will struggle with the full days as he's still inclined to take a nap after lunch but hopefully he'll fall into his new routine without falling asleep at 4pm every day.
Next week I will be on fire - me and Nina Bernina have the Fat Quarterly jelly roll quilt along to do. Will you be joining us? Speaking of the quilt along - there's a giveaway over on the FQ blog at the minute courtesy of Robert Kaufman fabrics.