Wiiboy busy during the summer break. To keep him occupied and to create opportunities for lots of play with other children. And more importantly..... to keep him off his damn xbox! In fact, I've kept us both so busy in the last few weeks that I've denied myself access to my own favourite toys. Namely: Facebook, Blogs and Twitter!
July, the first month of the school holidays, is now over. I have to say it has flown by. Poor WiiBoy doesn't know what's hit him with all the activities!
In the last few years I've signed him up for some mainstream Summer Camps and they've been very successful.
Three weeks ago he did a fun Gym/sports summer camp. Yeah...he played games! It's his third year to do this camp so he's well used to it and there were no problems. Well, none that I was informed of, so that's good! That was the week that I got a break. Seems like a lifetime ago now!
Two weeks ago he did the WhizzKids Summer Camp. That was fantastic. Yes, he was on a computer for a lot of the time but I reckoned as he spends a lot of time on computer/consoles anyway that it would be very beneficial to use this interest in a more constructive way. He got to create his own website and did some film-making as well. He seemed to enjoy it but said some of the other kids "annoyed" him. I didn't pay much heed and he just got on with it.
As that camp was the far side of the city I had to keep myself busy while I waited for him.
I did lots of things. I made two trips to the gym. I did some shopping, visiting shopping centres I haven't been to in years...Omni Park has grown I see...and I visited a new one for the first time...The Pavilions. Very nice.... I liked it.
I drove around the area I grew up in and went to school in. Oh my, I sure did feel my age! I passed by my
Primary School: Larkhill National School. It was a typical catholic school where segregation was the order of the day, with the boys and girls in almost identical separate buildings to the one pictured below!
I was struck by how much like an institution it looks, like one of those places that child abuse went on in. Not that it was such a place. I remembered that they did hit us in school, ruler on the hand type of thing, as was typical at the time. Actually, both my parents and my aunts and uncles went to this school before me. I think more physical disciplining took place in their era than in mine.
That reminded me of a teacher that taught both me and my mother.... Ms Mc C. She was mean. Not only did she use the ruler but she'd drag you from behind the desk by your ears! Oh, and she had a nickname....Biddy Burst The Bucket! We would call her this most days. Not to her face of course, oh no..... from the top of the school bus as we passed her by!! Children can be mean too, I guess!
I got to meet up with some friends too! Both new and old. Thank you Looking For Blue Sky for the cuppa and chat! Thanks also to my facebook/show pal D.C. whom I finally got to meet face-to-face and I got to meet his cousin too! We had a lovely lunch.
I also got to visit my childhood friend. We've known each other since I was 7 and she was 5 and we haven't seen each other in a few years. Oh, it was so good to see her and her lovely family. Her gorgeous girls and handsome son who have all grown up lovely. It was so nice to see them that I went back again on the Friday after camp so they could meet WiiBoy again.
My friend was impressed. He never stopped talking from the moment he arrived! She remarked that the last time he visited there was very little interaction from him. I didn't realise it was so, I must have just been so used to it at the time.My friend was so happy to see such huge improvements.
WiiBoy spent a lot of time talking to my friend's husband, F as he had an interest that Wiiboy was also very interested in. He was so interested that he got a present of one. Yes, there has been a new addition to the Jazzy house! Stay tuned, all will be revealed soon ;-)
That was an enjoyable but tiring week. Which was quickly followed by another highly enjoyable and exhausting week!
This week saw us complete our Musical Theatre Summer Camp! It went well and I think the children enjoyed it. They were a lovely group of children who seemed to gel very well together. It was interesting dealing with the different dynamics within the group, seeing how they interacted with each other and how they made accommodations for the Special Needs children. Having WiiBoy with me "at work".... that was quite interesting indeed. He got to take reprimands from others, in my company, which was very good..A learning curve for all I think. It was also, ahem, interesting dealing with 11 year old crushes! I'd forgotten how devastating and overwhelming Tweenage Crushes can be. WiiBoy got what this was about, I think, but when asked if he had a crush on anyone the reply was an emphatic NO! And long may it stay that way.......
And somewhere in the middle of all the above I managed to lose something that I had just purchased. Also, on a brighter note, myself and Mr Jazzy celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary and I manged not to fall asleep into my Chicken Tikka Shaslik! I now realise that I missed out on an opportunity for some lace lingerie! However I did get a lovely bouquet of flowers <3
A strange sort of calm has now descended on the Jazzy household and hopefully we get to do all the things on my wish list of summer activities that has been sidelined due to all the above activities!
And just to give us something to look forward to I've just booked us a five day break in our Hideaway Holiday Haven for the end of August!
Ah.... life is good!