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School’s out for summer!

School’s over for another year! Hurrah!
And with the end of term, Matthew said goodbye to infant school and Anya bade farewell to preschool ๐Ÿ™ I think I was more emotional than they were! Of course it helps that Anya will be starting at the infants in September and Zach will start preschool next year so it is more au revoir than goodbye!
What a difference 3 years makes…

September 2014

July 2017

I love seeing how tall they have grown! Their physical appearances have changed so much but the internal changes are so much more extreme and I am so so proud of what they have achieved.
When Matthew started infants he refused to hold a pencil, now he writes and draws beautifully. When Anya began preschool she was still such a baby but now she is very independent. Both children are kind, sensitive, considerate, funny, imaginative. Anya is by far the naughtiest and cheekiest of the three children with Matthew more concerned with sticking to the rules. Zach is just eager to copy the older ones and is always desperate to be included in their games (or runs off with their toys, maybe he has a naughty streak too…)
As a family we have come a long way in 3 years as well. When these photos were taken I had started dating Chris (only 3 weeks!) but he hadn’t met the children yet. We moved into our home in July 2015, less than a year after meeting and I was already pregnant with Zach. The children have been through a lot of upheaval and the school and preschool have been a source of stability (as have my fab parents).
Matthew and Anya’s end of year reports were exemplary and I couldn’t be prouder. I am sure that they will embrace the next step in their journey through life and continue to flourish.
Now I just need to get through the summer with them all day every day… ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. We haven’t entered the schooling stage yet but need to sort a preschool for BattleKid soon. He doesn’t have to start school here in Portugal until he’s 6 (3 years away) but I know he’s desperate for other interaction with children. I feel nervous as it’s going to mean learning a new language and fast but we’re hoping he’ll be able to teach us too.

  2. It’s amazing how much difference a year makes! My daughter has just finished at nursery and will be going to infants and I was definitely more emo about it than her!

  3. Aww it is so nice to look back and see how much they have grown and developed in such a small time! I need to take more pictures as I forget the physical changes so much!

  4. Hi, it’s amazing how quickly time flies and how quickly children develop and grow up. Enjoy the holidays. Hopefully the school run will be a little easier now they will be at the same school.

  5. This year we said goodbye to a really good foundation stage team whom i really hope will be there when my youngest starts next year. The main class teacher has taught my husband, and all my other children. Just one more left!

    Have a great summer!

  6. Jasmin N

    They grow up so incredibly fast! It’s just insane. I wish all the best for you and your family for the upcoming path of life ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It always amazes me when I look back at pictures from the previous year just how much they have changed and grown. My youngest starts pre-school in September and I’m sure she’s still a baby, how did that happen?

  8. It’s incredible seeing the different from starting nursery, reception etc to the end of the school year. I can’t believe my two will be going into year one in September. It’s flown by. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  9. Happy holidays! It sounds like they’ve made such a lot of progress – they seem to grow up so quickly once they start school don’t they? I’m so conscious that my son will be starting school next September, and I’m already emotional about it – I’m really going to miss our days together! Have a wonderful summer holiday. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. Lovely pics – it’s always nice looking back at photos to see how much they have changed. Sounds like they are really getting on well with all things school related which must make you feel so proud. I hope you all have a great Summer holiday together xx #Blogstravaganza

  11. My oldest boy has just finished P1. But because we are changing school systems, he will be jumping straight up to P3 after the summer. Can’t believe I will suddenly be mum to a P3!

  12. Another year, time flies! I’ve been amazed at all of the beginning and ends of year pictures I’ve seen, we don’t realise how much they change day to day! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  13. Such a lot can change in a year can’t it? I definitely think they cope with change better than we do. I’ve had so many blubbery moments with the start and end of the school year (reception) x

  14. When I look at pics from 3 years ago I just can not believe how much they have actually changed, makes me sad and happy. I am so grateful for every year with them but sometimes I wish I could freeze time and keep them little. Good luck getting through the holidays, we just had our 3 week wintertime break her in Australia. #stayclassymama

  15. Ah this is so nice! It must be a huge and emotional milestone for you, but exciting to be starting the next chapter. Have a lovely Summer with the children, and thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  16. They just grow so so quickly! My little one is starting pre school in sepetember and as much as I’m ready for some alone time I just can’t believe she is actually old enough to attend pre school! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  17. The right school can be such a fantastic source of security, routine and stability for families when they go through change. So glad they had a good year. All the best for the long holiday.

  18. Ah what lovely photos, it’s frightening how quickly they grow isn’t it. I can’t believe in a couple of months, i’ll be looking at schools for my son. I can’t get my head around it! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging

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