Home » Uncategorized » Kids' Corner » Fun with the Little Ones » New Year, New Beginnings

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all lots of laughter, happiness and a healthy 2015.

I cannot believe I have had my blog for a whole year already. I am really grateful for the support I have received with my little online space in the past twelve months. Thanks for reading my ramblings, giving me your thoughts, making me smile and bringing tears to my eyes.

The past ten days or so have been incredibly relaxed. Switching off completely from reality has been refreshing and we had a wonderful Christmas with my family in France. We spent most afternoons sat around the dining room table eating, chatting, laughing and playing board games. We also managed to catch up with my cousins, aunties, uncles and grandmothers. We see them very rarely so all those moments were really precious to me. Our holidays could not have been better.

This morning, school started again, but it was a whole new experience for my little ones. Crevette (6 years 5 months) and Beanie (4 years 3 months) went to school, but instead of our usual morning rush and brisk walk, we strolled to my mum’s local primary.

Walking to School in France

For the next two weeks, Beanie will be in Maternelle (nursery) and Crevette in CP (Year 2). After putting her slippers on, Beanie went in with a smile on her face. As for Crevette, he was allocated a seat at a traditional wooden desk facing a blackboard. It could not have been more different from his usual routine sat on the floor in front of the interactive whiteboard. It made me feel rather nostalgic to think that my children would be experiencing school as I knew it when I was growing up.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com


  1. Laura Tovey
    09/01/2015 / 7:59 pm

    Looks chilli

    • Mel
      09/01/2015 / 8:48 pm

      It is quite cold around here!

  2. Julie's Family Kitchen
    09/01/2015 / 10:32 pm

    What a wonderful experience for you and your children. Happy New Year lovely. x

    • Mel
      10/01/2015 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks Julie, it has been great so far.

  3. megan976
    15/01/2015 / 11:29 am

    Wow! That’s an amazing experience for them! Bonne annee a vous xxx

    • Mel
      15/01/2015 / 12:48 pm

      Merci, bonne année!

  4. 17/01/2015 / 10:51 pm

    Happy New Year darling, what a wonderful start to the year, how long will you be there? I love that your children are experiencing school as you did. Oliver attends a village primary so similar to the one I attended (also in a small village in Yorkshire) growing up. Hope we get to meet up again this year, I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 1 year, you are one of my favourite bloggers in online and real life, much love and thanks for linking up x

    • Mel
      19/01/2015 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks for the sweetest comment I have read in a long, long time. We are there until the end of this week. It has been an amazing experience for the children, despite the late nights spent working on Crevette’s homework. Hope we manage to meet soon. xx

  5. 18/01/2015 / 4:41 pm

    Happy blogiversary and New Year (a little lat – sorry). Sounds like your holidays were lovely and I love that photo of the kiddies heading off to school.

    • Mel
      23/01/2015 / 7:31 pm

      It was such a foggy day! I love that photo, too.

  6. 21/01/2015 / 2:38 pm

    it’s fabulous that they’ve been able to do that in France! I bet it was a bit of a shock to the system. The question now is, do they want to stay or go back to London??

    • Mel
      28/01/2015 / 5:14 pm

      Complete shock, but Crevette loved it. He found it easy… until he was given homework!

  7. Carole
    07/04/2015 / 1:19 pm

    My kids experienced the same in between moving from the UK to Australia. My daughter went to CP and and loved it but my son went the Maternelle and didn’t enjoyed it as much. It was weird seeing them go to the same school I went all those years ago. But it was a very “enrichissante expérience”!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.