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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.


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56 Comments

  1. Viv'Maman_Bas
    05/01/2015 / 10:36 am

    Excellente idée ça !! Super enrichissant pour les enfants. Tu nous raconteras comment ça s’est passé ! Très belle et heureuse année à tous. Ravie que les vacances aient été reposantes. J’ai eu cette impression aussi, que tout était plus relax, pas de programme ni d’horaires. Ca fait du bien. xxx

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 3:57 pm

      Pour l’instant, mon petit bonhomme adore tellement qu’il voudrait vivre en France. Il trouve l’école beaucoup plus facile ici! La puce n’était pas convaincue ce matin, mais l’après-midi étiat beaucoup mieux.

  2. 05/01/2015 / 11:10 am

    Oh how lovely for your little ones to experience school in France. Hope they both enjoy their first day and sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your family too. Happy blogiversary too! 🙂

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 4:10 pm

      It is brilliant for them to experience that. Today really reminded me of my childhood, with the wooden desks, camp beds for Beanie’s afternoon session, mini chalkboards, French exercise books. Even the school had a smell that reminded me of my Primary school years. I am not sure whether it was the furniture or the chalk, but I went down memory lane today, and I loved it!

  3. 05/01/2015 / 12:53 pm

    What a wonderful experience for them! i remember school as you did too!

    I am wishing you and yours a wonderful new year lovely xx

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 4:37 pm

      Happy New Year to you too, Jaime! xx

  4. 05/01/2015 / 1:50 pm

    How lovely that they can attend school in France for a little while.

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:24 pm

      It is such a fab opportunity for the little ones!

  5. 05/01/2015 / 2:00 pm

    I am so happy to have found your blog! You have this nice vibe =)

    Happy New Year!

    I would one day want my son to see how we do schooling as well. This trip sounds so cool!

    #magicmoments

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks Merlinda, that is such a nice thing to say!

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:38 pm

      They already have! That is such a brilliant experience for my little ones!

  6. Eva
    05/01/2015 / 5:49 pm

    Happy new year Mel and happy blog! Je suis contente d’avoir connue ton blog grâce à Jess et je continuerais en 2015 à le regarder !
    Les enfants doit être contents d’aller à l’école en France et pour toi ça doit être tellement émouvant! La photo est très mignon !

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:33 pm

      Merci Eva! Je suis aussi ravie que tu m’aies trouvée: j’adore ton blog!

  7. Coombe Mill
    05/01/2015 / 6:22 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, school has moved on, it was all chalk and blackboards in my day. Happy New Year to you #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:46 pm

      It feels like Back to the Future and I love it!

  8. 05/01/2015 / 6:08 pm

    Hope they enjoyed it my lovely! Let’s meet up when you’re back xxx

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 7:44 pm

      They did. Crevette could not wait to go to bed so he could be full of energy in the morning!

  9. redpeffer
    05/01/2015 / 8:46 pm

    How wonderful to catch up over the holidays with family and what an incredible experience for your children too. Wishing you the very best for 2015 xx

    • Mel
      Author
      05/01/2015 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks Iona, same to you!

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