Living Arrows 52/52 (2021)

Me, Barry, Toby and Gabe all smiling, you can just see our Christmas tree behind us

You might have noticed I haven’t posted my usual Living Arrows posts for a few weeks now. After I last posted near the start of December my dad became suddenly and unexpectedly ill with acute pancreatitis. Unfortunately it’s a condition that there isn’t really any treatment for, and although the doctors did everything they could, he died peacefully in hospital two weeks later. I didn’t post anything because I didn’t really know what to say…

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Living Arrows 47/52 (2021)

Toby wearing pyjamas and smiling at the camera

Does anyone else’s head feel like it’s about to explode with all the things you’ve got to remember at the moment? There are dates for non-uniform days, Christmas lunches, nativities and carol concerts, and then I’m trying to keep track of Christmas shopping, and thinking of presents for the boys for all the rest of the family to buy as well! I feel really disorganised somehow and it’s only 3 weeks until we break up for the holidays!

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Living Arrows 45/52 (2021)

Toby with his MagFormers magnetic tile creation

Another week of school done and we only have 28 more school days to go before the Christmas holidays! We started rehearsing the nativity today (although we still aren’t sure if the children are actually going to be able to perform in front a live audience) and now bonfire night is over it really does feel like we’re on the countdown to Christmas all of a sudden. I even started my Christmas shopping the other day!

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Living Arrows 44/52 (2021)

And just like that half term is over and we’ve been back at school for three days already! We did spend a great (if very wet) four days in Edinburgh last week, although it already feels like it was ages ago! Unfortunately spending most of last week away didn’t do anything to help anyone’s tiredness levels… I think it’s going to be quite a long slog until Christmas now!

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Living Arrows 43/52 (2021)

Toby doing a ninja pose in a black hoodie with the hood up in front of colourful monkey on the wall behind him

We made it! We have survived the first half term of school without any of us catching Covid! I’m probably just tempting fate now and we’ll come down with it next week but I’m just glad we’ve made it this far. The last week of term was fairly uneventful – but it did end with very a positive parents’ evening for both boys, and them both getting certificates. Gabe got Star of the Week and Toby’s was for representing the school in an ‘Invasion Games’ competition held at the local high school.

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Living Arrows 41/52 (2021)

Toby looking down with his face illuminated by his tablet screen

I started writing these Living Arrows posts in 2014 and in seven and a half years I have only missed two weeks, and that was back in 2015… until last week! I always used to write the post on a Sunday night, ready to publish on a Monday morning, but for the last month or so they have been getting later and later in the week.

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