Growing up #family

It’s amazing seeing your children growing up from small
bundles of joy, who can’t feed, clean, talk or get around by themselves to more
capable and confident individuals. Okay
the cleaning part is still work in progress (with lots of prompts!) but they
certainly don’t stop talking!

We have recently had to let eldest take one step away from
the family nest (yes he is only 8 and it was just a small step really, although
it felt HUGE for me!) as he went on his first overnight school trip. He has had sleepovers at his best friend’s
house locally but this seemed different somehow, they have been friends since
they were 2 and a half and I would consider his mum one of my closest friends,
so its more of a home from home rather than feeling he’s off in the wider
world.

But
an overnight school trip with the rest of his class was uncharted territory, we tried to
deal with this as calmly as we could, focusing on the practicalities,
organising his items to take away and trying to distract ourselves from the
impending trip… I must have wanted to think about other things as I almost booked a holiday without telling hubbie (oh my was I in the dog house!).

The
overnight trip was to include lots of activities, high ropewalk, canoeing,
bowling, treasure hunt and swimming (I swear the high rope and canoeing was only
thrown in just to keep us parents extra concerned with them being away for the
first time!).

We
had large list from the school to ensure that they had everything they needed,
which included several changes of clothes, sleeping bag and pillow. We also sneaked
in a couple of magazines and packets of sweets for good measure for the
inevitable midnight feast. He looked quite weighed down when he set off, but so very grown up for his 8 years.

We
waved good-bye to him in the morning and we were both very tense for the next
36 hours! That night we both lay in bed
thinking if he would be asleep and wondering what kind of day he had with all his friends (it was
12.30am at this point so we thought of course he would be asleep, wouldn’t he?!?).

A
text came through just before 3pm to say that the children had returned and were
ready for collection, we both scrambled round to the school to pick him up as
quickly as possible. Eldest looked
bright as a button completely buzzing from the adventure.
The teachers on the other hand looked very sleep deprived and ready for a
weekend of rest! It transpired that their
room of four boys slept only from 2.15am until 4.15am, unbelievable that he was
still so bright! But then he was fueled on lots of cans of coke and the thrill of such a memorable trip away.

So
all in all it has been an interesting experience but one that ensures we are on
the right path to eventually watch these two boys grow into men and eventually
fly the nest. One baby step at a time…
(I want to hang on to them as long as possible though!).

7 thoughts on “Growing up #family

  1. That first trip away is very stressful. My children go away on their first residential at 8 but it is for 3 nights. As hard as it is it's great for them to experience.

  2. My daughter has only been on one overnigher and that was to the local Scout hut. We dropped her off at 5.30pm and picked her up at 11am so that wasn't stressful. This June though she wants to go on a five day residential trip with the school. I think this is too long and she will be exhausted by the end of the week.

  3. I think they love these opportunities and we need to let them do it to grow – as you have – and get more independent. But there's something strange, isn't there, about seeing them get older like this. It's lovely, but also sometimes you just want to stop it for a little bit!! Glad he had a great time.

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