I never know what to name these posts. I don’t take part in Living Arrows every week but like to join in when I can (& when I’ve got something to say) Week 25 of 2018 saw a milestone moment for us. The week that our eldest left school. If that doesn’t warrant a blog post, I don’t know what does?
Everyone always says that the years slip by so quickly but that has never seemed as true as last week. We took the obligatory last day of school picture as Millie was setting off and quickly looked up her first day of school picture too. Quite a difference but honestly it doesn’t seem 2 minutes that she started with her Fifi and the Flowertots packed lunch case.
End of the GCSEs
Her last exam was Dance and meant that she had to travel 200+ miles back from Bristol the night before. The exam also meant missing the second day of Senior trials to secure a place in the team for Senior Worlds being held in Glasgow in August. Ironic that Dance GCSE ended up being the last and the subject that has caused the most trouble in the end. Dance GCSE was the reason that Millie ended up moving school at the end of Year 9. A brave decision but one that we are so pleased she made. Millie has honestly loved every day at school. It feels really sad that it has come to an end but new horizons loom and the friends she has made there will be friends for life.
As soon as her last exam was finished, there was just enough time to visit her Art GCSE exhibition then it was straight back on the road for 4 hours again. Back in the pool in Bristol on Wednesday morning at 8am!
The week carried on at that crazy pace with the news that Millie has secured a place on the senior team for Glasgow 2018. Of course, we are super proud. We hope to be able to go and watch the girls swim, especially as it is such a big event for our home team. Unfortunately there are no tickets available so who knows how that will go! Sad if the home team has no parental support.
GB Synchro in Finland
Saturday saw the GB girls fly out to Finland in time for Junior Europeans next week. Me & Mr C are heading out there to cheer them on and can’t wait to get our hands on Millie. It has felt like forever since we saw her – although the athletes aren’t officially allowed time with us until the comp is over! Coincidence that Saturday was also the 6 year anniversary of her first ever competition (I still remember blocking the sink with gelatine that day)
Another big week ahead of us next week – I’ll be sending updates from Finland on the Casa Costello Facebook page and Instagram stories so feel free to follow me there. Apparently it isn’t going dark at all at the moment so intrigued to find out what the midnight sun is really like.
Living Arrows is a group of bloggers who link together each week to celebrate the joy of our little ones (Almost 16 still counts as a little one, right?) It comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.