I forgot to mention last week`s debacle.
On Friday, the school had arranged for a photographer to visit and take photos of the children, so DD3 &4 were immaculate, clean and tidy going to school ready for the Big Event.
DH, my mother and I were off to Gerwyn`s mum`s funeral which was at 9.30am.
My mum said after the funeral that she fancied going to McDonalds for breakfast, as it was only just after ten, so off we went. I had of course switched my mobile phone onto silent mode for the duration of the funeral, and whilst we were in the big M`s, I remembered and turned it back onto noisy mode :-) only to find that the girls` school had been trying to contact me.
Alarmed, I phoned back to be told that a gas leak had been identified at the school, and for safety reasons, they had evacuated the children to the nearby Baptist church hall, and could we go and pick the girls up as there would be no school for the rest of the day.
Needless to say, we went straight to retrieve our youngest ones, who thought it had all been a great adventure. Mercifully everyone was safe, and no damage done to the school,who were assembled en masse in the church hall with the school staff supervising.
On the way home, I said casually to Helen "Oh, that must have been a shock to have to zoom over to the Church Hall like that, first thing in the morning !".
She looked me in the eye, and said in that incredibly serious way that only an almost 8 year old can:
"Mum ! We didn`t zoom, we proceeded in a calm and orderly fashion along the pavement to the Hall. "
She did say that it had been rather cool having the teaching staff stopping the traffic so that they could all cross the road though :-)
The girls enjoyed their unscheduled day at home, and the school photographs have been duly rescheduled for the Monday after half-term, this time hopefully without added excitement......