Friday Phone Dump – Sept 22nd – 28th

September 29, 2017

The idea of the Friday Phone Dump is pretty much exactly what you would expect. I take lots of ‘unpretty’ or ‘not worthy of instagram’ photos on my phone. Pictures that if you follow the rules (Ha! Me?), shouldn’t be in a blog post. But the way I see it is those pictures are real. Those pictures are what I/the kids/the house look like every day and why shouldn’t I share them? Why should I only show the pictures where I’ve cropped out the mess?
So here’s what we’ve been up to since last Friday.

Well, to be honest, not a lot. We went to my mums on Saturday for a bit of lunch. She’d recorded something for me on a channel I don’t have so I’d gone round to watch that and while I was there I had a little bit of a play on my sister’s camera. I know these pictures don’t really count as phone fodder but I edited them on my phone if that counts?

On Tuesday, parents of Dexter’s class were invited to a phonics chat at his school. It was a really informal, friendly little chat about how they teach our children phonics, what order they teach them in and many fun ways in which they do it. They also shared a few ideas of how we as parents can help them further at home and encourage a love of books and reading.

Sound buttons and spelling with magnets

While I was in his classroom I happened to catch a glimpse of some of his artwork on the wall. On his first day, He painted a self-portrait and was encouraged to look in the mirror to check things like his eye colour and hair colour.  How cute is this for the first piece of school work? So proud of my boy.

While I was in the phonics meeting, Dexter and Paisley went next door into the nursery. The Nursery staff absolutely made my day when they told me that he’d really looked after his sister and held her hand the whole time. Even when he needed the loo, he went to a member of staff and said: “I need a wee, can you look after my sister please?” Now if that doesn’t just melt your heart, you must be made of stone. They fight like animals at home but I know they love each other. And she really misses him when he’s at school.


Childs Painting. Self portrait

So cute. Even some name writing! Not sure who’s nose he’s got there… Pretty sure it’s not mine

On Thursday I let Paisley loose in his school playground while we waited for Dexter to finish. She made short work of the climbing frame and wasn’t at all phased by the bigger kids running around. For a week where we haven’t really done much, it sure has made me super proud of my babies. They have their moments, of course.. but they’re bloody ACE!

So what has your week been like? Do let me know in the comments. Have you got a child that’s just started school? How are they (and you) finding it? I feel as though I’ve joined a sort of club. I’m a #SchoolRunMum now! Haha

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  • Reply Zoe September 30, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Fab post love the real life pics xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you.

  • Reply Tasha - Mummy&Moose September 30, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Looks like you had a lovely week! I really like the idea of this. I take so many (NSFI -not safe for Insta) pics, this is a great way to use them. I wonder whether it could be a linky idea? 😉

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you, It was a linky once upon a time. If enough people are interested I may bring it back but for now I’m just enjoying keeping it as something I do.

  • Reply Wendy September 30, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Ha – welcome to the school run club 🙂 I think you’ll find phonics will be a big part of life from now on hahahaha :)))

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Haha I’ve had a couple of the phonics songs stuck in my head for days

  • Reply Jenny September 30, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great photos! I find the non Instagram worthy pictures are usually the most natural!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you. And yeah, but I find nobody gets to see them otherwise

  • Reply Lisa (mummascribbles) September 30, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Love this post! I’m a new school run mum too and it’s all a bit bizarre! I mean it’s really mundane isn’t it? But quite exciting at the same time! I have an invite to a phonics session in a couple of weeks. Just need to get a babysitter so I can go!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Oh You’re so right! Have you made and mum friends yet? I hope you get a babysitter and can go

  • Reply emma September 30, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Love that you are posting ‘real’ photos here! Great idea.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Cherry Newby September 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    What a fab idea Friday Phone Dump is!!! I’d never thought about doing something like this – but what a great way to show off your week!!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you. I used to do it as a linky but I struggled to get people to join in

  • Reply pam lorimer September 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Lovely post and great pics! I live it when my eldest is nice to his baby sister it makes my heart melt too! X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Isn’t lovely when they get along? x

  • Reply Cassie Parish. September 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Ah this is a great idea although I try to not share any/many pics of little ones face. Loving the art work. And Mondays pics are sooooo gorgeous!

    We’ve been staying in Haven at Norfolk this week. It’s been a good laugh. Went on a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney point, played crazy golf, bingo, are some good food, ate some bad food lol and played on the beach. Lots of walking.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Oh it sounds like you’re having a fab time! I’d love to take my brood to see the seals, They’d love it!

  • Reply Maria September 30, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Aw some great photos there. And sounds like you had a great week

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      It’s been a quiet one but just lovely, I think

  • Reply Suzie @ Cinnamon Sunrise September 30, 2017 at 9:21 am

    These photos are awesome!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Alana - Burnished Chaos September 30, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Looks like you had a great week and I love that your son looked after his little sister so well, so cute.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Ha he was so lovely. Normally they just fight hahaha

  • Reply Kassie September 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Boy you sound so busy! Motherhood huh… never catching a break. Your kids are so adorable! And I love your photos

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Awww haha it’s hard work some days but they’ve made me proud this week 🙂

  • Reply Donna September 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I love this post, the whole idea behind it is great. And, even un-touched your photo’s are great! Kids are super cute!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      That’s lovely, Thank you x

  • Reply Tammy Bullingham - litolmaeandlolly September 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    What a lovely idea, great to blog those beautiful ‘untouched’ memories, your babies are super cute xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 30, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      That’s what I figured. They are the reason I started the blog in the first place so it seems silly not including the real stuff.

  • Reply Heather October 1, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Love the idea of the Friday phone dump! Great post and real life pics x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Thank you

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