Yes, I know it has been ages!

Once again, sorry for the lack of posts, over the last few months. Sam and I have not had a chance to blog much, but we will try and keep you updated with what’s happening at our end, as much as we can.

So, here’s what’s been going on, condensed; as I am actually at work and posting this on my break.

Major Building Work on B Block

B Block at school is currently closed and has been, since November. The reason for this, is because of asbestos removal. B Block is riddled with it and it is cheaper to remove it, than spend millions knocking the block down and rebuilding. So we have hording all around B Block, access is currently blocked off and it means pupils need to go via D Block; to access A and C Block. We also have a temporary modular building, which currently holds the Kitchen and Canteen. (Once the asbestos is removed, we are having a new kitchen installed and a larger canteen area.

Work is going well and we hope that by April, all the building work will be done.

Poorly Toby

One of the kids we foster was taken very ill in the Summer Holidays, after getting Septis and was rushed into hospital while we were in Blackpool. Toby was well looked after at the Victoria Hospital, before being air lifted to Sheffield, for specialist ITU treatment. Sam stayed with him all the way and Toby made a full recovery.

The Septis was caused by a wound which got infected, after he had a kidney transplant. Toby came to us after his operation and a 3 week stay at the  Children’s Hospital in Sheffield. Our “Tobes” is getting better and stronger every day. He no longer uses a wheelchair or sticks, but gets tired very easily. Due to this, he uses the Day Teaching Unit on Sickbay, where if needed, he can rest.

Christmas and NYE

Christmas was very busy for us all. Sam was working on Christmas day, after the Care Staff accidentally activated the Fire Alarm, while cooking and the birds until lost all lighting, due to a fault with a light fitting.

I worked Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve on Waking Night (Christmas Eve) and Sleep In on NYE. We let the kids stay up on the Unit I am in charge of, to tire them out mainly, as they were so hyper about Christmas! (Can you blame them?)

On Christmas Morning, I drove home, opened presents with the kids and then went to bed. In the afternoon, the family arrived and we had Christmas Dinner, which got delayed, due to the fire alarm activation. (Sam had to respond to it) Later, I was back on night shift again.

I was off Boxing Day and worked days on the 27th – 30th. On New Year’s eve, we had a party over in the School Gym, which surprisingly, our Head and a few other teachers attended. (I wonder if she used the cattle prod to make them come.) Sam did his usual Karaoke and Disco, which was great fun. At midnight, we sang Auld Langs Ayne and rang in the new year together.

As I said, Sam and I will try to post as often as we can. We haven’t forgotton you, it’s a case of finding 5 mins to blog. Right break over, so back to work I go.

Finally… From myself, Sam, Toby, Kyrlo, Liam, Will, Linda, Derek, Tommy and Martha, (Tommy and Martha are my parents, Linda is Sam’s Mum and Derek is his Step Dad)  Sox the cat and and from all the staff here at school (boarders too) we would like to wish you a happy and safe new year and here’s to 2019!

Sun Sea and Storms!

Sam and I took the kids to Blackpool last week, as we had been invited to a friend’s weeding.  We stayed in the Cliffs Hotel, which was really nice. The boys shared twin rooms, while Kyle and I had a double and Jenny had a single. The kids enjoyed use of the swimming pool, the kids club and watching the entertainment in the night club. The kids were treated to a light show like no other, as a violent thunderstorm hit the resort on Wednesday night. The boys sat in the Cafe Bar with myself and Jenny and were counting between the flashes and the crack of thunder.

The next day was the wedding, so we all got dressed up for it. The weather was good, so we got to take lots of pictures after a wonderful ceremony. After, the ceremony, the reception was at a local pub, so with 8 hours of disco and Karaoke,Sam and I were in our element and had great fun singing and dancing. The kids also joined us for a massive conga line, which wet round the bar, down to the family area, out the fire doors, round the car park and back in the main entrance! Sam and I did not get back to the hotel until 1am, as the party went on and on…. Hehe!

Friday was a good day, as Sam took 3 of the older boys to the Pleasure Beach, while the remaining younger boys came with me to the Sandcastle Waterpark. After lunch, we swapped and Sam too the older boys swimming, while I went on the tea cups, the tunnel of love and the slower rides with the younger boys. Later, we had tea at the pub where the reception was and stayed on for Karaoke. The Karaoke host, (George) and his wife (Lorraine) are really good singers and were very encouraging!

Saturday was a day of leisure, so we went shopping and spent the afternoon on the beach. In the evening, we hit the hotel bar again and we let the kids enjoy the kids club activities.

On Sunday, I took the kids up the Tower. If you have never been, it is really worth it! The Circus with the fountain finale was amazing, plus watching the dancing in the ballroom was fun; while we had a drink and a bite to eat. Then I dragged Sam to the top of the tower, with the kids jumping up and down on the glass plate! Sam and I went up to the top deck, while the kids were looking across Blackpool and had a moment to ourselves. (What’s wrong with a quick private smootch from the tower top?

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Breathtaking views from the top of Blackpool Tower

Sunday evening called for Karaoke again and we enjoyed a evening in the company of George and Lorraine. The kids enjoyed playing pool and enjoying the pub garden, while Sam and I had a sing song and a few pints.

We came back refreshed on Monday, to a pile of post and lunch, which Linda had made for our return. (Linda is Sam’s mum btw!)