Our first French birthday party and it was a success despite Bean not retiring to bed until late the night before due to the local celebration of St Jean au Feu. Along with our friends and the rest of our village we watched as the bonfire, bordered by a circle of candles, was set alight at midnight revealing the witch within. Bean sang songs on the stage with his classmates and parents voiced their approval at Beans transformation to petit Francais.
The next day Bean hopped out of bed at 8am despite my explaining that he would be cream crackered if he did not return to his bed for a bit longer. But no, Bean wasn’t having any of it. Afterall it was his party day and he had no concept of the fact that it would not start until six hours later.
Despite the forecast showers the weather held all day and we were blessed with warmth and sunshine in just the right quantities. The chasse tresor was a success despite my over estimating the sophistication of ‘just turned’ 6 year olds. The children were so sweet in their mixture of excitement and gratitude when Bean finally found the treasure chest full of goody bags hidden under an upturned rowing boat down at the creek. I’m happy to reveal that blowing bubbles is still a number one fave thing to do for little kiddies, as are marbles, matchbox cars and whistle sweets.
We danced to Fleetwood Mac, Abba and that Gummy Bear song that Bean adores. Bean has the most flamboyant and groovy moves. He just loves a boogie. The French mamans had not heard of Fleetwood Mac…
The last week of school is upon us and I am encouraging Bean to make the most of it before the next phase begins. Until now school has been been mostly about playing, next year it changes. And there’s the rub, enjoying the now while it’s with us.
Our class walk to the beach… Enjoying the amazing weather