It’s been a funny week for me as both my girls have had so much going on. My oldest Siobhan has had her first week of work experience at our local library, and although I was very worried and apprehensive about how she would get on, she has had a brilliant week! Siobhan loves to read so it was natural that she wanted to work in the library and luckily enough for her she managed to get some work experience there and all the staff are very inclusive and understanding of her ASD.
Being in new environments and people is daunting for Siobhan as she likes the comfort of routine, and although she is used to visiting the library, working there is a very different experience. She has done so well and I am so proud of her, it may seem simple and uncomplicated to lots of teenager’s her age, but it’s a huge step for Siobhan to be in a new place with adults she doesn’t know. The main positive thing from the week has been to her confidence, as she knows now that she can face these huge challenges, so it makes the next steps in her life of college and work much more attainable and less daunting. A little scary for me to think that this year she will be 16 (I can’t quite believe it!) but she has grown up so much in the last two years and is more in touch with herself and what she wants out of life.
I just love the quote below and I tell my girls every day that they are both my greatest blessings, I feel very lucky to have such thoughtful and sensitive loving daughters.
Lara has had the most awful bout of tonsillitis and over the last two weeks she has hardly spent any time at school and has been tired and unwell at home. So this weekend it was good to be able to spend some time with them both, chatting about Siobhan’s fun week at work (that sounds so grown up!) and giving Lara some much needed TLC to recover for School on Monday. She was even well enough to let me indulge in some photo’s of her (below) when she was playing in her room, she usually has her glasses on so this is a rare shot of her without them.
It’s so hard for me when Lara is ill with tonsillitis (she get’s it so often!) as I feel so helpless. She is a tough little cookie and battles through it, it’s a shame as it has become the norm for her to be ill with it at least twice a term, I just hope that this is the year she grows out of it.
I am linking this post up with Snowing Indoors and You Me Baby Mummy and their Point & Shoot Linky where bloggers come together to share what they have been doing at the weekend, it’s been a while since I last linked up and I am really looking forward to reading about everyone’s weekends. I’m also linking up with Shutterflies and the Living Arrows Linky where you can find a whole host of amazing photo’s of family life.