Headed to Brixton.
I met a long time friend Sophie in her favourite coffee shop, we both did some work and used their 'bottomless coffee' card to enjoy a range of coffees and iced lattes!
I met Sophie when I worked at an arena in Manchester (at least 15 years ago). She is a quantity surveyor in London.
Onto some mini golf with Cousin Harry
Harry chose to meet a really cool mini golf bar to have a round of 9 holes. There were so many random landmarks being used as obstacles and we were tied going into the last hole. In the end I took the win with 2 shots vs Harry's 4 shots. CHAMPION!
I am so so excited to get to see a Musical tonight.
It is called Hamilton and focuses on a man who was an American soldier and statesman, he fought in the American Revolution to enable America to become an independent Country from England. He helped to write the US constitution and one of Americas founding fathers.
Today I have used a Bike rental to get around the city, have a look at the screenshots and work out how far I have travelled by bike today.
Good Morning from Sunny England
The temperature was 28 degrees when I arrived in England. I needed to quickly put my shorts and Tshirt on!
I flew from Perth to Doha (Capital city of Qatar) and then from Doha to London Heathrow...one of the world's busiest airports. I sat next to a really cool year 4 student from the Sunshine Coast who was also missing her Book Week as well...apparently in her school the year groups get assigned an author and you have to dress up as someone from that author's books.
After a quick dash to my hotel it was out with my cousins, Tom and Harry and Auntie Mel for some walking, drinks and a traditional pub dinner!
The weather was fantastic throughout the day and I am sad to say without any sunscreen I got a little burnt on the back of my neck. I did not expect it to be so hot.
I should've brought my sunglasses!
DAILY MATHS CHALLENGE!
My budget per day is 60 pounds. I am here for 7 days so how much do I have in my budget?
The current exchange rate is 1 pound = 2 dollars. What is my daily Australian budget?
60 pounds = $???
I am so sad not to be there today.
Trying to shake the cold and cough off before I go and then I bloomin' eat a peanut which causes an allergic reaction and now I need to do some tests today to make sure I am ok.
I was looking forward to showing you Freddie's book week costume today as well as getting on with our stories for BOOK WEEK!
13th October is a big deal - it's my birthday
This is the first birthday with Freddie by my side! It was an absolute cracker.
Sarah, Freddie and I went to the park early in the morning for coffee, cinnamon scrolls and dog watching...Freddie loves dogs so this was a special start.
Then it was off to the zoo.
This was Freddie's first visit. I was kindly given a years membership from the parents of Room 17 so I am sure it wont be the last.
We visited the penguins, saw some snakes and said hello to lots of African animals like Elephants, Giraffes and Rhinos.
After 6 huge weeks with Freddie. I feel like I am finally getting the hang of being a stay at home dad.
Here are 6 things I have learnt so far!
1. Make sure you put him on tummy a lot!
2. Try lots of different foods with him
3. Make sure you read with him
4. Take some time in the pool
5. Give him lots of opportunity to play
6. babies love bouncing
Freddie and I journeyed around the northern suburbs yesterday to pick up the restaurant vouchers and give out the thank you cards and gifts to everyone who donated or was involved in the restaurant experience!
It is with a sad feeling in my stomach that I say goodbye to Woodlands and start a new whirlwind adventure with Freddie.
Lots of challenges and experiences ahead and I can't wait to share them all with you.
For now I want to thank all the students and parents from Room 17 for their support in me taking this leave. I will be back as much as I can to say hey and share some Freddie cuddles.
Starting my countdown to leaving this class...it is a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand I know I will be have the best time with Freddie. Exploring new things, discovering new skills and taking time to raise my son as best as I can. On the other hand, leaving a room full of keen, happy and exciteable students is tough.
Room 17 have voted to not put a countdown up in the classroom BUT I feel this is a great place to keep the story going. When I leave, this will also be a place I update you all on my goings on.
Freddie is now 5 months and he is learning so much.
like...don't eat the 5 month card - it tastes baddddd
He is learning to eat other things!
His first solid food...pureed sweet potato and beef mince. NOM
The Easter Holidays are a chance for everyone to reset and enjoy some time with family and friends. I thought I would do a Freddie holiday update and hope to hear from all of Room 17 about what they have been up to.
What have you lot been up to?
With only 24 hours until I am saying hello to you all in person, i wanted to check in with some of the fortnight's updates.
My wife and Freddie got home on the Saturday before last and since then it has been a constant cycle of sleep, feed, change that nappy and back to sleep.
The routine is monotonous, it has been tiring and tough and a little disgusting but through all of the tasks, I have been completely addicted to seeing my son. He is an absolute gem of a human. SERIOUSLY HE IS AMAZING.
It is a bitter sweet feeling, I can't wait to get back and start smashing Year 5 with you but equally I will miss the days spent with him. It is going to be tough to balance the two but I hope we can overcome the challenge together.
See you tomorrow.