My Weekly Round Up And Chaos

Yes this week I am well and truly reflecting my blog name. But we would not be the Christie family if life was calm and smooth would we? We live in a contestant stage of Extraordinary Chaos. But some weeks more than others!

After months of grief and stress we have finally taken Joe out of School?

There is too much to go into but his introduction to high school has been horrific. The worse experience any family can imagine.

We feel angry, let down, and disappointed. I am struggling with myself about how much I should talk about this? Part of me wants to shout it from the rooftops, name, shame and expose, to stop any other families suffering like this. The other part wants it all to go away and just get our happy family life back on track and put this experience down to the worse decision we ever made and move on.

My main motivation is for Joe to be happy, to be in a school where he will learn, for now the jury is still out how I will process this information. But the decision to keep him home is the right one.

And you know what? The relief is unbelievable it is like our whole house has sighed a huge sigh of relief. I feel like I can breathe again. So now we need to find a school but until then I am planning a full schedule for Joe so he can keep learning.

Hopefully it wont be for long, but it will take as long as it takes and we have to go with the flow. What I need to focus on is the fact the despite being told this is wrong, this is the most positive thing we can do to resolve the situation and I wish we had done it sooner. I should have trusted my instincts.

In other more positive news! Jack had passed his driving test.

Arghh scary, he is over the moon he can finally get out in his little car. As for me, I feel sick every time he pulls off the drive. I am hoping this will get easier. It’s so odd we get in our cars so many times a day, travel miles. But now it’s Jack, I feel like my baby is in an unsafe tin box, surrounded by maniacs. He will so be rolling his at me if he read this! But I am safe in the fact he would never be uncool enough to read my blog.

Good god being a parent is so wonderful, rewarding and tough. You feel proud and so grateful they are healthy, growing and progressing. But part of you wants to wrap them in bubble wrap and never let them out.

On the home front I have been chatting about these gorgeous flowers from QVC.

I spend so much on flowers; I like to have a bunch in the lounge and kitchen. That ones of the reasons I am loving my house being on the market, Chris is not rolling his eyes and the constant stream of flowers. Every cloud and all that! However these gorgeous artificial hydrangea and peony bunch in a vase look amazing, I have only recently bought artificial flower but they are certainly worth the investment for a great quality arrangement. Thus cutting my flower bill in half.

Realistic Artificial Flowers

REalistic Artificial Flowers 1

This week on the travel front.

I have been sharing more about our Bravo Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette on my blog. I am like a broken record, but I just love cruising. Cruising With Kids was one of the best blog decisions I have ever made. Having a platform to talk about nothing but cruising feel so self-indulgent, I blooming love it and know the other editors feel the same it’s all so exciting.

Chilling in the pool on Celebrity Silouette

The Library on Celebrity Silhouette

And this weekend I am going back in time.

I am on a trip with the gorgeous BritMums gang to France to Puy Du Fou. I had never heard of it before but omg it so far its incredible, it amazes me how many extraordinary places there are out there. I can’t wait to share it all. It’s like an historical theme park, a bit like stepping back in time. Check out my stories if you fancy a peek.

Puy Du Fou Trip My Weekly Round Up

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are up too!


The Reading Residence

Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 8th June 2018 / 9:49 am

    Oh Sarah it is just awful when your child isn’t happy at school, I know. So sorry you’ve had to do this, and I totally get the urge to shout out loud about it. But the most important thing is that your boy is happy now. Hope you get a better place sorted for him soon x

  2. 8th June 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Your place in France looks like it will give you the peace you need after your week at home! I’m glad you came to a decision about Joe’s school. I pulled my daughter out of 6th grade (crying, stomachaches due to a new teacher who didn’t know how to teach). BEST decision! I homeschooled her that one year and then she went on to 7th grade and did well. Sometimes parents know what’s best for their child when the school or community doesn’t understand. Hang in there!

  3. 8th June 2018 / 8:10 pm

    I can’t imagine what you have been going through but I definitely think you have made the right decision. Well done to Jack on passing his test, you never stop worrying about them even when they are grown up. That library looks amazing, I could spend hours sat in there with a big mug of coffee and a book. I love seeing all the photo’s of the amazing places you visit. Have a lovely weekend x

  4. 8th June 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Poor Joe, it sounds like it has been horrendous for him at school and taking him out sounds like the right decision for you all. Good luck with finding the right school for him and hope you enjoy home education in the meantime. Love your artificial flowers – I wouldn’t have guessed that they weren’t real ones. Well done to Jack on passing his driving test and hope you are having a lovely time in France x #WotW

  5. 10th June 2018 / 11:06 am

    It’s a huge decision, but I always go with my gut on things like things, so it sounds like absolutely the right thing to do, hope you can find a better school soon. Well done to Jack! I’d be terrified, but then I can’t quite imagine my 8 year old driving yet! I’ve been enjoying your Instastories, looks like a wonderful place x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  6. 10th June 2018 / 6:52 pm

    You know you’ve done to right thing when the relief washes over you like that. Here’s hoping you find a great school for Joe 🙂

  7. 10th June 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Taking Joe out of school wasn’t done lightly – based off of other things you have shared regarding school – and I think it is understandable for you to want him to be happy and learn in a school he is comfortable in; wishing you the best with the route you are going down currently, and I’m sure it will all work out for the better in the end. Well done to Jack for passing his driving test. I hope you’re having a lovely time in France; it looks beautiful! #WotW

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