We seem to have reached a few milestones in the Olley household recently – most obviously having no school children in the family. Billy received a commendable set of results for his GCSEs including 9 A to C grades with A and B grades in the all important Maths and English.
He has now left school to take his snowboard coaching course as soon as snow falls in Canada, and he has already been interviewed for a job at the indoor snow centre in Hemel Hempstead until he heads overseas. Fingers crossed!
Charlie has managed to secured himself a summer internship with a sports marketing company for next year even though he hasn't even started this year at Uni yet, although he is back at Bath for pre-season hockey training.
And Bex has started the second phase of her medical training – she will spend the next three years learning her trade in hospitals in and around London. She graduated in Medical Sciences with Orthopaedic sciences last week so she now has the letters BSc after her name, but there's still a long way to go before there's a Dr before it!
The graduation ceremony was a proud moment for us – we joined Bex, her friends and their parents for the formal event, and then indulged in pink champagne and canapes att the reception afterwards. University College London is proud of its history and heritage and we really enjoyed being part of it for an evening. I've added a photo of Bex in her academic robes and also a video of her few seconds of glory as she was awarded her degree!
At 18, they might think they're grown up, but us real grown ups know that they're still miles off, don't we?! Now, though, Bex has to cope with things like electricity bills and the price of bread and bus fares, and she's well and truly one of us. We had a close family meal with her on the day, and then a bigger party in glorious sunshine in our garden at the weekend. So she had two cakes – photos provided!
It was strange to think that it was so long ago that our first born arrived on the scene. It makes me think that I must be getting old, although I don't always feel it (I must say, though, I do after a week of early starts for the Morning Show!) I must be getting there, because there is one final milestone to mention… Olley and I are celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary on 5th September!!
We met in 1983 just before my 23rd birthday, and married four and a half years later. I know many of you reading this have many more years of marriage under your belts than we do, but I feel happy and proud that we're still going strong after all these years.
One of the reasons is that we enjoy doing things together, and when our celebrations are over I will tell you how we marked the occasion. Luxury hotel? Glamorous trip abroad? Big party? None of the above! I'll leave you guessing until next time!
Until then, take care.
Love Kathy xxx