This week we’ve spent a lot of time playing various board games, I got some of my old board games out of Granma’s loft too. I’ve taught E to play Othello, which appeals to his strategic mind. The girls have enjoyed playing Yahtzee and Bingo, great for their maths skills. S has also learnt how to play Tic Tac Toe and has been playing that on the chalk board.
Thursday R had her first piano lesson which she really enjoyed, her teacher showed her some YouTube videos that she can watch to help her. We also got my old keyboard out so she can practise.
We working on a little volcano project at the moment, inspired by this months issue of Whizz Pop Bang science magazine.
Yesterday was our village festival, unfortunately it rained most of the day. Despite this we managed to have lots of fun. The younger girls made hare bread rolls, we watched a blacksmith making horseshoes, and saw old bikes. After having friends round for dinner we went back to the festival for the evening show. We watched a giant mechanical fire breathing chicken light the beacon and watched a fire performer too. After the show the children had a play with their friends and then it was home to bed.
Today we went to Nanny and Granddad’s for lunch, the little ones requested a little picnic in the garden. S was very excited to lose her first tooth. We played Lego, did colouring, puzzles, and watched tv together. This evening we made the most of the sunshine and the children played in the park. They down the hill, covering themselves with the freshly cut grass, played “stuck in the mud”, a crocodile games and jumped in puddles.
They’re now all tucked up in bed, hopefully dreaming of all the adventures we can have this week.
Can you believe my smallest baby is three?! My funny, crazy little pickle is three. Little S is beyond doubt the funny one of the bunch, she is totally bonkers. She loves to pretend she is a dog, she sniffs my visitors, licks everyone, barks and loves to crawl around with a make shift lead around her waist. She loves mayonnaise and could easily sit and eat a whole jar. She also love fruit and salad, and is partial to a little chocolate.
She can be incredibly sweet, giving great big cuddles and kisses. Her favourite person in the whole world is her big sister, S. She loves cute animals and squeals “Awww, coot” whenever she sees one. She enjoys dancing around the kitchen to whatever music makes her feet move.
Her giggle is contagious and fills a whole room. She’s a determined little soul, who knows what she wants. She can be a major monkey, getting up to all sorts of mischief, often with her sister by her side. She loves to climb, and could scale window ledges and furniture before she could even crawl.
She likes to help whether in the garden or the kitchen, “Me do it” is a common sound. She is a beautiful girl inside and out, and an absolute blessing to have.
Today R had a trip with Archaeology club to Stonehenge, I was fortunate enough to be able to stay and join in. We started off by looking around the replica stone age cob houses. We learned about stone age tools and pots, we discussed the design of the houses and why there was no hole in the roof above the fire pit. The children were able to try grinding wheat stone age style to make flour, and make rope out of reeds.
Next we went outside and learned in pairs how to make chalk cob walls after weaving hazel structures. This was R’s favourite activity and she got rather messy doing it!
After a picnic lunch break we took a walk in the sunshine over to the stones. We heard some common myths and legends about how the stones came to be. We listened to the sounds we could hear and talked about how it would have been different 4000 years ago. We took the bus back to the visitor centre and said our goodbyes.
The rest of the afternoon will be spent playing outside with friends in the sunshine.
On Tuesday a group of us met at a new hall, it was a gorgeous hall with an amazing play park and sports ground. The children had a whale of a time, they started off with a Nerf war that not even the rain could dampen. R enjoyed joining in with a group picture, whilst Little S enjoyed playing in the sandpit.
E enjoyed some time with a small group of other boys playing on their tablets together. All the children from toddler to teen enjoyed free play, socialisation, and natural learning.
Yesterday I took the children to see Granma, we had lunch together and played. The smaller girls played hide and seek with Maisy dog, hiding her treats around the garden so she could smell and find them.
This morning we went a Roman villa, we pieced together broken pottery, dressed up as Romans, built Lego villas, battled as soldiers, and looked around the villa. We got a surprising amount done during a relatively short visit. Afterwards we came home, had lunch, did a spot of gardening and took the dog for a walk.
We’ve had a lovely few days learning and enjoying it.
Five years ago today I gave birth to my beautiful S, of all my children she was the only surprise baby but she has brought me so much joy. She is a bundle of sunshine wrapped in giggles. She has a fiesty side too and knows her mind. She loves to help others and is so very sweet and caring.
She loves cooking and gardening, knowing the names of most of the plants in our garden. Her favourite game is playing mummies and daddies. She adores animals especially our guinea pigs Max and Nibbles, and our dog Poppy.
She loves rainbows, and pretty things. She likes to wear pretty dresses even when she’s climbing trees or rolling down hills. She loves being outside, like a little forest fairy. She has beautiful long blonde wavy hair, pale blue eyes and skin that turns golden brown at the sight of the sun.
She is just like the poem, sugar and spice, and all things nice. She truly is my little sunshine.
Just a few days ago we had snow and now we have glorious sunshine! We’re enjoying being outside as much as we can, but I have been really bad at taking any photographs, we’ve just been to busy enjoying ourselves. On Wednesday we spent a couple of hours with some home ed friends at park we’ve not been to before. It was really lovely, S was particularly pleased with herself as she mananged to climb to the top of the climbing web. In the afternoon the children went bug hunting with friends, collecting as many different types as they could find.
Thursday the girls and I went to Morrison’s to buy party food for Saturday. It was a really pleasant experience, the girls were all really helpful and enjoyed choosing food, drinks and treats. E stayed at home with Daddy to play. The girls spent the afternoon in the paddling pool.
On Friday I started the day with a game of Junior Monopoly with S, she was the banker for the first time and beat me by £29. We spent time learning about dinosaurs and fossils, and made some fossils of our own. We also had great fun launching a sodium bicarbonate rocket into the air. I took E over to Granma and Granpa’s for a sleepover and had a quick cup of tea whilst I was there. Friday was also mine and Daddy’s 10th wedding anniversary.
Saturday we had a big party planned to celebrate our anniversary, we were up early to set the hall up and wait for the bouncy castle to be delivered. The rest of the morning was spent making food, the girls made jelly, cheese and pineapple on sticks, and iced the cake. The afternoon was a great success, the children (and me!) all had great fun on the bouncy castle. We all went home exhausted.
Today was beautiful and very warm, we took the children and a friend of R’s to a play park with a splash park and next to a river. Poppy came too and had a little walk with Daddy whilst the children played and splashed. We all enjoyed a cooling ice lolly before heading home where the children and neighbours had a water fight. We also enjoyed our first BBQ of the year.
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