Around the world in 7 days

This week we have been working on a little project. “Visiting” a different country everyday for a week and trying out a local dish and learning a little about the country or language. R chose the countries we were to visit using our world map and then we googled recipes and chose ones to try.
As with any trip we started at home so Monday we had good old bangers ‘n’ mash.
Tuesday we went over to Italy and had spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread. We learnt where Italy is and that they say Ciao.
Wednesday we tried the Russian dish of beef Stroganoff. I was quite surprised at how well this went down with everyone. Think this was one of the children’s favourites from the week and we’ll definitely be having it again.

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On Thursday we finally got around to making sushi and the children all tried using chopsticks. We have discovered however that we are not sushi people. I’m glad we all tried it but it won’t be on the menu again.

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Friday we had Fajitas which we all loved.

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Saturday we had breakfast together. The girls enjoyed making croissants and pain au chocolat.

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And we all enjoyed eating them.
This evening we had Paella, daddy liked this a lot, E wasn’t at all keen though.
It’s been a wonderful experience and we’d all like to do it again and maybe try different countries. The children have all been amazing in their willingness to try some new dishes.

Sunny outings

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Photo taken by R

What a gorgeous couple of days we’ve had. Yesterday the children and I picked up Aunty A (who is now on maternity leave) and headed to Hengistbury Head. It was a little windy so putting up the beach tent was fun! We all had lots of fun even if the sea was a tad chilly to swim in. We played in the sand, making sandcastles and monster trucks tracks. We hunted for shells, seaweed and crabs. We had a lovely picnic and an icecream.

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E found a crab's claw
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We found lots of limpits

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When we got home the children got the guinea pigs out for cuddles. They are really enjoying learning how to care for them. They are in charge of feeding them everyday, letting them out to run around and making sure they’re tucked up at bedtime time. They also help clean out the cage with me.

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Today we took Granma with us to Moors Valley. We played in the parks and did a little of the adventure trail. We’re definitely getting the most out of our season pass. We came home for lunch and spent the afternoon at home working on a project and then the children went out to play with their schooled friends. I managed to get a little done in the garden which I always enjoy. We’ll soon be able to taste the 1st of this year’s strawberry crop.

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Tomorrow we have a quiet day planned and Saturday I am looking forward to my sister-in-law’s baby shower and a couple of child free hours.

A lovely sunny day

What a lovely June day it has been, warm and sunny. Although we did wake to find that the boiler wasn’t working and we didn’t have any hot water. Daddy had the day off work today and had to have a cold shower! We had a nice relaxed morning having lots of cuddles with our new pets, Max and Nibbles the guinea pigs. S particularly has taken a real shine to them, especially Max.

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The health visitor came over to do a two year development check up on little S. She was really lovely and we talked for quite a while. Then the boiler man came to give us back our hot water. After lunch we popped to a local pub to enjoy the sunshine and let the children play.

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When we got home a couple of children had their water pistols out, so my children ran in to get theirs and join in. It ended up being a big water fight between five houses (adults too). We all had lots of fun and were thoroughly drenched.

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Now daddy is cooking dinner so I can put my feet up.

Meltdowns

I’m not one to grumble or vent on social media particularly and I love to focus on the good bits. Today though, has not been the best day and I feel like I need to write it all down. One thing that, as a parent, you dread when your child is at school is the teacher coming out solemnly and saying “can we have a chat about (your child)”. We had this many times with E, when I’d go into his classroom and he was mid meltdown and throwing chairs about or when he managed to abscond from school during a p.e. lesson or was generally having a really bad day. Now, it’s not that he’s naughty (he is actually much better behaved generally than my girls) but he just doesn’t cope well with certain things. It was our main reason for choosing to home educate him.
Today was not a great day. It started out fine, got up and had breakfast as usual. I was expecting friends round, so while the children entertained themselves I did a quick tidy up. Fast forward to about half past ten and my friend hands me some biscuits that she bought from Corfu for us. The children stand nicely while I open the box and wait nicely for a biscuit, so far so good. Then, S takes the biscuit that E had his eye on (baring in mind that they were all the same) and he completely loses the plot. He thumps S and starts screaming and shouting. So I take him aside to try and reason with him, completely useless. So I take him to his room, on route he grabsĀ  everything he can reach and throws them, he kicks, he punches and screams. We get to his room where he has his safe space (a hidey hole under his bed) and I leave him to cool down as this normally works. Unfortunately we had to repeat the same process about 3 times before he started to come round and he could be reasoned with.

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Once our friends had left we had lunch and decided to head to Moors Valley to burn off some steam. Upon arrival we decide that we want to play in the park so head off only to arrive and it’s closed for maintenance. Cue another massive meltdown. This time because it meant an unexpected chance of plans.
We head to the forest instead to do the adventure trail but I have to essentially carry E the whole way while he kicks, screams and hits me. When I tried to let him walk he just ran away screaming and crying. So there’s me, 3 small girls and an almost 6 year old boy having his meltdown on the way to the forest. Little S didn’t want to miss out on the carry so kept asking to be picked up. So I carried her for a bit while trying to shepherd E in the right direction and then I’d swap and carry E and try to get the 2 year to go the right way. That walk felt like miles! We arrived at the first activity and the girls could then go off and play and I was able to let E run off his meltdown safely, making sure he didn’t go to far away. Eventually he calmed down, had a drink and we were all able to play and have a nice time. But my goodness, I am shattered. Lets hope tomorrow is a better day.

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Adventuring

We have had a fab day today. After a lovely slow start, playing, baking bread from scratch and a bit of housework (I actually reached the bottom of the laundry bin!) We headed out to Moors Valley.

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In my mind this is what childhood should be like. The children got to run around and climb and play.
We went off to the adventure trail where they ran through the woods and used their imaginations to play and build. They loved being in each other’s company with no fighting or bickering. They were so happy they didn’t want to leave, so I bought a season ticket and have promised we can go back again and again.

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A little team building exercise

On the way home we picked up a paddling pool which I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun in over the next few weeks. R was happy too as we replaced the broken Xbox controller so she has Minecraft back and has spent the evening designing a new house complete with built in wardrobes. They’re now all tucked up in bed so Daddy and I can sit and watch a little tv.

A nature day

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Today we decided to head out with the new fishing net and see what we could find. The children had great fun splashing in the river, swinging on the rope swing and looking for fish. We managed to catch one little minnow and a few bugs.

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We also did a little nature scavenger hunt with a list I printed off from Pinterest and did a couple of activities suggested in the RSPB 365 outdoor activities you have to try! book. It’s a great book that my parents bought for me when I mentioned that I wanted to home educate the children. We’ve done a few activities now and there are plenty more to try.

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While we were out we also went to the park to play and have a good run around.

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Meeting Peppa

Today I took the children to Paultons Park. It was just the 5 of us. The children were so excited, we went to Peppa Pig world, went on rides, saw lots of birds and played in water. R really helped with the younger ones and as a reward was able to go on rides on her own, making her feel really grown up. The children all behaved fantastically and I am so proud of them. Here are a few pictures from our day.

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E and S on a ride
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Meeting Peppa

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Enjoying the splashpark

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A really lovely day

Two posts in two days is rare for me! After a really quiet week we’ve quite a productive (and sunny) day. S had her last day at preschool so is now officially being home educated. The children all rode their bikes to drop her off which was nice as it got rid of a little energy.

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When we got home E wanted to spend time painting. It was lovely to see him sitting happy and engaged in something he enjoys. He spent quite a while painting and little S sat up to table next to him and did some colouring.

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R wanted to make gingerbread men. She did it all on her own, reading the recipe, working out measurements, weighing, mixing and cutting shapes, while I supervised (I did the oven bit) Little S helped a bit too.

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E decided he wanted to do some baking too and did a chocolate tray bake. While it was cooking he went and played with his Warhammer figures and soldiers.

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I managed to tidy up and do a tiny bit in the garden with Little S helping, she learnt some plant names too.

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Then we rode back up to collect S and pop into the post office. The children were then able to play out with their friends. All in all a relaxed and happy day.

A quiet week

Feel like we’ve had quite a quiet week. It’s been half term for school, which is nice for my children as they get to see their schooled friends a little more. Unfortunately though Daddy and R have had tummy bugs so we’ve had to spend more time at home. Earlier in the week we met up with friends and went to the park. We’ve seen Granma and Granpa. Our highlight of the week though was going to Bournemouth wheels festival on Saturday.

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E was particularly impressed with the monster trucks. The children enjoyed playing on the beach and having an ice cream.

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We’ve also iced biscuits and done lots of craft. The children have read books to me and I’ve read books to them.

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Today we went to home ed club and met up with our friends there. The children got to do a few activities and run around and play what’s the time Mr Wolf.

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As well as the children learning I too have been learning. I have been using an app on my tablet called Duolingo to learn Spanish. I’m getting on quite well although sometimes struggle with possession. It’s great because I can do just ten mins a day or longer if I have time. I’m also learning new recipes as I’m trying to eat healthier and have less added sugar. I made some scrumptious truffles using a recipes I found on Pinterest this week.