It seems an age since the beginning of the month, but it also feels odd to thing that it’s May 1st tomorrow. During April E had his first respite sessions. The 1st was a movie and pizza afternoon, E was quite nervous going in but when I went to collect him it was clear he’s had a great time. He was whizzing around the sensory room with his 1-2-1 key worker and laughing his head off. I felt so relieved that he’d enjoyed himself. His 2nd session was the following week at Adventure Wonderland. Unfortunately the weather was a bit ropey, but nonetheless he enjoyed himself, going on a couple of rides and playing in the soft play. He’s signed up for another session in May and is looking forward to it.
Whilst E was at his 1st respite session, I took the girls out for a little shopping, cake and a play at the park. We went for a little walk and found a wonderful stream. Despite being rather nippy, the girls all went for a paddle. R decided to even sit down in the stream, she really is a water baby! They trudged back to the car all soaked through.
When E went to his 2nd session, the girls and I went for a walk with the dog. It was very wet and muddy, with huge puddles everywhere. S spotted some tadpoles in one of these puddles and decided we must rescue them. So we grabbed as many as we could and popped them into a doggy bag. On the way home we went to a pet shop and bought a small fish tank and some fish food. The tadpoles are now being cared for in our living room until they outgrow the tank and need to go into our pond. It’s a wonderful way to learning about the life cycle.
On the 10th of April, E had an appointment with his consultant. I booked the 2 little girls into a forest school day and R went to Avon Tyrell for the day. They all came home completely exhausted, R spent the day climbing and doing high ropes. She enjoyed it so much that she’s booked in for a water sports day there in the summer. With the girls all having adventures , E and I planned a fun afternoon after he’d been to the hospital. He opted for lunch at KFC and a cinema trip. It was lovely having time with just him.
We spent an afternoon in Swanage learning about dolphins organised by another home educating mum. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon so we went for a walk along the cliff top, unfortunately we didn’t spot any dolphins although we did see lots of other wildlife. We were also able to see some of our friends.
We’re determined to make the most of every sunny moment. We met Daddy after work and had a barbeque in the New Forest. We’ve eaten chips at the beach, leaving just before an almighty thunder and lightening storm set in. We’ve also met with friends and found frogs at Avon Heath Country Park.
April has also seen R get another certificate in snorkelling, and do a cookery lesson with Waitrose cookery school. S has enjoyed lots of baking after receiving a Mary Berry cook book from Nanny. Little S badly sprained her ankle playing on the trampoline, so needed x-rays. She was very brave, it’s still quite swollen and very bruised but she’s back to her bouncy self.
We’ve had busy month and May isn’t looking much quieter with trips to LEGOLAND and the circus already booked. If you want to see more regular updates pop along to our Instagram page @happyhandley