Sunday, 4 December 2016

We had a home-centric week followed by a busier week. Lots of playing - bricks, Playmobil, Roblox.  Betsy spent her birthday money on a DS 2D preloaded with Pokemon Sun, and it arrived to great excitement.  

We did make it out to swimming and parkour.  Swimming has been hit and miss this term, as the teachers have been chopping and changing.  Betsy finds it unsettling, Fred says one week it's too easy, the next week it's too hard.  Not a huge incentive to get up and out before 9am and drive 15 miles.

The next week we were out and about.  TVAP was great - we had a police visit, Fred did some electronics, Betsy and Meg made small books, and some yarn monsters.

On Tuesday it was freezing.  We met up with some friends in a playground.  It was very frosty. The kids walked through the stream and discovered snowboots are not paddle-proof.

When we got back the girls made loads more yarn monsters, while I made Christmas decorations to sell on Friday at Mohawk.

On Wednesday the canal was totally frozen, and we ran out in our PJs to have a look.

We skipped swimming - explored the ice from the pond and played Minecraft instead, but went to parkour.

The kids put out plates with water and nature bits and bobs in, and left them to freeze overnight. Fred put his plate under the trampoline, and it didn't freeze.

On Thursday it was the 1st December - yay!  Eric, Ernie and Ethel returned, along with the advent calendar with the daily cheesy jokes.

So far the elves have stayed up watching a Christmas My Little Pony movie on Netflix, unrolled toilet paper all over the living room, and played with the Sylvanian Families.

It was my mum's birthday on the 1st, and she came over.  We watched Secret Life of Pets, and we had birthday cake.  Later I looked after a neighbour's kids, and they got out Twister.  Lots of fun!

Friday was go-to-Mohawk-and-have-a-stall-at-the-Christmas-Fair day, and sell the decorations I'd made.  Instead, Betsy was sick as soon as we woke up.  So, we stayed home.  Luckily our good friends gave Mohawk a miss and came over for a few hours, cheering us up.

Later everyone played with Lego, pretty rare in this house.

Saturday was Christmas Excitement.  We went tree shopping, accompanied by Eric.

We went to a real life nativity in a nearby village, with kings on horseback, a real baby with his real parents, the local landlady as inn keeper, and real sheep farmers as the shepherds.  There was a tombola, and the kids all won prizes.  We had hot chocolate, sang Christmas carols.  I LOVED it!  

When we got home, Rob and I tidied and sorted to make room for the tree.  The kids plus 3 neighbourhood friends decorated it with much noise and excitement.  It was so lovely.  It's totally messy, colourful, disordered.  Perfect.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

More well than not!

It's been a lovely couple of weeks, very chilled. 

We took my mum to Rushmere Country Park.  She hadn't been before, and liked it as much as I'd hoped.  The kids were really happy to be back, as it's been a while since our last visit.  We did our usual circular walk, starting at the big slide, past the fairy doors, giant chair, spider and elf seats.  

Swimming and parkour the next day, getting to both feels like a victory at the moment!

The Into Film Festival is on, and we had tickets to see The Jungle Book at Milton Keynes. Almost all of the Aylesbury tickets got booked up straight away, but we loved the MK Odeon! The film was in 3D, and we got to sit in the really posh big seats at the back.  The film was great, we all really enjoyed it.  Another bonus was bumping into some friends, so we sat together.

Rob and the kids went to stay with his parents at the weekend.  Rob, Fred and his dad went to watch Port Vale win at home.  Fred made a vlog!

Betsy looked dreadful when she got back.  No appetite, really pale.  No surprise that she was ill during the night.  Again. Sigh.  She was off for a few days, so we missed TVAP, swimming and a meet up in the woods.

Once she felt less awful, Betsy spent a lot of time drawing.  She did this excellent picture of big cats (plus a tabby).  And she's been doing great copies of Pokemon picture from google images.

Meanwhile, Meg became a cat, and communicated her needs through the medium of drawing.

She wanted water.

She wanted her iPad.

She wanted to sit on my lap.

Meg and I often walk to the shop to pick up bits and bobs, and we've really been enjoying those moments.  We chat about the water (it's still and flat, or it's choppy and wavy, or it's sparkling with sunlight diamonds).  We say hi to the swans and the ducks.  

Fred and Rob went to see Steve Backshall at the theatre on Wednesday evening.  I think Fred felt he'd outgrown his Deadly 60 days, but they both came back sparkling and enthusiastic! Steve was very interesting and entertaining, and they loved it.

On Thursday Betsy was more or less back to herself, though still needing more sleep than usual.  She was up for an activity in the afternoon, and the girls had fun decorating fairy cakes. Sprinkle overload!

We braved the crowds and went to town for the Christmas lights switch on.  We missed most of the fireworks by standing in entirely the wrong bit of the square, but the atmosphere was fun and the lights pretty.

Jarvis came over for a few hours on Saturday, which was great.  His dad took Betsy and Meg swimming with them later, with Fred choosing to stay home.  Fred has been playing lots of Roblox games recently - Mining Madness, Miners Heaven, Apocolypse Rising, Limited Universe, Ultimate Driving, Dinosaur Simulator, Tix Factory Tycoon, Murder Mystery 2, Roblox Day Z, Prison Life 2.0.  Some of them he play with Betsy and Meg, some of them he plays with online friends, and some alone. 

The weather is colder, and the fire has been on a lot.  Rosie the cat approves.