Friday, 13 January 2017

Huh, so I thought I'd done a post since the new year, but obviously not.  I'm losing my grip on time I think!

Ok, so 2017 so far.  Jarvis came for a sleepover.  It was lovely to see them together again, they played and laughed and played.  He'll come for another one in February half term.

Rob's birthday was on the 5th.  We spent some time preparing the day before - making cards and cake.  He took the day off on his birthday, and we went to London Zoo.  It was an excellent day.  Really cold and bright.  

The next day we were wiped out, but summoned up enough energy to make some soap.  Betsy got a kit for Christmas.  She loved it!  Her kit came with colours and fragrance, and she really enjoyed the process. The soap base wasn't very good so I've ordered some well reviewed stuff from ebay, and we'll have a soap-making day soon.

I took the kids to see Storks at the Kids Club showing at the cinema (aka cheap tickets).  They really enjoyed it, and some bits made them laugh so much!

This week:  Fred had a hair cut.  I bought the first bunch of daffs of the year.  Betsy and Meg did some gorgeous collages.  I bought a book from my childhood to read aloud.  Rob's birthday present arrived - he used Christmas and birthday money and bought a kayak!  Super exciting.  
The kids had a shift around in bedrooms - Betsy and Meg are now sharing, Fred has his own room.  They are all happy with the change (especially Meg, she is so so so happy about it!). The Odeon had half price tickets so we went to see Moana (loved it). Swimming/diving and parkour started back again.

Yesterday I had the day off - went to London for some art and a catch up with old friends.  Rob took the kids to the dentist (all well), they ran some errands, and set up a big car track with some new pieces that just arrived.

I got all inspired while at the British Museum.  We visited on my 40th birthday, and I remember feeling irritated by the kids being a bit grumpy and hard work.  It occurred to me that this was 4 years ago.  They were so young!  7, 5 and 2.  Talk about expecting too much of them.  Anyway, I had a look at the family trails you can borrow, and they look great.  So I'm planning another visit using one of the trails.  

And it reminded me of all the other things I'd like to take them to - the Great Fire exhibition at the Museum of London,  the Science Museum, lambing at the farm nearby.  I saw an interesting exhibition advertised while walking along the river to the Tate Modern.  Adventures in Moominland at the South Bank Centre, and I've emailed them to arrange a home ed visit.

Today we had a little snow.  Yay!

Rob's taking me on a mystery overnight stay tomorrow for my birthday.  Mum's coming to babysit.  I'm very much looking forward to it!

Friday, 30 December 2016


Busy busy busy, Christmas fun, crafting, family, parties.

Rob made a wreath with the tree trimmings.

 Fun with hexbugs.

We went to Waddesdon with mum.  It was gorgeous.  They've set up a fire outside the cafe, with sheepskins on the chairs.  A perfect spot for hot chocolate.

The lights were beautiful.  I love these ones in the trees.

Every 15 minutes the house is lit up to music.

There was a light installation by Bruce Munro, thousands and thousands of lights gently changing colour.  Phone photos do not do it justice.

The gardens were lit up too.

Rob and I went to his work Christmas party.  Meanwhile Mum took the kids to the local panto. They *loved* it, and Betsy persuaded us to get tickets for later in the month.

We made some Christmas decorations.

We met friends in the woods for games and mince pies.

We went to Mead Open Farm for their Christmas activities.  There was an Elf School, a 3D film, winter wonderland, and Father Christmas.  The kids *loved* it (so much to love this month!)

Meg lost a tooth, and took the opportunity to ask the tooth fairy for an increase.

We had a great time at the Christmas Fair at TVAP.  Each family had a stall.  There was guess the name of the teddy, guess how many marbles in a jar, lucky dip, a tombola, craft stalls.  We had a nerf shooting range, and sold decorations.    It was lots of fun.

Zoe's family hosted a Sostice party in the woods behind their house.  Singing, games, food.

Rob and I got zoo membership for the kids for Christmas, so we took them on the 23rd.

I decorated the Christmas cake.

I worked on Christmas Eve.  Rob's parents arrived.  I planned for the big dinner, 13 people this year!

Christmas Day was so busy, I only took these photos!  A lovely (exhausting) day.

Boxing Day.

A friend's birthday party in the woods.  Meg made the card with a kit she got for Christmas.

Tomorrow we are going to see the pantomime, the final performance.  Lovely way to end the year!

Happy New Year, here's to 2017.