We have had a very odd 10 days. Last Monday, the car went into the garage for an MOT and didn’t come out again until Saturday morning, with a very hefty bill too.
We got to pottery ok in the afternoon, although we had quite a miserable wet walk from the tube station and back again, but we didn’t make it to ballet on Tuesday or swimming on Wednesday. We’re really car-reliant and the thought of dragging the sausages along on long walks, do an hour of exercise and then a long walk home again was just a bit much for me to contemplate.
The main thing about last week was that each day the car was promised to us the following day, so I didn’t make alternative plans because I was thinking we’d have the car back - so we spent the entire week at home! Actually, that turned out to be a good thing as by about Wednesday the girls started getting quite tired and their appetites dropped, and mine did too. I did wonder if it was because we were all a bit mopey but it turned out we were all building up to a tummy bug.
THIS is when I am so happy that we HE because when the sausages have those in-between days where they’re not exactly ill but they’re not right either, you don’t feel you have to drag them into school.
By Friday we were all feeling a bit ropey. We had already cancelled M’s archery class in Reading due to the lack of car but I had wondered about attending an HE sports day event in Crystal Palace. However, because of our tummy bugs and the downpour outside we cancelled that too!. Then Saturday came and M had a full blown stomach upset but D and I recovered. Poor M is only just managing to eat and stand up today (Tuesday). And worst of all is that I booked a week-long course for her at All4Kids with her best friend and she’s missed half of it :(. Poor M.
D has really missed her playmate and tonight sang a really heartfelt lullaby to M, which she had made up on the spot. It was rather tear-inducing!
We have managed a few bits and bobs (though not very much, understandably) before the girls got too ill:
They had their last Judo class before summer and both girls have gone up a grade!
M had another of her best friends (B) over for a little play after J spontaneously asked his Dad and him out for lunch. M is showing B her Minecraft creations… speaking of which I need to do a separate post on what the girls have created in Minecraft as it really is incredible.
They had a little DIY lesson from J:
Recently I asked both girls if there is anything they miss about school or nursery and M said she missed DT, sports day and the Christmas fair. D said she missed making pig masks and queuing up…
Luckily, all of these things are do-able in HE too. We missed sports day but we can go to any school Christmas fair (I don’t think I can ever return to M’s old school, given how rude her head-teacher was to me, the same goes for D’s nursery, unfortunately). I offered to help D make a pig mask but I think the moment had passed and she wasn’t interested anymore. So the only thing left was DT.
I set M a challenge to wrap an egg in such a way that it wouldn’t crack when thrown out of an upstairs window. She got really excited about it! Goes to show how much she likes DT :). The first attempt cracked but the second worked a treat.
Then we made M’s ‘Cookie Cakes’ again. She made the recipe up all by herself and they are really delicious!
Then the girls did some cleaning. They still argue over who gets to do the mopping, but it was M’s turn this time and D did the vacuuming.
We’re off on a big family holiday to Northumberland in a couple of weeks and D has become fascinated by maps of the UK: spotting us in London, Grandma & Granddad in Nottingham and then trying to remember where Northumberland is. I dug out an Usborne map of the UK sticker book which I bought ages ago and she has been happily doing that and asking questions about all the different landmarks. She also adores this 150 piece jigsaw -
Something else that has really sparked her interest is a sketch pad that I bought for them both a while ago with the intention of taking them with us when we go out to encourage them to draw more (I bought one for me too!). We haven’t taken them out yet but D has been drawing and drawing and painting and painting since getting hers! She absolutely loves it.
One final word and then I’m gone. Today D asked me to ask her some sums so I did and I discovered that she has worked out how to add tens by herself! I was asking M a sum (who was weakly trying to join in) 20+30 and M answered 50. Then D said “yes, that’s because 2 and 3 make 5 so 20 and 30 make 50″!! I was astounded! I thought I would test her theory out to check she really understood what she was saying and she really did – with very proud beams all over her face :).