A Fresh Start

We’ve had a fabulous break over Christmas and New Year: we had my sister and her family here for a weekend, then my parents down over Christmas, various family get-togethers on J’s side, and then a week spent in Nottingham (with my parents again!), most of which seemed to have been spent with the sausages’ cousins.

We managed a trip to the Science Museum with my sister’s family which was enjoyed by all – it turns out that the Saturday before Christmas is an excellent time to visit as it was the quietest I’ve ever seen it!

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M did some incredible home-made Christmas presents for many family members.  It did get stressful to say the least as she seemed to have so many amazing ideas but didn’t actually want to complete them!  However, this creation, which was made for Grandma, was the most incredible because of her creativity, the structural ideas and the paper engineering that came all out of her own head:

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D has been entertaining the family with her little heart-felt songs, which are totally off-the-cuff and of-the-moment.  Sometimes they’re sweet little ditties that bring a tear to your eye; sometimes they’re pop-py and she gets her air-guitar out and sometimes you can hear her just belting out a tune from somewhere else in the house.  It is honestly like living with Annie – there is a tune for every moment. 🙂

We’ve been back in London for a few days now and although our classes haven’t started yet, I feel as if we’re starting anew; afresh.  The house is still feeling gloriously clean and tidy after my massive pre-Christmas cleaning regime.  The girls are rediscovering old toys and asking to repeat projects that were enjoyed last year: D is writing out numbers, playing with her Arithmasticks and asking for sums but this time she has added a new dimension of saying them in Spanish!  M is asking to learn her times-tables and telling the time again: we had a go at them last year and I’m looking forward to doing a bit of academic table-work again.

To start our New Year off with a bang, we had a day trip to Windsor Castle today, along with a pre-booked educational workshop which another HE-er had kindly organised.  The theme was ‘Learn How to be a Medieval Knight’.  M & me found it really interesting, D however did not!  Among other things, we learnt that Windsor Castle is the oldest working castle in the world (meaning it is still used and habitable); M got to try on a chain-mail head-piece; and joined in with the other children as they dressed up as Knights of the Garter and took part in a dubbing ceremony. 🙂

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Although it was a workshop aimed at KS1 children, I did feel that D was too ‘young’ for it. But then again, she is quite single minded – I’m sure if the Knights of the Garter had taken a trip to the moon she would have perked up a bit. 😀

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