It’s been an odd week, due to Dusty dying, but one of the good things about having kids (or sometimes difficult, depending on which way you look at it) is that you are forced to carry on regardless of what mood you’re in.
So life has been continuing pretty much as normal with the odd bit of sadness surfacing here and there. Last night, I was too sad to read D’s bedtime story so M kindly took over and read it to her instead, while holding my hand. They have been very sweet towards me in the past few days. M hasn’t expressed a lot of emotion over Dusty’s death but she did say last night that she is sadder about me being sad than Dusty dying!
So, in ‘normal’ life, here’s what we’ve been up to:
Their Aunt Sh has taken them to our local children’s theatre to see Peter Pan.
D has learnt how to draw 3D shapes, which she is delighted about!
The music phase continues, with the girls getting into Beethoven’s 5th Symphony following our viewing of CBBC’s Ten Pieces DVD (they seemed pretty uninterested at the time but have remembered some aspects of it); D did another concert at the piano for us on Friday night; M has been learning the words to Frozen’s Let it Go and playing it over and over; we’ve had a few kitchen and bedroom discos; and the girls have rediscovered our bag of instruments in the toy cupboard.
They’ve both been more involved in the cleaning this week: previously I haven’t been too keen on them doing it because of the amount of chemicals involved, but recently I’ve gone all frugal/eco and use water and E-cloths to clean most of the house. The girls love my homemade lavender/water spray which I use on the floors and could be heard having an argument over who would be spraying and who would be mopping! Today I asked who would like to help me clean the car this week and they both shouted ‘ME!’. What is that about.
D still watches lots of Dora The Explorer and her love of Spanish continues.
M has been spending every spare moment playing Animal Crossing New Leaf on her new Nintendo DS2. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we don’t limit screen time in this house: so D can spend as much time as she likes soaking up Spanish with Dora, and M can spend as much time as she wants on her new game. J struggles with this a bit because he doesn’t like computers very much. However, he does let her get on with it, while sometimes muttering about ‘bloody computers’ under his breath…
While I’m on the subject of J (who is largely forgotten about on this blog!), here’s a list of all the activities he’s done with the girls JUST THIS WEEK, just to big him up a bit: He’s made a few dens (which tends to involve turning all the lounge furniture upside down); he had a ‘sleep-over’ with the girls in the lounge on Saturday night; he took them to our local soft play for 3 hours; he taught D to ride her bike without stabilizers last week (sorry, I forgot to mention it!) and has been getting her to practice at it; he can’t enter a room without getting them to leap off the sofa and into his arms (where there is J there is shrieking); he has played countless games of hide and seek; taken them to the park; to their Judo class and had a film night. Phew.
I was recently asked how I get ‘me’ time while home educating – if it wasn’t for J I would get very little!
Lastly, here are some pictures that the girls made with oil pastels to say ‘thank you’ to their Nanny and Granddad for their Christmas presents (better late than never!).