My parents came to stay for 4 days and we’ve been doing all sorts with them:
On Friday I had booked in an event at The Bank of England Museum. It was billed as being for 5-7 year olds which suits both my two (as regular readers of this blog will know, M finds it hard to follow lots of information being given to her in a long stream so shorter, more simplified workshops suit her well). Unfortunately the lady running the workshop was seemingly blind to the sea of 5-7 year olds in front of her and proceeded to give a 45 minute presentation aimed at 9-12 year olds (I know this because it was on the title page of her PowerPoint presentation!). As such, we left after 20 minutes feeling frustrated and disappointed.
The museum itself entertained M for a bit but the interactive exhibits seemed to be too old for her (and me!) to understand. M gave it a score of 5/10.
D would much rather have not gone at all but gave the museum 10/10 because she got to play on her iPad. 😀
The day felt a bit Mary Poppinsy so after the bank we walked up to St Paul’s Cathedral: Grandma and M sang Feed the Birds while D and I kept our distance.
On Saturday we had a trip to our local Costa’s, a trip into Wimbledon to pick up a clothes order for D (she looks so old/smart now!) and playing at home for the rest of the day.
Grandma showed M how to make drop scones; Grandad tried to encourage D to play her guitar (better luck next time, Grandad), we had funny face competitions, musical statues and card games.
D has asked me to make another soft toy – this time it’s a pink Minecraft chicken. Yes. I’ve spent a fair amount of time on it already: the pattern has been done, the pieces cut out and some of the bits sewn together. I can feel old rusty cogs grinding into action as I re-learn my pattern cutting skills. This is D stuffing the chicken feet:
M also worked hard with Grandma – pruning our ‘Sleeping Beauty’ hedge, much to our neighbour’s delight. 😀
I’ve recently taken up Face Yoga in an effort to release tension from my face (it’s working!). Both the girls have been having fun joining in, and it even led to M asking what a 45 degree angle is.
Grandma had recently learnt that Emily Davison stayed near us on the night before she died under the King’s horse at Epsom, so we had a chat about suffragettes with M (more links to Mary Poppins). M has also recently asked about yellow box junctions, which led to a very long and detailed explanation and a diagram!
We had a listen to a Radio 4 programme that Grandma had recommended – Word of Mouth on Radio 4. I found an episode on Roald Dahl that kept the girls’ interest for a few minutes, particularly the story of what Roald Dahl said to Michael Rosen’s son when they met.
And then it was time for the Grandparents to leave! Wowsers we packed a lot in. They will be very much missed. 🙂