Yes, this is the 4th time we’ve celebrated Not Back to School! I think I get more excited about it than the girls – they’re a bit ‘yeah, whatever’. But I love the start of a new ‘school year’ – it feels lovely and fresh and full of promise.
This year we celebrated by going to Costa for their favourite treats and then onto the Museum of London to see the ‘Fire Fire’ exhibition, which is commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
It was a last minute decision to take them there after they both showed a lot of interest in it when the wooden replica of 1666 London was set alight on the Thames. I thought the museum would be quiet with it being the first day at school but it appears a lot of schools had an inset day, doh! D had lost her enthusiasm after a 45 minute wait to get in and then it all went downhill from there – the poor sausage was sobbing with the sadness of the fire and the worry that it might happen to us. Nevertheless, M loved it and wanted to see all the exhibits and try on the clothes. We had tons of conversations about it all and it was lovely to see M so engaged in history.
We’ve been remarkably busy this last week, squeezing in playdates, visitors and builders in each day.
We had my cousin and her son here for 3 days and we whiled away our time at home playing Terraria, Minecraft, Geometry Dash, playing in the paddling pool, bouncing on the trampoline and watching the new Jungle Book film.
As soon as they’d gone we had a play date at M’s friend’s house. We haven’t seen them all summer and the girls had a lovely time playing in their garden for hours.
We had a quiet day at home on Friday. D watched the usual Stampy/Squid/DanTDM videos while M played on Minecraft. Aquila happened to arrive that day so I took the opportunity of reading it to them. This month’s issue is all about the children of WWII – the girls already have a vague idea about it having seen it in films and talked about it. It was, as usual brilliantly written but I got quite tearful thinking of all the children coping with war now.
On Saturday, J took the girls to the park and I took the opportunity of planning and writing out the month’s calendar – we’ve got some lovely things planned this month. We only have two classes for M planned (pottery and Brownies), which would have previously sent me into a panic that we weren’t doing ‘enough’, but now I feel pleased that our weeks are so open and flexible. 🙂