Busy busy busy

Activities are in full swing once again.

Both children are now doing football on Thursday mornings which is great. They seem to be enjoying it immensely. It helps, of course, that we have had glorious sunshine every week since we began. Not sure how they will feel about playing in the cold and wet ;o)

Emily has started a tap class which runs after her ballet class, on Thursday afternoons, making it a very long and tiring day for her. She loves it though and I have a hard time getting the tap shoes off her feet! She also has extra ballet classes each week to prepare her for her Grade One exam next month. Oh and she received her first Brownie badge this week, very exciting, which she is very proud of. Must remember to sew it on.

DH has been busy putting the finishing touches to the playroom. It has been a long time coming together but I’m very pleased with how it has turned out and so are the children. It is certainly good for their sense of order after having nearly 2 years of having things moved about constantly!

I desperately need to get out in the garden and start the pre-winter tidy up. I did a bit last weekend but not enough. DH did an excellent job of tidying the shed so I can actually get in the door now!

The children are getting very excited by the idea of having some pet chickens but we’ve told them there is a fair bit of work to do before we take that step. We certainly need to replace the two wooden compost bins as they are completely rotten through. I’m considering getting a couple of Link-a-Board ones. Not as pretty as the wooden ones but much more durable and very low maintenance ;o)

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Considering we hadn’t much planned this week, we seem to have filled it nicely.

On Tuesday we spent the afternoon at a local nature reserve with friends. We looked around the information centre (which has been closed for ages due to flooding) and Isaac had a great time playing with the microscope, looking at the various specimens. We then walked around the lake in the sunshine/dark theatening clouds but managed to escape with just a trickle of rain.

Yesterday our parcel from Harrod Horticultural arrived which was a new watering can and container set for the children. We have a veggie garden but i thought success was more likely if they could view their crops from the kitchen, we’ll see! So after lunch we went into the garden to fill the containers, but ended up planting up a some flowers to go on the patio. Meanwhile, Emily got chatting (bellowing) to the children 2 doors down (over nextdoors garden!) and got invited over there which was nice, she had a lovely time. She sort of knows the girl from when she was at Rainbows but never got to know her that well so i was pleased for her. It would be nice if they become friends – very handy.

This morning Isaac and I had the house to ourselves as Emily was doing a jewellery workshop with her friend, Polly. They each made a lovely necklace and bracelet. P is sleeping over here tonight so we are expecting a couple of tired girls in the morning, judging by the chattering that’s going on still.

Oh, does anyone know if you can merge flickr accounts (a free with a pro) cos i just discovered we have a pro account we didn’t know about – for nearly two years!!! (comes with bt apparently, probably should read emails).

Considering we hadn’t much planned this week, we seem to have filled it nicely.

On Tuesday we spent the afternoon at a local nature reserve with friends. We looked around the information centre (which has been closed for ages due to flooding) and Isaac had a great time playing with the microscope, looking at the various specimens. We then walked around the lake in the sunshine/dark theatening clouds but managed to escape with just a trickle of rain.

Yesterday our parcel from Harrod Horticultural arrived which was a new watering can and container set for the children. We have a veggie garden but i thought success was more likely if they could view their crops from the kitchen, we’ll see! So after lunch we went into the garden to fill the containers, but ended up planting up a some flowers to go on the patio. Meanwhile, Emily got chatting (bellowing) to the children 2 doors down (over nextdoors garden!) and got invited over there which was nice, she had a lovely time. She sort of knows the girl from when she was at Rainbows but never got to know her that well so i was pleased for her. It would be nice if they become friends – very handy.

This morning Isaac and I had the house to ourselves as Emily was doing a jewellery workshop with her friend, Polly. They each made a lovely necklace and bracelet. P is sleeping over here tonight so we are expecting a couple of tired girls in the morning, judging by the chattering that’s going on still.


Oh, does anyone know if you can merge flickr accounts (a free with a pro) cos i just discovered we have a pro account we didn’t know about – for nearly two years!!! (comes with bt apparently, probably should read emails).

Winter Festivals

We are having fun following Bella Dia‘s Christmas Book and Activity Advent. There are loads of people sharing great Christmas/Festival ideas around blogland at the moment. I’ve been keeping a note in my google reader “shared items” of some and eventually hope to fill a notebook so that come next year i will have everything at my fingertips and will be etreeeemly organised….yeah right.

We’ve also started the Christmas baking…

..by making mincemeat…

…and mince pies…but mysteriously there don’t seem to be any left photos of them.

Emily did ballet summer school last week and had a fabulous time. They had someone from Riverdance come in to do an Irish dancing workshop which she loved, she did some craftyness and generally had lots of fun. She also got her exam results and is ver proud of her distinction but wanted to know why she didn’t get a trophy!!!

We travelled up to Lincolnshire after ballet school to see our new nephew and cousin, and very lovely he is too. Oh and he has a name, Jacob, or as Isaac calls him “Ja-cker”. He loves his baby cousin very much and hasn’t stopped talking about him since we got home.

Good news on the sleep front….things seem to have *finally* clicked with Isaac- no more 5 o’clock starts for us…fingers crossed. He sleeps through the night now and is waking at a much more respectable 7am :o)

We had a good bank holiday weekend, clearing out loads of stuff from the loft. Honestly i am amazed by the stuff we have hung on to over the years. Freecycle here we come….
It wasn’t all hard work though. On Sunday we went to Paultons which was a huge success, highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. Of all the theme parks i’ve been to this seemed to have a better range of rides/activities for little ones.

Emily did ballet summer school last week and had a fabulous time. They had someone from Riverdance come in to do an Irish dancing workshop which she loved, she did some craftyness and generally had lots of fun. She also got her exam results and is ver proud of her distinction but wanted to know why she didn’t get a trophy!!!

We travelled up to Lincolnshire after ballet school to see our new nephew and cousin, and very lovely he is too. Oh and he has a name, Jacob, or as Isaac calls him “Ja-cker”. He loves his baby cousin very much and hasn’t stopped talking about him since we got home.

Good news on the sleep front….things seem to have *finally* clicked with Isaac- no more 5 o’clock starts for us…fingers crossed. He sleeps through the night now and is waking at a much more respectable 7am :o)

We had a good bank holiday weekend, clearing out loads of stuff from the loft. Honestly i am amazed by the stuff we have hung on to over the years. Freecycle here we come….
It wasn’t all hard work though. On Sunday we went to Paultons which was a huge success, highly recommended if you like that sort of thing. Of all the theme parks i’ve been to this seemed to have a better range of rides/activities for little ones.

Ballet Exam

It was Emily’s first ballet exam this morning. I was definitely more nervous than she was! She found it very exciting – apart from the one and a half hour wait beforehand.

Here she is just before going in.
I made this for her last night. It contains all her hair bits and bobs for ballet.
Then rolls up all nice and neat.

She was very pleased with it so I might do several variations for Christmas presents.

While we were in the hall waiting, Mick took Isaac for a lovely walk along the Thames and then back to the hotel for big fat chips!