We haven’t been doing much school work, despite my original plan to carry on through the holidays. There has been so much else to do instead. The weather has been mostly rather dismal, so we’ve tried to make the most of every sunny day. However, we have been avoiding some places due to all the holidaymakers and traffic! In some ways I am looking forward to September when everyone else will be back at school, but I’m already dreading winter which seems to be approaching far too quickly.
Tabitha learned how to plait. She practised on her doll’s hair and even had a go on her own.
The children have been keen to have a go at carrying Esther in a sling, so I let them both carry her from the house to the car in the Connecta. They loved it!
Hama beads have made a reappearance recently.
Tabitha decided to have her hair cut to shoulder length. This is how long it was before being cut. It’s definitely much easier to brush now!
My mum came with us to Rosemoor Gardens, which we always enjoy.
Tabitha can now identify several different butterflies: large and small whites, painted ladies, peacocks and red admirals.
Aaron and Tabitha spent hours in the woodland playground while Mum and I sat on a rug in the sunshine with Esther.
Aaron got out a science kit he was given a while ago and we did some of the experiments. This one added oil for a twist on the normal bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. The bicarb sinks down through the oil, touches the vinegar and then fizzes upwards again.
We had a wonderful day out at Atlantis with all the cousins. There are four big ones and four little ones now, so it feels like quite a big group when we’re all together! It was pouring with rain in the morning so we stayed in the indoor play zone, but the afternoon turned out really hot. The children played together beautifully, something they didn’t always do when they were younger!
We have also enjoyed some picnics in the park.
Aaron and Tabitha showing off their missing teeth!
Colin joined us on his way home from work. Aaron and Tabitha tried to creep up on him with their Nerf guns but were outmaneuvered!
Tabitha has been asking for a dress to match Esther. Out of the two big ones, Tabitha is the one with the potential to be jealous and resent Esther, so I really wanted to grant her request. It’s actually very difficult to find a clothing range that covers both sizes, but I eventually found these lovely dresses in the Frugi sale.
Over the last few days, Aaron has been repeatedly telling me “I love books!” I have waited a long time to hear those words. Just a few months ago he wanted to sell all the books on his bookcase because he said he hated them, now they are scattered all over his bedroom and being read. Hooray!