I know I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front recently. There are a couple of reasons for that.
I finished and handed in my final essay on Monday, which was a fantastic feeling of relief. I enjoyed relaxing for a few days, but now I’ve got to focus on getting my presentation ready for next Monday. Then my first year will be over! It’s been a lot harder than I anticipated, having breezed through university at 17 and 18. I’ve really struggled with the stress over the last couple of months, and relied on support from others much more than I would like, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing as I often get told off by friends and family for being too independent! There have been moments when I wondered why on earth I ever started this course, but I think it will be worth it in the long run. I am enjoying it, despite all my moaning!
We made a fresh batch of playdough this week and added some fresh herbs from our balcony baskets to one ball. We used chocolate, lavender, orange and peppermint to scent the rest. I’ve noticed that the playdough doesn’t get used as much now that it is stored in our art cupboard, so I think I’ll have to move it back onto the side where the children are more likely to help themselves.
Tabitha is very much into helping with kitchen tasks at the moment. She loves cutting things and washing up.
Usually I fill a bowl with soapy water for her, but I learnt about this whisking activity on a Montessori course I’ve recently started. It’s great for strengthening the wrist and the children loved making their own bubbles!
We did some very messy play with shaving foam on our big acrylic mirror. Unfortunately I didn’t have a box or tray large enough to put the mirror in, so I risked putting it down on the floor on a mat. Big mistake, it went everywhere! The children had fun though and especially liked how slippery the mirror became.
On Thursday we went out shopping between rain showers and stopped for a while at a lovely grassy mound. The children spent ages running, climbing and rolling all over the wet, freshly cut grass. . . needless to say, they ended up rather green!
Today we enjoyed some sunshine again. We bumped into Auntie Hannah and Uncle Tom in town, who gave the children some money to spend. We then bumped into Nanny, who also gave the children some spending money, so they had ice creams for a treat on the way home from the playground.
I introduced Aaron to the stamp game, as he’s been keen to use it ever since it arrived. Watching him do addition with four digit numbers was quite impressive! We also played lots of games making numbers and practised changing.
So there’s a brief summary of our week. Please note that I have left out the many arguments, frustrations and oh so much screaming (seriously kids, I’m getting fed up of this phase!). Or the fact that on Thursday morning, the children moaned and whinged for hours to go to the playground. I told them that we could go out as soon as they were dressed, but they ignored me and refused to get dressed until mid-afternoon, by which time we needed to go food shopping so that we had something to eat for dinner! Poor hubby came home to find me in tears over the children’s behaviour.
I’m conscious that I blog about the things I want to remember. I don’t want to dwell on the bad bits, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! Our life is far from perfect. Right now the house looks like a bomb has gone off. Even when it’s tidy, there are nearly always crumbs on the carpet, because my children don’t believe in eating snacks at the table. I get frustrated, I shout. I even resort to bribery or threats, knowing that it’s not the right option but sometimes it is just so much easier in the short-term. I am definitely not organised, most of our activities are spontaneous and there are plenty of days when it feels like we have done absolutely nothing. I’m human, and so are my children.
The last thing I want to do is make anyone feel inadequate or give the false impression that we lead a wonderful life in a tidy house with loads of fun activities! At the same time, I like to count my blessings by focusing on the good stuff, and I don’t make a habit (at least I hope I don’t) of moaning about the difficult bits as it feels disrespectful to my children. So there you go, a long-winded disclaimer basically saying that whilst I try to be honest, blogging doesn’t always give an accurate picture of reality!
On a more positive note, something really exciting is happening to our family next week, thanks to some amazing generosity. It will make a big difference to our daily lives. Here’s a clue. . .