May has not been a great month for me. I’ve been feeling a bit down and lacking energy and motivation. I don’t know why, there’s no logical reason. So this half term hasn’t been quite as productive as I had planned. However, we have managed to make the most of any good weather with lots of walks, picnics and trips to the playground.
Esther is at a really fun age at the moment. Since learning to walk she has become a lot more happy and content, although she has started having mini tantrums when she doesn’t get her own way. On a few occasions she has slept for a 6 hour stretch during the night, so her sleep is slowly improving too. She regularly says daddy, boo, hello, piggy, bird, poo and tickle. She also signs drink, milk, food and bath. I’ve been signing to her since birth and almost gave up recently, but then she suddenly realised that she could use signs to communicate and now there’s no stopping her!
Tabitha started going to Brownies after Easter. I hadn’t planned to add another activity to our already-busy week, but Tabitha’s best friend has drifted away from her recently and it was clear to me that she needed an opportunity to socialise with girls her age in a more informal setting than the other clubs she does. She had her promise party just before half term, which we all attended, and she was so excited to get her promise pin and her first badge (hospitality).
Colin usually takes the car to work, but I recently borrowed it for a special occasion. The children and I drove to Valley of the Rocks to spend the day with a Christian home educating family from up north who we’d never actually met before! I “met” the mum on an online parenting forum many years ago, and recently the children have been playing on the CHED Minecraft server together, so it felt like we kind of knew them already. We had a wonderful time and the children got on really well!
The school holidays are now greatly looked forward to as it means lots of time with Colin. The first day of half term was rather cold and grey, but that didn’t stop Colin and the children going for a swim!
Another day we went to the Milky Way Adventure Park with one of Colin’s sisters. I went on my first (and probably last!) rollercoaster ride. Aaron and Tabitha had a go at archery, scoring four and six golds respectively. Afterwards we headed to Westward Ho! for a delicious carvery.
We also had a great day out at Exmoor Zoo, using vouchers that someone kindly gave us at Christmas. I think we’ll say vouchers if anyone asks for gift suggestions from now on; much better than cluttering up the house with yet more toys and the children loved it!