I’ve been slacking on the blogging front; it’s been ages since I last posted. A few family members have mentioned that they’ve missed being able to see what we’ve been up to, so I’ll do my best to bring you up-to-date!
Colin changed jobs again at the beginning of October as the store he was working for is closing down. He has been working in Taunton ever since which involves a lot of time travelling, especially as he often picks up other colleagues. This weekend he is working in Bristol for a few days. It was originally supposed to be a whole week but Aaron couldn’t cope with the idea of Daddy being gone for that long! I think it may be the first time we’ve been apart for more than a night in ten years of marriage. Thankfully the local branch is finally opening next week, which means no more travelling for Colin and I can have the car back!
I’ve been doing a lot of reorganising at home. Our old dining table has been falling apart for a while, so I treated myself to a new one as a late birthday present, along with some new shelves for all our home education supplies. Tabitha helped me to build the flat-packed furniture. I’m really pleased with how it turned out; the front room looks bigger, brighter and less cluttered.
We also switched the children’s bedrooms around which was a lot of work. Aaron had the bigger room but we wanted to put Tabitha in there so that she can eventually share with Esther. To sweeten the deal, I offered to decorate (as much as is possible without painting) Aaron’s room to be a bit more grown up. It’s not quite finished yet, and I really need to get some better photos.
The children and I have been enjoying lots of nature walks. Aaron and Tabitha have finally started to climb trees after years of me trying to encourage them! We saw a very interesting bird on one of our walks. I’m convinced it was a blue-backed manakin, but they are native to South America! We were walking along a footpath when I suddenly saw a flash of blue fly across the path. I immediately knew it was something unusual, so we went over to look in the bushes and trees. There was a plump black bird, with a bright red stripe on its head. We watched it for several minutes, but I only managed to get a very blurry photograph. When we got home we spent ages searching for similar birds online, and blue-backed manakin was the only one we could find that matched what we saw. Maybe it had escaped from captivity?
Colin’s sister invited the whole family around for Bonfire Night and we had a wonderful time sitting next to the fire, playing games and watching fireworks.
I can’t possibly cover everything we’ve been doing for home ed, so here are a few random photos from the last few months.
Tabitha is making slow but steady progress with her reading. She is starting to recognise quite a few words in the environment around her. She has also begun to attempt to write words using her phonetic knowledge. She is using maths a lot in everyday life, such as writing down addition equations to count how many stones there were in her damson crumble!
Aaron asked to do more science, so I bought him new textbooks and workbooks and we’ve enjoyed doing some of the experiments. This one was about friction; we timed how long it took for a toy car to roll down a ramp covered in various different smooth or rough materials.
We did a mini-project on William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. My parents recently visited Bayeux and brought back a lovely book for Aaron which narrated the tapestry. We also read several other accounts from various history books we own and it was interesting to see how much they all differed.
I’ve been busy with a few projects of my own. A while ago, Aaron signed up to a Minecraft homeschooling course and has really enjoyed playing on a server. However, because it was based in the USA, the time difference was an issue. So he asked me if we could set up a server for him to play with other children from the UK. I was a complete Minecraft newbie when I started, so Aaron had to teach me a lot. There were some very frustrating moments when I just couldn’t get things to work, but I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of coding and creating websites. If you’re interested in a Minecraft server for Christian home edders, check out www.chedminecraft.co.uk!
I also rather randomly opened an Etsy shop selling downloadable prints, as I’ve been making lots of modern/minimalist/Scandi prints for my own home. You can find Happy Hygge on Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.
Esther is growing up so quickly! She is very mobile now, although she isn’t crawling yet. Instead she uses rolling and spinning to get from one side of a room to the other. She can sit up for quite a while. She is getting the hang of eating food; today she ate red Thai chicken curry with mangetout and courgette! She sucks her fingers and twiddles her hair whilst going to sleep, which is very cute. Her sleep, however, has been terrible for the last few months. She often wakes up hourly and sometimes decides to stay awake in the middle of the night! I’ve started putting her to bed 1-2 hours later, which is hard work keeping her awake but does seem to be resulting in better sleep. She has learned to give kisses when we ask, although only when she’s not distracted!
And that, I think, just about covers the main things that have been going on in the Bryant household!