It seems like a long time since I last posted. I’ve been ill several times and busy with work. I turned down work for the first time a couple of weeks ago, which felt very strange but I know it was the right decision. My own children need time alone with me and to be honest I’m already absolutely exhausted on my days off. Definitely looking forward to the summer holidays in two and a bit weeks!
The children have been doing lots of building with Duplo and Lego. Aaron still likes to use the Duplo for large scale sculptures of things like dinosaurs, ships and space rockets.
Tabitha and the baby had fun with a puffed rice sensory tray.
Painting has been popular.
Aaron painted a space rocket and a bus.
Aaron has been wanting a skateboard for years so when we spotted these mini ones I finally gave in. He soon discovered that it wasn’t as easy as the teenagers make it look!
We’ve always thought that Tabitha may have inherited dyspraxia, so I was expecting her to struggle with the skateboard. However, she did pretty well and is keen to keep practising, so all that time riding a balance bike and scooter must have paid off!
Tabitha loves to turn on a children’s CD and dance around, making up her own actions. Yes, she’s wearing Aaron’s milo vest so I’m knitting her one of her own, which you can just see in the basket on the right.
I had a scan at the hospital yesterday, then went up to the college to pick up all my results for the year. It’s been hard work but I’m really pleased with my marks, just hope I can keep it up for another two years! As part of my course I have to do a 50 hour work-based learning placement with a specific focus. I chose to focus on outdoor provision in my childminding practice, because not having a garden makes it much more challenging. On Tuesday I spent the day observing outdoor play at Two Rivers Outdoor Preschool, which was a great experience.
We have also decided that Aaron and Tabitha will be starting at Two Rivers for one day per week in September. It is a Steiner-inspired kindergarten, accepting children aged 3.5 – 7 years, with lots of home educating families involved. Based in a yurt in the middle of secluded woodlands, the children have fantastic opportunities to play outside for hours every day. I’ve been following the school’s progress since before it opened, but it is a 20 minute drive away so attending hasn’t been an option until now. We haven’t been able to go to our local home-ed group for months due to the hours I work and Aaron really misses his friends there. When he discovered that his beloved friend Rose goes to Two Rivers, I knew that he would love to go too. At first we weren’t sure about sending Tabitha but she insisted that she wants to go with Aaron. She really enjoyed it there on Tuesday, quickly making friends with a little boy and even talking to the teachers by the afternoon, so we’ll see how it goes.
Today I decided to reorganise our craft supplies by colour, inspired by some of the amazing Reggio photos Ali has sent me! Tabitha helped me to sort things into the right jar.
More happy rainbows in my home! Hopefully having lots of different supplies in each jar will help the children to discover things that get forgotten and not used very often.
Colin’s youngest sister has a birthday this week and his middle sister is coming down to visit. For the first time ever, Colin has the week off work and I don’t! The sunshine is back so we’re hoping to enjoy some family outings in the lovely weather.
Today is your last day of being two. It’s been three whole years since you were born so peacefully at home. Three years since your Daddy and I discovered we had a daughter. Three years since your brother woke up in the morning and stared in amazement at you.
You make me smile every day. You say such funny things, like the time you were lying in my lap playing with your eyelid and announced “I’m trying to take a picture of you with my eye!”. You are so affectionate, often demanding “cuggles” and telling me dozens of times each day that you love me, holding up your arms to show me “I love you this big”. You have a wonderful imagination and can be very dramatic at times! You have also inherited my determination (Daddy would call it stubbornness) and have your own ideas about how things should be! You and Aaron may squabble and fight, but you adore each other and spend hours playing together every day.
You are growing up. I may still call you “baby” sometimes, but you are definitely not. You are getting taller, your hair is growing longer and you are learning so many new things. You now like to have your hair done in two plaits and wear a long dress to be like Carrie from Little House on the Prairie. Your doll, who has been known as “baby” since you got her on your second birthday, has finally been named Laura. This next year will bring many more changes and I’m looking forward to knowing three year old you.
Today we had a little party for you, with just a few relatives and friends. People often comment on how quiet and peaceful you are, little do they know how noisy you are normally when nobody is around! You spent a long time carefully filling your feeder with nesting materials for the birds, then when you had finished you tipped it all out to start again! You had a wonderful time surrounded by people who care about you and were in no rush to open your lovely presents. You want to be like me and do knitting, but I love you because you’re you. I hope you will always remember that.