Tabitha had her 4th birthday at the end of March. It fell on a Sunday this year and also happened to be sandwiched between two very busy weeks, so we didn’t have a proper party. My parents came round after church for a birthday meal of her favourite foods (random things like tomato soup, chicken, pizza, sausages, scotch eggs, veg sticks, cheese and grapes). A few days before her birthday, Colin and I took her to Halfords to choose a “blue or purple bike with one big wheel at the front and one big wheel and two small wheels at the back”. We met up with some cousins and friends in the park, and she rode around again and again on her bike!
Last week passed in a blur of exhaustion. I did two days of supply work at Two Rivers and enjoyed being outside in the sunshine. On our way home on Tuesday afternoon we called at the allotment, but I was too tired to manage much more than sitting around and even the children seemed worn out! Wednesday was the HGK Easter party, complete with a huge bouncy castle in the sports hall!
Friday morning started off with a “race to 100” game using the Cuisenaire rods, then some friends arrived. My lovely friend Ali moved to a cottage in the countryside this week, so her three children came to play while she packed. We will miss having them just around the corner! It seemed like we were all in need of some quiet, calming activities, so I made a batch of playdough and got out an old favourite, bicarbonate of soda and coloured vinegar on the light panel.
By Friday evening I had gone down with a horrible cold. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I hate colds, for such a mild illness they make me feel terrible! On Tuesday we went with my parents to visit my granny in Yeovil, which was lovely even though I wasn’t feeling well. Aaron insisted on taking Monopoly with us and did really well with the money maths. Tabitha played for the first time and impressed everyone with her concentration. Yesterday we did lots of reading and today I’m almost back to normal, so we went for a short walk to see if we could spot any frogspawn or tadpoles. The children asked to watch some Youtube videos of chicks hatching from eggs and then later I discovered Aaron singing this little song he’d made up, at least he seems to have a good grasp of life cycles and reproduction!
Unfortunately, all the busyness and illness means that I am now about a week behind on my essay writing schedule. We’re going away to Plymouth at the weekend to see Colin’s aunt and family, so I’ll really have to put my nose to the grindstone next week!
Also, I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway I promised, but I’ve mislaid the item I was going to give away! Well it’s not really lost, as I know roughly where it is… somewhere in a big pile of things that need sorting! It may have to wait a bit longer until I’m back on track with the essays.