Sunday, 9 August 2015

Thirty Two/52


What a week!  So much fun and you three have loved our family holiday so far.  Getting to do this with you girls... I cant begin to tell you how much joy it brings to feel your excitement, see your smiles, hear your giggles and see the wonder in your eyes.  My cup overflows.

In this collection you were captured:
- dancing on the glass floors of the Eiffel Tower
- enjoying a quiet moment at the Trocadero Fountains
- posing at the Louvre
- Disneyland!!!
- playing in the garden and getting soaked
- and finding, of course, Snails :)

L xx

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Thirty One/52


A full, busy and exciting week it was. Lots of walks, multiple library visits, a lovely afternoon spent with sweet friends and the start of a big trip to round it off. At one point L exclaimed "I am Totally Exhausted" - so dramatic : ) A completed the Reading challenge at the Library, all three were invited to a lunch and playdate with new friends where we had a lovely time. Then of course came the holiday we have been dreaming off and counting down to. On the Saturday afternoon we arrived in France and it wasn't long before L found snails and all three were chasing after a frog. The irony was not lost on us! L was appalled to see her snails in a supermarket freezer earlier on too... After a beautiful and hot wander around the Luxemburg Gardens on Sunday, you loved dipping your feet in a fountain to cool down.

A very happy second week of school holidays.
L xx

Saturday, 1 August 2015

July - 6 Months!

July marked our 6th month in the UK.  Looking back on the last few months it is interesting to see the path toward "normal" days and then also how normal it now feels.

School finished for the year in July.  There were all manner of events and going's-on in the last few weeks.  A and H both loved performing in their various productions as part of the School Festival.  They were also terribly proud to have some of their work and art displayed at an "end of year" exhibition at school.  L graduated from Kindy after a gorgeous leaving ceremony, and sports day the week prior saw her grinning from ear to ear in every race and then at her medal.  There was a final school induction session for L, who couldn't wait to get back and start already!

School holidays started too of course and we had a great couple of weeks at home.  Daily "homeschooling", twice-weekly library visits, and something fun most days.  Some of that fun happened in the form of the long dreamed off Lollipop Stew for A and Chocolate Soup for H that they both got to make.  The girls all made great progress in the summer reading challenge at the Library and the holiday has already seen a bit of nail painting, as you do.

The girls have all made lovely friends and were firstly invited to a fun backyard fair with the neighbourhood kids, and then to a party at the beginning of the holidays - bouncy castle, lots of sunshine, yummy food, face-painting and henna!  Happy children.  The following week they were invited to another playdate and had great fun.  It has been a good month for getting to know some parents at school :)

I got to catch up with a friend again and we both enjoyed our coffee catch-up with a little yarn action on the side.  There was also lemon coconut birthday cake and presents this month - spoilt : )  We had lovely phone calls, messages, Skyping and facetimes and a few parcels from NZ too.  We adore our mailman!  We somehow managed to go out to dinner twice as a family (hoorah for vouchers!) - both to local Balti houses for absolutely delicious meals.  Another treat for us all.  D continues to be super busy and productive at work, making great progress and doing his thing.

Somehow it's also been quite a productive time in the sewing and gardening department.  Lots of ripping out of plants, dead trees, weeds etc, and then quite a bit of weed matting, putting down bark, top-soiling and grass sowing.  On the sewing front I've been able to test a couple of awesome patterns for Juliet, and also made a Big Little hooded scarf as a birthday gift for one of A's friends.  There has been a tiny bit of crochet as work continues on the big blanket.  A new fun activity has been colouring in thanks to some gorgeous adult colouring books received as gifts.  So many things to enjoy doing... so little time to do them all ; )

L xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Thirty/52


School holidays started and we were all happy to have some more time together. It seemed a good idea to incorporate a little bit of writing or reading or maths into our days to keep those little brains practicing these skills. And you were all more than happy to get stuck in! Even L could not be left out. So A got to keep building on skills, H built on and learned a few new ones and L was being tutored absolutely beautifully by big sis. Not to mention the concentration and determination on all your faces! The best part for me during these sessions was how encouraging you were of each other. Celebrating successes and encouraging each other when things seemed a bit "hard".

We visited the Library a couple of times during the week and you all joined the Record Breakers Reading Challenge. One week down and you're all well over the quota of "one book and one review" a week! We've also written a few letters and enjoyed our walks to the post office and about.

A finally got to make the "lollipop stew" she has been talking about for months. And H, Chocolate soup. You both wrote down your ingredient lists and method. There was a bit of lollipop crushing in the mortar and pestle for the stew and of course a soup requires chocolate ice-cream. It was highly entertaining to witness and you three were in heaven with your creations that were promptly consumed as a holiday treat.

L xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Twenty Nine/52


L: This week my baby girl graduated from Kindy. It was such a lovely send-off to all the kids who were leaving to start school in September. Complete with caps, certificates and gifts! Although you've not had a very long time here, you had loved every minute of being there and adored your teacher. So special. Every day this week you also found yourself a snail buddy and had it "slug" all over your hands and arms... much to the amusement of teachers, parents and other kids. You and H were invited along to a birthday party for one of A's friends and had a ball playing, having your faces painted and henna tattoos drawn on.

A: I still look at you and marvel at just how big you are getting. But you are still so young and love playing and being a silly goose. You were delighted that we were finally going to be "in-town" for a birthday party you were invited to, as we've had to miss a couple previously! You had such a great time tearing around with your friends and having a ball. Makes my heart so happy to see you loving life and enjoying your lovely friends.

H: It is unlikely I will ever stop being fascinated by how different you all are from each other. This week you have brought a smile to my face many times with your realisation of words that sound or look the same but have different meanings. Some of the ones you've uncovered: saw (with your eyes) and saw (to cut a piece of wood), or know (to understand or have knowledge of something) and no (which sounds the same but means not/don't/negative/exclusion). Love the way your little brain works.

It's been a full week with lots of happiness.
L xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Twenty Eight/52


L: On Monday you had your second induction visit and school and were eager and happy as larry during the visit. Kindy had their sports day and you were awesome to watch. At first you thought I wasn't there and your little face said as much. However, you soon found me in the crowd and continually tried to talk to me from across the field. At each race you also yelled over to me explaining what you were about to do. So funny. You are a great little sprinter and during the egg and spoon races you were the only kid in kindy who didn't drop your egg! You were so thrilled with yourself.

A: A busy week for you at school and it finished on Friday with the school festival. As part of the dance club you performed two numbers and then also participated in the miming act that your class year performed. You seemed to lose us in the crowd but when you spotted us you almost forgot what you were supposed to be doing, you were grinning so much! The consummate professional.

H: Your class year performed the toy story song at school festival... with a couple of surprise songs in the mix. As you were all supposed to be Toy Story characters we made do with all the pink we have, made a snout and ears, and you became Mr Piggy the piggybank. You performed so well and were fully focused on all the actions - carried out with great flair and the occasional grin when your eye caught us.

A week of beaming faces :)
L xx

Monday, 13 July 2015

June - half year eve

Crikey... We're almost halfway through July and June seems a distant memory...

June marked the start of summer. School restarted after the mid term break and it has been an action packed half term for the girls.  A and H headed to the beach on a school trip to Weston Super Mare for a day and had a blast - ice-creams, sandcastles, donkey rides, bouncy castles... They had a gorgeous day for it and so much fun. Later in the month L also had a Kindy trip to a farm - after the big girls' school trip she was counting down the sleeps. She came home with an egg collected from a chicken, beaming from ear to ear. In other school activities, H started football coaching which she relished and L also had her first induction visit at school in the final days of the month.

A managed to give herself a huge black eye early on in the month and then went on to loose two more teeth (after the one lost late in May). She was quite the sight for a few weeks. She has also been reading like crazy and her two sisters are also loving books. H celebrated her 6th birthday and we had a wonderful weekend away at the time. The two of us also enjoyed spending an afternoon shopping for a birthday outfit - as gifted by a family friend. No surprise that the minute we came across a Zebra top the search was over.

On the home front we tried to leave for school one Monday morning only to find the car battery had died completely. Thanks to our wonderful neighbours we had the car turned around and jump-started within a few minutes and at school barely a minute or two later than we would usually be. Which is still well on time :) The next day one of the tyres was practically flat... So two visits in two days to the mechanic and we had a new battery and a new tyre to replace the broken flat one. The landlord also arranged to have the patio replaced and we now have a lovely outdoor space for summer evenings.

This month I pulled out the sewing machine to test a pattern for my clever friend Juliet. First time in 5 months. It was so good and just what was needed. The in-flight quilt was also finally bound and is now in use...just need to find a place to photograph it properly before writing about it. There wasn't very much progress on the crochet project but it did see the light of day at a catch-up with a lovely new friend, where we enjoyed getting to know each other more over a cuppa or two, some knitting and crochet :)

Speaking of friends we also received a few surprise and lovely parcels from NZ, along with great Skype and Facetime calls. We made some new friends and acquaintances with the people in our cul-de-sac by doing a cookie drop to them all. Another fun and encouraging exercise that has been so rewarding already.

Our one trip away was arranged to catch up with dear friends who were visiting England briefly. We made a weekend of it, starting with a dinner with old friends from NZ (who also live here now) on the Friday evening, an awesome and super fun day at Legoland on the Saturday, and on Sunday a drive through Oxford followed by a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, topped off with a special few hours with our visiting friends. Back home late that night but full of joy from a fantastic weekend.

It was a good month.
L xx