Totally married, loves gallivanting, raising a Too Cool For School Trio in
West Sussex, England.
Living very happily outside the box I never quite fitted in.
Everyday I spend 15 minutes chronicling the previous 24 hours in our home educating lives and each post is titled after a great track.
Blog posts have been short and without songs and photos for a few days now but back on song. I think I had mild PST after a day in an NHS hospital. It really was traumatic. A decade of private health care with my job and then a visit to ante natal 11 years ago after which I wrote "I hope I never have to go back there." and had erased from my memory. For S too - home born, home educated. She is not an institutionalized person.
It's felt tough in many ways since chicken pox, cars not starting, washing machines not working but yesterday I reminded myself that life is what happens when you are making other plans and resolved to take disruption in my stride more. Lucky as this morning I woke up rocking an eye infection!
S (10) was, and has been for the past 3 weeks, totally lifted by youth club. Buzzing all the way home she made shrinkies whilst there and collected her t shirt that she made last week which says "Be Yourself" Back at home, whilst playing cards (rummy and 4s) she and O decided they would have a sleepover game.
I erected the put you up bed in her room for him and they were really happy for around 2 hours still O 5started crying and no one was sure why. When I went to put the temporary bed away this morning I noticed one of the slats had splintered pretty badly and I suspect that might have been why!
Interesting I wrote on the blog last week that after spending time with older children S seemed much happier with O and again last night that was true. Very impressed with our local youth club.
This lazy morning the trio played 3 person server minecraft all together - The upside of friendship turbulence is enhanced family stability :) After his reading O also asked for a page of sums this morning. His mental maths is really sharp.
Just as it was starting to get frustrating with disagreements about houses and minecraft tracks J (our teenager helper) knocked on the door.
The boys call him James Bond. He took E to the park for nerf guns whilst S and O and I went out for a while. Very restorative mooching around the Christmas displays (something E would hate) and S has new slippers :)
We are going to make Fimo snow globes now whilst J entertains E and O. Our new groove of Weed and J time is working well to open up 1:1 windows :) I am surprised J is allowed to leave the building knowing all the correct nerf gun terms and Minecraft codes he does......
Whilst I was washing my hair this morning Uninvited bible sales people knocked on the door.
Et told them I was in the garden sorting out dead animals.
I have trained these young padawans well.
It's a 3 day weekend and a capital gallivant tomorrow - First time for all 5 of us since February I think! It is also very possible that we'll be in the log cabin after the weekend. Woop Woop!
Tried very hard not to let a wasted day also overshadow the evening. Mushroom and blue cheese risotto helped and G'ma read some of the latest American Girl book aloud to us. We did get home in time for Gma to take Eti back to see the Evolution Auction preview for a second visit.
This morning Weed came and O (5) and I popped to a new Home Ed meet up for winter called "Messy Play" in Rackham which is just 4 miles from us. There were 10 or more families there and O played Lego for an hour or so whilst I caught up with a few local people I haven't seen in ages and lots of new faces.
S is feeling frustrated with her lack of project space and struggling to shake off the cloud of stubborn chicken pox scars, looming tooth issues, changes to friendship dynamics - She has rallied towards Youth Club tonight and is now helping out on Harry Potter Wii.
I took E to the park for nerf play whilst Weed was here but it is really muddy and wet. The bullets don't work so well when they are wet - Et is still insisting on shorts and crocs...............I get a lotta funny looks.
In the near 4 years I have been keeping this daily blog never have I felt that a day has been so wasted as today! 5 hours sat on the M25 motorway might have been worse but it's marginal.
Today I took (persuaded) S to the NHS orthodontist at St Richards Hospital Chichester - A building I haven't been inside in over 10 years - S has never been inside a hospital before....... and mostly we waited and then waited some more with a few intervals of seeing people we mostly waited.
Leaving Grandma at home with E and O for near 4 hours when similar procedures at our local dentist have taken sub 10 minutes.
And still with no real dates or resolutions. I am still none the wiser as to why a private dentist refereed us to an NHS orthodontist but there we go.
Otherwise there was The Gadget Show and an evening celebrating the return of WiFi, O's continuing to read to me in the mornings.