Wednesday, 4 December 2013
A sensation of things taking longer than planned, being frequently interrupted or not being ever properly finished seems to be the prevailing mood at the moment. Must be the season. I remember writing on the blog last year about the artificial imposition of Christmas on our rhythm. A friend reminded me today that is how the school holidays feel. Getting in the way without invitation.
Last night, shattered, I crashed out around 9pm after a Luigi in hama beads and a disappointing Anne Fine Killer Cat Christmas, story (a shame after two good ones) and being so tired that I almost fell asleep whilst having my legs waxed........My whole face looked grey the under eye bags were so large.
Just as E was dropping to to sleep he said "You promised to finish my Hero Factory sticker book with me." Which I did. So, lights back on, I did. Then, a little later, in a different bed, with O he said "I would like to fall asleep to Kipper." At which point I remembered earlier I'd unplugged the sonos.........lights back on......
O did some amazing writing with Grandma last night and this morning.
Before we left the house this morning there were the kind of peace negotiations over lego on a scale that would avert world wars in an adult context but are part of how it is in the world of home ed motherhood.
Today we've been to Fishers Farm. The first time O has been outside in a week! Actually since our last time visit to Fishers Farm! In and around S and TDO day in Guildford and everything else going on he has managed to take cover and stay home. Well, he's been out twice with me in the car but only on one of those trips did he leave the car and then for sub 5 minutes. O keeps licking his lips and has made them really sore and chapped.
We had a great 2 or so hours at Fishers. Many laps of the Go-Kart track. Rather annoyingly the 10kgs I shifted a year and a half or so seems to have found me again despite my best efforts to hide from it. Also some toboggan runs, a friendly robin and cool playmates and the news that the new slides are nearly finished.
After curry soup we headed to a local winter indoor afternoon home ed group with a few other families for lego, minecraft, hide and seek, jigsaw biscuits, hand printing, S and some friends putting on an improptu show and much fun. E said on the way home "I had a really great time Mum." Apart from me accidentally tripping over O (who is not fitted with warning brake lights) it was cool. Friendly, mellow, supportive atmosphere.
A few weeks back I read some comments on an unschooling board about taking it easy on yourself sometimes so, with TDO's final night away it is food prepared by someone else that only needs to be heated for supper for the Trio and I tonight.
We were considering the Natural History Museum tomorrow but O and S both look really tired with big circles under their eyes. In the absence of a skilled robot to answer the door ( I read the delivery angle has been taken care of) we might have to stay home and take delivery of a few Christmas gifts.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Yesterday afternoon's non book book club was really cool. Movies, ice cream, Wii, Lego, Hama beads, friends, dens, camps. A buddy for everyone. :)
Second solo bedtime okay too with another Anne Fine for E and much Dr Seuss for O.
Today, whilst S and O stayed warm with Grandma at home E and I have been to Chichester for a little, light Christmas shopping and home via a Whiteways woods meet up at Bury Hill with 10 or so other families where the parents chatted about thermos flasks whilst the children played with sticks. Bliss for E. Torture for his siblings, So great to be able to do it all.
S is back into potions. It took much conditioner down the plug hole to remind me of this interest and that her potions kit needs restocking.
S is also back in the hair brush avoidance zone. A once regular topic on these pages.
Forgot to take any photos today. None at the woods. Gloves and touch screens not a great pairing.
Missing O after two days with time away from him, We are all missing TDO.
A leg wax for me early evening. Looking at the temperature though maybe I should be keeping hold of an extra layer of insulating fluff.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Yesterday afternoon's fimo turned into the components for a snow globe for S and, surprisingly, a dobot for O and a Knight for E. We baked the fimo last night then completed the globe around a glittery lunch today.
We played pitch black hide and seek before bed turning off all the lights then taking it in turns to search with torches. S and E are too big and our house too small for successful regular hide and seek so the dark angle perfect for short days. Plus torches are just cool.
Solo bedtime not too bad. The whole of Killer Cat with E who was reading the words he recognised as I read the story and S read to O which is a fabulous thing on many levels.
Once the boys were snoozing S and I stayed up playing hang girl and littlest pet shop on her tablet
Both S and E had nightmares though. S's that TDO did not come home from Sheffield.
E woke up first today and we had some time together making a hama bead Mario and reading. It was 10am before S awoke by which time E was ready for fresh air. That's the winter plate spin. Two indoor children and one very physical. The evenings used to be a good opportunity to equilibrate.
We've been talking today about criticism and praise of the whole person versus being specific. That was a stupid thing you did as opposed to you are stupid for example. Sibling disagreements seem quicker to recover when they do,
There is no book club today as one of the families are on holiday in Philadelphia so the remaining members are coming over for a social and a play and movie and hama beads and all sorts..........