Thursday, 12 May 2011
I Iike Short Shorts
It's Thursday again, if further evidence of the rapid passage of time were needed then the speed at which the days, weeks and months are whizzing by it is.
Gymnastics this morning. Early start. Before we had even left the garden on the way to the car Middle Small has bumped his big Sister's nose. You know those days too huh?
His behaviour didn't improve much at gymnastics so I took him outside to have a chat, not really time out as we were hugging too, sometimes it is a little thing like needing a wee that can see him go all too boisterous. Anyway, whilst we were agreeing a way forwards the founder of the home ed group where we do gymnastics started trying to talk to me about swivel chairs. I am dealing with my son. I don't want to talk about swivel chairs. I have left my toddler in another room. In fact even if I were not dealing with my son I don't really have an opinion about swivel chairs but I do recall that in my teenage years swivel was a term of abuse. Teenagers I know at the moment seem mostly to talk about things being 'epic' or having 'wine flu.' I love teenage language. It deserves its own Oxford Dictionary.
All of the smalls are a bit snotty, were they schooled they would not be ill enough to be kept home, but they are a little annoyed about it! Before I had chance to tell their gym instructor they had done 5 or 6 forward rolls each so in the end I didn't mention it.
Called in at the butchers on the way home and Middle Small ate his 5 a day on the way back but not before he had turned one into a pumpkin!
You may have noticed that middle small wears the same navy stripy shorts in every photo these days and I would like to reassure you that he has 3 identical pairs, from the fabulous frugi, - they are his home ed uniform! A friend used the great new question function on facebook the other day to ask the home ed group what their children wear all day, fancy dress, Pjs etc etc I had to go for "all of the above" as my children are all different but I suspect middle small likes these shorts because they are as soft and comfy as PJs!
Anyway, shortly after we arrived home Big Small had a friend over for a play date, her best friend I suspect and she has been counting down the days. They started out okay playing Barbies and making a fairy garden but then they had a falling out over a Barbie dress which neither of them seemed prepared to back down on! They are a bit similar in a way!
Fair enough, I figured there were some useful life lessons in there so I let them simmer down a bit, had a big hug with S's friend C, she's a lovely hugger, and then bought them all back together with the offer of a fruit smoothie. I didn't interfere I just sort of waited in the wings listening for the right moment to step in. Luckily O did an enormous poo which was all over his vest and clothes and so detained me, as it is often tempting to wade in I find ,but they do sort it out if you allow them space. Interestingly Middle Small who had been a pest at best and a horror at worst for most of the morning stepped in and really shone out as a peace maker. He was genuinely very concerned that someone who was away from their Mummy and Daddy should be upset. How little he knows of the "real" world. Thanks to enough sleep and enough coffee today I was able to handle all this. Baby Small hasn't had a sleep today which is a big change. We have been in this groove where following a day time sleep he stays awake til about 10pm and gets up at 8am. The two bigger ones go to bed earlier and therefore obviously wake earlier leaving me with a decent hour or so with them in the mornings which this morning we used to do some word magnets and times tables but although this is really meeting the needs of all the smalls for some one to one time you don't need to be a maths genius to see that my child free hours are currently between 10pm and 6am and given that A I like 8 hours sleep and B we all sleep in the big bed together........ Today they have made a playmobil island on the wall paper and played sword in the stone with play-doh, Big Small has had a lot more screen time than usual a sure sign she is sub par but on the plus side no one has had any sweets, they are looking forward to meeting the dentist and asking him if he eats sweets. It is lovely having another child over, it calms the whole house. In an annual bout of Summer sociability today I have posted up 5 or 6 park meet ups on our home ed facebook group. There are several new families in the group I haven't met and many more people we haven't seen for ages so I thought it was about time. It is an annual thing because I soon tire of the people who don't RSVP or turn up late and seem annoyed we are just leaving or the fact that, as in any group, only a handful of people do most of the organising or whatever and we retreat back to our core group but sometimes hopefully with some new friends we have found along the way!