We went to Milton Keynes today – we went there and we DIDN’T go to the new IKEA! 😯
Josie kindly woke Max and i up at about 5am, in that odd time where you haven’t really had enough sleep, but you’ve had too much to actually get BACK to sleep. Max got up with her, i dozed and finished off listening to A Christmas Carol. Do LOVE my iPod 🙂 So that meant that Max also had us all in the car and on our way before 9am 😯
Shopping was not actually that successful as the House of Frazer there didn’t have household stuff and we’d got vouchers; Amelie threw a perpetual tantrum about wanting to spend her Xmas money again (she spent it yesterday) and Fran had some bizarre itchy foot thing going on. Maddy and Josie (who the girls seem to have renamed Joey) were good though. Eventually managed to get Amelie some new shoes, Maddy bought a Barbie and we toddled off to grandads.
Amid much Leapster-ing, Gameboying and general humbug, we had lunch and a not very peaceful visit. Auntie L taught Fran to knit. Then we came home via Northampton, stopping on the way at a BETTER HoF to spend vouchers on a digital radio. Yum yum.
And now it is the last day of the Year. I have a final resolution, which is that i need to more proactively sort out Amelie’s health this year, as she is fast degenerating into the kind of child who got sent away to The Chalet School because she was a frail child. I’m concerned about her, she looks dreadful; her skin is raw, her eyes are dark circles, she coughs and scratches and whines all the time. Something has to be done. It is bad enough i am considering wheat-free and flower remedies – and it takes some doing to have me considering dietary difference, i can tell you.
On another note, i’m kicking back off on a Charlotte Mason style reading list. But having given Ambleside a go and found it too old-fashioned and American, not to mention too Christian for my tastes, i’ve decided to make up my own. I’m blogging it and i’m hoping i might pick up some people on the Early Years List who might help me create it. Worth a go anyway. The girls liked doing it last year, i just want it to be more relevant and accessible. I’m hoping that this way, it will actually encourage Fran to do some of the reading herself now.
A very Happy New Year everyone.