Maddy has got to the end of the introductory books in the Roger Red-Hat series. She is sort of reading, in the strange but now recognisable stage which goes something like “I can read so long as it is only within this reading scheme where i can predict the story by recognisable pictures and i’ve seen the words on every page of the book.” But it is a start and she is SO happy to be doing it and so motivated, so i really can’t complain. She is very different to Fran; she makes clever and sensible guesses, listens to the sense of what she is reading, tries out words without prompting to see if she gets it on her own and so on. And she knows all the sight words so far and CAN spot them elsewhere. All of which is only interesting to me in itself, i know the net effect will be two readers, but it amazes me to see such a completely different experience taking place.
Maddy has also been doing another kit that she got for her birthday, a glass painting sun catcher thing. In fact, if we do hair braids this week i think we’ll have done our best ever usage of given kits week EVER! The paints for this particular kit had dried up but luckily i had found a set of glass paints from opitec (opitec clean for 3 years now, have i mentioned that?) in the cupboard the other day. She blew me away with her careful patience and did each colour separately, second coats of pain, washed her brushes and generally had a lot of fun. It was nice to see her doing something of her own, not just a part of all of our day and not doing something where i was trying to get Fran to do it too. Maddy is really coming in to her own and at the moment, i feel like she is deserving of and using most of, my attention. And if she carries on the way she is going, she is going to help me achieve my goal of emptying the craft cupboard by the end of the year.
She has also written and drawn a picture and message for thank you cards, which we must get out this week. 2 weeks is a bit too long, but it has been SO busy!
Fran and i got out some Jolly Phonics books and she picked out the joined up letters pages and did some of that, then a bit more of her knitting. She’s played a lot though we have had a talk about the fact that i ‘m not prepared to slip into a “i don’t want to do anything but play” lifestyle. That just isn’t how it works around here. Given i still feel pretty weak and wobbly though, i think we’ll not be doing much else this week. It was SNOWING here this morning! I so don’t fancy going out in that.
Amelie has pootled, computed and done this and that. She’s a bit PJish today, not sure why. But she and Josie are matey, when they aren’t yelling at each other.
I ended up getting COMPLETELY annoyed when i went back to their room after being told for the 10th time since Saturday it was tidy and finding it still the same tip. So i lost it, dumped all the crap in the middle of the room and shut them in there till they fixed it. Which they did. Once they stopped shaking. Who says you don’t get results with fear? 😳
I am so utterly fucked over with being ignored and abused by the ungrateful people in my life. I’m turning into a person i don’t like and now i’m turning back into a mother i don’t like. I don’t want any of it anymore. I’m actually only interested in being nice to people and people being nice to me. Apparently it is a completely pointless life philosophy. Peoples feelings are feelings whether right or wrong, unless they are mine, in which case apparently they don’t count. or are always wrong. ARGH. I can stand it from the world at large, but just some basic recognition from my flipping children would be nice. I’m glad the page full of the candle and glass painting Bakerross order crashed now. They can do without (moment of frugality lapsing went on there). And as for the fact that they CRIED last night, because it was me cooking their tea not Daddy…. oh FFS.
Oops – lost all sense of proportion 😳
Having thrown a tantrum over the room, i’ve banned tv and computer for the rest of the day, so they’ve been playing with Lincoln Logs and Maddy has gone to tidy her cupboard after i threatened her with maths and she said “oh yes pleeeeeease Mummy” – then i couldn’t find her book and wanted to blog. Blog or the spleen full of bile comes and gets you 👿
Kessingland, if the woman calls me back, is aiming for 10th -17th June. When i know more, so will you. I’ll be opening the book on what people would like to volunteer to do for it when i’ve got it confirmed.
Now, someone remind me, if you “have a bad day” does that mean tomorrow is great, or does that particular rule of HE life only work the other way around. Let me guess. I know just how my life works. 🙄
(Oh god, i just got a spam comment telling me i had a nice website and i’m so depressed i nearly approved it, just so someone had said a random nice thing to me today!)