It was back to normal with gusto this morning, whatever normal is these days 😕 I was determined that whatever else, we were going to start well and get some routine back, so we did. But everyone ended up being so occupied all day, with me threading between them to help, that i took absolutely no photos. Ah well, you’ll just have to belive me.
Started off with Maddy and i curled up reading some of the ORT books she got for Xmas together, the second set of the ones The Book People did a year ago. She liked them and did several of them with varying degrees of success while Fran did maths on EC. No idea what she did but she had to be dragged off in the end, so it must have been good to be back 🙂 Amelie and Josie were downstairs watching a dash of NickJr on MTV or something (howls of delight at the icon in the corner anyway!) and then followed that up with some FIMO, some Playmobil and Curese of the Were Rabbit, which is all very well but Amelie has produced a scary version of the Were Rabbit who she insists is scary and keeping her awake at night. Grrrr.
Put Maddy on to StudyDog1 and Fran got out a Horrible History on the Perishing Poles; i read the intro for her, mainly as it was full of slightly silly and bewildering school/i hate education jokes which made her go 🙄 and then she read the first chapter on Scott and Amundsen treking to the South Pole. Once she’d narrated it back to me, i reread it with her as i think her ability to read and understand that amount of text is still a bit shaky. Then we got out Atlases to look at the Antarctic, discussed why the ice shelf wasn’t drawn as a solid landmass, looked at the key and the types of land and went back through the book to plot the route of each explorer.
The book had a good section on why Amundsen succeeded while Scott failed, so we hunted for pictures on clothing, thought about food/energy levels and the difference in their mentalities; all interesting stuff. Then i left her with a heap of book and she trawled through them for ages, finding bits of them that were relevant.
Dragged Maddy off Studydog (she’d decided to start the entire level again and go all the way through) and sent her off to do some stuff, including a bit of playing with some soft wax we had from a year ago, some fimo and she also made a fabulous angel out of a plate. Fran was busy on an Eyewitness Nature cd-rom, learning about the polar regions and exploring the tundra. She got very engrossed, went all over the world and came up with plans for loads of projects. Then she and i indulged in a bit of ebaying to find a few more cd-rom like it; she was so desperate for more of them, she spent her own pocket money 😆
Maddy went back to Studydog in the late afternoon and the other 3 played Playmobil very nicely together; i joined in too and had a lovely hour or so lying on the floor building a zoo with Josie and running a shop for Amelie.
Max arrived home with an offer to make Uncle Darren’s drop pancakes with Maddy, who has wanted desperately to do so, but she was completely engrossed in Studydog (which she eventually finished completely so Level 2 is ready for tomorrow) – they got made and eaten though and we all sat down for tea together. BM then went a bit mad and i’ve ended up packing 33 parcels tonignt 😯 hence the late blog.
Have decided that i really am no longer Mrs MuddlePuddle and therefore it is time for a change of blog look, though i think i’m going to retain quite a lot of the feel but just alter the base. Need to work out how to upgrade though, as that is a bit more scary incase i kill anything, but look out for a new look here soon.