A bright sunny day makes all the the difference, doesn’t it? 🙂 Especially when you get an hour off to go cycling in it, which made me very happy indeed. The headwind was a bit brisk, and i forgot my gloves, but the amount of work my legs were doing warmed me up plenty 🙂 The girls have noticed the difference too i think and were much less whiney. This is a good thing.
I was utterly shattered AGAIN this morning and totally overslept, though i got a lot of cuddles and so on along with my snoozing. Luckily, i ‘d done all my parcelling, so once i was up, i launched everyone straight into the variety of EC, Studydog and letter practise that makes up their morning and it all got done in record time. While i cleaned down the kitchen and got loads of washing going (washing of a variety that soap nuts were not going to cut through!), Maddy sat in the kitchen and read a variety of Ladybird Read-It-Yourself level 2 books. She still insists she can’t read, which is quite funny, but she can 😆
This is her jigsaw from last week; i’ve finally worked out how to get pictures from my phone to my PC. Yay me!
Auntie Sue arrived about 1pm and i got my 2 hours of me time; i’m coming to rely on that, it really is a brainsaver. Today she demosnstrated ably why i should spend more time on the floor with my kids; much happiness, little mess, delighted children. They were playing “The Biggest Cat is an….. cat” where you have to think of descriptive words going through the alphabet; must do some work on adjectives with them! 😯 🙄 😆
I went out for a ride after first placing 2 stock orders and 2 stationery orders; also managed to get tickets for their show in 2 weeks; only their particular session still had tickets available. Thank you, Cosmic Supply Company 😳 In 2 weeks they dance on the stage we watched The Nutcracker on the other night. Gulp. Came back and had a blissful, unbothered shower and re-emerged into the world of parenting.
Fran had finished up her book (finally, having slightly misled me yesterday!) while i was out so rather than doing a review, i suggested she could try writing her own chapter and make up her own Teddy Robinson adventure. to help, I made her a page to draw a storyboard out on and she did 8 little pictures to try and tell a story. She needed quite a bit of help to really get a beginning, middle and end to it but once we’d done that, she typed up a good bit of her story into her blog. She’s kept it private for now, but she did well, only asking for the odd spelling. I thought tomorrow i’d help her do the punctuation and then help her do a second version that she could narrate and we could hopefully pad it all out a bit more.
Meanwhile, Maddy was making a model with a jam tart base and a pack of pipecleaners. She eventually came down with a much sellotaped, but rather good, model of a person under a beach umbrella, with bucket, spade and icecream. I suggested she too did a storyboard and she did a pen one and then a coloured version and told me a very involved storyline (that being very much her thing.) Hopefully we’ll get to blog that tomorrow too; we spent a while discussing some of the stages of films we’ve seen on Disney dvd extras.
We’ve also managed a bizarre conversation on ethics, thanks to a quote in SOTW the other week about when Muhammed was asked to judge on whether a man should give back money on the sale of a camel that died the next day. Covered a variety of things there; fairness, deliberate selling, accident, honesty and by some slightly convoluted route, the distance selling laws which i have to work by!!!!!
I’ve got some more photos for later, but i’ve just seen this on the news and thought it looked interesting; plus quite relevant to us at the moment – Worldmapper.org