Shortly. Possibly. Life has got rather complicated. Not only do we have children doing what is fast becoming an almost impossible combination of activities but business is heading into its busy time and 2 of our staff are moving. Gulp. Luckily we will manage, but the well oiled machine will be, erm, using different oil. Still, all good fun. I'm confident it will all be fine 🙂 fran and Amelie are now doing panto rehearsals and a gym club winter show, Maddy has the main part in that (Belle in beauty and the Beast) and they are variously involved in other stuff too. We barely see fran, who does gym on Monday and Wednesday, rehearses and does dance on Friday pm, dances all day Saturday and does panto rehearsals all day Sunday. Lucky for her she has lots of study periods for homework and history but her cello playing has gone by the by and I'm cross that I'm having to nag her to make 10 minutes for it. So I'm not doing, but I will probably be selling her cello because frankly, it's money I can spend elsewhere. I do get that she's busy but I also wanted her to get to grade 5 before she stopped and I'm a little annoyed the balance has swung too far to dance just now.
Every weekend in September was busy, culminating in a trip to London for a rather weird PR day but those of us who went got to peek inside RADA.
The train there was fun, the number of closed tube stations less so, the event not quite what was expected but the taxi ride to the last train of the day great fun.
Bene was a hit and even got a call back but we decided against it in the end.
Bene was perfectly delighted by a car ride on my knee (freaks me out :/ ) until he spotted this.
We made it to a weekend with friends at The Portico and had a lovely time. Unfortunately something upset Amelie's asthma and she wheezed wildly, having forgotten her inhalers. Ended up having a trip to a walk in centre, rather reluctantly, I thought she would be okay, where she had a nebuliser and strong steroids to put her right.
Oops. I did not even have my phone for a blog snap of the neb. Told her she looked like an ood; she wasn't impressed 😉
By next morning Bene was down with the cold that went to his chest that turned into a penicillin allergy, and Alison kindly drove us to meet with Max rather than risking a train trip home and all losing our minds.
We did have a really nice time too though!
Then of course there were the mads and since then we've been flying round like loons. Fran has had a cleft clinic appt and she has decided to have more palate surgery to improve her speech. Very proud of her, though it is odd to have her making her own decisions these days. While she was there Max went off for an appointment to see about having his eyes layered, of which more later.
And Bene got sick, but is largely on the mend now, I hope, leaving aside infected ear lobe and odd red rash on cheek. But looking, recently, like some of these pictures.
I know. Impossibly cute. But making much blogging very difficult. I'm hopelessly behind on his special blog too 🙁
We've been really lucky and won some days out thank to the holiday video we did and are going to be Centerparcs family Bloggers for a year too. More on both those later 🙂
So that's the family round up and actually there is a home ed one to come too, hopefully tomorrow or Saturday if I get a minute. But what we have also been doing is lots of craft. Maddy has worked so hard on things for Simple Crafts and it is coming along very well. We'd love you to join its email subscription feed or Facebook page.
I'm not sure, but I think I'm gradually pulling this blog back to being a family record and home ed place. But I love my crafts and it feels right for them to be on their own blog, especially making it something I work on with Moo. So do visit it; things we make will still be here in some form, but less detail. I suspect ill be moving some of my more private thoughts over to my MerrilyMe blog too; much as grief and sad are part of family, th girls read this sometimes now and I'd like to have a place that is me, not family. So do join me, I will try not to only do sad 🙂
A bowl I made and did a tutorial for on Fimo Ideas. Yes, this blog is a real mishmash!
And this, my friends, is crafter storage p*rn. Hello organisation 🙂