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Gentle days

We are enjoying having some gentle time at home more often recently. R and I have been making the most of sitting in the garden reading together, having water fights, doing art together and chatting. We’ve also carried on with more algebra related maths. It is a chilled out time and the days fly by. R has also been challenging herself to improve and gradually be able to do full chin-ups… she still can’t quite manage it yet, but she has improved with trying every day.

We had a student round this week. I met her at the library, she is here for a year from Taiwan to do a Masters degree and wanted to meet some non-students…. normal British people (I can’t help with the normal… but we are outside University life.) She came round for the afternoon and we chatted lots about all sorts of things, differences and similarities in culture, travel, families, education etc. R came and chatted with us for quite a while too. K has offered to cook some Taiwanese food for us another day, so we’ve got to decide on some English food to introduce her to as well.

Woodcraft was a walk around the old city walls, which the girls really enjoyed.

R had drama, which has one more rehearsal before the show next week and a play with friends here, they built another den in the front room.

L had a trip to Paulton’s Park with the school. She loved being able to go with her friends and not have to be with an adult.

Today has been a Granny and Grandpa day for R, which involved an hour of badminton and then a catch up with some Great Aunts.

I had some time to catch up on a few things and also do some painting in the garden which was lovely to lose myself in.

A twelfth birthday tea after school this evening with our “baby” group… we’ve met up pretty much every week since our oldest kids were babies and they’re all turning 12! Amazing. All so grown up and so lovely. 🙂

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Productive family day

We had one of those days that just comes together, happily pottering at home. Sometimes I get frustrated at weekends with housework calling me everywhere and people in front of screens… usually I’m happy if I get chance to do some painting and also have some time with us all together. We got a fair bit done, L decided to make shortbread scone biscuit things which are lovely and S and L worked together on mending the guinea pig run, which was really beginning to fall apart. R had a go at sawing and hammering and measuring, and really took it seriously. I had chance to paint, but it was lovely because we were all near enough to chat as we did our individual things. It was a nice chilled out day after our busy London trip.

S, L and R also filmed the next in the series of Minecraft Tutorials they’ve been making.

See them here: YouTube Minecraft tutorials

We then had a family picnic to go to the next day, (which is what I’d done the painting for) my sister & her husband had a joint birthday picnic. Lovely to catch up with people. It only rained a little bit and managed to stay warm, which when we have picnics is unusual! Lots of chance to play with little nephew and niece too which was fab.

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A 12 year old!!!

We now have a 12 year old in the house. I don’t know how this has crept up on us… she is so grown up and so lovely to have around.

Doesn’t seem long ago that she was like this:

Baby L
Baby L

She wanted a quiet morning with friends after the sleepover, then we had an open house in the afternoon, so grandparents, aunties, cousins and more friends popped in to have a piece of cake.

Most of the kids brought 3ds’ if they had them, as we got L one for her birthday (2nd hand.. as we don’t usually spend as much as they are new, and we knew someone selling one) The 3ds’ linked up… there were lots of mystified expressions when the kids tried explaining about it all to the adults, especially the grandparents!

She got lots of other lovely things, many minion related! Including a birthday cake made by one of her aunties.

Minion cake
Minion cake

L had a really lovely time and a fairly early night ready for the wedding the next day.

Big family wedding of our nephew… it was lovely and the first wedding where our girls have stayed for the whole thing and really enjoyed it all, especially the disco.

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Rock-up Climbing and a Sleepover

The day before L turned 12 we had a trip to Rock-Up climbing walls, Whiteley. We’ve been before, well worth going, I even had a go last time (not this time as we have a family wedding in a couple of days and I wanted to be able to move!! Oh the joy of M.E.)

It is very reasonably priced, and there are loads of different walls to try. The staff are really good and most ages can have a go (I think it is for over age 4… but do check)

Going up the chimney!
Going up the chimney!

L and R made it to the top of quite a few as did S, and they braved the big green towers you have to walk up too.

L had a friend came climbing, then milkshakes and a wander round the shops, followed by pizza in the evening and a sleepover.

Amazingly they both settled down without prompting at around 10.30pm after watching a Harry Potter film. We seem to be hitting the ‘wanting’ to sleep phase… not something you imagine reaching when they are younger!

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