Our Weekend

Our days are always full of fun and variety and this weekend has been no different. Here is a photographic summary of the highlights.

SATURDAY

Doing knitting with Mama. It required LOTS of concentration. 

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Facepainting (badly by me) and roleplay. 

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Making a jigsaw. 

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Making and eating a Mexican tea with our friends Stacey and Lyall. We are making and trying food from different parts of the world this week and tonight it was Mexico.

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Posing for Lyall’s camera

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SUNDAY

Learning to draw Rangoli patterns for Diwali next week. We will work on understanding the colour symmetry next with Beanster. Moo turned hers into an abstract art piece.

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Moo drew a picture of her family.

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Harvesting, weeding, flying an improvised carrier bag kite and making a bench at the allotment. Beanster was very proud of the seat she made.

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Having rides in the wheelbarrow.

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Observing a mouse which Moo found. 

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Looking at and discussing the results of our bread mould experiment from HE club. In this experiment you had to touch bread slices  with unwashed hands then washed hands and ziplock bag the pieces of bread. After a few days we were to look for mould growth :

Moo’s piece of bread touched AFTER she washed  her hands. 

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Moo’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands.

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Beanster’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands. She forgot to do a clean hand version.  She said, ‘Hmmmm I think my hands are maybe the germiest.’ Yeah I think she could be right.

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Helping prepare the dinner. Tonights food from around the world was an English roast dinner using allotment veg. 

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Doing some of our Okido Arts and Science magazine. 

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Talking about her work with Mama before bed.

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Tonight our bedtime stories were Mr Fussy, Gobbolino and an animal poetry book. Both girls were later spotted reading books in bed with their torches. 

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Catching up again! (Mostly in pictures)

We’ve been to Center Parcs with grandma, grandad, cousin H, uncle G and auntie J and had an amazing time

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Beanster went horse riding 

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There was playing in the park

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Moo did Mini trek & scored a squirrel

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Beanster did science with cousin H

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Beanster got more confident on her bike 

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And Moo basically taught herself to swim by being totally kamikaze in the water!
The girls and I went to the zoo for my birthday then we went out for Wagamama with grandma & grandad. 

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Moo and I had a day in the children’s ward as she had a viral chest infection. She’s now on the mend. Beanster did art to take her mind off worrying about her sister

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Mummy & the girls had a day in the house to let Moo recover a bit. 

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The girls and I went to Little World of Play with a few home friends. 

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And Beanster finally did her birthday thank you letters whilst Moo said she was writing “m” and thank you. Beanster is sitting at her great great grandpa’s desk and Moo is wearing sparkly shoes and no trousers!

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Beanster’s 5th Birthday Celebrations

We’ve been so busy getting ready for and celebrating Beanster’s birthday that we haven’t managed blogging this week!

Thursday was the big day and a certain someone sneaked in early for birthday snuggles in our bed. 

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After that there was present opening

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and breakfast before heading out for our annual trip to the safari park which is Beanster’s choice for her birthday trip every year! 

We drove round the animals with Beanster on my knee helping to drive and Moo enjoying the novelty of sitting in the front on mummy’s knee.

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We went on some rides and then to the big play park. Every year I take a photo of Beanster scaling the huge scramble net. It’s amazing to see how much faster she gets up there each year. Moo wasn’t too be left out so she headed up too!

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We saw the sea lion talk, visited the giraffes and the lemurs and had a trip on a pedal boat too.

After the safari park it was back home for pizza, presents and cake baked by Grandad. 

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Beanster loves a birthday cake but hates people singing the happy birthday song so everyone was once again on strict instructions not to. We think it’s because she doesn’t like having too stand there with everyone looking at her while they sing.

Saturday was a superhero party as requested by Beanster. There was pass the parcel, pinata and more cake, (& no singing). 

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The girls now have this mounted on the side of their wardrobe!

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We can’t believe this wee tiny person who arrived 6 weeks early;

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has grown up into our clever, funny, awesome 5 year old.  Here she is at 12.52 exactly the moment she turned 5.

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Happy Birthday Beanster!

Swimming and toys for grandma & grandad

Beanster’s ballet class is held at the local leisure centre where there is a pool and a soft play. Moo only noticed the soft play for the first time about half way through this week’s class and got very upset when I said we didn’t have time to go in this week. She was distracted by going tp look at the pool and declared “I want to bring mummy here. With you and Beanster” so today we did that. 

Moo is a very enthusiastic swimmer and likes going backwards and forwards between the 2 of us and jumping in. Beanster managed to show mummy her fabulous swimming on her back after a few false starts. It was nice to all go together as we haven’t managed to do that for ages. I think we’re going to have a fabulous time at Center Parcs in a couple of weeks.

After swimming we had some obligatory chips then went to the shops to pick up some things in preparation for Beanster’s party next weekend and Moo had a much needed nap in the car. 

Grandma & Grandad have been looking for some new toys for the girls and cousin H to play with at their house as they’ve outgrown a lot of things. We spotted some things on the local 2nd hand group so went to pick those up on the way home. 

Once we were home the girls road tested the new toys which I think Moo thinks are for grandma & grandad! After tea Beanster did a bit more Mathseeds so Moo wanted to play on the tablet but lost interest fairly quickly. 

It’s felt very autumnal today. I think we’ll need to dig out the long sleeved t-shirts and work out who needs bigger/more warmer clothes soon. 

A learning day

Well everyday is a learning day but new skills have been acquired today. 

This morning we had another slow start with breakfast, playmobil for the girls, farmyard lotto for all 3 of us & Mathseeds for Beanster. 

We headed into the gyle for lunch with Grandma, Grandad & cousin H. Beanster needed new pants so we went to choose. She wanted “normal pants” and some “shorts ones”.  She currently has a mix of “boy” and “girl” pants because she chooses by design. Thankfully in M&S the underwear is all in the same area even if it’s segregated by gender. They don’t do shorts in small sizes in the girl side of the aisle so she chose some ones with lightning bolts from the boys side. She didn’t like any of the patterns on the other boy pants (although she neatly went for gruffalo ones) so chose some Disney princess ones and some with days of the week on. As we looked at jammas I was once again left wondering why it seems to be beyond retailers to just group clothes by category (jammas, t-shirts, dresses, trousers etc) but given the furore over john Lewis changing a label it seems a sizeable section of the public is still living under a rock. 

After lunch we got Moo some new slippers (lightening McQueen at her request) then had an obligatory look in the Disney shop before heading back to Grandma & Grandad’s to play with cousin H.

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Beanster had ballet again and seems to be enjoying it so we need to get her kitted out. Luckily the dance school is having a 2nd hand sale at the weekend so we’ll see what we can source there before ordering. 

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Mummy brought chocolate eclairs home as a treat. Moo just ate the chocolate off the top!

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This evening we’ve been learning new things. Mummy brought a ukelele home from work so we’ve all been having a go. Beanster, as you might expect, likes to do it her own way so looks like she’s playing steel guitar. Moo got right in there and after a rendition of baa baa black sheep moved onto songs by Nick Cope!

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Beanster watched me knit last night when she was up late and asked to learn this evening so I cast on and did a couple of rows then helped her to do 2. She seems to get the idea so I think it’s something she could get on with if it continues to hold her interest. 

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She also drew a fabulous picture of a person with chicken pox!

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Once in a lifetime experience

Over the last few years a new bridge (the Queensferry Crossing) has been getting built alongside the Forth Road Bridge and the Rail Bridge. This is due to the volume of traffic putting too much pressure on the road bridge. It will now become a bus, cycle and pedestrian bridge only and all other traffic will cross via the Queensferry Crossing. For this weekend only a lucky 50,000 people were selected via a ballot to walk across it as the new bridge does not have a pedestrian walkway on it. We were not originally selected but were on a redraw for the places that had not been confirmed after the initial ballot. The Queensferry Crossing is stunning architecturally so we were looking forward to our walk. 

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We were collected by bus and driven to the bridge walk starting point,wearing our official ID.

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Right from the start the girls were excited.

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They ran, chased each other, bounced, jumped and sang the entire way across.

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We stopped along the way to look at interesting bits and to take a peek between the wind barriers at the boats and the other bridges.

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We took obligatory selfies….

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…and Moo had a sit down protest!

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At the end Moo needed a shoulder ride but she had just walked 1.7 miles or rather 5 by the time you factor in the running round in circles!

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All in all it was great being part of this historic moment and one i hope the girls will cherish.

In case you are someone not lucky enough to get a walk across I took a very short video to give you an idea of what the experience was like.

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Just so festival

I have not gotten round to blogging about the Just So festival until now. Many apologies. The festival is set up on private grass and woodland grounds near Sandbach with camping and glamping. The site is split up into different sections, all magical in their own way. There are performances and activities in every section throughout each day, until late at night, so much fun was to be had.

 Our highlights were the pillow fight, jelly bean architecture, bare foot walk, lantern making and parade, watching movies outside late at night, theatre for one (a one to one theatre show in the woods) and tales of animalia (more woodland theatre). You choose a tribe to belong to and throughout the weekend you can earn gold pebbles for your tribe by taking part in different activities. We were the foxes and our tribe collected the most pebbles out of all 7 tribes so we won the coveted festival trophy.

Some of our home ed friends were there too and the girls enjoyed waking up and seeing them when they poked their heads out the tent. 

Here are some photos summarising the fun that we had.

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