A wet and wild day

Today was quite dreich but that didn’t matter as we were going swimming with Grandpa today. Granny enjoyed observing from the cafe. Beanster practised her breathing techniques and trying to retrieve a weighted hoop from the bottom of the pool. She has been finding this difficult in her swimming lessons because she is so light and just floats back to the surface. Today she was determined to manage it and when she remembered to blow bubbles and use powerful arm strokes she managed to retrieve it from a 1metre depth. We now need to work up to managing this in slightly deeper water so she achieves her sticker in class. Moo wanted to practise leg kicks and jumping in and played with Grandpa at the chute and water pumps. 

After a hot dog lunch (and practise for Beanster at buying a snack from the cafe) we headed to the library with Granny to get some new books. The girls always enjoy using the machine to check their own books out and then stamp the return date on them. We have come home with a selection of fiction and non-fiction books which we started to read at bedtime. 




After some play back at Granny and Grandpas we headed home and the girls designed their own experiments using ink, paper, wipes and water. 









There was a bit of model making, labelling items around the house, invisible ink creations and superhero role play later on. Evil Tornado Man needed to be stopped from destroying the world. 






Bedtime stories tonight included a Mr Men book, Gobbolino and a lift the flap information book about food. 



Mornings & afternoons 

This week Moo is back at her toddler gymnastics class which means we have to leave the house by 8.50 to get there for a 9.30 start. It’s not really that far but the traffic is bad on the morning. Every Tuesday in term time I’m extra grateful that we don’t use school because the thought of having to get them up, dressed, fed and out the door by that time every morning brings me out in a cold sweat! None of us are any good at mornings! Despite that we made it on time and Moo enjoyed herself. Beanster had taken some colouring to amuse herself but spent most of the class crawling round the hall in a lion mask and occasionally pouncing on things!

We had various jobs to do afterwards including collecting parcels, making appointments, returning library books and picking up an order from the shops. They’re filming scenes from a movie on the Peel in Linlithgow this week so the car park was closed to accommodate vehicles and horses so we parked at the other end of town and walked along.

Beanster has been getting herself very worked up about speaking to people or asking for things in shops recently but after a long chat at the weekend where we said we wouldn’t make her do anything she didn’t want to but that we weren’t going to speak for her in situations she’d chosen to go into, she’s been being very brave. She managed to tell the librarian that one of her books hadn’t checked out on the machine and then went back up to say a 2nd one had no sheet at the front for her to stamp. She also told the owner of the health food shop that she was going swimming that evening. 

The girls wanted to play in the park by the Drs before we went home for lunch so we did that. Moo is getting really good at climbing. 

And she loves going on these

This was Beanster’s 2nd week of swimming this term and she’s doing well. She’s getting the hang of breathing and is trying really hard to keep her body flat so she makes more forward progress. 

A show, a birthday and some vegetables

This morning we were heading to the Edinburgh Festival with the girls to see one of our favourite singers, Nick Cope. He writes fabulous songs for children and he is funny too. If you have never heard of him you should do a quick google/youtube search. Our ultimate favourite song is ‘The baby’s done a poo’.

Here we are waiting at the front of the queue to get in.

In our seats right at the front.

The man himself.

Beanster was a bit afraid that she was going to have to get up on stage.

Moo was a bit sleepy.

Audience participation (Beanster didn’t get up on the stage)

He was absolutely brilliant and we bought one of his CDs at the end to add to our collection.

We then went and got a bit of lunch and had it sitting on giant pillows in a park.


Beanster wanted her photo taken on top of a wall.

And then we had a play before heading back to the car.

It was granny’s birthday so we headed to her house to give her presents…

and cake….

Moo chose the cake and candles and was very happy when she got her slice.

Later on the girls played in the garden.

Back at home they opened up their own cafe and ice cream parlour and Beanster wrote the menu.

Beanster and Mama headed out to the Library after tea to log Beanster’s last book for her Summer Reading Challenge. She will miss the award ceremony as we are away on holiday but when she gets back she has to go to the Library to receive her medal and certificate. Whilst Beanster was away Moo played in our Fairy Garden and made tea for an imaginary Auntie Alice.

For an hour or so before bed Moo and I headed to the allotment to attend to some of our veg and Beanster and Mama went to check out a possible venue for her birthday party in a few weeks. Moo was very excited to see that we have got some corn cobs growing. This is the furthest we have ever got when growing corn on the cob. Scotland is usually too wet for us to have any success, maybe this is our year to taste one!

We also have spaghetti squash, pumpkins, butternut squash, courgettes (on the verge of becoming marrows), cabbage, onions, beetroot, cauliflowers, kale and potatoes growing nicely too. There are other things in too but they haven’t come on much yet.

Oh, Beanster gave the local venue a thumbs up so now party planning begins…….

Summer Reading Challenge

Moo started a Lightning McQueen jigsaw this morning but she started to get into difficulties so Beanster came along to give a helping hand. They were very pleased with themselves when it was completed.

We all headed out to the Library after breakfast so Beanster could get new books to complete her Summer Reading Challenge. She chose to go wearing odd shoes.

She has now read 5 of the 6 books needed. She can’t read independently yet, but listening to lengthy stories or short novels and discussing them counts towards the challenge when you can’t yet read. Today she earned some stickers and a wristband for getting to book number 5 when she handed her record over for checking.

Moo took a seat out for herself and looked at some books.

Afterwards Beanster and Mama listened to some music being played by the Reed Band whilst Moo and I went to the local bakers to buy us all some lunch.

On the way back Moo admired some hanging decorations and had a go on the swings.

A bit of food perked the girls up enough to do some urban gymnastics.

Listening to the Reed Band and also to  Mama playing the piano inspired Beanster to play her own music in the afternoon.

In the evening the girls were full of nonsense, running around everywhere and playing all of the games. Beanster took herself back to the 80’s and wanted filmed jogging to help people to get fit.


Tomorrow we are heading out camping so the rest of the evening was spent tetris packing. It was pitch black by the time we have finished.

Wonder what wonders await us on the campsite?

Swimming, books and pizza

Today was day 3 of Beanster’s summer swim week with Mighty Swimmers She’s doing really well with Holly this week although she was shattered today after her very busy day yesterday (blog will be up once she’s told us all the details!). We’ve been taking her friend R with us the last 2 days to save 2 families driving from Linlithgow to Edinburgh so the pair of them have been enjoying a carry on in the car. 

After swimming we came home for some playing and lunch. Moo is working hard at learning to use the potty and is pretty successful providing she has no pants on! They had boiled egg for lunch at Beanster’s request and I think we can safely say Moo is over her egg allergy. 

We then took a trip to the library as Beanster is doing the summer reading challenge She got 2 stickers for her card and chose a character to put on the chart in the library window which she can move up to the next one as she reads more books. She can’t read by herself yet but reading with them still counts. They both chose new books today. Moo chose a noisy horse book with a button to push 


and an Eric Carle book 

Beanster chose yet another rainbow fairy book, a Scooby do comic book 


and another book illustrated by Korky Paul 


who is her favourite illustrator just now. Whilst we were out we popped into Far From The Madding Crowd to collect a book we’d ordered for Beanster’s friend M’s birthday and to choose her a card.

Once we were home Beanster wanted to play Reading Eggs and, with just a few reminders to listen and think before choosing an answer, managed to get her first certificate. She really enjoys the games and although I’m not sue phonics is necessarily going to work for her as long as she’s enjoying it she’ll keep playing. There followed some playing outside before coming in to make pizza. Steps demonstrated below by Moo! She added the obligatory capers once C got home from work and brought them 




Then it was bath and bed with both girls crashed out within 5 minutes of their heads hitting the pillow!