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.

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In our seats right at the front.

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The man himself.

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

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Moo was a bit sleepy.

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

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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.

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Beanster wanted her photo taken on top of a wall.

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

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

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and cake….

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

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Later on the girls played in the garden.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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 

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and an Eric Carle book 

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

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and another book illustrated by Korky Paul 

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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 

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