i survived my first week back to work, more or less! there was the odd bit of lachrymal seepage, and not all discretely. girls did home ed type things. SB made a fab present for cousin E for her birthday [today] bless her, first birthday without her mum she apparently still had a great time. Perhaps birthdays are so exciting for children that they don’t do that if only thing.
today, to celebrate getting to the end of the week, i had a lie in. unfortunately i had an early awakening by an accidental phone call! never mind i did drop off again and got up later. SB keen to play a game with me, the girls had been playing various board games earlier. we played ‘coins’ [3 mens morris, without flying] and BB was intrigued and played it too. they both started to spot my trap! i loved it when BB lost to herself tho . I did like the way that BB sat there and tried to work out in advance what moves she could be making – another gamer in the making! some rabbit playing and sorting. the babies so cute still. we have homes for 2 [well, def one and pretty likely another] and the other 2 also so gorgeous that if no friends come forwards, sure that we will have an easy sell. fudge is def lop and also longer haired and v fluffy, dora is a really inquisitive one and white and grey. both really handled a lot!
Some recorder prac, mathletics and maths from SB and a tinsey winsey bit of music theory. i have suggested to SB that it would be nice if she read one of the easy fact books to BB once a week as one of her ticks, she and BB really really enjoyed reading Homes then and now together, and really lovely.
then we made cinder toffee – a bit like the honeycomb in a crunchy, but tasted more treacley. BB finished her zebra puppet whilst we did this. unfortunately she had a melt down as our thermometer determined we were at ‘hard crack’ and i only noticed when we got to ‘caramel’ so may account for the taste… SB took it in v good part though thank goodness! She also finished her spaceman puppet. hmm, from that linking i see there is a giraffe puppet, BB really likes the idea of one, and we were imagining customising a zebra one. BB painted some more of the yellow moon animals left from the party, and SB and I sorted out our toffee – which i think did work reasonably well. we would use white rather than muscovado sugar next time, and cook it for the right amount of time SB struggled with some maths after that, so will sit down when not late and look at that area. partly with estimation she reads this as a cue to take a number out of thin air – but actually i thought one of the problems was quite genuinely difficult for her to have to work out. so we did that together. i think knowing tables would help… BB meanwhile did some more craft! she has been absolutely desperate to do some more mosaic craft, so this, also from playmerrily [to your surprise!] went down really well.
We finished with watching a David Attenborough about the Ocean Deep which we all enjoyed. SO a good day all round. planning to cycle tomorrow. B-I-L and kids hopefully visiting next weekend