It’s been a hectic few weeks for us, but things are starting to calm down a little during the week. Weekends though remain busy and action packed. Last Saturday saw us at H’s school fayre. H has been talking about the tombola at the fayre for weeks now. This has been fuelled by the donations of goods that we have been taking into the school over the last few weeks. We went to the fayre, we bought H a cake and a drink and he did the tombola. He was happy and didn’t want to do anything else – he couldn’t be tempted by the coconut shy or the hook a duck or any of the other stalls. Not every ticket won a prize, but as it turned out one of H’s two tickets did. Cue parents keeping fingers crossed that we’ve not going end up with some tat. He got a book, not a great one, but better than many of the prizes all the same.
On Sunday we went to my brother’s house to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday(that year has gone so fast). It was a lovely party (H got to play with most of his cousins) and the weather was unexpectedly good, hence much of the party was outside. Here’s H playing with the sandpit in the garden.
H spent his first day in year 1 this week. Next year’s reception class were having their induction day and everyone else moved up for the day. The first day was apparently easier than Reception and lots of fun, but he did come home sporting this big bump. Thankfully it didn’t stay long and you couldn’t see it very well the next day. Hopefully, year 1 won’t be the year of the bump for us, as I’d rather my darling boy didn’t come home looking like this every night.
In contrast day 2 in year 1 seemed to be a trickier prospect as lots of writing was done during the day. Not surprisingly this was less popular than the previous day’s playing with Happyland train tracks. Still H seems convinced that the year 1 classroom has more toys in it than Reception did. I wonder if he’ll still think that in September. Anyway his second day in year 1 seemed to be quite tiring and this picture was taken that evening soon after H had dropped off to sleep.
Aside from year1 transition days, H has been busy testing things out after school. This week we tried out straw art – I remember doing this at school myself. We had some friends round one evening and there were 4 children aged 2.5 to 7.5 happily playing with it. I was beginning to wish we had a bigger box of it. We also tested out a game called Pairs in Pears one evening and then used the tiles to help H practise his spellings. Another day saw us trying out hama beads for the first time, but that post will have to wait a week or so as we are working on a big project.
The weather has been very changeable this week here. We’ve had a couple of nice days, but some dark, depressing, rainy days too. This has not been good timing for us as we are having some major works done in the garden and it’s holding things up. We now have a new fence plus new shed and greenhouse bases. The new shed is being delivered next week, but the greenhouse will have to wait a while until funds allow.
Our patio and path haven’t progressed much because of the rain. Large areas of the garden are now extremely muddy, due to the heavy traffic of wheelbarrows of hardcore, slabs, etc. The cats are coming into the house with extremely muddy paws and I am mopping floors often more than daily. Please give us some dry weather next week so we can get the work done.