This week has been a busy week for Henry in terms of testing things out, as well as all our usual activities. He takes his toy tester role very seriously and really enjoys putting new toys through their paces. Here’s Henry testing out his brown bear CuddleUpPet. He’s become a firm favourite.
We had quite a lazy weekend at home. A few jobs got done, but we didn’t have too much in the way of social engagements. On Sunday I thought I had hay fever and started taking anti-histamine. It did cross my mind that it was quite late in the year to have my first bout of it (I been blessed to avoid it so far this year). As the day drew on, I realised that I had a summer cold – a real stinker too. Summer colds often seem worse than winter ones somehow. I don’t know if it’s because it feels unfair to get them in the summer or whether they are just more nasty.
On Monday we went to our local park with friends in the morning. Then back to ours for a bit, where the boys constructed this fabulously complex marble run from some of our HABA toys. I love the way H is getting more out of these toys as he gets older.
Monday afternoon was very quiet with me taking it easy. I wanted to do the same on Tuesday, but took H out in the morning to make me feel less guilty. We went to the nearby National Trust owned hills to tick off another of his 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. This week was bug hunting, although he’s done that before.
By Wednesday I was over the cold thankfully, so we went off to visit my grandmother (H’s great-grandmother). She’s 92 next month and very happy in her new care home. We took her out for lunch at the local garden centre despite the rain. H loved the fact that water was coming through the roof of the shop into the restaurant. This garden centre is always a winner with H because they have a load of WOW toys set up in one corner of the restaurant.
On Thursday, we met up with some of play group that we used to go to when H was a pre-schooler. It was fun to see the children pick up their friendships where they left off and lots of energy was burnt off. We tried out the newly opened butterfly house too.
On Friday morning H reminded me that we hadn’t been swimming this week (we didn’t go last week either). I’d promised to take him swimming during the school holidays to help him work towards his goal of swimming 5 metres unaided. This was a target we set him to encourage him to swim independently. So I took a deep breath and got organised for a busy day. First up was H’s golf lesson; then we ate lunch; off to the shops for food shopping and hedge cutter purchasing; before making it to the swimming pool for the family fun session. Did H achieve his goal?