Sunday, 26 July 2009
One thing I have really enjoyed this week is watching 1920's based 'The House of Elliot' on DVD each evening with Lucy! We love it!! I remember watching it on TV every week years ago, and I decided to buy it on ebay the other day.
This evening we went to the house of one of Tom's school friends for a BBQ. It was really nice and I needn't have worried about us mixing in with lots of new people. Scott met someone who works at his college and there was plenty to talk about with everyone. It does make me realise just how much social stuff we get to have as church members though, that we take as a given! I feel very lucky to have all the church member and non-member friends that we do - I feel surrounded by a very nice bunch of people. We decided to go home when Tom got a nose bleed and Harry had a little wee accident in his pants...
I really am going to go and do some packing now. Be back in a few weeks!
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
A good activity for the kids - we froze all kinds of objects in water, in an icecream tub. We did a few different layers so they didn't all sink to the bottom - things like stones, pennies, small plastic toys, string etc. Then they spend ages hacking them out! I got the idea from this blog Lets Explore - it has lots of good ideas for kids.Took this picture a few days ago - Scott trying to escape from the trampoline, with lots of little people trying to stop him!And finally, why can't my kids keep still when they sleep? - this is what they look like by the time we tuck them in when we go to bed. (Unless Harry has fallen out of bed and is asleep behind the door) Do everyone else's children do this?
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Here is my lovely peg bag from Laura Ashley... (It will match my kitchen perfectly if I ever get round to finishing it)
Friday, 17 July 2009
Got the kids off to school along with presents for their teachers. Harry and I then went to Lucy and Jack's school for Lucy's Leavers' Assembly. A pretty good storm started up, but everything was all going nicely, till Harry needed a drink, and we crept out to go to a water fountain. We looked in one of the classrooms and saw water pouring through it like the tide coming in. We told one of the staff, but they were busy with other floods that were coming in all over the school. The assembly carried on - the House that Lucy is House Captain over won the most house points for the year, so she went up to get the trophy for that, and then she was also awarded with a certificate for being 'a wonderful and committed young leader' - she and her friend have been acting as young leaders with kids down at the infant school for a couple of years. The assembly had to end pretty soon after that though as all the teachers had gone out to rescue stuff from their classrooms. The headmistress told everyone the school had to be shut and the power turned off. Some of the kids were crying and it was a bit chaotic! The storm was really loud too - ridiculously heavy rain and lots of thunder and lightening. I got Lucy and Jack, and we had to go straight to the Clinic for Harry's eye test. I thought it was a shame that the year 6 kids didn't get to get signatures in their yearbooks etc, but the kids didn't seem worried - Lucy said it was the best day of her life!!
Harry was worried about the thunder, but we walked to the clinic, and went in for Harry's appointment. It was awful - Harry was totally unco-operative and wouldn't even face the doctor - he kept struggling with me and I've now got a really painful shoulder - pulled something in it. Anyway, after me taking him out the room 2 times to talk to/threaten/bribe him, and him still not being tested, we gave up on it and were chatting about testing him again in the future, when Harry suddenly warmed up and got talkative and then did the whole test... His vision is perfect anyway...
Went into town after that and got Lucy's secondary school uniform. Over £80 and that doesn't include coat, footwear, trouser, skirt etc!! We also picked up triple of Tom's prescription to keep us going over the summer - looks more like it will keep us going for the next 3 years - 6 enormous bottles!
My visiting teaching appointment for the afternoon got cancelled, so a bit of rest (though I remembered I hadn't made my 'Handmade Cards' donation for the Ward Activity auction tomorrow, and got them sorted out)
Picking Tom up from school, the torrential rain started again (and loads of lightening and thunder again) - it was crazy! We were soaked through in seconds - the umbrella totally broke (the whole stick bit fell off) and Tom had no coat.
Didn't really say goodbye to anyone for the summer.
We got home anyway and a few minutes later I noticed water was flooding into the porch through one of the walls, so spent quite a while mopping up and hoping it would stop raining soon so more water would stop pouring in. It eventually did, and I think the porch will dry out OK. I just finished that, then Ethan our nephew arrived - I'm babysitting him for the evening so Shane and Dawn can go and see Harry Potter. I made a quick dinner (thank goodness for previously made & frozen chilli) ready for Scott to eat when he got in - he and Jack have gone to the cinema now as well to see Harry Potter. Lucy and I are going tomorrow night after the Ward Activity. We got the tickets with Tesco vouchers - it works out quite a good deal.
I am looking forwards to a quiet evening anyway.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Tom has been asking to go to the Temple for ages so he could get his first proper scriptures. We've done that when the kids are eight before, but Tom is very keen. He picked out blue ones. Harry went a bit manic in the Distribution Centre and wanted everything. We said he could not have scriptures yet due to lack of reading ability (except for 'H'), but he's happy now because Tom's given him his old Book of Mormon. He came away with a CTR ring, and posters of Noah's Ark and Christ at the 2nd coming. Tom got one of Joseph Smith, and Jack got a journal.
It was pretty successful doing the swap over and looking after the kids, so I think we'll go more often now on a Saturday.
Friday, 10 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Tom missed school and we went for his appointment at the hospital to see about his tummy problems over the last few months. We had a great doctor (who discovered just how ticklish Tom really is!), and he sent Tom for his first ever X-ray. It turns out there's a problem with his bowels, which some medicine will start to help. We're all really happy that we know what's going on now anyway. Harry and Tom were great hanging around the hospital so long.
Lucy found out her SATs results today - she got all level 5's, which was the highest she could get in her tests, so well done Lucy!
Nanny and Grandad Page came for a visit at tea-time, and bought fish and chips too which was lovely! Lucy and I had to rush off though to go swimming with Guides. Talk about exhausted... (as if only 4 hours sleep last night wasn't bad enough...) synchronised (well - not very) swimming, piggy back races, handstands, diving etc... I really enjoyed it.
Lucy had a meeting at her new secondary school last week, and found out who will be in her class in September. A few of the girls from guides will be in her class, and it was nice seeing them getting on well tonight.
Also this evening, Shane said that Ethan (our nephew) might have Swine flu - they are waiting for confirmation. Hopefully he is not going to be too poorly. I think there have been 4 cases in their village. It's a bit scary, fingers crossed.