Sunday, 6 May 2018

Marisca is 8

Marisca is a lovely 8 year old.  She loves reading, baking, crafting, lego, dragons, unicorns, games, and being silly.

We had a unicorn party at the nearby crafty place (the Fox and the Magpie) with a great group of girls (plus Thomas).  Beautiful crafts were made.

Thomas was also star of the week for 'great mathsing', so Rosie bear came with us to the party!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Marisca is a cornet player

Marisca is learning to play the cornet.  She started last term, and we've been having a lot of fun together learning notes and how to play silly things and nice things.  She really likes her teacher and is enthusiastic about practicing at least half of the days of the week.  It's great.

She joined a beginner wind band a couple of months ago and they had their first performance(s) at a music day this weekend, amongst loads of other kids groups.

In their first performance Marisca got very severe stage fright, she wouldn't even enter the room when it was time to go on, and she sat out watching.  After an hour of talking together, she was very brave and went on stage the second time, and did a really great job!  She finished Hall of the Mountain King beaming about conquering her fear.  I was possibly crying quite a lot.

No photos of the performance, but here she is afterwards.  And, further down, trying out some of the instruments on offer in the 'have a go' room.  She went back to the flute 3 times... but is definitely a cornet player.

Friday, 29 December 2017

A little winter sun

Our children generally look lovely anyway, but a bit of winter sun helps...

Monday, 27 November 2017

Happy birthday Thomas

Happy birthday to my big, silly, curious, creative, kind, funny, five year old boy.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Thomas' first day

The children have just stopped school for half term, so I suppose it's time to write about Tom's first day at school.  No doubt influenced by 3 years of taking his sister to school, Thomas took the whole thing in his stride.  No arguments over uniform, normal breakfast, barely a hint of nerves when we got there, and when it was time for us to leave him, he just gave a wave and off we went.  

It's not really so easy getting pictures of Thomas doing sensible things at the moment...

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Summer holiday part 3 - Devon

This is where we stayed for the last part of our holiday, another Landmark, the China Tower.  It's 4 floors with a big spiral staircase, in the middle of some woods in the middle of East Devon.  It was loads of fun to live in for a few days.

Before we got there we had a day out at Killerton, a national trust house (with mouse trail) and gardens/grounds (with history trail).  Both were sufficient fun for the children to allow the grownups to have a little walk around too.

And when we got there we had tea.

We had a bit of a beachy time, although the weather was never good enough for anything other than a walk along them.  This is Budleigh Salterton (stony).

A trip to A la Ronde was unusual (seagull trail inside, brass rubbing trail outside) but also pleasurable.

And then a fossil day over at Charmouth and Seaton.  Finding ammonites on the beach, going to the Seaton Jurassic adventure, and then a non-fossilly ice cream!

And finally (in which I brush over the car troubles we had getting back), fish and chips on the beach in Beer.  A very nice week.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Summer holiday part 2 - Exeter

Of course the best part of visiting Exeter was seeing mum & dad in their new house.  But as well as that we had a couple of nice day trips out.  We had a lovely sunny day walking on Dartmoor, complete with tors (for playing on) and ponies (for smiling sweetly in front of).  And we had a less sunny day in Exeter, with pancakes for lunch and dressing up in the museum for pudding.