Esther has suddenly become very good at pictures! Here are a few of her creations.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Monday, 14 December 2020
Naomi and Miriam were meant to be on Brownie camp this year, but of course, that hasn't happened. Instead we had a weekend of Zoom meetings and activities, with a "camp" setup in their bedrooms. I think it still worked pretty well. They had fun, anyway...
Sunday, 13 December 2020
It'll be an "at home" Christmas this year, for the first time ever without grandparents or cousins or anything like that. We have, at least, got the first part ready: our very unique tree decorations.
Similarly, Miriam's birthday also needed some outdoor fun, but in her case she just wanted to play Minecraft on the tablet with her friend. So, a little bit easier. Spot the theme with the case too!
...was a bit different this year! Not being able to do an inside party, we were able to do an outside one. Lots of blankets and a gazebo, and we have an outdoor home cinema where our best friends could come too! A lot of fun indeed.
Saturday, 14 November 2020
First an apology, many years ago I started this tradition of writing a letter on your birthday and I have to confess the last few years I haven't quite managed. I should have and I am really sorry. Life got a bit overwhelming and it never quite made it to "paper". This is nothing to with you, mummy should have planned a bit better.
But here you are, having just turned 6! And I want to re-instigate the letter writing tradition.
Lydia, you are a beautiful girl and you know what you love.
- You love purple (I think I have conditioned you given your namesake sold purple cloth).
- You love your sisters.
- You love Elise and Erin.
- You love making mischief.
- You love an adventure.
- You love a bit of dressing up (come as you please day at school and you were adament you would be a unicorn!)
You also find joy in the biggest things
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Saturday, 17 October 2020
A couple of slightly techie things to catch up on too...
First, several years ago I was given a rack mount cabinet for some of my technology things. It's been a long time coming but finally it's up and running (okay, a very select group of people will appreciate this!)
I've also been on campus for the first time in months. I'm involved in teaching a course that has always been planned for "online" (rather than the webcam lectures I've been doing the past few weeks). My bit goes live in January, so I was in the film studio last week. Here was my view for that time - very professional stuff indeed.
Another science experiment to keep things interesting! This time we made some indicator using red cabbage. We really didn't expect much from this, but the range of colours with different alkalies and acids was really quite impressive!
The foul-smelling indicator itself...
Sunday, 13 September 2020
Monday, 17 August 2020
Saturday, 11 July 2020
My conference looks like this...
Of course, on the plus side, I've not lost two days to travel time, nor am I away from home, so the girls can put notes like this under my door:
The food is definitely better than conference provisions, I can get a decent sleep in a non-hotel-bed, and I can see all the family in my breaks.
In short - virtual conferences aren't as good from the work perspective - but personally they are pretty good.
Saturday, 27 June 2020
So, home schooling is more or less over, unless we do this all again in August! It's looking promising that won't happen though. We'll catch up on some more home school activities in a while, but on of the last things in the year was sports day. The school did a really good job of providing some potted sports for the children to do at home, and we submitted their scores so winning classes could be determined (Lydia's P1 class were the winners in P1-3)
Normally I'd take the morning off work to see the girls doing their sports, so I did the same thing this time...
Saturday, 23 May 2020
|We have been enormously thankful for the garden and the good weather the past few weeks!|
|We still get to jump in muddy puddles sometimes though. (Esther LOVES her dinosaur coat!)|
|As well as exciting indoor challenges like making the tallest Lego tower.|
|This is what church look like just now|
|And this was Easter Sunday's egg rolling. The slide was most helpful.|
|I couldn't find Lydia one morning. It turns out she was looking for clothes!|
|The girls get sent Sunday School activities each week. Here they are learning about Goliath.|
|Of course, without a physical school to go to the girls often play schools. (yes, we do schoolwork with them in the mornings too - but they are much less willing to do that!)|
|...and why not just go the full distance and wear our school uniforms too? (this was genuinely one of the days that Lydia say her teacher out on the walk)|
|More wholesome games include hospitals - this is the sheet written up for one of the patients.|
|Our house has rainbows in every window of course, but also this to welcome the postman every day.|
|Work, of course, involves a lot of video calls for me. Sadly one of the meetings usually has bacon sandwiches provided, so I had to bring my own this time. Still good!|
|The lack of groups and activities means we can do a lot more with our weekends, including clearing some odd jobs. Lydia and Esther needed some new under-bed storage, so I got a chance to make some decent boxes. Great!|
|The older two have been promised more colours in their bedroom for months. So, here we go!|
|Sleepovers are limited to just staying in your sisters' bedroom. Still fun though.|
|Wednesday evening Kids Club is still on, but the crafts and dances are all a bit in-house.|
|The girls have enjoyed a couple of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals on YouTube. Joseph was the best! This is them enjoying Cats.|
|Naomi took it upon herself to make dinner last weekend. Jay provided instructions, then she took care of it all herself. Great job!|
|Last week we saw ducks in the school playground when we were out for our walk.|