Last week was half term and for us it was pretty relaxed. I love having the kids around, they are not too demanding now that they are older and it’s just nice to have their company. I’ve been thinking a lot about mortality lately, especially as a really lovely lady I know has been told that she has probably just three years left. It certainly makes you think. And I just want to spend as much time as possible with my family close by.
We hadn’t planned much this Halloween as Graham had to take Ash (the kitten) into the Vets for his operation. Only, I got the time wrong and he was too late, so Ash still has his manhood intact for the time being.
This means that there was no-one to take the kid’s trick or treating so I made it up to them a little by baking cookies and letting them decorate them with spooky creatures. They had loads of fun. It’s funny how a simple gingerbread man cookie cutter can be used to create monsters. The other cookies I cut out free hand.
They also enjoyed answering the door with a big bucket of sweets to hand out to all the visitors.
The rest of the half term week was fairly quiet with us staying in and keeping warm and occupying our time with homework, laptops, and lego. I just enjoyed not having to get up and rush around in the morning to get everyone ready for school.
Our friends invited us over to their house for fireworks on Saturday night. There was no bonfire but plenty of explosions to enjoy.
If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of garden fireworks and after the first few the Little Man decided he couldn’t handle the noise (he does have sensory issues.) So we watched from the window. I had to go in because the cold and noise was making me feel ill too. Pretty soon, Boo joined us along with two of our friend’s kids. I was surprised at Star who stayed out and enjoyed every minute, she’s never enjoyed fireworks before. But she was with a good friend which I guess made a difference.
The sparklers were a better hit, and so were the hot dogs that were served. Overall, it was nice to catch up with friends and do something different.
Back to School
Monday saw the kids going back to school. We had everything sorted, clothes, homework, p.e. kits, school bags etc the day before. It still turned out to be a manic morning. What is it about school mornings that things just don’t go smoothly?
The kids going back to school made me think about our friends, the ones we spent Saturday night with. When we lived in our old house, all of our kids went to the same school and that’s how we met.
I remember one day, some 7 years ago, I was waiting in the school playground with a baby Little Man in his pushchair. It was nearly time for Boo to finish her day at nursery. Then this man, who I don’t ever remember seeing before, came over to me and started telling me about how he’d fallen off his bike and hurt his knee.
He then proceeded to lift up his trouser leg and show me the hurt knee. Then he showed me his hurt elbow and I remember thinking ‘who is this strange guy showing me his body parts in the school playground?’
After that, he sought me out every day in the playground and spoke to me, it turned out that our three children were all very similar in age. Before long, they were knocking on our door in the morning and we were walking to school together.
Over the years we have become good family friends, despite us both moving house and school. Of course I don’t see them every day now, but it’s still nice to catch up when we do.
We went out for the day on Friday, a visit to Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre. It’s not very far away and it’s somewhere we’ve been before. I would have liked to have ventured further but Star was adamant that she didn’t want to go out and when she’s like that, forcing her just makes things worse.
The morning was stressful. We’d talked about our day out but she’d changed her mind about going. Not only that but the other two didn’t want to go either. But we managed to persuade them and with the Conservation Centre being local and familiar we got them to agree to go.
We had a little meltdown in the car park but everything changed once we were in there and it turned out to be a lovely day. The sun came out, the animals were playing and the kids had a great time. Sometimes you have to know when it’s worth the effort to persuade an autistic child to do something they don’t want to. It can end in disaster or fun, and this day turned out to be really good.
There was also some new things that we’d not seen before. One was the tree person which I’ve used as my Sunday photo. The other was a playground which the kids really enjoyed. There were also some new animals but I will write more about the things we saw later.
Well, what a week it has been this week.
I had my hospital treatment on Monday which went well, no side effects, yay! The session only last 3 hours and it’s only for one day this week. As it’s school Holiday this week Graham took the kids out for some fun while I was there.
Today we are having a day out together, I’m hoping we’ve picked the right day for the weather. This week has flown by but I’m hoping the kids have had lots of fun. The trampoline is getting lots of use and the kids have been playing with their water guns too.
I’ve had to choose Sofas as my word of the week though because we’ve had two new sofas in our living room. The old ones were okay but I needed something firmer and wanted something brighter too. So we’ve gone for red leather! And they fit right in with our decor. Now we just have to get the cat to like them.
It’s now Saturday affernoon and on Monday the kids will be going back to school after half term.
I love having them home, we can chill out, we don’t have to rush in the morning, we can do lots of things together.
So why do I feel like we’ve just wasted a week?
Last weekend we went out both Saturday and Sunday. We browsed the shops on Saturday and bought some new craft supplies. Then on Sunday we spent the whole day at Cosford Royal Airforce museum.
But, we haven’t been out since. Monday the weather was kind but the weekend had taken it’s toll and I was in too much pain to go out. The Little Man and his big brother played in the garden for over an hour which was nice. The girls stayed in all day but they didn’t mind.
The rest of the week has passed so quickly and I was feeling upset that we hadn’t achieved much. Maybe that’s not a bad thing. I mean the kids are stuck to a routine all week at school, they are out every day and busy all the time. Maybe, it’s okay just to chill out and not do much for a week?
Then I got to thinking of the things we had done in the week. We baked a lovely cake for Daddy for his birthday. In fact Boo did most of the work on this cake all by herself!
We also baked chocolate cookies, you can never have enough cookies in the house!
The kids had their arts and crafts stuff out and instead of telling them what to do I left them to just use their imaginations and create what they wanted. Boo made a book, and Star and the Little Man made some lovely art work.
I also bought the kids some new notebooks when we went out last Saturday and they have been filling them up with words and pictures all week.
We have had some lovely books to review this week and the kids have enjoyed doing lots of reading. Boo has also been learning Spanish with a book and audio. I reckon she’ll pick it up really quick like this.
We had some books from Lonely Planet Kids which were full of stickers and activities and the kids have spent ages filling them in, they are so much fun.
We’ve watched movies, played board games, and the kids have played with their toys.
Star has been trying to make slime at every opportunity after watching YouTube videos, she’s not had good success yet but I’ve just ordered some stuff online for her so watch this space.
Today we are back to one of my childhood fun activities and making some pom poms!
So, is it bad that we only had a couple of days out and have spent the week indoors?
Maybe, if it’s nicer weather tomorrow we can go out and blow away a few cobwebs. I don’t like staying in all the time but if the kids are happy and occupied then I suppose it’s okay.