Once a month I (Matt) play percussion at Church. So this means going for all three services and playing at each one. It is good fun, but makes for a long day. After the second service (two in the morning and one in the evening) we went to Thorpe Hall. There was an exhibition at the little trains and we were doing our usual Sunday trip to the trains anyway. B and Isy enjoyed a few rides on the trains. There was a model exhibition in the house. I thought we would go and have a look, but that the boys would just go round it quickly having a look at each bit, then come out. However B was totally taken by it and went from train to train looking at each one. Isy was very good and clearly enjoyed looking at the models, he even managed to not touch everything he saw.
Later we came out and the boys wanted to take Justine around the expedition! We went around again and B said “Mummy I haven’t shown you this one yet”. They loved looking at a small model train that went around a tiny track. It was hard to pull Benjamin away
When we got home B wanted to make a long white engine. He must have got the idea from a part finished engine he had seen. So the next day that was the first thing he wanted to do. So we started to make a ‘pretend model train’. They’ve got their gloves on to drive the steam train and apparently they needed their wellies on too.
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The day started off quite early (6am) for me (Matt), so I spent a couple of hours playing trains with the boys and being grumpy with them because of not coping with getting up early. I realised that I was being grumpy, but struggled to do anything about it. I got the opportunity to go back to bed and woke up feeling better. Suddenly the day had been rescued.
We went to Colourstrings Music Kindergarten, which is our usual activity for Satuday mornings. First is the class for Benjamin’s age group, then the one for Isaac. They both consist of singing songs either with actions or various pieces of percussion and some ‘dancing’ around the room. They are run by Bridgid, who is the loveliest music teacher possible, but she is moving at the end of this term, so we are not sure what will happen to the classes. The songs and activities are aimed at introducing children to music and continue in later age groups to a knowledge of music theory and the learning of an instrument.
Benjamin sometimes joins in quite a lot with this, but today was a bit reluctant, choosing to play his claves and castenets etc. quite quietly while looking at me with what he calls his ‘fish face’. At one point there is always an activity where the children choose a bear from the basket and the children cuddle and rock them, then Bridgid sings a lullaby. Benjamin has got into closing his own eyes and pretending to fall asleep. He really loves this bit and cuddles himself up on my lap for it. Isaac went for it and really enjoyed his class.
We headed over to the park with children’s bikes, buckets and spades. Benjamin only wanted to play in the sand. I only wanted a Hot Chocolate and something sweet from the cafe in the middle of the park (which I highly recommend). So we did both. The Hot Chocolates helped to keep out the breeze, which was a bit chilly and the boys played in the sand. Then we let the boys have their chocolate teddy biscuits (not that we would usually do this kind of thing of course!). Isaac concentrated very hard on his and it took quite some time for him to eat it. Benjamin’s was gone in no time and he took me back into the sandpit to play. I had a lovely time first just with B, then with I too.
Home for lunch. I had another sleep and finally took them over to the model steam railway for about an hour. They didn’t want to leave until all the engines had been put away. We only had a chance for one ride, but after this Isaac saw a train that looked like Duck, so he was watching that carefully.
Other pictures from today are, Benjamin and bucket, B in sand, Isaac after cake, Justine and Joel.
Began today with a visit to the dentist. I needed a filling in a wisdom tooth, which is due to be removed in hospital at the end of September. Our dentist is very nice. He chatters away in a broad scotch accent, most of which I can’t understand, but it is very reassuring.
This afternoon was a Muddle-Puddle meeting at Activity World. Muddle-Puddle is the under-8s home-educating group run by Merry (click to go to her blog). Activity World is a big indoor play centre, a sort of three leveled soft play-climbing-playground.
Benjamin is really starting to join in with the other children now. He spent lots of time running around with Sam, Johnny, and Merry’s girls. Isaac mostly pottered on his own, but very happily. At one point Johnny came up to me with Fran (Merry’s eldest) and said “It’s alright, my girlfriend and I will look after your little ones.”
Isaac was very tired and tearful when we got home. So we put them in front of a DVD, while they recovered. Then baths, tea, etc. and bed.
The weather forecast being good, I decided that we would pack up a picnic and head over the road to central park after NCT toddler group. On parking outside the park I remembered that today was the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ organised by SureStart and so every toddler/nursery group in Peterborough would be there. But too late to avoid it now. Nice time at toddler group. E was there with H, 11 days old, and chatted to S about home-birth (her third is due September and this will be her first home-birth).
Then on to the park. Horribly busy, but we found a nice quiet place for our picnic. Benjamin ran all over chasing blackbirds. Isaac ran all over chasing Benjamin.
Then on to Tesco’s and back home for baths. A bit frazzled by then, we’d been out for a long time.
Cleaner started today. We escaped to Ferry Meadows with bicycles for the boys. Lost Isaac immediately, then found him being looked after by a Park Ranger. He is getting very fast. Home for lunch and pottered through the afternoon.