Sunday, September 30, 2007

Learning journey

On Wednesday the senior school had their learning journey where the parents are invited in to veiw the work that the classes have done in that term. This term was medieval history and so there were lots of great displays that all the kids had done. I loved the 'stained glass' windows the classes had up around the school, it was obvious the school loved this subject. School was never this much fun when I went through (although I love the thought that our teacher made us write with aproper ink pen for at least one term, must have driven our parents mad trying to get ink stains out of our school clothes as well as having perpetually blue hands). The senior kids are studying the body next term which will be an interesting time for all concerned.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Meaghan's 11th birthday

Yesterday my girl turned 11. As always she seems to have been that age for a while anyway as, if asked her age she always replies "I am nearly 11" or whatever the next age along is. she starts this a good few months after her birthday so we get many months of getting used to her 'new ' age.
Yesterday seemed to go over well, we gave her a mp3 player and an idog (see photo) that lights upas well as being a speaker for her mp3 player. It came with a little bag that now gets carried everywhere. Henry is most jealous. Meaghan is taking her friends to the aviary at Gold Creek on monday and then back here for a party. Should be fun.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Most improved

Matt's hockey presentation was on Monday night. Can't say I was greatly looking forward to it as I know very few of the hockey parents (and can never remember their names) but as I had paid for the food figured I should stay for a while. Got talking to the principals wife, Patsy, who is one of the genuinely nice people of this world. Anyway Matt ended up getting most improved medallion for the 15/1's team. They had a slow start to the year but were very competitive towards the end, Matt really enjoyed playing this year - hopefully he will like cricket as much over summer.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bike riding

For my birthday Geoff wanted to get me something to help improve my fitness (and lose weight!) so we got a bike from the wonderful Onya Bike in Belconnen. Last weekend was a lovely spring day so I went for a ride on the southern side of the lake, from our place to the National Art Gallery and then back along the foreshore towards the GG's house. I saw several families of swans taking their new families for a wander - too cute as Meaghan would say. Yesterday I rode around the Western basin of the lake but got near the museum and realised I had left my helmet behind. First time I can remember doing that and of course as soon as I became aware I had the biggest stack. Went round a corner near some of the office buildings near the museum, hit the edge of the concrete path and the bike slide out form under me (all in slow motion of course) luckily there was no one around so the embarrassment was minimal. ended up with a very sore wrist, shoulder and hip. Very lucky.

Friday, September 21, 2007

A big day for the kids

It was a big day for all our kids today. Henry had was VIP at preschool yesterday and as such gets to do the mystery box today. He chose to put a Lego digger inside to get the class to guess the contents. It has replaced show and tell which Henry loved. Henry also heads off to the lovely Dr Kerrie this afternoon for an asthma check up.
Meaghan's school, Curtin Primary, had medieval fair day run by the year 5 and 6's. Many of the kids dressed up as did all the teachers. Meaghan, Gala and Tilly ran one of the drinks stalls, with other kids doing face painting, food stalls, puppet shows and many other assorted stalls. The Medieval feast will be held next week (on Meaghan's birthday).
Matthew arrives back from camp this afternoon. I suspect he will head straight to his room for a computing hit and then bed for the weekend. Hopefully he will give a more in depth report of his week away than "it was alright".

A cardboard box

Yet again the arrival of a cardboard box created hours of fun for the youngest member of our house hold. When I received my market basket (no interest for kids) in a largish box yesterday it was immediately commandeered by Henry to make into a train - thank you Playschool. With Matt's boot box as a caboose and paper plates for wheels and a number, a train was duly created. Have to love the potential of a plain box.
When Matt was little he had our old fridge box and lived in it. It was his place to hide when he was worried or scared. He has always loved small spaces and would love to visit those Japanese hotels that have pods to sleep in. It was a devastating day when the box was accidently destroyed.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Turning 40

On the 4th of September I turned 40. Time to step out of my comfort zone and start pushing myself to do things I would never have considered previously, like starting a blog. My friend Jodie had started hers a few months ago, and it seemed like a good idea if only for me to keep a record of my life. A very handy resource for my scrapbooking as well. it is a small start to my mid life acceptance. Life got very busy after my birthday and is only settling back into routine now. I will revisit some of my post birthday week later. In the meantime I shall endeavor to post some LO's I have created as well as photos and musings about my life (and hope that it is vaguely interesting).