So, my little baby boy is now 9. NINE! How did that even happen??? Surely he was snuggled up to me in the sling only last week??? Unfortunately, his birthday plans with both family and friends have had to be deferred to next week after I succumbed to the first bout of tonsilitis since I was 17! Hideous :-/ Thankfully I am starting to recover now. Alfie, being the amazing child that he is, claimed that he still had the best birthday ever, and actually got a bonus, as he had a takeaway on his birthday yet still gets all his birthday plans next week. I have never met a more kind, thoughtful, grateful child than that boy.
So, what has been going on these past couple of weeks? here are some of the highlights
Alfie wrote his own white board entry
Home ed ice skating at Telford ice rink. Afterwards, we went into the park to play with friends in the sun, and celebrate the birthday of a HE friend.
A fun day at the Big Play Barn with lots of our HE friends. As ever, the jumping pillow was the most popular feature
Eclipse watching. Alfie and Daddy walked up to the top of the hill in Shire Oak nature reserve for a birds eye view, whilst Amber and I watched from the garden. We were disappointed that it didn’t go very dark, and the chickens didn’t even seem to notice, but it was an amazing sight, viewed through our homemade pinhole cameras.
Afterwards we all went for a family fry up at the Crown breakfast buffet, before friends came over for a lovely play date. Holly tested out her new roller boots, whilst unpacking the Approved Foods order, and making their initials out of almond milk and apple juice cartons
We had a lovely, if rather chilly, meet up with Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy and cousin Toby at Emberton Country Park.
A day spent gardening in the sun.
Swimming at Oak Park, where lots of progress in swimming confidence was made. Now Alfie and Holly can both swim unaided.
Ice skating with friends at Cannock ice rink.
A lovely meet up in the spring sunshine with lots of Staffs home educators at Victoria Park. The children were having so much fun that it was difficult to drag them away when our parking time was up! Holly made a sand turtle and Gary the rock, the subject of much conflict, negotiation, support and friendship
Cycling in Dartmouth Park with lovely friends.
Friday Club fun making dens and candles at Clifton Road, before wild adventures at Red Mountain.
A last visit to Walsall Museum before it closed down. Also, to the library for new books and audio CDs, and for a Wetherspoon lunch.
A trip to Telford ice rink with Nanny and Grandad to buy Alfie’s birthday present of ice hockey skates. He is so pleased with them We had lunch in the Wrekin Giant, then caused mayhem in the windy park
A trip to Cannon Hill park with our bikes to meet Caroline, Lauren, Tom, and Martha. Lots of riding bikes through puddles, collecting pink daisies and climbing trees.
Pizza Hut lunch with Sally, Evie and Finn, followed by a spot of marbling.
Alfie turned 9. He loved his Lego City museum break in set and spent all day building all of the models. He chose Indian takeaway for his birthday tea. A wise choice!
Rich and Elaine took Alfie and Amber to their tour through time and coin minting at the 500 year old Ancient High House in Stafford. They had a fantastic day.
Holly took the opportunity to make Alfie a delicious surprise vegan chocolate birthday cake
Today has been a day of games Snakes and ladders, chess, 3D snakes and ladders, Guess Who, brainteasers, Herds of Words, alphabet dinosaurs, marble runs and Mario.
Next week, postponed birthday fun. Lots more spring fun to come