We had snow! It didn’t stay around, but we still had a fun start to the week. Project 366 2016 Week 3 with The Boy and Me.
Sunday 17th January – Day 17
With Daddy P only ever around on Sunday’s I’m always filling my diary in weeks in advance. We’d pencilled in to visit Salcey Forest for the first time today, weeks ago, to try the Stickman Trail for the Forestry Commission.
I got woken up by Monkey shouting Mummy, it’s snowed EVERYWHERE. I was imaging 4 foot of snow as far as the eye could see, rather than the millimeters we had. But it meant that our trip was going to be rather magical. There was certainly more snow in Northamptonshire than our bit of Oxfordshire. Monkey was in his element, our trail became more of a Snowman and Snowball trail than a Stickman trail, but we all loved it. They have a wonderful tree top walk which is fab for children like Monkey who get scared easily, as it gradually slopes up – he was at treetop height before he knew it.
When we got home, it was time for a freshen up before heading to Daddy P’s sister for a belated Christmas celebration with her family. They’d been on a cruise over Christmas and the New Year – fancy bringing snow with them rather than Caribbean sunshine!
Monday 18th January – Day 18
Monkey actually wanted to do his spellings before school! Whilst he was at school I on with sorting wardrobes and shelves out at home. I found my illusive hat, only a day too late and generally cleared some clutter. This after school smile was the only one we saw, one very grumpy 6 year old decided to grace us with his presence this afternoon.
Tuesday 19th January – Day 19
A bit of breakfast reading – well, more looking at the pictures and deciding what he wants to build next. It was officially freezing here, minus 7 as I scrapped the ice off the windscreen and headed to Banbury for a half day free blogging course which was run by our local council. I had no idea what to expect and was really rather nervous, but everyone was lovely, I picked up some tips and have a few ideas to try and put in place in the months ahead.
Wednesday 20th January – Day 20
Only minus 4 this morning as I scrapped the car again to head off to Jado Chi. I thought my back was improving, but I was wrong. Damn and blast, so ended the lesson early and headed home and back to the Nurofen.
Monkey has a 2 week topic at school at the moment based around BeWILDerwood in Norfolk. Today he got to bring Swampy home for the evening, which he was thrilled about. He was less thrilled about filling in Swampy’s diary and doing his spellings too! Joy.
Thursday 21st January – Day 21
An early morning puppet show for my breakfast treat before Monkey and Swampy headed to school. I caught up with some work and we had a Skype session with Granny and Gramps after school.
Friday 22nd January – Day 22
I had a totally different picture lined up for today and this happened! Monkey lost his first tooth this evening after dinner. It just fell out with no help from anyone or anything.
In other news – I saw a free eye test ad for our local Specsavers and decided it was all meant to be. Have ordered a pair of vari-focal glasses and will also get some prescription sunglasses. They sell the same contact lens as my old opticians so think I’ll be moving over with those too.
Had high hopes for Monkey’s spelling test as he’d worked really hard all week and had nailed all of the words at home. It didn’t translate at school though. He got the harder words right but got his letters mixed up on the others, so only 3 out 8 this week.
Saturday 23rd January – Day 23
So the Tooth Fairy left Monkey a Chocolate coin (his preference) and a £2 coin, the going rate round here for a first tooth. We headed off to spend the day with my ex MIL, and celebrated Christmas, New Year and a lost tooth by having lunch out at Pizza Hut. Then it was back for some royal festivities. Monkey made a red carpet, throne and crown and was going to be King, I was the Robber who had to steal the King’s jewels and S had to be the Police who caught me and sent me to prison AKA the bathroom!
We also got to see my eldest niece and meet her partner for the first time. She’d just had a tattoo on her leg, it made me feel rather queasy – fair to say I won’t be having one any time soon!