I’m welcoming in 2016 with my third year with this project, and my first experiencing a leap year on the blog! So here is my Project 366 2016 Week 1 with The Boy and Me.
Friday 1st January – Day 1
We had no real plans as Daddy P would be going back to work late at night. So the day was mostly spent at home. We persuaded Monkey to watch a couple of films (wow!!) before sitting down to a Roast Duck lunch. Totally delicious, I should cook it more often.
We decided to go for a walk in the afternoon, in the rain, just to get out in the fresh air for a little bit.
Saturday 2nd January – Day 2
Daddy P was working and it rained, a lot. Monkey was happy to be at home and I decided to take the Christmas Tree down and get the living room back to normality. Sadly my back didn’t appreciate this very much and an SOS call was made to get me some painkillers pronto. Not the best start to the year so far!
Sunday 3rd January – Day 3
We’d invited Iona and family down from Redpeffer for the day so we could all go to the Sunday Scramble event at Bicester Heritage. We all like our cars so were looking forward to seeing the various displays and workshops. The weather was atrocious so I left my Canon safely at home, but kitted out in our full waterproofs we ventured out.
I adore this Dino and it’s even in my colour! I also love vintage Bentley’s, so to see a workshop full of these lovely classic cars being restored was just wonderful. But the weather and my back had to call it a day, and we headed out for a late lunch. We all agree though that we’d be back again for an event in the future.
Monday 4th January – Day 4
How can today be the last day of the holidays? I let Monkey decide what he wanted to do for the day. We tried out his Water Experiments set he’d had for his birthday, watched Daddy P’s Yorkshire Steam DVD, read books and just enjoyed being together. Pretty much summing up the last two weeks really. We’ve both had a much-needed rest.
Tuesday 5th January – Day 5
Back to school – urrgh! We had tears and I almost had to drag Monkey to school this morning. His teacher peeled him off me at the classroom door, our typical first day back. Never gets any easier though. I’d basically shut the blog down for 2 weeks so today was my first proper day back at the laptop. Admin done and time to get a few posts written up.
Monkey was much happier when I picked him up, phew!
Wednesday 6th January – Day 6
Monkey is very attached to his Biff Worry eater and Geoffrey the Giraffe. He gives them both a kiss goodbye in the morning and always has a cuddle when he gets home from school. The morning tears were replaced with general moaning about having to go to school – yep, we’re back to normal here.
I had my hair cut and coloured and got on with some housework, home admin which have both been rather neglected recently.
Thursday 7th January – Day 7
So this little chap is growing up fast. This morning he decided to say goodbye to his personalised dinosaur place mat and his named coaster. I want to be like you Mummy, and I want to have a change of view. With that he moved his chair so he’s sitting opposite me, rather than next to me. Great for conversations, not so great when I’m trying to get him to read his school book, but all part of being a 6 year old.
I’ve left my 2014-15 tax return until the last month again, so today was the day to blast through the receipts, payments and mileage and get my return processed. All sorted and I started putting 2015-16 in order too. I’m determined that this is the year I send my return in promptly and record things as I’m going along.
Friday 8th January – Day 8
Frosty morning! Walked to school with Monkey and then drove over to see an old friend and her little boy who were staying at her Mums. Lovely to catch up as we haven’t seen each other for ages. When I was driving home I was so tempted to pull over and take a photo. The sky was blue and there were horses in the fields. But I didn’t, so this my friends is blue sky noted in Oxfordshire from the back garden. Sadly it wasn’t long before the grey skies were back.
Monkey was not impressed, he’s got spellings to learn and they seem to have leapt up in difficulty, so I can see a few battles ahead over the next week trying to persuade him to try to learn them!
Saturday 9th January – Day 9
A mixed bag so far today. We started the day with screaming, tears and I hate you Mummy. Yes that would be Spelling Hell then. Spelling tests were only introduced in the last few weeks of term last year and the words were really easy. Monkey seems to be having a different teacher for this element this term and the sheet contains harder words and more of them. Cue meltdown, not helped by the tiny boxes that he’s meant to write in, he scrapped that pronto and I created my own super sized sheets, or not one letter would have made it to the page. After much cajoling we got the spellings done and he only got one wrong, with much sounding out etc. Doing this every evening after school is going to be ‘interesting’ to say the least. Any tips?
So on to the happy stuff! Monkey asked me yesterday if we could go swimming. Music to my ears as he hasn’t wanted to go at all since I cancelled his lessons last year. So off we went, we had to wait 40 minutes to get in the junior pool, he’s really not ready for the big pool. But once there, he’d got his woggle and he was off like a fish. He even managed some unassisted doggy paddle and went on his back with the woggle a bit too. Stage 2 swimming didn’t work for him at all, but today I saw the confidence coming back. He had a ball and has already asked when we can go back again. Small steps, happy Mummy.