January is such a tiresome month, isn’t it? I’m always glad to see the back of it, so I can start looking forward to spring! We’ve had a busy month, as usual, but we’ve been concentrating on family time whilst the weather is so miserable.
I’VE BECOME A BALLET MUM
When I was about four, I started ballet. I remember it so clearly: good toes and naughty toes! Thea is always dancing about so I thought she would enjoy ballet too. Well, I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction! She and her cousin Bonnie went to their trial session and the pair of them grinning from ear to ear though the whole class. So I am now officially a ballet mum, having spent ages sewing the elastic into her little shoes!
She absolutely loves her lessons:
After hearing how much she enjoyed it, Ava wanted to go too. Fortunately their classes are back to back, so I took Ava along too. She has had her second lesson now and has got the kit. She looks so grown up.During Thea’s class, Ava snuck off to the hall to have a quick practice.
I did manage to get Ava to go back to football, despite suffering her first sexist comment last week. When I picked her up earlier, she’d done a mix of football and other ball-related sports. She was on the verge of tears, but the teacher said she’d been absolutely fine. I had a chat to her about what was said and she said it is in hand.
AVA MAKES A CUP OF TEA
Ava came into our room one morning saying “I thought it would be nice if I made you a cup of tea to wake you up.” She’d found my favourite flamingo mug, and picked the correct tea bag (I use the square ones in the morning, round decaf in the afternoon!) and filled it with hot water… from the tap. I was so touched that she wanted to do something like this to make me happy. I did take a sip but it was predictably undrinkable. But in this case, it really is the thought that counts!
EXTENDED FAMILY FUN
We have had two extended family meet ups with my cousins on my mum’s side, and their various kids. Whenever we get together, there is lots of home made baking and one of my cousin’s husband’s always laughs at how much Tupperware gets transported around the country. I made my famous flapjacks (you can find the recipe here). It’s so lovely to see our kids playing together, like we did when we were small. Thea in particular loves Reuben and kept following him around and holding is hand. He dealt with it very well.
AN AMAZING GIFT OF SYLVANIAN FAMILIES
We gave the girls my old doll’s house for Christmas, and they have been filling it with Sylvanian Families. But they have so many figures now, I jokingly posted on Instagram about them needing another house.
One of my friends saw it and very kindly brought round a load of Sylvanian stuff from her lovely daughter who’d grown out of it. Isn’t that amazing? There is an ice cream van, a caravan and car, a beauty parlour, a camper van, a dress shop… the list goes on! What an incredibly generous gift! Ava said “It’s like it’s both of our birthdays!” They spent pretty much the whole day organising and playing with it all.
MAKING A home cinema
At the weekend a couple of weeks ago, we came down to find the girls had made a home cinema in our lounge, complete with a sign on the door:
Don’t you just love her spelling of movie? They’d chosen was Zootropolis, which is a really fun film, and Ava’s drawn the rabbit and fox on the TV. She also set up Thea’s shop as a snack bar, with fruit and water.
Ava even went a step further, and made ‘cocktails’. The paper thing is an umbrella.
They were so excited about it, I love their imaginations.