I’ve decided that each month I’m going to do a short round-up of the things we have done in the month. Time seems to fly by so quickly and it seems like a good way of keeping track of our day to day.
So, February. Always a strange month, the first hints of Spring and the promise of better weather but also usually quite cold. February ended with an unexpected snow flurry. It was one of those occasions when I am thankful the children aren’t in nursery/pre-school as we were able to abandon our plans and head out into the snow. Mr D did remark as we walked past the local school that the school children must be at home playing in the snow as there was no one outside at the school. I could imagine the children staring out in wonder as it was the first (and likely only) snow this winter. We didn’t last too long as the children complained of being cold but they did get a good stomp around in it for the little time it was here.
Our month has a bad start when I managed to get a nail in the tyre on our car, and ended up having to abandon our Spanish plans and instead get home to sort the tyre. We did end up at the local garden centre where there is a soft play area, but the cup of tea I ordered wasn’t too good and I ended up leaving it.
Miss E was very interested in writing at the start of the month and I remember we had a few days of her wanting to do her workbooks that we have. I never really push these, just leave them for them to access as and when they want. It was noticeable that her pen control is really developing well.
We have had lots of fun with friends, ranging from walks around local museums, meet ups at soft play or meeting at a friend’s house or the park. The children are really developing their imaginative play and I often love to just sit and listen to their games.
We also went out for a curry, at the request of Mr D. It was nice to get out to a restaurant with the children, and I’d like to do it each month at least once. I think in March we may go for pizza.
I have also had the delight of taking both Mr D and Miss E swimming on separate weekends. It’s nice to get some 1-1 time with them, and it’s also interesting to note just how different they are when they are alone.
We have played endless games of snap, shopping list and a new favourite – bug bingo. Both the children enjoy these games and I quite like sitting down with them and enjoying some relative peace, although Mr D needs to learn that it’s the taking part that counts…
We have learnt about colour mixing and had lots of fun with this. We have done lots of drawing and stencilling and Mr D has been working through Reading Eggs and showing those first signs of learning to read. He can definitely read a few simple words when he wants to, and I am sure once his confidence increases he will be away and reading. Miss E continues to work on recognising letters and their sounds.
Finally, the main event of February was Miss E turning three. She has a lovely day and is still recovering from the excitement of it all. She also started her swimming lessons. My mum made her cake. It features her four lion teddies and is very accurate!
Mr H has improved his sleep a little, he still wakes and gets into bed with us. I guess it’s that one time of the day when he has me to himself. He settles easily enough so I’m happy to leave things as they are. In the last ten days or so he is making different sounds, such as ga ga and da, ma and c c c. He is able to get himself onto his tummy from a sitting position and I’m sure that once he works it out, he will be making moves to crawl. I’m pretty relaxed about the milestones, he’ll crawl and the such in due course, when he is ready. He is eight months old now and a happy little soul.
March doesn’t have a great deal planned at the moment; some days out I expect and I hope there’ll be a marked improvement in the weather. I’m hopefully starting Spanish lessons in the next week or so, and I’m hoping to get out and about running more too now the weather is improving and the nights are lighter.
My picture of the children and I was taken the night before Miss E’s birthday – it’s the best of a bad lot. I was sure I had got more pics of the four of us this month – must try harder in March.