Tuesday, May 20, 2014
|a pair of custom boy dolls|
|me working taken by my trusty work companion Joa|
|another custom boy doll|
|a little 11 inch custom doll|
In the kitchen we've been baking...
and we are enjoying bringing in fresh green leaves from the green house to eat with our meals.
I was very lucky and found a wonderful acapella singing group in my local town, about a 20 minute drive away. Even luckier that I found a wonderful neighbour who would babysit the kids for me on my singing nights for free. And I have loved it, they group are so friendly and welcoming and fun. The songs have been interesting and diverse and I have found the release and joy of singing really therapeutic.
However since Christmas I have only made it to singing 3 times. It seems that someone was always ill on that night, or I was just too tired to go after getting the kids into bed, or I had a headache.
I have been getting a little frustrated with it, feeling I was missing part of my new balanced approach to my life. Then Garry suggested I might try an art class given in the backroom of a pub in our village on a Monday evening, an evening that he never has to be at work and can mind the kids.
So last night I packed up my pencils and a fresh, new pad of paper and went along.
Oh what a wonderful time I had! There were 8 of us in the class, everyone working on different things. The class teacher wanted to start me off drawing. My first exercise was to draw an apple that I saw in my mind's eye...
I haven't really drawn much since school, so it was really lovely to sit for an hour and a half, in the peace, with the smell of turps around me just drawing. The time sped by. I knew I was going to enjoy it, but I didn't realise just how much.
I am really looking forward to next weeks and having the chance to try out lots of new techniques and media and make new friends and spend time away from the house.
Funnily enough those weren't the only apples I drew yesterday...
Friday, May 16, 2014
**In September 2011 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. Each week we meet in each other's home and follow a simple rhythm: movement and music, craft/ baking, snack time, free play and story time. Each part of the session is led by a different family. We are sharing this week's session with you here...***
Our songs at Buddies seem to be getting sillier and sillier! The kids are taking so much pleasure from changing the words of nursery rhymes, we rarely sing 'normal' songs any more. This week we had fun variations of 'Incy Wincy Spider' again, including incy wincy dog, there were several others including inanimate objects, that most definitely couldn't climb a water spout, but my mind has gone blank as I sit here and I can't remember them!!!
We did 2 crafts this week, first we did some potato prints. I find the most satisfying and easiest way to make potato prints is to press a cookie cutter into an oldish cut-in-half potato and then use a very sharp knife to cut around it.
|Little Z's butterfly (which I totally love!)|
These critters were gobbled up straight away for their snack along with some lovely, freshly baked raisin bread Zoe made.
Over tea we outlined a few of the coming sessions. For me I am very aware that these will be our last 6 Buddies sessions!!
We finished the session with a couple of Winnie the Witch Stories and our good bye song.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Life has been so busy here, so full, so happy that there has been little time for taking pictures let alone finding the time to sit down blog about all our goings on. So this post will be a mish mash of the last few weeks, a little taste of our lovely, happy busy life.
A few days later we met up with my friend Lucy and her kids for a damp picnic in a park...
Bubs was with us for a whole week. It was really lovely, we hadn't seen her since last July when we visited her in the UK, so we had loads to catch up on and of course she met Garry for the first time. They really hit it off and she left promising to sew him an Elvis suit for his birthday!
We've been busy at home...
We bought a new car! It's fab, lots of room for all the kids and dogs, a real family car and we're delighted with it.
We have also been busy in the garden trying our very best to make it dog proof although Spartacus seems to be able to squeeze through the smallest gaps to take himself off for a walk on the beach or in the woods.
Garry, with lots of supervision and help from Benny and Joa repaired the green house and I spent a few days washing the windows and preparing the beds for the seedlings to go in.
The kids are doing great, they've been busy in their own way too, discovering new likes...
The boys have definitely had a growth and development spurt, not only do all their clothes look suddenly ridiculously small on them, they have both found new skills.
With all the busyness and being back at school again I often find the kids like this...
cuddled up to a dog or two. They find so much comfort and peace and also fun in the dogs, it's very special to see.In other news... the bluebells are out....and the pictures speak for themselves...
Today was my first experience of Garry getting a shout to go out on a rescue with the lifeboat. We were getting up and getting the kids ready for school when his pager went off. He quickly got dressed said 'I've got to go' kissed me goodbye and went off. A short while later we saw the boat leave the harbour and we went out to the garden to wave them off. I found myself feeling quite anxious, wondering if I should go about my normal day, feeling torn and wanting to stay here, close to the window to watch for him coming back in again. I decided to go to the market after the school run and met a friend there who's husband is also on the lifeboat. She filled me in a little more about what the shout was (Garry's phone was out of credit so he couldn't text me himself to tell me). A trawler had lost power about 25 miles out to sea and needed to be brought back in. I felt much better knowing that everyone was safe, but my heart went out to them knowing it would be a very long and tiring trip. I posted my feelings on my facebook page and my friend's husband saw it and very kindly reassured me with this picture and these words....
'I think he'll be OK'Which made me laugh and laugh and did make me feel relieved. I just got a call from Garry, they are back in Cork and have delivered the trawler safe and sound and are now facing another 3 hour trip to get back home again. I am so proud to be with this man, who does this out of kindness, out of respect and for nothing in return. He's some man and I am so happy that he is part of my life!
So that was my wee catch up, now back to work on all those dolls :-)