Aniah had very mixed feelings going to her new school in September. She was excited to be in the same class as a friend from church, but sad not to be seeing her old friends. She has settled in really well and has made a few more friends since. She continues to try hard, and got a good report from her teacher at parents evening.
Zak began attending a new nursery on a Thursday and Friday (the days I work). He's always been a bit of a home boy and is convinced that he doesn't want to go in every day but then really has a super time once he's there. All his teachers love him and praise him for being such a kind, helpful boy.
He also tries to be helpful at home too... Here he is trying to empty a box of cereal into a storage container which promptly overflowed and went all over the floor. big woops.
In September, I felt overwhelmed with sadness after reading about the Syrian refugee crisis and decided I wanted to do something to help. I organised a local drop off point which attracted a lot of support and we ended up with a van full of donations which I took to a central collection point where I was stunned to see just how generous people had been. I was glad to be able to do something small to help when quite often I feel so powerless to do anything.
Bennie continues to be the cutie monkey of the family. He's always up to one mischief or another and over the last few months has really started picking up more and more language. He's become a bit of a parrot repeating most words you say to him. He loves to play with the cars, dinosaurs and push around the little doll in a pushchair. He was a bit obsessed by some simple sock puppets we made and would walk around the house wearing them for ages.
Zak and Bennie both love to help with the cooking. I remember how stressed my mum used to get about us kids coming into the kitchen growing up (I can totally understand why now), but I really love how eager they both are to help with the stirring and chopping.
Messy play continues to be a big part of my play time with the kids. Although for some reason I haven't been able to fit it in quite as much the past few months. Zak loved experimenting with the cornflour goo...
A sad day was had when Zak's best friend Joshie moved away... He often asks when he can see his buddy and whenever possible Martha and I will meet up so they can play.
I love it when the kids really co-operate with each other in their play. Quite often they are at each others throats and arguing about one thing or another. But here it was so lovely to see them both totall immersed in an outdoor activity.
We've hit a few national trust places, always a lovely experience exploring nature and feeling a bit more cultured.
The kids totally exhausted after a busy day-
Our little babies were a space man visiting Jesus and Joseph. Zak was rather put out that he had to have a beard and was on the verge of tears the whole way through. Poor sausage.
Then the Church nativity where the kids played an angel and a little drummer boy.
Christmas festivities will need to be on another blog... but needless to say, it's been busy but lots of fun,