It’s been a busy start to the year, including a bout of chicken pox. Now we are spot free and hurtling towards Spring.
The fun this week has come from World Book Day, where the children were able to dress as different characters. Shay’s school had a Roald Dahl theme, so he went as James and the Giant Peach, despite my best efforts to persuade him to be an Oompa Loompa. He helped with the costume and was over the moon with the result. Orla also had the challenge to be photographed reading in an unusual place. Is this wacky enough?!
The dressing up theme continued with Orla dressing up as a Roman to support the class topic. This must be the most recycled costume ever – I’ve used it for Nativity angels (twice), a previous Roman day, and an Egyptian day. Managed to get my money’s worth after being stung by Amazon delivery prices after all. Orla and I made the headdress from cardboard packaging and the sash is an old bedsheet, which also a homemade Statue of Liberty Costume at one point. Surely some parental brownie points are due for effort 🙂
We have been enjoying more than our fair share of pancakes too. Firstly at a community event which held a Pancake Party. We had soup, hotdogs, pancakes with toppings, with a sing a long and a nail-biting beetle drive to boot. Aoife was a champion pancake flipper, managing an impressive 59 flips. The evening was a lovely idea – thank you to those who organised it. On Shrove Tuesday, we had pancakes at home for tea. After this, I think I will find it easy to give up pancakes for Lent.
We’ve also celebrated Aoife’s birthday with a pizza party at the fabulous Pizza Express, near Ramsgate harbour. They all had great fun making their own pizzas and it was lovely to see the girls chatting and giggling together. Sadly, Seamus was too spotty to join us but spent a nice time with Daddy at the harbour and got to eat a lot of spare pizza.
Good job we have rugby to burn it all off. Aoife continues to enjoy playing and Seamus loves being with the U6s every week. I am getting increasingly more muddy every week as I help out ‘coaching’ his team. Washing machine, don’t fail me now. Rugby has been brilliant fun for the kids and we are lucky to have Thanet Wanderers RUFC so close by. It is great to see so many kids (and shivering mums and dads) turning out each Sunday.
Orla has kept the sporty theme going by taking part in Thanet Schools’ Cross Country event again. She ran with over 130 Year 4 girls in the freezing cold. Well done, Orla!
Even on cold days, we’ve ventured to the beach occasionally, but mostly motivated by the promise of an ice cream from Morelli’s and a trip to the penny arcades.
We were also lucky enough to be contacted by some long-lost friends who were traveling to Margate for a day trip to the Turner Gallery, It was fantastic to catch up after and I hope they keep their promise to come to us this summer. The exhibits at the gallery were beautiful and interesting, with displays made from fabric and furnishings. One exhibit was the models of penguins. They were like small children and had plimsolls on their feet – definitely a Dr Who plot in the making. At the gallery, the kids also were able to take part in the weekend workshops which were wonderful – weaving, knitting, drawing and card making. Our London friends really enjoyed their visit, as did we.
Half term was equally busy. We were joined by a boy from Spain who was on a break from his boarding school and lived with us for the week. So with ‘FOUR kids in tow’, we managed arts, cooking, cinema and Scalextric challenge at Hornby Visitor Centre along with a trip to Powell Cotton Museum at Quex keeping everyone busy….. I know I was shattered!
After all that, we are just waiting for Spring, … and of course, getting ready to make our Easter Bonnets!