Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The blur that was January...

2013 has started in a blur of trips out, activities at home, weeks of illness, and, erm, not having time to blog about it all :D
So, to catch up, there's been...

Discovering Burger King...

...Sprout fitting an air filter, checking the oil, and fitting some trim to our friends' car...

...and Squidge making lots of cubes and telling us about numbers...

...and Sprout showing his Grandpa how to play Super Mario 3D Land...

...and Moppet opening her very first Christmas presents (OK that was still 2012 but it's been that long!)...

...and Sprout getting his long awaited Swifter T-shirt...

...and Squidge experimenting with Gears Gears Gears...

...and making candyfloss on glowsticks...

...and watching TV together...

...and Squidge drilling new flooring in...

...and snuggling up helping each other on games...

...and being wee bikers...

...and sledging in the crater from the largest non-atomic explosion of World War Two...

...and playing co-operatively on New Super Mario Bros Wii...

...and making play doh monsters...

...and making stories out of magnets...

...and making fish out of paper plates...

...and having lots of friends round for Lego day...

...and making monster-eyes hats from paper plates...

...and butterflies too...

...and bags (can you tell Squidge's current favourite thing is cutting paper and card with scissors?)...

...and playing in the park...

...and seeing how fast they can whizz down the slide...

...and making masks...

...and seeing if biscuits on the eyes are as relaxing as cucumber...

...and kicking my butt at air hockey...

...and measuring to see if a cola metre sweet really measures a metre (clue: it doesn't)...

...and playing with sticker books...

...and playing froggy winks... or is it tiddly frogs?...

...and sleeping...

...and sponsoring Toto the rescued capuchin monkey at Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (who really really need help at the moment to keep looking after all their rescued raptors, monkeys, bats, reptiles, wildcats and other animals, so if you can buy them anything their Amazon list is here)...

...and playing mini golf...

...and bouncing...

...and squealing with laughter while bumping down the stairs with Grandma...

...and Moppet climbing the stairs for the very first time...

...and Fly growing into a biiiig pup...

...and swinging as high as they can at Come Into Play...

...and doing pop rocks taste tests (note: Fizz Wiz Cola won, gaining full marks for both 'Popping Awesomeness' and 'Taste Excellence')...

...and riding round and round and round and round and round and round (repeat for an hour) on the dalmations ride at the Fun Factory...

...and losing baby teeth (the Tooth Fairy has been declined in favour of a little wooden treasure chest to keep them all in as they fall out).

Squidge's been most interested this month in cutting things up (not just paper plates, but lots and lots of pieces of paper into different geometric shapes, fish, and what can only be called confetti :D ), playing with balloons, speeding round on Mario Kart, and finding ways he's comfortable getting close to Fly. He's been enjoying watching Monkey World and Animals do the Funniest Things, as well as Ben 10 and walkthroughs for his favourite games (Monkey Go Happy and lots of the Kizi games). He's been playing a bit on Reading Eggs, and making lots of pictures on Squiglet's Magic Paintbox.

Sprout has been discovering lots of new games, including Ace of Spades, Garry's Mod, McPixel, and Super Crate Box, and also making a lot of custom Test Chambers on Portal 2. He's been enjoying watching the Fast and Furious films with Gruff, and thinks it's cool that the last remaining Hulk car out of Tokyo Drift is at the training centre that Gruff goes to for work (although sadly it seems there's no way to get him in to see it).

Conversations have ranged from whether it's true that hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards, to how you can magnetise metal/demagnetise magnets, to why cats eat mice, whether cats actually eat all of a mouse, and whether there are any birds that eat cats :)

Phew! So that's me caught up, now I'm off to make pancakes!

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