Friday, 10 May 2013

A most chocolatey time

After a long busy Bank Holiday weekend getting our business launched (Purple Pirate Pixie, if you'd like to check it out!), we started off the week with our monthly Minecraft Day, where we had a friend over and tried out the Nerd Cubed server map and revisited the Whoosh games custom map for a hearty game of Spleef.

Gruff has a new van to drive to his new job now he's no longer going to be working within walking distance of home, and it needs fixing, so he's had two little apprentices handing him tools.

Squidge is still calling himself 'Chef', cooking up a storm and carrying dishes aloft with one hand from the kitchen. He and Sprout made these sparkly blueberry cookie sandwiches...



... which Moppet was stickily excited to find left out on the table :)



Squidge is also enjoying watching cookery programmes, particularly Hairy Bikers and Choccywoccydoodah. I think Jamie's 30 minute meals is going to appeal to him too so I'm waiting for some to come on so that I can record them for him.

Hackspace was cancelled this week due to the rather lovely weather, so Sprout's robot kit serves another week as Moppet's sitting spot :)



Home ed group brought Giacometti sculptures, and no, your eyes aren't deceiving you, Sprout's *is* an anatomically correct robot. Squidge's is a dancer holding a bomb. Imagination, it's a wonderful thing!



They picked some dandelions for me when they were out on their scooters, and we talked about the etymology of the word, and they put them in some water. Squidge was excited to find that they closed up at night and opened again in the morning.



We took advantage of the Purple Thursdays offer to go to Cadbury World...



...where they were amazed to learn that chocolate is made from beans, Sprout loved walking through the factory part watching the machines and feeling how warm the chocolate gets...



...made chocolate concoctions, played chocolate games...



...wrote their names in chocolate...



...pretended to surf on chocolate...



...and delightedly shopped in the huge chocolate shop...



Afterwards the boys wanted to go and show their cocoa bean toys and their haul of chocolate to their grandparents, and while we were there we played some football and did some mosaics.



Night at the Museum and the sequel were on TV one night, so we popped some corn and settled in. They really enjoyed finding out what happened next, and it's piqued Squidge's interest in Ancient Egypt so I need to ferret around up the loft to find all the Egypt stuff that Sprout had when he was four too :)

We spent a day at Bramshall Park with friends...


...they bounced...


...climbed...


...pulled faces...


...decided it was warm enough to slide down the (deserted) skate ramps in their pants...


...crawled...


...picked me flowers...


...and fished stones out of the river.


On a nature-filled afternoon at their grandparents' house, they inspected some bracket fungus on an old log...


...added some sand to soil to improve the quality...


...looked for blossom...


...and finally found some cherry blossom.




Sprout hasn't liked stories read to him since he was maybe 3, but this week he's asked me twice to read a story to him, first the story behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and then The Real Ghostbusters: Lost and Foundry

In gaming this week Sprout's been playing the Wizard's Academy custom map on Terraria, and has made a start on Psychonauts, and Squidge has been playing Toca Store, Sprinkle, One Tap Hero, Toca Doctor and Catch the Candy on the iPad, and has found their missing Super Mario 3D Land game so has been catching up with that.

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