Sunday, 15 December 2013

Wobbly Tooth and ATM Untruth

We started off the week with the most unpleasantly messy play dough ever. Even the kids just wanted it straight off their hands! If you want a similarly sticky experience mix cornflour with hair conditioner in a ratio approximately 3:2. 



Big news this week: One of Sprout's two front teeth, which have been wobbly for so long that his adult teeth have come in while we've been waiting, actually came out. I asked him if he'd wobbled it out, and he laughed and told me, "No, I laughed so hard I knocked it out on my computer table!" So there you go, another positive for computers :D


I had a bit of one on one time with each of the boys tonight, first I took Squidge to his favourite cafe, Costa, where they were sweet enough to give him this cup that he liked...


...and we chatted about what we're going to do this week, planned some crafts for his empty bottle, and played with the Xmas Booth app :)
Later on Sprout chose a trip to Mcdonalds, where we played Fruit Ninja, chatted about whether you get wetter running or walking through rain, and played some more on the same app, using Grinch eyebrows as moustaches...
...Grinch mouths as snot ( delightful, I know!)...

...using Grinch mouths to make a furry knight helmet...


...and finally making him into the world's creepiest snowman :D




He also wondered how cash machines work, so we found a video online and also found rumours that that whirry money counting sound isn't real, but on further probing this seems to be an erroneous rumour based on a comment in a Times article. Sloppy journalism? Whoda thought it.

We had a lovely day at a home ed group where the kids made some Christmas biscuits. The children were all so lovely to each other, taking turns and helping each other and cleaning up afterwards, it made me so happy to watch :)

On the way home Sprout was Xmas Booth-ing the cars...


...and they were both playing on this brilliant human biology app. Sprout's favourite thing was seeing what happened if he took all the bones out, while Squidge loves watching the progress of food through the alimentary canal.


After a spot of Christmas shopping for all their pets, we spent an afternoon at their grandparents' house, playing with candles and warm air currents, playing bat and ball...


...building Lego Hero Factory and doing battle with them...


...triking with Grandpa's help...


...and rocking horse riding.


Sprout and I read his new copy of BBC Science and Technology Focus, his favourite articles being about individual flying machines, the upcoming Steam Machine console, and cockroach cyborgs!


Back at home he was engrossed in his Minecraft annual, reading, breaking codes, and getting me to fill in his favourite ever Minecraft moments :)


We were also treated to a magic show with the set Squidge bought with his pocket money and lent to Sprout.


We had an afternoon of films: Polar Express, followed by Arthur Christmas and then Tangled, during which Squidge made this impromptu sculpture in which the tower is represented by toilet rolls, and Rapunzel in represented by a partially unravelled toilet roll haha :D


An evening of wind and rain heralded the lantern parade, so we wrapped up warm...


...took advantage of some rides on the walk up as we were early, and Moppet went on with her big brothers...


...Squidge was over the moon to find a Ghostbusters carriage on the mini waltzers...



...and Sprout equally excited to find bungee trampolines for the first time since the summer.


While we waited at the library for the parade to start, Sprout read for Squidge the plaque about where this clock mechanism had come from...


...and they both looked at some music scores, and we talked about clefs, tempos and notes, and did a bit of a compare and contrast about rock and roll vs dubstep, as he's currently into Skrillex and he saw the sign for rock and roll scores and was wondering if he'd like it.


Once things started Sprout was somewhat upset as they'd run out of the sticks to hold the lanterns meaning that it wasn't as he'd imagined, which is something he finds really hard. His Herobrine lantern did look fantastic though.


Gruff went ahead with Squidge and Moppet while I helped Sprout get through his disappointment.


The lure of a piggy back cheered him up eventually and we joined the parade...


...culminating in (rather obscure) Christmas songs under cover :)


We followed it up with hot chocolates and a babyccino and some mince pies while we warmed up :)

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