Happy Easter everyone! Our day started quite early with a little egg hunt indoors because it was raining outside and clearly the bunny didn't want to get wet. This year, as we are doing our best to limit sugar in our diet, I put pieces of a new Lego set into some plastic Easter eggs. The children really had fun running through the house following the bunny poo (cotton balls) to find all the eggs. Of course I am not a horrible mother and they also found lots of chocolate to eat for the day. They are actually ok with the idea this will be the only day to eat chocolate. For now... By lunch time Zoe was sick of chocolate and asking for some cucumber.
After playing Minecraft with Daddy, the children all decided it was the best Easter ever. They didn't even mind picking up all the bunny poo! Now I must look for things to do with all the cotton balls...Pinterest tells me there are lots of things to do!
I had a particularly awesome weekend due to a visit from my wonderful friend, Suey. We haven't seen each other for a year or so but as with any great friendship, it was just like yesterday. A few hours of chatting and shopping was just what I needed, thanks Suey!
This month the children had been working quite hard on their lessons even though they had had a couple of weeks off. They finished off their term of Spanish in the Park and I must say they are not only enjoying their lessons, but they are learning so much! I wanted to know how to say a few words in Spanish so I had Henry help me using Google translate and he really loved correcting my pronunciation. Their amazing teacher Miss Dominique, uses all kinds of activities to teach them, including songs. I just love it when my children sing to me and I love it more when it is in Spanish!
One afternoon we decided to take a trip to the Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens to collect feathers. The trip was quite productive and we came home with all kinds of feathers so we could do some writing with natural quills. NannyO had given us some beautiful hand made paper so we used that to create some lovely artwork. Henry was more interested in just playing with the ink and quills than writing but Zoe had a go and getting some words down. We had a lengthy discussion on how interesting life would have been when this was the only way to write. Of course I love doing this sort of thing and it took a couple of hours for all of us to get tired after our walk in the park and art making.
Our yard is looking very different to what it did when it was on the market. NannyO's workshop is finished and The Cluckingham Palace is looking great. Recently I was able to fulfill my childhood dream to own a trampoline. I have been researching trampolines for years and we settled on an 8ft V2 Vuly. The children just love it and I have been on it quite a few times. It is great rehab for my dizzy head even though it makes the symptoms much worse for a while.
A couple of weeks ago we were very lucky to be a part of a homeschooling group who went to the Ipswich Art Gallery for an awesome hands on experience using microscopes to create art. They had a short lecture (yes, that is Lily in the photo below playing with Henry's hair, weird I know!) about the intersection of science and art followed by some time on a microscope looking at various objects. I don't think any of my three have used a microscope before so it was kind of mind blowing for them. After this activity they were invited to use an overhead projector and a choice of images to draw on a large scale. Even though it was about a 40 minute drive, it was awesome! I just love the Ipswich Art Gallery and there is always something on for children.
Finally this month, we are all super excited to have NannyO move in with us, especially me. Hurry up Mum and get settled! I have heaps of mending for you to do! Not to mention making some mermaid tail sleeping bags for winter, when it eventually arrives!
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