When we got home from the maritime festival yesterday, we went to play in the garden. Amy set up the cones for a football net and we played some football. She is still enjoying her Monday evenings at football practice. It's coming to an end in 4 weeks for the summer.
Amy and daddy pretending to be on a rocket. What out for the meteor showers!
We parked by Lee's office by the Titanic pump house and found a nice wee spot for our picnic lunch. We had cheese and pickle sandwiches, oat crunchies, crisps and chocolate covered biscuits and apples.
The children played in the little park for a while and I had my tea in my flask.
We took a walk over to see some more ships and met the twins from Amy's class and their mommy and daddy. Amy also spotted Oli and Amelia. Seems everyone was out enjoying the sunshine in Belfast today!
Amy was up before Lee left for work this morning. That's not happened in quite a long time! Her and Tom were playing in the living room, and Lee made us scrambled eggs on toast. It was sunny, and it even felt warm in the house. I laid out Amy's summer dress for school, and even I got my legs out and wore a dress.
Everyone was ready in time and there was no rushing or stressing or me having to raise my voice. What a lovely morning! I even had time to take some photos with the big camera before we got in the car and left for school.
Amy had drawn a little smiley face and cut it out, she was insisting on holding it for the photos.
Tom and I spent the morning at the Park and at Smyths Toy shop looking for a present for Oli's birthday party Amy's been invited to. At home, Tom played with his cars, watched Paw Patrol and I made another loaf of wheaten bread.
When I picked Amy up she had a sticker on it which read: 'ask me why I am wearing this sticker today'. So I asked and she told me that her teacher had sent her and another boy to the principals office to show off their maths skills and tell her the answers to their sums. Proud mummy indeed! She's doing so well :)
Her friends Evelyn and Amelie came over in the afternoon to play and it was an altogether lovely day.
Five is Amy's best age so far. She has become such a sweet wee girl. She's become so thoughtful. She's doing well in school. She still only mainly plays with Evelyn, but she's not too shy to shout out hello's to her other classmates. She's reading well and I love watching her paging through books. Amy loves a good game of Guess Who. She also loves ludo and snakes and ladders. She's getting (a bit) better at not cheating!
She goes to football one evening a week. Her swimming lessons have started too and she's been enjoying going to them. She's also started a Relax Kids class which she seems to like. She loves playing with Lego and cars. She still loves her bunny! She's never ready to go to bed at night and loves a good delaying tactic. She often needs a complete change of pyjamas as she's either too hot or too cold. She needs a hot water bottle filled. One more hug and kiss. She needs a drink. She's hungry. She can't fall asleep because she is lonely. She can't fall asleep because she's 'having a bad think'. She can't get out of bed in the morning!
Her favorite food is cottage pie! She loves avo on toast for breakfast. She's a funny wee thing and she makes me laugh with her silly jokes.
Three is such a good age. It has it's challenges, but he is so sweet and funny.
Tom currently loves books! He loves We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Little Red Caboose, The Train to Timbuctoo, Green Eggs and Ham (he quotes it to me!) and pretty much every other story I read to him. His favorite shows are Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines. He loves playing outside. Doing anything outside. He loves the park and begs to be taken daily, whatever the weather. He loves his little yellow motorbike and zooming around the park on it. His favorite food is sausages. He loves a good potato waffle too! He loves apples and warm cups of milk. He's cuddly and cheeky and stubborn. He loves going to bed and cuddling up to his 'raffey. He's the bestest boy!
We had a couple of days of decent(ish) weather. We got to spent loads of time outside. In the garden, the park, Ballintoy and Portrush.
Amy helped to plant some trees at her school to celebrate the schools 50th birthday.
Tom planted some pea plants at Playzone eco tots.
Nana and James visited and it was sunny so we took the children to the park.
We surprised the children with a trip to Ballintoy to see nana and granda in the van, and then on to Barrys in Portrush! They had so much fun running up and down the sand dunes and scampering over (perilous) rocks.
Tom enjoyed second breakfast in the garden while rocking Amy's spiderman sunglasses :)
Tom and I planted some sunflower seeds!
In other 'news' I put diesel in my car for the first time. I've lived here for nearly 10 years and not once has the need ever arisen for me to pump fuel. I was pretty nervous, but I did it! In other 'firsts', I went through a McDonalds drive through with Tom for an ice cream and managed that just fine too. I felt (almost) like a real adult :D