This week has been all about our new school room.  We had hoped to have it finished by now but we are nowhere near it.  Everything takes so much longer when you have five children needing your attention.  We have almost finished our science nook:

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1) Gary is working on some shelves which we will use to display all their science bits.  This is to encourage them to use it more frequently.

2) Gary also made some small bookcases to sit either side of the fire-place.  This is a close up one of them.

3) This photo shows both of the bookcases.  Don’t I have a clever husband?

4) We are using the fireplace to store our six science boxes, which handily fit in exactly.  I am using curtains I hand sewed the first year of my marriage to hide the boxes.

During the last two weeks, the children have been learning about the one hundred year war through literature.  I will be posting about the resources we used next week.  As well as their war study they have also been continuing with their projects:

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1) Here T12 is working out placement and audio for when he records his play.  His goal is to record his sisters acting out his play and burn it onto a DVD to be shown as part of his presentation in April

2) C11 is working on her project board for her peasant girl.  This will be displayed as she gives her dolly fashion show

3) Here is her peasant doll which will be completed today.  Next week she will be moving on to her knight’s lady

4) This is the stage setting for T12’s play, which is a modern-day reporter who interviews the main players of the War of the Roses

The little ones have also had their fair share of fun this week away from their normal school:

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1) B3 is trying on Gary’s jester hat for our medieval feast!

2)  Just a beautiful close up of my beautiful five-year old

3) Here they both are working at some mosaics.  The past two weeks they have had a big preschool adventure box from which to choose their activities, all requiring little to no input from me.

4) My B3 drawing with her twisty knob thingymajingy.

On Sunday we had the most glorious weather and took a unanimous decision to have a day out at the beach.  We all had such a fabulous time.  Sigh, these are the days forever memories are made from.  So wonderful.

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I have been attempting to include me in some of the photos.  I’m not at all keen, but I didn’t think our memory scrap-book would be terribly complete without me in it, so I am breathing deeply and letting them all take turns snapping away.

1)  A rare photo of my guys and me

2)  The love of my life

3) Gary captured this one of T12 rushing up to show me one of his finds.

4) We went for a walk along the peer, and I managed to get this lovely photo of everyone bar A5

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1) I love this picture which shows just how close L11 is to her twin, c11.  The bond between twins does seem to be exceptionally close and it is beautiful to watch

2) After our walk along the peer, B3 needed a little helping hand from Daddy to get her back to the car

3) I love this picture of T12 and L11.  It has been interesting to see their relationship blossom over the past couple of years.  L11 is gentle, kind, loving and very attentive, which of course being a boy, T12 loves!  His relationship with L11 is a tender, protective one.  C11, in contrast, is his mate, his partner in crime.  They have always got on really, really well, but they are both incredibly headstrong, which means their relationship is sometimes explosive, especially when hormones are added into the mix!  T12 would still protect her with his life if it came down to it.  He has already staked his claim on approval rights of any of his sisters’ future boyfriends!!

4) I snapped this picture of my girls returning to the beach, chips in hand, ready for a chip picnic.

And that sums up our week.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, filled with fun and laughter with those you love.

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