Precious Memories

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This was such a great week this week.  We got loads done, had lots of free time and enjoyed each other thoroughly!  My photos begin on Saturday.  Saturdays are generally recognised as family work days in our house hold.  This is our chance to wash cars, clean out animal living areas, wash bedding, garden, and generally tidy the house.  The pictures here show A5 shovelling wood chip to spread over our soggy garden.  She did it for hours (in a posh frock!) and had a ball.   The older girls got their animal chores done and then helped Daddy clean up the garden a bit for friends who were coming to lunch on Sunday.  A lovely picture of my older girls together.  And T11 standing by his newly dug out bed, which he has now sown his many seeds in.

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Here T11 is trying out his go-cart with the help of his very willing sister, who is belting him in.  Yes, his go-cart comes fitted with a belt as standard!

Once a week on separate days, I have each of my twins all to myself.  Can I just say how much more important this has become with age?  As the girls have reached their tweenie age, almost hurtling towards teenager-dom, spending time one-to-one has become one of the most stabilising things I have done.  Funnily enough both girls want to do the same thing – talk and have me put their hair in rags.  This picture shows L11 proudly showing off her ragged hair.  She was even more pleased the next day when her hair curled magnificently.  Sometimes it doesn’t work out too well, but this week was perfect!

I captured this gorgeous picture of B3 as she was telling me something at the same time as she was walking backwards and she fell straight into her laundry box!  I had just been snapping away C11’s dolly and was able to capture her giggling away at herself.  Just love, love, love this age!

Last week A5 and I had a long chat about improving her school experience.  She seemed to need more than I was giving her, and yet because her concentration is so poor there is a limit to what I can do.  The talk was more productive than I dared hope and this week she has excelled in every area (although she is still asking for more school – what is a mum supposed to do?).  Here she is making some packet cakes with her sister.  The idea was for L11 to show her exactly what to do and she would do it independently once a week.  She has been helping L11 in the kitchen from the time she could stand, so this was a wonderful step towards the independence she craves.

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The top picture shows T12 in his fencing gear.  He began fencing last September and has taken to it like a duck to water.  We are slowly building up his own gear, which has to be some of the most expensive sports gear to buy.  However, T12 is always happy to give whatever money he has towards the purchases.  This week we managed to get him a helmet, second-hand from eBay.  To say he was over the moon is an understatement.

Children laying about the house absorbed in their books is a familiar sight just lately.  They had read all our middle ages books by Christmas (over 50 books) and we had not bought in any new ones until last week.  Five came all on the same day this week and they haven’t put them down since.  C11 already has them all read!  Fortunately I managed to get some really great 1 penny deals from Amazon and have replenished our stocks adequately that they might be kept busy ’til this time next week.  Sigh.  Then we go bankrupt.

I giggled when I saw all four girls pouring over the new Next catalogue which was delivered this week.  They know they will be receiving new Sunday outfits for Easter so there was much exclaiming of which ones they liked or didn’t like.  B3 was going for everything and she hadn’t even reached the children’s department yet!

And finally, a rather obscure picture of our television screen.  Each day the children are allowed an hour and a half of screen time.  It used to be two but we all felt, the children included, that two hours was too long.  I had noticed the girls going on the computer to watch Britain’s Got Talent performances, and whilst in essence I have no issue with that, I did feel they were simply trying to fill the time.  So I thought I would introduce them to the thrill of sleuthing, but in a safe way.  In comes Jessica Fletcher and Murder She Wrote.  Each episode is 40 minutes long and in the afternoon, after all our work has been done, the children like nothing more than to curl up on the sofa and play ‘guess who the murder is’.  Every person has their screen time at that point and I laugh as I listen to them trying to deduce who it is.  By the end of each episode they have tried, hung and quartered every single person in the film bar Mrs Fletcher!  It is so much fun listening to the four of them (B3 is in bed) that I am hardly able to get any work done!

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And just to prove that we did get some work done in between go-cart racing, reading and watching Murder She Wrote, here is a nice little collage of the little one’s Mr Men school.  We were learning all about Little Miss Neat and had so much Mr Men fun.

B3 is holding a Miss Neat wax strip picture I made for her; A5 is cutting and sticking a Mr Men under the water scene; she also made some lovely Mr Men cards to give to her friends and B3 played for hours with her magna doodle drawing every imaginable Mr Men character.  Mr Messy was fabulously accurately drawn!!

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As always much project work was done.  I’m getting a little concerned about the fact that the presentation is less than two weeks away and we still have so much to do.  Why do I do this to myself?

Here the children are running through T12’s play; C11 is sewing the skirt for her lady’s gown and L12 put together the meringue swans she had made the week before.

The little one’s have been begging to get in on the action, asking to have their own project time, Mr Men style.  So we decided to build a Mr Men land out of cat food boxes.  Here the girls are painting their first houses.  These are just the right size for their little Mr Men toys to fit in.

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And my son has finally got round to filming his self penned play about the War of the Roses.  As always, it is all taken very seriously and heaven help anyone who doesn’t take it as seriously as he does!  Here he is putting up the stage.  The play is set in modern times with a news reporter and various characters being interviewed, most players in the War.  He has thought of everything.  He has a back drop, lighting, rousing back ground music controlled by his new purchased mixing desk (bought with his own money), he’s borrowed a tripod off Gary and is using our family video camera to film.  He will then burn it onto disc and play it as part of his presentation.  The last picture shows him filming his sister in one of her scenes.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with much love and laughter.

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  1. Oh wow you’ve had a very busy week, I feel quite lazy now! It looks like you’ve been enjoying yourselves.

  2. Very cool week! I smiled about the girls with their hair. Lately, every time either of my girls finds me alone they want braids in their hair like the princesses off of Frozen.

    1. My friend put her daughter in rags and hers came out like ringlets and looked so beautiful. We don’t seem to be able to get tight ringlets on our girls, but they do have very thick hair.

  3. What an incredible week! The garden beds look great, and what a go cart! It amazes me that you have time to spend one on one with each twin – your children are so blessed, and such a blessing themselves. Enjoy your work day tomorrow 🙂

    1. I’d love to spend more time one to one with all my children but it just doesn’t happen unless I’m incredibly intentional about it. The girls guard their time very possessively now!

  4. Looks like y’all are very busy! The pictures of the children are gorgeous. Must be hard to resist when you have such lovely faces smiling at you:) It seems the children are almost ready for their presentation. Just curious, have you thought about…mmm… video taping the presentation, to maybe, mmm. with some poor friends who can’t be there? Mmmm.
    Claire, I hope you have a lovely weekend. Have fun on Saturday’s work day and know that we, too, will be having our own work day here in Texas.

    1. If you want to teach me, then I am willing to learn. But right now I’ve not got a clue how one would even go about putting a video up on a blog! I shall endeavour to describe things the best I can. Will that do?

  5. It sounds like a wonderful week to be sure. I go in spurts of doing good with one on one time with my kiddos, but it doesn’t always happen the way I’d like.

  6. If I commented on every lovely picture my comment would be as long as your post! 🙂 I love how much you get done on Saturdays! That is something I need to implement; a ‘one day a week’ clean. I love the picture of her in the ‘posh frock’!! 🙂 Love the rag rollers. I used to always roll Keilee’s hair like that. You are right, some days it is perfect and some days it is a hot mess. Love the fencing photo too. That looks like such fun. Is his film posted on YouTube? We would love to see it. Have a wonderful weekend Claire! Hugs from Alabama. 🙂

    1. I’ll have to get Keilee to teach T to put the video on youtube I’m so bad at this electronic stuff, I can’t help him at all.

  7. What a lovely week!
    I haven’t seen Murder, She Wrote for probably 20 years. What a great idea! We’ve been working our way through the newer Sherlock Holmes series and some old A-Team episodes and giggling away.

    1. The children are loving murder she wrote. It’s a kind of nice routine in the afternoon, to settle down to and there are n o nasty shots of gory dead bodies!

  8. Love it. The kids projects always come out so wonderfully. What wonderful memories of their learning!

  9. Looks like a full week! I love seeing the creativity of the different ages. Projects are a great way to sustain kid interest for a long time, aren’t they?!

  10. I love your week review. You do such a good job with photos. I thought of C11 today when I was in the homeschool store as there was a book on Clothing in the Middle Ages.

    1. We could do with that book! We are really struggling to get the knight’s lady finished – neither of us have sufficient skills to do the job justice!

  11. What a wonderful week. You all have such a beautiful family! My oldest son loves fencing and has done it for years.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. T’s only just started but has really taken to it very, very well. He’s about to start on electric fencing soon so Heaven help his opponents!

    1. Hi Emma! You must be in the UK? Thank you so much for thinking about us – we have already joined and completed the challenge. I came across it a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe it! It fitted in perfectly with what we were doing!

      1. Yes, I’m just outside London. 🙂 Have to finish up with dd tomorrow before the competition deadline!

  12. All your projects look fabulous and all the sweet smiles let me know that the children love their work! I am very impressed by the meringue swans and how hard your children work! Incredible!

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