Precious Moments

Welcome to my first ever proper weekly wrap up.  I feel all chuffed with myself because I’ve finally learnt how to collage!  I’m so atrocious at this electronic stuff that any step forward is huge for me.

The first collage contains pictures of us just hanging around, enjoying being at home:

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L11 looking gorgeous; T12 and A4 having a huggle; the family playing one of our favourite games, Atlas Adventures; and finally my equally gorgeous C11 just before she goes to her new ‘job’ as one of the helpers at the children’s choir.

Gary and T12 have just begun the rather laborious work of massacring our garden.  No, I stand corrected, I am told they are digging out the 101 beds T12 has planned.  Silly me.

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Here they are having much fun together whilst digging the very first bed.

In our little one’s school we’ve been doing BFIAR book Jesse Bear and learning about the science of bubbles:

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I must have snapped over 50 pictures of them having fun for hours playing with a tub of bubbles.  B3 was particularly cute, as this was the first time she was old enough to play by herself with them.

Last week my two-year old became my three-year old and we celebrated in true Mr Men style:

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B3 opening her main present which was a Mr Men blanket.  She loved it soooo much!  The next picture is her at her Mr Men party wearing her Little Miss Birthday apron I had made for her.  By this week she was starting to come down with a nasty cough and generally felt yukky.  So we had many snuggles (which always included her Mr Men blanket!).

This week saw the return of home school enthusiasm, in particular all things science.  I am a bit relieved, firstly to be back to normal and secondly to have children gung-ho for science.  We’ve been a bit slack in the science department of late, so I think it might be time to crank it up a gear:

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We finally managed to get to the pond for our nature study.  The weather has been too wet and stormy for us to venture out (yes, we’re fair weather ponders).  We have been revising atoms, molecules and cells as a prelude to an intensive cell study.  After watching a dvd about microscopy and cells the children went mad trying out everything in sight to see if they could see the cells they were made up of, including their own blood.  We also made up many atoms from play dough.

We’ve also been covering King John and have had much fun re-enacting:

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I’m not going to say much about what’s going on because I intend to post the full story next week, but I will say that I never thought I would see the day when my son was prostrate in front of his sister, kissing her feet!

My last collage gives a glimpse at some of the work the children have been doing towards their presentation.  The presentation this year will be in the form of a medieval feast, themed around the War of the Roses.  T12 is focusing his presentation on the War of the Roses, L11 is the one doing all the preparation and work for the actual feast and C11 is doing her presentation on Medieval fashions.  All the actual presentations will be given on the night of the feast.

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Here the peasant dolly’s outer tunic is being created from a home-made pattern and pinned for sewing; L11 is ironing the material for her shield, which will be part of her tapestry decorations for the feast; T12 continues to write his play which he is hoping will be finished tomorrow; and L11 has started decorating the foil platters with jewels.  These platters will be used to serve the food during the feast.

And there you have it.  Our week in collage.  I hope everyone has a blessed week-end with friends, family and lots and lots of fun!

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  1. Love this! I am certain you are going to fully enjoy looking back on your weekly collages (should there be more 🙂 ) Such great photos of your gorgeous, happy family!

  2. I love the pictures of the little ones with the bubbles. Too cute! I’m going to have to show Firecracker your car on atom model. He’s doing the periodic table right now, and he might find it helpful 🙂

    1. Chemistry is the one thing I dread teaching to my guys – I don’t understand a thing about it, and I took it at advanced level at school. That’s a bit worrying isn’t it? Ah well, I shall know who to come to when I need help – your son!

  3. Great job on the collages. It looks like you have had a busy week. I am really looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing about the presentation. I am sure it will be fantastic.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Oh my goodness, I have a favorite book about the War of the Roses!! Love history, just love it! I will be curious to find to about the duck tape over the eye 😉 What a bummer to have an amazing birthday but come down with the yuckies 🙁 I hope recovery is swift and complete! Have a great week!

  5. You all are up to such great things. I look forward to the full story next week.
    I love all of the collages.
    Blessings, Dawn

  6. I am impressed with your collages. You are ahead of me in knowing who to do that. I love the photos of your son and husband working in the garden.

  7. I am very honored that you chose to link up your first “Collaged” weekly wrap up at Friendship Friday! Your children are beautiful! I love seeing families that really love and enjoy each other, even while working very hard! I hope you’ll link up with us again!

  8. Love all the photos! Those little lab coats are adorable! I think I can say with full confidence that there would be no feet-kissing among my kids. 🙂

    Oh, and Brian said to tell you that Season 3 is when Castle *really* gets good. We’ve started watching it again.

    1. The chemistry between the two leads is certainly hotting up! We usually watch two episodes each night but Gary often falls asleep during the second one, so I have to rewatch it with him the next night. This means I get to see each episode twice. I tell you, it’s such a hardship….

  9. YAY! Claire. I love your collages!! Great job. I love the gardening pictures. I wish I could poof them here to do ours!! It is just too big of a job for Keilee and I. Bubbles, nature, birthdays and feet kissing brothers! What a lovely week. 😉

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