07 March 2016

Look what I got....


Over the New Year, which we always spend with the same friends, Alice was introduced to gymnastics, through one of the older girls.  Since then she has mentioned several times that she would like to go to a class.  She has often asked to do things once, maybe twice and then never mentioned them again and when I ask she doesn't like that idea anymore.  Gymnastics seemed to have a different kind of hold on her, she didn't stop asking about it.  It has taken a while, lots of answerphone tennis, but finally she is in a class.  It is now the start of our weekend.

There are many questions that I regularly get asked by those interested in or intrigued by home education, one is about what time my children get up in the morning.  My answer always surprises people.  I think that they must be surprised, as they are comparing with their own lives, with their own children, and also because I often tell people that our lives are probably like their weekends (if they have children that is).  But it is often the case that school children (over a certain age) don't particularly like to get up early.  So I have met with a few raised eyebrows when I tell people that Alice has gymnastics at 9.30am on a Saturday morning.  There are two classes for her age group, the 9.30 is the the first and the quietest, worth getting up for I would say.  She is absolutely loving it and it gives me an uninterrupted hour of knitting.

We followed the this weeks class with a visit to her best friends house to pick her up.  I returned home with two very excited girls in the back of the car, they had until 5 o'clock to play.  I love that Alice has found such a wonderful friend, one that she gets on so well with they are totally on the same wavelength sorting out their differences in a gentle and thoughtful way.  I could listen to them playing together for hours.  We arrived home to find that Cameron had gone out to a friends for lunch and a walk so very unusually for me I was in a mostly female house!

I woke on Sunday to a pot of tea, breakfast in bed, a beautiful bunch of flowers and two wonderful handmade cards.  It was Mothers Day in the UK.  Cameron had organised it all, asking his Dad to buy some flowers, helping Alice to make a card (I still haven't worked out when) and making my tea and breakfast on the morning itself.  Cameron has really changed over the last few months, he has become the most thoughtful child.  I don't like it when people describe children as selfish, as to me that kind of behaviour is intentional and young children don't possess those skills.  I spent the day sewing (in between making meals), making a present for a friend's son and the beginnings of something for myself.

A wonderful family weekend.  How about you?

Joining Karen

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers, and what a lovely Mother's Day morning. Happy Mother's Day to you :)

    We had a lovely weekend, walks on the beach, mini putt, swimming, and knitting and tea.

    Hope you have a great start to your week.

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  2. Gorgeous flowers. I'm so glad you had a good Mothers' Day. Mine was slightly marred by the fact that both girls have mock exams this week, so our day out has been postponed. I've been catching up with your posts and am amazed at your socks - so beautiful. Enjoy the week. xx

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  3. sounds like a lovely family weekend indeed. x

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  4. Happy mothers day to you!!! What a lovely weekend you had.

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  5. What a lovely weekend. My kids tried all sorts of things when they were young, surprisingly they stuck at most things for quite a while and it gave them the chance of making new friends and because they were attending the same activities, they had lots of things in common. Your Mother's Day sounds wonderful, especially the breakfast in bed bit, well done Cameron.

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  6. As Stuart was unable to visit yesterday, Malcolm spoiled me instead ...... and I'll be spoiled again next weekend, when Stuart comes for a visit!!

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  7. It does sound a lovely weekend. How thoughtful of Cameron. My middle one does gymnastics and absolutely loves it. I hope Alice continues to enjoy it.

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  8. lovely flowers lovely weekend and happy mother's day to you!! handmade cards are the best! My adult daughter makes the best ones.

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  9. Happy Mother's Day! Sounds like a great weekend! I love listening to my girls work out things with friends too. It's so sweet. Have a great week.

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  10. Listening to little children playing is wonderful. It sounds like you had a lovely mothering Sunday. x

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  11. Oh lovely flowers :)

    I am glad Alice is enjoying gymnastics and seems to have made a good friend :)

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  12. What a beautiful bouquet! Today is the International Women's Day! Cheers to us girls! :)

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  13. Sounds like a lovely weekend. xxx

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  14. What a lovely weekend and Kudos to the kids for pulling off such a surprise treat! A win-win situation all round I say x

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  15. Your weekend was lovely, especially Mothering Sunday. My girls love gymnastics too. Lulu has recently started going and now I have two 'free' hours on Saturday mornings (they go from 10am-12pm). X

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  16. Hi there, my first visit to your blog ... although I have seen your name on many of the blogs I do visit.

    I also had a look at your previous post - what wonderful images.

    I have a grand-daughter who absolutely love gymnastics and is always keen to show her 'recent moves' and then another grand-daughter who thoroughly enjoys ballet.

    I think it is so good for the young to do sport .. but obviously one they enjoy!

    Your flowers here are so lovely. It sounds a brilliant weekend.

    All the best Jan

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