Our little artist painted a picture of a black snowman on a windy day….
Just because she enjoyed this so much, and just because she was SO proud – I have to show you Maya’s finger-licking blueberry pie….
Of course, (almost) every scrap was eaten!
On Sunday we had a ‘loppis’ (yard sale).
It was a last minute decision, but Richard, Leon and Maya pulled it altogether well!
Leon was in charge of sign painting…
My little boy started school today. ‘Förskola klass’….’Kindergarten’… ‘Reception’. Officially no longer a preschooler….Though being a December born child, and only five and a half, he’s still a preschooler to me. 😉
It was a mixed day for me – sadness mixed with excitement mixed with curiosity mixed with relief…!
Alfie? He LOVED it!
Up early, he told me, “Ted can play in my room today if he wants”. He ate breakfast and got dressed in a flash – as we were getting ready to leave, he put on his rucksack, turned around, said “bye” and off he went!
He wasn’t shy. Not in the least. In fact he told me he’d made “nine” new friends. Though he couldn’t remember their names… 🙂
It felt good to be leaving him here….
An organised art space with paper and pencils, crayons and watercolours, glue and scissors, tissue paper and felt, beads and weaving boards…
Outside the children have a forest to get lost in, rocks to climb, tree stumps to balance on, sand to play in, cable reels to roll, wooden stilts to walk on, ropes to imagine with and scooters to ride. Did I mention the pinecones, the sticks, the interesting stones, the blueberries in the forest?
So far, so good.
Let’s hope it’s as good as it looks!
Yesterday I took Leon and Maya to ‘Gröna Lund’ – Sweden’s oldest funfair, which opened in 1883.
There are some aspects of the fair which still remain in old fashioned charm – though I’ll admit that my oldest two have now become a little bit accustomed to more modern thrill rides!
There are always interesting characters dressed up ….
…and usually a queue or two – though we arrived as early as possible – so we were lucky…
…to be fair Maya was going to ride too, but I banned her from doing so! Having such a little body, I just had visions of her slipping out..!!!!!
We ended with the simple, but very funny house of mirrors..
Time off school for kids is a wonderful thing. All those extended days of ‘nothing to do’ which gets turned in to creative new games and ideas.
Imagine my joy to discover not only my 5 and 9 year old making dens in the playroom – but my 12 year old too!
We just have one last week left of summer holidays. Leon and Maya are back from scout camp, and I have all four home with me, with no immediate plans.
Leon was with a friend and Richard was at work – the rest of us decided to take a nature walk in the local area. Imagine our surprise when just ten minutes walk away, in the forest behind Alfie’s soon to be school, we found masses and masses of fat round blueberries!
We have so many beautiful flowers in our garden right now. We decided to try some ‘stained glass flower art’ (from the artful parent blog).