So what have we been doing for the last six months?
Well, when I left off at the end of June, we still had six weeks of summer holiday left.
During that time we rented a local scout hut, in the middle of a forest, by the sea. Yes. A scout hut, where the family slept in six bunk beds, had no heating and no inside toilet, and cooked every evening meal over an outside open fire. It rained and it rained, but despite that, we swam in the sea, and we fished, we played and made dens, we picked bluberries, wild strawberries and wild mushrooms – and generally had a fabulous time.
We also had friends over from America, who stayed with us for a week. Eight children between 4 and 14 years of age can actually work out quite ok. 🙂
Maya and I had a couple of adventures away together – one to stay with a friend of hers and her mother, in their summer house just a couple of hours away. For just three days. It was relaxing and lovely, with lots of nature walks, lots of chatting and plenty of cups of coffee. 🙂 The other adventure was on the island of Vässarö for a week with the scouts – though we were in seperate groups of course – I had my ‘finkarna’ – seventeen eager eight to ten year olds, away from home, camping in a tent, many for the first time. We had great fun – hiking and swimming, pond dipping and climbing, sailing and canoeing, and going on the amazing ‘trapper trail’. 🙂
And of course, our thirteen year old turned 14. Leon celebrated with a visit to the cinema with Maya and two friends, and later a trip to an adventure swimming pool with another friend. And a very fine teenager he’s growing up to be. 🙂
Maya also attended riding camp in the summer, and Leon film camp. 🙂
Back at school in August, Leon started grade 8, Maya grade 5 and Alfie grade 2. And Ted in his last year of the church playgroup – which by the way, he absolutely loves! Alfie is the only one who appears to be finding school hard this year……too much sitting still I think…😳
Our english classes are really taking off! The Monday group, in which Leon is in, has been doing the topic of Romans (which they chose to continue in to a second half term), and the Thursday group, in which Maya is in, covered the topic of ‘The Secret Life Of Plants’ for the first half term, and are now nearing the end of the second topic ‘Art through Shape’. We’ve had a lot of fun – and done a lot of different things!
The kids are continuing various activities – and some new ones too. Leon has started indoor climbing, Maya continues with riding and scouts, and has now started theatre group and book club, Alfie continues with theatre club and has now started scouts (in my group) – and Ted has started ‘Mulle’ forest school.
Leon continues to enjoy designing levels on geometry dash, building worlds in minecraft and making films with friends – but has now added cooking to his interests, and has recently treated us to some three course meals! 😊
Maya has really started to enjoy reading, and can be reading up to four books at a time – I’ll thank book club for that! She continued the academic year with her passion for Harry Potter, attending a Harry Potter day dressed as a Ravenclaw pupil, including travelling there on the ‘Hogwarts Express’ (of course not the real one! This is Sweden after all!) 😂
Alfie still continues his passion for anything Super Mario (😜), drawing, and now making bead plates by the ton. I think he has made around 65 in the last few months – every single one of them of a character or item in the Super Mario world. Recently he discovered ‘Quixels’ – a square version of the round beads – which he thinks is even better!
Ted has (after our french guests in the summer – I forgot to tell you about them – and their young son Louis), learnt how to be so very much more social. He now has a ‘best friend’ Alice, from ‘lekis’ (playgroup), and enjoys all sorts of role play, from ‘homes’, to ‘shops’, to pirates, dragons and thieves, and more recently, the nativity (after watching a nativity play at playgroup). He is usually Joseph, and Alice is the baby Jesus. I’m usually Mary. 😂 He is also obsessed with colouring in, colouring books and writing books – he has become very good at drawing, and is now becoming interested in writing letters. He also loves to tell stories, after our ‘gnome tree house’ became the ‘story telling tree’. 🙂
Over the autumn half term we went to England for two weeks, staying half the time with mum and Patu, the other half of the time with friends in London. The kids enjoyed their first english Halloween, but only Maya was brave enough to experience Bonfire Night!
Leon stayed an extra week in England for his school work experience, where he worked as a ‘mechanic’s apprentice’ (with Patu) and in an Oxfam clothes charity shop with his auntie Gail. He really seemed to enjoy it, especially the independence, and ‘grew 5 cm in maturity’ in that time. 🙂
In November Ted turned 5, and celebrated with a ‘fairy tale party’ – small kids dressed as princesses, knights and dragons (a lot of princesses!). Maya made a huge cardboard castle from moving boxes, we bought the wooden toadstool stumps in from the cold, and sprinkled the playroom with twinkling fairy lights and stars – and we made crowns – and had a birthday tea fit for a prince! ☺️
I had a birthday and was very spoilt with presents, and enjoyed sushi and an ice-cream cake (though not together!).
And then Alfie turned 8, just a few days ago. He decided he doesn’t know if he wants a party yet – he was quite happy with presents and cake, and a friend coming over – so we’ll leave it for the moment and see what happens! 😉
And so that’s it.
December. Here we are.
I can’t fathom out how to put up all these photos from the last six months – it’s a shame, but I’ve had a lot of problems with wordpress…and I’m still figuring it out! Let’s hope it’ll work out now…. 😜