More Spring Things This Week!

This week we (Maya and I) have continued with Easter crafts, mainly in the name of pompoms…

   
 
And Ted has been continuing with Easter eggs…in clay form…

   
…and biscuit form…

  
  
  
  
Alfie has, as always, been drawing drawing drawing…..

  

I love our tulips…

  
…and as well as playing lots of lego (and some Mario!) with Leon, he has been enjoying lots of outdoor play with his friend Lilly… 

 

Alfie so much prefers the sunshine. 🌞

The kids have played with friends, and yesterday Ted and I truly enjoyed a neighbourhood walk to feed a neighbour’s rabbit…

Admiring neighbour’s decorated Easter houses…
 
Having fun with a neighbour’s cat in the sunshine…

   
    
 (Ted just happened to have a rope with him 😏)

…feeding the rabbits in their posh ‘hutch’ – though they didn’t want to be seen….

  
..playing on the rocks…

  
…and watching the water in our neighbour’s backyard lake…..

   
    
 
We are so lucky to live in an area where wildlife is so ripe, in so many different ways – and I’m so happy the sun is finally starting to shine! 😄

Easter Sunday Walk…

…the whole family with farmor, in the national park at Nacka, Hellasgården….

Starting with lunch at the log cabin restaurant (I love this place!)…  

We then went for a lovely walk..

Richard taking photos too….😆

 
Lots of tree climbing (and tree hiding)…   

    
 …tramping through the mud (Ted lost his boot!)…  

…and general running and jumping! 😄   

 Spring is certainly on it’s way. We spied a few Spring flowers…but it was very windy, and there is still lots of ice on the lake!   

Still, it was lovely to be out! 😀

‘Skärtorsdag’ And Easter Weekend 2016…

Just before school broke up, Alfie, Ted and I decorated the Swedish ‘Easter tree’ inside…   

 …and because we had so much ‘Påsk-ris’ (birch tree branches) left over from the scout meeting, Ted and I decorated one for outside too… 

  

 The Easter weekend starts in Sweden with children dressing as ‘Easter witches’ (Påsk-kärring), and going from door to door exchanging homemade Easter cards for sweets…

This year Alfie’s friend Love joined us…   

   
…and this year was the first year they went off alone, with their friends Lilly and Andrea…. 

   

Maya took Ted alone…it was the first time I had seen Easter witches on scooters….😄 

 

On Good Friday we had a family trip to the cinema to see ‘Zootropolis'(3D!)…. 

 

….but we also had homemade ‘hot cross buns’… 

 

….and on Easter Saturday we enjoyed the first real Spring day! We had our garden Easter egg hunt…

  

  
  
   
 …played outside, and Richard and Leon even planted some bulbs!
       

  
     

 
Of course, I couldn’t not read our favourite Easter book to Ted last night….  

…and this morning, on Easter Sunday, after Alfie left out carrots for the Easter bunny (Påsk Hare), he left the kids with a little packet each…

   

In which were chocolates and jelly beans, and seeds for planting 😊….  

Today we are going with the kids Swedish grandma on a long nature walk, and to eat Easter lunch in a log cabin restaurant. 😃

Happy Easter! 🐣☀️🌻

So Far This Week…

…it has been busy.

It seems a week that has been taken up ‘preparing’. For english lessons and for scout meetings. 

The weekend taken up by swimming classes and piano lessons and things that ‘need to be done’. Richard took the older boys to ‘Kidshack’ and later he and Leon had a trip to the cinema.

But I had the joy of taking Ted to a playpark in town…

   
   
Always interesting to see that he gravitated towards the ‘natural’ play areas such as the rocks and the hills, and mostly avoided the ‘man made’ play equipment. A child who feels at home in nature. Like his mum! 😊

On Sunday we ‘celebrated’ Earth Hour….

  
..and the older members in the family discovered (and really enjoyed) Maya’s new game ‘Suspense’…

  
It snowed again…

  
…and then the snow melted and the sun came out…

   
 
Ted has been making the most of being able to ride a scooter, and it’s come everywhere with us..

  
We’ve been decorating the house for Easter….

  
…and starting Easter crafts at home…

   
   
…and at scouts (I had the joy of having both Maya and Alfie in my group this week 😄👍)….

   
 
….and while the older kids have been at school, Ted and I have been drawing…

  
….and threading…

  
…and learning to write simple words…

   
   
Today is ‘Skärtorsdag’, officially the beginning of the Swedish Easter celebrations, when children dress up as Easter witches and go from door to door delivering cards in return for sweets. It’s a full day at school however, so we’ll get busy making cards and dressing up when the kids come home. 😄

English Group : Rockets

We had our last lesson on astronomy last night. I decided to end with a fun experiment – vinegar and bicarbonate-of-soda rockets!

The mission was to build a great looking rocket that flies…

    

    
         

When the rockets were made we filled them with vinegar, corked them, made pouches of bicarbonate-of-soda, and took them outside. 

We then attempted, one at a time, to push the bicarbonate-of-soda in to the rocket, and recork it to get it to fly! Well, it’s a struggle to recork a bottle when there’s bubbling vinegar splurting everywhere! Our first rocket kind of worked, but the second two didn’t (a variety of guessable reasons such as a different type of vinegar, a rather too well fitted cork and the stress to get the cork in)!

But we had a lot of fun trying! 👍😄

English Group : Shadows

On Thursday we talked about what we had learnt from fire – that we had learnt how to light a fire, and how to put one out. That fire can be used for cooking, for warmth and for light. 

We then took a lit candle each, and I asked the kids to look at the flames carefully, and to see what they did. Eventually they figured out, that in the darkness, the flames made shadows.

  
We then played a game, which I had made myself (using cardboard for trees, paper for the game board, and wooden gnomes from another game for the counters), but which I had read about, and that you can buy.

It is called ‘Shadows in the woods’. There are variations of the game, but we played it so that everyone hid their gnome in the trees while the light bearer hid their eyes. When hidden, the light bearer lights the candle, turns off the main light, and using a dice, moves the candle around the game board.

The idea is that the shadows move according to where the candle is, and when the light creates a shadow of the gnome, or lights up the gnome, and the light bearer sees him, that gnome is out.

We took turns being the light bearer.

   

  
  
  
  
The kids really enjoyed this game – it took up pretty much the whole lesson! 😉

 

Saint Patricks Day

I always try to mark Saint Patricks day with something. It doesn’t exist in Sweden, but over the years my kids have known of its existence through me, so we continue to ‘celebrate’ it, in our tiny ways.

This year I have been reading stories to Alfie about various Saints, so I was specific to read to him the story of St Patrick (this time found on the internet). 

 Usually we also read the book ‘Jack and the Leprechaun’, and put out our very own leprechaun Liam, and his rainbow… 

  
…and I make green sugar coated shamrocks (although it’s taken me to this year to notice that this is actually a four leafed clover! 😳) … 

  
 Most years Liam the leprechaun leaves his ‘footprints’, getting up to tricks such as green milk, and shamrocks in our shoes, or leaving a trail of shamrocks to find some ‘gold’ (money or chocolate coins) at the end of the rainbow….

….but this year, with me being unwell, Liam was kind, and just left some chocolate coins tied up in a rainbow coloured ‘coffee filter’…. 

  
  
  
  
…which was beautiful… 😊

This Last Week (or so)….

I’ve been a little behind at posting – mostly because I’ve been ill – so very ill – with a terrible sore throat and a terrible cough. Ted had it last week, and Alfie over the half term. I hope no-one else gets it…

Anyway, Richard has been away in the US, and my mum has been to stay. It’s been one of those chaotic weeks, with sick people, sleepless nights and argumentative little ones especially… But I suppose, some weeks are like that…

Still, we had some nice moments…at the ‘Tjäderstigen’ in Tyresta park…   

 
 …doing Easter crafts at the church playgroup…   

 …hanging out by the river in the forest…

 
…a trip to the aquarium….   

     

   

….and to the local play park…

  
 Alfie was proud of his bag he had sewn at scouts…  

 Maya turned 12…       

      

  

…and we have been looking for, and finding, signs of Spring…. 
      

    

And so that was this week…. 😊
 

  

 

 

English Group : The Observatorium

I took the Monday group to an open evening at the Observatorium in Stockholm.

We went by bus and train, found our way fairly easily, climbed the steep and muddy hill up to the top, and found ourselves at the Observatorium.

A winding wooden staircase to the top. The chance to see and use a real telescope (50 times stronger than a normal one!), to see how they use co-ordinates to point the telescope at the correct place in the sky, and to see how the roof of the Observatorium turns and opens. 

Unfortunately it was very cloudy – but at one point we were able to see the moon – and then it was so clear, we could actually see the craters on the moon! Actually truly incredible!    

I just took the one photo – I didn’t want to be clicking and flashing around in the Observatorium too much! 😂

A fabulous evening!