Sunday, May 29, 2005

Flags, sharks, knickers, and tiger moths

We’re having a quiet but pretty productive weekend so far. P. decided not to go to trampolining yesterday – her class has been reduced to two lately, and the other girl has a very pushy mum, which makes the atmosphere more tense than she likes.

In the afternoon we had two local cousins round for a dressing up afternoon. This was lots of fun for them all – England Woman and Botswana Boy were joined by Estonia Girl and Union Jack to form the Europe Rabbits. This was slightly educational, as the atlas had to be consulted to find suitable flags.

The afternoon was rounded off with homemade orange juice, made in the cousins' juice machine. After some unseemly behaviour (on the part of our two) about whose turn it was to put the orange segments in, everyone enjoyed this too.

Sadly, P. and I managed to destroy the atmosphere by having a big row in the evening about tidying up the (predictably trashed) house. P. has been a mixture of impressively domestic (making delicious salad, incorporating herbs from her own herb garden; creating a pattern and cutting out pieces for knickers for her toy rabbit) and obnoxiously slovenly (rudely refusing to pick up dressing up clothes from every room in the house). Certainly, I could have handled it better, but we need to sort out how to stop feeling like we're the servants round here…

I'm feeling a bit ill today, so we did nothing much after going for a prearranged swim at the local pool with some friends. This was lovely – we stayed in the water over an hour, did lots of swimming, jumping in and fetching things from the bottom of the pool, and played a good game of sharks.

After lunch I sat on the sofa and did a bit of sewing – cutting down some old dungarees of Pearlie's so that she can wear them as short dungarees. Amazingly, they still fit her round the body, even though they are age 3-4! I offered some advice on the knickers design, and helped with the hemming later (read 'did all the hemming'). L. created many 'pets' out of aluminium foil and housed them in egg boxes, discovering on the way that three sets of 6 is 18.

P. and L also watched Discovery Kids all afternoon, until it started to repeat itself.

We were looking at our caterpillars this evening, and now think they are some kind of Tiger Moth, and not Large Whites at all. It's quite exciting to see what will happen when they emerge - hope we get to see it happen, but we may have to hand them over to someone else when we go away in a couple of weeks.

Looking forward to a day all together tomorrow. We have a big family picnic planned.

3 comments:

peri said...

Wonderful title for a post ;0)

Heather said...

Hope you're enjoying your day together! Our's has been sabotaged by Sim being offered *another* night tonight (he's staff abnk so has to take it when it's going) so he's sleeping...

Alison said...

Aaargh, the old tidying-up argument! :) Let me know when you work out a solution ...