It’s been a busy few weeks, but yet I’ve been very quiet about it all. Why? A number of reasons: mainly being very tired and far too consumed with the stressful bits of life. That’s not to say that there haven’t been a lot of good bits, because there have been…
Darren and I took all four girls to the Living Rainforest a few weeks back and had a blast. The trip was inspired by Alice’s school topic, but all the girls had a hoot chasing round filling in their worksheets whilst we snapped away with our cameras. Afterwards we let them loose in the play area for an hour before heading back to Twyford for a pizza at the trusty Itlalian in the village.
Two weeks ago, my girls and I spent a fun afternoon visiting our good friends Jayne and Phill, and their three boys, Zach, Tom and Joe. Jayne is Asri’s godmother, whilst Phill is Eleni’s godfather, and I am Tom’s godmother. It was glorious weather and so after a delicious lunch (thanks Jayne) we went for a stroll through the woods with all the kids before heading to the park. I’m not sure what you have to do to exhausted these kids; they were all still full of it when we arrived back at the house for a cuppa.
Jayne and Phill told me all about their new plan to home school the boys after some bad experiences in the private sector with Zach. As daunting as it all sounded, I have to say I was impressed! If we lived a little closer, I’d be tempted to send the girls round for lessons!
All in all a really good day, which much be repeated very soon. Especially as Jayne is keen to meet Darren! 🙂
This weekend the girls were full on with their dancing. Saturday was “Watching Week”, when parents are allowed to watch. I always enjoy these sesssions and it is a good excuse to take lots of photos! And Sunday was dancing exams. What a long (but very successful) morning that turned out to be. I had to be at the exam hall at 9.30am with Eleni for an exam at 10am and another at 10.30am. She did brilliantly, gaining a distinction in both Gold Mime and Intro to Tap. Then my parents (who stayed for the weekend) dropped Asri with me and collected Eleni, and we were there until 1pm for Asri’s exams. Being that bit older, her exams last a lot longer and are a lot more involved. She also did great, gaining an honours in Modern and a distinction in Lyrical.
Finally done with the exams, Asri and I headed to Darren’s to meet up with Alice, Elisa, Mum, Dad and Eleni. After a picnic lunch and a slice of cake (accompanied by an ear shattering rendition of Happy Birthday from the girls, and with candles having to be relit three times so all the girls could have a go at blowing some out) we were off out to enjoy the sunshine at Dinton Pastures. A stroll around the lakes, a play in the play area and ice cream ensured the girls were well tired, and both fell asleep on the way home!
Darren and I have also had a busy couple of months; we went on a pub crawl around Henley with friends, popped up to Yorkshire to see Russ and Rachel (Darren’s brother and his other half), went to the Mayor’s Ball with Mum and Dad and embarked on a few walks. There was also the small matter of Darren’s 40th birthday; and I’m really happy to report that despite lots of reservations about the whole birthday experience, he had a lovely time.
We went for pizza (back to the trusty Italian in Twyford) with the four girls and my parents. It was lovely seeing his face when he got a card and small pressies from his girls. And I do believe he was rather impressed with the London Irish rugby tickets I got him (now I just have to understand the game!).
I’ve also stepped up the training for the 10k. My next “race” is at Dorney Lake on April 15. I’ve been really struggling to over come the asthma/breathing issues, but things are slowly improving. I won’t be running the whole thing (which is a slight dissapointment) but at least I can see progress. It’s all good!