Woo hoo , so it is now starting to feel a lot like the Summer is on its way .
This past week we have enjoyed a lot of the outdoors while still being at home .
the other weekend , the sun was shining and in fear it was not going to last long we took the advantage of dry weather and heat to take out the hot tub and put it up ready for our visitors we were expecting .
We invested in one last Summer by total accident while visiting relatives last year and had so much fun . The only problem we found was that those nice chilled drinks were being quickly warmed by the pool itself and so this year we decided to purchase some drink holders to help keep them cool, not bad for just £7 , so we grabbed two .
We had a lovely weekend , it seemed to be the first time in a very long time that we were able to enjoy time as a family and the weather made it all the more delightful.
Mothers day was spent with my 8 little ones and they made me some gorgeous homemade cards and flowers , a lovely picture frame and the husband made a special order from the USA for something that I am so excited for and it arrives this week so keep an eye out on my upcoming posts to find out what it is .
If you have been following our journey you may have read the post last week where Kaiden had an accident and needed staples, well on Monday he had to go and get them removed where he was so brave that he did not even cry, I was so proud of him.
This week I had decided because of the weather being so nice that we would try and get to enjoy the sun more so we made a Jack and the Beanstalk Plant holder and we're hoping that the beans we planted grow .
We chose Ancient Egyptians to work on this week and so it was also a great opportunity to learn them about hieroglyphics, about the Pharaohs and the Canopic Jars as well of course as the Pyramids.
There was such a huge amount of learning involved that we made this a week learning project .
Over the week we had enjoyed a various amount of learning . We made so many great crafts and learned so much and seemed to be very interested in mummification especially.
Libby and Leon loved making their cone gods and Sian and Drew found it fiddly to put the 3D coffins together while Kaiden just happily watched me make a Pharaohs crown for him which I found also fun to join in with.
Philip found some interesting facts about the process of how bodies were prepared and of course with it including organs and gruesome details he seemed to enjoy it more than any other subject we had studied lately.
Not forgetting the kitchen lessons this week , the boys decided to make some Kryptonite popcorn (basically popcorn with green icing), I was just a little disappointed that they never left any for me.
An important delivery was made in the middle of the week preparing for our special visitor and so a lot of cleaning and tidying had to be done before their arrival, we were all so excited .
A whole 16 weeks early and at just a little over 1 year old now , she depends on oxygen, a feeding tube and medication, but has already overcome so many operations and is doing amazingly well.
We were so happy to see them all , our sis , her partner and the two children were missed and we had as much fun as we could have while my husband was at work so we even took a very long and fun trek up to the nature reserve.
Having two pushchairs and medical equipment did not mean we were restricted in fact , my pushchair caused more or a nightmare on the rocky hillsides than anything else.
We had a great day and I even snapped a lovely pic of them altogether .
It was so nice for us all to have family staying , we usually only see them all in the 6 weeks holidays when my husband has time of work or Christmas , they don't live so close so we loved having them. The children absolutely adored Alisa too. It was the first time they were actually able to hold her , the last time she was still very small and fragile.
It was lovely to see her with her uncle and he was pleased his shift had finished and we could have a lovely weekend together.
Typically the weather was not great for us and as the weekend arrived so did the rain ,. It was cold and wet but it wasnt going to stop us . The men put up the gazebo and we jumped in the hot tub . it was lovely.
Poor Joshua woke Saturday morning teething with a temperature and he soon got better after a splash with his daddy .
All the children had a turn before us adults enjoyed a dip .
We stayed up the latest we've ever stayed up and had a great time.
Just wish they could have stayed longer.
They departed back home on Sunday and we celebrated ending our week with some homemade Easter cake our neighbout kindly made us .
4/4/2017 12:28:26 pm
Sounds like you had a great week, we have a hot tub and love it, I might have to invest in the cup holders as well x
4/4/2017 10:28:20 pm
Oh bless her what a fighter to have endured so much but look how happy she looks! Your home schooling is coming along nicely too x
4/4/2017 11:31:02 pm
It sounds like you had such a lovely visit with your sis and her family. How wonderful that everyone was able to hold and love on Alisa now that she is bigger and stronger, bless her. It's wonderful how far she has come after such a rocky start x
5/4/2017 09:32:36 am
I absolutely love the Egyptians, I bet they had such a good time learning, you're going to enjoy teaching so much more now the nice weather is here x
5/4/2017 01:55:08 pm
Awww what a fighter she is. I bet it fun to learn about the Egyptian. xx
5/4/2017 02:38:21 pm
I absolutely loved learning about the Egyptians when I was at school, and it seems your kids are really thriving with homeschooling x
5/4/2017 11:55:06 pm
This is a lovely post, I am glad the home schooling journey is going well! :) x
6/4/2017 01:00:21 am
What a productive week! I used to love those inflatable pools as a kid.
6/4/2017 04:36:02 am
I would absolutely LOVE one of those hot tubs for my back garden and the cup holders are genius. Keeping prosecco chilled is a priority! xxx
6/4/2017 06:33:00 am
There is so much to learn about the Egyptians and this was so create to do with the kids! Looks so fun and enjoyable for everyone
6/4/2017 09:46:28 am
What a lovely week you've all had. It must be amazing being able to hold Alisa for the first time.
6/4/2017 10:11:11 am
Sounds like a very good week. Learning about ancient Egyptians is such fun.
6/4/2017 11:20:57 am
Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time, my daughter wants a hit tub party for her birthday we have looked into hiring one
6/4/2017 01:15:54 pm
Sounds like a lovely week. The Egyptians is always one of my favourite topics. Great that you were all able to cuddle Alisa this time too
6/4/2017 03:25:14 pm
That's a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. Looks like you had a great week x
7/4/2017 09:36:59 am
Such a lovely post! I have to ask! how do you maintain the discipline for home schooling? my son won't sit straight for even a minute and would laugh and mess up the entire learning time!
7/4/2017 11:14:48 am
You make learning look so fun with your home schooling techniques. You're clearly very creative, I think it's great!
9/4/2017 11:06:30 am
I love this - I have to say although I don't have children I think if I did I would choose home schooling as I have many friends who are successful with it x
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