This has been a fun week. We are still doing school work in the morning, but have enjoyed some extra free time in the afternoon. One afternoon we watched 'White Christmas' on DVD and ate teeny candy canes...
Tiger girl baked another big batch of gingerbread cookies which we decorated with some cute shop-bought Christmas sweetie decorations. She had tried a new/modified recipe but the general consensus was that the old faithful tried and tested one is still best & that's what she went with when baking for the Homeschooler's Christmas party.
It took us 2 buses 2 trains and over 2 hours to get to the party but I'm so glad we went. It was really good to hang out with other families who have chosen to home educate their children. We laughed, chatted & told funny stories to one another. One person was telling me all about a homeschooler who'd recently gone to a fairly local University to do medicine. I was telling another person all the ins & outs of what's required for the General Level Certificate. The atmosphere is always about sharing what you know & helping/encouraging one another... great not to be in competition with others. Tigergirl & Smurf had a blast playing the old fashioned party games like pass the parcel, musical chairs/statues and a fun team game with a straw and tiny bits of paper...
Roman & Chef generally helped moving chairs/furniture when asked & enjoyed the party food.
Tiger girl made a new friend and it was great to see them chatting away and getting to know each other. They swapped addresses and T-g's already written her a letter and we plan to meet up. Smurf was in the thick of a big bunch of boys and enjoyed playing with old friends & making new ones too.
I was a real prawn though... Roman & Chef decided to stay in town to get a coupla last minute pressies and Tiger-girl, Smurf & I came straight home. It was dark by this time & I was pegging out for a cup of tea. It was only after we stepped off the bus that I realised I didn't have a key to get in the house! GGrr... Roman & Chef both ALWAYS carry a key so I wasn't too keen to carry my big bunch of keys and had left it at home. The boys came straight home asap but the three of us were frozen (even though we'd lingered in the corner shop for as long as we dared!)
Last week-end the children went to stay over night with their Nanny & Grandad. They went on the train & now Roman is 16 he needs an adult fare. We got a family railcard and the train is direct (but with lots of stops in teeny places). They went to the village pantomime and Chef won a cuddly snowman in the raffle. Tiger-girl has always loved snowmen & gladly accepted this new cuddly into her snowman collection.
Sadly, Husb has to work on Christmas Eve so we can't go & have a Christmas meal at Nanny & Grandad's this year.
I was glad to hear that the parcel I sent to Hungary arrived safely & had a lovely letter from our friends.