We had a really lovely surprise this morning when the postman delivered four packages from Australia. We have been building a special friendship with a family 'down under'. They've been using the same homeschool EPIC Adventure curriculum that we were on. On the EPIC Adventure website there is a parents blog to share pics of the enquiries/activities and learning that our children have done, and that's how we've become friends. A while back we heard that one of their children was feeling a bit rough due to a broken arm, so we decided to send a little package to each of the children to let them know we cared. They loved their little homemade gifts, pictures and letters and today the chids got a package each from their family. Here, the twins & Smurf have laid out all their goodies in Tigergirl's room. We were amazed to see photos of kangaroos roaming free, on photos taken from their own balcony! One of the things which the chids asked in their letters was about seeing kangaroos & koalas. Although Smurf got a bit mixed up & I had to explain that it's not panda bears (but koalas) that live in Australia!
Roman has put his things on the pin board in his room.
We are now planning what to send next!
I was feeling a bit 'pot-bound' today, squished by the totally humungus largish laundry & ironing pile... so Husb & I went out for a couple of hours. We had a lovely walk along a nearby canal & it was very peaceful. Then things got silly when I wanted to take a photo of him on a canal bridge. He started to mess about pose..... in a way that looked like 'inexpensive-clothes-catalogue-kind-of-posing'. See for yourself...wanna but a t-shirt or jeans!?!
Then we took some self portraits of us together...It's tricky to hold the camera & pose. We got the hang of it & a couple of pics are quite good (even though my hair looks like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards!) We did have a laugh though & returned home refreshed :)
Tigergirl baked some new recipe biscuits today. They were YUM!
Well, Smurf turned 11 on Friday & his Birthday carried over into the week-end when we went to visit family in Wales. The children always ask their Nanny for the cake they'd like her to make, & this year Smurf asked for a log flume!
We've had all sorts of incredible cakes over the years including a castle, teddy bears picnic, tiger, Robot Wars Arena and Dalek to name but a few. Nanny always rises to the challenge and expects to get stuck to the floor with icing as part of the tradition.
The two skinny candles at the back are sparkler candles. Smurf enjoyed them.
It was wet when we arrived in Wales, but cleared up for a walk along the beach.
Chef is sporting his new rain coat.
The girlies :)
The 11 year old and his stick.
Smurf was extremely happy with his pressies...
A mobile phone, a sword, a DVD & chewing gum ball, a Sonic Screwdriver, a subscription for his fave comic, a voucher for WHSmiths where he chose 2 DVDs (for anyone who doesn't know; we don't have TV) and plenty of paper with the Queens head on it.
I like the children to get some new clothes with their Birthday money ( a family tradition which I enjoyed as a child... going out with just my Mum & me, having lunch and then a fashion show when I got home). Smurf spent all his money in one shop... getting a whole bag of co-ordinated 'threads'!!!
When we got home he gave us a fashion show and it was funny to see the faces he pulled!!?
These jeans came with a belt that Smurf really took a liking to (I think he liked the belt more than the jeans themselves).
I'm really careful about what it says on T-shirts...this one says AWESOME which of course is true!
Cool belt and phone prop!
(Note the smile looks less enthusiastic towards the end of the show!)
We had proper fish & chips for lunch on Smurf's birthday, (partly for Dancer to experience classic British nosh.)