June 28, 2015
It’s been a bit of a special week here for us as Nibsy’s Daddy has been off work all week. Prior to taking his current job in November 2014 he has always worked from home so it’s been quite the adjustment getting used to him being gone all day Monday to Friday. This has been his first proper break since he started at the job so it’s been really great. We decided not to go away anywhere but to just relax at home and enjoy our new house and area.
Sunday was of course fathers day. We didn’t do anything huge, Matt had his choice of breakfast and a gift (whiskey infused haggis) plus a card and in the afternoon we talk a little walk to explore our new area. Just around the corner from us is a community farm which sadly closed a few years ago due to lack of funding but is now a good area for dog walkers, I’m sure the lovely views are a big attraction for them. We didn’t go too far because it looked like it was going to pour down with rain (spoiler: it did!) but it was nice to get out wander the fields a bit and we even discovered a little play area which Nibsy enjoyed.
We are all really enjoying our new house and town, everyone seems a lot happier and more active since we moved here. Long may it last!
On Monday we decided to seek out the local library. As much as I love buying new books for Nibsy our bank account and shelves are not thanking me for it.
It took us a little while to fill in all the paperwork and while we were doing that Nibsy was casually browsing the true crime section, once we were registered we managed to redirect him to the more appropriate children’s section. I limited him to 5 books because we have to carry them home up a very steep hill and by we I mean me! He chose 3 chapter books for me to read to him and 2 pictures books which we’ve read together. Nibsy seems to have had a reading break through in the last few weeks, his fluency is picking up and he definitely has a lot more confidence in his abilities. That’s really what he has been missing all this time, not the skills but the confidence in himself.
After the library we stopped off for a treat.
Well, the sun was shining which is a rare occurrence in Scotland so it would have been rude not to!
Wednesday we met with our home education group as usual. This week the meet up was at Paisley Abbey. One of our first ever meet ups was at this Abbey and so it has a special place in my heart, I always enjoy it when our schedule rotates to this location.
While the older children did some bird whispering (they even had a bird sitting on their hand!) the younger ones were busy playing with sticks. What is it about sticks that make them so attractive to young children?
Friday we took receipt of a very special delivery…
Yep! We now have our very own piano. Our good friends gave us this free of charge as they had purchased a new one for their family. All we had to do was pay someone to collect it and drop it off to us. We found a really nice small company in Helensburgh to do that for us, so if you are in the area and need a Man with Van be sure to check him out here! I have also arranged for Nibsy to have piano lessons, he will be starting them in September and is very excited.
This weekend we’ve stayed home and relaxed, Nibsy and his Dad have done some gardening while I’ve been working on some crochet socks. Socks have always alluded me and I am determined to conquer them this time. I’ll post a photo once I’ve completed them.
What have you guys been up to this week?