Well so much has happened it’s hard to know where to start but here goes we are now in a small but lovely new house which we are slowly Finding our feet in. The Children and I start the new year with weekly tutor visits from Paul and a rash her full timetable.
We are still yet to choose our annual project but had be most of the first 6 weeks sorted we are a little limited as since we moved in in November we have had builders in or both been working or in our case busy with swimming lessons school work, play meet ups groups, day trips, lots of troops to charity shops with literally boxes and boxes of items no longer needed or wanted we have a also taken unwanted blankets to the sally army for homeless or for those no good for that to the local animal shelter.
Now I Haven’t done a done a proper update for about a year and in that year so much has happened but here are or highlights.
End of last year Jessica finally made it off the waiting list and got into Brownies. She shortly moved from the only one we could get her into which was on a Monday evening to the one her friends were in after a couple of months and now goes on Wednesday evenings.
After getting to old for beavers and never being put into a cubs Thomas is a scout again and he’s living it. He goes on a Thursday night after his swimming lesson and family swim so Thursdays are always a tiring one for our little man but he loves it.
We all stated yoga and meditation Thomas doesn’t find it very easy and the girls flop in and out but we have got into a daily routine and it’s part of their “PE”
After our first year in Warminster being plagued with constant trips to the hospital and the nightmare neighbour who went from living in our pockets taking up our every moment to blocking our drive leaving us unable to leave the house! It doesn’t feel like we really moved to Warminster until she left us to actually live our own lives a year after moving in!!
But being blocked in was great as we walked everywhere and found local parks and activities here are some…..
Warminster has a beautiful park and our summer was spent between the sport centre and it. This one was taken one time when we snuck there while Emily was at playschool.
This is a time we all went.
There is an obstacle course there to.
We are still a little unsure as to what exactly this is but kids love it and as soon as school children are out of school the make a belongs to it to lol.
For emily the stepping stones where more big jumping stones but with my help or a piggy back from Tom or Jess she made it across.
This year we started then swimming lessons when Duncan got his wage increase in April and blimey have they done well they made it off the waiting list after our holiday to France in June and they have gone from level one red hat…..
Completed that at same time together to stage two orange hat….
Jessica completed that first back in October and is now yellow hat…..
Thomas found this stage hard but the change of teacher when we had a clashing of activities meant the difference for tom and he got his yellow hat on his last lesson Christmas this meant a change of day again to keep his new teacher but that also meant he got his first lesson in before Christmas to.
Emily is a different stories being younger she didn’t start as late only about a year late so she started in preschool swimmers and earned all 4 duckling awards…..
She is now at 85% on level 1.
The they all had 6 months doing gymnastics when the new gymnastic centre opened but unfortunately we left just before Christmas after they tried to con money out from us so I pulled all 3 out. Thomas has been doing trampolining since he was 5 and just before moving him to this company he earned his level 9 certificate….
Back in march and since was working towards 10 the hardest move being a back flip type move and so I paid for what I agreed was 1 month of extra private lessons to overcome this, he did it in lesson 2 but they told us they had put him down for a competition in 4 weeks time so I agreed reluctantly to increase it until the competition as it a joint session with an other little girl and they agreed any we couldn’t make due to upcoming move we wouldn’t be charged for and as I knew we were due to be staying with mum for at least one week (ended being 3 weeks) and I explained I would only be making their normal lessons as other activities were on the same day making it worth the hour drive and wouldn’t make the private ones during this period so if I was going to be charged for missed lessons it was a big NO she shredded. but once we got the house kids had to go away while we had builders in turning 1 rooms to 2 so some 4 weeks later (having missed 2 private lessons before competition and this being 2 weeks after we shore up and they want 6 weeks of private lessons of us! (To pay again for the 2 sessions over the move he made and i had paid for on the day! Plus 2 he didn’t make that our agreement was we wouldn’t be charged for and 2 there was never any agreement he would ever continue with!! So that was it they haven’t been since this month they are going to have a couple of horse riding lessons and archery lessons try some new things then if they want to go back to gymnastics they will be going else where!)
Anyway during this period here’s some of what the girls got up to.
Jessica on the training uneven bars.
Jessica on the beam, Jessica made lots of friends while there but they all slowly left to go to liberties which will be where she will go if she wants to continue to want to complete but springboards despite charging competitive training prices weren’t teaching them to that standard so she was due to come out anyway.
Thomas had his first trampolining competition he did really well we were so proud he didn’t grade as when he was up the first time nerves got to him as his instructor who had been on the edge for all the other children had gone for a walk just as he was called! (An other deciding factor as this has put him off his dream to complete!!!!) But I made sure I was there for his second attempt and wow he was fantastic.
We also completed as a family the swim the channel challenge of 22 miles in 12 weeks uncouth unfortunately didn’t take any money but having put in 17 of the miles myself and missing 3 weeks due to the move very proud regardless.
We also had 2 loses this year and the whole family were heart broken to have to say goodbye to our beautiful girl Charm who was peacefully put to sleep in August when old age left her in pain and with a prolapsed bowel we had to let her go up to Grumpa and Prince.
We also lost our Tessa during the move in October and however much we hope she will be found and return home the longer she’s missing the heavier my heart feels and the less it seems likely she will. (She escaped out the door at mums and the kids attempt to put right forgetting to shut the door behind them was to chase her to try and catch her)
Honestly trying to think what else has happened is hard work but I think we are pretty much there now…….
The kids had great fun with their tutor planning their bedrooms out in the old house.
Thomas rode his heart out for a scouts sponsored bike ride.
Jessica conquered loom bands.
She also loves playing with the Vesta and making her toys new clothes.
We went to the tower of London (has it’s own post)……..
We had a 10th Birthday!……
And a 5th Birthday!
They all had great fun Crabbing with granddad.
We now come to the end of the year and our lovely big family Christmas.
Decorating the Christmas tree at home………
Seeing Santa on Emily’s Birthday……
A beautiful story with Santa………..
Making our gingerbread house…….
Opening presents with cousins……..
And the Christmas day nap………..
Then a rare chance of a small of all 9 together.
Then the morning after the new year.