Wicked and the baby.

We missed our fortnightly Home Ed Adventure Playground group this week. I rarely miss it but it was for a very good reason; we went to see ‘Wicked’ the musical which is showing at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. We ended up with very good seats. We were up in the Gods in the second row and it was a little difficult to see with the taller people in front of us. Ten minutes into the show, all four people in front of us got up and left and didn’t come back! I felt a little guilty for our fortune in case a family tragedy had occurred! I tried to tell myself it was hopefully something nice like someone having a baby. Have I ever mentioned that I over think things sometimes? The show was brilliant and kept the children completely enthralled from start to finish. I fell into the trap of spending almost as much on merchandise as I had on the show, but the large book looked beautiful and really captured Jessy’s interest and we had to have the soundtrack to sing along at home. It’s livened up the washing up!

The stage curtain.

The stage curtain.

Waiting for the show to begin and munching sweets.

Waiting for the show to begin and munching sweets.

On Thursday I decided to undertake a creative project. Ths kids have chosen their Halloween costumes for this year. Jessy wants to be ‘The Phantom’ from ‘Phantom of the Opera’. I’m surprised I haven’t written more about Phantom as it’s been a firm favourite of Jessy’s lately. He often listens to the soundtrack whilst following the lyrics and we frequently hear his enthusiastic operatic renditions from the shower! A wants to be Kiki the witch from a lovely anime film called ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. She has a black cat called Gigi who A really wanted to complete the outfit. You can buy toys of him but they cost a lot and thake a long time to come from abroad so I decided to make one. I headed to my favourite local shop ‘The Big Discount Store’ as I have a theory that you can find pretty much anything you want in there. I wanted something cheap made out of black material and came out with two balaclavas feeling like a wannabe Bank Robber. In fact I even felt the need to say at the counter ‘I’m making my niece a cat’ to alleviate any potential suspicions of bank robbery! It took a little longer than I’d hoped but by 10pm that night I had created this. A was very happy with him too.

Gigi the cat

Gigi the cat

We had a busy Saturday. We took A to Stagecoach on the train. While we waited for the train home Jessy did some spontaneous ‘out and about’ maths. He worked out how many holes were in a seat by counting the number in the length and width and multiplying them. When he counted to check his answer, the number was different and he worked out he’d made a mistake in the initial counting. He then used multiplication again to work out how many holes were in the whole row of seats – there were 400! We then tried a little division to get back to the answer of how many were on one seat.

How many holes?

How many holes?

Jessy’s Nana dropped A off at Piccadilly station after Stagecoach so we could head to a birthday party. It was another nice little party at home with games and treats. Inbetween the games about 15 children piled on and off a huge beanbag in a small room and all seemed to have fun. Jessy ate a balanced party food dinner of chocolate biscuits, chocolate cake and chocolate spread rolls! On the way home we saw a beautiful rainbow. It’s rare to see the whole huge arc in bright colours and we were all quite excited!

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Under the rainbow

Under the rainbow

In stead of party bags the kids all won crafty presents during the games. Jessy got some ‘create your own puzzles’ and A got a cat mask and a flower pot. She painted the cat mask to look like her cat at home.

Party crafts

Party crafts

Sunday was mostly taken up by pet care. I did the cat litter, A cleaned out her hamster Kovu and Jessy cleaned out the millipedes. The kids helped each other out to have company and make the jobs easier.

The millipedes enjoying some sunshine at clean out time.

The millipedes enjoying some sunshine at clean out time.

A very much enjoys researching new and interesting possibilities for her hamster. This week she discovered a recipe for a hamster omlette and some hamster treats. She made the omlette herself one evening. It had carrot and parsley in it and when we taste tested it, it was delicious! She shared it out between Kovu and Jessy’s gerbil Alicia.

Hamster omlette

Hamster omlette

Alicia the gerbil

Alicia the gerbil

We also gave the treats a go which involved making a simple pastry with added peanut butter and using a bit of fruit puree as a filling. Ours were mango treats. They were quite tasty too and the animals enjoyed them. It was a good chance to practice some measuring with A as I’ve noticed she seems to have very little understanding of measurements and it’s always easier to pick things up when applying them in real life. This week she’s discovered the difference between cm and inches when she wanted to get a sense of how large a hamster toy was and we had a look on a tape measure. Making the treats involved measuring some water in ml which I pointed out for her on the jug.

A making the treats

A making the treats

Adding the filling

Adding the filling

Sealing the treats

Sealing the treats

The finished treats

The finished treats

Kovu with his home made treat

Kovu with his home made treat

Today was an exciting (and slightly nerveracking) day for me as I had my pregnancy anomaly scan. It’s usually done at about 20 weeks and I’m only just over 18 weeks so the baby was quite small for the sonographer and she didn’t see everything she wanted to see so I’m going back in a few weeks. What she did see was fine though. I was quite amused that my baby was lying face down with it’s legs quite stretched out kicking about and waving its little fists! Despite our attempts at tipping the chair and rolling me over it was quite content to remain faceplanted so we didn’t get to see its face, but it was lovely to see a proper little person wriggling around in there! The photo isn’t very clear but the head is on the left, you can see the curve of the spine at the top and the belly at the bottom, the legs are bent with the knees pointing down and you can see its little foot at the end. 🙂

Faceplanted baby!

Faceplanted baby!

That’s it for this week. Everyone’s comments are enjoyed and welcome always!