making magnets

today Eli and I made magnets out of perler beads ( Ironing beads ) it was fun doing it. Eli first did a truck but then he didn’t want to any more so he did the horse . I did the truck and the plane

( by Grace )

Editor: minor edit, Grace’s plane isn’t in this photo (which she took). The planes and butterfly are from another day. The horse is Eli’s and the truck is Grace’s

Down comes the balcony

We’ve had this sinking feeling about our balcony for a while…

The problem is that pretty much all the structural wood is rotting, so it’s been off limits for a while.

When you can see through the beams that hold everything up, it gives you the impression that there may be a problem.

So after Sam did some prep work a few weeks ago taking down the decorative stuff…

…it was time for the rest of it to come down.

We had some helpers (Sam was probably the most effective worker) 

And lots of rotten wood

But now we have loads more natural light into the house. Yes, sure, there are some other…er…minor issues…but definitely lots more light.

And I got a bit dirty

A small skip full of debris, 2/3 of the balcony down, and now lots of reconsideration of our plan to build it again as it was. Back to the drawing board to see what we can do to keep some extra light going into the downstairs area (ideas welcome!)

I’m a monkey

Eli figured it out! He can now do monkey bars. I always love that moment when they realise that they can actually do something that they didn’t think they could.

Geoboard

First Grace, then Eli and now Adam gets his turn to enjoy pulling elastics on the geoboard. The other two also get to have some rekindled excitement and enjoy it along with him.

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Pink jersey

Donné asked Grace to fetch Adam a jersey, but she decided upstairs was too far to go and therefore he should just wear her jersey…..

Sushi night

There was a buzz of excitement running through the house – the children were edgy, waiting for it to happen. We collected it and the smell was permeating the car – could Donné hold back until we got home? The table was rapidly set, the moment was nearing. Sauce bowls filled, sticks in hand, everyone waited with anticipation.Sushi!And then it was gone.

Vacuum time

Time to vacuum up the chips that Adam messed on the floor