#SundaySevens is a blog series started by Natalie from Threads and Bobbins. Here’s my third entry into the series looking at a few of the little things that have happened in the mini ones’ lives this week…
1. And the winners are…
Isn’t it nice when people agree with you? We already know Lindum Books in the Bailgate is a fabulous book shop and this week the British Book Awards 2017 agreed with us by declaring it the Independent Bookshop of the Year Regional Winner. And we already knew that the mums who run the weekly Parent & Toddler Group we attend at St Giles Children’s Centre are fabulous and now the Preschool Learning Alliance has recognised it too by awarding them the Outstanding Volunteer Team 2017 Divisional Winner. Both teams are now headed towards their national rounds – we’re keeping all our mini fingers tightly crossed for them.
2. Taking to the dance floor… possibly…
Luke and Willow have recently started a ballet class as we found one they can do together. Fortunately they have a very understanding teacher as it’s not gone quite straightforwardly as yet. Week one was very much a first week for Luke – he sometimes likes to take time to see what’s going on before joining in and the lack of appropriate footwear seemed to be causing issues. Week two, two pairs of newly acquired ballet shoes on two pairs of feet, and it was Willow who was distracted by hunger as the breakfast-skipping dancer was more inclined to eating snacks than spinning pirouettes. Week three was going so well until Luke decided to try and make friends with another girl in the class – when his hand-holding advances were spurned his disappointment led him off the dance floor, rejection is tough. Week four and four out of the five Malpis were sent into meltdown when we couldn’t find where we put the ballet shoes so we never actually made it. We’re now on an Easter break, probably just as well.
3. Hardwick Hall
We love being National Trust members and when we needed to be in Sheffield late afternoon today it gave us a great opportunity to drop in and enjoy one of its special places on the way. The organisation’s lovely Tweeter suggested Hardwick Hall which, with its woodland play trail leading you in from the car park, two houses to explore and gardens showing the signs of Spring, along with the lovely weather, proved perfect for the minis to explore and it was a shame we had to interrupt a game of hide and seek to leave as early as we needed to because of our appointment – Luke particularly liked climbing the steps and going “really, really high” in the ruinous Old Hall. It’s also been the perfect lead in to Hh week at Luke’s nursery next week with Hardwick Hall, house and high.
4. Road signs
Luke’s nursery-prompted obsession with road signs shows no signs of abating. Grandmum has already fuelled his zeal with a traffic light crafting session and then she spotted this traffic set – with working traffic/green man lights! We raced down to Sainsbury’s to pick up a set for ourselves as soon as she told us about them – they’re still in the box at the moment but hopefully they’ll go down well.
5. Godmum playdate
Who doesn’t love a godmum playdate? Especially when it involves sombrero hats, penguin binoculars, lab coats and accessorising!
Have you been following CBeebies Stargazing this week? My mini astronauts are both intrigued by it – especially loving Robert the Robot’s involvement – so it’s one we’ll be looking up again on the iPlayer.
We had another playdate at the beginning of this week for the first time with a girl Luke particularly gets on with nursery. Willow was voluminously sick, Faith was on a constant feed and Luke kept distracting the girl from playing with the (unhealthy because we hadn’t done any shopping at the weekend) snacks I’d packed for the walk home. It remains to be seen whether her mother will contact us again…