We took my mum to Rushmere Country Park. She hadn't been before, and liked it as much as I'd hoped. The kids were really happy to be back, as it's been a while since our last visit. We did our usual circular walk, starting at the big slide, past the fairy doors, giant chair, spider and elf seats.
Swimming and parkour the next day, getting to both feels like a victory at the moment!
The Into Film Festival is on, and we had tickets to see The Jungle Book at Milton Keynes. Almost all of the Aylesbury tickets got booked up straight away, but we loved the MK Odeon! The film was in 3D, and we got to sit in the really posh big seats at the back. The film was great, we all really enjoyed it. Another bonus was bumping into some friends, so we sat together.
Rob and the kids went to stay with his parents at the weekend. Rob, Fred and his dad went to watch Port Vale win at home. Fred made a vlog!
Betsy looked dreadful when she got back. No appetite, really pale. No surprise that she was ill during the night. Again. Sigh. She was off for a few days, so we missed TVAP, swimming and a meet up in the woods.
Once she felt less awful, Betsy spent a lot of time drawing. She did this excellent picture of big cats (plus a tabby). And she's been doing great copies of Pokemon picture from google images.
Meanwhile, Meg became a cat, and communicated her needs through the medium of drawing.
She wanted water.
She wanted her iPad.
She wanted to sit on my lap.
Meg and I often walk to the shop to pick up bits and bobs, and we've really been enjoying those moments. We chat about the water (it's still and flat, or it's choppy and wavy, or it's sparkling with sunlight diamonds). We say hi to the swans and the ducks.
Fred and Rob went to see Steve Backshall at the theatre on Wednesday evening. I think Fred felt he'd outgrown his Deadly 60 days, but they both came back sparkling and enthusiastic! Steve was very interesting and entertaining, and they loved it.
On Thursday Betsy was more or less back to herself, though still needing more sleep than usual. She was up for an activity in the afternoon, and the girls had fun decorating fairy cakes. Sprinkle overload!
We braved the crowds and went to town for the Christmas lights switch on. We missed most of the fireworks by standing in entirely the wrong bit of the square, but the atmosphere was fun and the lights pretty.
Jarvis came over for a few hours on Saturday, which was great. His dad took Betsy and Meg swimming with them later, with Fred choosing to stay home. Fred has been playing lots of Roblox games recently - Mining Madness, Miners Heaven, Apocolypse Rising, Limited Universe, Ultimate Driving, Dinosaur Simulator, Tix Factory Tycoon, Murder Mystery 2, Roblox Day Z, Prison Life 2.0. Some of them he play with Betsy and Meg, some of them he plays with online friends, and some alone.
The weather is colder, and the fire has been on a lot. Rosie the cat approves.