Living Arrows 24/52 (2019)

Another week done – I can’t believe we’re almost half way through the year already! After our long half term the boys had a full week back at school and nursery last week, and despite having just had a holiday they seemed to be very tired and emotional this weekend.

Toby has had a busy week – he had his Year 1 phonics screening on Monday, and although for him it was over in a few minutes it sounds like they have disrupted most of the week. They have also been rehearsing for a class assembly this week and I think the change of routine has thrown him a little bit.

Despite it being a bit of an unusual week and being tired Toby managed to pass another level at swimming last week. After making little progress for ages it seems like we’re finally getting somewhere. He passed level 3 last week, and it’s only a couple of months since he got his level 2. I’ve seem somewhere local to us that is doing one to one lessons over the summer so I think we’re going to try and get him a few of those too.

Gabe has had a good week too – after nearly a year at nursery he has finally stopped crying when he’s dropped off! He’s made good friends with another little boy which helps – he’s not 4 until November though so he won’t be going to school this time. I think it’ll be sad for both of them when Gabe leaves.

This weekend Toby had a birthday party to go to. It was at someone’s house so I just dropped him off and left him. Barry was away for the weekend so Gabe and I went out for lunch while Toby was at the party. That was a nice couple of hours but the rest of the weekend has seen quite a lot of fighting and squabbling – it always happens when they’re tired but knowing why they’re doing it doesn’t make it any less frustrating!

We did manage to get outside for a bit yesterday afternoon in between the rain showers. The boys are enjoying making ‘potions’ at the moment so that kept them occupied for a while. It mostly just involves picking weeds from our lawn and mixing them up in water but they like it and that’s all that matters I guess!

Gabe picking flowers out of the lawn for his potion

We then did a bit of impromptu science when Toby decided he wanted to see what things would sink and what would float in water. He tried leaves, stones, flowers and mushrooms that he found in the garden then we tried plasticine and looked at what happened when we made it different shapes. It was good fun and it was nice to see Toby and Gabe working together rather than squabbling.

Toby playing in the garden in between rain showers

Toby’s looking so grown up these days, especially with his big front teeth coming in. He acts like a teenager half the time too. And then he cries because he got stuck under a coffee table playing hide and seek and I remember he’s not even six yet!

Here’s hoping we get some better weather this week – Gabe’s got a taster session at school on Tuesday and Toby’s going on a trip on Wednesday so a bit of sunshine wouldn’t go amiss!

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

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5 thoughts on “Living Arrows 24/52 (2019)

  1. It sounds like they’re both really settled into their routines – just in time for the summer holidays! Toby sounds like he’s doing so well with swimming x

  2. I feel like I’m living with a teenager too! Sound like a great impromptu science experiment, I may have to try this with my two. Sometimes I struggle to find things which will keep them both engaged because of the age difference.

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