Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Hi Everyone,

School Holidays! Emphasise the SCHOOL - SCHOOL Holidays!

On Monday we did a massive tidy up in my room. There are 2 sets of bunk beds, with 4 of us girls in it! So out come 1 bunk set- we had to take it apart completely!;2 dressers, 'stacker' drawers - from the Warehouse.

Our lounge was looking very full! Which is a nice way of saying 'messy!'

And for about the next three or four hours we tidied up (or i did anyway!) Then i vacuumed, and in came the first dresser. It was then 3pm, so while all the other children watched TV for half an hour, i sorted out my drawers.

Then the second dresser and bunk beds came in, following that were beds to re-make!

When it came time for the other children to go to bed, their was still a mess in the lounge!

Also, between 3 of us, we cleaned Monique's four mouse cages - i think i spent about 2 hours doing that!

Better go have lunch,

Friday, September 18, 2009

Family Dance

Hi everyone,

A group of homeschoolers do folkdancing during term 3 each year, this year Mum decided we would do it as well. It ran for the first 8 weeks of the term.

I did Scottish Country Dancing, which they had for 13+ year olds. Each week we worked on perfecting steps (slip-step, skip-change), timing, as well as learning a few dances. One of the main ones was The Kingston Flyer.
Last week Saturday we had the 'Family Dance' when each group presents a few of the dances they learned during the term.

We arrived at 2:45pm, and got organised (mostly trying to remember how our dances went!) Then at 3pm, the dances started. The youngest group - up to 5/6yrs present their two - one being We're going on a bear hunt, next the 5 - 7 year old group, then the 8+ folkdance group. Then it was us!
We marched on in couples, and got into sets of 4 couples for Sandy Butterly, next into 3 couple sets for The homeschool reel, written (or whatever) especially for us!
Lastly we went back to 4 couple sets, and danced The Kingston Flyer through twice, then most peaple chose another partner from the audience, and danced it through 4 times (which fits the music).

After this everyone had to get up for Are you sleeping, Yes, i know it's boring! which we had to do in three circles, inside, middle, outside, as a round. You had to sing as well. So two circles would be singing Are you sleeping, while the last circle was singing Brother John.

Afternoon tea was next, and we were allowed to go and get it in our age groups - youngest first.
To aid the food in being digested, we spun in a circle - crossing arms and joining hands, then leaning back and spinning until you got dizzy (or the other person did!!)

For the last couple of hours a square dance instructer guided us in some more dancing - He would say circle left, circle left, circle left, circle right, circle right, circle left, right, left, left, right, right turn with partner, alamanzo (or something to that effect) left with corner (holding each others elbow, lower arms together), right pull by, left pull by and so on, which was basically walking around the circle. etc, etc.
It also included the boys joining hands high (star) and turning that 'star' in a circle; head ladies swapping back and forth; advance, and step back two steps; walking single file in a circle 'indian style' after a bit 'ladies' would cast away and walk in the opposite direction. I can't think of everything, but hopefully you get the basic idea from this muddle!

We also had a big circle (everyone) at the end and were doing heel, toe, heel, toe, side close side, and somewhere clapping with right hands, left hands, both hands, knees, and then turning in a circle and moving on to next partner.

Anyway, it is 12:07 am, and i should go get the Double Choc Chip Muffins out of the oven, and then go to bed.


Monday, September 07, 2009

Emma's weight


Just a quick post tonight, have to go make Chelsea Buns because the oven is still turned on.

Emma Rose weighed 6lb 9oz at birth.


Saturday, September 05, 2009


Hey everyone,

I do trampolining/tumbling with the homeschool group once a week on a Tuesday for six weeks in the middle of the school term, anyway, for tramp I am working on Blue Badge, the second badge which is:
Seat drop
half twist to seat drop
to stand
piked straddle jump (or something)
half twist to front drop, etc, etc.

At home Danielle (6) can do Red Badge, the first one; which is:

Seat drop
tuck jump
hands and knees drop,
pike jump
half twist jump
piked straddle jump
seat drop half twist to stand.

Which I did last term.... I feel soooooooo clever!! (not) :-)

We have to sit and exam at the end of the fourth term (or somewhere near there). I am hoping to do Green Badge for that (third badge) which is pretty much the same as Blue, with a front tuck flip at the end.

And for Tumbling i think i am doing blue badge, which i have to be able to do something like cartwheel-handstand-cartwheel, which is ssssssssoooooooooooooo anoying because i can't do either. :-( I can never get my legs to go straight up...

Oh well,

See ya next time,