Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Baby stuff, Brownies, Biology and Backgammon

I am beginning to feel that the end of morning sickness may be in sight. I have had a couple of not being sick days in a row, and actually managed to cook yesterday. And had the energy to play a few games of draughts and backgammon. It was nice to play games, and go shopping with R for tea and to cook together, as I haven't had the energy to do anything. I feel terrible that I have been ignoring them all, and guilty that Al has had to do all the washing, shopping, cooking, etc., around the house for weeks. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, I will get to that phase where I can be excited and have fun with preparations, and knitting lots of little things.

M had a wonderful Easter weekend. She went away on her first Brownie camp from Friday to Monday! She came back saying she had the BEST TIME!!!! And there were lots of others who like High School Musical, too!!!! It is funny watching her, as my youngest, growing up so suddenly. She is nearly 10, getting independent, filling out in a prepubescent kind of way, and here I am, going to go through it all again with another baby!

R has also decided that she does want to do more structured stuff, and has had out the GCSE books. She has got Al to sit with her and do Maths in the evening, and I think she is feeling both stupid and proud. She wants to be better at Maths, and sometimes puts herself down, but she is working at it now and seeing some progress, which makes her feel good. I hope. It is nice to be able to watch yourself improve at things. She has mentioned that she wants me to do Biology with her, but for now, we are settling for lots of backgammon. :-)

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Outings Galore

So we have had a few outings, especially with my mother visiting from the States. We didn't go out that much while she was here, as her health isn't as good as it has been in the past. And most of those we did go on, required lots of sitting on benches. :-(

First, we took C and M to the Ness Botanical Gardens. They were having a special event with the Save Our Bees campaign, and I was quite impressed with all that was put on for the families. C and M did a honey comparison taste, and a nature trail quiz, and the bee waggle dance, and did pictures for a mural, and planted some bulbs and plants that are flowering in the green house! It was fantastic!

Naturally, I forgot to take my camera. And believe me, if you had seen C do the waggle dance, you would be terribly sad that I didn't get that on film!

We also had a quick trip to Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. That is one of my mother's favourite places to see when she comes for a visit. Unfortunately, all of the lovely tulips weren't up yet. But she did get some family photos, which is what she really wanted.
However, this is my favourite photo. M had run off to explore, so no surprises there. And I was sitting up on a bench with my mother as she can't manage the steps, but the others all went for a walk around the lovely gardens. S would probably want me to point out that R is standing on a step there. She isn't really that much taller than S! This is something they talk about all the time, who is tallest, or who will be tallest, or who should be tallest. I am very sympathetic. I just point out that none of them have caught up with me yet.

We had a nice, but expensive day at the Blue Planet Aquarium as well. R loved the reptiles and amphibians. M loved stroking the Rays, and C seemed to enjoy everything. Although we were all impressed with the sharks.

We haven't been doing much else as I haven't been feeling very well. Rather surprisingly, I am pregnant again. I am feeling very sick with it, so although we are doing our usual activities, I am not really organising anything extra. Except for the trip to the Velodrome we did last week. And an Art workshop. And Al and I going to Cypres in a couple of weeks to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Except for the exceptions!

M is gearing up for her first Brownie camp this weekend. She cannot wait, and has Granma to thank for the £60 to send her. £60 is a lot compared to what I pay for Scout camp, but then again, I have to say I am looking forward to a peaceful weekend. So maybe it is worth it. :-) I will get to sleep a lot, and hopefully have people bring me food when I need it. Although I can't really stomach much these days. I am looking forward to the middle bit, where I will feel all blossomy and earth motherish, and I will get lots of knitting done. Unless I am too old to feel that way this time round. :-)

That is all for now. But I am thinking smugly of those friends who have not bothered to reply to my invitation to read my blog. Ha! They don't know I am having a baby yet!