Archive for February, 2011



Eliza’s emotions were tangled by this Disney movie of the Rapunzel story. In the cinema, she squirmed with fear, whispering to L that it was the best film she had ever seen. Afterwards, she suggested to L that she would write to the cinema to thank them for making the movie. But that night she appeared on the stairs after bedtime, unable to rid from her mind the thought of the baby being kidnapped.


For world book day, Gabe and his classmates were told to bring their favourite book and pyjamas to school (the note to parents explained that for health and safety reasons, pupils would wear school shoes when in their pyjamas). Gabe remembered his pyjamas but forgot his book, which I delivered. He had asked which story I thought he should take. There have been several which he has read urgently and lauded. He settled on ‘Z-Rex’. That night, and most nights for the past few months, he has taken his real favourite book to bed: 2010 World Cup Official Book.


To demonstrate to Robin how long he should brush his teeth, I rubbed my hand on his head, telling him he could finish when I stopped. Since then, he requires me most evenings and some mornings to stand with him at the sink, rubbing my hand on the top of his head, while he brushes his teeth.

12 metre wall

L took the kids on a half-term holiday treat to the local climbing wall. Robin, with pedigree in this activity, was the first to climb. Eliza was the first to scale the 12 metres. Gabe paced around nervously before his successful assault on the wall. By the end of their session, all three had reached the summit and all three had finished their final climb with legs juddering with exhaustion.

Home-made pizza

The most anticipated and enjoyed culinary event of the week saw the three kids adding toppings of their choice to a Tesco’s pizza base. Gabe stuck with the margarita, and seeking something extra asked for herbs. The only fresh herb in the fridge was coriander, which I allowed him to use so as not to discourage his willingness to test something new. Robin also settled with the tomato sauce and mozzarella option. Eliza was more adventurous, adding sausage and sweet corn to her margarita.

Park visits

Successful trips this half-term included: a keenly contested cricket match on a basketball court, pirate games and obstacle courses on a fallen tree, roller blading to and around our local park.