Saturday morning was started with our Pyjama Drama classes with Jane and we had a fantastic time. Middle B can be a tad shy at times, despite being much more confident than Girl B, but this week he was in his element. Joining in the actions and songs, shouting out the answers and generally have a great time. The minute his Dad, sister and brother walked in just before the end of class he clammed up again so I quickly told them to get out and then he was soon back to joining in, hiding behind the 'branch' he was carrying to go birdwatching. He has been singing the bird song all weekend and had us all joining in! It's lovely to see him taking part as he does love the classes. It just takes him a while to settle in anywhere new but he's often singing about the other children, pretending to be Pyjama Drama Jane and teaching us the actions.
Tidgy is the only one in his class at the moment and Jane kindly invited Girl B to join in with us and she really enjoyed it. Although she attends Rainbows she feels a little left out not going to Pyjama Drama so it was nice for her to be included. She told me this morning that she would love to join a drama class and would be happy performing on the stage of a theatre. She gets nervous at Sharing Assemblies in front of a small school audience, let alone hundreds of people!
On Sunday we packed a picnic, loaded the children's bikes into the car and headed to Alton Water. We expected the children to cycle for a mile or two, stop for lunch and then moan all the way back to the car that they were tired but we were wrong! They cycled and cycled quite happily. After lunch we reached Lemon Hill Bridge at Tattingstone which was a little over 3 miles from the start. To carry on the circular route would have taken another 5 miles to finish. The children had the choice of turning back or carrying on and they chose to carry on. Middle B must've cycled another 4 miles on top of that as every few hundred yards he'd turn around to cycle back to us.
Alton Water is beautiful and there are some lovely sights along the way. The terrain is uneven in places and it was hard work for me & hubby pushing the buggy, especially as he had a bad back and my hip dysplasia makes it difficult to walk on uneven ground sometimes but the children were racing off. We made regular stops to rest but I think that was more for our benefit than theirs!
|Royal Hospital, Holbrook in the distance|
|View from Lemon Hill Bridge, Tattingstone|
At 6 miles I really started to feel the pain and by the time we reached the car park I was ready to collapse but the children loved it and cannot wait to go back again.
|I want that house! Bet it has a lovely view of the reservoir|
|Being pushed around is such tiring work|
|The dam and Royal Hospital not so much in the distance now. Nearly there!!|
We drove to Felixstowe to have chips for tea and then parked up at the viewing point while hubby fed Tidgy in the car. Middle B and Girl B still had some energy to burn off (I wish I was that energetic!) so we headed on the beach to have a look at Landguard Fort.
We expected them to be exhausted but at 8pm last night they were still wide awake and full of beans. Us, well we just collapsed onto the sofa.
The children have been impeccably behaved this weekend and we've all been really happy. If an 8 mile cycle ride is what it takes then I will do that every weekend!!