Sunday, 15 November 2015

Peace & Quiet & Lego

Mark is at a watch meeting in Manchester this afternoon and Amy has only just got in from Mums, so it's been pretty quiet at Number 38 with just me and my boy. Thomas got lego for his birthday from his Aunty so we sat and made a police bike and car this afternoon.
It's the first time he's followed all the instructions and completed a build on his own and he was very proud of himself. He then spent a good hour in 'imagination world' playing with them. I love the voices and noises and storylines that children come up with when they're playing by themselves. 
The Avon catalogue was delivered yesterday and I've ordered a nail polish and a magnetic wand for Amy's stocking. If you paint your nails then hold the wand over the polish the design magically appears. I've chosen the wave pattern for her. 
In between the heavy showers I went out and cut a couple of branches off the tree at the bottom of the garden in preparation for a craft project. I need a few more and then I'm going to have a go at making this to hang in the porch. 

                                
We've got a fairly quiet week coming up for once. The carpet is being fitted at Number 14 tomorrow and there's a meeting at school in the evening regarding Thomas' trip away, then Amy and me are going to the Lowry Theatre on Tuesday and that's about it. It's been a while since we've not had something on every day and I won't know what to do with myself.

But I won't be looking too hard for things to fill my time. 

xxx 


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  1. Love the tree idea, it would be good for the front porch instead of a wreath I think. I shall be finding some bits tomorrow.

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    1. It's a simple idea but effective isn't it. I'm going to put mine in the porch as well. Just got to get Mark to grab some more branches for me. They're a bit high for me to reach. xx

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  2. That tree idea is gorgeous! I went to Lego therapy training on Thursday night. It was BRILLIANT! Anyway your boy makes me chuckle with his topless shots! He must run hot like me!! I wish my week was as free as yours!!! Xxx

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    1. I saw the tree idea in my Prima magazine. I do envy people who come up with such simple but effective crafty things. Not sure if I've posted this before but Thomas goes to lego therapy. He came bouncing out of school one day singing "I'm in therapy Mum". He hates wearing clothes and lives in PJ bottoms. His school uniform has to have all the labels cut out, his top button has to be undone and his socks are the bain of my life lol. xx

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    2. Bless him, do they have to be 'just so?
      Can you ask him which job in Lego club does he like the best and which does he find the most frustrating? Just doing a bit of market research!!

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    3. Oh yes, we have no end of trouble with the 'bobbles' on the toe seam!

      I've asked Thomas about lego therapy and this is most I've ever got out of him so I hope it makes sense. In his club they have 3 groups, the mechanic (reads instructions), supplier (finds pieces), builder (builds the model). They have to swap roles every week but Thomas' favourite is supplier and his least favourite is builder. Now knowing Thomas I think this might be a pressure thing and being the focus of attention because he built his own models no problem yesterday. But in any group situation he prefers to blend into the background. I've never been told by a teacher he attends lego therapy he told me himself and apparently it's because he's quiet. I asked if he wanted to go and he said "yes it's fun, but what they don't understand Mum is that sometimes I just like to be quiet and on my own". I must admit I had a bit of a thing about the word 'therapy' at first, especially as nobody had told us anything about it. So that might be worth bearing in mind from a parental point of view. xx

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    4. Lol the word Therapy is a bit bonkers!! We will have Lgo club at work! Google Legoff - he's the man behind this. his name is actually real!! It's a brilliant way of encouraging children who like to take a back seat ALL the time have a bit of self confidence to try things in class. There is nothing wrong with being the quiet one in the class ( every single parents evening we were told they wanted Mr 18 to participate more . Yawn. ) I think I'll speak to my parents first for sure no to explain what it's about.

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    5. And tell him, thank you very much for his feedback.

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    6. And in my Lego club we swap roles every five minutes!

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    7. They may well swap roles within the session, but Thomas said every week. It does sound fun and yes, from what he's said it's about getting the quiet ones to join in. I didn't make a thing about the therapy bit because he wasn't bothered and enjoys doing it and as long as he's happy that's the main thing but it did make me do a bit of a double take when he came out and said he was in therapy! We get the same at Thomas' and Amy's parents evenings, great students, well behaved, try their hardest, polite, but they need to put their hands up more. YAWN exactly! :) xx

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    8. They may well swap roles within the session, but Thomas said every week. It does sound fun and yes, from what he's said it's about getting the quiet ones to join in. I didn't make a thing about the therapy bit because he wasn't bothered and enjoys doing it and as long as he's happy that's the main thing but it did make me do a bit of a double take when he came out and said he was in therapy! We get the same at Thomas' and Amy's parents evenings, great students, well behaved, try their hardest, polite, but they need to put their hands up more. YAWN exactly! :) xx

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  3. I just showed the HG the Xmas tree photo and told him I liked it. He said, and. Quote...
    "What you mean is, you want me to find some logs of that length and girth"

    Lol lol I lolled at the word 'girth' lol but then I said yes of course that's what I mean!!

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    1. Hahahaha, rofl, girth is just one of those words isn't it. Mine are more like twigs to be honest. I can't reach any of the higher ones that are more girthy, but I'll get Mark on the job tomorrow. xx

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  4. Love the tree! And well done to Thomas. James, my second, was my Lego boy. I used to build his many kits over many hours and, half an hour later, cry with frustration as he took them to pieces!

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    1. Angel Jem, I know exactly what you mean. I've spent ages in the past building while he played with the little men that came with the kit, then I would proudly present the finished product to him and same as you within minutes he'd dismantled it to how he wanted it to look. Honestly, we Mums deserve a medal. xx

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  5. that sounds like a lovely, quiet way to spend the day.

    loving that twiggy tree. If you want a trillion really fab festive ideas, get the magazine I showed in my Saturday post. Can't remember the name of it, but it was only £2.99, and every time I flick through I see a new idea that I like. And they're all do-able, nothing overly complicated or tricky.

    Violet loves Lego too. She's into Lego friends. I look at the instructions and make my excuses (got to do the ironing/hoover/hide in another room), but she will sit there for ages until it's all done! So I know how complicated they are, so well done Thomas!

    xx

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    1. It was a lovely day. I enjoy Thomas' company and the lego was fun for both of us. I didn't used to be that keen on it though. All those fiddly bits of plastic and pages and pages of instructions, but as the years have gone on I've really come to enjoy doing it. I especially like anything on the spaceship theme. Violet sounds very disciplined if she sits and does it all herself, bet she feels a great sense of achievement when she's finished making it. The magazine sounds perfect, I like do-able a lot :) xx

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