Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Creative Homework Time

Now we have two kids coming home with creative homework! I still love crafting and making with them and we have fun doing it. I feel sorry for George because he wants creative homework too but doesn't start school yet.

It's a shame they won't always feel this way about homework! It's not how I remember it!

Jack's topic is Romans so he wanted to make a shield. Judging by Facebook a lot of his pals have gone the same way. I think they're planning on making themselves into a Roman army!

Tom's topic is the Geat Outdoors and he needed to make a tent or shelter that would protect some Lego men from the rain. He says they are going to pour water on them to see if they work!

Fun foam was their material of choice. PVA glue just doesn't hold it together well enough so Freddie and I went on a little trip to town this morning to buy a glue gun. I only burned myself once (over three fingers and a thumb) which was enough for the kids to not want to touch it. Not the best way of teaching them, but oh well.

Not a bad way to spend a few evenings with my boys! (Apart from the whole burned fingers part, ouchie)



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Running Shoes

They're here!

I've been as kiddy as one of my kids today at work waiting for confirmation that my new running shoes had arrived. I couldn't wait to get home and try them on.

They take a little getting used to - they feel very different to the walking boosts I'm used to. But I like them.

So this evening, after helping the kids with their homework for a bit and getting them into bed, and went for a wander. I needed to get some steps I'm because my Fitbit was having a problem (think the battery was low / flat and the app didn't pick it up) so I had no log of my steps between 7:45am and 6pm. And I had promised to help out with the Scout Hut again.

I walked to the hut, a bit too shy to try a run or even a jog. But a few of the folk there were supportive and encouraging so I held a bit braver by the time we'd finished. I flicked on my C25K app and selected the beginners "4 weeks to 1 mile" option (I think I'm a bit far off 5k just now) and followed the instructions.

It was only 4 x 45 second bursts of running with plenty of walking in between, but I did it. And it wasn't so bad. I like the gentle introduction idea. It suits me.

They say the first step is the hardest.... Well I've taken it!




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Monday, May 23, 2016

Walking home from Cubs the long way round



Monday's are long for our Jack! Right now he and Tom are both at Beavers, and Jack has Cubs afterwards too. This time next month he will be a proper Cub!

Tonight we visited another Beaver group and shared their hut while the floor gets ripped out of ours. Tom is now the proud owner of his very first Nights Away badge! His first proper badge! He is totally thrilled!

Jack's Cub group was at the Priory so we dropped him off on the way home and then I walked out to meet him afterwards.

It's been a fantastic day for doing outside stuff with their Scouting sections, and while there have been dark clouds in the distance we've had sunshine. It was just starting to rain as I walked home with Jack and we caught a snap with a rainbow in the background - and a very happy, very tired Beaver / Cub Scout who is just enjoying walking the long way home.



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To run or not to run?

Call me crazy.... But I'm considering taking up the "Couch to 5K" challenge....

I don't do running as a rule. But I find myself thinking about it loads. I see people out running when I'm taking my walks and think "I could do that... I really could!" But I'm nervous, shy even! But I've chatted to other Weight Watchers on the Connect App and loads have done it and now run on a regular basis. If they can do it, so can I!

I already have a couple of strong sports bras to stop my mummy bosom from flapping about. I've found a sale on at Sports Direct, and I'm seriously thinking about investing in some running shoes - I can hardly run in my heavy walking boots.

So I am adding this to my diet and fitness bucket list along with sorting out my bike and getting riding again.

I wonder how soon I can get hold of my running shoes..... No reason why I can't use them for cycling too, is there?

#excited!



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