Every holiday, my three children spend a week at my Mum's place, and her sister brings up *her* three grandchildren, and the 6 children spend a week together on 3/4 an acre, with 2 dogs and a huge tub of lego. Tv's and computers are also available. Usually, they will have a High Tea to practice their manners, and some of them might go in with my Mum to help her clean her church on the Friday.
Well, we dropped the children off at Mum's on Resurrection Sunday, as my Aunt was going to have her grandchildren from that day, also. Unfortunately, my Aunt had to travel to a funeral last night, and won't be back to Mum's place for a few days, so Mum had 6 children to look after for a few days. Last night was very trying (my son, unfortunately, was the ditherer who made Mum's life that bit more interesting) so today we flew in to the rescue. So now I have 6 children at *my* place for the night. With *no* tv, and only 1 computer, a small tub of lego, a small back yard, and no dogs. And they'd *better* get along, OR ELSE! So here are some of the little angels having dinner.
At the back is my Gracey, to the right is Gemma (who's lactose-intolerant - thanks, Mum, for the lactose-free milk and yoghurt!) then next around the table is Mark (in the rugby shirt my brother brought back from Ireland) and then Jaelene. The question was brought up as to how we were going to seat eight people around a 6 person table. Easy - cast the younger ones off to a small table I already had. They sat on the floor and had a grand time.
And here are the rest of them - hubby is closest to the camera, then Max, then my Beth at the back (incidentally also wearing a shirt brought back from Ireland - it was made for a more mature figure though, so I've had to sew up the front a little.) We had a kind of bolognese sauce with fettucine, with fresh grated parmesan and cheddar (separate plates) and buttered baguette to with it. The children had milk with banana-flavoured Sippah straws (lactose-free for Gemma, of course) and hubby and I had soft-drink.
If anyone's interested, I could post my recipe for the sauce, but it's pretty basic. Plate-licking good, apparently.
And it's 10.30pm, and I think the boys are *finally* asleep. Mark was sent to bed at 7.30pm, and Max at 8.30, so they're only 2-3 hours late to go to sleep.
Oh... and I have ordered Beth's maths books (finally) from Chariot Press. I chose Singapore Maths, but these seem to be from a different publisher to the one I originally purchased Mark's from (Shing Li). I am hoping that they are of the same standard, as I have been very impressed with Mark's so far, but the difference in postage between purchasing from Chariot, in Australia, and Shing Li, in Singapore, made up my mind for me. Also, I could purchase piece-meal from Chariot without suffering extra postage costs, while I would have had to order everyone's books all at once to make it worthwhile to order from Singapore. So... Now I'm waiting. I ordered Thursday before Good Friday, so I didn't really expect anything to arrive this week. I really want them early next week, though, so we can get on with things. Anyway, I'll talk more about that next week, when we get into it.
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