One of the things I love about my kids going to a village school is that we get involved in lots of village community things. This week it was the Winter Festival which we have been involved with since it started 3 years ago. There is a big eco/green community in the village so there plenty of emphasis on events promoting local businesses and being as carbon neutral as possible. So the winter festival is all about walking around the village to visit both permanent local businesses and to have other ones on stalls in key points. There is also lots of entertainment and a procession through the village to turn on the village hall lights. All in all a great family night (not that I see too much when running a stall!).
This year we were in the Pavilion which is next to the children's playground. I opted for an indoor venue after freezing in the Mill Yard last year, although the atmosphere was fab. The children helped me set-up the stall as we had a mad dash from my day job to get there in time:
Then they both pretty much vanished off to enjoy themselves for the next 4 hours and I only saw them when they wanted food or drink! My daughter had free rein to wander anywhere in the village that things were going on. She had a lot of fun discovering things like a bacon butty stand (she did go and buy me one!) and exploring with her friends. Her little brother was content to be allowed to play in the playground in the dark with his friends...
Periodically we had entertainment in and around the pavilion to attract people to the venue. My daughter enjoyed the story teller who enthralled a large number of children. It was a shame we couldn't hear more of the brass band who played just outside the window though:
We did get a visit from the Fiddling Green Jig Machine who is a one woman band:
The other stalls in with me were mostly local crafts and it was hard to resist the art clubs Christmas wreaths:
The whole evening is just such a fabulous event and I can't wait for next year, just wish I got to see more of it than the beautiful lights etc outside the pavilion:
There comes a time all parents dread when you know its time for that conversation, you know the one about puberty and all the things to do with your child changing into a grown up. We all know it happens but maybe aren't confident enough to broach the subject. With a 10 year old daughter I know that I ought to be talking to her now and not leaving it until its too late. So luckily friends recommended an Usborne guide:
“What's happening to me? (girls)” so I armed myself with a copy and last night had a perusal through it. The book has sections on all the bits that girls want/need to know:
sex and babies
Its a no nonsense book that will hopefully answer most of the questions a girl needs to know. It may raise a few too but hopefully I will be able to answer them!
I had a look at this with some mum's of boys the same age as my daughter and they have all bought copy! It is very similar to the girls one but obviously has:
changes to boy bits
This one I hopefully won't need to buy for a little while yet for myself but I will bare it in mind for when my son gets to double digits... Obviously being a woman I have no personal experience of male puberty so this could be enlightening for me too!
How do you deal with discussing puberty with your children?
Thanks everyone who joined in whilst I was hosting last month now its over to Jo who has made the lovely new badge above. I may be hosting again in the new year if Michelle wants a longer break! So back to my reasons to be cheerful:
1) Helpful children
Not only did they help with the Christmas fair last weekend but my son has been doing more chores around the house:
Definitely good to have more help at home!
2) Feeling festive
We have got the Christmas decorations down just need to put them to their proper use:
3) Being lucky
I have won a prize from Tigerlilly Quinn with Argos. Not posting a photo on here but really hope my son will love the wonderful Lego set I chose from the dream toys list!
Well its been a mixed week on the running front! After last week's new 5 km record I did follow it with my 2nd best ever one. So I went into the weekend feeling pretty confident. Then life got in the way of my training schedule I had to do an afternoon run yesterday instead of a morning one and I didn't enjoy it at all and in fact failed to run 30 minutes non stop... Therefore when the app said that today it was a 40 minute run I was not feeling at all confident.. However it was a beautiful if very cold morning (my legs never did warm up!) and being out around Kendal felt lovely. I deliberately didn't push my speed up as I wanted to be able to complete the time. Finding a route long enough to run for 40 minutes was another issue but I added a little extra round the Natland Rd. Amazingly I managed to do the 40 minutes and then after rest walk I did another 10. So these are my Strava achievements this week:
I have created a bloggers running club so that if anyone else wants to have a virtual running club with me then they can join in: