Friday, December 23, 2016

Week Ending 25 December 2016

Christmas Eve already. How can that be? I don't feel in the least bit ready but Miss 16 and I have been busy in the kitchen all morning and we've made a raspberry cheesecake, pavlova, mint truffles plus prepared the stuffing for the turkey. The rest of the food has been bought, all ready to be cooked tomorrow. Presents (hopefully all of them) have been bought but not yet wrapped. We'll get to that this evening after the traditional viewing of Miracle on 34th Street.

Apart from Christmas preparation we've only done a few other things of note.

* Yoga. Since the worst of my vestibular symptoms are currently under control I've been managing this every day which feels like a major achievement! Miss 16 has been joining me to try and maintain some of her fitness during the break from trampoline training.

* Celebrated the travelling daughter's birthday in her absence. Miss 16 made a cake and Snap chatted a picture of it to her beloved big sister, followed by another picture of her eating it! The birthday girl wasn't perturbed since she had bought herself a cake to enjoy on her train trip from Edinburgh to Liverpool.

* Rewatched A Man for All Seasons and answered questions about it. This means we've finished 5 of the 17 movies covered by the curriculum. Since we can't locate one of them locally (and I'm not sure it's worth the cost of postage to risk buying a second-hand copy via Amazon), we're practically a third of the way through. I originally thoughts we'd get halfway through during summer break. Not sure we'll make it with Miss 16 away for one week in January and very busy for another. Not that it matters, since it won't be a hardship to add movie watching to our normal schedule once it resumes.

* Virtually explored other parts of Europe courtesy of Miss 22.


The Scottish Highlands

Barcelona - Miss 22's favourite place so far

* Driving Practise. Miss 16 continues to get behind the wheel virtually everyday. She had a lesson with a professional instructor this week. I'm a member of the Automobile Association and they offer three free lessons to members or their children. She found it took a bit of adjustment getting used to his car instead of ours. He certainly took her places that I wouldn't yet and threw a  lot at her in one lesson, whereas I'm cautious and methodical and prefer to introduce just one new thing at a time i.e. we might go out in the rain for the first time, or take our first trip around a double lane roundabout, or work on lane changes but I wouldn't do it all in one lesson. But she survived and sees him again in early February. In the meantime he gave her some things to work on with me.

* Played plenty of games. Ticket to Ride is the current favourite.

* Mr 19 has had a busy week. He's taking one class at university during the summer school period. That finished for the Christmas break on Monday. Since then he's been working (he has a part-time job in a supermarket bakery) every day including several 4 a.m. starts. He's definitely looking forward to his day off on Christmas.

Finally, I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Linking to the Weekly Wrap-Up over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


  1. I'm glad you were feeling better enough to do some yoga! It sounds like you had a good week. I had to stop and think to remember you are into summer weather where you live. :) Have a merry Christmas!

  2. Love the pictures of the travels! What a magical experience it must be. :) The game looks fun. I'll have to see if I can find a version. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Alicia. I hope you've had a lovely holiday season.

  3. Happy 5th day of Christmas! So glad to hear you are well enough to do some yoga again. That's splendid news.