We’ve had more “juggling” than usual to do this week, with the geekdaddy having to work full days in his office to cover staff holidays (he can usually work from home), and the geekdaughter spending the whole week in “Mad Science” camp (more on that later). This means I’ve been dashing around trying to juggle work and childcare arrangements, and the poor little geekson has had to go into the office with his Daddy whilst I’ve been at work. Things didn’t let up this weekend either, with a trip for all of us to stay with some good friends, and a few hours of child-free time for the geekdaddy and I to enjoy the inaugural UK Podcasters conference. True friends are those who will get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning to let you drop your kids with them. Anyway, here’s this week’s selection of photos:
Sunday 10 August 2014: Small boy, big popcorn
I took the kids to the cinema to see Planes: Fire and Rescue today. They loved it, and I particularly enjoyed all the little details put in for the adults to enjoy, little references that the kids just didn’t pick up on. For my son a movie trip is not complete without a big bucket of popcorn, and he gets a little possessive about it, as you can see!
Monday 11 August 2014: Mad Scientist
When my daughter came home from school a couple of months ago brandishing a leaflet and asking if she could attend “science camp” in the summer holidays I rushed to sign her up. She’d already attended an after school club run by Mad Science, so she had an idea what she’d be getting up to. If this is something she enjoys I’m hoping I can encourage and support that before she gets any silly ideas about science “not being a girl thing”.
Today was day 1 of the week-long camp, and she came out smiling and excited for the rest of the week. That’s my girl
I recorded an audio blog about Mad Science camp and my thoughts on getting girls into science:
Tuesday 12 August 2014: Tired Kids
Two days at science camp have really tired my daughter out, and even though my poor son has only had the fun (?) of going in to Daddy’s office to play for two days, both kids were tired out and I got home from work to find them like this on the sofa.
Wednesday 13 August 2014: Packed Lunches
I have resisted sending my daughter to school with a packed lunch for two reasons – first of all it would mean I’d have to find time in the morning to make it, and second of all I’d have to find time in the evening to cook a main meal. On my working days this would just not be possible. However this week I’ve had to make her a packed lunch for her science camp. And after discovering on Monday that my husband hasn’t managed to feed our son whilst looking after him and the office I expanded to preparing lunch for all three of them. Actually three picked lunches is very little more extra effort than one.
Thursday 14 August 2014: Cuddles with my Boy
This little boy has been a superstar this week. A combination of his sister being at camp and his Daddy having to work full days in the office to cover staff holidays has meant that our only childcare option has been for him to go into the office with his Dad. Not a very exciting time, but he’s managed to occupy himself with his iPad and a bag full of cars and other things to play with, and I’m told he was no trouble at all. Today was our first day at home together, and he wanted to be close to me all day. We did a lot of this.
Friday 15 August 2014: One thousand miles in a Nissan LEAF #GoUltraLow
I’m glad a took a photo of the dashboard of the Nissan LEAF we’ve been lent when it was delivered almost 4 weeks ago. It allowed me to check back and see how many miles we’ve driven in it since we got it, and I noticed it’s now over one thousand miles. That seems like a lot, and I must say it’s been great to have the car for long enough to do that kind of mileage. I’m really getting a good idea of how it is to run an electric car, and will be writing more about it on the blog soon.
As part of the #GoUltraLow campaign we’ve been lent a Nissan LEAF for 6 weeks in return for blogging about our experiences.
I recorded another audio blog entry this week, all about driving the Nissan LEAF:
Saturday 16 August 2014: Jelly Bean Bull
Things you don’t expect to see: a life-sized bull made out of jelly beans!
We were in Birmingham today for the UK Podcasters conference (which was excellent), and nipped in to the Bull Ring to grab dinner. I wasn’t expecting see this in the middle of Selfridges!
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