Monday 9 May: I headed down to the preschool with Asher again this morning. Hezekiah enjoys having me there to show me things.
The huge bubble ring was loads of fun today.
I stayed through "mat time" and "kai time" (morning tea - kai is food in Maori). We had a small "meltdown" at kai time because when I brought the iPad out, she wanted to play the music that Hezekiah got playing on it this morning (10,000 reasons). With the wifi not connected, it wouldn't play, and she struggled a lot with not getting what she planned. Lynda got her distracted with play dough and squeezing that helped settle her well.
She came back to where the iPad was though - wanting her music and getting very upset again when I said no.
One of the teachers then got some other music playing and a few children started dancing with ribbons and that distracted her. I then headed off (with the iPad) and the rest of the time went fine. So even though it wasn't a great morning, I was pleased a little "issue" came up. It gave us all the opportunity to think through and discuss how to handle times like that. So a very positive morning.
Asher had loads of fun with the bubbles too. She often wants to blow bubbles, but it's just too hard still. So this was a great solution. No need for blowing.
Wednesday 11 May: Feeding the baby some play dough on a spoon. It sounds so simple but this is such an accomplishment for Asher. She actually brought the high chair and the baby to the table. Imaginative play is not natural for Asher, so this was really encouraging to see. Emma is so creative with ideas in the play room for Asher and it's great seeing the results of her effort.
It helped Hezekiah that he had Preschool on Wednesday and so he didn't miss them too much. I also remembered some educational games that I had that have been out in the garage for ages. So he had a great time playing with those. Asher enjoyed them too as she got to play with them with Josie on Friday morning. She especially enjoyed this peg board. So much so that it became one of the toys I decided to use for Sunday (more on that later).
The girls were back at 3pm on Friday afternoon. They had a great camp and it was lovely to have Hannah and Hezekiah playing nicely through the evening. I had sent food with for the girls for the camp, and so although tired, it was nice to have them home and not grumpy from having eaten "off plan" food. It made the effort in sending food with, worth it.
He didn't even mind that I couldn't have a pretend game of tennis with him. He said he would ask his friend "Bluie" to come and play. He ended up not getting the tennis match though as the children's father came by with a dog and Hezekiah enjoyed playing with the dog a bit and chatting to the dad. By that time we had to head home for lunch.
It's so nice that Brendon and I can sit together for this time at the start of the service. I was so thankful for the success today. My plan is to keep these specific toys just for church, so that she has something fun to look forward to.
On the way home we drove past a couple of parks closer to town and when 3 of them didn't work out as good options, I suggested the park at Pegasus. Rachel, Hannah and I had driven past it in January when we went to visit Ruth at Jamboree, so Ruth had no idea why Hannah was so excited. It really is the biggest park I have ever seen. There were a few other families around, but still plenty of space for all the children. I thought the "seesaw" above was a brilliant design.
Hezekiah wasn't brave enough to go down that huge slide behind the girls, but he did enjoy the small and medium one.
I love that every week they ask to go to the park that we went to the previous week because it's "the best". I have said that we will rather go to different parks, and eventually once we have tried quite a few, they can choose ones to re-visit.