During the Whooping Cough outbreak, things got pretty quiet around here. We all did our best to isolate our babes and keep the outbreak contained, and I'm happy to say that my kids have remained Whoop-free so far (touching wood as I write). A consequence of the isolation is that we all felt a little lonesome round here, and I have personally vowed to ensure we do plenty of socialising this coming winter. I love the down-times, but a good balance of both is ideal for us.
So yesterday we had about the busiest Playcentre session I've been to all year. It was a bit cray, but we did come up with some fun plans to make the upcoming sessions a little more fun. The first of these was inspired by Rhiannon of Toast and Life, whose themed dinners have me totally smitten. In our PC meeting, a friend and I managed to convince everyone that regular theme days would be a cool way to make Playcentre more exciting this term. Next week we are kicking off with an Autumn theme, and we have been gathering ideas since then. I'm thinking about making Pumpkin Soup for shared lunch, and will dress my kiddos in Autumnal colours, for sure. I will also read all the children this adorable book (well... not much actual reading to be honest).
The second thing that came out of our meeting was a bit of a Playcentre makeover, which I'm secretly very excited about. Our centre is pretty cluttered and run-down, so I think a bit of freshening up would be awesome. If you don't mind, I will be sharing some of the things we do on this blog, including the collecting of ideas.
Finally, yesterday I made the spontaneous decision to enroll Eleanor in dance classes this term (provided she enjoys the classes, of course). A number of her little friends are in the class, and the prospect of an upcoming dance recital was more than my cuteness-alert-sensors could cope with. I'm not too worried that she is a term behind many of the other kids, I think that will just make the dance recital even more cute and hilarious than it's already bound to be. Now to find a Soccer club for her to join.