both esther and kezia’s orchestras played in an extravaganza yesterday. it was very good, but we now realise that as our girls get older their concerts will get longer. this one was 2 and a half hours, and although very good, we were slightly relieved when we could exit the rather warm venue.
anyway i grabbed the shot above at the end of kezia’s orchestra’s practice, so i wouldn’t get evicted.
this time of year is fantastic. everything is so green and grow-y. jane even climbed in to some stingy nettles to check a geocache for travelbugs. there were none.
earlier in the day we went ice skating with friends. i noted that ice skating is like a mini-example of parenting:
* you start by pretty much carrying your kids round the rink
* then they trust you and you go round hand in hand
* after a number of exhausting laps you start to let go
* eventually they go free and start zooming round on their own much faster than you do
* and finally, you fall over in a very dramatic way, and they laugh their heads off.
jane’s sister and family came to stay over the weekend and as has become traditional, we held a sports day. (the picture above shows the three legged race)
bother-in-law kev spent a while geting in to the zone and wasn’t going to be moved by the pre-match frivolities
there were other games involving water, which eventually broke down in to a sponge water fight
as james decided it was time to sit somewhere a little drier.
finally we hung some doughnuts on a washing line which were to be eaten without touching
sarah’s string was longer than the other’s and it was dangling in the middle so she had the hardest challenge. i like how the blurred background on the picture above makes her look like she’s breathing fire (a bit)
jane’s mum kindly had a birthday which gave us a great excuse to get dressed up smart and have a raclette