There we go ;)
I suppose I could also bring you up to date a bit with our family news, such as it is? Nothing exciting, to be honest, but still....
OK: The Doctor is working hard (as usual); he's done with his work trips for the year now - London, Rome, Paris, Los Angeles and Hull are all behind him, and he can get stuck into actually writing his book now. His research leave ends next autumn and he's starting to count the days and panic about how much he still has to do!
Refreshing fruit ice in Downtown LA
Me, I'm still teaching a few maths classes and my weekly papercrafts, and that's all going well. I took a class swimming last week, too, which was - interesting! And I'm keeping pretty busy in between, with grocery shopping, the dreaded housework, getting the car serviced, collecting The Parents-In-Law from the train station on their arrival for a visit with us, running our (now not quite so) new monthly mums' group at church, helping out with Sunday Club, ferrying The Children from one club to another, meeting up with friends, enabling The Children to meet up with their friends, and spending every spare moment scrapping due to the aforementioned fabby Shimelle class.... I was pleased to complete Blogtoberfest once again, but didn't even manage a final post to mark the occasion! And I'm currently reading Blogging For Bliss courtesy of the lovely Cheri (which, Amy, means that you'll be getting it next!)
Check out that gorgeous bookmark Cheri sent me! :)
The Boy has settled well into his new school, and is getting used to the routines, to changing classroom each lesson, to remembering to attend his tenor horn lesson at a different time each week, and even to getting the homework done promptly! He's involved in a few extra-curriculars, but is currently trying to resolve the dilemma of having activities that interest him clashing with other activities that also interest him. Scouts may have to give, sadly, but he's got a lot out of it over the past couple of years and those skills and memories will stay with him always.
Love this photo - have to scrap it, but haven't yet decided how!
The Tomboy is having a fine time at school, doing well, and enjoying herself. She's still having a great time at Brownies, and she's attending a fortnightly computer skills class at which she's learning graphic design and how to create animations, websites and so on. She's doing really well at that and loves it!
She had her face painted at the library during half term...
Looking forward: I'm excited about the Bloggers' Weekend Away at the end of this month :) I've had many of the beautiful and colourful faces back from those involved in phase 1 of The Wandering Snake Book Colouring In Project, aka The Facebook Project (this is not the most elegant name lol! Might have to think of something a bit less unwieldy!) Once those from further afield make it back to me, I'll be sending out each person's set of faces and posting a tutorial for the Wandering Snake Book itself. I'll also then announce phase 2 of the project, for anoyone else who'd like to play along but missed out the first time (so it's not too late to sign up! Add your name to the linky here to express your interest! At the time of writing this there are still 5 places available in phase 2...) And it's not long now till Journal Your Christmas begins, and then we have the whole Christmas season itself, a time of year I love so much :) Much to look forward to then!
Oh, one more thing! As I've mentioned above, The Parents-In-Law are visiting us at the moment. It means I'm not able to spend too much time on the computer, so I'm not managing to get round any blogs at the moment :( I've tried to drop by to read a few posts, but I've scarcely managed even that, sadly! Just to let you know why I haven't been commenting - I hope to catch up next week (they leave on Tuesday) but it'll probably take me a while to catch up with you all. I haven't forgotten you! xx