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Books about town – Greenwich

Sam and I had a great day today. Emma was invited to an all day party so we took the opportunity to head to Greenwich on a book hunt.   Two trains and a bus later and we arrived at Greenwich station.  With our map in hand we started to spot the amazing book...

Bye bye butterflies

So we have experience the joy of the butterfly life-cycle.  Was a bit different to the one I had in NZ when I was a little girl.  There caterpillars actually ate leaves…and of course as we had a bush in our garden and there were loads and loads to...

Skiing in Tignes, France with 5 year olds!

Looks like skiing in Tignes in April is going to become an annual holiday for the Nichols family. We took the plunge and decided to drive to Tignes in France via the Eurotunnel. 12 hours – no sweat with two 5 years olds right? Well yeah – it was actually...

First school hand made Mother’s Day gifts

There’s nothing better than getting something made by Emma or Sam and for Mother’s Day I received 2 very sweet pinch pots, handmade and painted by my talented children. Share...

Ice Skating in Twickenham

This Christmas Twickenham had their own ice skating rink at York House – known as the Richmond Rink (in Twickenham??).  I had forgotten how much fun skating was and it was a lovely Christmas activity to do with the family – including Grandad – who...

A Christmas Nativity – Starring Emma and Sam

Emma and Sam have been practicing hard over the past 2 weeks for their school Christmas play today.  The play featured Year 2, Year 1 and Reception classes.  The Reception classes were either stars or angels and we got one of each.  They had songs...

First day of “BIG SCHOOL”!

I’m pleased and proud to say that both Emma and Sam have been counting down to today. Sam has nearly burst with excitement on a couple of occasions. They were both very confident setting off this morning to Newland House – Number 11 with their mammoth...

Day before going to “Big school” interviews

I love looking back at some of the old videos I’ve taken of Emma and Sam and also realised I’ve stopped taking so many.  So in a bid to capture the mood in our house today I interviewed Emma and Sam.  These are quite long (5 mins for Emma’s) so only...

Amazing swimming progress

Emma and Sam have been swimming each day this week for half an hour with Wings Swim school.  There is a maximum of 3 students per teacher, although there are around 6 or 7 teachers in the pool at any one time.  From our baby swimming both Emma and Sam have...

Last day of nursery!

Today was a special day – the last day of nursery.  Where has time gone?  Emma and Sam have had a great year and a half at Milkshake Montessori with some super teachers.  They really have been very lucky with teachers who looked to extend them with things they...