Odd Day – Art Club & Wrong Side of the Road

A couple things happened today!

First off, Soren is going to be 5 on Sunday!!  Where has the time gone?!  I think my mind has been on him all week.  How to make his day more special? I bought some balloons at Starlings this week to attempt to make the frozen balloon marbles, so I will blow them up and put them in his room while he sleeps.  This way when he wakes up, he’ll have loads of balloons around his floor.  I think I’m also going to bring in cupcakes for Nursery & Reception to enjoy on Monday (the day after his big day).   Tjibbe & Jeltje have been in Amsterdam the past couple weeks and I think they are going to surprise him by arriving after breakfast on Sunday.  We were going to take him to Dinosaur Adventure Park for a day out but I think I’ll hold off on that until it’s a bit warmer  I think instead, we’ll just take him up to Stomers (indoor play space) in North Walsham for some fun and perhaps do a little bowling.  We are not going to have a big birthday party for him this year.  We thought for many reasons.  1) We are not living in our own home, so we’d rather have a big party when we’re settled.  2) We don’t know that many people.  The “friends” we do have are mostly associated with his school and parents of some kids – so he’ll see them daily in class. (Cupcakes will be fine).

His school will have their Friday Assembly next Friday, Feb 1, so I’ll be sure to attend and video the class singing to all the birthday kids.  He’s very much looking forward to the cupcake and candle in the front of the entire school.

When I dropped him off in school today, his teacher came up to me and asked me if I think Soren would like to join the After School Art Club every Thursday?  Yes, of course he would!!  So it’s official, my Reception child is staying after school for an hour with the big kids every Thursday!!  He loves crafty time with me, so I’m sure this will be heaven for him – judging by the collection of images below where he’s fully enjoying crafty time. I’ll report back once he returns from school – Nils is en route to pick him up.  Hopefully he didn’t fall asleep in the car ride home from sheer exhaustion. 

Glue & Googlie Eyes
Salt Dough Ornaments 
Decorating Easter Eggs
Ooh orange fingers!

Artist in the making!

Another strange thing today was for the first time since being in the UK, I drove on the RIGHT side of the road!!   Bad, bad, bad – thankfully there was no near accident or endangerment for me, the kids or anyone else.  Since arriving in the UK, I had this vision that I’d forget to stay on the left.   I’d drive in Ireland during holidays, so it is not like this is my first time.  Left hand shifting took a few days to get used to but no excuse here, as my car now is an automatic. I was driving down the narrowest part of High Street Sheringham, right before you meet the sea.  I needed to take a right and a car was coming towards me.  Here is where I’m going to blame something – my stupid dysfunctional blinkers (which only work when they want to and you have to crank it up and down and up and down).  Anyway, I was cranking it up and down and then the person in the car opposite me stopped driving towards me, waved me to go ahead a bit annoyed.  I thanked her a bit sarcastically and started down the side street when I realized  – wait – it was ME on the wrong side of the road.  No wonder she thought was I was nuts.  Again, thankfully it was not a near accident or endangerment for me, the kids or anyone else as we were driving 5 miles an hour but still – need to never do that again!!!

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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