On the way there and back, and in fact every journey this week, they wanted to firstly play I Spy, and then sing The Wheels on the Bus, but changing the words to people they know and the things they'd say or do. It was fun!
We had a trip out to find some diy supplies, and looked at the Christmas decorations.
Squidge played some Fix the Factory and worked the puzzles out.
We all went to the cinema to watch Earth to Echo which they all loved.
Afterwards we headed for the Trafford Centre for a birthday day out for me, and the kids were entranced by the fountains.
We stopped for a drink...
...and went to the little Christmas market and carousel.
Sprout played a round of Laserquest, and scored 92 points.
To round it off we went for a gorgeous Italian meal at Zizzi, which was lots of fun. Sprout turned the Mona Lisa colouring sheet into a moustachioed member of the illuminati (as you do), while Squidge told me about things from his Italian cook book that were similar to things on the menu.
Sprout showed us his Laserquest score sheet and told us about people's tactics.
Back at home he and I played Don't Starve and he explained his current tactics to me in terms of day length and temperature as he's progressed to survive for seven days now...
...and ate the surprise birthday cake that Gruff bought me from Selfridges :)
Squidge and I made some loom band bracelets...
...then Sprout showed me the things he was making on Createrria.
Squidge, Moppet and I sung some camp songs, and improvised some accompanying instruments out of a cup of chewing gum pieces, an empty plastic bottle, and a remote control...
...while Sprout perused the games he wants at the moment, adding up how much they would be to buy in different combinations and thinking when we could afford them. There have been lots of questions from him about various spellings of words he needs this week for his games and naming things in game designs and messaging various people, and questions about calculations for money and xp.
Other than that we've just played and watched films and helped Gruff with the kitchen.
Moppet very carefully painted her nails, as did Squidge.
She also spent some time on the ceiling, which she thought was very funny :)
The boys played Transformers together, and asked me some questions of various calculations as they were allocating health bars and hit points to the various characters.
And lastly we did lots of dancing at their grandparents' house, and Sprout showed his grandpa how to use Skype :)