A busy morning, dealing with the arrangements for our youngest son's schooling.
In preparation for today's event, Gill made a load of small quiches with goats milk and goats cheese, after I'd been out to buy the milk. I grated cheese as we'd promised to bring that, and I collected together a bag of dried fruit together.
The YorkDistrict Home Educators were gathering for a Christmas party at 1pm at Rawcliffe Pavilion in Clifton Moor. This is really convenient for us, as it is less than 5 minutes walk from a bus stop on Rivelin Way, with the No. 6 bus, which also goes along Tang Hall Lane, which is 5 minutes from us. The only disadvantage is that this journey with the No. 6 takes 50 minutes, winds it's way through Heworth, Layerthorpe, town, crosses the river, almost gets to the station before doubling back, crossing the river again, going past the hospital, through the Burton Stone Lane/ Burton Green area, and eventually gets to Rivelin Way.
So I reckoned that if we left the house at about midday that would be about right, but there were major shenanigans and messing around, so I announced that I had got all the mini quiches, cheese and fruit and was ready, and went outside the front door, as I reckoned my presence inside wasn't helping my mental health OR that of any family member. I stacked logs for half an hour whilst things calmed down and people got ready. When the bus came, about 5 minutes after we got to the bus stop, I got a family Day Rover for £7.40.
We got to the event just after 1.30 and there were others still arriving. Our eldest immediately found a group of boys his own age and was all smiles and laughter, it was so good to see. Our youngest was determined not to enjoy any of the event and therefore didn't. I enjoyed chatting to one of the other dads and a few mums, and helped by doing a short spot of 3 ball juggling workshop, and lots of clearing up at the end, taking 2 sacks of paper plates and food waste back home on the bus to put in the tumbler. It was good to meet some other home educators, and although I'm only slowly coming to terms with this change in my life... and not really enjoying it, this event will have helped me move towards acceptance.
When we got back it was dark. I lit both stoves as the house was cold. Tea was yesterday's nutloaf and I made a sauce with the rems of the leek and potato soup and some dead pasta and cauliflower. It was delicious!
I kept myself to myself this evening, didn't interact with the children, thought it best not to, and just let them do as they wanted. I fielded a phone call from Jonathan, a teacher at the Steiner School, about us coming to see the school and discussing our youngest going there. I also had a crisis message from a friend who's an alcoholic and has an Aspergery boyfriend who had put the phone down on her as she'd admitted to having had a drink, which although he's a drinker himself, he disapproves of. Complicated, and I'm not sure I was able to help much, but I did ring and listen, in case I was able to help.