We had a rather busy weekend, and it's starting to show . . .
On Saturday we played another session of the Pathfinder role-playing game. The scenario is called Reign of Winter, and we are about 10 game sessions in - J has a dwarven fighter called Thorin, M a human cleric called Palin, L an elven ranger called Heredir and I am a human sorcerer called Pirri.
The game came about because we wanted to play together more, because J wants to go to the games club but needs more practise at playing and because M and L don't get to role-play much in a lot of the games they play due to time constraints.
We start each session with a question for each of us to answer about our character - to build up the back story and help them become more than a sheet of numbers.
J has a lot to learn - just now he is seeing all the cool things the other player characters (PC's) do and wishing his character could do them. He isn't realising that each character has different things to bring to the game, he wishes he could do EVERYTHING.
M and L need to learn to relax together - they are both very good at "advising" the other on what to do.
So, Saturday afternoon we spent three hours playing, whilst A played out front with her local friends.
Sunday morning I took part in "Messy Harvest" at our church and did a craft activity (one of six on offer) with the children there. A came with me, J was meant to but chose not to in the end. M went to his rugby club, and L stayed home with J playing minecraft.
Later A and M went to a bag-pack for their scout troop. That is when they are in uniform standing at the tills in a supermarket offering to pack bags of shopping for donations. I was dreading it! A is helpful and polite, I knew she would be fine, but M is a bit prone to clumsiness and dropping stuff . . . I also worried that he would be bored and cause mischief. As it turns out the group look like they raised a fair amount of money, A and M both behaved, and all went well.
Today was roller-skating at multi sports, which they all loved. Again, all was happy and chilled.
Lastly we went to a local soft play place - it's new, and pretty huge. It was one of the children's friends birthday, so off we went to play for the afternoon with some other local home educators.
It was nice to see the new place, I don't think I'd like it outside of school time though - it was loud enough today with not so many people in there.
Most of the afternoon was great - in spite of lots of spilled drinks (not by my guys though!) - and we only had one problem when J clashed with an older boy. I talked to him, to the other child's mother, and she talked to her so and all was sorted quickly and efficiently.
So a good weekend, a good Monday, and now I need to make sure we all have enough down time to relax and keep things going in the right direction.