Anticipating the arrival of clement weather we bought a climbing frame for the little monkeys. Actually it is more of a giant set of Knex that you can put together with plastic bolts into pretty much any perverted form that takes your fancy. The monsters got as much castle-y thing with slide as fitted our tiny garden and are well pleased.
The April fair turned up again and we went and did that thing. The toads were whirled shaken and ate lots of candy-floss and we got to go on some stuff too.
End of April was combined birthday of Marjolein and Daniel: we brought Daniel’s forward because otherwise it would have fallen in the school holidays. We caked and prezzied him at home and he also got to go out to an indoor playground with his friends (Chimpie Champ in Alsmeer). It is a kind of cheating party, but the kids love it enormously so our consciences quieted rapidly. The blonde in the picture is Daniel’s girlfriend of a half-year standing, Nina. He invited her (and two other girls, quite spontaneously) to his party. They kiss each other on the lips and are quite horribly romantic: long may it survive.
As the temperature went up for a few days we let Falco run around in the altogether in the garden with a potty close at hand. He filled it very neatly and Marjolein congratulated him and quietly emptied it into the bushes. She returned later to be informed that he had also pooped in his potty and helpfully also emptied it into the bushes for Mama… After that the potty went back inside.
Queens Day was this month too. It was rather dud weather, but we had determined that we should have our own stand this year and put down a blanket with lots of old tosh. Postbank had a deal whereby you could give half your proceeds to Warchild and they would then match it, so Matthijs was highly motivated to sell. Including selling Marjolein’s old bicycle he made about thirty euro’s and we cleared out some of our clutter and old toys, good news all round.
In the picture on the right you can see the school’s project about the children’s book character “Pluk van de Petterflet”. They each had to make a picture of Pluk and of the entire class there is only one “Pluk” with an orange stripy shirt in stead of a blue stripy shirt… that is just typically Daniel.