I can’t believe it’s December already. Everything’s whizzed by the last couple of months, and it’s time to do my third Month of Firsts round up for last month.
I thought I would be struggling this month compared to the big things we managed to achieve last month, but when I widen the firsts to more than N I realised we’ve managed to still do quite a lot this month gone.
In November, we…
Drew…pictures for other people
Obviously this was one of N’s firsts. He’s only just recently started drawing pictures that are easily identifiable (square people), so it’s great to see what comes home with him from nursery. Usually they would be dumped on the side, but this month he was drawing pictures of specific people for them. I’m not sure Granny and Gramps were that thrilled to see their portraits. Granny in particular was give a lot of arms!
I think now that N can see what he’s drawing can mean and look like something, it means he wants to do more drawing.
Saturday’s swimming lesson felt like a big step forward for N. Ok, so he wasn’t keen on doing a star float (I wish he’d make up his mind sometimes), but he didn’t moan about having to dive to pick up the sinkies on the bottom of the pool. Yes, he wanted me to go down with him (I didn’t, instead I just put him under enough so he could head down), but for the first time ever he actually put out a hand and managed to grab the sinky each time. Next step is to get him to actually swim down himself once he’s under the water.
Hosted…a Farmers’ Bloodhounds meet
We don’t usually get involved with the hunt near us, but last weekend the farm hosted the ‘farmers’ bloodhounds’ meet. Instead of a proper hunt, this was for the hounds and horses to run out and chase a ‘runner. I’ll do a separate post, but it was the first for our family, and was a really nice social event, seeing everyone helping out as the riders met up before setting off.
N had a great time spending time with his cousins….and eating cake.
Another foody first was eating out at Carluccios. And because it was at the Bicester Village one, on a Sunday in November, it was packed so we had to queue to wait for a table.
I was really impressed. My meal was delicious, and although N chose a toasted sandwich as part of his children’s meal rather than pasta (absolutely unheard of), he really enjoyed it, especially his fruit salad. They really treated him well, tried to chat to him in the queue, showed him his little activity pack, and entertained him, just because he found the waiters’ hats really funny.
Bought…a proper camera
Finally, my personal first is that after quite a bit of research I finally made a decision about cameras and have bought my first proper camera. I say proper camera, but really I mean one with interchangable lenses and one that I’ll have to make an effort to really use manual, rather than with my brilliant superzoom compact which I loved, but am pretty lazy with.
I’d have probably dawdled for ages, but I’d decided on a compact system camera finally, and then jumped in when I saw one I’d been ogling on Amazon’s black friday deals, and managed to sell a couple of cameras floating round and claimed my cashback to cover some of the cost and for an extra lens. So far I’ve been really happy with it. I’ve read the manual, signed up for an online starter ‘manual’ course before I can get on a local photography course (I’m thinking Christmas vouchers). Next I need to save my pennies for a good zoom lens, and wish for a macro lens in future. I can’t wait to get stuck in properly (the photos in this post were taken with my compact or phone – can’t remember which)..
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So that’s our November month of firsts. I’d love to hear what firsts you’ve been going through this month and you can link up below.
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