Sunday, 20 August 2017

Being brave

Yesterday our twirling group was invited to preform at a local church's summer fete. We've been practicing hard for a few weeks in preparation and it really showed in the arena.
That's me on the far right in pink, DD2 is on my lap and DD1 to my left.

Both the girls preformed their routines perfectly. DD2 needed a little encouragement but DD1 ran onto the arena with a beaming smile each time.
For the final routine it was my go, with my fellow twirling mums. It was one of the scariest things I've done in a long time but I'm so glad I did it. I've been on cloud nine today when I think about it. 

After our performance we took some time enjoying the rest of the fete and handing out some leaflets for our team sponsors.  We were all feeling lucky so surged on a few strips of raffle tickets. 
Half way through the raffle being called DD2 needed the bathroom. When we came back from the loo, I'd won a cordless vacuum! 
I wonder if it was Karma rewarding me for being brave.

X x X

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Haircuts and presents

The summer holidays are racing past at a mile a minute! Today's adventure was a visit to the hairdresser. 
Above is the before photo.

Both of the girls love sitting in the chairs and being pampered. The ladies who sorted their hair were very sweet and gave them both the full works, including a little packet of sweets for behaving so well.

DD2 now sports a cute bob style. It should make the mornings a bit less of a battle when it comes to brushing. We also purchased some pretty hair clips for holding it back.

DD1 just wanted a trim as she wants her hair longer. As her haircut took less time than DD2s she had it put into a beautiful French plait. 

On the way back to the car the girls were desperate to show off their new looks. It was a good excuse to visit a favourite charity shop.
The ladies inside were very pleased to see us all and made ample fuss of the girls and their little brother. 
One of the ladies passed me a large envelope with a beaming smile. Inside was a Thomas the Tank jumper pattern! Knowing that Gman is a huge fan she'd tucked it away when it was donated early in the holidays. 
I'm going to have a very happy little boy once I've made one. 

X x X

Friday, 11 August 2017

Lots of adventure.

This week we've been enjoying a staycation. 
So far we've visited parks...

Enjoyed a birthday pub meal (my brothers)

Met animals in the zoo...

Make some fancy princess crowns...

Eaten lunch while trainspotting...

Ridden miniature trains with Nanny...

Met new friends....

Enjoyed visiting a Fort....

And even enjoyed a ride on Thomas the Tank himself!
And we still have the weekend to go! Phew!

X x X

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bedtime Bedlam

It's all been quite disastrous this evening. 
At bedtime DD2 begged DD1 for one of her special books to read as her bedtime story. DD1 very kindly said she could.

I helped  Gman brush his teeth (always epic with a helpful 2 year old) and went in to read with DD2. She was sat in the centre of her bed dramatically ripping out the books flaps.
Luckily I caught her finishing off the first page and she hadn't managed any further damage.

I've repaired the damage as much as sticky tape will allow. It's passable but delicate. DD1 sobbed her little heart out when I explained what had happened. My poor baby girl.
I will be having a big talk with DD2 in the morning about respecting other people's property  and working out an ample punishment. (Usually folding and sorting laundry) 

X x X

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Accidents galore!

It's been a painful few days! First I almost broke my thumb on Sundays adult training session. After following the RICE advice (rest,  ice,compression and elevation) it's turned out only to be badly bruised. The odd thing is its only painful with certain movements. For example I can text with it, but not brush my teeth. And I can knit but not hold my fork at dinner. It's rather bizarre.  

After my thumb mishap, DD1 joined me with a black eye on Saturday.  She's been warned several times not to jump on the bed but refuses to listen. Funnily enough she's not done it since lol.

Mostly we have been rearranging the garden the past few days. DH has made me a little potting table from pallets, and a kind freegler gave us 4 old car tyres. 
I've planted mooli, mallow and spring onion seeds. Hopefully we still have a fair bit of nice weather to come and help them get started. I've also started some tyre potatoes in the hope we have homegrown spuds for Christmas dinner. 
I'll keep you posted on my progress.

X x X

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Days 3 and 4

On Friday we spent a quiet morning at home. I managed to distract 2 of the 3 kids with a Disney movie but Gman was fascinated by the gas man and stalked him around the house for the duration of  his visit.
The afternoon was spent charity shopping in Eastleigh. 

In the evening my parents took the children out for a few hours. Hubby and I had a lovely meal at Frankie and Bennys, which included a sneaky cocktail for Mummy ;)

Yesterday DH was working again, but I was very brave a took the children out solo. I have no problem taking them somewhere I know but this was a completely new place in an area I didn't really know. 
We visited a Summer Fun Day held by the Friends of Hermitage stream. Most of the activities were free or very low priced so we all had a go at everything. 

The highlight of the trip was definitely the pond dipping. We caught some tiny sticklebacks, pond shrimp and a water boatman. 

We came home with handfuls of freebies to. 2 lovely cotton shopping bags, several leaflets, recipe cards, rice scoop and spaghetti measure. The girls have popped all the badges on their backpacks.

Among the little selection of stalls was a Christmas in July stall, guessed it!
All the items were priced at 30p or 4 for £1. I grabbed a small craft set and 3 sets of the advent calenders. Each of the numbered mittens has a tiny wooden peg behind it, perfect for holding a sweet or a little treat.  
Because the children said thank you politely when we bought our items the lady on the stall added 2 mini jigsaw puzzles for free. 
The jigsaws have 20 pieces each so I'm planning to put one piece a day on the advent calenders for the girls, or possibly a clue on where to find that days piece. 
For now they have been stashed in the Christmas box ready for  December.

X x X

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Summer holidays day 2

 Today we stayed home, DH was working so it's just me and children for the day. Tomorrow has something rather special planned so staying indoors was a good plan.
 First we made a raisin bread recipe from our newest River Cottage cook book.  They all enjoyed weighing out ingredients and kneading the door. DD2 was fascinated that the dough needed to 'sleep' in the airing cupboard and reminded us frequently that "the raisins are sleeping! Ssshhhh!"

Clever hubby found a yellow stickered pineapple a few days ago. At 10p it was a fantastic and tasty bargain. I was planning to serve it with pancakes but as soon as the scent of fresh pineapple wafted through air it was gobbled up as a starter. 
We are now trying to grow our own pineapple plant from the leafy top. Hopefully we'll have a few sunny and tropical days to help get it growing.

The afternoon was spent cutting and sticking. I let the girls loose on some old seed and flower catalogues, they made beautiful fantasy gardens in their holiday diaries. It was a lovely quiet, and relatively clean craft to do while DS napped. 

Tomorrow morning we have the excitement of the gas man visiting to do our annual boiler check. Hopefully the poor bloke won't be as pestered as last year's chap.
Then it's off to visit the grandparents for a special surprise!

X x X

Day 1 of Summer - Library visit

It's been a soggy and dark start to the summer holidays, but luckily that didn't effect our plans. Last week both girls were signed up to the library's  summer reading scheme and borrowed their first book to read.

Thanks to the rubbish weather we decided to stay for a while.
DD2 and Daddy enjoyed sitting and reading a story together. 
DS ran around the children's section  (chased by me) handing anyone who past random books and shouting "Read it!" Thank goodness he is at the age where his actions are cute and not threatening. Lol

DD1 curled up on one of big squishy beanbags and read some picture books to herself quietly. DD1 likes to be left in peace when she reads so we gave her all the space she needed.

Once we'd given our book reviews and claimed our first set of collectable stickers, we returned back home.
Both of the girls recorded the trip in their holiday diaries.

X x X

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Summer Holidays have begun

I've been looking so forward to the summer holidays :)
We celebrate the first few moments by visiting our favourite local ice cream parlour for a little treat. 
We have so many great plans for things to do. Our main summer topic this year is The Romans. 
Watch this space.

X x X

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

HUGE soap

Hello lovely readers. 
You may remember me mentioning that I won a posh bar of soap at the recent school fete we attended. I hadn't really thought about it at the time, but it's a HUGE bar, with no hope of fitting into my little soap dish.

I emailed a soap making friend of mine for advice on hacking it into smaller chunks. A hot sharp knife or cheese wire is the answer. 

She also advised keeping the chunks in the airing cupboard to dry out and make them last longer. 
So they are now living in unlidded jam jars waiting to be used, with the added bonus of scenting my household linens with a gorgeous rose scent.

X x X

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Now you see it...

We're slowly but surely redecorating the house at the moment. Currently we're working on the second half of the down stairs hallway. One of the parts that bother me the most is the ugly Internet router. 

I saw a cracking idea on Pinterest a few days ago. I just needed to find a hardback book the right size. A few quick snips along the internal binding and...

Now my ugly router is much nicer to look at! Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and one that cost me all of 20p! 

X x X

Hidden needy

I was contacted a few days ago by someone I hadn't spoken in probably a year. She was a neighbour from the far end of the street, someone who I'm only on waving and nodding terms with these days. We used to exchange small talk most days on the preschool run but our daughters had gone to different local schools, and people drift apart.
She asked me for money, she'd run out of gas and electric and had no money until the end of the week. She was desperate and apologised over and over for needing to ask.

As a rule I don't hand out money. I'll lend you £1 because you don't have change for the bus etc but never usually more than that. I don't have money to just hand out like that. But I do have plenty of resources. 
 Yesterday her daughter joined us for dinner and had a nice hot shower. Her mum refused to join us, so I sent the daughter home with a boxed up dinner. I'm hoping mum ate it, I notice she's lost weight. 
I've told them both the offer of hot meals and hot showers lasts for as long as they need it.
The whole thing has made me wonder how many people in the street are struggling without being noticed or feeling able to ask for help? This world can be a lonely and cruel place sometimes. Keep your eyes wide open folks, you might just spot someone you can help.

X x X

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Weekend round up.

On Friday this cheeky young man had his first haircut. Hopefully he'll been feeling a little bit cooler with shorter hair. It's made him look so much older suddenly though, where has my baby boy gone?

On Saturday we were melting and grumpy from the heat. The afternoon was spent in a nice cool bubble bath where we rescued small plastic toys from giant icecubes. 
It was a new activity we hadn't tried before but I highly recommend it. It costs next to nothing and can be on standby in the freezer for the next heat wave.

We also ate ice creams. Does anyone know why toddlers always eat the bottom of the cone first? Almost every parent I speak to had dealt with this phenomena and I'm sure there must be something to it.

Today we went to a local summer fayre. It was one of those lovely ones where the PTA man all the stalls and everything costs 20p/50p. We all enjoyed watching the country dancing, dog agility show and playing on the school playground equipment.

We all had a go on the Tombola and walked away with 4 prizes. A can of ginger beer, a yankee candle, posh soap and a tube of Marks and Spencer body lotion. 
 DD2 was very proud of her prize and fell asleep clutching it on the way home.I'm predicting the next few days will have a distinctive shea butter scent lol.

 Over all its been a very pleasant weekend. 
What have you all been up to?

X x x