Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday Monday..

This Monday morning was wet and windy to begin with and I was forced out of my comfy bed from beneath two snuggly little ones to answer the door to delivery man. An hour or so later another knock at the door was from a guy who came to measure up for our new bathroom floor...i think it was the second knock that stirred the sleepy ones from there sleeping places. And eventually by about half ten u had greater all the kids a good morning. I actually am so in love with our very slow mornings.

After Eva had had some breakfast/brunch we sat at the table together and talked about shapes. She drew around her shapes from a peg puzzle board and then wrote each shapes name and a little face about it. (Such as a hexagon has six sides, and the star has five points.)

Charlie had filled his morning with cereal, cups of tea, YouTube and xbox gaming. When he woke first thing he showed me a game he's downloaded to his phone called 'little black Smith shop' but unfortunately it didn't work so he spent quite a while trying to find a substitute. He's still very passionate about learning to forge one day.

Jasmine and spent the morning watching TV and doing her maths and English course.

In the afternoon Gypsie spent a while crocheting and Charlie, Robbie and Eva decided to venture off out in the windy garden. Charlie made a cool Axe from a bit of a toaster he had taken apart and a piece of wood. Eva and Robbie had a jump on the trampoline with the hoola hoop.

Eva and Robbie also spent a long time playing with a ladybird. The poor thing has been in the house since yesterday and I think he would really like to break free. Yesterday we learnt all about the seven spotted butterfly which is the most common here in the UK and we also leart that the name lady bird originated from 'our Lady Mary's bird' as Mary is often depicted as wearing red and the seven spots represent the seven sins. (interesting stuff, possibly more so to me than to my 3 and 5yr olds)

My mum brought my nephew round in the afternoon and we drank tea and chased him around the house as Is the usual protocol for an energetic one year old boy!

Summer is baked us vegan banana bread and biscuits and she baked a chocolate cake for Paul as a surprise for when he got in from work tonight.

I had some time to work on some illustrations I'm doing this afternoon, Robbie noticed I was painting a pumpkin and he and Eva both decided they would like to do the same.

This evening I read a beautiful book 'seasons come, seasons go TREE' its a story of all the animals and the tree in the woods and all the seasonal changes. It's a lovely book Eva and Robbie both enjoyed it.

I'm absolutely shattered. And am giving myself repeated pep talks on how I WILL make it through my dentist appointment tomorrow..... Wish me luck!

Pinch me

Hello.. Remember me.
I'm just going to step right on in to what we got up to last week and pretend like there hasn't been a massive four month gap in my blog. That's OK right?
We had a busy week even though due to Robbie being unwell we didn't really leave the house very much.
Since early spring is here and we have changed up our nature table I thought it may be fun to take a closer look at daffodils with some dissection. Summer, Charlie, Eva and Robbie all decided they wanted to join in with this activity. We followed directions I found on line and learnt about each part of the daffodil and its purpose. I actually learnt a lot myself in the process and Charlie especially enjoyed learning how and where new seeds are made and about the male and female part of the flower. He laid all the pieces out on a piece of paper and labeled them as you can see in the photo below.
I also pulled out a couple of daffodil related crafts that I had stashed away.
Gypsie and summer have completed there citizen maths course.And we are now looking for other online courses that they can do independently. Gypsies keen to do an art course and summer hasn't really expressed any preference in a course of any type yet.
Summers spent a lot of time this week making YouTube videos and trying to sort out whatever it is that's happened to her old account. For some reason now people have to pay to view her videos and she is desperate to have it reverted back to free viewing.
Gypsies mostly been painting and drawing at the moment she's working on a large batman painting.
Jasmine been keeping on top of her maths and English courses and has been doing a lot of baking.
Wednesday was my sisters birthday and she made her this awesome pigs in mud cake. (bonus... It was vegan!!!)
Thursday was a bit of a stressful day. We woke up to water dripping through the kitchen ceiling and after many phone calls we had various workmen in and out all day and by about two in the afternoon after cutting a hole in the kitchen ceiling and taking up the laminate floor in the landing and the vinyl from the bathroom one had determined there was a leak under the bath! We were looking after my nephew that morning which passed the time but the afternoon was a long one which was spent awkwardly trying to avoid getting it the plumbers way and of course we were all stuck down stairs and couldn't use the loo!!!
The pipes fixed now and we will be getting the floors and ceiling fixed soon.
With Friday being St Patrick's day Eva set up a very beautiful leprechaun trap. She spent a long time setting up and rearranging the elements of her trap. The idea was that the leprechaun would use the ladder to climb in to the glass jar in order to get the gold (sequins, bells, gem stones) and there he would be stuck.
The next morning she woke very excited. She didn't find a leprechaun but there was a trail of lucky charms leading to reheat trap and a note from a leprechaun with the first clue of a treasure hunt.
After following the clues she found some yummy treats (gold bars, rainbow drops and lime ├ęclairs) in the bottom tray of the fridge.
The cheeky leprechaun had also turned the milk green!!
Whilst the three little ones munched on their very unhealthy breakfast we read all about St Patrick and also a story called "The little dancer" about a poor little goat girl  who is gifted some dance slippers from a leprechaun as a token of appreciation for all the joy she brought to his life for her singing and dancing she did whilst tending to her goats.
We took my brothers dog for walk as he had to go to the mainland and then helped Eva make a leprechaun lunch . I brought some gold spray ice icing which she sprayed over some ores to make gold coins and then she made a fruit and veg rainbow bow. Following this I then spent most of the afternoon  painting. Iv been given the wonderful opportunity and am illustrating a children's book. It really is like a dream come true. While I painted Paul and the boys took our broken TV apart.. The boys love  to see what's inside appliances and Charlie made sure to keep the speakers and some wires to add to his electronics kit.
Yesterday was mainly spent tidying the toy shelf and box and bookshelf and we had a visit from two of my sisters and my nephew as well which was lovely . I also helped Eva follow instructions in a magazine to make a cereal and yoghurt sandae. We used lucky charms to keep it festive. In the evening while Robbie caught up on some sleep (this weeks been pretty horrendous sleep wise with his horrid cough) Eva cuddled up with me on the sofa and we watched a couple of episodes of call the midwife before bed. I'm always amazed at how much she takes in from watching adult programs. We talked all about how when she's older she wants to have her babies at home like the lady in the program. And how she has lots of dolls so she can practice being a good mum. She melts my heart!


































Sunday, 6 November 2016

And just like that its November!



This past two weeks seem to have really dashed by .as usual we have all been busy making, creating, baking and learning and we have also been celebrating.


As my trade mark saying goes " There's always a reason to celebrate !" 

A week or so ago we invited Paul's dad around to dinner to celebrate his 79th birthday , I cooked him his favorite meal and Summer made his a wonderful birthday cake. He seemed to really enjoy his special evening and it really moved me that he had really gone to a lot of effort to get dressed up for the evening.Any one who knows Paul's father will know that he spends all his time up in his shed or down on his boat in his scruffy work clothes. He had even taken of his hat ! We are blessed to be getting to know him better now that he needs us that bit more. He had an accident a few months back and Summer has taken it upon herself to pop in and see him most days, to fetch his shopping and help him with his projects and shes been cooking for him too . They have developed a lovely bond.



We had so much fun celebrating Halloween . The obligatory pumpkin carving was done last Saturday and i set up a little candy apple bar for the children that evening, for them to enjoy by the light of their lack-o-lanterns. 


















Of course carving six pumpkins leaves you with a lot of seeds and pump and flest to deal with afterwards. Though i didn't need to concern myself with this because Summer took control of the situation. She boiled up and salted the seeds before placing them in our dehydrator for a tasty snack or to top bread, porridge or to add to our granola in the morning, she made some pumpkin puree and because we are not big fans of the flavor of pumpkin she made a very gorgeous pumpkin bath scrub for me. ( any thing left was fed to our pets)




Jasmine was a marvelous big sister and she helped Eva and Robbie make orange skin pumpkins full of orange jelly and these really cute marshmallow rice pop pumpkin treats too.





On Halloween afternoon Jasmine, Gypsie and Summer decorated the front of our house with cobwebs made of wool, bloody hand prints made from paint and spooky signs.
That night whilst Paul and i took took a little witch, the grim reaper, a zombie and Harley Quinn out trick or treating Gypsie and Jasmine stayed home to give out treats to the children who called in.
( unfortunately i was so busy with getting things all sorted for the following day that i didn't get any photos taken) 

We ended the day with with our traditional treasure hunt , this year i made peg bats for the little ones and skull friendship bracelets for the older ones.


Over half term week the kids enjoyed theses free activity books that came with our grocery delivery. 

There were lots of spooky puzzles inside and there was also a push out mask to decorate and the oppertunity to upload your mask to Tesco twitter page for the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend in store ......Jasmine uploaded Eva's mummified pumpkin mask ...and she was one of the winner!!!!!!! We are all so happy for her !


Eva has been really enjoying spending her time drawing, playing with clay and painting just recently.




And she taught her herself how to use the printer on her favorite websites so she can have plenty more puzzles and pictures to colour.


We recently spent a lovely morning drying lavender and rose petals and making smudge sticks .Charlie was thrilled with this as he absolutely adores herbalist.I have my eye on a book id like to get him for Christmas to help further his learning and mine too.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kids-Herb-Book-Children-Ages/dp/1885003366











This past Tuesday our very gorgeous son turned ten, i cant believe it, double figures already.We had a wonderful time celebrating with a family party, with Nan and grandad, aunties, uncles and his baby nephew. He spent the majority of his special day putting together a new KNEX roller coaster kit.







On saturday evening i took the children to a local fire works display, we went along with two of my beautiful sisters and one of there boyfriends and of course my dear little nephew .


Yesterday we made a bonfire night feast of jacket potatoes, spicy barbecue beans, sausages in onion gravy and of course toffee apples.



Right now i feel very blessed to be part of such a big beautiful family, Family time is the best gift of all .

XXX




Saturday, 22 October 2016

So...yes...maths (again)

This week has yet again been all about the maths .
I'm not going to lie Gypsie and I have both had headaches and I don't think its a coincidence. I'm so glad maths month is almost over.