Is that you Cindy Lou?

Christmas Fancy Dress

Nope, it’s Millie but it looks to me like the kind of craziness Miss Cindy Lou would wear. This is for her Brownies Christmas party that she has gone to tonight. It was a team effort. I made the dress, she made the ornaments (with a bit of help). The Candy Canes idea came from Felt Cafe and the hearts and stars from Bugs and Fishes. The sweets were based on the same idea as this one on the Ga Ga For Garlands Flickr group – check it out there are some great ideas!

Back View

While I was busy adding the finishing touches (and checking for remaining pins!) she busied herself with this little project from Art Projects For Kids.

Oil Pastel Snowman

I think she did a fantastic job!

Will hopefully be back at the weekend with pics from Isaac’s first play at Montessori – very exciting!

Go Elf Yourself!

…If you haven’t already. We have had lots of fun playing with this this week – Elfing Grandad proved most popular!

You can see us here since I can’t seem to embed it.

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Lazy Weekend

Both Isaac and myself were stuffed full of cold on Friday so he didn’t go to nursery. We had friends over in the afternoon which was lovely. The children played nicely while us mums sat and drank tea!

In the evening Emily went to her first disco! I don’t think I mentioned that Emily has now started Brownies (and loves it!), well it was the district disco. She had a fabulous time by the sound of it – can’t wait for the next.

On Saturday D came over to play for the morning. We were supposed to be going shoe shopping in the afternoon but the girls were so happy playing we decided to stay put. Isaac wasn’t really up to venturing out anyway. I wasted the day doing goodness knows what, i was supposed to be sewing.

Sunday was lovely. We went out to the woods so Emily could have a go on her bike. Isaac took her scooter but soon dumped it in favour of stick collecting.


More on flickr….

Emily did the birdwatch after lunch, Isaac watched Brum, Mick cooked dinner and I pottered around much as I had on Saturday!

Nursery – week 2

I was a little unsure of how things would be once Isaac started nursery. I thought it might be very disrupting to our day, but so far so good.

Mick took Isaac and dropped him off on his way to work. Emily got on with her thank-you letters followed by some of her “Draw Write Now
” book (which she is loving), while i did some much needed cleaning. We then did some geography together from the Europe continent box and Maths (place value work).

The plan was to collect Isaac and have lunch in the village park but it started to rain so that was that.

It’s a half hour drive to nursery so there was plenty of time to practice times tables on the way. Isaac had had a good morning but was very tired and fell asleep on the way home. Luckily he’d had enough to *just* refresh him but not so much he was impossible to wake. So i was easily able to wake him when we got back, especially when i plonked a plate of food in front of him ;o)

After lunch it was a quick trip to the library and the fabric shop (for me to indulge in an early birthday present), then home for tea. Quite a successful day i think :o)

Condensed Round-Up

We had a lovely Christmas up at my mum and dad’s. We had about a week and a half which was excellent. I really needed a break! We met up with loads of family I hadn’t seen in ages, had plenty of cuddles with our newest nephew, ate lots of yummy things, drank plenty of wine and generally had a nice time doing nothing – something of a rarity in our house. The children got so many presents, I still haven’t found homes for them all. My parents got Emily her own laptop which she is thrilled about and gets very grumpy if she catches me using it! She is looking forward to using it for her work as well as play. Isaac got more cars and trains which he adores, he is building quite a collection now.

We didn’t do anything special for New Year. Not that we do normally, my New Year always begins on Boxing Day. I think it’s because I’m usually so busy with birthday and Christmas preparations, from about October, that Boxing Day is the first opportunity i get to think about anything else.

Yesterday was an early start as i had to be at the hospital for 8am to have a minor op. I was really nervous but it wasn’t as bad as i imagined and i was home again by 2pm. It gave me the perfect excuse to lounge around on the sofa while Mick brought me cups of tea :o)

Today was Isaac’s first full morning at Montessori. He seemed to have had a lovely time. The teachers were pleased to see Emily again, and have invited her to go back to do a “teaching” session which i’m sure she would love.

Sorry no photos I had a near disaster when taking them off the camera and haven’t had a chance to sort them out yet.

Happy New Year!

Birthdays!

I wanted to record the children’s birthdays before Christmas got in the way. So for those of you that weren’t with us here we go…

Isaac had his 3rd birthday on the 20th.
Sportacus Pose
Sportacus outfit from Nana and Grandad

Cuddles with a Wee Robot
A Wee Robot from Hillary’s pattern

Birthday Cake
Cake Time

Birthday ring

Emily was 7 on the 23rd


Horse Life to go with her new DS – metallic pink of course.

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More horses in the form of Scheich figures from Nana and Auntie Kath

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And yet more horse type stuff…
Lots of brownie points for Auntie Alex – a long awaited my Little Pony

Emily and Mrs Gnome

Another pattern by Hillary. Mr Gnome has gone to live with our newest nephew.

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Thank you cards will be in the post after Christmas!

Right, off to dig out presents and enjoy mulled wine – Merry Christmas All!!

Where to begin???

Firstly i want to say thanks for the words of advice on my wisdom tooth hell! The reason i was in such a state is because that all happened the week before we were due to go on holiday and i was terrified it was going to plague me the whole time we were there. Thankfully it only niggled me for the first week and after that it was fine.

So, the holiday. We went to La Gomera, which is the second smallest of the Canary Islands. It is a wonderful place, about the size of the Isle of White but MUCH more mountainous (nearly 4,000ft). It took us 45mins by road to get to where our villa was, a journey that would have been 15mins by the local ferry, all hairpin bends and sheer drops, glad we didn’t hire a car in the end!!!

We stayed in a villa on an HPB site which was lovely, certainly one of the nicest places we’ve stayed. The weather was great, hot and sunny without being roasting.
We were very lazy for the most part but we did spend one day whale and dolphin watching with Emily whilst Isaac stayed behind with my parents.

Another day Mick and I went off leaving both children behind so we could have a walk through the subtropical rainforest – or to give it it’s proper name ‘laurisilva’ forest. It would have been nice to take the children with us but we thought they would find it hard going – a 3hour trek downhill, we weren’t wrong.

It was really beautiful…

In 1986 UNESCO named the Garajonay National Park a World Cultural Heritage site, unique in Europe. Thanks to the trade winds the summit of Gomera is often shrouded in clouds. This leads to the “Horizontal Rainfall” that ensures the survival of this ancient vegetation. It is also where most of the island’s water is obtained.

We had a lovely meal at “La Vista”, watercress soup served with gofio and mojo pic√≥n (a spicy, Garlicy sauce – yummy). This was followed by salad with local goats cheese (and chicken for the meateaters) and Papas arrugadas – potatoes which have been boiled, in salt water, in their skins and left to boil dry. All this was wahed down with plenty of local wine.

We then headed back via this 575m long tunnel …

It was chiselled out by hand and took 26 years!! to complete. They started either side of the mountain and amazingly met in the middle.
It was build to carry water to Hermigua to irrigate their banana plantations.

We did lots of swimming, which we swore we would keep up with when we got back (we have been only once). Emily is getting more confident after her scare last year and Isaac (scarily for Nana) had no fear at all. This was incredible as he HATED swimming this time last year. We also used the holiday to ditch the nappies (love those tiled floors) YAY!