Friday, 31 July 2009
Leave to cool and then enjoy!
Thursday, 30 July 2009
- emptied the bins
- Put the recycling out for collection
- watered the plants
- fed the cat
- changed the cats litter
- got the boys PJ's ready
- Got their clothes out for tomorrow
- made me a cup of tea
So he spent the day with his top like that and I didn't mind one bit!
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Then allow to cool, turn out and you have funky crayons, that are great for little hands, compact enough to go in travel bags and don't roll off the table.
I am not organised enough to match our fruit mould to colours, but you could. My boys love them and they make great presents for friends with little ones starting to use crayons as they are easier to hold than regular ones.
Monday, 27 July 2009
All you need is
- Food colouring
- brushes or foam
Sunday, 26 July 2009
- add the salt and water to a large pan and wait for the salt to melt
- add the flour, oil and cream of tartar and heat over a medium heat, stirring continuously until it starts to pull away from the sides
- Tip out the dough and need for about 2 mins
- Split the dough in to smaller amounts and add food colouring and essential oil
This keeps in an airtight container for about three months
I bless my home with love
I put love in every corner and my home lovingly responds with warmth and comfort
I am at peace
Saturday, 25 July 2009
The very very handsome Youngest MiniMad modeling said art smock
Thursday, 23 July 2009
So I have put together small packs including colouring pens, crayons, drawing books and a reading book in a small wallet for each of the boys.
This worked really well for them both yesterday and kept them pretty entertained during the tedium of the day.
I am going to do some more so that I can just grab them when we go out, any ideas of what I can put in them?
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
I keep them in the kitchen and look to them during a quiet moment and todays card reads
I turn every experience into an opportunity
Each problem has a solution
All experiences are opportunities for me to learn and grow
I am safe
They really confirm and compound on all the positive thinking I am doing. I carry a thought card in my purse which reads "I am thinking positively towards the future" specifically for when I am having down days about my health.
One of my big things at the moment is gratitude, I find that it kind of multiplies and that if I think of all the things I am grateful for the negative thoughts can not get in. I am going to start a gratitude journal and document these things at the end of the evening. It is often the small things that I am most grateful for and I want to document it more.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
One of our new favourites is Orchard Toys Shopping list, which is like bingo with food, you place all the pieces face down, each have a shopping list and a trolley and the first to get their trolley all full with food shouts shopping list. This is great as the youngest Mini Mad who is just 3 can play along too.
We also have a leapfrog Bingo game, which has a wheel to turn and works on the same format, it has shapes, numbers, colours, animals and also easy sums.
The eldest MiniMad has always loved board games and jigsaw puzzles and can find the correct piece much faster than me. He is currently doing 60+ piece ones.
We are also rediscovering blocks, specifically duplo and lego, previously the youngest has always taken great delight in knocking down or breaking what ever the eldest had made upsetting him terribly, but now he likes to try and build and play himself too, which is brilliant.
So this is what we have spent the majority of our rainy Saturday doing, oh along with a perennial favorite of the boys - play dough
Friday, 17 July 2009
Well one thing that is loving the rain is our garden. MadDad installed a water butt when he built the raised beds and we have been amazed at how much water it collects and uses and we love the fact that it is so ecological too (one of the other things we want to instill in the children is looking after their planet).
So I asked them to lay it down in the sitting room and we decided to go out to soft play as it was raining cats and dogs (still is in fact).
The Mini's spent 4 hours running round like the mad men they are working up a sweat and having fun.
MadDad came home early to put the bed up and we decided to open the bed and carry it upstairs as it was far too heavy for me to attempt to lift. Anyway to cut a long story short - it is damaged, not a little, but snapped in two Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I have spent the last 45 mins on hold. "Your call is important to us, you are in a queue, please hold or call us back" Double Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I finally get through only to find out the bed is out of stock and will not be back in stock until next Thursday.
We want this particular bed as it matched his furniture, so we are held over a barrel really.
Anyway youngest MiniMad was really upset as we had been building him up to transferring to a bed boy bed all week and I was made the proudest mum in the world when the eldest Mad piped up "you can have my big boy bed and I will sleep in your old cotbed until you arrive". I nearly burst with pride. I love my children.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
I gave in on the trying to dry a super king size duvet and a single duvet, along with all the bedding and went out a bought cheap (£10 and £5) ones from Argos. At least this way I will have a spare should it ever happen again. I rationalised that it was a cheap as going to the laundrette and the fact is that my washer can cope with the duvets, so I may as well.
One of the things the boys have discovered in the rain is that you much faster sown a wet slide if you are naked. So my poor neighbours have been subjected to them running out and jumping on the slide in the middle of the down pours.
We managed to get the shopping done this morning with only the minimal amount of stress and MadDad managed to get in to have a family dinner with us. Home made lasagna and garlic bread yum yum.
The forecast for the next couple of days isn't great (well it is for the garden and the veg, but not the children or me), so I will be delving in to our rainy day activities.
The Youngest MiniMad didn't settle at all and ended up sleeping in our bed, which meant that I had hardly any sleep. The eldest MiniMad had one of his very rare accidents (he has a chest infection and all the that coughing can not help). I spilt my cup of tea all over my bed.
Came down to put the first load of washing in to find The Cooking Fat had had two accidents during the night too.
Now the thing is Thursday are not the most favorite of my days. It is food shopping in the morning with my mum and the boys at Aldi and then I have a regular appointment on the afternoon and it is always so stressful. Today even more so, as I need to get sheets and Duvets for the youngest's new big boy bed which arrives tomorrow morning (hopefully).
Also I have had a falling out with a friend, which is really hard as I don't make friends lightly or easily and only have a few really close friends. I am trying to make amends, but she is not taking calls or answering e-mails and with two children I can not just drop everything and visit.
So I need to take a chill pill, relax a little and try to centre myself and finnish drawing out the shopping lists for the boys.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
We have tried to rectify this as much as we can, by reassurance, by turning off the light, by turning on the light, by moving his bed, by ordering a big boy bed, by removing the stickers on his wall, by reading to him and short of actually remaining with him until he falls asleep, we can not get him off to sleep.
Tonight he has been in bed since 7pm and fighting sleep, whenever we leave the room he sobs and comes downstairs. I have stayed with him and he woke and came back down. MadDad sat with him when he returned home from work after a late appointment.
We keep telling him he is tired and he keeps just falling off and then waking with a jolt. He has just come down stairs again and done a great big yawn and informed us "that wasn't a yawn mummy and daddy, my mouth just stalled". What a way to get to get to stay up.
It lets you build up new habits and also develope routines that suit you and your family. Over the last two years flylady has been a godsend. It helped me come out of my PND and also meant that when I was in hospital MadDad and other family knew what needed doing and when it needed doing.
It also means that I have time to concentrate on being with the MiniMads and that they understand that the house needs cleaning and help out. Both have their own feather dusters and pinny's and help with the polishing, wiping, tiding etc. They put their clothes in the wash basket, they get the next days clothes out and put them in their designated place too.
We felt that it was important that the boys understood how the house run and take responsibility to help out. I want them to grow up being able to look after them self and a house, to be able to load a washing machine and iron. I want them to be able to be an equal partner to the person they fall in love with.
MadDad and myself have a nice division of labour, both concentrating on the things we do best - he does all the nasty jobs, the cat litter, the bins and dishwasher on a morning!!!
He understands that I like things to have a place and that I NEED to have the bedclothes all nice and tidy and the duvet right upto the edges of the duvet cover and when I came out of hospital he made sure that they were perfect for me.
I think that what makes our relationship work, concentrating on the things that we can do for each other that take no doing, understanding our little peculiarities and in fact loving each other because of them.
The Eldest MiniMad graduated to swimming lessons on a Tuesday afternoon just after his forth birthday and is really enjoying the Independence that it brings and is currently doing his Duckings 4 badge. The youngest and I go to an organised session on a Wednesday morning and he has just completed his Duckings 2.
However, over the holidays both the Mini's and I will be going every Wednesday morning. we used to all go together until April anyway. Swimming is one of the exercises that I find really easy to do after the mastectomy, although my muscles do hurt a little on the evening.
I forgot how much fun it is taking two of them and trying to get them dressed and get myself dressed too. I do find that a lolly whilst dressing them keeps them quiet and gives me the chance to get dressed to.
After coming out of hospital MadDad decided that I needed raised beds to make this more accessible this year and set to work with his trusty saw and transformed some old planks of wood in to 3 fantastic raised beds. We are now beginning to see the fruits of his labours.
We planted cabbage, cauli, broccoli, kale, chard, spinach, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, leeks, beans, peas, pumpkins, courgettes and strawberry's in our little beds.
It is wonderful watching them eat all the food we have grown and also the amazement as they see things grow before their very eyes.
They each help water the plants and take responsibility for their own pot of sunflowers - feeding them and watering them too.
I am very lucky in that both the boys love eating veg, but this introduces new veg to them very easily and we are having ratatouille for lunch
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
- He licks the TV screen when you turn it off
- He comes in when called
- He refuses to use a cat flap, preferring to yowl until you open the door for him
- He likes being groomed
Monday, 13 July 2009
MadDad works Monday to Friday to keep us in pennies and I am a SAHM, who is going to tentatively start work part time over the summer at home.
This is our first summer before the eldest MiniMad starts school and is a really big milestone for us
I underwent a double mastectomy in February and didn't think I would be here to experience this summer at all, so I thought I would keep a record of what we did and are going to do.
Today is the first day of the holidays for us, Preschool finished last week and all our organised mum and toddlers finish this week too. So today has been a planning day and an imagination day for the boys.
Our dinning room has become a Bedouin tent with the dinning table and chairs covered with blankets and the floor with every cushion and pillow in the house.
We have made a tepee with garden canes and played at cowboys with woody and Jessie from Toy Storey.
I have also been declared heartless by the MiniMads when they were in their Doctor modes, as they could not discover a heartbeat at all (nothing new there then MadDad would declare)
We have also been planning what we want to get up to and the best way to show it. So have done a summer holiday planner and activities, which I am going to laminate and we can stick the activities on the right day.
We have also brainstormed the type of activity we want to do over the summer break.
Splitting it in to Go, Do, Make and Read. I guess that this will get added to quite a lot when we all think of things that we want to do or explore during the summer break.