Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Now, they didn't all go accordingly to plan (Note to self: Shimelle is a cupcake goddess, so when she says fill the cases 3/4 full you fill them 3/4 full, not all the way to the top! Bad cupcake amateur!) but I had a decent amount of success. Just look at the yumminess:
You're drooling aren't you?!
Of course, my usual taste testers were all to willing to do a spot of quality control for me, just to make sure!
So now I have about 30 of the lovely little things sat in my fridge...calling me...Lou, you must eat us.....
Ha! Think again!
OK, so it's 5 weeks until they go back but those 5 weeks are fairly busy so yesterday I took advantage of having a spare hour (which turned into 3!) to go and get the rest of Emily's uniform for the new term. So, here is my rundown of exactly what the retailers in our country seem to think about our school uniform needs:
Tesco: Fine if you're child's 4-5 or 9-10. Obviously we don't send them to school between them ages. Oh, and only if their uniform's black.
Asda: Good for the undies, just not for stuff to go over the undies, especially if you're child wears navy blue (and this is an Asda in the middle of a town where ALL the primary schools wear navy!)
Adams: OK if your child goes to school on a catwalk. Swing style cardies for 6 years olds? Please!
M&S: OK if you can get the 2nd mortgage to pay for it!
BHS: OK if your child goes to school in the 1950s!
Next: Good if you have a child that is in fact 16 but wears age 6 and you don't need the skirts to actually cover their bum! Oh, and aslong as they wear black!
And the winner is...SAINSBURYS! God bless Jamie and his little shop! Lots of navy blue, cheaper than the other shops and 3 for 2! Yay!
So, after 3 hours and 7 shops, I finally found her uniform! Can't wait til next year!
Monday, 28 July 2008
Yesterday we went along to Party In The Park with our friends Ally and Shane and their gorgeous kids Amber and Jacob. It was an absolutely glorious day so we packed up a picnic and took our little munchkins for their first ever gig. No, McFly and some bloke off X Factor ain't exactly my choice of gig, but it was free so who cares?!
Emily and Amber got chance to catch up on some girly gossip:
Xander got chance to wish Jacob a very happy 3rd birthday (Happy Birthday little dude!):
And me and Al caught up over a glass of Lou's 'special' lemonade:
When it got too hot, the kids took some shelter and just relaxed and watched the bands:
Well, except the birthday boy who was chilling catching some rays:
Amber decided that they all needed to get more into the party spirit and sent her daddy off to purchase them all these:
Unfortunately, the whistle man didn't sell earplugs too, so us parents did come home with a bit of a ringing in our ears!
However, it had the desired affect and the kids rocked out to some pop band or other:
We had such a fantastic day, thanks so much to Ally and Shane for coming along with us, it really made the day even better to have friends there with us! At the end of the day, I asked Jacob, if, out of all his 3 birthdays, had this been the best ever? His answer...
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Friday, 25 July 2008
I was hoping we could just snuggle up and watch it quietly, with the hope that Emily would drift off to sleep and I could sneak downstairs back to the land of adulthood. No such luck! Cue to Emily dancing on the bed, singing every single word, as well as quoting every line of dialogue. When the film had eventually finished and we turned out the lights, I fell asleep before she did; though how I managed that on an airbed with someone as wriggly as Emily I'll never know!
However, it was fun spending girly time with my (not so) little girl, I just think I'll insist on choosing the film next time!
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
I meant to post this when little baby Abigail was born but didn't as I wanted to give them the gift first (yeah, coz when you've just given birth you tend to do lots of blog hopping!)
Anyway, I wanted to make Abigail something special but, as her mum's such a crafty goddess (along with most of the family!) I was stuck for ideas. I eventually decided to make her some patchwork bibs (a quilt was out of the question after the fantastic one Lauren's mum had made for her, just couldn't compare!). I made them pink and put her initial on then sat back and prayed that a) it was a girl and b) they didn't change their mind about calling her Abigail!
Next I had a go at a nappy cake. This has caused some very confused looks from people: No! I'm not making them eat nappies! I've seen these a few times on my crafty travels but never had the opportunity to make one. But, thanks to little Abi, I can now add this to my list of crafty attempts!
Still haven't managed to get pictures of Abi but hope to soon! Took my camera to see her yesterday but poor little munchkin had a tummy ache and so wasn't in the move for posing! Thankfully, the whole family's doing well and I'm loving my role of Auntie Lou (which consists of giving snuggles, then handing her back and coming home for a full night's sleep and being thankful I never have to do the sleepless nights again!).
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
When we moved into our house, about 5 1/2 years ago, we had a lot of plans for it. The main one being an extension to make it into a 4 bedroom with playroom/study etc. This would then lead to the kitchen being done, that blooming blue stairs carpet being ripped out etc etc! We decided that once I went back to work and started teaching and we had 2 wages again and both kids at school, we would go ahead with it. Hmmm, that's before oil prices sky rocketed, the housing market slumped and when you could actually buy a loaf of bread for under £1! So, needless to say, the extension has been put on hold until the financial climate improves, or both kids move out and we no longer need a bigger house! Your guess is as good as mine as to which will come first!
Anyway, I've decided that, as new kitchens etc are a bit of a luxury, I'm going to make small improvements to the house and spruce it up a bit. We started a couple of weeks ago by giving Xander a big boy bedroom (see here). This week, it's been the turn of our room and Emily's 'house'!
Rob built Emily a playhouse in the garden a couple of years ago and I've been meaning to get her some curtains for it so it looks like a proper little abode! Anyway, at the weekend I blitzed it (seemed to have turned into a bit of a store room!) and debated the curtains. Now, traditional fabric curtains would look good, but not very practical over the Winter (I can just imagine the foisty smell next Spring!), so I came up with this ingenious idea for water proof curtains. Take 1 kids party table cloth (plastic not paper), cut it up, grap a staple gun and voila! Instant make-over for the bargain price of £2.49!!
Next came our bedroom. We've never done much with it as we'd planned on a nice shiny new room with the aforementioned extension. Anyway, after over 5 years I was sick and tired of looking at it so, off I trot to B&Q, £20 and 2 rolls of funky chocolate (coloured not flavoured unfortunately!) wallpaper and here's our new bedroom! I did get very extravagant and buy 2 new cushions last night to match the paper, but, coming in at £27 in total, I think that's quite good and much cheaper than an extension!
Monday, 21 July 2008
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
I've managed to get cover for Emily for the whole school holiday on my study days, which is a huge relief I tell you. What with the end of the course coming up, my big assignment and the exam, I was having a bit of a panic there! However, I just want to thank the following people in advance for helping me out:
Mum - every Wednesday with BOTH my kids, you're mad woman!
MIL - 2 lots of 48 hours with Emily? See above!
Gem - I'm not sure the working from home with Emily there will consist of much working, good luck!
Amanda - Emily and Cameron? Both in your house for a full day? I'm sending round the valium and gin as we speak!
I know there's a lot of you that would have helped out if you could and I appreciate that too. In the meantime, please join me in wishing my mum, MIL, Gem and Amanda the best of luck; they're going to need it!!
Monday, 14 July 2008
So a big congratulations to Lauren and Marc on your brand new family! Can't wait to meet her and give her a snuggle (and start teaching her about brads, alphas, paper selections.....!!)
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Right, off to look for my brain cells in plenty of time for the August challenge!
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Friday, 4 July 2008
We've been over to see Laura and Evie today. Had a lovely afternoon in the garden then took a quick trip to the park. This pic of the 2 munchkins just sums them up: they're sick of us grown ups and so they're going exactly where THEY want to go! Good job they're damn cute with it!