Sunday, 31 August 2008
I know lots of little girls who are starting 'big school' for the first ever time this week. So, lots of luck to Elise, Gracie, Milli, Charlotte, Amber, Annabel and Alyssa; I know you'll all love it and do really well!
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Can't post pics till after the wedding but believe me, they'll be worth the wait!!
Monday, 25 August 2008
He's already broken the Gillard World Record for the 'Round The Dining Table Sprint' and is aiming for gold in the 2009 World Championships in the 'Vaulting Over The Chair Arm' event!
Today's Bank Holiday and Rob's working so it's just been me and the munchkins. This morning, whilst Xander had his nap, Emily and I did some scrapbooking. Emily did 2 layouts, first one of her and Abi:
Then pictures of Grandad's RAF Day:
I finally got a layout finished that was from an ideas Lauren's sister Mandy showed me. Mandy's a scrapbooking teacher in South Africa so obviously has some good ideas! This is a layout of Xander at the Eureka Museum the other week:With a nice bit of stitching on the pockets:So, quite a productive day, which is a good job as this week is going to be busy. Emily is going bridesmaid dress shopping with my sister tomorrow while I study, then off to the seaside with my parents on Thursday. Once that's done and the weekend's been and gone we're back to school! Where does the time go?!
Sunday, 24 August 2008
I also had my first ever go at embroidering free hand, by personalising Molly's quilt. Hmmm, the embroidery actually came out OK, the quilting round the edge, not so well! Anyway, she's 2 weeks old, what will she care?!
My next project is to make a 'jeans' quilt. We have enough old denim round here to make quite a big one so hopefully that'll be ready by the time Winter sets in (probably next week the way this Summer's gone!!).
Friday, 22 August 2008
After a bit of coaxing (and lots of convincing that they wouldn't eat her hand!) Emily got down to feeding the goats:
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Yesterday was definately a day for savoury flavourings!
My son has strange taste! After I'd picked him up from nursery, we popped to the Co-Op to buy some onions. Xander had great fun, helping me pick them then carrying them back to the car. He then sat and held them all the way home, took them in the house, kept tight hold while I took off his shoes, still keeping hold when I put Playhouse Disney on. Eventually he put them on the floor infront of him so I picked them up and put them in the kitchen - BIG mistake! Cue screams, tantrums, beating of fists until I eventually handed them back and he continued to hug them! Strange boy! Know what to get him for his birthday now.
Then, last night, I went for my first ever trip to Costco with my friend Cheryl. OMG! Now, for theose blog readers over the pond, Costco's probably no big thing, but I've never seen anything like it in this country! Rob and I have been to the US several times and always love the supermarkets; as soon as I walked in this place I said to Cheryl 'I feel like I'm in an American supermarket'. It even smelt like an American supermarket! Then I got to all the American style food; it was HUGE! That's what I always love about America, they don't dilly dally about with 'individual' portions; they find the biggest container they can and whack it in!!
After hotfooting it down to the Membership desk to say 'sign me up woman!' I then went back and bought a few treats to take home. First of all a huge back of San Francisco coffee (we both lurve SF!), a family size back of beef jerky for my hubby; and this little tub of pretzels!
Poor Rob didn't know what to try first! I'm already planning another trip down there on payday!
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
In my defense, I have been majorly busy this last week or so. I'm right in the middle of my final project for my English course. It has quite a large percentage mark towards my final degree grading so I'm putting in lots of work to get the best mark I can. So, I've been knuckling down to it and doing lots of research lately; I'm now starting the analysis part which I'm hoping goes well and backs up my argument or I may have to do a bit of quick thinking!!
I also had a bit of a run of domestic goddessness this past week! I did tonnes of baking last week: cakes, muffins, cookies etc; finally got round to doing all those little bits of sewing that have been mounting up (patching up jeans, sewing on buttons etc); blitzed the housework which had been somewhat neglected lately; and got a quilt made for our friends Mandy & Nick's new baby girl Molly!
The weekend was very busy too. Aswell as the aforementioned studying and domesticity, I had the indignity of getting on a bike for the first time in a year! Emily is getting so good on her bike that it's impossible to keep up on foot, so I borrowed Rob's bike to go and follow her around the park. Surprisingly I did only fall off once, but I ached in places I didn't know you could ache the day after!
On Saturday evening we went to Ally and Steve's for some pizza, beer and a bit of a disco in the conservatory; cue the kids completely ignoring the disco and Ally and I dancing round to Duran Duran!
Yesterday was a trip over the Pennines to take Emily to her Nanna's. She's staying there for a few days and doing fun stuff while I get yet more work done! Though how much they'll be able to do with this blooming weather I don't know!
Right, back to it!
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Then, the other unusual thing about this recipe. Did I stick it in a cake tin and bang it in the oven? No, where would the fun be in that? It went in the slow cooker for a few hours! Don't know if I've missed something all these years but I've never heard of cooking a cake in a slow cooker. So far, my slow cooker experience has been chilli, chilli and chilli; so last week I bought a slow cooker cook book and so far, it's been pretty successful. The other night I made Italian sausage stew which was absolutely beautiful, so when I saw they did puddings, I thought I'd trust them!
And the verdict? De-blooming-licicious!
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Lots of animals, who at times seemed more curious about us than we were of them:Xander got to see his favourite 'Ish':And Emily's favourite 'Aslans':Xander got his first ever go on a 'proper' theme park ride, which he loved:
So how does this constitute part of a soggy weekend when as you can see, the weather was pretty dry? Well, something possessed me to do this with my daughter; look at the second row from the back (note to self: it's fine having a hood, but they tend to blow off when you're hurtling down a shoot at 100mph!!):
The other part of our soggy weekend was on Saturday. We got 24 hours kid free and headed off to Marie's house for a music festival in the town square. One problem with outdoor festivals: they don't do too well when it's bucketing it down!! We did brave a couple of bands but did spend most of the day in the pub trying to keep dry!! Now obviously, this was no great hardship, but it was a shame that the festival was a bit of a washout. It was really nice though to spend a kid free day with Marie, and her hubby Kendo and some of Marie's friends (hi Paula and Karen!!).
Afterwards, we went back to Marie and Kendo's where Marie kicked my behind on Guitar Hero! Alas I shall never be a rockstar!
All in all, it's been a lovely weekend; though I'm planning on staying much drier for the rest of the week!!
Friday, 8 August 2008
Sniff! My little girl's all grown up!
Of course, she loved the museum, lots of things to discover for her ever curious brain! What was quite surprising was how much Xander loved it; we thought most of it would just go over his head but he was fascinated and was into everything:
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
She now won't get off the bike, which is going to prove difficult when we need to go anywhere!
Monday, 4 August 2008
To call it tragic is an understatement, I don't think anyone can beleieve it still. I can't even imagine what Wendy and her lovely husband John went through. What made it harder was they live in the US, and so going round and comforting them was impossible and I know all Marie, Rach and I wanted to do was get on a plane and be with them.
However, Wendy and John have coped admirably throughout all this and they have kept Reece's memory alive beautifully. Reece also now has a little brother, Ian, and I know he will be brought up with his big brother firmly in the forground of his mind.
So, today I will be remembering this special little boy and sending all my love to Wendy, John and Ian.
Happy Birthday Reece...love from Auntie Lou. xx
Saturday, 2 August 2008
This is my final course book and as you can see, there ain't much left! Woop woop! Now OK, I do have a 6 week research project to do and the dreaded exam (I will apologise now for the black cloud that will no doubt be my constant companion for the next 2 1/2 months!) but, after studying these things since February, it's quite a momentous day that I'll finish them! In a strange way, I think I'm going to miss them!
So, this is where the hard work begins. I'm averaging about 78% at the moment, which is well within my target of a 2:1; but the research project carries a lot of marks and the exam is 50% of the total, and I haven't done an exam since my Maths GCSE in 1990! Aarghhh!!
So, wish me luck, think I'm going to need it!!