3 posts categorized "Winter"

02/10/2012

Finally, snow!

While the rest of England (and supposedly the rest of Europe) have been drowning snow, suffering a 'big freeze' cold enough that we've been put on Amber alert, my street has had a mere sprinkling of the white stuff.

I love snow, people hate it but where we live the transport is so good (usually) that if I can't drive we can still usually get either a bus, train, tube, boat, tram, etc and rarely have to wait more than 1/2 an hour even in arctic conditions. So we love it. Christmas was so mild it didn't even feel like Christmas.

Last week when the rest of the country was struggling we had so little that when I asked Jakob if he wanted to go out and play he looked at it, looked back at me and went 'nah'. He usually loves snow.

So this morning we were happily surprised to find a white blanket covering the garden :) I was meant to be in university today but didn't end up going due to Joshua being ill. I think he has some sort of eye infection - green gunk oozing out etc. We are going to see our pharmacist later and speak to him.

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We spend the morning inside in the warm and made a waldorf inspired window star originally seen here . I did most of the cutting and folding and Jakob used the scraps of tissue paper to practice his cutting and folding! But still the outcome was better than I thought it would be.

As you can see when we do things like this we do a lot of improv. The tissue paper weren't the exact colours I wanted - but they were cheap. We didn't have pritstick like the originally tutorial so I used a little PVA in a tuppaware  lid.

After we had done this Joshua went for a sleep so I decided to take Jakob into the garden for some fun in the snow.

We made a snowman, with an ice cream scoop and a bowel with bits of sticks for eyes! lol. Jakob had a lot of fun packing the snow in and tipping it out.

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Jakob collected some leaves so I put them around the edges of the bowl and packed it with snow so that when we tipped it up they stayed around the edge.

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Then I hid one of the leaves in the middle of the snow and when we tipped it up the leaf was gone so Jakob had a lot of fun jumping and stomping to break up the snow and find the leaf.

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As we were out there Ian came outside to chop up some wood for the fire, and Jakob wanted to help. He also collected some twigs and wanted daddy to cut up his twigs for him.

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Jakob said he wanted to cut the snow, so I went and got a tuppaware pot and his knife and packed the snow as hard as I could into the pot and he spent ages cutting through it, and once it was messed up i'd pat the snow down again so it was hard and he could start again.

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I started to come inside but Jakob didn't want to so he spent a long time outside with his dad in the snow,  scooping it back into the bowl and tipping it out.

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When he finally came in he wanted to play with the tissue paper again, so I poured out a little of the PVA glue and gave him some card and paper and tore up the tissue paper so he has been sticking that now :)

 

01/13/2012

A beautiful message

You know when something happens, and you just cannot stop smiling afterwards? Well when I left for university this morning I found this message on my car from when Ian had taken the boys out :) I just love things like this! So much nicer than flowers or chocolates (though I do like flowers and chocolates ;))

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12/28/2011

Christmas <3

Christmas was lovely, but hard.

My dad is in hospital so I spent a lot of the day there. They were lovely to him, he had a big Christmas meal (and I brought up some too) they also bought all the patients on his ward a present, he got two - apparently because they like him and he makes them laugh! They were pretty decent presents too he got a mirror and a ted baker mens wash set.

In the morning we woke up and brought the boys downstairs to open their stockings in their PJs. Jakob got a bird shaped wooden whistle, a wooden cup and ball game, a pack of wooden beads with string, some hungry catapillar playing cards and a finger puppet. Joshua got some coloured wooden haba beads, a soft teddy/blankie type thing, a crochet rattle and they both got some fruit. 

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Jakob had helped me wrap up a present for Taz which he was quite excited to open!

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We all got dressed and I went to pick up my mum, my nan and my aunt and then we all opened presents together. Ians family were doing their own thing and his parents live in the US, which is why it was just my family over.

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Jakobs 'main present' was an early rider balance bike, which he absolutely loved, and joshuas main present was some wooden rainbow stacking cups. They both got the XL Grimms raimbow to share. They got some beautiful plates, and cutlery sets etc from Ians family sent over from the US and my family helped to put money towards things we needed for them such as new car seats.

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It's funny when we go round friends houses and see piles and piles of toys and sometimes I feel guilty, like we are not buying the boys enough things? But then I just need to keep reminding myself that they are just objects, the boys aren't going to hate us because we haven't bought them enough when we more than compensate with love.

After Christmas dinner Ian and the boys went on skype to see his parents which was lovely.

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then Joshua was shattered and went to bed but Jakob didn't want to so he spent the evening snuggled with my nan on the sofa reading, and eventually brought down his duvet and stayed there until everyone went home :)

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