More sunshine

Today has been nice. Each day this week is starting foggy, chilly and miserable but by lunch it's warm and sunny and delicious :)

Today we have been in the garden. Jakob has been on the trampoline loads. He loves it and never seems to get tired or bored of it. I'm so glad we decided to get it for his last birthday :) notice he nearly always hangs his tongue out when jumping lol!

See the house behind his head - mid jump!


Joshua has been on the trampline too. He hates it when Jakobs on it, as I think he jumps too hard! But when he went on on his own he absolutely loved it and stood jumping without lifting his feet off the floor hehe!


I brought out a tray with flour, oats and rice in the compartments and a couple of straws and a spoon. I did this sort of thing with Jakob a LOT last summer as the garden is perfect because when it spills, later on the wind just blows it away. Jakob used to love it and I wanted to try it with Joshua but Jakob was far more interested. Joshua just wanted to walk around in the grass and explore the garden as this week is really the first time we've had a chance to be out there.


As soon as he saw it he wanted to play! He loves to feel the textures between his fingers and usually rubs it on different parts of his body, feet, tummy, arms, face etc. 


This time I added straws which I had never thought of before so he was very intrigued. He tried to suck the contents up the straw and then afterwards blew through the straw sending the flour in a cloud in the air! 


What I sometimes find funny is how closed my mind is. In the sense of - I give him items, to watch what he does with them because I would probably never think of most of them myself. I never thought of blowing through the straw with the flour, yet it's so simple. Sometimes I fear that I've lost all my childhood creativity. Maybe I'm trying to cling to it with my children!


We also went to asda. Not our usual supermarket of choice but for some reason I just really felt I wanted to go there? I was glad I did because once we got there I saw some lovely childrens garden things! They're not my usual style but as soon as I saw them I knew I needed them. They made me think of this pin (something I've been thinking about doing for a while). 

I can't wait to get started on Jakobs garden - looks like we'll need a trip to the garden centre for a little fence or edging and it's meant to stay sunny the next couple of days :)


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The Marsden March & more!

So today nearly 4,000 people walked from The Royal Marsden in Chelsea, south west London all the way to The Royal Marsden in Sutton, Surrey. All of the money raised will be going to the provision of cancer care at both hospitals. 

The Marsden March website.

One of our best friends has recently moved house and lives near the Royal Marsden so we decided to go and see the marchers!

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This is the first time he's actually walked outside :)


Some of them were dressed in costumes - smurfs, red indians, tigers, mr blobby etc and some were just dressed in sponsering Tshirts. Jakob loved watching them all, especially as most of them had balloons tied to them!

Once they finished the race they got food, drink, a massage and a medal. Watching them all finish made me want to walk for charity and now I can't stop thinking about it! I probably already have to much on my plate already with the family, uni, placements, learning to crochet (my new venture...) but I've just joined the gym and I'm seriously considering signing up for a sponsered walk next year.

Anyway we had Joshua and Jakob and my friends had their two littlies A who is 18 months and N who will be 4 in the summer. Jakob absolutely loved N and they ran around playing together all day. They got balloons from a man that tied them up into sword shapes, and Joshua and A got little poodle dog balloons lol. 


When we left the weather was mild, but as we were there it became sunnier and warmer and it turned into a really lovely day.

We stayed for a bit, ate some lunch, N got his face painted and then we headed off.

As it was such a nice day me and Ian decided to go to the park afterwards - but it turned out the park was en route of the Marsden March and there were still lots of marchers! (They were still passing our house while the boys had dinner too!).


Jakob rode his bike around the park, we sat and had a picnic on the grass while Jakob examined different leaves, twigs, bugs... then we went and got an ice cream.


Jakob took off his top, and the looks we got! I didn't realise it wasn't the done thing, but he was hot and wanted it off so why not.


He also found a stick he liked, and as soon as I saw it I thought of something I had seen on a blog; maybe the same blog that I found how to make waldorf inspired window stars. Anyway here is the stick, and we brought it home with us so maybe there will be a blog post on what I'm thinking about now, sometime soon :)


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Jakobs space

Just a quick one today as we're having a bit of a crazy busy week.

I wanted to share Jakobs place where he paints. We used to use our dining room table but it's in use at the moment for other reasons, so we use the coffee table. The chair is mine from when I was a toddler so very old and worn! Anyway it's his favourite place, and before I go to universitiy I set him up there with his paints and he loves it :)


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Our poor attempt at cupcakes...

So today Jakob woke up and straight away he said he wanted to bake cakes. I kinda overslept, and had to go shopping this morning and then we were going out to lunch for all you can eat Chinese at 12.30 so I thought we so aren't going to have time! 'Ohh yes, maybe later... ohhh look building blocks'. Naughty mummy, Jakob wasnt having any of it! He went and found the cupcake cases and kept showing me them with puppy dog eyes and in the end I just couldn't resist.

I googled 'easy cupcake recipe' and then realised I still hadnt cleaned the kitchen from last night, oops. So we mainly sat on the floor and did the mixing etc. There we go, you now know just how lazy I am :)

Jakob did really well pouring out the flour, sugar etc - he mixed with the hand mixer, cracked eggs, sieved, spooned mixture into cases. It all sounds pretty simple but I was quite surprised because it hasnt been that long since we last made cakes and his his motor skills have vastly improved.

So here it is... preheat oven at gas mark 4

250g of castor sugar + 250g of butter (we get the basics/economy range with most of our baking stuff!) Add one teaspoon vanilla extract.

Mix in 4 eggs one at a time



Then sift 185g self raising flour and 60g plain flour together and fold into mixture with 185ml of milk



Jakob offered to spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, but as I turned around I saw this! ha


After the mixture was in the cases I broke up some white chocolate and added it on top :)


After about half an hour in the oven they were out and cooling so I decided to make the frosting. Realised I didnt actually have the right ingrediants so threw together some soft cheese, butter, icing sugar (only had a tiny bit), vanilla extract and melted lots of white chocolate and mixed it all together. This is it before the white chocolate.


So this is what our cupcakes ended up like (with chocolate twirl bits on top). They look a bit sorry for themselves, takes ridiculously sweet (the topping) but hey Jakob had a lot of fun making them!


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Girasol Felice 4 <3

I've been after a girasol for a while, Northern lights and towards the summer I do really want to get a snow rainbow. I just cant get enough of rainbowy stripey wraps at the mo.

So here is my first girasol - it's a fringed felice size 4. I'm no good with 4's. Long 6s are my fav for double hammock but I thought now I can practice some new carries - so this, for the first time ever, is a ruck tied under bum with my new baby and my old toddler :p


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Syringe painting :)

Ok so today was fun! Got on the train to university, and just as I got off of the train I found out there was a bomb scare at our campus and we got a text saying 'all lectures are cancelled today'. So turned round and went straight back home, shame it wasted my whole morning and train fares for nothing though.

I had lots of lovely ideas about what we could do as a family as I had the day free and it was a beautiful sunny day, including picnics in the park, going to a farm, going out for lunch etc, but no. Jakob was adamant he wanted to stay inside and paint.

I've always tried to encourage art and creativity so I feel horrible saying this but I feel it has bitten me on the bum! Every day Jakob wants to paint. Every. Single. Day. I don't think I'm creative enough to keep thinking of news ways to make painting interesting enough.


Yesterday my friend who has a small baby gave me some syringes, she was given them by her midwife for antenatal expressing colostrum and expressing in the first couple of days, but now her milk is in full force and she has a great supply and has a lot of syringes she was going to chuck away. We are known as the ones who will take anyones junk to save them throwing it away - we find uses for literally anything. So I took the syringes off her hands and put them in the bathroom thinking 'I wonder what I'll ever need these for' - maybe if I need to give Joshua or the pets medication and they wont take it or something?

But today when Jakob wanted to paint I had a brainwave and got a couple of them out and sucked paint into them for him to paint with. He loved it.


I thought it might make the painting a little less messy but apparently not. Within 10 minutes he had rubbed it all over himself. Why does he like to rub things all over himself???

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Cutting and pasting

Sometimes I spend most of my days off trying to tidy and clean, and then I ask myself why? I end up shouting at the boys when they are being creative because its messing up what I had tidied. I'd prefer them to have fun and learn and grow in mess than get annoyed at them after I'd cleaned up! Hmm.

Today we spent all morning tidying, and I found last years calender that I had never used! Whoops. I cut out all the dog pictures from it and made a puzzle for Jakob with wooden lolly sticks.

I positioned one of the lolly sticks on the back of the picture I had cut out from the calendar and drew lines so I knew where to cut


Jakob couldn't do much at this point because I wanted it to turn out fairly neat, lol! But he helped me pour out the glue and brush the glue onto the back of the paper


This is what we ended up with

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After this Jakob tried to cut some out, and I cut some out for him. He glued them onto some card with PVA glue and then cut it all up. A good example of how its not the finished product that matters but the process. Jakob loved it, spent a while doing it, concentrating hard, improving his dexterity and in the end it was unsalvagable mess, lol.


Then I got out some paint sample cards that are free at DIY stores. I always collect loads when we go out for crafting ideas with Jakob. Anyway I gave him a few and he sat trying to cut them straight along the lines, and then at right angles.


He then decided to open the gloss modge podge and rub it all over his hands, the table, paper, his grimms rainbow (:()

Joshua has spent the afternoon trying to suck PVA glue out of the tube (you'll be glad to know I kept the lid on so that he couldnt! I know I'm laid back, but I'm not that laid back!)

Jakob also asked for a chocolate muffin but instead of eating it rubbed it all over himself and the floor, Joshua then ate most of it.

Jakob is currently trying to cut wooden lolly sticks.

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Ohhhh Post!

Look what I got today, yum yum swoon :)


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Feeling the lurrrve

So it's valentines day! I got a card from Ian, a card from the boys and a giant box of Guilian seashell chocolates (anyone who knows me will know this is an amazing present for me, YUM!)

Jakob wanted to do some painting, and since it was valentines we decided to do what they did here.

I got out a quiche dish and filled it with shaving foam, tried to flatten the top of the foam as best as possible.


Got a few pots of different coloured paints mixed with a little water (as we dont have watercolours!) We dont have paint pots either so used empty yoghurt pots.


and whilst I cut out heart shapes from pink card, Jakob drizzled bits of paint on top of the shaving foam with a spoon and a paintbrush.


He then dipped the hearts onto the shaving foam, and I scraped it off the top of the hearts with bits of toilet roll tubes etc as quickly as I could (he was doing them quicker than I could scrape off the foam!)


A couple turned out really pretty but not nearly as good as the ones from the original link, maybe due to the paints? The rest ended up with not much paint at all! But Jakob had fun.


Then I put both boys in the bath with the rest of the shaving foam and paint and let them go wild. I had to fill and empty it a couple of times due to the mess but they really loved it! We found out that the dish of shaving cream floats


And also found out that shaving cream on its own floats in clumps, but the paint seeps into the water. Joshua wasnt too impressed with a bath full of shaving foam


We were going to see our friends later so Jakob wanted to take one of the hearts, he chose one and then I mounted it onto card to make a card out of it. You cant see it well from the pictures but there was some metallic paint mixed in with the standard pants and the heart had a beautiful silver metallic sheen to it

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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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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 :)


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