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Our October Round Up!

I honestly cannot believe that it is 3rd November! This year has really flown by, and October has been no exception. It seemed to just disappear in the blink of an eye. It was a busy month for us, with birthdays, my 2 little ones stayed in ‘full time’ at school and pre school, school… Continue reading Our October Round Up!

Family life

Picnics, pumpkins….pensive.

This weekend saw the annual Pumpkin Fest at National Trust Castle Ward, and as always it lived up to all expectations and more! J and S remembered the day from last year and were really looking forward to it and little L was very excited about all the wonderful ‘pumptkins’. (I love toddler chat!) After… Continue reading Picnics, pumpkins….pensive.

Family life

An Autumn Fair

Today marks the start of Autumn. It has arrived here with a bit of a drizzly start – bleugh! I had definitely got used to the dry, sunny, warm spell that we had been having. We have been ticking things off our Autumn Bucket List, (be sure to check it out if you haven’t already… Continue reading An Autumn Fair

Daily Routine · Family life

Autumn Bucket List for families.

It’s that time of year again when I share with you our Bucket List for the most beautiful season, (in my opinion!),  Autumn. Crunch and jump in piles of leaves. Plant daffodil bulbs to enjoy in Spring. Visit a Farmers Market. Decorate pumpkins. Make a scarecrow – we will definitely be recreating Harry and Betty… Continue reading Autumn Bucket List for families.

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He is My Light!

Over on my Facebook page I had shared a little about my plans for a “LIGHT” party at our church. I had heard of different churches organising “Fall Festivals” and “Trunk or Treat” parties and I wanted to do something as an alternative to the usual Hallowe’en activities for families in our church. So, we… Continue reading He is My Light!

Art and Crafts

Autumn tea lights.

This week has seen a couple of really yukky days in terms of weather – we got TOTALLY soaked walking home from pre school!!! On one of those dark, wet afternoons while baby sister was sleeping J and S and me got stuck into making some little lanterns! They are really simple and cheap to… Continue reading Autumn tea lights.

Family life · Sensory play

Heat, tears and cookies!

Hooray for YouTube! The boiler is fixed!!!! Hubster got on it! Tuesday evening – he futtered (not a real word, but the only word that truly describes what he did!!) and tried things, watched some clips on YouTube and whoop we had heat again! Just in time for the lovely Mandy coming over for a cuppa and catch up! Thankfully I didn’t have to give her the hot water bottle and blanket that I had on stand by – nothing as bad as someone coming to your house and sitting freezing! But, no, my wonderful better half got it sorted 🙂 There are times I really do wonder what we did before t’internet came on the scene!

J is getting on well at pre school….we had a wee wobble on Monday morning – he cried – I came home and cried. Being on the other side sure ain’t fun. I remember very well telling so many mummies – “they’ll be fine as soon as you go”, “don’t worry they’ll be ok” etc. but, boys a dear, when you are on the receiving end of it – it’s all you can do but punch them in the face and tell them, “he’s not ok, he’s crying, he wants to come home with me, why are you being so cold-hearted, just let me scoop him up in MY arms and take him home”. So, yip Monday he cried saying, “I don’t want to go here”. I left, came home again with L and S….and cried. I worried about the full 2 hours he was there….we made play dough …… more to distract me than L and S if I’m honest and read LOTS of books. Finally it was time to go get him, and what do ya know, he came running out, all excited and happy and claiming he had a brilliant day!!!!! So, yes, he HAD been fine, the crying DID stop as soon as I had left and he LOVED it!!! AND he hasn’t looked back since! *sigh* this mum stuff is tough. If I ever go back to teaching I will now understand more fully the importance of maybe a wee phone call at break time to let mums know, “they are fine and having a ball” 🙂 at least then mum can get on with the rest of her day!!!!!!!!!

This week we’ve been out every day – not at anything really exciting – more things that needed doing! Today we made some cookies. We had been in town yesterday and bought that new Disney baking magazine. If you know S, you will know he carries around a Mickey Mouse ALL. THE. TIME. He LOVES him. So we HAD to buy this magazine – you got a cookie cutter free – in the shape of Mickey!!!! I also had wanted to make some Autumn Leaf cookies with the kids too, so 2 birds 1 stone kinda activity today.  I had made the cookie dough last night, as it needs to be in the fridge for at least an hour before you use it, so I knew J,S and L would not have the patience to wait – they were VERY EXCITED about making Mickey cookies.

They rolled out the dough and got stuck in

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I REALLY WANT TO MAKE SOME BY MYSELF AND HAVE THEM ALL NICELY DECORATED. It required a LOT of self-control to let them loose on the decorating! Lol!

Then we made some Autumn leaves…….I had seen some different ideas on Pinterest, but ended up used my faithful cookie recipe and some Christmas cookie cutters! They did the job – with some Autumn coloured icing, who’s to say they’re not Autumn leaves/trees 😉

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Again, I am TOTALLY going to make a wee batch of my own when they are sleeping, so I can make them look a little less ‘child’ like!!! Am I bad?! They are SO proud of their creations, even little L had a good try at spooning the icing onto her little cookies! What a great way to practice some fine motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination too 😉