Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Well Christmas day we spent at home and had my mum, dad and brother up for Christmas lunch which was cooked by me and Joe and went smoothly i might like to add makes a change from the normal chaos which is normally my kitchen.
Court Lodge 16th Century farm house .
We also saw lots of family over the bank holiday but did not venture to far as Madison was still quite unwell so a couple of cuddled up days down at court lodge with Auntie Den and Uncle John were a welcomed break from home. And not forgetting playing with her elder cousin Molly whom she adores. And Jasper well he loves all the attention fluttering his eyes and beaming a smile for a cuddle.
As New Year is looming we take the time to reflect on the year that was 2011 and think about what we have achieved, done and what we would change. well for me there is nothing really I would change apart from loose a little weight but I think that is a general New Years resolution throughout the population. I have everything I could want or need so I'm just going to focus on what i have and enjoy my two growing special little guys while they are still little as time goes by to quick and I don't want to miss a thing.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year
and thank you for reading my mummy blog this year.
Love Crazy Daisy
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Saturday, 3 December 2011
What a couple of weeks we have all had it has been a not stop ride.
Me and Jasper Started the week by making some lovely Christmas cards for his most treasured friend his big sister Madison, and his ever doting Daddy.
We have done two different designs for each,
Both equally easy and fun to make for both mummy and baby!
For the reindeer you will need
Either A4 or A5 size piece of festive coloured card.
Brown Paint ( I mixed mine from green and red paint )
2 large paint brushes
PVA glue watered down
and red and gold glitter.
- Fold the card and depending on your child's foot size will determine the size of the card needed. I used A4 as that was the only card I had available in my art and craft draw. Remember to always interact with you baby through the activity as this will grab there attention and prepare them for participation.
- Mix up the brown paint and quickly heat in a microwave just so the chill is taken off. ( so this wont startle your little one when you come to paint there foot.) Always test the temperature first before you apply to your child's foot . then water down the PVA glue by adding warm water just enough so it is still gloppy but runny.
- Make sure you have to hand a towel, wipes or a bowl of water and a cloth. Then place your child either in a high chair, bumbo or even a bouncer so they can see what you are doing. By calmly taking to your child you will keep them relaxed and open for new experience's, you will then need to remove one of there socks. ( I played this little piggie before i started painting)
- After they are ready gently paint the foot brown and once it is all covered press it on to the card making sure the toes are at the top of the card to resemble fur. then clean and praise your child.
- Then using the warm watered down glue paint your child's hand and press it on to the card either side of the toes and repeat on the opposite side also. Now you have antlers.
- Now you are ready to add the touch of Christmas the glitter. I used gold glitter for the antlers but you can use any colour you wish. I gave my little one the quite chunky glitter pot to bash around on the card which did produce a lovely sprinkling of glitter and with a little more help we had enough so it resembled the antlers.
- Next was the reindeer's nose and we quickly established that he would be Rudolph we dipped a finger in to some of the glue and pressed it on to the reindeer's face and then as with the gold glitter we shook some red glitter on. Now the boring part waiting for it to dry.................
- Once dry shake the excess glitter off , draw on the eyes and mouth and now you have a perfect reindeer Christmas card.
For the Angel you will need
A piece of A4 or A5 festive coloured card
Silver, Gold or Iridescent (snow glitter available from most Art and craft shops I got mine from Early Learning Centre).
2 Feathers of the same colour.
Paint for the Angels Face and a colour of your choice for the hair.
- Follow step 1 from the reindeer card. Then add a very small amount of warm water to the PVA glue just to take the chill off and mix well.
- Make sure you have to hand a towel, wipes or a bowl of water and a cloth. Then place your child either in a high chair, bumbo or even a bouncer so they can see what you are doing. By calmly taking to your child you will keep them relaxed and open for new experience's, you will then need to remove one of there socks. ( I played this little piggie before i started painting on the glue.
- The fun begins using a paint brush quite liberally paint your child's foot with the glue making sure to get the toes too.
- Then quickly press your child's foot on to the card with the toes at the bottom then clean your child's foot well.
- Now the sparkle for your Christmas Angel begins, using the glitter allow your child to shake the pot so as little or as much as they would like comes out and covers the Angel .
- Then using two feathers allow your child to place them on the angel they may need a little help if they are younger to get them on either side (wings) and allow to dry.
- Then using your paint for the Angels Face (I used a round painting sponge for Jasper as he is still very young) get them to paint a face on top of the Angels body and allow to dry. then add the hair Jasper used his fingers and created a fantastic do!
- Once all the paint has dried just add a face and then your Christmas Angel is done.
Well the last couple of weeks have been a full on Christmas explosion in our house with window lights going up, trees being brought and decorated and presents starting to appear under the tree. I'm not to sure who is more excited me or Madison. Jasper is still a little young to understand what is really happening but he loves the lights and wrapping paper.
The Temptation for Madison to explore the presents under tree has not really amounted to anything as of yet, she is quite content knowing that there might be one or two for her. Not to sure how long this might last for but hey I used to have the expected feel of the presents under the tree and try and guess what they could be I was quite often wrong but still equally happy with the present I received , This is a great way to encourage your child's imagination skills to further develop and not to mention the sensory and vocabulary development that also comes with it.
Madison has been a very busy little girlie this last week as she and her little class mates had there first ever Christmas Nativity play so we have had lots of private singing shows at home prior there opening concert. We were a little sad that we could not take pictures of the concert as this is such a huge step in their development that I would have loved to of captured this but the school were fantastic and took loads of the dress rehearsal that parents were able to have.
Well I thought that would be enough excitement for one week for me until Yesterday whilst picking Madison up from school she shyly informed me that she had been playing hairdressers with a couple of girlie friends and had cut the part of her old fringe we have been growing out for months so we now have a chuck of hair that is a considerably shorter than the rest of her hair so back to square one again and using more clips to keep it from getting in her way.
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Christmas has definitely reached our household this week, Madison is so excited bless her, and the questions about father Christmas are endless.
" mummy why is that Lady's house alarm going off ?"
followed by my reply sometimes the wind may blow a curtain or a spider may go across a special sensor and it sets off the alarm. then came......
The little man in my life .. well is not so little after a trip to the health visitors clinic which he loves, One of the few little ones in the clinic that loves to be naked ( such a little exhibitionist) He weighed 19lb 12oz bless him, but after a reassuring talk with the lovely health visitor that are on hand for any questions big or small that said that Jasper is doing well and is in proportion and generally happy content boy, which was lovely to hear.
This week he has been practising his turning loads more and by being a mean mummy placing things just out of his reach it is spurring on his determination side and we have got the front to back down to a T but he still gets a little stuck when going from back to front but that will come in time.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
The start of the weekend started out if it could go wrong it went wrong, taking Madison to her school book fair Friday afternoon we got half way round by the time I realised that I had forgotten my purse...... well as you can imagine the look of utter disappointment in my little ones face was awful, but Lucky enough the fair was there for a week so we did a book fair take two Monday and we picked out a few good titles only buying the one, the rest are going on her letter to father Christmas.
including the latest Julia Donaldson book ..
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
The feedback could not have been any more positive "Madison is a character" "very clever" and despite the year age difference between her and some of the other children she is keeping up with the work she is given. A feather could have knocked me over I am so proud of her.
Tag team Terry
But whilst watching them both playing together I did get a slight pang of sadness as my little baby boy whom I only brought home 6 months ago, has changed so much in such a short space of time as they say time flies when your having fun.
Well now Bonfire night has officially now past I am now excited about Father Christmas paying us a visit at the end of December so we have made a start .....
TOP TIP - when painting a young child's foot try adding a little water to the paint mixture and popping it in to the microwave to warm up a bit this way they wont be put off by a freezing cold substance being painted on there little toes.
This weekend madison is going to add some Christmas sparkle (glitter) and a tree trunk. I will add a picture as soon as they are finished.
Since beginning my mummy blog in October I have read with interest loads of other fantastic Mummy blogs and I did wonder if Daddy's have been having there say?. So with a little bit surfing the net I have discovered an amazing dads blog titled......
Please take a look at this daddys blog spot it is inspiring to read a very proud daddy's views.
I can't believe it's mid week already, where is the time flying to...
enjoy the rest of your week
Crazy Daisy Mum
Saturday, 5 November 2011
I can't believe it's the weekend already where has the time flown too...
Well this week kicked off with Madison bringing home her first school photos, she was so excited to get home and show me that it was the quickest we have got from school to home ever.
She built the photo showing part up tremendously and I could hardly wait .... then "mummy you wont believe how grown up I look ". Wow! i was not expecting this comment from my 4 year old, it took me by surprise if I'm honest and I did take in the moment for a few seconds, before Jasper proceeded to grab my glasses off of my face. ( our latest great game). The photo was as she said her looking extremely grown up. I can't help but wonder where the last 4 years have gone and that my little girl is well...... not so little any more .
We also enjoyed Halloween at the beginning of the week getting dressed up in our spooky costumes and trick and treating to our neighbours and family. Madison had a lovely time and it was lovely to see so many other mums and dads out with there little ones looking for the pumpkin lit houses. In Madison's words "we must not knock on houses that don't have them as we are a bit scary".
Well this week did not end as such on a high as it begun, whilst standing in the playground waiting for Madison to appear at the door the signal every mum dreads came. ( the can I have a word signal was directed at me).
My heart sunk I felt like a naughty school child again as I was ushered in to the class room. A very sad faced little Madison was sitting at the table.... The teacher then proceeded to explain that Madison has be showing signs of unwanted behaviour such as not listening, getting easily distracted during phonics and number time etc and that it had been happening for a few weeks now. Well this came as a total shock to me as nothing had been said before regarding Madison's behaviour, but I took on board what Madison's teacher had said and explained I would sit down and speak with Madison once I got home and everything settled, as me and my husband are a parent team that believe there is always two sides to every story and we wanted to hear Madison's.
The first unexpected thing Madison said to us was "I have been on the sunshine all day" well as you can imagine we were a little confused at this comment and then proceeded to explain that her teacher has been speaking to us regarding her unwanted behaviour. Madison instantly knew what we were speaking about and explained that her hair clip had fallen out and was under the table so she went to retrieve it and got engrossed with bending it open and closed.
( not listening during phonics and number time)
OK we thought maybe there has been a little confusion with Madison not listening but instead just being totally engrossed with this hair clip. We explained that she must open her ears more and listen to teachers.
This could not have come at a more appropriate time as next week we have parents evening, so after a long chat to Madison which continued this morning also and a chat between the parent camp, involving grandparents views also as they have been there and done it themselves, we have a little list of questions we would like to ask her teachers. This may sound really silly but by writing it down we can see what we need to ask and that we would not get home after and think I forgot to ask.....
This morning whist getting Madison ready for her fun Saturday morning with nanny, she said " am I going to school today?" when i said No the look of relief was apparent. I then seized this opportunity to ask open ended questions. Eventually she told me " I want to be at home with you like Jasper " That's when the realisation that there is some sibling jealousy became apparent.
After some reassurance that while she is at school me and Jasper are waiting for her to get home, so we can all play or get arty and crafty. I have dug out a great book I used to read to my pre-schoolers many moons ago especially ones with younger siblings at home and hopefully this will help her understand that she has to go to school but you have fun .....
I will keep you Posted on how it goes.
I have also dug in to another book just for some parent reassurance and advice
and one that I really recommend to have as part of you mummy and daddy library ....
Oh well who said parenting was easy got to take the rough with the smooth as we are all still learning even as grown ups. Children don't come with instruction manuals because there would be hundreds as every child is different and unique and I would not have it any other way.
Well this evening we are all off to a family firework display and we are all really excited, (such a big kid at heart) and that I know after fireworks night it is officially the run down to Christmas. Next weeks blog will be packed with lots of ideas to entertain your little ones as well as getting us bigger kids in the festive mood.
Have a lovely SAFE bonfire weekend.
Crazy Daisy Mum