Wednesday, 28 December 2011

.......well that was quite a Christmas

Well After seeing father Christmas at his grotto in New york at the Bluewater shopping centre, Madison was uncontrollably excited everyday she would ask if she could hang up her stocking.
I too was extremely excited just seeing how excited Madison was and how much magic it brought to everyone around her was Christmas on it's own.


well after a couple of days preparing the house cleaning and making some more room for those all important new presents that would be arriving. we had a very festive couple of days which included watching those all important Christmasy films one of which I have introduced Madison too from my own childhood Santa Claus. Madison thoroughly enjoyed watching it along with ELF, The Snowman and the polar express.
which encouraged some questions from Madison "How will Santa get down our chimney?" to which my response was "Magic". Madison then pondered for a moment while the information digested its self and then said "OK and then proceeded to wink and tap her nose saying it's Santa's secret". well I did chuckle but she made her own mind up that Santa's magic was a secret.


We also managed to include some home baking which me and both my little ones really enjoyed Jasper mainly the sensory side of it, and Madison well she loves getting creative as much as I do and the rewards that can be eaten are the best, and of course the mince pies that were created were delicious and one very special one was elected to be father Christmas's snack .                                            

    
                      Well as much as I love baking as a family I also enjoy creating lovely things for my family on my own and this Christmas I made them a Chocolate Yule Log following a recipe from Kirsty Allsopes Homemade Christmas but changed the icing to suit my family's taste buds. I also spent ages making edible decorations but the finished result was well worth it. even though every now and then I would have a little hand stealing and running off with one of my holly leaves but hey that's a part of the Christmas fun.  And needless to say the whole thing disappeared Christmas day!!.  


my personal Christmas achievement.
 
 
Well Christmas eve was a whirlwind of "whens he coming mummy?"   "is it time for bed yet" and lots of coughs and sneezes from Madison as she had come down with a horrid cold and fluctuating temperature so bless her Calpol was a must, never less Madison was extremely excited, we were too for her but also being that it was Jasper's first Christmas made it even more special but finally the time had come for bed. Jasper had already gone down for the night totally bemused by the huge sock ( stocking ) hanging from his door handle which he found quite tasty.
After much deliberation between milk or blackcurrant drinks for Santa she finally decided on Milk, the home made mince pie and 2 carrots one for Rudolph and one for comet which she placed right in front of the fire place but quickly changed her mind as "Santa may step on it". Oh and she had to place her stocking by the fire also so Santa would not forget. I love the way in which her mind works she is just to clever even with a cold.
 
 
HE'S BEEN!!!!!!
 
Is what we were woken with at 6:00am and a full stocking in hand before she quickly jumped up on to the bed and proceeded to open all the goodies that had been left. It was absolutely magical being it was just us awake in the house as Jasper was still snoozing. " I can't believe it he's been" was all she kept saying.
After she had opened her stocking and mummy and daddy had opened theirs too ( big kids at heart). Madison had decided that 6:30am was long enough for Jasper to sleep and proceeded to gently wake him up by whispering "Santa's been) then once he was awake proceeded to inspect the snack plate which to her delight was empty. And well the rest is self explanatory really if you have children an explosion of wrapping paper and boxes soon covered our lounge floor. The most priceless moment was Madison's present to her little brother which she had picked out and made all by herself, and  from the reaction from Jasper I think he loves it equally Madison was as happy with Jasper's present a new outfit for her bear Annabel . I feel so blessed that Madison has such a loving nature towards her little brother and always puts him first even when present opening came she waited until Jasper had opened one and took it in turns.
 
 

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
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
X X X



Saturday, 3 December 2011

What A Crazy couple of Weeks ......


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,
Reindeer for Daddy  And a Angel for Madison


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.................
  8. 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

PVA Glue
Paint Brush
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.

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. The fun begins using a paint brush quite liberally paint your child's foot with the glue making sure to get the toes too.
  4. Then quickly press your child's foot on to the card with the toes at the bottom then clean your child's foot well.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Once all the paint has dried just add a face and then your Christmas Angel is done.


And when they get older they will love creating there own Christmas card designs using there imagination like Madison has for Daddy and Jasper which are both fantastic.

On the left we have an "Elf coming though Santa's Glittery workshop"
And on the Right " a snowman "  







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.

The Nativity could not have gone any better and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended. When Madison and her fellow Reception friends took to the floor I must of had the hugest smile on my face bursting with pride. They were fantastic they all sung and danced perfectly and not forgetting how sweet they all looked dressed up as stars and wearing a hand made star hat.



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.


Then............

I stupidly managed to lock us all out of our house yesterday so bless my two we were stranded - the only other person with a key to the house is Daddy who was out of the area on work so he could not get back to let us in. So with only a Jasper in his pushchair and Madison who had just finished school we had a lovely long trek to my mum and dads whom only live a short distance away and the only other place that has spares of the children's clothes, bottles, milk and nappies etc . So with a tired Madison and a Hungry Jasper we did the walk which took us over an hour we finally arrived at Nanny and Grandads. Madison looked at this as an adventure and was amazed by all the different lights that were up and twinkling away me I have now learnt to leave a spare with my neighbours to avoid this happening again.

A great start to another Christmasy filled week of parties, get together's and visits to see father Christmas.

Have a great week

Thanks for reading

Crazy Daisy Mum Of Two



XXX


Saturday, 26 November 2011

What a magical week..........


Christmas has definitely reached our household this week, Madison is so excited bless her, and the questions about father Christmas are endless.

the question that was a real toughie was...
" 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......
" OH NO!!! mummy when father Christmas comes down our chimney he might set off our alarm and wake me up ..... He might get frightened away and forget our special presents " 
Well the bottom lip started to go and utter confusion about the alarm situation so after a lot of reassurance that father Christmas is magic and he wont set off our alarm as he knows about it, we were satisfied and immediately spurred on to write that all important letter asking the big man himself for those special gifts.........

all I say is I think Father Christmas may need a bigger sleigh

                       

Due to her age she cut out the pictures of the things she would like and stuck them on the back of the letter or as she put it " I'm a little tired".


Following her exciting letter writing to Santa the very next day we had a very special visitor home from school.......

SPARKLE!!

as some of you may have read from previous posts sparkle is the class mascot and the children get to bring her home for following the schools golden rules. I was so proud that they had sent her home with us again 3rd time since September and after the fiasco of a overnight stay last time where mummy had to wash this little class mascot.... Madison thought she would smell nicer with half a dozen different perfume's and aftershaves on. ( this was the most challenging and scariest wash load I have ever done) I have never watched the washing machine so much but to my relief she survived. This stay was much more calmer as Madison and Sparkle helped me with little Jasper feeding him his bottle and playing peek a boo.


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.



We have enjoyed lots of family time this week and finished it off by attending our Village Christmas Tree illumination which was a great evening and a huge number of local residents turned out for the event which was lovely to see. Madison was so excited to meet some of her little school friends who enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and also getting a little pressie which went down well with all involved. We all took part in singing carols meeting the local mayor and MP which i feel a great importance for my little one to learn that many different people make up a community and with very different roles.






This week Christmas card and ginger bread biscuit making.

Also im attending a red carpet champange celebration for Busy Bees day Nursery Chatham on achieving a double Ofsted outstanding.
All Welcome to attend on Wednesday 30th Novemeber 2011
at 7:30 pm. please checkout the website for more details.


Have a great week

Crazy Daisy Mum
X

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Another mummy milestone .........

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 ..

The Highway Rat [Book]

Madison has loved all her books since a very young age and I highly recommend this book to add to any child's collection.



Following on from Last weeks blog here are the completed home made tags created by my two little artists.


 

This week has been an extremely busy one aside from doing the everyday mummy jobs, washing, cleaning ironing and all round children's entertainer. I have turned my hand at sewing ( which secretly I really don't mind doing one bit) and have blinged up a plain black T-Shirt (£3.50 primark ladies size 6)  with some lovely tinsel (90p local chemist of all places) as Madison and her class mates are going to be stars in there school Christmas Play which I can not put in to words how excited me and Joe are.  






Another mummy mile stone has been achieved  over the last couple of weeks Madison went to a friends house after school for tea ( the first ever time on her own ). I will admit to being a little apprehensive at first and the usual "will she be good", "hope she eats her meal" "hope she remembers her manners" etc...... but seeing how excited she was about going I stepped back and agreed, the other child's parents were fab too which put any niggling doubts right back from where they came. She had a great time, was polite, good and ate all her dinner she did us proud , so this week Madison had her friend over our place for play time and tea, and it went really well both girlie's had a fantastic time getting creative making spoon puppets that turned out fantastic.


Well my little man has discovered he can grab things more precisely now and having an older one you would have thought we would have learnt not to place them near anything we did not want them to touch.........NO!!
Joe said " I only turned for two seconds to see what Madison was doing ". Well in that space Jasper had managed to grab the very pretty flowers and pull them over hence creating a very lovely lake on the lounge carpet. Although Jasper was very pleased with himself I'm not to sure daddy quite had the same appreciation. although we did have a chuckle.

To do List for next week : Book Madison and Jasper to take part in some Christmas fun at the local library's over the Christmas holidays, I know it is early but avoids disappointment

Take Jasper to health visitors clinic

Baby bounce at the library on Friday.

Before I sign off for the weekend I would like to say a huge

CONGRATULATIONS !

To all the very hard working and dedicated team at Busy Bees in Chatham whom have just been awarded there second Ofsted Outstanding in a row. 

Just some of the facilities to be found at Busy Bees in Chatham  Ofsted Outstanding 2011


 I look forward to celebrating with you all on Wednesday 30th November 7pm.

Hope you all have a great weekend

Crazy daisy mum

x x x




 




Wednesday, 9 November 2011

PHEW!!!!! We survived parents evening



 

Well nothing could possibly have prepared me for the relaxed and inviting atmosphere that awaited us at Madison's parents evening, children's work on show Madison's learning journal ready for us to read it was absolutely lovely. Although I was still armed with my list of questions as we went in and sat at the little tables.

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.



We just need to work on the sitting still and concentration.....
so once my little monkeys were sleeping soundly I started on creating some number flashcards up to 20 at the moment as this is what she is currently doing at school. we are going to practice number recognition and sorting them first. She is  going to start with 2 minuets of sitting then gradually build up the time to 5 solid minuets and hopefully she will respond positively.


The little man in my life has provided plenty to laugh about this week he has learnt how to move to music courtesy of his older sister, It has been a team effort,  she will sing "heads, shoulders, knees and toes" and Jasper swishes from side to side and he is ever so proud of himself with smiles all round.


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 .....
This week Jasper has created lovely Christmas tree gift tags.

Jasper ??? I hear some people say ...
Yes he got in to the painting mood well his right foot did after painting his foot a lovely shade of green which he giggled away to I pressed it on to a piece of card and once turned so the toes are facing down you get what looks like a tree.

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

-X-









Saturday, 5 November 2011

When did you become so grown up.....

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 .....

Product Details

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 ....

Toddling to Ten: Your Common Parenting Problems Solved - The Netmums Guide to the Challenges of Childhood


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.


fireworks

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

-X-








Thursday, 27 October 2011

What a whirlwind of a week .........

Well as you may have read last week it's the end of term holidays, I'm in my  mummy element enjoying lots of quality time with my two special guys.



We kicked of the holidays by cooking Herman the German, a friendship cake we were given. It was delicious.Madison and Jasper both enjoyed the experience Madison loved measuring the ingredient's out and adding them to the mixture. Jasper loved exploring the flour on his hands and by the end of the cooking they were covered head to toe in flour ( Fantastic )
                  


After briefly watching a children's programme which featured children visiting a market, this prompted Madison to ask " Whats a Market Mummy?"
after explaining as best as I could whilst juggling the breakfast cereal, Jasper and a bottle of Milk, I decided to look up locally if there were any I could take her too ( as I found if it was available for me to experience i took in the information better and retained it) I was in luck!  It so happened that Gilllingham market is on all day Mondays. After clearing the baby porridge which Jasper sneezed everywhere off of anything within a meter radius we were off to Gillingham. This is a place as a child I grew up in and have really lost touch with. After parking Madison clocked the small park which we had to promptly explore as we are now "Pirates" fantastic Madison Peg leg and Mummy black beard were off with ship mate Jasper in his "little pram boat" as Madison enjoyed telling everyone.





Next it was on to the High Street ........well after we waited for a train to go past.









We finally made it.... "WOW!" was the comment of the moment, she could not believe how many different stalls there were and after having a look at all the different things available we finally found a fruit stall. She was absolutely amazed that she could physically choose the pieces of fruit she wanted and put them in to a paper bag to be priced up by the " fruity man " as she called him.  such a great way to by fruit and a great price £5 for 28 pieces of fruit and a punnet of grapes, and a great experience.

 

With the ever increased need to watch the pennies but also needing to entertain my children, during holidays where costs can easily rocket. I fully make use of my local area. By looking through local papers and popping to my local Library I was able to piece together a fun packed and exciting itinerary not costing the earth.




Riverside visitor centre On Tuesday me and my little ones packed a picnic, bottles and pureed mango.Then set off to Riverside Country Park in Gillingham, where I had seen in the local paper that they were holding a Autumn craft workshop for 4yrs + for a £1. I was not to sure what to expect but any doubts I had were left at the door, we were greeted by a  kind smiling face and a warm welcome, instantly interacting with Madison and informing me of where we needed to go. Whilst this was happening a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady who was heading the craft workshop was telling Madison what she needed to do and capturing her attention and imagination instantly. She then proceeded to inform me that we needed to get "autumn treasure" ( leaves, twigs, acorns etc). Whilst she was off doing this Jasper loved being pushed round in his pram looking at the amazing autumnal   foliage that is on display. She must have collected the whole park bless her as when she went back she tipped her "treasure" out on the table to show the lady, to which she immediately kick started her creative imagination by saying "these leaves look like lily pads " BANG!!!! if you could have heard inside Madison's head you would have been blown away. Madison was then told to help herself to card, paper, pens, glue and other additional art and craft materials. Well she was off by the end of it she had created a pile of fantastic collages including " down by the pond" a "hedgehog" and a "firework".



After a very sticky crafted Madison finally put down the glue stick and declared "I'M FINISHED" much to Jasper's relief as he was starting to think about his lunch. We headed of to wash our hands, then put all the precious cargo in the car before finding one of Riversides many picnic benches, so we could tuck in to yummy cheese sandwiches and fruit salad, and Jasper enjoying his mango which I had prepared that morning, all I say is they both ate everything.

"Mummy can I have 5 minuets in the park?"

Riverside has an amazing play area and all I is 2 and half hours later I emerged with two very tired children who both enjoyed the amazing surroundings and facilities on offer at Riverside Country Park and I can't wait for there next school holiday workshops as we will definitely be there.


We are starting to get in to the spooky mood in preparation for Halloween on Monday and have today been pumpkin carving, Madison loved drawing out different designs and finally deciding on the winning design as she thought it was "very scary". Jasper loved looking at the brightly coloured pumpkins and feeling the strange textures, before nodding of in his baby snug seat ( the best purchase I have made seating wise) so off to bed for mini man.

After a lovely lunch of home made curry mmmmmmmm we tackled the pumpkins


" this feels squisshy"


 " Our finished carved pumpkins"
 
 
 
 
The little man in my life is forever growing fast and this week he has discoverd getting hold of items and dropping them time and time again and is amazed when they reappear the astonished look he has on his face is priceless. He has loved playing with his big sister who has been on tap for silly faces, tiggles and kisses. I loved sitting inside her Den she made for us to play in.
 
Another great mummy tool an old bed sheet can be many things this week it has manily been a Den.
 
He has enjoyed trying my own spin on a butternut squash puree.
 
A Squash & A Squeeze Mash
 
 
 
to recreate my recipe you will need.......
 
  •  butternut squash
  • a good knob of unsalted butter
  • 200ml of vegetable stock
  • half a onion chopped
  • half a lemon squeezed

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add the chopped onion saute  until transparent.
  2. Peel and chop the butternut squash and add to the pan and cook for 3 minuets.
  3. Pour on the the stock and lemon juice, stir and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 - 35 minuets untill the squash is soft enough to mash .
  4. leave to cool for a few minuets and then mash or puree to the consistancy required.
   this can be frozen.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this weeks blog. 

Have a great halloween weekend 

crazy daisy mum 

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