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Bake bake cake

Remind me next year that I just need to buy a cake, go to shop and let April pick a cake from the supermarket.  Soooooo much easier.   After all do kids really bother if it’s homemade. Do they care how it actually tastes.  April doesn’t even eat cake but there I am with a recipe which has 10 eggs in it.   What was I thinking !

Youtube open for my lesson on buttercream and off I went .  The results, gladly, was a lovely cake. And a very messy kitchen, icing that got everywhere , 6 hours gone from my day as well as £30. Again.  Remind me next year to buy a cake.   I was however very very impressed by myself lol.  

Our Summer schedule

School holidays seem long and we are just experiencing our first school summer holiday.  April only started nursery in January so we are used to her being with us.  The school holidays arent quite that different to us yet.  However I like to start as I mean to go on .
Gary, Aprils daddy, is self employed and works very hard and going away for a couple of weeks when you have a business isnt always possible.  So I got creative. I work part time so I am off Thursday – Sunday .
I sometimes feel being off with kids is a whole lot of money being spent trying to entertain them and then with out planning its actually more like wasted money .
I find planning fun and with that came up with the idea of craft things to do and a really good day out every week to look forward to . Then a Sunday in house playing with the mountain of toys she already has.  We have our special summer days out and here is a list of our summer weeks.
Week one . – Circus is in town . yay . Got best seats and had full day with friends at this , candy floss , balloons . When in Rome lol.
Week two – Gymnastics summer camp . This was on for three days and the bonus is that I get some me time too . she has three full fun days.
Week three – Airshow . Full day event and picnic will be taken too
Week four – Thomas tank day . _ trip on a thomas tank train .
Week five – Weekend away for some fun fun fun . beach , parks and some adventure
Week Six – safari park and if sunny can take our BBQ
I have filled our ‘special summer days’ with full days out and I mainly like to do these on a Saturday so that my sundays are lazy days.  I like having a plan and I also like to keep ideas up my sleeve for reserve.
Reserve list for bored days.
zoo
Cinema
park
baking
beach
swimming
soft play .
So I am hoping this list helps you out a little too .
Have a fun fun fun summer x

Nursery party for last day

Well last day of nursery and it all went wrong .

Ever have a picture in your head about how things will go? . I do and it never goes the way I hoped. Gary , my husband, says I am idealistic. I like to think I am positive with a bit of magic lol.   It started with a tantrum because ……. she woke up . Thats my conclusion anyway as not one thing happened before that and my eyes hadnt even opened yet.

she then wouldnt get dressed with out a lot of “get dressed now before we are late” shouted at her .  I was tired before even getting to nursery .

She went in fine but complained about the hat I made as it didnt fit and she didnt like it and she didnt want to wear it . SIGHHHHH

The parents were to go back at 10:30 for a little tea party and when I went in she come running up all smiles . I gave her a bit hug and she then said  I WANT CHOCOLATE ( the chocolate we made)  but I didnt know where anything was as its not MY nursery ha ha . That resulted in tears and the teachers asking “whats wrong April”  it ends up the chocolates were out in the kid room and she was free to get them but ‘couldnt’ with out me . So there I am feeling very uncomfortable wandering around the nursery with the shy crying child (let it be known she is not shy any other time at nursery or at home)  She then ‘demands ‘ crisps which I said no and was starting to get annoyed with the spoilt child in the room, and annoyed it was my child .

She didnt take part in the first half of the games they did and instead just cried.  I now wished I hadnt bothered.

Second half she did take part and I felt like a breakthrough .   The end came and we left with april crying bcause she couldnt find the hat she made. You know the one she hated and wouldnt wear.

Sigh .

I wanted to start a tradition that at the end of every school year she got a balloon but now I was stuck between the tradition not getting started and spoiling an already spoilt child .  We picked up daddy and I ranted to him about my day and then got to the balloon shop for a successful balloon purchase.

Its now half 7 and April is in bed, the balloon is burst and in the bin (child stamped on it)  and mummy is opening some wine.  Dont judge . Tomorrow is a new day . Thankfully

Here are some of the better pictures….hiding the bad parts of the day (pictures are good at that )

Teachers gift – Sweets

APril has only been at nursery for 6 months and although she goes back next year for preschool nursery I still wanted to give the nursery staff a thank you gift.

If I am honest I love doing these things.  I love giving . So any excuse to do these is fine with me .  They like it, I like it ….. its win win really .

So I didnt quite know what to make and I didnt want to spend tons getting each of them something (there is a few staff) so I looked on pinterest and found the sweet bag toppers. So cute.  Pinterest also points you to free ones that you can print in the house and ETSY has many many that you can buy .

I found one for free that says Thank you for being sweet.  I then decided this would be ideal to give to the teachers and just add sweets.

At the pound store I bought bags of sweets and got coloured zippy bags . They even had a basket there too . Max spend was £7  . Sorted .  A little bit of magic ( put all together ) and TA DA ….. we have a cute basket of thank you sweet bags .

Hope the staff loved them . xx

Last day of 1st year Nursery

Dear April

I cannot believe tomorrow is your last day at nursery for the summer.  It has been great seeing you change when at nursery and also weird knowing you have a little life outside mummy and daddys world, and its just yours.  However its all part of growing up and I am so very proud of you and the way you have excepted the challenge.

You only started January due to your age, but the six months have seen you grow with confidence and courage.  You go with such confidence and you have made friends of your very own.

Its all new to me and your dad and we are trying to go with the flow with what happens and whats expected and try to show an interest and be part of each step when we can (allowed lol , the control freak momma has to have a step back )

Our first summer break and we will have lots of fun adventures I promise ( we couldnt stay in with your energy )  The entire week I have thought about you leaving for holiday and had to keep reminding myself that you are the one off for 6 weeks not mommy lol.  I wish it was me.

This week I have managed to be on top form with organising . I have done sweets for the teachers , wrote a letter to your little friends mum about meeting up over the holidays  (sadly she hasnt text me but at least I can say I tried) and sorted your Mad Hatter hat for your party tomorrow

Today I rushed home (after a very long day ) and we made chocolate shapes for you party tomorrow too . It wasnt too easy with you as my assistant this time around and there wasnt much concentration being had with the mad singing you were doing lol but we did it in the end .

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I have your blackboard ready for tomorrow and I am loving that I can be part of your life and make the events as special as I can .  IMG_5244

Wishing you the best last day my gorgeous girl and a fun summer break with mama and dada .

 

Love you to the moon and back . xx

 

The Fair is in town 

When I grew up we loved going to the fair or the shows as we would call it.   So much fun and always felt massive.

Now I am taking my own little girl to the same one that visits every summer.  In fact I think some are the same rides I went on HAHA

You can never be sad at the fair.  Just look at how happy April is. Have you seen a bigger smile.

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On another note.  How expensive is it ?!  I am lucky I only need to pay for one child. If you had 4/5 children that’s an expensive day out.  However it’s something you have to do as a child .  Always fun. Xx

Summer with a three year old

Every year it changes and every child is different.  With April only being three it feels like every year is new again . Like she hasnt seen sunny weather and all the fun that comes with it. 

 

Summer is super exciting as lots of outdoor playing and lazing in the garden. Even the dog thinks so 

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There is nothing that little Missy doesn’t have (I feel bad that she has so much however most has been second hand) and yet still she needs entertained as much as she does.  I have a question for you mommas out there …….. Is it an age thing ? do they play more when they are bigger? 

 

Don’t get me wrong I love playing with her and realise she is only little for a small amount of time but I think it is good for them to use their imagination …… just to allow me a cup of tea on my own Ha Ha.

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Our first sunny day here in Scotland.  We always try to make the most of it as never know how much we are getting. 

 

WE had a lovely BBQ, sand pit out and paddling pool was even out too.   It took ages blowing up the paddling pool and getting hot water in ( a little hose water too )  Not sure what April was expecting but she stepped in it , and complained it was too cold before slipping and saying NO NO NO. What a girl .

 

We had fun and hope there is many many more this year

 

Soft play day

We headed to soft play madness today and let April run crazy for a while.  She is three and an only child so needless to say she needs one of us with her.  I like that anyway as still think she is that little young and the soft plays are HUGE .  I think part of me knows that there isnt long left where she will want us to be with her . Another little while and it will be shoes off and away she goes .

We ran about for ages and then headed for out for a meal .  A lovely easy family day.  What life is all about . Life goes too fast some times

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Have fun you guys xx

Pizza Night

I love pizza. Its my favourite food.  I do worry about all the added rubbish in the store bought ones so I thought I would make my own.  I have tried this previously but some of the recipes take forever.  Thats never been helpful when hungry. However I found this recipe and it doesn’t take long at all and more natural than a store bought pizza.  Easy Peasy . So easy my three year old helped.

The recipe :

I found this recipe to make two medium pizzas ( for our household anyway )

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 Cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
  2. in a bowl put in yeast , sugar and the warm water (the yeast will dissolve) leave it 10 mins until creamy
  3. Stir in the flour, salt and oil.  Beat until smooth and let it rest for 5 mins (plenty time to get the toppings sorted )
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape your pizza .  Put the pizza on grease proof paper and on a oven tray.
  5. Top with your desired toppings
  6. Cook for 15 – 20 mins then leave 5 mins to cool
  7. Enjoy ….best with a movie 😉

 

Hope you enjoy , this is the best recipe I found and we will definitely be using it again .

 

Love from us xxx

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