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My Sisters In August.

on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

We are well in the throws of Summer now and we are really enjoying (almost) every minute.  I don't remember a time the weather was so nice, and I am loving the long days in the sunshine.  Mads and LL seem to thrive on being outside and active, and I could happily stay in the sun all day.  We have been enjoying picnics, playground trips, and days in the garden with friends- so much less stressful than our Winter pasttime of soft play. I have been organised again this month and have a few photos of my sister's all ready to share. 

Last weekend we went to South West Wales on our first camping adventure.  It was a lot of fun and Mads and LL relished the quality time with us.  We have been switching off a lot this Summer- away from TV screens, phones and constant checking of social media, and it's been very welcome indeed.

 On one of the day's in Wales we went to a local beach.  We had already had a busy day at a theme park and lunch at Pizza Express (my fussy children would lick their plates clean at Pizza Express so we go there a lot!) but didn't feel it was right to go to the coast and not go to the beach, so we made our way over there late in the afternoon.  I am so glad we did because it was so quiet and peaceful.  We built sandcastles, ate our pretty sandy sandwiches on a picnic blanket, and enjoyed feeling the sun on our shoulders.  We also found some sand dunes and the girl's had lots of fun sliding down them on their bottoms, they were giggling in delight.  

I love these photos, firstly because they are a memory of a pretty special weekend, but also because my little ladies just look really happy, and at the end of the day isn't that ultimately what any parent wants for their children?  They make us laugh every single day with their antics, and are the best of friends yet also fight like cat and dog.  Their relationship is really beginning to shine through and they are fast becoming a real double act, egging each other on all.the.time.  We went to buy a bathroom suite the other day and they were running up and down the showroom being so mischevious together.    I look at these photos and my heart aches a little bit with pride and love for my two lovely daughter's. 

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Chloe's lovely blog.  She has just won a trip of a lifetime to California which I did a little jump of joy for when I heard because I was really rooting for her and totally deserved it with her video she made.  Go and have a look at her gorgeous boys.  

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #28 'A First Bike'

on Sunday, 03 August 2014.

When I think back to my childhood of course there are many different snippets and memories that flash into my mind.  Some are permanently there, and others suddenly come flooding back on hearing an old song, seeing a place I used to go, or by looking at the well thumbed old fashioned photo albums piled up in our garage.

I think when we become parents we automatically want to give our children little portions of our childhood.  Likewise, with the not so good bits, we want to leave them behind.  There are childhood memories for all of us from which we want to protect our children from- whether that's bullying, divorce, struggles at school or broken hearts. There are bits we want to make better.  Learn from our parent's mistakes, because we all have them even if they are small, and try and give our children the very best that we can.  

Becoming a Mum has certainly given me the chance to relive the best bits of my childhood.  Christmas has become even more special, an opportunity to reminisce in the excitment and make it even more magical for my two little ladies.  And Summer?  Well Summer to me is the peak of my childhood nostalgia.  So many of my memories feature those few months of warm weather- holidays in Cornwall and learning to surf, picnics and days out, and weeks of no school and constant fun times with my friends.

One huge memory of those Summertimes is being on my bike.  I still vividly remember my Dad teaching me to ride my bike without stabilisers, I can still feel his hands on my back as he gently pushed me to have the confidence to pedal off.  I remember family bike rides, riding round our local reservoir in the sunshine.  I remember one time laughing so hard with my Dad while riding around that I fell off my bike into the middle of a cornfield.  Those memories are so vivid, it was like they were yesterday.  And as I got older, I remember constantly riding round our village with my friends, prank calling boys we liked from our local phone box, and dumping our bikes outside the village shop to go and get penny sweets.  So many of my summer nostaglic memories feature me riding about, in that brief period of time when you feel like you don't have a care in the world.

Earlier this week we bought Mads her very first bike.  It was kind of on a whim, we went in to Halfords to look at buying family bikes for ourselves and a trailer for the girls, (more about that soon!) but Mads was riding round the shop and doing so well that the next day we went and bought her one as a surprise.  It's a little blue 'Pom Pom' bike with a pink bell, ribbons on the handlebars and a little seat on the back for her treasured friend 'Pongo'.  It's perfect for Mads and I don't think I have ever seen her smile as wide as when we gave it to her.  

Nowadays so much of our lives revolve around technology and screens, and I really hope that this little bike will be the start of lots of fun outdoors as a family and for my big girl.  I hope that she and her little bike have many good times together.  It's may just a bike, but it has a lot more meaning than that to me.  It's hopefully the start of a childhood of adventure and fun.

I am determined to help play a part in making that happen.

 

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38 and 39 months... Oops!

on Friday, 25 April 2014.

To my beautiful Mads,

I should start this by saying that I have been naughty and not keeping up to date with your monthly letters.  Life is whizzing by so fast and I am now a couple of months behind, with you turning 40 months yesterday on April 24th.  Therefore I thought I would join the last two months together, and hopefully now I will be back on track.  Oops!  I want to make sure I keep writing these as I know they will be such a wonderful memento of your childhood when you are big enough to read them.  I have visions of us sat together at a kitchen table somewhere laughing and giggling over what you used to get up to. 

The last couple of months have been so busy and you have literally grown up before my eyes.  All of a sudden your clothes no longer fit, and you have got really tall.  We had to go out and buy lots of new clothes the other day, and as usual you were spoiled by Grandma and Auntie Emma.  The toddler days are far behind you now and in it's place there is a little girl who is growing up very quickly.    

The last few weeks you have gone through another funny developmental patch.  On the whole you are a really good girl but at times you struggle to convey your emotions.  Rather than just say you don't want to do something, you get upset or angry when there isn't really any need to get worked up.  You can get quite worked up by things, but we are just putting it down to you learning to communicate with us properly.  

Some days you are as good as gold and the most helpful, kind, lovely little girl and then some days you are harder work.  We never know what kind of day we are going to have, but for the most part you are a delight to be around.  There are days when you completely push my buttons and test my patience, which I guess is just what it is going to be like having such a feisty and opinonated little girl in my life.  Apparently at nursery they have never so much even had to have a cross word with you, and that makes me so proud.  I just wish that was the case at home too!  You love going to nursery now and always get really excited when it is your two nursery mornings.  I am so pleased you have finally settled in so well and I love to hear about your antics when you get home.  You tell me all about what you have done and you love 'Dancing Emma' the dance instructor who comes in on a Tuesday.    

We started swimming lessons a couple of months ago and when we first went you screamed the place down the entire half an hour.  But within two weeks you were fine and now you make us so proud with how you are in the water.  You go off into the pool no trouble and wave to us from behind the glass- you go under the water through hoops, jump in and love to splash about.  We are so pleased you are going to be water confident for our holiday this year.  

You have been loving films this month, and at the moment the current favourites are Toy Story 2, Frozen and all of the Shrek's.  You snuggle with us really nicely and watch them and we all enjoy having a Sunday afternoon film on the sofa, although LL hasn't got the same level of concentration just yet!  When we ask you what film would you like to watch you always say 'Well that's up to you' and when we say our choice you always say no and ask for a different one!

 Grandma found you some old Trolls and you love to play with those too, which takes me back to my childhood.  You love to be outside and one of your favourite things to do is go to the park on your scooter.  You also have an obsession with play dough and constantly ask to play with yours, the other day you played quietly for almost two hours and it was lovely to see you enjoying it so much.  Mummy does have to hold her breath when tiny little bits get squashed into my cream carpet though.

Speaking of our house, the other night you did something which made me the most cross I have been with you so far.  We have recently got our living room redecorated and silly Mummy left a biro on the table from when she was working.  We were eating our dinner a while later when we noticed that you had drawn all over our lovely new wallpaper.  I was so incredibly angry with you, I shouted really loudly and made you go straight upstairs to your room.  You were so upset but I just couldn't even bear to see you so Daddy kept going up to check on you every five minutes or so.  Eventually we cuddled and made up and you kept saying sorry.  I felt a little guilty for getting so angry but it was a very naughty thing to do.  Luckily our decorator has managed to peel the sheet off so it is back looking all shiny new again but it really taught me about how to control my emotions around you.  I am still learning at this parenting business too. 

Your eating is getting better slowly, after months of being a complete fusspot.  You eat most things at nursery except you have a real thing against jacket potato's- apparently you get really upset when they bring them out!  You will try more things at home, but still have set things that you eat and enjoy.  Lunch is still by far your favourite meal of the day, you love what we call 'picky picky' meals- little bits of everything and will often ask if it is lunchtime about an hour after breakfast!

You are still such an incredibly kind big sister and love to take LL into nursery first and pick her up from her room because then you get the best cuddles.  You chat to her constantly and cuddle her and play with her non stop.  You will always share your food with her even when it is your last bit and it makes me so proud to see you being so sweet towards her.  As you both get older we are really seeing the interaction between you coming alive, it is just amazing to see.  Whenever we are in the car I am treated to constant giggling as you try and make LL smile by dancing or being silly- it is so cute to hear you laughing together. 

We have a busy few months ahead of us, with weekends being taken up seeing friends or family occasions, as well as a couple of weekends where you are with Daddy as Mummy is away.  Plus we have our holiday to Rhodes coming up in June, something which we can't wait for.  In fact you already have your sunglasses ready!

 

I love you, always and forever.

But as always, you already knew that.

Mummy xxx

 

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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #15 'Amazing Chocolate Sweetie Tasty Things.'

on Sunday, 13 April 2014.

I often feel guilty that I am not the best Mum I can be to my girls.  Don't get me wrong, I am the best Mum for them, I love them with all my heart, but I mean in terms of creative activities.  I am not very crafty, and I often feel like I don't make enough effort to do things like that with them.

We have our own little routine, our own little structure to the week and it suits us perfectly.  They are in nursery two long mornings a week and then on the days where they aren't we rarely are in during the morning, mostly out with friends or Grandma and then the afternoon is taken up by nap time.  While I relish their naps and am so grateful they nap at the same time (hello blogging and trash tv time), we don't get a huge amount of time to be in the house just being creative.

I often opt for the easy life and I make no excuses for the fact I should be doing more crafts with my girls.  It is something which I feel guilty for and something I should try more of.  However since January one thing that I have been trying to do is be more adventurous in the kitchen with Mads.  I am a disaster chef, Mr E does the cooking, and I don't really enjoy it, but Mads adores to make things with Mummy so I am trying to bring out the creative side in her by baking together.  She loves it and I really enjoy watching her little face light up when we do these things together.

Therefore this week we decided to make our own recipe modified from something I saw on a friend's facebook timeline.  We called it the very original 'Amazing Chocolate Sweetie Tasty Thing' and honestly it was quite possibly the best thing ever.  But perhaps not for the healthy eating,

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It is a really easy thing to do with young children as there is absolutely no baking required.  I think out of all the things we have done Mads found it the most enjoyable because she could really get involved with it properly.

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All you need is LOTS of sweets and some chocolate bars.  Quite possibly the best ingredients ever.

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I guess you could choose any sweeties but we had Smarties, Haribo and Mini Eggs as a homage to Easter. (and because everyone quite frankly knows Mini Eggs rule.)

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All you need to do is melt your chocolate bars together (we used three large white chocolate bars) and then pour it on to a plate with greaseproof paper.  Even a disaster in the kitchen like me can melt some chocolate.  Just.  Then my beautiful assistant set about placing the sweets into the melted mixture.  (We put more sweets in our mouth but that's compulsory really)

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Then pop your horrendously sickly but all kinds of amazing creation in the fridge until it sets again.  Mads was very impatient at this point and kept peering into the fridge to see if it was hard enough.  So did I. 

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And voila!  Break into pieces and serve.  Trust me, you need to experience this.  It doesn't look anything special but it is better than anything you could ever imagine. ;)

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This post should probably come with a disclaimer.  This is the most sickly, unhealthy treat you could imagine and it is definitely not good for the waistline but is so easy and fun to make for little ones.  Mads and I made a fair bit and we wanted to leave a big slab for Mr E.  Unfortunately for Mr E, his slab ended up being rather small as the chocolate just seemed to want to be in our mouth's.  Oops.

So if you have zero willpower like myself and my three year old then perhaps it isn't the best thing to make as you will just want to eat it ALL.

We had a great time making it together, and an even better time eating it.  I love these ordinary moments with my lovely little girl.  She's even worth going in the kitchen for.

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