Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Why is it that my two "delights" fight, argue, never ever listen to me and are at times (read as often) a pain in the bum?
Where am I going wrong that's what I want to know?
Last night Alex decided to have see what would happen if he gently peeled the corner of his wallpaper! No real damage done, nothing that a bit of wall paper paste won't put right but why did he feel the need? He is old enough to understand that we spent all last weekend decorating and making his room nice for him.
This morning I had a full scale argument with Daisy over her school dress. I thought I was being helpful and saving her a bit of time when I laid her school dress out on her bed. I went up stairs and she was wearing a school skirt and shirt. I casually asked why she wasn't wearing her school dress (as in "oh you not wearing the dress I left on the bed?") and she then tried to convince me (read as blatantly lie) that I had left the skirt and shirt out on her bed and she had not swapped her school clothes. I saw red, not because she had swapped clothes, I couldn't care less which school uniform she wears but the fact that she had lied to me, it was pretty convincing too - tears and looks of why don't you believe me. I went on and on like a demented fool about telling lies and not being able to trust her in future.
I am now left feeling like a horrible old witch whilst they have skipped off happily to school. I do try to be a good mum but boy oh boy do they test my patience at times. How do you stop shouting and make them start listening? Is it just kids being kids and part of growing up? Are children on other peoples blogs really so delightful all of the time?
Someone please tell me the secret of being a lovely level headed non shouting mum.
As penance for my horrible outburst I have decided to bleach the bathroom floor. Picture if you will me stripped down to bra and knickers with a cloth under one foot and a green scourer under the other gently ice skating over bleach covered tiles. Oh I wish I had listened to the tiler who warned me that white grout wasn't such a great idea on floor tiles.
Hoping to post a more cheerful post crammed full of perfect children photos some time soon!
Monday, 28 June 2010
We have been making the most of the gorgeous weather and have launched ourselves into Summer mode with a vengeance.
On Saturday we enjoyed a stroll around the farmers market in Old Beaconsfield followed by a rather hot pick your own excursion. We picked a tonne of of strawberries and a massive punnet of cherries. Alex lived up to his reputation as the monkey of the family. I have never seen such a small boy climb so fast and high up a cherry tree. He has always been a bit of a climber to say the least. At 18 months he could reach the top of the largest of climbing frames whilst I would be in a state of panic waiting to catch him should he fall.
Pick your own is always followed by a jam making session and this year was no exception. Daisy likes to be in charge of jam. She did a great job with the strawberry jam whilst I made a small batch of cherry jam.
You realise the success of the jam is all in the stirring so I was informed!
The end result! Some of the jam will be given to the teachers as an end of year present. I suppose it makes a change from chocolates or smellies!
Alex enjoying a swing in the sunshine.
The roses are still looking pretty good, I especially love the little pink ones that are slowly climbing up the remaining trunk of our old cherry tree that we had to chop down last Summer. Pretty aren't they?
The runners are starting to grow rapidly and the tomatoes are looking promising.
Great excitement at the weekend, we had our very first crop of new potatoes. They were lovely with lots of butter, mint and sea salt.
We have had a fair few strawberries too, so all looking good on the grow your own front.
Summer wouldn't be Summer without a sports day or two. Here is Alex throwing the foam javelin last Monday. He had a great afternoon and was very excited about the whole affair. I wish I could remember sports day that fondly! Daisy's sports day is next Monday.
And finally a picture of the ginger goddess of the catty world just because she's worth it!
I'm really hoping this sunny weather continues into the weekend as we are camping out at school on Saturday night. I have only every spent two nights in a tent in the whole of my 41 years and am having mixed feelings about it. I guess I can always sneak home if the weather is bad or I hate it that much.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Only one picture today, I haven't had the time to photograph anything, I have been busy decorating since Friday and we are nearly there I think. I feel like I have been trapped in Alex's bedroom for days, rather than just 48 hours.
I started Thursday afternoon, emptying out his room, it took me nearly 4 hours to sort through all of his toys and books. Some have gone to my sisters house for storage until his room is finished and his new bed is delivered, some toys and all of his beloved lego models are currently in our room. The upstairs in our house looks a total wreck at the moment. That is the joy of decorating I suppose.
Had a busy week, I did lots of crocheting during the first part of the week, the granny squares are adding up. I attempted to crochet a few together just to see how it's done and also to get a feel for how the blanket will look when it's finished. Good old Lucy at Attic24 she really is a marvel when it comes to all things crocheted. I undid the few squares that I joined and have decided to be patient and wait until the end before joining them. At least I know how to do it now.
I made a cushion cover on Tuesday for one of the cushions I use on the bench out in the garden. I did a simple envelope style cover and appliqued a beach hut on the front made from candy stripped bed sheet off cuts that I bought at the charity shop the other week. I was pleased with it, it wasn't stitch perfect but it only took just over an hour and it will only be used out in the garden so I didn't feel the need for total perfection! I will add a picture on my next post.
Well the little ones were packed off to Nanny and Grampy's house after school on Friday and won't be back until tomorrow evening. It's been a very quite house to say the least. I have enjoyed the time spent with just Mr P, it really took me back to how it used to be pre-children. We had 7 years together as a couple before children and I realised today that I do sometimes sort of miss the time you get before your little ones arrive. We had a nice lie in, and spent the day decorating listening to the radio and singing along to all the old 80's songs, enjoyed a nice meal together and we have both just enjoyed some time off from being parents. It has made me realise that all parents need a break sometimes however much you love your little ones. Saying all of that though it will be nice to see their little faces tomorrow and I'm sure Alex will be on a real high after seeing his bedroom.
We are all meeting up for a meal out for Fathers Day tomorrow evening with the In-laws and lovely sister in law and her boyfriend. They have just come back from Serrento in Italy the lucky devils - that's one place I am definitely going to without the kids!
Fathers day tomorrow, Mr P had his pressies on Friday as the little ones were going away. Happy fathers day to all the dads, I sadly lost my dad nearly 17 years ago, I miss him like mad still and and he will be in my thoughts tomorrow, he was a top dad, one in a million.
Till next time.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
We've had a rather lazy Saturday. Had a bit of a lie in before Alex started demanding pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast Daisy and I decided to head off to the little antiques fair in Beaconsfield. We picked up my friend Julia on the way who had decided to come along for a mooch. We arrived to find that the fair was not being held as the church hall was being used for a first holy communion celebration. We decided to have a look in the charity shops but we didn't find much to buy, a couple of vintage ladybird books and a few books for Daisy. We managed to squeeze in a coffee and danish pastry before heading home.
Mr P was given time out for good behaviour and headed off to play golf this afternoon. We decided a day at home was just the ticket. Alex played on his new Wii game for far too long, Daisy finally managed to do her project on the Vikings and I caught up with some jobs and made some yummy hummingbird chocolate cup cakes.
Do you like my new mixing bowl, yes the Jamie Oliver one (see previous post)? It's a great size for cake mixing.
She then slowed right down and helped me start my first ever granny square. It was slow going, there was lots of unpicking but eventually I did it! I made my first ever granny square and I was so happy.The following evening I sat in bed, crochet hook in hand and decided to try and follow the tutorial on Attic 24's blog. I took my time and eventually I managed to make a summer garden granny square. That was it, Thursday morning, Julia and I made a trip to the sewing shop and both stocked up on lovely yarns. We both have one single goal in mind - our first ever granny square blankets.
It has been a total love affair with the hook and yarn. I just didn't get why people got so excited about hooking, but it is so addictive and so very satisfying and the best bit for me has been watching the colours unfold.
So this afternoon, after cake baking, whilst the little ones were engrossed in Alice in Wonderland, I took these ( a crocheters must have)
and headed outside to here, my current favourite hooky spot
and made lots of these (currently completed 9)
I never ever thought I would post a stack shot of granny squares crocheted with my own fair hands.
The start of my very first granny square blanket. I can not tell you how excited this is making me. Lucy at Attic24 is always saying how heart skippy it makes her feel and do you know I really get what she means now. It has made me very heart skippy today just to sit and hook these little squares. I keep imagining Alex or Daisy snuggled up on the sofa under these little heart warming squares.
The only down side is that I have been suffering crocheters finger (as I like to call it), a rather sore finger from the pressure of holding the hook.Right, a bit more hooking before bedtime me thinks.
Have a lovely weekend.
Monday, 7 June 2010
It had reached that point when drastic action had to be taken. I hoovered up endless crumbs, dirt, squashed sweeties, washed stains and stickies off seats, threw away loads of rubbish and sweet wrappers, removed various coats, rugs, gloves and four odd socks, polished the dashboard and finally restored the car back to a condition that is fit for humans to travel in. I treated the old girl to a whizz through the car wash and she looks so much better for it. I am now officially promising to take better care of her in future. I am not going to allow the poor thing to ever get into that state again - promise.
The weekend was fairly relaxing, we spent time out in the garden on Saturday morning before heading off to spend a very pleasant day with the In-laws.
I took a few pictures of some of the lovely flowers that are blooming and looking at their very best.
These Arum lilies were bought back in March with only two flowers open, haven't they gone mad!
Saturday morning brought great excitement when the postie delivered my fairy tale swap parcel. Vanessa at hapi-ness sent me these gorgeous goodies. She apologised as two items she had ordered for my parcel hadn't turned up. I think the parcel was pretty fab even without the items.
All wrapped up and ready to open
Saturday morning we took a walk up the road in search of some of these little beauties...
Elderflowers. We picked lots of flower heads, here we are picking away....
We then added 1.8kg of granulated sugar into 1.2 litres of water and brought the sugary liquid to the boil. We very carefully poured the boiling sticky syrup over the flowers and lemons and left them to steep for a day.
Sunday - Mr P was up early and headed off to play golf, so I got up and decided to sort out some of the worst offending kitchen cupboards. I long to have a dresser so that I can display all my vintage china and cornish ware but that's not going to happen until we move house. In the mean time I will just have to make do with a glass fronted kitchen cupboard.
After the mini spring clean we poped out to the magpies nest which is held every month. I found this pretty cup and another Stratton compact for my collection. Alex was desperate for me to buy him a ship in bottle, it was horrid, so when he came home he made himself one from an old jam jar and a paper boat! I treated Daisy to a couple of Wade Whimsies for her mini collection.
Friday, 4 June 2010
We sat down at 3.30pm for a tea time feast of little dainty sandwiches, home made sausage rolls, crisps, scones with the obligatory strawberry jam and clotted cream, millionaires shortbread, iced chocolate fairy cakes, strawberries and a jam filled Victoria sponge. We washed it down with pink lemonade, ginger beer and tea for us mummy's.
It was lovely to bring out all the miss matched china that I have been slowly acquiring and we even strung up a piece of bunting just for fun.
The kids had a great time supping pink lemonade from fine bone china cups and saucers.
The pictures aren't great as it was a bit of a rush to take a photograph before the little ones started to demolish the tea, they were pretty hungry.