Friday, 24 November 2017

Writing their lists

We did the childrens Christmas lists/letters to father Christmas this week. 
Amy just really wanted to get the glitter out!
Amy would like Nerf Nitro, Art supplies, Lego and some surprises!
Tom would like some cars, a police car, a fire engine and a dump truck!
Their (Amy's) excitement is really starting now. She' been crossing off the days on the calendar until it's December and we can officially start getting festive.
At school they have been singing songs about shining stars and learning about the Christmas story. I can't wait until the school play :)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Amys fifth birthday

Amy is five!
We celebrated the day by taking her and her friends to the sports bowl. The children all had a game of bowling and afterwards everyone came back to our (very small) house for nibbles, birthday cake and a couple of rounds of pass the parcel.
Nana and granda, uncle Shane, Aunty Janette and James came over as well as Amy's friends Evelyn and Amelie, Harrison and his siblings and Carri-Ann brought Emily over. Our house was full.
Lee had pre prepared some snacks, he'd made mini pizzas, carrot, celery and pepper sticks in hummus, cocktail sausages, mini bread rolls, bowls of crisps and popcorn. Nana had ordered Amy a cake with Lightning McQueen on it, as Amy had requested. 

Best friends

Amy had a great day. She was so happy having her friends over! 
It was fairly stressful for me. Tom had woken up from his nap and had developed a bad cough. He was feeling so sorry for himself he wanted me to carry him everywhere and cried and cried if I tried to put him down. I took him to the doctor as soon as they opened the next day and the poor child got a steroid, antibiotic as well as an inhaler :(
Thankfully he's feeling better now.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Tom pulled another clump of Amy's hair out this evening.

I'd only left them for a second to start running their bath.
How do you stop a 2 year old from pulling hair?!
She doesn't have a lot to start with, and the amount of hair he's pulling out, she won't have any left at all pretty soon.
She cried and cried and I felt like crying too. I did a little.
It's left me feeling pretty meh.

I put Thomas to bed at 6:30 this evening.

I thought it'd be nice to wrap Amy up in her cosy dressing gown and take her downstairs to the living room to snuggle up and read with me on the sofa. She can stay up a little bit later. She liked that. It was nice. We read her school book and sounded out the words together.
She was doing well.
We had a little chat about stuff.

She wanted to go back upstairs and play with her cars for a while before bed. We played together until it was time for bed, and she wanted to read The Pokey Little Puppy story, that was fine too. Then she started kicking off about wanting to go back downstairs to read it, shouting and kicking about. For no reason. We could have gone back downstairs, but after all that nonsense, there wasn't a chance. Sigh.

You think you're doing a nice thing.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Mornings with Tom

Now that Amy is in school until 2pm every day, Tom and I have a bit of time, just the two of us together.

We're getting a pretty good routine to our mornings. There's rhythm and rhyme at the library and the park next door. Tom enjoys a good turn about Tesco with an apple in the trolley. There's Eco Toddlers at the soft play at the leisure centre...they get use of the soft play and get to dig and plant things in their garden on nice days, or on rainy days do a craft indoors. 

And the Valley park. We do love the Valley park with it's nice pathways for Toms motorbike, the ducks and swans and big playground. I'm hoping for a few more weeks of pleasant morning walks before it gets too cold.

Tom has had to move his nap earlier. He's now going for a nap just before 12 and I'm waking him at half past one to get ready to get Amy at two.

So for now, I'm getting a bit of quiet mid day :)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The beginning of Autumn at the Folk Park

We love a good walk around the folk park.
The children were all in to finding the animals, playing with sticks and climbing gates.

Big Primary 1!

Amy is in school full time this week. 9.00 until 14.00 is a long day for a 4 year old!
After school yesterday she had a good run around the playground with her friends. It was a sunny and warm day, so I didn't mind hanging around and waiting for her. She was all eager to do her homework when we got home. Phonics letters 'P' and 'N' and practicing writing 'p's and drawing pictures of pigs :)
I hope her love of school work continues! 

Tom and I are trying to get a new routine to our days now that we have all morning together. 
His naps need brought earlier. He misses Amy as the two of them have been playing so much better together. 
Yesterday I took him to the library for their rhythm and rhyme session. He rode his little motor bike around the park and kicked some of the leaves lying on the ground. 

I thought I'd give him a go at potty training, but I just don't think I can do it right now. I think I'll just try and enjoy our (hopefully) calmer and easier days for a while before I start worrying about cleaning up all the pee's and poo's out of the carpets and soft furnishings...