Wednesday, 23 July 2014

And to think...

...I was so excited about getting her home yesterday.

My God, she was a pain in the arse.

Although I met up with a few mums after the witching hour, and they all said the same about their little darlings too.

No doubt fatigue, emotion, excitement, heat.

All of that.

These children probably need a rest hey?!

(Breaks into song)... What about me???!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

School's out for Summer!

...And in ten minutes my Esme Grace will be mine.

For six whole weeks - all mine.

Oh and Sofia Faith's too!

How exciting.

I (we), cannot wait.

Today I've busied myself with sorting, cleaning and chucking.

A last ditch attempt at what I can only describe as 'nesting' before I have both girls here with me and house work goes by the wayside. Hey, really it's that or my sanity, so come on...

Oh and as usual over the holidays, my blogging will be sporadic.

Bear with me but I like a break, it's good for creativity.

And six weeks will fly.

Enjoy Summer.

For it promises so much...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

29/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year


Esme's art was inspired this week by watching m m m m m m m m more milkshake. Yes, the advert fuelled children's breakfast television show on Channel Five, which shows Bananas in pyjamas, has a competition running currently... and the prize is three nights, staying in a zoo. (Not a lot different to being at home then).

All you have to do is send in your child's animal/favourite Milkshake character theme led pic to be in with a chance to win. I'm secretly praying we don't. Meanwhile Esme thinks she already has. This will be interesting.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Great ways to spend Summer days at home...

The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays. This year the theme for 4-11year-olds is a mythical maze. Visit your local library for details.

Delicious and refreshing, children will love homemade ice lollies, and costing a fraction of shop bought ones, you will too! Simply pop the fresh fruit of your choosing into ice lolly moulds, top up with fresh squeezed fruit juice, and freeze for at least four hours.

It’s easy to find fun outdoors. Sand and water play are an essential part of a young child’s development. Hold a teddy bears picnic or tea party. Create rose petal perfume or a wizard’s spell concoction. Let your little one play Mary Mary Quite Contrary, decorating a space in the garden with shells collected from the seaside. Or chalk up pictures on the pavement. Try growing veg to harvest and eat. And lastly, a torch, a tent and nerves of steel, and you’re all set for a camp out!

These ideas of mine first appeared in the Baby London, Baby Hampshire & Baby Surrey Summer 2014 magazines.  

Great ways to spend Summer days in London, Hampshire & Surrey

Want to know what to do with the little ones over the Summer? I've put together some great ideas to inspire you and yours, throughout the six week holiday.


DAY 40 OF FRAMED - CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY

DAY 40 OF FRAMED
CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY

No real change except that a fine line now hangs in the balance of nature, and off of the bottom of the chrysalis.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The 'f' word.

I use it.

My dad used it around us in anger, along with a whole host of merry expletives.

I am however careful, not to use it in front of my kids.