Thursday, 30 December 2010

OUR NEW FAMILY MEMBER!

I would like to introduce you all to our lovely new family member!!


This is Cloud. He is a 2 year old, Blue English Giant Rabbit, and we have re-homed him from a local rescue center. We lost our rabbit nearly a year a go and i really wanted another. So here he is. He is fully house trained, hasn't chewed anything (yet) and is so friendly and chilled. The dog is being great with him as well,which was my real worry as he can be quite OTT in his play, being a Staffie!

He is currently on a home trial with us to see how he fits in.... but i see no problems. He is a real keeper. makes me wonder how he ended up in a rescue center. Who could not want him?


I can't wait for the little ones I look after to meet him. They really missed Briar when she died in January and love all the pets we have here! Back to work on Tuesday so it won't be long before Cloud meets the rest of our extended family!!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

FAMILY CHRISTMAS FUN!!

 Well the house is almost back to some sort of calm normality again. We all had a fantastic Christmas and it was spread out over several days with different family members (still one to go!)

Here are some of the Highlights for you!





















 
The boys set up Father Christmas's snack before they went to bed!


Then Santa came to check that the children were all ready for bed before he went on his big journey round the world!
 

 At about 4am Kenzie woke me to say Father Christmas had been and could he get up. I took him back to bed and managed to get him to settle down to sleep. But he did grab a box from his stocking that had a little boat in it, and cuddled it, saying to me, "look what he brought me Mummy!" So So sweet!!

At a much more acceptable 7am, the boys came in to our room dragging their stockings behind them. They climbed up on to our bed and proceeded to empty them out bit by bit! It's a lovely thing to watch and is a tradition I remember from my childhood. Climbing on to mum and dads bed to show them all the great things Father Christmas had given us!

Pokemon trading... very important!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Good old cup and ball and wooden spinning tops!!

Then we all went down for some breakfast and to see all the prezzies under the tree! Another exciting thing I remember from my childhood. The gifts were never placed under the tree until we were in bed and it was such an amazing feeling to see them all there in the morning!!






















Now that's a very excited boy getting EXACTLY what he asked for!!

I love this picture so much! Brotherly love, saying thank you for each others gifts!!

Daddies fabby Haynes manual Enterprise book! Should you ever need to change a warp core and fix a Transporter!

My Fabby Elemis goodies and adorable Moomin!!

Then it was time to go to Nanny and G-Daddies to enjoy a family Christmas dinner and afternoon!

Auntie's and the boys building gliders!!

My mum and dad!
Kenzie's new Storio from Nanny and G-Daddy!


I hope you all had a fabby Christmas and I look forward to reading all your Christmas and New year blogs!
Thanks for following my little slice of the world!!



Tuesday, 21 December 2010

SNOWED IN WEEKEND FUN!























Well the snow came in on Saturday and was set to stay. So we have been making the most of being snowed in!

After reading this fabby post from one of my fave Bloggers I decided to give butter making a go with the boys. Brendan has been asking how to make butter for some time now and this was just what I needed to see to give it a go. I never realised it was so easy! It was also a great use for Brendan's extra energy.

This time of year is hard on any child, all the excitement, parties and party food. But for a child with Autism it can be a real cause of anxiety. The change in routine to such a dramatic extent can cause some serious stress and this tends to show it's self in 2 ways with Brendan. Extreme hyper excitement and bounciness or extreme anger and upset to the point of self harming, head butting, biting, rage, tears and often shutting down completely and falling asleep. The mood swings can change in an instant, be hard to watch and hard to deal with, but this year is going much better than last.























So we put the hyper mood to good use, and after adding double cream and a dash of milk to a jar, i sent him bouncing off round the house shake shake shaking as he went! He was a blur of bouncing!!























Just as he started to tire, the butter started to come together and Kenzie and I finished off the last few minutes of shaking for him! Then came the messy bit. separating the butter milk from the butter and squeezing out excess liquid!


 




















Then it was time for an afternoon snack. Freshly made butter on fresh tiger bread! yummy!!


We also decided to decorate our Christmas cake. The boys had a great time cutting out the marzipan to fit over the cake, blending the joins together and mixing up some Royal Icing!


We had bought some decorations from Tree Barn which we added. The boys did not want to make bits to go on the top.... they just wanted to eat the left over marzipan!


And to really top off a snowy weekend... we needed to play in the snow!!

Friday, 17 December 2010

NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!

Well it's coming to the last week before Christmas and we are getting very excited here!

We have been doing all sorts of Christmassy things this past week, despite nasty cold bugs which have meant some children who attend my setting have been off sick and Kenzie has had bad ear ache all week, so has been home with mummy too. Which I have loved! (not the ear ache... but having him home!)

We have been playing with our winter wonderland! It's been great exploring some different animals and "E" has especially liked the Arctic fox!



We made some lovely Christmas cards. This was offered as a tray activity that could be visited as and when a child wanted to. It was a big hit! Used lots and needed regular re-stocking!



We made some yummy mince pies!! Great feed back from parents as well. They were so easy. No cutters and fanciness. We just pushed the pastry in to the cake tin holes and filled them up. then the children added pastry to the top. Each one turned out differently!




 We enjoyed some chalk pictures and snowflake stickers! Lots of creativity going on!! Each one was very individual!

 


We visited some LOVELY Reindeer that came to the Village sports and social club. They are such beautiful animals and I would really like one as a pet! We enjoyed feeding them and stroking them. We whispered in their ears what we would like for Christmas and hopefully they will let Father Christmas know!



Today we enjoyed a mini Blizzard! Nothing compared to some parts of the country, but snow all the same! We went for a little walk after being stuck home with a poorly Kenzie all week, and the boys had a great time making snow Angels and finding hidden, frozen, puddles under the snow to slide on!



Well that's been our fun week! I'm really looking forward to the last week before Christmas. We have the cake to decorate, the paper chains to make and hang and some stockings to sew!! 

Hope your all enjoying your Pre-Christmas fun!!

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