Sunday, 25 March 2012

SUNNY WEATHER!

Oh how we love this new sunny weather! Today we enjoyed our new paddling pool and the first BBQ of the year!

 Sadly I have not been very on the ball this week as I caught the nasty cold that all the little ones have been suffering with and blogging has been neglected :-(

Here are some pics of us enjoying the sun this week!


Picnics up the park and enjoying lots of fresh fruit!


Dogs playing together and enjoying relaxing in the sun!


1st BBQ of the season and Brendan enjoying making me a burger... or a crabby patty, which is what I was told!


YUMMY!


Keeping warm!


Our new  pool!



Hopefully I will be back on form next week and up to a bit of blogging again. In the mean time...... enjoy the sun!!



Wednesday, 21 March 2012

ENJOYING THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

Today was a wonderful introduction to the Spring season ahead of us. Blue skies over head, sun shining and warming our skin and the flowers blooming!

We spent most of our time in the garden today and then up the park after the school run!

 Little "E" enjoyed balancing and reading books on the wooden plank we have.


The girls enjoyed sitting on the raised flower bead and looking at all the Daffodils that have bloomed!


We thought the chickens might be a bit hungry so I gave everyone a little pot of corn. Little "E" and "R"  poured theirs in to the run and watched as Matilda and Gertrude pecked away at the treats!


Matilda is looking lovely at the moment as she has just had a molt and grown back some lovely new feathers. She will need her flight feathers trimming again at some point though as she is often getting out of the run and on to the coop fencing. This is not a problem, but I do worry about her getting over the fence and getting hurt by a neighbours dog or the cars. Gertie really needs to sort her feathers out. She tends to a rather scruffy chicken!


Little "L" decided to sit down in the outdoor kitchen area and play with her corn. watching it fall on to her legs and catching some in her hands!


Little "E" gave skateboarding a go but found it quite hard to stand on, so knelt on it and scooted it along instead. 


Then he spent some time in the outdoor kitchen area, sniffing the herbs and then picking them to make dinner for Cloud, our rabbit!


I encouraged him to sniff the herbs and his hands after picking them to experience each smell!



Once the Rabbit food was "cooked" he served it up! I think his customer was very happy with his afternoon meal!


The girls soon came and joined in. He gave each of them a handful of herbs and they pushed them through the bars to cloud. Such lovely sharing and cooperative play!


I spent some time planting out my pansies, violas and forget me nots, while the little ones napped!


It would seem the rabbit did kill off the blackberry cane and the second blueberry plant, so I pulled them out. I have turned over the soil and sprinkled the area with wild flower seeds and sunflower seeds. I want this area to be colourful and natural. Lots of things to encourage wildlife and for the children to see and smell.
I am not sure how it will turn out but I am looking forward to seeing what grows!


The Blueberry that remains has buds on it. I just hope it bares fruit now that its buddy has gone...... I guess we will see.


The Daffodils are all blooming nicely. It is just a shame they do not last long. I will have to find something else that will provide colour in this area once they have finished flowering.


Sadly my lovely big red plant did not survive the frost :-( I did wonder, when I bought it, if it would. It was pretty while it lasted though!


The rest of our afternoon was spent playing on the climbing frame and slides at the local park with lots of friends. I am looking forward to having our evening meals down there after school, once the weather is more stable. The children love to run around with their friends and everyone is so much happier when outside!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

MOTHERS DAY 2012!

What a lucky Mummy I am to have my wonderful boys.

I was woken to chocolate croissants and shortly after, a cup of tea in bed and homemade cards. The boys chose me flowers while we were at the supermarket Friday evening and I have been enjoying having them next to the bed since we got them home!

Each of the boys climbed in to bed for a cuddle with me and spent the best part of the morning fighting over who was going to hold my hand or arm lol!

My Beautiful flowers from my wonderful boys!


All my goodies!


Kenzie has been very busy writing. I love the bit at the bottom that says "I like it when you tuck me in to bed!" How sweet is that!



 This is the card he made for me when he was off sick last week. The one I was not allowed to see him making!



This is one he made at school. He did a vegetable print apparently!! Bless him!


Brendan made this lovely wheel of messages. You turn it and there are lots of very sweet messages from him, that show up in the box!


And look at that writing! I still can't get over the fact that he is writing now, and that it looks so neat!


Such a very happy and proud mummy!
 I love my boys so VERY, VERY much!

Happy Mothers Day to all you Mumma's out there!


Saturday, 17 March 2012

LAST OF OUR ST PATRICK'S DAY FUN!

Well it's been a wonderful week of fun and learning about Ireland and leprechauns! With St Patrick's Day now upon us I thought I would share the last of our activities!

Reading our St Patrick's Day board book!


Playing with a very big hat! Hiding in the very big hat, hiding our friends in the very big hat!




Pulling things out of the very big hat!


Making Pippa wear the very big hat...... although it doesn't look so big on me!


Pulling more Irish treasures from the very big hat!





Once we had run out of things to do with a very big hat, we moved on to play dough!


























Using the rolling pin to flatten the dough, using the Shamrock cutter to make Shamrocks and using the little tankard on a chain to hide little green dough balls in!
We spent a lot of this week using the word green and I am hoping the children will have subconsciously absorbed some of that!

So much fun this week. I am now really looking forward to St Georges Day, although I am rather disappointed by the lack of ideas on English blogs and Pintrest.
 I plan to rectify this lack of celebration for our patron saint by going full on this St Georges Day!

Who is with me??

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