This has been our first full week of normal family life since before Christmas. It’s gone quickly. We have mostly spent time at home. The girls restarted both their swimming lessons which they love and it’s lovely to watch their confidence grow. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week.
Last weekend I read about a campaign to bring back bedtime stories. The campaign has been started by a primary school. This took me by surprise. I had no idea bedtime stories had gone anywhere. They are a staple feature of our nightly routine and have been since F was a baby. Granted F is younger but I have no plans to stop reading bedtime stories when she starts school in September. This week we’ve been reading these lovely books.
I took F to see her first panto last Saturday. Taking her to the panto is something I’ve looked forward to for a while. It was just a local amateur dramatic society one of The Pied Piper. It was also our first time going out just the two of us since E was born 7 months ago. It was quite long (almost 3 hours with a 15 minute break in the middle). She did well for the first 75 minutes but she struggled with the second half. Luckily the regular singing and dancing bits helped and she was happy dancing in the aisle with one of her little friends. I know her attention span will have improved again by next year so I would like to look in to taking her to another one.
I also finally found time to watch Delicious (really enjoyed it so far) and we also enjoyed this weeks Sherlock.
My husband thinks E is saying “Mama”. She only turned 7 months this week and I’m not convinced but she is definitely babbling now. She also recognisers her name, lifts her arm in the start of a wave, reaches out to be picked up and I think she started playing peek a boo with us last Saturday (I captured it on camera as part of my first home life project).
Nothing of note.
I’ve cooked a few different things this week. I’ve been really making an effort to cook things that I can give as finger food to E as well as feed the rest of us. She did particulary well with jacket potatoes. I used leftover roast chicken to make a topping for them with leeks and mushrooms. Also salmon and broccoli pasta bake which was delicious. I made E some salmon and broccoli fritters and also some cheese and tomato scones. Last night I made a butternut squash risotto and topped mine and my husbands with the seeds which I salted and roasted.
I made a treasure basket for E. It was really simple. Just a basket filled with a variety of balls which were all different colours and textures. I’ve started collecting non-toy bits for a treasure basket which I must put together soon.
We got a bit of snow yesterday afternoon. F was having a rare nap and woke up to a light dusting which she was impressed by. I decided to make her a snowy sensory small world. I used blue water beads and made snow dough. She played with it for quite some time. I have to admit enjoying playing with it too as I love the textures of the water beads and the dough which is shampoo and cornflour.
We’ve woken up this morning to a light blanket of snow. Hopefully I’ll be able to take F in the garden to play in it for a little bit. I don’t remember getting much snow last year so this will be the first time she has played in it since she was 18 months. I don’t mind a bit of snow if we have no plans but I hope it doesn’t last long and start to cause disturbances.