Did you see I published a blog post on Wednesday about a visit to Coombes valley we enjoyed last month? Blogging twice in a week is a pretty big deal for me at the moment. We are still not getting a lot of sleep in this house.
How was bonfire night in your house? I love fireworks but with our youngest being just 5 months we decided no to attend a big display this year. Our local display was on Friday this year so after the baby had gone down for the night wrapped the ladybird up warm and we went for a short walk to watch the display from the end of our road. I don’t think she was that impressed as she soon requested to go home! We had some sparklers on Saturday night and although she was too young to hold one, she seemed to prefer them. I think it is the bangs she is not a fan of.
We discovered this beautiful children’s book this week, The wonder.
I spotted this beautiful book in our library earlier in the week. I forgot all about it until this morning when I came across it tidying up. We've already read it three times as my eldest keeps asking to read it again. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the simple story about a boy who draws his daydreams. I love how much more colourful the day dream drawing pages are. They are also full of lots of wonderful details. I'll put a few photos of these pages in instastories.
I’ve been reading a lot of ofsted reports and school prospectuses as my eldest starts school next year. If you have any advice on how to choose a primary school I’d love to hear it.
I’ve also been reading up on weaning this week as my youngest has just turned 5 months (how did that happen?). I’ve also bought a bib and spoons, bowl and cup so we are ready to start when she is around 6 months.
Mostly you tube again. I forgot to mention last week, a relatively new vlog channel I’m currently loving. Kat Molesworth. I just love her energy and creativity.
I discovered a BBC one drama Ordinary lies one day this week. I watched the first series last year and really enjoyed it. This week was episode 4 so I downloaded the first 3 from the iplayer. It’s a new cast and new story line but the general idea is the same. It follows a group of ordinary colleagues with each one focusing on a different character and their secrets and lies. I’m only 2 episodes in but I’m not sure it’s as good as the first series.
My daughter is currently enjoying colgate’s 2 minute tales whilst we brush her teeth. These are 2 minute audio books written by Claire Freedman. There are lots to choose from too. The ladybird loves to listen to these tooth related stories. It the first time she has listened to any audio books and so far I’d say they are a hit.
Warm clothes and woolly hats! Although we didn’t get the snow that was forecast, it’s been very cold this week.
On Friday we baked parkin and made firework pictures. The parkin did not taste nice initially but luckily it improved with age (the recipe did recommend making 3-5 days in advance).
I also made a light box for the ladybird this week. I used the instructions that I found on The imagination tree to make it. I need to come up with a few more ideas of things to use on it though.
I’ve started my Christmas shopping for the girls this week. I’m struggling a bit with what to get them both. My eldest is 3 and every time you ask her what she wants she says something different. First it was a rocket and now it is dinosaurs. I’m guessing by next year she will be requesting more specific things, no doubt that she has seen advertised on tv. The tiny one is even harder to buy for as she has inherited lots from my eldest. I think we will be just be getting her a few toys and some little bits for stocking and no doubt practically bits like clothing.