Both myself and my husbands enjoy reading and we hope to pass this love of books on to our daughter. I try to read to her at least before nap and bedtime each day. We also keep a few book downstairs so that she can pick them out during the day if she wants. This week her favorite book has been the The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr. Such a classic childhood story that she will happily sit all the way through. I’m currently reading The Rosie effect by Graeme Simsion but I haven’t picked it up at all this week (I’m really enjoying the book when I make an effort to find time to read it). I have read lots of blogs though.
We don’t watch all that much tv really but this week we enjoyed watching the last episode of Channel 4’s No offence. I really enjoyed this series and hope that they make series 2. We’ve also watched a couple of episodes of elementary as we are quiet behind with it.
The ladybird was 2 at the end of April and her language is really developing now. This week she said ‘love you’ for the first time which is very sweet. She also helped unpack the shopping the other day and named everything as she handed it over to me. She got a couple of bits wrong but on the whole she knows a lot of food items. Although she doesn’t put many words together in sentences yet, for a while now she has sung almost word for word several nursery rhymes. Baa baa black sheep, twinkle twinkle, wheels on the bus and zoom, zoom, zoom. This week as we walked home from nursery I noticed she was singing Tommy thumb (not one that we sing together but she knew the words and was doing the actions too). She has also started singing heads, shoulders, knees and toes. This morning I woke up and listened to her singing these songs to herself and clapping herself after each one which was a lovely way to be woken up.
A few weeks back I started sewing again for the first time in 15 years. I made the ladybird a skirt and a dress which I love (I’ll be blogging more about them next week so consider this a sneak peek). I’ve had a lot of people admire them and ask me where I bought them!
I’ve had a few sewing machine problems this week but once I fixed it (I’m using a vintage sewing machine and I thought I was going to have to replace it) I was so excited, I quickly made this little purse. It was only a free gift with a sewing magazine but it was my first time inserting a zip and at the moment I need all the practice I can get as my sewing skills are quiet limited! I’ve definately got the sewing bug though. I ordered these beautiful fabrics at the weekend simply because I loved them and they were a good price on ebay. I’ve yet to decide what to use them for.
Last friday I made Welsh cakes with the ladybird. She loves putting her apron on and stirring and using rolling pins and cookie cutters. She also loves cake so she was in heaven. We made them as a father’s day treat for my husband as he always has them when we are in Wales and I keep saying I will make him some. I only remembered half way through making them that I don’t have any round cookie cutters (something I must rectify soon) and so we made ‘Welsh ducks!’
For father’s day we had my parent’s over and I made pizza and foccacia from scratch. I used to bake all our bread before the ladybird came along but now it just seems to be pizza and flat breads a couple of times a month. I really need to start baking more now that she is a bit older.
And lastly ….
Thank you for visiting my new blog. This is only my second post. My first was all about our new family garden (our first garden) and you can read it here. I’ve been blogging on and off since 2009 and I’m hoping to stick with this new one since I’ve made it suitable for sharing anything and everything. My first blog was a food blog which I wrote for four years but found it had to keep up once I was pregnant and even harder once I had a baby. Then I started a family blog with a focus on sharing things I loved (handmade, UK products, days out etc) and bits about my daughter but once I was back at work three days a week I found it hard to keep up. A lot of the posts need a lot of preparation and I felt the need to either not blog at all or maintain my previous schedule of regular blogging 4-5 times a week. I started to miss the community I was part of so I’ve been on instagram for a while and really enjoy it. This week I decided to blog again but with no pressure or expectations. Simply for fun, like when I first started in 2009.