Friday, July 31
Wednesday, July 29
His school didn't recognise the occasion, but he felt very special when he arrived home. We gave him a dollar - a cent for every day. He plans to take the celebration to school for show and tell - complete with fairy bread for his class.
Tuesday, July 28
Benji got tired and almost fell asleep and thats where the plan began to unravel. He wouldn't get out of the car. Eventually I forced him inside. Spencer was happy to go in, but Benji was not. He was desparate to get out. He screamed and tried to escape for nearly 10 long minutes. Eventually he calmed down and we edged our way into the party. Once he settled he was fine but we are going to have to work on it because not only is it embarrassing, it is draining.
Saturday, July 25
Fool proof cookies
150g butter, 1 tbs golden syrup, 1 tbs boiling water, 1.5 tsp bicarb soda.
1 cup coconut, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup oats, 1 cup plain flour.
Melt butter with golden syrup.
Once melted add bicarb soda mixed in hot water - mixture will bubble.
Add bubbly mixture to well mixed dry ingredients.
Mix well and roll into little balls (mine are about the size of a big marble)
Cook in a moderate to cool oven (150-180) until golden brown.
They will harden once they cool.
Friday, July 24
He LOVES this. He ran around doing the jobs and loving ticking them off. We got to school early, no yelling and all in a lovely mood.
Thursday, July 23
As is my usual habbit, I am procrastinating and finding a million different things to turn my attention to, rather than ticking things off my list. I was on Pigeon Pair blog where I found this wonderful post about a kids check list for the morning. It is a visual list, laminated with check boxes to encourage kids to do their own jobs. This is something we have been struggling with, so rather than paying those bills and doing the washing, I am off to make my own.....
Tuesday, July 21
Below is the folded elastic being pinned to the folded edge of the net. You can see there is a 'pocket' at the top edge of the ribbon. This is where you thread through the elastic. I have also chosen to sew up the end seams and I do this before I put the folded ribbon on. Again you don't have to as it gathers up and this opening disappears.
Once you are sure that all of the layers have been caught by the pins, you can sew the ribbon to the skirt. You may wish to do decorative stitching or extra rows of stitching. I just do one close to the edge of the ribbon.
The final step is to thread the elastic through the ribbon 'pocket'. I always wrap the end of the elastic with tape to help it through and use a safety pin to navigate the way. The safety pin is easier to feel as you thread through the pocket and catch through the elastic.
Once you have got right through the length of skirt, the elastic will gather your skirt. Simply slip the toggles onto the ends of elastic and adjust the waist measurement to suit. I tie knots in the end of the elastic to prevent the whole thing coming undone, but you could sew beads or some kind of ornaments to the ends if you felt like it.
And my beautiful little boy kindly posing for his mum - what a little precious. Not the footwork - and last piece of missing skirting!!
Monday, July 20
Oh, and on a happy note(for me) I found something I thought I had lost. I had been asked almost a year ago to alter. It was a project that wasn't fun, urgent, easy and I didn't think it would have the outcome she was after and basically I didn't want to do it and I hadn't got around to it. Anyway, she wanted it back. This wasn't an easy task as I couldn't find it, and didn't have the time to have a good look. She called today to say she was on her way over so I had to look and I FOUND IT and RETURNED IT. So, note to all if you want something done, made or altered - GIVE ME A TIME LIMIT. I ONLY WORK TO DEADLINES
Sunday, July 19
The boys are OBSESSED with Fireman Sam - from DVD's but we also have some dolls and a fleece blanket. However I don't think it is all good.
We had a birthday party today, and the little boys fell asleep in the car on the way. I let them sleep for a while (with the big squirrel) but they were waiting for the kids to do the cake, so I woke them up. Not really my best move as they had to enter an unfamiliar house, full of adults they didn't know and it was all a bit overwhelming. Spencer was consolable, however Benji went off. Really off - which has been a bit of a habbit lately. He was screaming for 20 minutes, totally inconsolable. Hopefully we can write it off as a phase but anyone who has a difficult child knows it isn't fun.
Saturday, July 18
Thursday, July 16
Wednesday, July 15
Monday, July 13
Wednesday 22nd July, 2009 until Friday 24th July, 2009.
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Sunday, July 12
They all had a great day together and Alexader sees it as the pinicle to a great and busy holiday.
Friday, July 10
You know that the big squirrel had car troubles. We were progressing with fixing what the mechanic had diagnosed to be the problem. When he had finished the work and tested the car, it seems that was not in fact the problem, there was something else. Would you not imagine with the level of skill and training we could expect him to find the underlying problem?????
To cut a long story short, not happy with our mechanic and if it wasn't so hard and time consuming we would take action against them. I just hate that we have just taken our business elsewhere rather than address the issue. Now they will just continue in business with someone else ending up in the same position as us.
Regardless, problem solved, not too much money, a lot of inconvenience and stress, but car back on the road.
Wednesday, July 8
Tuesday, July 7
Monday, July 6
(Not for me, well maybe the little boy outfits for Size 2 but I thought the baby gear would make lovely gifts. Just a little not of clarrification!!)
Sunday, July 5
Wednesday, July 1
Sounds exotic, but helping out my brother doing a film at uni but then some old school friends came over. (Of course they are not old, but we have know each other since high school). Even though our lives have moved and changed, we have stayed close and it was lovely to sit over scones and lemon tart to catch up. There are a few promotions, pregnancies, a new baby and a new house. All very exciting things, but it is the day to day stuff that is the best. Thanks to the girls for a lovely night. It is nights like this that remind you how important good (and old) friends are.