Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas Time!!

Another Christmas has come and gone so quickly in a blur of too much food, endless wrapping paper, children, families, games and more food....

I spent a lot of the morning thinking back to last year, how cold and snowy it was, out walking the dog first thing it hardly seemed like Christmas at all! We stayed over at 'The In-laws' on Christmas eve and woke up to all this.....!!
It looked like Santa hadn't forgotten us....even though I had been telling the children we're to old for Santa to visit us any more!
J has been smelling this prezzie round the house for a week, it's from one of my mums and she LOVED it!!
Even Popcorn got some yummy treats!

J having a lazy cuddle with Brendan while he played on his new 3DS
hehe oh the things we do to our animals......
These were my crochet Zombie-Bots that I made for my nephews, they are the FIRST crochet project I've ever done and I'm so happy how they turned out....except I think their legs are a bit small.....
But the boys seemed to like them so I was happy!
Sitting down to eat....all 14 of us!

After an amazing meal we headed off to my parents, just a few miles down the road but I never remember to take any photos when were there!! Every Christmas, Birthday or other celebration but swiss cheese that my brain is it never happens!! :-(
But we had a lovely evening none the less, lots of games, yes MORE food and a few drinkies, such a lovely day!

Hope you all had an amazing day with friends and family, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Get your head in the telly this Christmas!!

It's the first day of the Christmas holidays!! Just a few days left to the big day and I'm so excited! Nephews are off school and I've got just 2 more days of work then can look forward spending time with friends and family, playing with new toys, playing games and all being together!

We kicked off the holidays by getting out heads in a telly....

Lots of little hands working away at screws, plugs, pulling at wires and buttons. It was great fun, we used the internet to find out what some of the parts did.....

...and even started to make something new!

Next we moved on to a little science experiment I've wanted to try for AGES!!
Dancing gloop!!! I love it, it's been coming up on Pinterest for a couple of weeks so when we showed Brendan some films on You Tube it was a must try!!

First off you need to the get the mix right, it needs to be slightly thicker than you would make a normal gloop recipe. Then we had to find something that would vibrate enough, we tried some speakers but they weren't powerful enough so we got a power saw out and it worked brilliantly!!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I loved the idea of these hand and foot Christmas Trees, really quick and easy to make, not to mention really cute!

I found these lovely huge oranges on the market and we got to decorating! We used skewers to make the holes first and then put the cloves in

After the children all went home Georgia and I headed to a local German Christmas Market for some shopping and to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Welcome New Little Starter!!

I'd like to welcome little 'C' to my setting!
He's just under one year old and soooooo full of energy! He loves to be outside so we go to the park most days and we have lots of treasure baskets to explore
Errrrm.... gardening to 'help' me with....
...ummm animals to play with...or just empty the bedding hay....
I made this buttoning snake which Isabelle is modelling beautifully. 'C' hasn't shown much interest in this yet but he is still a little young
And some sensory boards, I'll add to these over time but these are a start. There are buttons, shells, bubble wrap, sandpaper, string, stones and some 'Waxy-Doodles' made by my lovely other half.

I also have the beginnings to some discovery bottles but I have SOOOOO many ideas I want to have a good set before bloging about them all in one go!

So a big welcome to little 'C', I'm looking forward to all the play time we have in the months to come!!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Halloween Fun

I 'borrowed' a little one today for some Halloween fun, I just couldn't resist, it's one of my favourite times of year!

Got the house decorated, spooky mice running along the wondows and cobwebs all over the front door!

Hehe tickly feet painting! We made them into spooky ghosts!

Quick break for a drink from our Halloween mugs and some Pumkin shaped yummy jellys
Next we dug out the cookie cutters and did some halloween stamps!

Next we had to get some chocolates ready for the trick or treaters! We were going out to spend the evening with our nephews, so we decided to just leave a bowl outside the house. The estate I live on was previously US Army housing, they've gradually sold off some of the houses but there are still a lot of Americans around the estate so we knew we'd get a lot of visitors!

Georgia had a great idea to cover the sweets in gloop and jelly so our trick or treaters would get a little messy lol
We couldn't resist having a little play with the left overs! You have to love gloop!

All that in just a morning!! It was great fun but it was time to head over to see our nephews for an afternoon and evening of Halloween fun! Check out what we got up to at

Hope you all had a Happy Spooky Halloween!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Last day...

I feel so lucky to be involved in the lives of many children, most of them I am related to, and I love them all so much.

But today is a sad day, it was the last day of one of my minded children. Although she is again family, having cared for her 3 days a week for nearly a year, and being lucky enough to be a big part of her life from a baby, I can't help but dwell slightly on how much I will miss seeing her.

But to celebrate the time I have spent with her I thought I'd just share a few more pictures of things we've done and shared!

Helping care for babies

Playing at the park
Exploring wildlife in the garden
Learning to climb trees!
ummmm looking drunk...? hee hee
reading books and so much more....

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Quiet Morning

After such a beautiful few days the weather has definately taken a turn back towards Autumn, but we've had a lovely chilled day none the less.
A morning full of farm play, baby 'L' and 'I' were playing together lovely today, 'I' has had some jealousy issues over the last few weeks so it was really nice to see them playing together again.
Then a trip out to the park for some fresh air and a play! There is a long line of trees down the side of the park which were showering their crunchy leaves down on us, we just couldn't resist walking through and kicking them back up in the air!
After lunch we put baby 'L' down for a sleep and had some story time with 'I'. I read the story first then 'I' announces "my turn" and sits to read the book herself reciting words or phrases she remembers.