October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

We were trying to get ready to go out but they BEGGED me to paint their faces! I have to get my creative fix in where I can these days so today it was the face painting and actually remembering to take the camera with me to the park 🙂



A Rainy Day Creative Explosion

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

The weather was WILD today.

Seriously wild.

Each time I thought I’d see about making a run to the shops for groceries, before I’d even finished the thought the rain would come lashing down again.

wild weather

So I was actually really grateful that the boys asked (asked! of their own accord!) to do some making. They wanted to make clay hands to go on top of jars, like they’d just seen Mister Maker make. I couldn’t get that set up for them unfortunately as we didn’t quite have enough time, but we DID have their clay dragons to paint, plus a few other bits. So we got the paints out, the dried models, brushes and water, and started painting. I had fun. I got to paint some of my bits!

clay painting

It wasn’t long before all the bits were painted but they wanted to keep painting. So I brought out some big pieces of paper (thank goodness I’d thought to cut several pieces last time we did some painting!) and set them out. Bean’s painting has really changed over the past year. He asked to do foot painting but we can’t really do that at Grandma and Grandad’s house just before lunch!

Painting Painting By Bean, Oct 2014

Once they’d had enough of painting it was lunchtime but the creativity didn’t stop there. Bear wanted playdough, and Bean wanted to make something with eggboxes so out came the eggboxes and scissors and glue.

Eggbox crafting Eggbox Craft

Pompoms were required and the tin that holds the pompoms is full of little cut squares of coloured tissue paper – perfect for some colourful sensory craft!

Eggbox crafting Tissue Confetti

I had fun decoupaging a jar and a vase, Bean decoupaged the Turtle he’d made out of pieces of eggbox, and Bear had a tissue paper confetti explosion when he dropped a cupcake case full of tissue squares.

Eggbox crafting Diggers Required By Bean, for Bear Diggers and Tissue Explosions

Diggers were requisitioned to come and scoop up all the tissue paper which brought a whole different avenue of play to explore! All in all, a messy explosion of colourful creativity.

Tidy up time...

Thankyou, Rain.

Even the tidy up operation gave great pleasure to the boys – they found toys they thought they’d lost!

Dreamsong Lullaby

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

I did driving duty the other night, driving home from Worthing to Manchester. The best way to keep myself awake (it’s a 5 hour drive and we set off at 9.30pm!)  was to sing. And as everyone else was snoring I was able to sing unhindered! Such a joy. This is the result of that drive home. It has a melody but no music as I have no instruments here and all my recording equipment is in storage – anyone fancy helping a girl out here?!

Dreamsong Lullaby

As the sun sets over rooftops and houses
The sky turns to gold and the air feels a chill
Slowly your eyelids are closing so drowsily
Caught by the promise of dreams, become still

So sail away, sail away, floating on featherdown,
Carried by starlight and wil’o’th’wisp,
Follow its melody, haunting and lonely
For the dreamsong will fade with the pale morning mist.

As the moon rises with silvering halo
In skies cobalt blue, behind frostbitten clouds
Gently so gently you fall into slumberland
Tumbling down to the dreamland below

As the night breeze ruffles treetops so lazily
And the moon catches the foam on the sea
Caught by the winds of the dreamtime you sail away
Safe in the love of your daddy and me

(c) Jeni Entwistle 2014


December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

December 7thstowaway
Not really much you can say about this – I think she must have heard us talking about going on a little roadtrip!

Let’s Paint!

December 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Invitation to Paint

Let's Paint!
Piper set up a lovely invitation to paint last night! She’d found a paper Christmas tablecover printed with snowmen and santas, and set the painting box on the table. And she’d even got a few paints out ready! How exciting 😀 I was excited to see the suggestion to use the paintings to make cards for the boys’ friends, but we will have to see how much they paint!

When Bean got dressed this morning he chose his “sports clothes” and announced very decisively that it was Sports Day today…. so I was a little worried about his reaction to finding Piper like this, all tucked up asleep with Duck and a couple of presents…

Sleeping soundly
Hmm. The new pyjamas got the reaction I was expecting – new clothes are only exciting if they are exactly what the boys want right at that precise moment, so having got dressed already they weren’t in the mood for pyjamas!

That said, Bear was happy. He climbed straight in for a snuggle with his beloved Duck!

Bear and Duck
We may have to go out on a bike ride and do some running races in the garden before suggesting painting I think!

Fire Rescue Piper

December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

fire rescue piper
She doesn’t waste much time, that Piper! Bean got this fire engine from a charity shop yesterday (the boys blew their budget of £3.20 between them by a couple of pounds unfortunately!) and played with it all the rest of the day. It even beat the present of lego that Daddy brought home!! Now that’s something.

This morning we found Piper trying to climb into the Fire Rescue Station, but she’d got stuck in the window. Bean laughed, then told Piper off for using his fire engine: “Piper, the ladder’s not meant to go that way!” The reason she was trying to get into the fire station was because that’s where she’d decided to hide their presents for today. More new pants and socks! Both boys very happy. It was Bear this time, with his new Batman (“BAT-BAT!!”) socks who decided he had to get dressed right now. Bean took a little while longer – he’d seen he weather and was not keen on going out just yet…

fire rescue boys
It’s all too rare these days to get a decent shot of my boys playing nicely side by side – thankyou Piper, for suggesting playing with the Fire Rescue Station!

Let’s make biscuits!

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

let's make biscuits!

Piper WAS busy last night!! We came down to find she’d made a tower of baking things, and had left a note on this morning’s present saying “let’s make biscuits!” When the boys gleefully ripped open the wrapper they found a set of new cookie cutters and took them with them to eat breakfast 😀 We had a quick look through the tins to see if everything we needed was there and UH-OH – there’s no sugar!! We’re going to have to get wrapped up and go to the shops before we can bake!

But that’s not all Piper got up to last night. Apart from having a bit of a disco with the flashing Christmas tree lights while we were out (I had to turn them off before bringing the children in from the car to put them to bed) she’d put more fairy lights up in the kitchen! I think I might have to help her to get down….

Piper fairy lights


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