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

 

Decorations

December 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Our Christmas tree arrived yesterday evening, and so after the great unveiling and the boys had gone to bed Steve and I set about getting the tree and decorations ready for the boys to dive into this morning.

I had to sort through the box of decorations box that mum and dad had left out for us. As much as I am missing my own boxes of Christmas Decorations, there’s something quite fascinating about going through the decorations box you remember from childhood and seeing what new weird things your parents have put in since you left home. Having thrown out the rubbish and removed to safety the stuff that’s not suitable for children, it’s like a great big christmassy sensory bin now!!

christmas sensory bin!

Piper in the decorations

Piper got a bit overexcited, we found her digging through the box this morning having found some tinsel!

This morning Bear must have spotted Piper as I ushered them past the tree, as he couldn’t wait to finish breakfast before running off and grabbing her proudly 😉 Next to the box of decorations Piper had left a couple of goodie bags, and when the boys opened them they discovered she’d been collecting all the decorations they’d chosen from various shops over the past couple of weeks! I was quite surprised at how long Bean and Bear stayed interested in and focussed on decorating the tree, and they did a rather magnificent job I reckon too 🙂 The tree is a marvellously happy tree now!

Piper's decoration presents

All done

Marvellously happy tree

 

Ready to go

December 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ready to go

Piper was so excited about the prospect of going out with us today that she did her best to get the boys’ clothes ready for them. She got a bit overexcited and tried to put their socks and shoes on though…

Despite being right by the front door, Bean and Bear took a little while to find her but when they did, Bean was so excited about the “present” of new pants and socks that he got dressed instantly, without any help or encouragement, right there by the door! Bear was not so impressed and was still refusing to get dressed an hour later 😀

Elf!

December 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

Piper

This is Piper, she arrived last night! (At almost 2am, she said it took her a little while to find her hat and belt….) She brought advent calendars with her for the boys, and a letter from Santa. Santa in our house does all the coordinating of presents from giver to receiver! And there is no naughty or nice list either, Christmas happens whether or not the boys have been “good”. Whether or not we’ve had a rough year, or a smooth ride, Christmas still happens. That’s kind of the whole point of Christmas….

So Piper has arrived. She’s looking forward to spending Advent with the boys, and hopes they can become friends. (Because then she gets to stay for Christmas dinner!!)

Piper's letter

Today Bear and I have been busy tidying a space ready for the Christmas tree to arrive tomorrow evening, and after taking a pile of wood out to the shed and sweeping up a lot of leaves from the garden, we made a wreath together for the front door! Piper thought it was the perfect place to sit and watch for visitors, she was really quite pleased.

SONY DSC

I’m rather pleased too.

She’s a kind and helpful Elf, and isn’t one of the elves sent to spy on children. She’s got a few ideas of things the boys can do to make Christmas special, and is looking forward to finding out what we do to prepare! I’m sure in her eagerness to be helpful she’s very likely going to end up in a muddle or two though, just like Bear…

Pumpkin Monster Playdough!

October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

pumpkin monster playdough

Inspired by Nurturestore‘s post on Babycentre this morning, I packed all the bits and bobs I’d need to make up a batch of orange sparkly cooked playdough over at Gran and Grandad’s house. And of course a few other bits – googly eyes and pipecleaners! Also on my agenda was to carve the final pumpkin we gathered from the pumpkin farm the other morning, and to use the seeds from it as extra decoration for the playdough. I didn’t use spices to scent my playdough though, I hadn’t thought of that (I might sneak some in and give it a good knead this evening now!) – I scented mine with almond essence, mainly just to get rid of the floury smell!

pumpkin monster playdough

It was fab though 🙂 I left the dough out as a simple invitation to play, while I carved the pumpkin. First, Bear came along and climbed up, and played with the dough with Gran while I carved.

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

Then, we had lunch and the playdough seemed to be forgotten about so once I’d finished the pumpkin and had cleaned and baked the seeds I re-made the invitation to play, and set it up so that both boys could sit at the bench and get to it. I told Bean that it was ready for whenever he was finished playing with his new lego!

pumpkin monster playdough

I settled down with my wool and left them to it, playing with their grandparents – but soon I heard playdough noises and went to investigate, and found…

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

this!

Bean and Bear, sitting at the bench with Grandad, making alienosaurs with the googly eyes and pumpkin seeds! They played for such a long time making their creations. Eventually Bear got tired and came for a cuddle and fell asleep, but Bean just kept on playing and eventually the playdough scene became inspired by watching the workman in the garden who was laying a new set of flagstones. Just amazing listening to his running narrative about what he’s doing and what the story is about. I don’t make playdough very often to be honest, but when I do I always think I should make it more often! Or at least try and make a fresh colour every couple of weeks and set up a new invitation to play 🙂

 

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough

pumpkin monster playdough