Sunday, 28 December 2008

Christmas Fun

Mum was a "whizz" with her Whip and Top - she certainly hadn't lost the knack. Here she is demonstrating it to the children, modelling her new christmas wellies too

Opening their presents at Nanna and Grandpas on Boxing Day

Boxing Day craft trying out all those lovely new presents!

Having fun with Hungry Hippos in the afternoon

Laura, Dad W, Mum W, Stu, and Jake tucking into their Christmas dinner.

Opening their presents

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

All ready for Father Christmas...

We've had a lovely relaxing day today. A playdate this morning with Rachel and Robyn and then this afternoon we went to the Christingle Service at St John the Baptist Church - which is where the children were both baptised (we used to attend there before we started going to the Salvation Army).

We came home and had tea and prepared a little snack and a drink for Father Christmas. I let the children chose and they decided on brandy and a slice of Christmas cake! We left the obligatory carrot for the reindeer as well.

All ready for Father Christmas ...

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Special Guests

We had some very special guests to stay this weekend - Phil and his fiance Becca. Becca is over from America for Christmas and then shortly after she returns in the new year Phil will go over to start his new life there and to prepare for their wedding in the Spring.

We took them out for dinner on Saturday night to belatedly celebrate their engagement (we haven't seen Becca since they announced their wedding plans). We had a lovely time and thankfully as we went early it wasn't too busy either. Once the children went to bed we had great fun playing hungry hippos, connect 4 and all our old childhood games!!

On Sunday we all went to the zoo. I thought this would be a more practical christmas present than something physical that had to be transported back to the US. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and it wasn't too cold either. The only thing that concerned me was that the Crocodiles are in "Pets Corner?!!"
Then it was back home for a quick change and off to the Salvation Army for the Christmas Carol concert. It was a real family affair, Noel and April sang with "Music Tots", I did a bible reading and Noel played the part of a King in the "Jam Club" nativity. I was so proud - I cried!! Mum and Dad came over too so the whole family got to watch his big moment.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Playschool Christmas Party

Its been party, party, party here at the Wills residence, with lots happening!

On Friday the children had their Christmas party at Playschool. Noel has now left playschool and is officially full time home educated - although he only ever went one morning a week anyway - and April will be starting at a new playschool in January called Cheeky Monkeys.

The children aren't particularly party fans, especially with Noels balloon phobia, but they do enjoy a spot of party food... we only have treats on a Friday as a general rule so the children took the opportunity while it was there to make the most of it!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Music Tots Nativity and Party

This morning we went to the music tots Nativity and Christmas party at the Salvation Army. All the children were asked to dress up if we wanted to, Noel declined but April dressed up as an Angel. There were some fabulous costumes there, ours was more of the home made variety though.
We all got to meet Santa and get a present - even me!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey looked gorgeous all lit up

April wasn't in the mood to have her photo taken today

Noel and Phil by the Wishing Tree. Noel wished for a star.

Our Christmas tree - in our newly finished front room - hoorah!

Feeling Festive!

I'm very pleased to report that the Wills family are on the mend. We all still have a bit of a cold and a sniffle but nothing like it has been over the last week.
On Saturday the children and I decorated the Christmas tree, I thought it might give us all a bit of a lift and it seems to have done the trick. We all had a lovely time doing it and it put us in the mood for the this coming weeks festive activities.
On Sunday I picked up my brother Phil on the way home from work. Phil is Noels Godfather and my elder "baby" brother. We spent a wonderful afternoon at Calke Abbey looking at the beautiful christmas trees in the Christmas tree trail, having fun with different craft activities in the stable and a very welcome warming drink in the restaurant. We went back to have another look at the trees later in the day when all the laterns were lit, and finished off with a quick play in the playground before it got really dark. It must have been good as both children slept soundly all the way home!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

All Ill Together

Shortly after I posted those photos on the blog I started feeling ill, and had to go to bed. As any mum will tell you it has to be pretty serious for us to go up to bed but I really felt that I couldn't carry on anymore. I was hot one minute, freezing the next, sneezing and coughing and I just felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open a minute longer. Thankfully Mr Wills held the fort, with the assistance of his parents in the afternoon.
I managed to go to work sunday although I really didn't feel well. I felt I had to simply because I don't get paid if I don't go to work and it was my turn to do a double shift. The bad news is now the rest of the family is ill. Stuart is in bed with a sickness bug, April is full of cold and Noel looks suspiciously like he might have conjunctivitus. Everyone is tucked up in bed at the moment but I dare say it'll be another sleepless night in the Wills household. Ho hum.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Nearly there!

Mr Wills and I have worked our little socks off (him decorating, me cleaning and tidying up) and the front room is just about finished. It still needs a bit of work doing to it and then comes the fun part - finishing touches. I'm thinking of getting a nice red rug and throw to make it look a bit cosier in there and of course I want to put all my photos and little bits and bobs back. Hopefully we'll be all sorted by the end of the weekend - hoorah!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Long Time, No Blog!

I can't believe its a week since I updated my blog but my feet really haven't touched the ground. This week Stu has been on holiday and has worked his little socks off to get the front room back to normal. He's painted it and laid a new floor, the builder came today to fit the new skirting boards and Stu is busy making a cabinet to hide the meters as I sit typing this up. Although I can't take any of the credit for the decorating I get to do the tidying up - and theres plenty of it!

I've still not heard from the library so I can take it that I've not got the job. To be honest after talking to one of the librarians I am friendly with I'm quite relieved! She said they have to work a lot more than their 9 allocated hours, which would not really fit in with our home educating family life and there are a lot of teenagers that hang around at night, so much so that I've noticed over the last few weeks they now employ a security guard.

My mum kindly had the children on Wednesday for me, so Stu and I took the opportunity to go to Ikea to get the cabinet and a few other bits and pieces. By all accounts the children had a great time baking and cutting and sticking, and visiting "Greatmar Connie".

Noel "laying a gas pipe" at my mums

Enjoying some baking at Nannas

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Good News, Bad News

The good news of the day is that Noel got his 3rd swimming badge today - well done Noel! He's moving up a group in January and will be having his lessons as a slightly earlier time, and with a new teacher so all change for the new year there.
The bad news of the day is that I don't feel my interview went so well. I received so many texts and emails wishing me good luck - and of course the lovely comments on here - which really gave me a boost - thanks everyone! I just don't feel it went as well as it could have done - some of the questions were so hard!! Still, I did enjoy reading the Hungry Caterpillar to them, and if nothing else I got to see what happens at the back of the library :0)
I shall know by the beginning of the week but I'm not holding my breath...

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Todays Project

We went to music tots this morning at the Salvation Army, and came home with an extra child - my friends daughter came to play for the afternoon. While she was here we finished Noel's aquarium. He's chuffed to bits with it.

I've got my interview at the library tomorrow and I'm starting to feel quite sick with nerves about it all. I've prepared some questions, got all my documents ready to take and ironed my shirt but I still somehow feel unprepared. I have to have a formal interview and also do an ICT test, a maths test, an english test and read a story to the interview panel as though I were reading to a group of under-fives. Personally I think that is the easy bit!! I've chosen The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Tuesday fun

This afternoon the children have enjoyed painting and baking. Noel wants to make an aquarium and April wants to make a monkey so today they have done the first part so that tomorrow we can do the main part of the activity when the paint is dry. Naturally April wants to paint a pink monkey as everything is either pink or has Cinderella on it at the minute.

While the paint was drying we made some tiny fairy cakes, which the children then enjoyed icing and decorating all by themselves once they had cooled down. I don't mind them having a bit of icing as the cakes are so tiny, one mouthful and they're gone - oh is that just me??!!

Our weekend

Stu and I went to see Paul Weller on Saturday night at the Arena in Nottingham, it was my Wedding Anniversary present to him. I have to say Mr Weller exceeded all my expectations, although I'm not a massive fan, I really enjoyed myself, and I hope Stu did too! He sang constantly for over 2 hours, and he made my night by singing "You're the best thing" which I absolutely love. It was fabulous, even paying £2.50 for a thimblefull of ice cream didn't dampen my spirits.

On Sunday we went to collect the children from Stu's mum and dads and enjoyed a lovely tea and a delicious baked alaska .

Friday, 21 November 2008

Thank goodness!

The front room is now plastered, so its over to Stu for the rest of the work - namely painting the walls, laying the floor & fitting the skirting boards. I get the easy bit - choosing the paint & some new curtains :-)

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Birthday Photographs

On a very cold, windy bike ride

Enjoying a little nap on the way home from Barneys

April with her new bike - all afternoon she kept telling me "its so beautiful"

Rachel and Robyns turn to have fun

Enjoyig the slide at Barneys

Having fun in the ball pool at Barneys

April proudly showing off her cake just after blowing out her candles

Happy Birthday April!

Our darling April Elizabeth Hazel is 3 years old today. In fact the first thing she said she woke up was "Mummy, I am 3 now!" at the top of her voice.
We had a little tea party for her yesterday with Nanna as I wanted there to be someone else there when she blew out her candles (thankfully the Belle cake was well received, phew).
Today we have been to Barneys which is a soft play centre, Aprils little friend Robyn came too, and mummy Rachel of course, and on the way back we called into the tea rooms for toasted teacakes. April fell asleep on the way home and is still asleep now so as yet she hasn't opened her presents from us, just a few presents from family and her cards. Noel is watching the builders, I hope he learns how to plaster, it'll save me a fortune!
We're off to Noelies swimming lesson later, and April has requested tea in the cafe, so her presents might have to wait until the morning as it will be bed time by the time I've pedalled home. Thats not such a bad thing though as we will have a full day to enjoy them.
Looking around at the sea of pink I am starting to appreciate what its like to have a little girl - and its fabulous!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Our front room currently looks like this ....

My own little builder

The first builder has been and gone. He has injected the walls and then applied render over the top. We left them to it while we went to the Drs and when we got back they were eating their lunch in their van. Noel then decided that he wanted to eat his lunch in his car, so he could pretend to be a builder - he even spoke in a gruff voice!!


Although its not Aprils birthday until Thursday, my mum is coming over tomorrow and we are going to have a little party lunch for April. I thought I would make her cake a day early so my mum can watch her blow out her candles and, of course, take a piece (or two) home. However, I think I may be in trouble as April specifically asked for a Cinderella chocolate cake and on opening the Princess decorations box I discovered .. no Cinderella!! So she now has a Belle birthday cake instead...

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Shoe Boxes for Samaritans Purse

Two shoes boxes for 2 children not as fortunate as Noel and April. I like to put a christmas card and a photo in there as well. I just hope they bring a little bit of joy to someone this Christmas.

Update on the house...

The damp man is coming on Tuesday, the builder on Wednesday but for now the house looks like this ....

6 Years of Wedded Bliss today...

They do say time flies when you're having fun, and Mr Wills and I are celebrating 6 years of happy wedded union today. Before you gasp in horror that he has bought me a Steamer Set, fear not Gentle Reader, that is actually a (much wanted) present from my mum and dad. Thanks mummy and daddy xx

This is my present from Mr Wills, crumbs, just realised you have all seen my undies now - oh well...!

And my present to Mr Wills, 2 tickets to see Mr Paul Weller and a little token gift for him to open today