Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Just for Becks

Proof that my children don't smile 24/7 ;-)

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Father Christmas has been - bringing with him a scooter, a pram and a push along car for 3 very lucky children...

This is Christmas morning - and while the children were playing Stu took the opportunity to look at the sales! I'm not quite sure which website he was looking at during this point - but we now have a new settee and armchair on order ...!

How many times can we say that we actually had snow on Christmas day! Not many I'm sure so I took a photo to prove it.

Hermione seemed to enjoy her very first Christmas too!

I hope you all had a wonderful time - with lots of love from us all here x x x x

Friday, 24 December 2010

Waiting for Father Christmas!

Noel and April are both suffering with a bad cough and the remains of a cold, in fact April asked to go to bed at 6.30! Before she went we took this photo of three of them on the most exciting bedtime of the year!
We have had a lovely peaceful day, the big ones did some Christmas activities this morning and I went to the Christingle service this afternoon at St John the Baptist with the girls - Noel wanted to stay at home with his Dad.

After April went to bed Noel and I prepared a snack for Father Christmas. Noel decided that Father Christmas probably gets a bit fed up of mince pies so we have left him a club biscuit by way of a change! April wanted to leave him some squash and of course - the obligatory carrot for Rudolph. Noel also left him a picture that he made this morning by way of a thank you.

From our home to yours - wishing you a very peaceful and joyous Christmastime - Love from Jemma, Stuart, Noel, April and Hermione x x x x x

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmas in the Wills Household!

I have 2 VERY excited children, giving me a daily countdown and enjoying making up the Nativity scene piece by piece each day. April wants her turn to be on Christmas eve so that she can put Baby Jesus in his cradle.

We have put up our tree a bit earlier this year as to be honest I wasn't really feeling very festive and I thought it might help get me in the mood. We put it up on Chritmas eve last year (and as I remember I had just started with morning sickness that very day). Noel and April put up the tree for me and more or less decorated it all themselves, I just moved a few things higher up while they were in bed. Its probably not the best ever photo I've taken but it does look pretty, especially when its lit up.

After I had tucked my 3 babies into bed I went outside to take this photo. The snow looks so clean and beautiful as no-one has been outside all day, I noticed a few paw prints from Harvey though, he's braver than I am!

Because its snowed so much today we had to cancel our plans to see Mum and Mini's 4 month check was cancelled this afternoon as the SureStart centre was shut. Instead we made some mince pies and gingerbread biscuits together and I've made some shortbread this evening. Noel and April cut all the shapes out themselves and placed them on the tray. Noel loves baking and the other day he made some cakes, following the recipe himself and they were delicious! The only part I did was putting them in the oven (and tasting, ahem).

3 stockings hung up ready for Father Christmas. I have promised the children we will have the fire cleaned out and empty ready for Christmas eve!

I'm really looking forward to Stu coming home Friday and for some special family time together, I do find it quite hard sometimes being on my own all week with 3 little ones, but I'm sure once the sun starts to shine again and Mini sleeps a bit longer it will be much easier.

Keep warm and cosy everyone xxxx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Thumbs up ...

We went to church this morning to have Hermione officially welcomed and to collect her candle. I took this photo before we went - we're working on teaching Hermione to put her thumbs up :-)

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Thursday, 2 December 2010

New Friends

Its still so cold and snowy outside we have stayed indoors again today. We lit a log fire and for the first time ever we made toast on it!
The children have 2 new friends - meet Peter and Cinderella. They're so pleased to see you, they're waving!

I'd like to take the credit but its my mum's handywork. She is making some of these gorgeous teddies for children to take home when they visit their father in prison - so that they can bring something positive back from the experience. These two are destined to reside with us to look after Noel and April - Hermione's is work in progress.

And here is a new friend for Hermione - meet Pip.

Pip was a gift for Mini's christening but if you'd like your own you can get one from here ...

There's something so special about a handmade toy that you can't get with a shop bought one - you can put a hug and a kiss into each one!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fun in the snow

A big wave for Uncle Phil!
First footprints in the snow

Keeping warm!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Hermione's Christening

The Reverend Rhona Passey did the honours, she was lovely

Posing for a photo afterwards. I really wanted a nice photo of the 5 of us together but unfortunately one of the smalls didn't want it taking

Relaxing afterwards with God-daddy James and my mum and dad. We all missed God-mummy Hannah and think Morrisons are horrible and rubbish for not letting her have the day off

Aprils birthday cake number 2 which we had afterwards along with ...

Hermione's Christening cake - well you can never have too much cake can you!

A very big thank you to everyone who sent their good wishes, cards, presents and money. Mini is a very lucky baby!! We've had a really special day and I feel very lucky and blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to share my happiness with xx

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Early Morning ...

Early this morning it looked like this ...

So I lit one of these for Hermione and I ...

I took this up to Mr Wills in bed ..

And made breakfast for Dr April Wills and Pc Noel Wills

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

Making up for the weekend

Thankfully both the children are much better now, I was a bit paranoid in the night constantly waking up and checking on them but I'm pleased to say there has been no more sickness and they are back to their usual selves. In fact, this morning they were bickering away so I know all is ok now!

Giving the "Girls World" a makeover this morning. The pastry brush and foil are to give her some highlights!

You can't really see from the picture but April wanted me to take a photo of her holding her snowman clips from my friend Andrea.

This little fairy was bought for Aprils birthday cake. Stu went and bought her a cake as he said it would be one less thing for me to do but as we'd already bought the fairy we have decided to have 2 cakes! We will have a small chocolately one later with the fairy on top for pudding and the "Toy Story" cake Stu bought her on Sunday when we have all the family together. So she will get to blow out 2 lots of candles and eat 2 lots of cake - what more could a 5 year old want?!

After our baking marathon this afternoon, our kitchen currently looks like this!!We have made carrot muffins, fairy cakes and you can probably just make out the chocolate cake in the corner of the picture.

The children also wanted to make some party hats.

And here she is, the birthday girl, back to her usual smiley self xx

Saturday, 20 November 2010

A Not So Happy Birthday

Poor little April, she's been so excited about her birthday and being 5 but she's still really poorly. I was up every half an hour to one of the 3 children, sometimes trying to be in 2 places at once. The birthday girl got up and opened her presents this morning in our room and then went back to bed. After a long sleep, she's just woken up and is lying in bed at the moment listening to Fantastic Mr Fox. Noel's not much better either, although April does seem to have it worse out of the two. He's also in bed listening to a story CD - Charlie and the chocolate factory in his case.

We did start off filming April opening her presents, at April's request, but when we had to stop while she was ill we decided against filming any more. I took a few photos but as you can see she still looks very pale.

Despite being ill, she was very grateful of every present she opened and she seemed to like everything she got. I am looking forward to playing "girls world" with her when she's better, I could certainly do with the practise when it comes to styling hair!

So just the one photo today, hopefully more to follow in the week when we can celebrate properly. Happy Birthday to our gorgeous, kind, thoughtful daughter, April Elizabeth Hazel Wills xx

Friday, 19 November 2010

Best laid plans ...

Nothing has really gone to plan this week. Tuesday was our 8th Wedding Anniversary and Stu and I planned to go into Leicester to buy my outfit for the Christening. At 5 past midnight I got woken up by the sound of Stuart being ill so needless to say we didn't go shopping and instead I spent the rest of the night/day cleaning up after him and washing.

We did go shopping on Thursday however. After much deliberation and trying on of outfits, I chose a gorgeous purple dress. I wasn't going to have a dress because of nursing Hermione, but nothing else felt right. I am lucky that she will take a bottle of EBM so it has taken the worry out of that problem, and if all else fails I'll just have to take her upstairs to nurse when we get home.

Tomorrow is Aprils 5th Birthday but it looks like she won't be having much of a celebration as it is now her turn to be ill. The poor little mite has been in bed all day and then just as I started to type this I had to run off to change the bedding and put her in the bath. Whilst April was in the bath Noel joined in the action and is also poorly now. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate her birthday on Sunday if they're better. Either way we are planning to have a birthday tea on Wednesday when my mum comes over with some partyish food and a cake - illness permitting of course!

On to some more cheerful news now! While we were in Leicester yesterday I went off to John Lewis to feed Min with April and Stu went off to look in the record shop with Noel. He came back with a large bag and said it contained my wedding anniversary present. Inside I found some fluffy socks (I LOVE fluffy socks), a reuseable shopping bag - the sort that folds up into a pouch - and these gorgeous wellingtons ...

And if that weren't amazing enough, look what he hid inside one of the boots ..

The photo really doesn't do it justice but its utterly gorgeous.

I think thats all the news from this end, its taken ages to write this post in between running off to look after the big 2 so I'll sign off for now and fingers crossed for a better week for us all xx

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Moving Day

Mini had her first ride in a truck today when Stu and I took her to Leeds to help move Grandma out of her house. I had hoped to put a photograph on the blog but unfortunately 2 minutes after I took this photograph of Mini my camera broke.

Grandma's house is now empty and tomorrow we are moving the furniture into her new flat - there's rather a lot so wish us luck!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Oh dear

Its been a bit windy here this morning ...

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Warm and Cosy

A little pair of soft leather shoes to keep precious feet warm and cosy when we're out and about.

And my other little Princess all warm and cosy in her dressing gown ready for bed.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Double the fun!

This mornings maths lesson : -

We cut out some shapes and folded them in half
We used a mirror to look at some half pictures in the maths book
We made some butterflies, decorated half and folded them over

And we made 2 banana cakes - Noel doubled the ingredients for me

Noel's perfect idea of learning - no writing but plenty of exploring and experimenting.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Special Gifts

Decorations for each of the children to put away for Christmas from my best friend Sue in Somerset. A complete surprise and so thoughtful x

Mini smiling at her Daddy - he wouldn't let me put his photo on the blog though!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Tinkerbell comes to play

Its taking a bit of getting used to seeing Noelie with his tooth missing!!