Thursday, 31 October 2013

Back to normal - whatever that is!

We thoroughly enjoyed half term, we visited friends and had a few treats, and generally made the most of it. The highlight of the week was a visit to Castle Donington Fair with Mum and Dad, everyone had a great time and even Samuel and Isaac got involved and had a little train ride.

The highlight of Noel's year - driving the dodgems

You can probably just see April peeping out next to my dad!

Hermione was very much into the fair this year

Samuel wasn't sure whether he liked it or not!

Isaac, on the other hand, loved every minute of it and was bouncing about and grinning

Unfortunately, we have lots of poorly children in the Wills household this week. Samuel and Isaac are both coughing and I am constantly wiping their noses, and they seem to have a bit of a nappy situation going on so they have been really under the weather. This of course, means lots of sleepless nights for me. Then last night I was up to Hermione who needed the toilet and she is off pre-school with a poorly tummy. Keeping her company is April, who told me this morning she felt unwell and I decided against sending her in case I was fetching her back half an hour along the line.  I have just run the girls a nice warm bubble bath so hopefully they will feel better in a minute when they get in. I think April will back at school tomorrow as she hasn't been ill (yet!) but Hermione isn't back until Monday so that we don't spread our germs about too much.

The other piece of news, which is much more pleasant, is that we are having our new lawn laid this week.  It's not quite finished yet but I am very excited about seeing our garden transformed. I really missed having a washing line yesterday but today its cold and wet so the tumble dryer is keeping busy. There's always plenty of washing in the Wills household!

Our last piece of news is that I won a prize last week from the Author Fiona Gibson. She asked "What are your simple pleasures" and so I put - "A hot cup of tea, clean sheets and something lovely to read would be my idea of heaven. As would going to the toilet without 5 children needing something but that's not quite so polite!"  And I won on the strength of 5 minutes peace in the bathroom!!

My signed book and a little treat - which contained some lancome goodies

And on the that note, I am going to put my bread rolls in the oven and 2 little girls in the bath.

Lots of love

Jem, Stu, Noel. April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A lovely day with the little ones

Noel and April have gone to Mum and Dads for the day so I took Hermione, Samuel and Isaac to Woodlands Garden Centre this morning for a look around. Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and I save up for it all year but even I think that October is too early to get the Christmas trees out! Hermione was particularly smitten with this doggy and she asked me to take a photo so I thought I would share it with you.

While the twins were having their nap, Hermione and I made some little cakes for after dinner.  Hermione loves baking and it was nice to do something with her without worrying about getting to school on time.

And on that note, I make it time to make dinner.

Lots of love, Jem, Stu, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x x

Monday, 21 October 2013

Half Term - Hooray!

It's the first day of half term today and I don't mind telling you, I am very, very pleased about it!  

We had planned to go to Belton House today but it's far too wet so instead we had a walk to the library and splashed in some puddles.  You're never too old to splash, after all!

We spent the afternoon playing with playdough, or rather the children did and I stood ironing, and being passed various playdough "treats".  Who says the weather has to spoil everyone's fun?

On Saturday I had a morning off from the children and housework and I left Mr Wills in charge whilst I went out. It was his idea (one of his better ones I must say!) and it quite took me by surprise, but I legged it out of the door before he changed his mind, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Because I wasn't expecting it, I hadn't arranged anything so I just went for a mooch around the sort of shops that don't usually accommodate double pushchairs and small people (i.e. expensive) and I had a cup of coffee in a cafe and watched the world go by. I think it did the children some good to have a break from me and as Daddy being in charge is a novelty, they were as good as gold. It went so well, I've asked for another morning off next month and I shall go and get my hair done and have a coffee.

Samuel and Isaac are growing up fast. They are nearly 14 months old now and they are very mischievous. Isaac is in to everything and he is the only one of our babies to crawl. He will half bum-shuffle and half crawl where as Sam just shuffles every where. There is nothing like a bum shuffling baby to show how dirty the floors really are!!!  Isaac keeps trying to pull himself up on the furniture and the first thing he does when I tuck him in at night is to roll over and sit up in bed. Samuel hasn't even attempted to do either of these things, I think I should be grateful really, it's quite challenging as it is.

Last week I went to Tesco (is there no end to the excitement in my life!) and I saw some little Batman babygrows, complete with capes. They were so cute and not very expensive so I treated the boys.   Note the home made cabinet fasteners as the little monkeys keep emptying out the contents of my dresser! We started off with an elastic band but that left one cupboard door free so now I have had to tie my dressing gown belt around it!



Tomorrow, Noel and April are going to my mum and dads for the day, I think baking is on the cards. I shall probably take Hermione, Samuel and Isaac out somewhere (they don't mind the rain and the cold as they are all nice and warm in their pushchair!) although I don't know where yet.  Its so nice not having to time everything around school, or having to make packed lunches, so I intend to make the most of it this week!

Someone else is ready for half term too, although she loves pre-school.

Lots of love, Stu, Jem, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x

Friday, 11 October 2013

All Creatures Great and Small Dress Up Day

Noel and April have gone to school in home made costumes today for "animal fancy dress" day. Everyone was asked to donate £1 and to go to school in fancy dress. The money raised will help to buy an animal for a third world country. Noel's Godmum Susan very kindly sent us their donation money so thank you very much.

Noel and I have been working on his costume all week, we decided to make a paper mache sharks finn as it would be a bit more sturdy than a cardboard one.  Although I cut out the initial shape, all the paper mache and painting has been done by Noel, he worked really hard on it.  

April's costume was much easier as she wore her "onesie" and I just had to get her some ears for it. Mum made her a tail and she was all set. I don't know how much work the children will get done today, they were a bit hyped up and it's windy today too which never helps. 

Hermione is still loving playschool, and Samuel and Isaac are keeping me on my toes. They are in to everything! 

We are very much looking forward to a week off from school soon for half term. We seem to have lots of plans already so I won't say we are going to have a rest, but it will be nice to have a change of scenery and a change from the routine of getting everyone out of the house for 8am!

Lots of love, Jemma, Stuart, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x