Sunday, 27 April 2014

The last year of my 30s

Well today is my 39th birthday. It doesn't feel like my birthday at all, I feel really sad. A special little girl that I thought the world of passed away last night and I just haven't felt like celebrating.  So today has been a 'normal' day - we went out for a walk this morning so I could buy some large foil trays and this afternoon I cooked a lasagne and a lemon cake to take round to the family. I thought food would be more useful than flowers and although I doubt Jessica's parents have has much appetite right now, there are young children in the family and their tummy will no doubt rumble as normal. 

Good night, sleep tight, little one. You will be very, very missed by everyone that knew you xx

When I got back, I felt a little bit better so while dinner was in the oven I opened my presents. I feel very touched at all the beautiful gifts I have received, I really am a very, very lucky lady.

Can you believe I got all these gifts for my birthday? I am blown away with how generous and thoughtful people can be.

My gifts from Stuart and the tiddlypeeps

Yes I really did get a Kitchenaid artisan mixer. I've wanted one for years and I always stroke them affectionately in Lakeland and say to Hermione "tell Daddy I want that one". She obviously did because I got exactly the one I coveted. I feel really quite overwhelmed with how kind and generous my loved ones are. I also got the beautiful Cath Kidston bag and oven gloves in the photo. Before you shoot my husband for buying me oven gloves, I did ask for some and they will come in handy with all the baking I'll be doing.

Hermione gave me a hand to open my gifts.

After a very emotional day, I think that's all the news from the Wills household for now. The children are back at school tomorrow and I have thoroughly enjoyed having them at home but now it's "business as usual" and back to our normal routine of school runs, packed lunches and early nights.

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

Monday, 21 April 2014

Two for the price of one

I took April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac to Calke Abbey today to meet up with some friends. We had such a lovely time - a picnic in the sunshine, a walk around the gardens, a browse in the shop and a play in the park.  I worked out a way of putting both the boys in the swing together, they thought it was great!

April having a turn at pushing

A better view of the boys in their tandem swing

I hope you have all enjoyed your Easter as much as we have.

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

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring update

I am so loving the spring weather that we are having at the moment. The children are off from school/playschool for the Easter break and this week we are without a car so I'm especially pleased the weather is nice! There has been lots of playing out in the garden, bouncing on the trampoline and bike rides.

Isaac outside with his two favourite toys - his little trolley which he loves, and puppy dog, who goes everywhere with him.

Samuel isn't walking yet, but he is becoming more confident and sometimes he walks with the walls/furniture. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I feel I need to split myself in two (actually, I feel I need to split myself in 5 sometimes!)

A cheeky smile from Sam bam eggs and ham

What else have we been up to? Well, Noel is entering a competition to become a Junior Chef. There are several "heats" where he will have to cook a meal and a pudding, and he has 1 1/2 hours to complete this task. He made a lovely meal from scratch - chicken parcels with salad (and home made dressing) and a lemon drizzle cake. He did the whole thing himself, from rolling the pastry to chopping and frying the chicken. Then we got the application form that said the pudding must contain fruit. So back to the drawing board on that one...

Noel, making the chicken filling for his parcels

Today, mum looked after the twins for me so that I could take Noel, April and Hermione on a double decker bus. I had to take Stuart's car in for an MOT (which it's failed) so we decided to combine the two and have a day out. I feel bad that I have done so many things with Noel and April because they didn't go to school until nearly 7, but Hermione has missed out because from the age of 2 she has had to share me with the twins as well and in a matter of months she will become a school girl herself.  So today we had planned a lovely day out, no pushchairs or wriggly toddlers, just mummy and the three big children. We went to Loughborough which took about an hour, which I think was long enough. I let the children spend some pocket money each and we had lunch in a cafe. The sun shone and it was a really lovely day, although I'm pretty shattered now and I feel ready for bed.

It's just not cool to smile anymore for the camera

At least someone was excited to be going on the bus!

Other things we have been up to - just the usual really, baking, playing, lots and lots of washing, occasionally cleaning.

I think that is all our news for now, wishing you all a very happy, and sunny Easter time.

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