Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Enjoying the holidays once again!

Hermione seems to be back to her usual "directional" self and the holidays have once again resumed. Isaac now seems a bit under the weather but no sickness as yet. I'm sure it won't be long.

Our weekend was spent partying. On Saturday we went to Oak Farm Park for a party and on Sunday we watched William the Wizard at a party in Ibstock. Both were brilliant and a good time was had by all.  Only April was invited to the party on Saturday at the Farm, so I paid the entrance fee for Noel and Hermione and took them along too. Stuart stayed at home with the twins as it was just too hot for him/them. On Sunday we all went. William the Wizard was brilliant and he did some "adult" magic tricks too while the children were eating. It was amazing!

At Oak Farm Park - Hermione getting Noel to do all the hard work

April enjoying a donkey ride

On Monday we went to the annual scarecrow festival at Heather. We go every year and we always have a great time. We took a picnic and we had a visit to the park, it was such a lovely day and for only a few pounds. The villagers work so hard to make the scarecrows and to make it an event for everyone to enjoy - even Noel said that it was the best ever festival and he isn't easily impressed!


I've not seen "Frozen" but there were lots and lots of "Olaf" scarecrows about. It seems to be the film of the year. 

Having a little lunch break in the park 

Having fun on the slide - Sam is quite fearless and will often go down by himself front facing ...

--- Where as Isaac prefers to be a pillion passenger

We're off to the swimming pool today - I only have to pay for myself as Noel and April are free through school and Hermione is free as she is under 5. The twins are staying at home with my mum, I'm not that brave!

We are really enjoying our "Summer Holidays on a Shoestring".

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

Thursday, 24 July 2014

I spoke too soon!

On Thursday night (after I'd posted this) Hermione was really ill. The sickness lasted all weekend and Hermione only really ventured off the sofa yesterday to play a few quiet games. She was so quiet and sleepy, it was really worrying. 

Today has been a bit more of a "normal" day and we had a little walk to the library and to buy some milk.

As we've been grounded this week, I've done lots of cooking and baking to stock up the freezer.  I am trying to use up what is in the cupboards, and I found some candied peel left over from Easter. I don't know any other recipes so I made some hot cross buns. Without the crosses. So we renamed them hot grumpy buns. The boys approved anyway, regardless of what they were called. 

I also did some sewing while all was quiet and calm. It would be safe to say, I'm not what you would call a keen sewer. In fact, apart from sewing on Brownie badges and swimming badges, I don't really do any sewing. It's amazing really when you consider that my mum is a keen seamstress and my Grandparents were both tailors. Somehow the sewing gene evaded me. Anyway, I digress. I have made 2 things in my life - one was a plimsol bag for April when she started play school and the other is this garland. I started it Christmas 2011, a week later I started feeling ill as I was pregnant with the twins, and the rest is history. I've finally found the time this week to finish it off, and I must admit I quite enjoyed it. 

I think it would be better if the hearts (which are stitched in different colours) were knotted on to the cord/rope to keep them in place. The trouble is, I just know I'd end up getting in a pickle with the knots so I decided to keep them as they are. I'm not quite sure how to attach it either, perhaps I need to do a loop at each end? I'm a bit miffed as I bought the cord on Sunday and when I got it home, one of the ends was already fraying. So I have fastened some sticky tape around it for now. Now you can see why I don't do much sewing as I really don't know what I'm doing.....

I think that's all for now - enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely weekend.

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

Thursday, 17 July 2014

So far, so good!

The children broke up from school and play school on Friday. So far we have enjoyed every minute of the school holidays. We have managed to do something every day, for little or no money - which is going to be the theme for this years school holiday. It challenges us to be creative and resourceful and hopefully we will make lots of fun memories along the way!

On Monday we went to the library which is always a winner in our house. I also bumped into 2 other mums with twins so we were able to have a little chat and agree with all those pearls of wisdom that people pass on to us - yes! it really is much easier than one baby as they amuse themselves, yes! we have our hands full and yes! twins really is just like having a baby and a toddler... 

On Tuesday, my Mum came over and looked after the twins so that I could do something nice with Noel, April and Hermione. Mum's friend was kind enough to gift us £20 to treat the children with in the holidays, so I used part of those funds to take the children to a cafe. Going to a cafe is a really big treat and much more relaxing when I don't have to amuse/worry about Samuel and Isaac! It was so nice to have some time with the grown up children too, I do worry that they get left out a bit because the boys demand so much of my attention. In the afternoon, we had a swap and mum took Noel, April and Hermione out for some fun and adventures (and I know they'd had fun as they came back filthy!) while I stayed at home with the boys and did exciting things like making dinner and ironing while they were asleep. 

Waiting for our order ...

April with her "special" hot chocolate. She was adamant it had to be the "special" one as it comes with cream, marshmallows and a flake ...

Samuel is really coming on now in leaps and bounds. We took him on Saturday to buy his very first pair of shoes. I asked for shoes in the sale and they only had one style - so we now have 2 little boys in matching shoes. It wasn't intentional but I'm certainly not spending another £15 for the privilege of them wearing different styles! Isaac is very independent, he loves to help, he knows his own mind and he knows what he does and doesn't like! Samuel on the other hand is quite laid back and he doesn't have as many tantrums. One things Samuel doesn't like to do is to use his cutlery to eat his food. I'm not sure if you can see form the photo below but whilst eating his cottage pie on Tuesday, he decided to smear it (literally smear it) all over his face. We keep trying to encourage him and he'll get there in the end.

Just call me Mr Potato head....

Isaac just getting on with it as usual...

We are really lucky in that the weather has been very kind to us this week, which has mean lots and lots of time spent outdoors. Last week, play school were gifting a little red car "to a good home" so I asked if we could have it, in return for gifting some food to the food bank there. I'm not sure who enjoys playing with it most - Noel or the boys ...

This is Samuel saying "cheese"...

Yesterday we had a really lovely day at Calke Abbey. We packed up our picnic, and a flask and we went off for the day. When we got there it had just opened, so it was lovely being the first ones in the play area. We had half an hour in there and then we walked to the gardens. The garden of imagination was open and all the children had a great time being "free range" as I could see them where ever they were. I couldn't take many photos as I couldn't really take my eyes off the boys (not quite so free range for them) but we had a really super day - and all it cost was our petrol as we are members!

Enjoying the park all to ourselves

Having fun on the roundabout

Isaac looks deep in thought as he plots his next adventure

Hermione loved playing with this old fashioned dolls house

To finish off our lovely day, Noel, April and Hermione all climbed into my bed and we watched a film last night while the boys were asleep. 

Today, we are having a quiet day at home. I have promised I will take Hermione out on her bike to the post box on the corner of the street, and I thought I'd let the boys have a run on their reins (the road is too busy to go out without them when there's 2). We are also looking after April's little friend this afternoon as her mum has a midwife appointment (after all, when you have 5 children, one more is no trouble at all, apparently!). I am trying to run down the freezer (which is nearly empty now) and so our meals are getting more and more inventive! I want to have a go at making a summer pudding, which I have never done before, as we have some frozen berries to use up.The sun is shining so the children will be evicted into the garden and I am hopeful that today will be a nice, quiet, pottering, getting little jobs done kind of day. We can all dream, can't we?!

That's all for now, Love Jemma, Stuart, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac xxxxxxx