Wednesday, 30 April 2008

It's been a while...................

Having just survived the whole bath and bedtime routine I'm back! Is it just my two or do all children go mad just after bath and before bed, at the particular time when I'm at my most grouchiest/hungriest/exhausted?? We've had the snorkelling bath routine tonight which was the cause of much merriment and general farty/squirty noises, hmmm probably explains the overexcitement! So, where to start? I suppose with the snow that you've all posted about and are probably sick to death of by now but bear with me, I'm a little behind. We did manage our one and only sledging trip of the year which was fantastic fun if only to watch my friend Marion whizzing down the biggest hill in our (now broken - sorry kids) sledge wearing a bright green duffle coat and screaming with delight! I have to add that I did it too but only after she'd done the first run, cowardy custard being my middle names.

That started our holiday off with a bang and as our friends departed from their weekend visit my sister and her brood arrived for a few days of shopping, lazing about and cooing over our new baby cousin.

We than had a few days up north at my parents house, Jack came down with chicken pox so took to his bed and Kit and I visited aforementioned baby on numerous occasions for more cooing and smooching.

During the holiday Kit took advantage of long days at home and a clear space in the kitchen to learn to ride her bike (with stabilisers, before you think she's a 3 year old olympic hopeful). This involves her whizzing around the table and island unit at an ever increasing rate of knots, much to her father's great disapproval. I'm of the lazy parenting school of thought, if it keeps them quiet and it doesn't hurt anybody, let them get on with it. That's not to say I don't wince every time she scrapes along my lovingly painted units! She now likes to cycle to school when she can which involved us getting caught in a thunderstorm wearing nothing but a cotton cardigan between us on Monday. Something tells me the safest place to be in said thunderstorm would probably not be on a bike!



Can't put Kit in without mentioning big bro' so here's a picture of a theatre he made with his dad tonight...........................


Whilst I've been gone my first anniversary passed me by on the 20th April. As is the tradition in blogland I'm preparing a little giveaway so keep watching!

Last weekend was the Sudeley Castle grand spring fair at which Andrea launched her new company "Lottie's Barn". I was planning on sharing a stall with her, but I know my limitations and decided that the year before Kit started school was not the best time to set a business up. It was a great success, her stall stood out as one of (if not the) best at the show and she did a roaring trade. She still has a few choice Greengate bits and bobs left so let me know if there's anything you're after.

I'll end with a picture of my new doormat, too exciting I know, be still your beating hearts! Don't you just love it, one of my first purchases from Andrea. Try not to look at the scruffy door, that's what comes from having a son who kicks the bottom of it to open it, every time!



Off now for my weekly fix of "the Apprentice", I love it, love it, love it! Keep posted for the giveaway!.....................

15 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

I love the sound of "lottie's barn" and I am very very impressed with a three year old who can ride a bike without stabilisers - my nearly 6 year old hasn't tried that yet - more down to his cowardly mother than to lack of expertise me thinks!

Summer by the sea said...

Nice to see you're back - The pic of your little one whizzing round the kitchen on her bike is so cute! - Natalie x p.s - Love the doormat

dottycookie said...

Good to see you back, and I'm very impressed with the cycling! My three year old is trying to learn too but she has to go up and down the pavement (with me, not on her own!) as there's not enough flat ground in the garden let alone the kitchen!

Linnea said...

What a happy doormat!! I would love coming home to that. Your pictures were all very special ones of daily life. Love it!

Ragged Roses said...

Oh you have been busy! Hope chicken pox wasn't too bad. Love the picture of your daughter in the kitchen and your new doormat is gorgeous. Just watched The Apprentice, it's great isn't it?!
Kimx
Thanks for your lovely supportive comments on my past post

Trish said...

Love your blog !! my youngest wants to learn to ride her bike without stabilisers, but mommy says no!!!!! she is 5 too lol
gorgeous door mat

retrorose said...

How weird, chicken pox across the Irish sea! I posted my own, then looked at yours. The doormat is very nice. I agree with your philosophy re the kids. I can be relaxed sometimes but a bit manic at others. Bikes, space hoppers, wheelie bugs, scooters etc are all allowed inside, but as you know I am a bit more of a demon about paint/water/sand/play-doh!

mollycupcakes said...

Hello Julia,

It's good to have you back I've checkedin every now and then to see if you're around. And you pop back up with loads of news. Poor Jack with the chicken pox, hope he's over it now.
How gorgeous is your little bubba in the photo.
Molly loves the photo of Kitty riding around on her bike. I can see them having loads of fun when they meet lol.
Oww I'm so miffed I missed the fair, well next time.
The new door mat is so welcoming, I wouldn't want to wipe my feet on it.
Does your friend have a website? And does she have any Greengate tea towels left and any of the door mats?
Could do with one.
Well bug hus and good to hear from you sweetie, catch up soon.

Catherine x

carolyn said...

Love, love your doormat and your quarry tiles.

Suzie Sews said...

Hey we miss you...

jessica daisy said...

Lovely to see you back too, I love the photo of you little one whizzing round on the bike, I'm a bit in favour of the lazy school of parenting school of thought too, unfortunately our kitchen is only a small one (extention on the back of victorian terrace) also the garden is all on several levels, but that doesn't stop Ella, it's so funny watching her go round and round in circles full lock on the little patch of 'flat bite' we have.
looking forward to the giveaway!
Jessx

jessica daisy said...

sorry terrible spelling I meant 'flat bit' and 'your little one'

Simone said...

I do love your dotty doormat!

prettyshabby said...

yay you're back! I love your doormat..nearlly bought one like that but got the union jack one for now, maybe next time I need one!
The fair sounded good,Andrea's stall sounds like the kind I would magnate towards especially if it had greengate goodies and polka dot doormats on it! I Love Jacks theatre all he needs now is a plastercine audience!

Elizabeth said...

I found your blog through Alicia's and was having lots of fun reading it. I love all your photos and lovely home :)