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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran

Ollie and Nate  //  We spent a lovely evening last week, after dinner, baking together.  We haven’t baked in such a long time.  I have, but not with the boys.  We picked up an easy Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Brownie mix and whipped it up nice and quick and then we dropped cherries on top of the raw batter before putting it in the over.  Chocolate cherry brownies… heaven!  The boys loved having a go at mixing, tasting the batter, sneaking a couple of cherries while I was not looking… it made me realise that we really should bake treats more often.

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Also… to note, I missed a couple of weeks due to life. Haha…

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran

Ollie  //  Today when he came home from school I told him there was to be no iPad!  He has been playing on it a little too much so today we didn’t get it out at all.  It is almost a sure bet that if he isn’t playing the iPad, he will be playing with Lego.  Today he was playing cops and robbers with the figures and two little Lego bikes.  I love listening to him when he plays and the stories he thinks up.  He has SO many ideas in his mind.

Nate  //  Although Nate loves Ollie to pieces, he isn’t clingy towards him and I think he looks forward to those few hours in a day where it is just he and I.  The word ‘mummy’ gets mentioned 100+ times as he brings me all the toys he doesn’t get a chance to play with when Ollie is home… toys that are Ollie’s that he plays with secretly when Ollie is at school.  It’s funny when he brings one to show me… I know that he knows he isn’t supposed to have it, because I can see it in his cheeky face!

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran

Nate // Want to know who the giggliest little boy is when he is getting dressed for the day? Nate. He loves being naked and it’s so lovely to see his baby chubbiness, it’s one of the only things still babyish about him… he chubby legs and his chubby little hands and feet.  Sometimes when he is getting changed, he will pull his feet right into his mouth… he laughs so hard when I look in shock and squeal “eeeeew grooooss”!  He knows every part of his body now too and can say each of them and point them out.

Ollie // Biggest was off school today with his asthma.  He was wheezy all night and had an awful cough.  Today he snuggled up in my bed and recovered… he recovered pretty quickly and despite the tightness in his chest, he does not have the ability to lie in bed for a whole day. That’s not something I ever had trouble with, welcome to a life with energetic little boys eh? Come bedtime, biggest was bright as a button again and so I have him a haircut and a bath.

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran

I am finding on this project that it is much easier to get to sit down and take photos of Nate because Ollie is at school for the largest part of the day.  I’m making a much bigger effort to capture photos of Ollie here and there.  Also, it would seem that this week is Lego week because that is what all my pictures capture!

Nate   //   When Ollie goes to school during the day, Nate loves the fact that he can play with all the big boy toys, including Ollie’s lego.  He giggles at the little Lego people and he is so careful clicking the little blocks together.  He would happily sit and play with lego for hours!

Ollie   //   James’ Aunt gave us a big bag of old Lego this weekend, Lego that used to be James’… and James was excited to rummage through it with the boys.  Ollie was particularly excited!!  He, like Nate, would happily play with Lego for hours… and his creations are wonderful.  You can almost hear his brain ticking as he clicks the pieces together.  Sometimes he narrates a story as he builds.  That boy’s imagination knows no bounds! 🙂

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Building, Baking And A Cookie Swap

Building a Gingerbread house was on our Winter/ Christmas bucket list this year.  I hadn’t ever put one together before and instead of baking my own (I’m not a huge fan of gingerbread normally) I bought the Ikea one… it just needs put together and then decorated.

I gathered up a few treats to stick to the house including marshmallows, sprinkles, fruit snacks, Cadbury pebbles, icing and flaked almonds.  Half of these snacks were eaten before we even got to the decorating of the house!

It took a little longer than I expected, to decorate the house but it was fun and super therapeutic!  Ollie lasted only half an hour before he went off to do some lego.  I COVERED that darn house haha!  I’m sure there wasn’t an inch of it left bare.  I was pleased with the end result, as was Ollie, who kept asking when we could eat it.

I had read about having a cookie exchange, from someone else’s blog and thought it sounded like an awesome idea, so I got on the phone to some friends of mine and Ollie’s and we organised a night the next week to hang out, have cookies, drink milk and watch a Christmas movie!  I also put the boys in Christmas jumpers.

Finally, an occasion to show off our gingerbread house (and maybe eat it too?).  I decided to make both peanut butter reindeer cookies (using pretzels as antlers) and swirl sugar cookies.  

Ollie’s friends stared to arrive and so did the cookies… we put them on plates in the dining room and provided a big jug of milk for the kids to sip/ dunk.  As the gingerbread house was on the table, Ollie kept asking when we might eat it.

Other cookies that friends brought with them included sugar cookies dipped in dark chocolate, stained glass sugar cookies, melted snowman cookies, white chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, gingerbread men and rice krispie buns!  The kids had a blast picking and choosing and filling their plates.

They carried their full plates into the living room where they sat and watched The Snowman.

After the movie, I let the kids back into the dining room to demolish the gingerbread house.  Oh how they demolished it!!! There was not a piece left standing.  They smashed and picked and giggled.

Of course, us mummies didn’t go without!  We too devoured cookie after cookie… and even though we ate a ton, there were still a lot left over so we decided to divide these all up between each of us and take them home.  It was lovely having a plate filled with a selection of very different cookies!

Ollie and Nate definitely had fun and I hope everyone else did too!  I’m so glad we did something different this year and I think we will have a cookie swap party next year but put more advance planning into it.  I didn’t give anyone much notice when I arranged this one!

Helloooooo Santa!

Today the boys saw Santa… for the second time this Christmas (they also saw him with my mum and stepdad at the start of December). I dressed them in cute matching jumpers which Ollie thought was a great novelty.

Let me say here that Ollie was disappointed this year with his Santa present from the Santa in Castlecourt.  His face fell when he opened it haha.  I asked him what was wrong and he explained with a fallen face, that the item he received was not on his list and he really had hoped to get something he asked for.  I explained that this was a sneaky treat and his list presents don’t come until Christmas!  He perked up then.  He is going to have a blast on Christmas morning. I know it!!

Nate was dubious… he would not smile… but he didn’t cry!  When we first got round the corner to see Santa, I asked him would he like to sit on Santa’s knee and he replied “no”.  Then he reached his arms up to Santa… sat on his knee and looked pissed off haha. Ah well.