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The year so far…

In January I did Veganuary, which I summarised in a previous post.  I decided to restart eating meat and dairy in February, but have kept up having soya milk rather than cows milk – unless in a sauce that we’ll all be eating, or a splash of milk in mashed potato etc.  I found that Phoebe was slightly intolerant to soya milk so thought it much fairer for me to have cows milk occasionally rather than inflict a reaction to soya on her.

At the beginning of January we were just finishing the Christmas school holidays, one of the best days was spent with a mass walk down the Coach Road in Tadcaster, with loads of the girls friends, finishing at the local park.  It was incredibly muddy but very enjoyable all of us being together.

During January we attended a lantern making workshop to make lanterns for the parade celebrating the reopening of Tadcaster Bridge.  Both girls really enjoyed the session, I’ve recently found out that the arts company that facilitated the event are disbanding, due to loss of funding, which is a real shame.

The girls also did quite a lot of crafting using some of the great Christmas presents they were given.  Daisy really enjoyed making some pottery with Daddy and painting it together.

 

In early February Tadcaster Bridge finally reopened after the essential repairs were completed.  I kept Daisy off school for the afternoon to go to the opening and we went down with friends, there was a very jubilant atmosphere in the crowd, it felt quite emotional to be part of such a special day.

I’ve been wanting to do more extensive home learning on a few topics with the girls, last year we focused a lot on the different seasons, and a bit on weather.  We started the first topic of the year in mid February, learning about Space.  Over the last couple of months we’ve made space rockets, watched videos on youtube, watched the Stargazing programmes on CBeebies, painted space pictures and read the new books we got on space together.  We also picked a couple of space themed stories from the library to accompany the topic.  The next topic I’d like to start after Easter is the Human Body, I’ve a few things printed from Twinkl to get started on it, but looking forward to setting up a pintrest board with some ideas.

We were also given a wonderful wooden playhouse in February which has really given the outdoor play a new lease of life.  The girls love being in it.

Just as we broke up for February half term Tadcaster hosted the official Bridge opening celebrations, and we got to use the lanterns we’d made earlier in an evening lantern parade.  It was a fantastic day and a real privilege to be involved with the parade.

During half term we had friends round to play in the new playhouse, went swimming and had lunch out, went to Leeds for lunch with one big brother (the other was on his skiing trip), had a day crafting and painting new canvases to go in the girls bedrooms and then on the Friday we went through to Huddersfield to spend time with cousins.

My personal challenge for February was to go sugar free.  This was much harder than I thought it would be, I managed not to eat sweets, chocolate, cakes and whatnot, but didn’t always spot the hidden sugars in things.

 

In March I started my library volunteer training, every Thursday afternoon for four weeks. Thankfully Phil was able to take the time off work so I could go. On 1st April Tadcaster library became a Community Library, staffed by volunteers rather than paid staff.  I think it’s a wonderful thing to keep the library open, but such a shame funding for staff has been withdrawn.  I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and having the opportunity to learn something and use my brain again,  I often feel like I’m no longer useful because I’m not working, so volunteering has been great to help feel like a useful member of society again,

In early March I took Daisy for her first eye test and we found out she needs glasses, she’s had them for just over three weeks now and really suits them.  I feel quite anxious that she’ll be picked on because of them, but I suppose we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

We had a few nice days out in March, over to Nefferton to see my Grandparents, then on to the seaside, and we had a lovely day out in York together, with a walk along the wall and a play in museum gardens.  The girls also really enjoyed the weekend we spent dogsitting, they’re going to be wonderful when we finally get our own dog.

 

So far in April I’ve done my first shift as a library volunteer – I was very nervous, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and we’ve started the Easter holidays.  This week we’ve had a lazy Monday, went to Leeds on Tuesday, had friends over on Wednesday and on Thursday we went to paint pottery at Clayfever, then for a snack in a local cafe, bought magazines and then had a trip to the park late afternoon.  I’m looking forward to the Easter weekend, and to another lovely week of activities next week.

 

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Crafting prompt week 8 – Classic stories

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One of my favourite classic stories is the hungry caterpillar. I love the illustrations. I have some lovely pics of both girls in a hungry caterpillar baby grow and apple hat. Phoebe also has a caterpillar toy, it’s her favourite.

This week we have done apple printing.

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We used the apple to print on our paper, and then used our fingers for the spots.

Unfortunately mine looks like a bit of an angry caterpillar!

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As usual we’re linking up with Let them be small http://letthembesmall.com/crafting-prompt-week-8-classic-stories/

Crafting prompt week 7 – Glitter

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I adore glitter, if something comes in sparkly then I want it. I’d have glitter on my glasses but it would make me look like Dame Edna, having sparkly nails will have to do.

This week we’ve had the girls cousins over on Monday and Wednesday. They’re a huge help with Daisy and I love having them in the holidays. Our crafting for this half term has been all about the paints. Painting is Daisy’s absolute favourite activity at the moment.

We have one glittery blue paint, and I like to add normal glitter to the other paints. On Monday we did normal paintings, but on Wednesday we did canvases, which Phil had put masking tape on in the word LOVE, and also in the shape of a rocket!  I love the results of what each came up with on their canvas. Sadly Daisy’s artistic temperament led her to pouring water on her canvas, which caused some bleeding through of the masking tape….

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The pictures on my phone don’t show the glitter very well, but the canvasses look amazing, especially with the blue glitter paint.

So proud of the kids crafting efforts this week (and a bit sad I couldn’t do a canvas too).

You can link up with this weeks crafting prompt here: http://letthembesmall.com/crafting-prompt-week-7-glitter/

Crafting prompt week 6 – hearts

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We’ve done a few different bits of valentines crafting this week. We’ve made valentines bunting, done valentines button pictures, made valentines double chocolate cookies and I made Phil a heart button valentines card.

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I love theming a full week of activities, we did a whole month of Christmas crafts in December.  We’ll be decorating my Mum a keepsake box for Mother’s day, and then be doing all kinds of Easter crafting.

We’re joining up with this weeks crafting prompt here: http://letthembesmall.com/crafting-prompt-week-6-hearts/

Crafting prompt week 5 – stickers

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Daisy adores stickers, my house is covered in them (and usually my coat, bag and shoes too). We don’t usually do anything with the stickers though, but last week I made Daisy have quiet time and we sat and did the sticker workbook together.

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But this isn’t crafting I hear you say… OK, I’ll show you what Phil and I have been crafting this week…

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We’ve been making our wedding invitations. I used gold ‘wedding invitation’ stickers on navy blue card, and used one of my heart punches for the navy blue hearts. We bought some nice cream printer paper and printed the inside to the invites and our separate wedding information sheets.

I’ll also be making place cards, table plan, wedding favours and bus tickets!

You can link up with week 5 at http://letthembesmall.com/crafting-prompt-stickers/

Crafting prompt week 3 – wooden spoons

Oh dear, just found this in unpublished drafts. Oops!

We haven’t been very adventurous with week 3 and 4. 

Week 3 being wooden spoons, we did some baking.

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Daisy loves baking, she likes to help me in the kitchen, from passing me fruit and veg, to telling me which cupboards to get things out of.  Getting stuck in with a wooden spoon is her favourite task though.

Crafting prompt week 1 – ribbon

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Still in a making gifts frame of mind I decided to make some bookmarks with Daisy today, and add ribbon to them.

I dug out the leftover ribbon from Christmas, and cut up a weetabix box that was waiting to be recycled.  Daisy painted some of them with purple paint, and we kept a couple just for sticking.

Unfortunately I made the error of leaving the opened bag of sequins with Daisy while I went looking for scissors…I came back to her delightedly spreading them across the table and onto the floor… Lots of sweeping up…

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I spent ages hemming the edges of one she’d painted, with some white satin ribbon, to find it ripped up an hour later – thanks for that Daisy!

Next week is felt, I bought a kit from the pound shop a few weeks back in preparation!

You can join in at Let them be small