Friday after school D, Jen and I got our bikes out and cycled to the park. Not our usual one, but it is actually closer to us.
We were in London on Friday and went into the Natural History Museum.
As you might have read I recently went carpet shopping as I am on a bit of a home improvement mission. It’s got to a stage where I just hate most of the scruffy old stuff in our home, for example old carpets or faded/tainted paintwork. I haven’t exactly got a plan to how I am sorting the house out, I just repair or update whatever is annoying me the most. A little while ago that meant fitting a new fire and tiling it myself. Now it is most definitely all about the floor. My new carpet is being fitted in early January which means I have a little time to find a rug that I like, is machine washable and goes ok with the new carpet. This isn’t so easy! As is common with me, I’ve been distracted by cute stuff. Namely this football rug* from Zurleys website.
A while back Pop goes your name sent little Jen a CD, not just any CD though, it has his name in the songs. Unlike much music aimed at children it is not offensive to grown up ears. It has 12 songs, an un-personalised intro track, then 11 personalised songs. The music is decent, it is not the usual ultra cheesy toddler pop. It is sung by real people with real instruments, not just digital nonsense. My little guys name was sung by the same person that sang the rest of each song – I was half expecting the name to stand out, or worse to be in a totally different voice to the rest of the song. Thankfully it does not sound like an answer machine or Phoebe from friends. You can check out some sample tracks by Pop goes your name on their soundcloud. It is a little gift I would recommend to his friend’s […]
This evening I was washing up avoiding washing up in the kitchen and I heard a strange noise. For a split second I froze thinking of great the dog is throwing up again? Then it occurs to me she’s upstairs – it’s not the dog. RUN. I slam the dishwasher door shut and ran towards the noise. I didn’t know what that noise was, but was getting louder. It felt slow-mo. I was running and bending down at the same time, and Jen was running at me but wobbling. Then I notice he’s a dark colour on his face. What’s happening? Arrrggg! I shout “are you okay?” which was a bit daft. Before I finish that sentence I knew it was not a good situation, why did I ask that? View image | gettyimages.com
Once a month Parragon books send my boys or me a book or something bookish (like Life Canvas stationary) to have a little look at. Sadly it is a struggle to get my boys to read anything at the moment, which is why I am doing a roundup style post. View image | gettyimages.com Books can make great presents, especially if you aren’t really sure what to buy. My personal favourite of these is the glider kit, it is so retro looking and would be a great gift for a school buddy or a young relative. I used to love getting books that weren’t strictly books – things like cardboard dress-up dolls or make-a-scene books. – Professor Murphy’s Stunt Glider* Take to the skies with Professor Murphy’s awe-inspiring stunt glider. Inside, you’ll find a step-by-step book and everything you need to build a stunt glider with an incredible 60cm wingspan! […]
You would have had to have been asleep and hiding under a rock not to know it was Halloween on Friday. This means I’ve got some nice photos. We went to a local fun day. As you can probably tell Jen enjoyed it more than D.
Today was a really warm day – 22°c. It is not what you expect on Halloween really, I am used to freezing my behind off trick or treating. Today was lovely though. There was a Halloween themed family fun day up the hill so I took the boys and the woofer out for a drive. We had a go at some crafts first. The boys made badges and carved pumpkins. The boys had fun with the pumpkins, but made me do the gross bit of hollowing out the stringy bits and seeds. It feels so slimey and nasty.
Now the kids have been back at school for a little while head lice are rife again amongst my youngest and his school buddies. I remember having awful head lice at school myself, and that I could count the moving critters on the back of a certain girls head. Every time I got rid of them I would get them right back at class. I vividly remember the foul smelling witches brew of a cure that we had as nit treatment back then. Oh the smell would just not fade even if you washed it six times in a row. Luckily times have changed. Allow me to introduce Lyclear. It comes in a spray bottle to make it dead easy and fast.
This evening Jen drew a monster. He has called him Bob. He is a friendly monster. He has no mouth. Apparently he is kind and cannot eat children because he has no mouth. So I asked how does he eat and Jen explained “Bob eats by squashing nasty things into his ears like flies and spiders and ants and snails. His ears have tiny teeth doors like on Venus fly plants that eat the bugs.” So he’s friendly and helpful because he’s a cute pest control monster, you don’t need to feed him as he forages under the sofa for spiders, and in the garden for flies.
Those words “Back to school” fill me with dread. Whilst I definitely think the holidays need to end, as D desperately misses his strict school’s routine, I hate all the shopping! It’s not just the shopping though, it’s the washing, ironing, name labels and cupboard clearouts of old stuff.
This week I’ve been trying to get the kids outside. Kinda tricky if I am honest, but today was an awesome day. This is Kaln the European eagle owl. He is huge, and funny. It was a really hot day, and every time his handler called him he made a noise that sounded like “No”. On his way home to his enclosure Kaln slapped D’s camera lens with his huge wings, I couldn’t stop chuckling quietly. It was like “Shows over little dude, quit photographing me!” A proper post about the barn owl center will be here in a few days.