* It took from 7th February to 18th March - we finished the entire series and very excellent series of "Breaking Bad". Addictive, would recommend.
* Roman walked one mile for Sport's Relief at school, Roman won a £5 book voucher at school and I won a Mother's Day competition for my mom!
* Roman was off school for teacher training, Mark used one of his last days holiday up and we started to decorate Anais bedroom.
* Anais' school was closed as teachers were striking. We made her science homework to make a 3D model of the solar system out of cake!
* We went to the cinema on Mother's Day with Jenny and then Jenny and mom and dad came for Sunday lunch
Mark has to use his holiday up by 31st March each year, he always keeps a few spare days in case of emergency. He used his last day holiday today, we thought it would be nice to spend the day together...... it was 14 years ago today we brought our house.
First stop was to take a roll of wallpaper back as we had brought too many for Anais bedroom. We then went shopping where we got a few bits and piece's for home and a few present's too.
We had lunch at The Jubilee, a goats cheese ciabatta each which was delicious.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon at home before we had to get Roman from school. Anais came home from school just after 4pm as she had been to netball club. Netball season ends soon though so she asked to join the football team after Easter instead.
Happy Mother's Day to my mom and Jenny who I love both loads! xx
We had a lovely day today. Grrrrr at the hour leaping forward an hour this morning, we had to be at the cinema for 10am which was really 9am.
Jenny came round and we went to the cinema to see "Walking with Dinosaur's". It was OK although the graphic's were superb. Roman went to sit on Mark's lap and kept covering his eye's up at the scary dinosaur's. All mom's had a miniature box of Rose's as a treat which was a nice surprise for me and Jenny!
After the film mom and dad came for lunch too, we had -
* roast beef
* yorkshire puddings
* roast butternut squash
* cauliflower cheese
* carrots and peas
* onion gravy
followed by pudding -
* Anais and Roman's red velvet cupcake's
* cherry pie and custartd
* after dinner mints
* rum balls
and a bottle of homemade wine.
I played with my die cutter -
On Thursday 20th March I was notified by e-mail I had won a competition, yay! I had won a silver plated trinket heart jewellery box and could have it engraved with words of my choice. I decided to have it for my mom for Mother's Day and by luck was able to collect it from Beckett's Farm on Saturday where the company was attending a craft fair, instead of waiting for it to be posted to me. Unfortunately it didn't photo very well as it was mirrored so no photo's :-(
Gifts for Nanny and Grandma, Roman planted some seeds and Anais sewed up some felt hearts on holiday.
Mother's Day cards....
Remember this gift bag from last year?
Anais coloured this in when she was very young, in infant school. It has become tradition that they use it for me each year so each year we have to put it away safe so it doesn't get bent or creased ready to use the following year.
Thanks mom and dad for my pretty plant.....
..........and Jenny for the pretty daffs out of your garden and the pretty cup and saucer which will go on the shelves in the conservatory.
I was very spoiled today, Anais and Roman woke me up at something silly to seven am and was told to go back to bed, they only managed another half hour before they woke me up again!
I had a Cath Kidston strawberry cup and saucer and cake plate, Roman painted me a Peter Rabbit at school, a heart shape cake stand, a little watering can with a plant in (will put some sponge in when plant dies and turn it into a pin cushion), a little glass cake stand, a crochet make your own bag kit, three little kilner jars which Anais filled with sweeties (which I can use for crafting things when they are empty), cake decorating tools and two sets of plungers and two bottles of perfume from the Body Shop.
Tonight I am feeling very lucky to have my kiddies especially after reading the card Anais made for me (too personal to put on here) which made me cry.
Anais has been playing her violin and Roman has been building his Lego. They also played Minecraft on the X-box.
Tonight we watched "21 Jump Street" on Netflix which Mark enjoyed but I thought it was pretty rubbish.
Anais' bedroom is finished!
Well, very nearly finished, we still have to put a tiny piece of skirting board by the door, paint the door frame white and shorten the curtain to sit above the desk but otherwise it is all done - 10 days after starting it. Mark was wallpapering and painting at 12.30am last night to get it finished! She was excited to sleep in her new room especially as she has been sharing a bed with Roman for the past week, Roman said he will miss her.
Room has been started from scratch, ceiling painted, head and foot board pulled off which pulled half the plaster off too so needed to be re-plastered, carpet and underlay laid, walls stripped, walls re-papered, walls painted, new furniture assembled, new wall light, new ceiling light, new drop down desk, new chair, mirror's put up.
Mark is off work tomorrow using his last day holiday, yay! xx
First thing this morning Mark was at the tip taking the cardboard from Anais new bedroom furniture and the drawers out of her old wardrobe. Last night he lined two of the walls with lining paper so this morning we gave them a coat of paint and then headed off to Ikea.
We don't tend to go to Ikea that often, Mark compare's it to The Crystal Maze without the crystals or fun games! We only went twice last year, once in December and once in January.
After looking on the internet we knew what we were going for, and with the promise of a hot dog at the end the kids were well behaved and no-one got lost either so it was a productive trip! We got a desk and chair, a wall light, ceiling light and some mirror's all for Anais bedroom.
I also picked up this cute little vase for £1 which reminded me of a milk bottle from when I was at infant/junior school in the 80's. We were trying to explain to Anais about milk monitor's and two people helping to carry a crate, milk in glass bottles, milk freezing in winter and milk with a layer of cream around the top of the bottle. Neither of them were interested, they are used to school milk in cartons with straws!
Tonight we had tea (chilli with cous cous and nachos) and then Anais and Roman watched "The Muppet's" on Netflix while we got on with Anais bedroom. Mark assembled the desk and put up the mirror's.
There was one more wall to wallpaper which Mark is doing now and then there is the door and bed frame to paint and it is all DONE! Mark has Monday off work as his last day holiday so he said the more he gets done now the less he has to do on Monday and we can go out for the day although we don't know where yet.
Here is Anais new chair which was painted AND assembled by moi!
I brought this red velvet cupcake mix when I was shopping yesterday. There was some white icing left over from when Anais made the planet cupcakes on Wednesday so this afternoon Anais and Roman made these for tomorrow. Instead of six big ones we did twelve fairy cake sized ones instead.
Last night I finished my book Sophie Kinsella "The Undomestic Goddess". We haven't watched ANY television since we finished the entire Breaking Bad series last Monday which means lots of lovely time on a night to read!
One of those days today where lots done but nothing to show for it.....
* food shopping
* a cottage pie made for the freezer.
* boring housework done.
No cake made today as we still had fairy cakes left from Wednesday and Anais brought all of the planet and the sun cake home too so we finished all of those off tonight.
Rest of day spent reading my book Sophie Kinsella "The Undomestic Goddess" which I am really enjoying. I hope to finish it tonight 89% of the way through so far.
Anais had a homework star for the mobile she made last Thursday for history.
After a break doing Anais bedroom the past couple of nights Mark was back at it tonight. We hope to get it finished over the weekend.
This morning was week four of the course "Working with Children - An Introduction".
This afternoon I sat in the warm conservatory and finished my book Sophie Kinsella "Remember Me?"
The seeds Roman planted on Sunday have started sprouting! We have one teeny weeny little green leaf!
I made a spur of the moment decision this afternoon to paint the border in the conservatory cream. After we put bookcases up in February with a patterned back and painted the house wall pink it was bugging me that there was too much pattern going on so I painted the border cream to match the outer walls. Photo not brilliant as I took it this evening when (two coats later) the paint had dried and it had gone dark outside.
Roman gave me this today which he made at club on Tuesday. He had left it in Mark's car and forgot about it.
The new Caravan Club magazine was delivered yesterday, Mark sat reading it last night. Useful piece of information for anyone interested.......
We think this is why our caravan had recurring mould in the cupboard the past three years. The fixing's come from outside to inside of the van allowing the cold to transfer to the inside. In the new Swift caravan a thermal break has been aded to prevent this happening. Our caravan (Bailey) doesn't have this thermal break so this year Bailey have insulated and sealed around the fixing's to prevent cold spot's from outside to inside, if that makes sense?
We will see if what Bailey has done has fixed our problem after next winter............
I started a new book while Roman was in his swimming lesson, Sophie Kinsella "The Undomestic Goddess"
Anais' "solar system made from cake" science homework was well received at school today.
Anais brought a letter home today re France day trip in July, she asked me to sign the consent form and write a cheque there and then and she promptly returned it to school at 3.30pm to ensure her place, she is very eager!
Anais was off school today, her school was closed as the teacher's were striking.
Firstly she played her violin............................
We spent the rest of the day doing her science homework...................
I will explain!
She had to build a 3D model of the solar system. I suggested a mobile and we make paper planet's, she said she had made a mobile already on Thursday for her history homework. I said we could go and buy some plasticine and make some planet's and stick them up with cocktail sticks, Anais said shame we couldn't do it with icing and then she could eat it after! I said why don't you then............. so we baked! She likes to do things that are a little "different".
30 cupcakes and one large cupcake later.............
(Anais had one as soon as it came out of the oven)
The large silicone cupcake mould I brought on holiday came in handy as we used this one for the sun as it is the biggest. I never normally have much luck with silicone but this must be thicker as the cake just slid out. I was impressed. I think I underfilled it though looking at the picture on the packaging.
We turned it upside down and Anais covered it in yellow icing to represent the sun.
How much icing did this eat up?!?! We had to go and buy more as there was not enough black in the pack and then we brought some white too and had a go at making our own colouring for the planets (very messy) as they had to be "marbled" not solid colour's.
The cupcakes she gave a layer of black icing to represent space and then she tried to have a go at modelling planets. She made a little flag with sticker's and cocktail sticks to say what each planet is.
We tried to make the planet sizes to scale so Pluto is tiny and Jupiter is huge. Anais made a ring to go around Saturn.
The board is a piece of cardboard that Anais' new bedroom furniture came in, we still have to take a load of rubbish to the tip and luckily we still had this. We covered it with a piece of black wrapping paper (brought in the January sales, reduced to 25p for the roll, I knew it would come in handy for something!). We stuck sticker's with the planet's names on to the board so she knows where the planet's have to go tomorrow and used the star paper punch to punch out some silver stars. The two piece's of paper give the order and fact's of the planets and distance of the planet's from the sun.
One of Roman's space books = very helpful...................
...................it reminded me of when Roman was much younger and used to love looking through his space books. He'd ask for a Lunar Module for his birthday or for Christmas! He was also adamant that the sun was "the moon on fire"!
She has to transport this to school tomorrow, she did say she would eat it all at school and then not have to worry about carrying it back! She also has to take her PE kit too.
I hope her teacher appreciates how much time and effort she put into this.
Lunch was a McDonald's while we were out buying more icing. We had to bring it home though as it was packed inside McDonald's. She had a Super Mario toy.
Mark was in a meeting all day, luckily he was back in time to take Anais swimming. Normally Roman stays home with me but decided he would like to see Anais swim today so he went with them. I stayed home to blog and read my Kobo. 49% of the way through Sophie Kinsella "Remember Me?"
Mark is happy he had an email yesterday to say his tablet had an update and an app was now available that turned his tablet into a remote control, he can now watch the cable channels and record on his tablet. Lots of annoying the kids this evening when they were watching TV and he kept changing the channel, he told them he could do magic - hilarious!
No fooling Anais though and once Roman knew what it was he was trying to find the app for his tablet!
Popped to Homebase today for more filler for Anais bedroom. There was a huge trolley with odd rolls of wallpaper in for 50p each so I had these three. Pink, blue and black and silver. I thought I could have another go at making some homemade gift bags (like in this blog post).
I downloaded another book today, Sophie Kinella "Remember Me". I haven't read any Sophie Kinsella in years and I wanted something a little light hearted after "Twelve Years a Slave" which was quite heavy going.
Anais had orchestra today and Roman went to his club.
Very cold and damp today. Mark picked Anais and Roman so I surprised them by lighting Fred so it was warm for when they got back. Today was the first time we have lit him in weeks as it has been so warm recently.
Anais has gone mad on Virtual Piano which they use at school. Roman's jumper raised a laugh at his club today.
Now we have more filler Mark started filling the holes in Anais bedroom tonight after he finished stripping it last night. We need yet MORE filler though......................
Another lovely sunny day today, the washing dried lovely on the washing line.
Pretty flowers blooming on the shrub.....
Finally getting to grips with my die cutter, think I was too adventurous to begin with, three cards and four gift tags made today.
I finished my book Solomon Northup "Twelve Years a Slave". It is heavy reading and very moving. While I wouldn't say it was an "enjoyable read" it was a very painful read and made me feel very humbled - "I don't want to survive, I want to live" Not sure I could sit through the film.
Anais came home very happy, firstly it was netball practise after school today, secondly there is a possible day trip to France later in the year and thirdly her school is closed on Wednesday due to industrial action.
Mark did more wallpaper stripping on the other half of Anais' bedroom when he finished work. Had we known we were going to start Anais bedroom so soon he could have booked today off. Unfortunately, he had already arranged for his last day to be booked off next week, grrrrrrrr.
I found some loom flowers I had forgotton about so I sewed them onto baskets in the conservatory. Roman has become attached to this Lego construction man who he has named Emmett after the construction worker in the Lego Movie.
We were up very early this morning loading Cassie, Mark took Anais' old wardrobe and laminate floor to the tip for when it opened at 8am, I stayed at home and made him a sausage sandwich for when he got back.
Lots and lots done today......... papering.......painting...........floor laying............furniture assembling..............one half of Anais' bedroom done and put back together. We can concentrate on the other half now over the following week.
Chest of drawers and wardrobe assembled. Mark had to cut the lip off each piece of furniture so they fit exactly, its like they were made for the room.
I love wood, it is so tactile and warming and homely.
It has almost been like travelling back through a time machine unpeeling all of the layers of wallpaper. When we moved in (almost 14 years ago to the day) the room was painted half orange and blue. We painted over that with yellow and purple, moved a sofa bed in there and computer desk and made it a study to house the huge desktop computer and separate scanner and printer. Lucy our cat used it as her room attacking the printer at every opportunity she could! Shortly after that we turned it into a single bedroom and knocked a cupboard down to turn the stair box into a bed, at this point the room was cream and red wallpapered to make it grown up and inviting. When Anais occupied the room aged two, we painted over the wallpaper with yellow and pink paint and did a stencilled pink paint border and Disney Princess border. Then, over the years it has been painted various shades of pink with various other border's, this time Anais said "NO MORE PINK!" So we left the colours and paper for her to choose.
It has brought back lots of memories unpeeling all of the layer's and remembering the room when we moved in, pre kids, Anais' room growing up and now Anais' grown up bedroom all of her choosing (and not a drop of pink paint in sight!)
We didn't pick Anais and Roman up today until half past one as being busy the morning just ran away with us.
When we got home Mark and Roman planted the seeds they brought on Friday. Roman wanted to have a go at growing something.
This afternoon Anais and Roman did their homework and then played on the x-box.
All of the things from Anais' bedroom have been dumped on the landing and in Roman's bedroom until her bedroom is straight. This evening she sorted all of her earrings out and we were surprised to see how many she had in various places.......... not one lost either!
No reading done today so I am shortly off to bed to read my Kobo xx
I am Michelle (41), mum to Anais (17) and Roman (12), been married to Mark (45) for 17 years, stay at home mum.
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