One square done today, only two left before joining begins.
Card making this evening................
I popped out this morning. When I got home I changed Anais and Roman's beds.
Eleven cards made this afternoon. All stamped inside too and I hate stamping as it involves cleaning them afterwards.
Anais went to drama club after school.
This evening was Anais' parents review - she did really, really well - WELL DONE ANAIS!
Hot cross buns this evening - warmed under the grill. Love the new oven - its clean and the smoke alarm never went off as it did with the last oven!
December 1st- we opened our Christmas calenders today!
Norad track Santa website is open too!
Today has gone so fast, shopping this morning for batteries for all of the Christmas toys.............
I finished all of our reindeer fingerprint Christmas cards................
Balancing on a chair I sellotaped all of the scratch art snowflakes Anais and Roman made yesterday onto the conservatory ceiling..............
Roman has had some very special Christmas cards made from school so he wrote those out (wait and see!). He also helped wrap the presents for his teachers.........
Anais was home very late as she went to clarinet choir.
Today I concentrated on changing beds, dusting and mopping floors, boring but after four weeks away there was dust everywhere so everywhere feels much fresher now.
Anais and Roman made some more cards each.........
Roman painted the wooden helicopter model he made in the caravan..............
..................and Anais painted the owl money box we bought from the car boot sale for 30p.
I replaced the pictures that were on the landing....................
.......................with the art work Anais and Roman did when we were on holiday in the caravan at Whitsun.
I think we need to clean our bedroom window, it would appear that while we were away a bird has flown straight into it! You can see the wing and body marks!
This evening we went to the cinema to see "How to train your dragon 2". Everybody absolutely LOVED it, best film we have seen in a long time!
Mark has now broken up from work, yay!!!!!!!!! He has tomorrow off after working away Sunday night and already booked off Thursday, Friday and all of next week.
Thank you Jenny for the pretty bag for my birthday, it had its first outing today (visit to the bank for the £91.67 from my old student account). Some interesting information on the tag -"The design has been inspired by the floral pattern wallpaper in the parlour at Carlyle's House, 24 Cheyne Row, London. The paper was put up in the early 1950's when the Queen Mother came to tea". I like flowers - they are cheerful :-)
It was raining when we got up so I have had to use the drier again. It has taken a while but all washing, drying and ironing is now DONE! A total of THIRTEEN loads (towels, bed linen, shower mat, internal shower mat, picnic rugs, clothes as I was unable to use the washing machine the past week due to bad weather). I was ironing when Mark left yesterday afternoon and I was ironing when Mark got back this afternoon too.
Anais made peppermint creams when she stayed at Caroline's house and she asked to make some when we got home. When we got back yesterday we popped to Asda for the ingredients, yesterday we made a cake, today we made the peppermint creams. We used this recipe and they were very nice - there would have been more mixture but they ate half of it as they went along making them! We will definitely be making them again, they would make nice presents in a pretty little box.
First we made the mixture, they shaped and imprinted them with a fork and then we put them in the fridge to set. We melted a bar of chocolate and they dipped the creams in the chocolate. Mark said that with the chocolate they tasted like a mint aero mmmmmm.
This afternoon I made cards with the crochet flowers I made when we were in the caravan. I only put "Happy Birthday" on the front of one of the cards so I can turn them into "Get Well" cards for example.
Anais saw me making cards and asked if she could have a go using the free gift we had from the craft show. Roman saw Anais making cards and he wanted to have a go too.
Last day of school today. This year school year has gone so fast, it only seems like yesterday it was Roman's first day back (me and Anais went to the cinema) and then Anais left year 6 (July 2013) and started on her first day at secondary school (September 2013) and was stressing she would get lost in the huge building.
Today - present's for Roman's teachers.
Today I made a crochet card...............
................and a chocolate loaf cake with an added twirl bar in.
Anais and Roman took their skateboards onto the drive trying to do tricks, Roman fell off.....................ouch!
Boring food shopping this morning.
I had another go at "champion a la grec" today but followed moms instructions to throw it all in the pot at the same time with the addition of paprika too. It's for lunch tomorrow so fingers crossed it is nice :-)
We had a National Trust magazine delivered this week and this recipe for "Chocolate Apple Sponge Cake" was in it - it looked delicious so thought I would try it. I found the recipe online too - here it is if anyone else wants to try it.
I melted a bar of dark chocolate for the top though instead of making butter cream icing. It went down very well - Roman had TWO pieces!
Today I also turned three of my silk painting pictures into cards.
The new shed was delivered this afternoon. When Mark finished work he dismantled the old shed, chopped two branches off the tree's at the back to make room for the new shed and cleared the ground ready to assemble the new shed tomorrow. He also started to stain the new shed in red cedar to match the summer house and log store but ran out of stain so first thing tomorrow is a trip to B&Q.
Anais was at school today but no lessons - she spent the day with the CBSO practising playing her violin with the school orchestra.
Today is my mom's 61st birthday!
I made a Victoria Sponge cake with strawberry buttercream icing from Asda. I used the new heart plunger cutter's I had for Mother's Day and used white icing to cut out little hearts which were then dusted with pink edible glitter, pretty!
Birthday cards we made, unfortunately Anais was a year out!
Birthday tea, party food...............
Roman's room is not finished yet, the window wall dried patchy so Mark gave it another coat of paint tonight. We just have to paint the shelf about the radiator and then it is all done.
Message for grandma and grandad - Anais said thanks for the code for the e-book, Mark downloaded "Hetty Feather" Jacqueline Wilson onto her Nook tonight for her to read x
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
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.
I am Michelle (41), mum to Anais (17) and Roman (12), been married to Mark (46) for 18 years, stay at home mum.
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