This week I will eagerly be watching bakes-a-lot-lady's blog as she takes on the challenge of only eating cake for a full week! I LOVE baking and so this sounds like my perfect kind of week and I am looking forwards to trying some of the recipes. Good luck Bakes-a-lot-lady! Have a look yourself, here is the link:
Monday, 28 February 2011
So this week we have started the week off by looking at money. We are taking part in an NCT sale at the weekend and selling off toys and clothes that we have grown out of etc to raise money for our new tent. This seems like an ideal opportunity to teach the children a little more about money. I want them to help me write up the price labels, list what we are going to sell later in the week and hopefully a sales forecast so we now how much we could make from the sale, so I thought we would run through some maths work first. We started with our maths workbooks and then I printed some sheets with different money-related questions off. There were questions about ordering from a menu in a cafe and how much change they would receive from a five pound note or a ten pound note. For Ruben I printed off some pictures of coins, he recognised all of them from saving up his pocket money and then he had to work out what things he could buy from his smaller shopping list. Then we decided to get out the play till and make a little shop. They each got 5 toys and put price labels on each toy, I gave them each a bag of coins containing the same amount of money. We put the toys in the family room and set the till up on the little table.
So here our new look family room is. I haven't got any before shots sadly, which would have made much more sense. Anyway, this is my new display cabinet, it looks a bit sad and empty at the moment as we haven't filled it, don't think it will take long though. The idea is that we all get a shelf each to display things that we like or have made. My shelf though is simply to display my (growing) collection of china
This is a sofa which was upstairs in Bailey's room. Its very comfy and we all squash up to read on it.
All in all the grand cost of our redecorating? £40! Which was for paint and the white bookcase as all the other stuff we had in the garage or it was kindly given to us. Carole Smilie eat your heart out :-)
Well actually Sunday was a quietish day actually, considering the day before with trips to the library, Ikea and into town too. So we got up (quite early for a Sunday) all ready to have a really good walk in the forest, which I have been looking forwards to for ages but the weather was truly grim! So that shelved that plan. Instead we went to look for a new tent for the summer. We only started camping last year but we really LOVE it! We bought a tent in the sale which has been really good, especially given the price we paid for it. But we really need one a little bigger this year. When we got back Piper really wanted to make a start on her dough doll (I bought her this fantastic little book for 30p in the summer all about dough dolls and how to make them) So dad supervised the taking of the photo's and helped out.
The girls also made a very delicious chocolate cake with dad, which was a nice to change! I'm normally in charge of all things baking related but they managed without me, so I put my feet up with a cuppa instead. Unfortunately, daddy was far too busy supervising and missed an opportunity to take a picture of said cake! Which was a big shame as it looked beautiful, tasted divine and plus it looked superb on my new cake stand from Ikea!
Well last week passed in a bit of a haze! As it was school holidays here I was kept super busy by the kids who always meet up with their school-friends, so there were sleepovers, trips to the cinema (we went to see The Voyager of the Dawn Treader, which was a very good film and has ignited our love of the Narnia books again!) and general catch ups with friends we don't see as much as we'd like too. I was exhausted by Friday. We have been re-doing our dining room into a family room as we don't really use it as a formal dining room because we have a table in the kitchen. I will post pictures of the new room in my next blog post as I haven't taken a any photo's yet. So..... as we were doing our 'family room' up we needed a new bookcase, where best to have a trip out? IKEA!!! The kids love Ikea, I have no idea why but they love skipping around the living rooms they have set up and playing 'house' in the kitchen areas. There aren't many photo's as...well they just weren't still longer for my phone to take photo's!!
Monday, 21 February 2011
On Friday, we went to our first ever hom ed ice skating session. We were all very excited as we hadn't been in a while! It was a little stressful trying to get skates on three children and myself, especially as they were so excited!
Well we had plans for a carrot cake but he wanted to make cupcakes instead and as we have a house full as its the holidays and we have friends sleeping over and children sleeping out! So lots of extra mouths to feed and daddy too of course!
Piper's contribution to the group party was some scrummy oat and raisin cookies (again from the Humming Bird Baking Book).