Rollercoaster Mum: 2013


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Year in Pictures - Week 52

Well it's New Years Eve and time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the next one. It feels like weeks since I last posted but in reality it's only about 10 days. This month has been hard to find the time but I may, just may continue next year.

As for the last 10 days, it's been a bit more relaxed, although strange at times. We were very glad to have arranged to have Christmas at Grandma's when the power went off at 12.30am on Christmas Eve (just after I had wrapped the last pressie - phew) and according to our neighbours did not come back on until lunchtime on Boxing Day. Our thoughts were with our friends, neighbours and fellow villagers who found various ways to cook the turkey ranging from the BBQ to the woodburner with lots of community spirit. Since we came home it has mainly rained a lot and we have watched films and played games but we managed to escape on Sunday to the Enchanted Story Trail at RHS Wisley (on until 5th Jan if you want to go) and I got to play with my new camera (squeee - thank you Rollercoaster Dad!)

handmade natural Christmas wreath
On the Sunday before Christmas Bigger Miss and I took advantage of a break in the weather and went to gather moss and pine cones to make our own Christmas wreath

Christmas star on the tree
The star on top of the Christmas tree (always a star in our house not a fairy!)

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, Christmas Eve
Happy to be at Grandma's with heat and light - freshly bathed and stockings hung before bed.

Christmas presents
All dressed up for Christmas and happily opening all those presents!
fun on the playground
Boxing day trip to a really cool new playground near Grandma's

winter view of glasshouse RHS Wisley
My favourite picture from the trip to RHS Wisley - I plan to do a whole post in the next few days! 
Happy New Year - see you in 2014!

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Silent Sunday #MySundayPhoto

dress up as Mary


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Silent Sunday #MySundayPhoto

kids pop art Christmas card


Saturday, 21 December 2013

A Year in Pictures - Weeks 50 and 51

Hello blog - you still here?? Well it's hanging on in there but I am determined to finish my second Project 52 and although this is two weeks in one I will do it! I am back down to one job as of last Thursday, school has broken up and the whole family can breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to Christmas. It has been sooo busy and hectic and it has taken it's toll in various ways. I left you last time with a picture of Little Miss's birthday cake. Since then we have had her fabulous fairy party, school keyboard concerts, school Christmas shows, trips to the theatre, meals out, Christmas shopping, goodbyes to relatives off on long journeys, endless stuff going on at school, arguments, making up, playdates, parties - the list is endless and I think we are all looking forward to a quiet restful Christmas. I have taken a few pictures -  although not maybe as many as I could so here's a taste of the last couple of weeks...

fairy birthday queen
My beautiful Little Miss as the fairy queen at her fantabulous fairy birthday party at Fizzy Kids Fairy Castle in Farnborough. They did a fantastic job of making her feel really special and entertaining Little Miss and her friends.

fairy birthday cake
She loved sitting on her fairy throne at her party! 

Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer dress up
Little Miss being quite possibly the cutest Rudolf ever - all dressed up for her Rainbows Christmas party!

glittery letter from Santa
Letters from Santa arrived complete with glitter (thank you Keydells!)

afternoon tea treat
Very proud of Bigger Miss who got the Star Award for the most improved pupil in her year for the second time. This called for hot chocolate and cake with her best friend in a lovely local tea shop to celebrate.
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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Silent Sunday

Tinkerbell Secret of the Wings Birthday cake


Saturday, 7 December 2013

A Year in Pictures - Week 49

It feels like our feet have barely touched the ground this week. Working every day, school art galleries, Rainbow promises, infant Christmas songs, Castle games tournaments and we even squeezed in a trip to possibly the best Christmas garden centre shop ever to post our letters to Santa and get into the Christmas spirit. And now the birthday preparations have begun but you'll have to check back tomorrow for pictures of that fairy Birthday cake!

pop art printing demo
Bigger Miss demonstrating how to do Pop Art prints at their class 'Art Exhibition'

Andy Warhol pop art cans
One of the Pop Art exhibits a la Andy Warhol - they have had loads of fun studying this!

taking the Girl Guides Rainbow promise
Little Miss very proud after taking her Rainbow promise (at last)

sunset silhouettes
A sneaky sunset picture on the way back to school yet again to pick up Bigger Miss from netball.

Christmas Woodland Walk at Keydells
A trip to the wonderful Keydells garden centre to get us in the Christmas spirit and post our letters to Santa.
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Silent Sunday #MySundayPhoto

London Christmas lights


Saturday, 30 November 2013

A Year in Pictures - Week 48

A week of relentless routine as time rolls on faster and faster towards the dreaded Christmas ...... and as I posted late last week and a bit early this week really nothing noteworthy has happened other than a sneaky mums' night in at a friends (and even then I drove!)

The only pics I took all week were from a short walk in the woods last Sunday where the girls 'discovered' a new 'special place' - just right in their minds for building dens, climbing trees and general good old fashioned outdoor imaginative play. Not the best ones ever but it's all I have this week!

Bigger Miss was very pleased with herself to be able to climb a tree! 

Sisters celebrating their special place find whilst having a short rest on one of the 'sofas'!

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Year in Pictures - Week 47

The pace is gathering and the run up to Christmas and birthdays has been increasingly hectic with the school Christmas Fair this weekend and a trip to Southampton Art Gallery with Bigger Miss's class - hence this post is late and there is a distinct lack of blog love but I have taken a couple of pictures. 

making pop art printing
Making pop art portraits at Southampton Art Gallery on Bigger Miss' school trip - it was lots of fun! (I went along as a parent helper)

craft clay owl Christmas decoration and handmade Christmas mouse
We made some Christmas decorations for the competition at school (we didn't win but we'll enjoy them on our tree) Bigger Miss made the mouse at her sewing club and I got the idea for the clay owl from pagingfunmums - I thought they were fab and so easy!

hand knitted mini Christmas stockings and mini wooden snowmen
In an attempt to raise money to help get our allotments we had a stall at the school fair to with little wooden snowmen to decorate and handmade knitted stockings - we didn't make loads but it was fun.

Father Christmas' grotto
The school do a great Santa's Grotto and here are the two Misses entering the grotto! 

Fundraising idea - Pluck the Turkey
Saving the best 'til last - one very clever mum in our class decided we should so a 'Pluck the Turkey' game for out class stall. She made him out of spray foam, plastic bags, lots of spray paint and an old hot water bottle. The feathers were made by the class and they each had a mark on them and it depended on the mark you pulled out as to what prize you won. The kids loved it  - Bertha was very popular! 

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Silent Sunday #MySundayPhoto

pluck the turkey - #school fundraising


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Silent Sunday #MySundayPhoto

autum tree - Weald and Downland Open Air Museum


Saturday, 16 November 2013

A Year in Pictures - Week 46

Ahhh some crisp late autumn days with sunshine, the first frost and awesome sunsets have cheered me up over a sometimes tricky week.

The first few pics are from a lovely couple of hours that the girls and I spent at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum last Sunday using up a voucher that I had bought months ago with the intention of using it over the summer but somehow we never got round to going. It's been one of my favourite places since I was a child and I have visited it many times. I'm really looking forward to seeing the new BBC series 'Tudor Monastery Farm' which was filmed there in the summer and one day I will write a proper review - promise!

view of South Downs and Medieval thatch - Weald and Downland
Bigger Miss with lovely view of the South Downs and awesome thatch at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

running down hill - Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Racing down the hill at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

testing the outdoor facilities, Toll Cottage - Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Little Miss testing the  facilities at the Toll Cottage - Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

frost sparkle on parsnips
First frost

Red sky at night - sunset

Make a Wish - stirring the Christmas pud
The week ended with the stirring of the Christmas pud and making our wishes
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