Forgive me?!? 

Two babes…. 

This has brought quite a change to our lives…. A change that no one really can explain. The joys it has brought and the tears…. Life can be quite difficult. 

The sleepless nights that little miss has brought with her…. And the joy!!! 

Little miss is now one and our little lord is nearly three. All I can say is ‘it is worth it’. It is worth all the tantrums… Mine included, it’s worth all the tears… Mine included too! 

I haven’t posted in quite some time as to be honest it’s only now that I have been able to have the energy and the time to do so. I had been left with a query though… Now that my babes are older do I post about their little lives…. If I do am I not invading their privacy?! It’s a tricky one… But today that question was answered for me. Within a couple of hours this afternoon ‘outaboutmum’ was reborn. More on that subject will come soon…. Very soon I promise. I just wanted to say I’m back….. It’s been a while, but I’m here and won’t be going anywhere this time!!! 

Stop debating. Just be good.

My thoughts exactly. We all waste too much time thinking about solving everyone’s problems….. Which of we took a little more time to “just be good” there wouldn’t be so many problems!!

Alpine Mummy

The other day I was sitting in a park, on my own, daydreaming. As you do.

Well, no, not really as I do. Having three kids and a job and all (did I ever mention that?!), I find little time to sit daydreaming in the sun, with a good book and a coffee in my hand. But it was lunchtime on a workday, the kids were miles away, and I had managed to sneak out of the office for a whole hour, to sit in the sun with a good book and a coffee in my hand. Luxury.

Ray of light

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Clean up or not clean up?

Everyday living with a 19month old and a BIG chocolate labrador I am faced with the decision to disrupt their play and tidy up or to just let things be. The room they are in can usually be found very easily with the trail of destruction they have left ….. It’s like a little treasure trail.
The treasure at the end being my two beautiful boys.

As I am writing this I am looking at one of those trails…

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Just as i take a little sigh as to the thought of more tidying up… I look further into the room and discover really things aren’t that bad…. Both boys are happy and content…

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And really what’s more important, me having a tidy and organised house at this present moment or me having a happy and peaceful house?

I choose the later, however many perhaps wouldn’t but to me my house comes second…. Well maybe third, or fourth! Lol

I think you get the gist!

( I will now finish my peppermint tea and start to tidy )

Easter

So this eater brought masses pain masses of chocolate into my house, so much so I decided enough was enough and some baking needed to be done!!
We decided to melt down the chocolate eggs and bake chocolate cupcakes and some good old fashioned chocolate crispy buns. We went to our local bargain shop and bought some fluffy chicks, to add to our masterpieces! My little lord devoured two…. He is a one in each hand kinda guy!!

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We decided to use Peter Rabbit cupcake cases and figures for our chocolate cupcakes…. Which turned out extremely yummy indeed.

The recipe is as follows…

8oz self raising flour
8oz caster sugar
8oz stork baking marg
4 organic eggs
2 tbspns of coco powder mixed with one of hot water.

You could bung everything into one big mix, however I tend to mix butter and sugar and then gradually add my eggs and flour alternating between them. The coco mixture I added last.

This quantity made 16 medium cupcakes and a small cake ( I hate leaving left overs…. My husbands work approved ).

I baked these in a fan assisted oven for 25 mins and cooled them on a wire rake.

For the icing I used the melted chocolate eggs… Two medium eggs melted VERY slowly over a pan of steaming water ( not boiling ). I meanwhile beat

3 oz of butter
6oz of icing sugar.

A little truck is to beat the butter first until into a paste and then gradually add the icing sugar….. This creates a smaller cloud of icing sugar than if you beat them both together initially.

I added the smooth cooled melted chocolate. If you think the icing is still a little thick add a tough of milk, though mix everything well in your mixer.

The finished products were devoured quickly by my own little chocoholic…. Who I can safely say had a lovely Easter!!!

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It’s been a while

So it really has been a while…. And I hope you will forgive me for my absence. With baby two now on the way and a really not so nice bout of sickness and nausea at the start, I am now starting to feel more like myself. However it has been hard!

I am so blessed to be preggers again and I feel so happy about the situation, however this is now….. A couple of months ago was a different story. Well that’s not entirely true…. I still felt blessed and was very happy, though along with that came extremes …. Nausea ( all the time ), vomiting uncontrollably about two/ three times a week, tiredness so bad I could have slept at any time of day.

Yeah I know what some of you are thinking….. You did it! Yes I did…. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. But the second pregnancy when you have a one year old who needs mummy’s full attention is much harder than I had ever expected!!

However now that I am (hopefully) over this first little hurdle I can start to enjoy myself again. I hate these people that moan through pregnancy…. So I promise my little bit of moaning is well and truly over. It’s all good from now on….. Promise!

This morning when daddy was tending to our unruly garden for the first time this year, I tended to our gorgeous little man and some cleaning at the same time….

Here is little man’s Sunday morning masterpiece ( with a little help from mummy )

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…. Here is poor daddy still working hard!!

Creation station experience

My lovely friend booked my son and her daughter into a Creation Station session for Christmas. I had never heard of this new phenomena, but I do now!!

We had to be there for 10.30 the kids were then stripped down to bare feet and bundled into a very fetching all in one creation station suit.

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The girl organising the event opened up a discovery bag (a huge furry blanket filled with noisy feely things ). Of course no fear in my monkey he was head first into the pile of new toys!

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In this pile was their first experiment … And experiment is the true word. They had to pick a Christmas stencil and then the Creation Station leader attached it to a piece of paper. We then all retreated to the front of the building for the messy paint brush experience. They had a ball and so did the mums!! My little man was more interested in painting his toes green than his king stencil. However we got there in the end, with a lot of crawling, walking, and a little temper tantrum throwing as mummy wanted him to sit!!

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We then had the best time every when our feet were actually painted to make our very own “mistle toes”. Which granny very kindly decorated, while I watched to terrible pair while the ate their snack which was provided by creation station.

What an enjoyable but hectic session at Creation Station. I would definitely encourage anyone to go if they get a chance. My little man and his wee friend enjoyed it immensely and have evidence to prove it! Lol

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A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa

Fabulous and oh so true

The Ugly Volvo

Dear Santa,

 I am a ten-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my “Christmas List” to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want.  I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

And I know you’re ready to make the joke about ten month-old babies and how all we want is the wrapping paper and the boxes.  Touché, SantaTouché.   We do, of course, want those things.  But I have a number of additional things I want very badly.

My list is enclosed below.  Have a lovely holiday.

-Ten Month-Old Baby

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A Comprehensive List of The Things I Want For Christmas:

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1.) This Laptop Cord

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I want this laptop cord more than I have ever wanted anything.   Please.  I also want the power strip with…

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Good morning

When you wake to hear the wind howling outside your window, and the sound of your baby in the monitor, it’s a roll over, covers over head moment.

However this morning wasn’t that bad…. Cuddles, giggles, tickles and kisses. Don’t you just love these mornings!!

And it was only eight o’clock …. So we have had a lie in!!!! Fabulous.

Please excuse the early morning picture of myself, but I just wanted to show you all how fun early windy cold mornings can be….

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Christmas has arrived

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Last year our little man was only a couple of months old so he was oblivious to Christmas and everything that came with it. However this year it is very very different.

Every day he comes down the stairs with me for his bottle and mummy cuddle and looks at our tree like he has seen it for the first time.

We decided to put our tree up early so he could fully experience the excitement of the lights etc.

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His first introduction was met with a lot of ohhs and aghs!!

Then he decided to give it a kick just to check it didn’t move…

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Christmas is going to be fun in our house…. The tree has been tugged, kicked and pulled over and it has only been up a week!!

But our little tree is loved by all!! And it’s Christmas is going to be fun packed living in our house along with our little man!!

Sinterklaas

Love this recipe, something me and my monster will be trying out.

Details, naturally

 

I am not good at blogging. A good blogger starts talking about Thanksgiving a month before Thanksgiving, a good blogger posts recipes for Easter a week before Easter, so that people can actually use the recipe, a good bloggerbakes Christmas cookies in November.. I am not a good blogger.

Two days ago Holland celebrated Sinterklaas; this is my (late) post about it. It is my favorite time of the year, but also the most hectic. So many things happen and so many things have to be arranged that the Internet passes on the background of life. Roberto and I celebrated it on Monday, because Sinterklaas had a heavy gift for me (geez, I still can’t believe what I got!!), and couldn’t travel around the Netherlands with it, so he decided to stop early at my place. We lit candles, sang songs, ate chocolate and pepernoten and unwrapped presents. Such a…

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