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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Roasted sweet potato and butternut squash soup

I decided I hadn’t used sweet potato in any of my recipes for a while and as my little monster has started to eat again, I wanted to try and vary his diet as much as possible.

I am guilty of making some batches of food for him and repeating them over and over. However after his little hunger strike I thought variety was the key to keep him interested.

I decided to make a new recipe…. A variation of my lentil soup; sweet potato and butternut squash soup.

3 roasted sweet potatoes
1 chopped and peeled butternut squash
1 onion
1 leek
3 carrots
Ham stock

I roasted the sweet potatoes the night before while cooking our dinner. I just prick them and place them on a baking tray for 30 mins in 180 degree fan oven. Leave to cool and them squeeze out the flesh and cool before popping into fridge.

I chopped and peeled the butternut squash discarded any seeds and stringy fleshy part. I then peeled and chopped the carrots and sautéed everything in a large pan with butter for 15mins.

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I then added the onion and leek and sautéed for a further fifteen minutes.

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I finally added the stock and brought through the boil and simmered for 30 mins and blitzed with my trusty hand blender!!

And hey presto sweet potato and butternut squash soup!!

He loves it and so did everyone else…. A great family lunch or dinner. Packed full of vegetables and very tasty. You can adjust the seasoning once you have taken out the little person’s portions. I usually add more stock cubes however salt and pepper would just do the same job!!

Let me know what you think!!

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