Celebrating The Small Things:Week Nine

This weeks ‘celebrating the small things’ is a bit about how I’ve been trying to think positively when things are not going the way you hoped. I am always a glass half full person and I wholeheartedly believe that thinking positively isn’t about expecting the best but accepting that whatever happens is the best thing for that moment in time.

A No No To Wheat For Frankie: We seemed to be spending a lot of time at St Thomas’s with Frankie this year in a bid to see if we can tick a few allergies off his huge list!
The other month we had a success with baked egg and I had high hopes for the wheat challenge but sadly it wasn’t to be. We had got right to the end of the five hour long test before he broke out in hives and was having itching in his throat and ears. We were both devastated as he had been sitting there all morning planning all the new foods he would be able to eat and this all came crashing down in one foul swoop!

On a positive note the reaction wasn’t as bad as it could have been and there is still good chance he could pass the challenge at a later date which we have everything crossed for.

And So Came The Snow: For me the attraction of snow is very short lived. Yes it looks very pretty and I love getting out to take photos in it, it is great fun to get the sledges out and bomb down the hills with the kids but it brings everything to a complete standstill, everything get cancelled and the kids eventually get bored of the whole thing!

I did however manage to embrace it as much as possible is as its such a rarety to get a few snow days in the UK. We went out and and enjoyed playing in the white stuff and then equally enjoyed getting back in to snuggle up with a hot chocolate.

Birthday Parties: Birthday parties when you have five children tend to take up a huge amount of the weekend, it is lovely for the kids but I often find myself thinking of the hundred and one ways I could be filling my day instead of being there though.

I have to say though this birthday party that was for Oscar’s best friend was an absolute delight.

None of the other children had really formed firm friendship groups whilst at nursery and would never really mention specific friends until primary school age. Oscar however is a different child althoghter and has a best friend that he speaks of very fondly and recalls their adventures at playgroup with such passion.

Its times like this the mum guilt kicks in for moaning about them having their own special times as they are such important experiences for them.

Making Sea Creatures 

Unusually we had a Sunday in this week so it was time to get the craft box out and start creating.  We’ve been so busy the past few months we’ve not had a lot of time to sit down and create someone more than just the normal finger painting that is always requested in this house.

Numbers four’s nursery are fantastic at encouraging parents to follow on the nursery topic at home with the children; and as sea creatures is being covered for the next few weeks we couldn’t wait to think of something to create.

First up was a crab that was super easy to make.  We took a paper bowl, painted it and left it until it was dry.

  
  
Once dry we added some wobbly eyes to the top of the bowl and cut three pipe cleaners in half and stuck to the underside of the bowl to make the legs.  Lastly we made the pincers for the front by again cutting a pipe clear in half and twisting a small section onto the top to make the pincer itself.

  
 
Next we started on our octopus.  Taking a toilet roll tube we cut eight tentacles by cutting about halfway up the tube and then curling up slightly to create the tentacle. 

 
  
Number four picked bright orange to paint him.  Again we left it to dry and then added some more wobbly eyes.  I finished him off by adding a sweet smile! 
 
I think this week we will have to go out and get some blue and green tissue paper to cut into strips and give them an ocean to play in.

Do you try to follow your little ones nursery theme at home?

My Captured Moment:My Handful Off To Nursery

I’ve not linked up to My Captured Moment with Heled at ‘Running In Lavender‘ for a few weeks now.  With all the children off on holidays I took a bit of a back seat and enjoyed some time with the family.

This was a special holiday as the new term was starting with number four’s first term at nursery.  It is now just me and the baby now and our mornings are now a lot quieter without this little guy around.
  

Just Me And Baby 

  
You would have thought that by child number four I should be hardened to that ‘first day’.  As today proved I’m clearly not!

It was number four’s first day at nursery and all of those mixed emotions came flooding through just as they had with the others, but with a few more thrown in.

Number four has without doubt been my most challanging child.  He is massively strong willed, extremely boisterous and is hugely outgoing.

This has driven me to the edge over the past three years yet I wouldn’t have him any other way.  I just worry now how his character is going to go down in a nursery environment.  Play areas and toddler groups have always been a challange for us and I would be on guard the whole time.  In a large nursery with lots of children I am worried he will realise he has a bit to much free reign as there are plenty more children that need to have an eye kept on them. 

There is also the worry that I’m not there to watch what he is eating and as he has not reached a level yet where he understands his allergies I am in a real panic that I am going to be getting ‘that’ phone call!

The upside to him getting some much needed structure to his day is that I get to have a few hours on my own with number five.  He is such a placid child that has really been a little pushed into the background being the last in a long line of little ones.  It’s his time now and I am going to make the most of trips to the park, toddler sessions and cuddles on the sofa with my little baby for those precious few hours of the day.

  
  

My Captured Moment:Savouring The Last Weeks At Home

This week we make the most of our passes and had a mid week trip to Chessington World Of Adventures.

I’m trying to savour the last few weeks I have with number four at home before he starts nursery in September.

He is defiantly the hardest of my children and to be honest a few hours a day at nursery with do us both the world of good, but I know I won’t get this time back so I want to make the most of this summer while I can.