I’m fairly sure i came close to a frozen heart at HESFES last year. I’m taking no chances, the pj top is done. Seriously considering going at getting some thermals and cutting boobs slits in them for nightfeeds! Just got to do the trousers tomorrow and then i’m done an entire day early 😀 Very glad i made the girls ones last year because the sewing instructions for these were ridiculously complex, so i abandoned them in favour of the simple method the girls ones were done by. It worked. Still not convinced by the one-inside-out-one-outside-out-one-inside-the-other-close-your-eyes-and-sew trouser bottom method though, i swear it requires divine interference but we’ll see if i manage t do it again.
Today was an entirely enjoyable exercise in just being. TT is coming Thursday this week so i can pack and leave for The Portico without screaming at people, so today was very quiet and nice and i must admit i enjoyed having my house and my children to myself.
Started off with processing (its my process!) the 4 loads of washing which have managed to appear since Thursday (not including the nappy wash.. .WFT?) and doing a quick bit of this and that. Ammi was happily knee deep in Happy Street and Fran was sewing a panel for her money box, she’s completed 4 now and i’ve stitched them into the “net” version of a cube which i am hoping will inspire her into some geometry 😉 Then Kate arrived and rather fabulously started to paint a MuddlePuddle flag for the tent – she is a great, freestyle painter and the two girls just sat mesmerised by what she was doing. Its half done and its fab.
After that we decided to launch ourselves at the reorganisation of the girls’ room, thanks to 2 sets of drawers that we swapped our tent for with Tammy and Co. We pretty much worked at that all day, pruning, cleaning, thinking through how things worked best, while the girls played, stitched etc At one point a local HEer arrived for a bead hit 😀 and Fran and L played for a while. And quite hit it off i think.
Toddled off to get Maddy, who had had a stressy day at nursery and had been communicating in grunts, plus had had a fight with her friend. Ho hum. Turns out, on slightly closer testing and discussion that she can’t hear anything 😀 – apparently her ears have gone quiet but she didn’t tell me because she thought i wouldn’t be able to hear her! Its been like it for a couple of weeks…. and i thought she was just not paying attention 😀 Ooops. 😀 Better keep and eye on that.
She and i played with some reading flashcards for a while, going through and looking at words; then i was holding them up for her to look at the word on the back, the non-picture side and was awestruck to have her read about 10 words back to me… till she cracked up and admitted she could see the picture through the card!!!!! Ah well.
I had a huge pile of parcels to do so they all curled up with flat tesselating shapes to play with, some geometric solids which fascinated Maddy, plus Mary Poppins and some biscuits. Fran and Maddy were deeply chuffed with some Puzzle books i got them from Usborne and Ammi played with her birthday pressie from Sam, a Barrel of Monkeys a la Toy Story. In fact, when i went to tuck Fran up, she was lying in bed reading the Puzzle World book, with some difficulty admittedly, but its the first time i’ve ever seen her do that rather than play with the others.
We’ve carried on reorganising upstairs and i now have stock cupboards and a desk in the littlest room for my business stuff, looks very good and its all helpfully practical too. No spending recession here yet, long may it last. Anyone want beads delivered to HESFES? 😉
Totally nobbed off with Hope, who delivered my parcel today without half the items as they’ve been discontinued, not that they bothered to mention that in advance – threads and plastic canvas but no needles or binca. Grrrrr……. may have to take a trip out tomorrow now – i’ll bring what i have to HESFES anyway. And i have a small heap of new itrems for BM – finally persuaded the suppliers to order in some non-standard UK things, hoping this is agood sign for the future but i had to order in bulk – so i have 100 small maxi squares plus 300 bead packs of the 3 maxi mixes too – should be good for ebay and little starter kits i hope but a bit scary to have to buy in those quantities. Still, its good to be branching out. Going to have to rehash finances tomorrow though as i hold quite a bitm ore stock now.
Hmmm.. so much for a quick blog.