Wednesday, 28 December 2011

.......well that was quite a Christmas

Well After seeing father Christmas at his grotto in New york at the Bluewater shopping centre, Madison was uncontrollably excited everyday she would ask if she could hang up her stocking.
I too was extremely excited just seeing how excited Madison was and how much magic it brought to everyone around her was Christmas on it's own.

well after a couple of days preparing the house cleaning and making some more room for those all important new presents that would be arriving. we had a very festive couple of days which included watching those all important Christmasy films one of which I have introduced Madison too from my own childhood Santa Claus. Madison thoroughly enjoyed watching it along with ELF, The Snowman and the polar express.
which encouraged some questions from Madison "How will Santa get down our chimney?" to which my response was "Magic". Madison then pondered for a moment while the information digested its self and then said "OK and then proceeded to wink and tap her nose saying it's Santa's secret". well I did chuckle but she made her own mind up that Santa's magic was a secret.

We also managed to include some home baking which me and both my little ones really enjoyed Jasper mainly the sensory side of it, and Madison well she loves getting creative as much as I do and the rewards that can be eaten are the best, and of course the mince pies that were created were delicious and one very special one was elected to be father Christmas's snack .                                            

                      Well as much as I love baking as a family I also enjoy creating lovely things for my family on my own and this Christmas I made them a Chocolate Yule Log following a recipe from Kirsty Allsopes Homemade Christmas but changed the icing to suit my family's taste buds. I also spent ages making edible decorations but the finished result was well worth it. even though every now and then I would have a little hand stealing and running off with one of my holly leaves but hey that's a part of the Christmas fun.  And needless to say the whole thing disappeared Christmas day!!.  

my personal Christmas achievement.
Well Christmas eve was a whirlwind of "whens he coming mummy?"   "is it time for bed yet" and lots of coughs and sneezes from Madison as she had come down with a horrid cold and fluctuating temperature so bless her Calpol was a must, never less Madison was extremely excited, we were too for her but also being that it was Jasper's first Christmas made it even more special but finally the time had come for bed. Jasper had already gone down for the night totally bemused by the huge sock ( stocking ) hanging from his door handle which he found quite tasty.
After much deliberation between milk or blackcurrant drinks for Santa she finally decided on Milk, the home made mince pie and 2 carrots one for Rudolph and one for comet which she placed right in front of the fire place but quickly changed her mind as "Santa may step on it". Oh and she had to place her stocking by the fire also so Santa would not forget. I love the way in which her mind works she is just to clever even with a cold.
HE'S BEEN!!!!!!
Is what we were woken with at 6:00am and a full stocking in hand before she quickly jumped up on to the bed and proceeded to open all the goodies that had been left. It was absolutely magical being it was just us awake in the house as Jasper was still snoozing. " I can't believe it he's been" was all she kept saying.
After she had opened her stocking and mummy and daddy had opened theirs too ( big kids at heart). Madison had decided that 6:30am was long enough for Jasper to sleep and proceeded to gently wake him up by whispering "Santa's been) then once he was awake proceeded to inspect the snack plate which to her delight was empty. And well the rest is self explanatory really if you have children an explosion of wrapping paper and boxes soon covered our lounge floor. The most priceless moment was Madison's present to her little brother which she had picked out and made all by herself, and  from the reaction from Jasper I think he loves it equally Madison was as happy with Jasper's present a new outfit for her bear Annabel . I feel so blessed that Madison has such a loving nature towards her little brother and always puts him first even when present opening came she waited until Jasper had opened one and took it in turns.

Well Christmas day we spent at home and had my mum, dad and brother up for Christmas lunch which was cooked by me and Joe and went smoothly i might like to add makes a change from the normal chaos which is normally my kitchen.

Court Lodge
Court Lodge 16th Century farm house .

We also saw lots of family over the bank holiday but did not venture to far as Madison was still quite unwell so a couple of cuddled up days down at court lodge with Auntie Den and Uncle John were a welcomed break from home. And not forgetting playing with her elder cousin Molly whom she adores. And Jasper well he loves all the attention fluttering his eyes and beaming a smile for a cuddle.

As New Year is looming we take the time to reflect on the year that was 2011 and think about what we have achieved, done and what we would change. well for me there is nothing really I would change apart from loose a little weight but I think that is a general New Years resolution throughout the population. I have everything I could want or need so I'm just going to focus on what i have and enjoy my two growing special little guys while they are still little as time goes by to quick and I don't want to miss a thing.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year
and thank you for reading my mummy blog this year.

Love Crazy Daisy

Saturday, 3 December 2011

What A Crazy couple of Weeks ......

What a couple of weeks we have all had it has been a not stop ride.
Me and Jasper Started the week by making some lovely Christmas cards for his most treasured friend his big sister Madison, and his ever doting Daddy.
We have done two different designs for each,
Reindeer for Daddy  And a Angel for Madison

Both equally easy and fun to make for both mummy and baby!

For the reindeer you will need

Either A4 or A5 size piece of festive coloured card.
Brown Paint ( I mixed mine from green and red paint )
2 large paint brushes
PVA glue watered down
and red and gold glitter.

  1. Fold the card and depending on your child's foot size will determine the size of the card needed. I used A4 as that was the only card I had available in my art and craft draw. Remember to always interact with you baby through the activity as this will grab there attention and prepare them for participation.
  2. Mix up the brown paint and quickly heat in a microwave just so the chill is taken off. ( so this wont startle your little one when you come to paint there foot.) Always test the temperature first before you apply to your child's foot . then water down the PVA glue by adding warm water just enough so it is still gloppy but runny.
  3. Make sure you have to hand a towel, wipes or a bowl of water and a cloth. Then place your child either in a high chair, bumbo or even a bouncer so they can see what you are doing. By calmly taking to your child you will keep them relaxed and open for new experience's, you will then need to remove one of there socks. ( I played this little piggie before i started painting)
  4. After they are ready gently paint the foot brown and once it is all covered press it on to the card making sure the toes are at the top of the card to resemble fur. then clean and praise your child.
  5. Then using the warm watered down glue paint your child's hand and press it on to the card either side of the toes and repeat on the opposite side also. Now you have antlers.
  6. Now you are ready to add the touch of Christmas the glitter. I used gold glitter for the antlers but you can use any colour you wish. I gave my little one the quite chunky glitter pot to bash around on the card which did produce a lovely sprinkling of glitter and with a little more help we had enough so it resembled the antlers.
  7. Next was the reindeer's nose and we quickly established that he would be Rudolph we dipped a finger in to some of the glue and pressed it on to the reindeer's face and then as with the gold glitter we shook some red glitter on. Now the boring part waiting for it to dry.................
  8. Once dry shake the excess glitter off , draw on the eyes and mouth and now you have a perfect reindeer Christmas card.

For the Angel you will need

PVA Glue
Paint Brush
A piece of A4 or A5 festive coloured card
Silver, Gold or Iridescent (snow glitter available from most Art and craft shops I got mine from Early Learning Centre).
2 Feathers of the same colour.
 Paint for the Angels Face  and a colour of your choice for the hair.

  1. Follow step 1 from the reindeer card. Then add a very small amount of warm water to the PVA glue just to take the chill off and mix well.
  2.  Make sure you have to hand a towel, wipes or a bowl of water and a cloth. Then place your child either in a high chair, bumbo or even a bouncer so they can see what you are doing. By calmly taking to your child you will keep them relaxed and open for new experience's, you will then need to remove one of there socks. ( I played this little piggie before i started painting on the glue.
  3. The fun begins using a paint brush quite liberally paint your child's foot with the glue making sure to get the toes too.
  4. Then quickly press your child's foot on to the card with the toes at the bottom then clean your child's foot well.
  5. Now the sparkle for your Christmas Angel begins, using the glitter allow your child to shake the pot so as little or as much as they would like comes out and covers the Angel .
  6. Then using two feathers allow your child to place them on the angel they may need a little help if they are younger to get them on either side (wings) and allow to dry.
  7. Then using your paint for the Angels Face (I used a round painting sponge for Jasper as he is still very young) get them to paint a face on top of the Angels body and allow to dry. then add the hair Jasper used his fingers and created a fantastic do!
  8. Once all the paint has dried just add a face and then your Christmas Angel is done.

And when they get older they will love creating there own Christmas card designs using there imagination like Madison has for Daddy and Jasper which are both fantastic.

On the left we have an "Elf coming though Santa's Glittery workshop"
And on the Right " a snowman "  

Well the last couple of weeks have been a full on Christmas explosion in our house with window lights going up, trees being brought and decorated and presents starting to appear under the tree. I'm not to sure who is more excited me or Madison. Jasper is still a little young to understand what is really happening but he loves the lights and wrapping paper.

The Temptation for Madison to explore the presents under tree has not really amounted to anything as of yet, she is quite content knowing that there might be one or two for her. Not to sure how long this might last for but hey I used to have the expected feel of the presents under the tree and try and guess what they could be I was quite often wrong but still equally happy with the present I received , This is a great way to encourage your child's imagination skills to further develop and not to mention the sensory and vocabulary development that also comes with it.

Madison has been a very busy little girlie this last week as she and her little class mates had there first ever Christmas Nativity play so we have had lots of private singing shows at home prior there opening concert. We were a little sad that we could not take pictures of the concert as this is such a huge step in their development that I would have loved to of captured this but the school were fantastic and took loads of the dress rehearsal that parents were able to have.

The Nativity could not have gone any better and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended. When Madison and her fellow Reception friends took to the floor I must of had the hugest smile on my face bursting with pride. They were fantastic they all sung and danced perfectly and not forgetting how sweet they all looked dressed up as stars and wearing a hand made star hat.

Well I thought that would be enough excitement for one week for me until Yesterday whilst picking Madison up from school she shyly informed me that she had been playing hairdressers with a couple of girlie friends and had cut the part of her old fringe we have been growing out for months so we now have a chuck of hair that is a considerably shorter than the rest of her hair so back to square one again and using more clips to keep it from getting in her way.


I stupidly managed to lock us all out of our house yesterday so bless my two we were stranded - the only other person with a key to the house is Daddy who was out of the area on work so he could not get back to let us in. So with only a Jasper in his pushchair and Madison who had just finished school we had a lovely long trek to my mum and dads whom only live a short distance away and the only other place that has spares of the children's clothes, bottles, milk and nappies etc . So with a tired Madison and a Hungry Jasper we did the walk which took us over an hour we finally arrived at Nanny and Grandads. Madison looked at this as an adventure and was amazed by all the different lights that were up and twinkling away me I have now learnt to leave a spare with my neighbours to avoid this happening again.

A great start to another Christmasy filled week of parties, get together's and visits to see father Christmas.

Have a great week

Thanks for reading

Crazy Daisy Mum Of Two