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Siblings – September

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I am super late with my September siblings post. We’ve been settling in to a new routine this month with Elliot starting two additional morning sessions at a local preschool and Alexander and I are back in our routine of baby music classes.

Alexander has become very mobile over the past month so these two have been finding new ways of playing with each other and I’m loving watching their relationship change ever so slightly!

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See my other Siblings posts below, and check out this months linky on Dear Beautiful:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August

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Here be dinosaurs!

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(Excuse the slightly out of focus photo!)

Horray! We have reached the magical age of the dinosaurs in this house and I couldn’t be more excited. I LOVED dinosaurs as a child (except for one very vivid nightmare I can still recall) and I’ve been waiting and waiting for Elliot to get to the age where he “gets” them. Ladies and gentlemen, we are here.

We have visited the Natural History Museum in London a couple of weeks ago, and also went to Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park in Milton Keynes the same week. In addition to a pretty much constant addiction to Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures on Cbeebies, and a couple of book purchases, we are now all familiar with your run of the mill Stegosauruses, Diplodocuses, and Brontosauruses, and even the more exotic Archaeopteryx,
Minmi and Compsognathus. However, do let me introduce you to two dinosaurs you might not have heard of (in Elliot’s own words):

Dragonosaurus:
“He has spikes, and three horns like a triceratops. His face is very serious every week. He is the same colour as other dinosaurs. He has a long tail, that has six clubs on the end, one on top of the other, so he is very dangerous and you must be very careful Mummy. He can fly, and he makes fire from his mouth”

Leafasaurus:
“He has leaves and grass all over him. He has three horns. He is a leaf eater. And he has wheels like a car”

Love how excited he is about this new discovery! Long may it last (am already half planning a dinosaur themed birthday for the boys in December!)

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Today, captured

Yep, it’s been a quiet time round here recently. Somehow I’ve developed a list as long as my arm, or even longer, of “things that I must do” and I’m struggling to get through the writing of the list part let alone ticking anything off, but I just HAD to break my blogging silence to capture my lovely day today.

We’ve had a bumpy week with some very serious things going on in my extended family which has meant that it’s become very easy to just watch the days pass without creating any proper structure or capturing any little lovely moments with the boys. I think that may have made today even more special.

We took Elliot to see Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play this afternoon and he absolutely loved it. Watching his face as we told him where we were going and the delight during the play at everything going on was just amazing.

The play itself was brilliantly done – all using puppets, the puppeteers were fantastic. We had good seats about 5 rows from the front which made us feel really part of the action, and meant we were in the right place when several things floated down from the ceiling (leaves, bubbles, and snow!!!)

Elliot was really impressed, and kept saying that he was really excited. He actually did a little boogie in the aisle to the music before it started!

I love that he’s at the age when we can go to the theatre and it manages to capture his attention for the majority of the play. I’m also thankful that my parents could look after Alexander so it felt like a real treat for both of us to be able to just spend time with our eldest boy who is growing up all too fast at the moment.

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After the performance we met up with Alexander again and did some shopping. Elliot got new shoes (see? I told you he’s growing up too fast!) and we went for a coffee so Alexander could have some food.

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We then explored a toy shop and acquired an Octonauts Gup Launcher and some little whizzy Gups! After a snooze on the way home, Elliot and I played with them while Alex had his bath. They were a complete hit!

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Elliot declared “I’m soooo delighted!”, and “I’m so proud of myself” when he won the race, and “I like winning now Mummy”

Bedtime came round and after hearing him getting out of bed I went up and found him staring out of the window. As I took him back to his bed, he said “I’ve had a lovely day, I’m so excited about the next day, what are we going to do?”

We’d better rethink our plans (which currently consist of “take stuff to the rubbish dump”) then….

A fun day, which makes me really want to capture my amazing, intelligent, beautiful and quirky three-year-old.

Stay exactly as you are Elliot. I love you. You deserve many more days that make you delighted, and I’ll do my best to make sure you get them.

Xxx

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Siblings – August

A late one from me this month. It’s no excuse but to be perfectly honest time is just passing way too quickly at the moment and upon scanning over my photos of the month I realised I had no pictures of the boys together for the whole month. Rubbish.

So this evening during a little post-nursery/pre-bedtime play in the garden I snapped the boys in their playhouse.

The playhouse was put up last year and has been being enjoyed by Elliot ever since. In the last week or so Elliot has been asking Alexander to join him so we’ve been putting him in there too, before being asked by Elliot to get out. He’s enjoying showing his little brother what fun he gets up to in there.

We’ve put a desk in there that I made when I was at school, and an old rug makes a cosy floor. I also got some pockets from ikea to go on the wall for much needed storage, and some time ago my Dad (the boys’ Grampy) bought Elliot some led dragonfly lights which he likes to switch on and off.

I think they’ll have many years of happiness in their little house. It’s even been given it’s own number (55) by Elliot putting stickers on the door!

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See my other Siblings posts below, and check out this months linky on Dear Beautiful:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July

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Recipe – Chocolate and Banana muffins

A friend recently directed me to the My Lovely Little Lunchbox site – full of ideas for baby led weaning and feeding toddlers. I’ve had a good look round the site and found it so inspirational. Will be trying out the pea fritters for Alexander soon! I’d recommend it to anyone looking to vary their child’s diet (or indeed their own!)

Anyway, one day last week the boys and I had to stay in all morning to wait for a man to come and look at our fireplace, so to combat the boredom I thought we should do some baking. As well as making a couple of purées for Alexander, while the littlest one slept Elliot and I made the banana and chocolate muffins. These fit in well with my current attempts to reduce the amount of sugar in Elliot’s diet and increase the number of fruits he’ll eat. Currently bananas on their own are on the “NO” list, which is bizarre as he used to hoover them up a year or so ago! Kids eh?

Banana and Chocolate Muffins
Adapted from My Lovely Little Lunchbox (do go and check out the original too!)

We substituted rapeseed oil for the macadamia oil, and runny honey for the agave syrup.

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Makes 12

Ingredients:
3 bananas
2 eggs
3/4 cup of yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil – macadamia is suggested but we didn’t have any in, so used rapeseed. I guess olive would have been fine too.
1/2 cup agave syrup (we used honey!)
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 heaped tablespoons cocoa

Heat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Put muffin cases into a 12 hole muffin tin.

Mash bananas and mix in all wet ingredients, whisk until well combined.

Sift in all dry ingredients, mix well.

The recipe I followed suggested using the 1/4 cup measure to spoon the mix into the cases, and I have to say what a genius idea! Even with a three year old “helping” me, that made it really easy. One cupful in each case!

15-20 mins in the oven and you’ve got some lovely muffins. I think I’ll look out for some macadamia nut oil and agave syrup as it would be great to taste the original recipe also.

Perfect after lunch treat after a boring Friday morning :)