Siblings – September


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!

dear beautiful

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



Five years

Five years

Goodness, time has been playing speedy tricks again. We’ve been married five years today.

Lots has happened in the past five years, and this man has been with me, unfailingly by my side throughout the good and the not-so-good. I’m pretty sure it’s a good sign that my husband is still my very best friend. He’s successfully added “brilliant daddy” to his list of roles, as well as head chef and lately laundry monitor and chief bather-of-children.

Before I get all gooey on the blog and embarrass my future teenage sons, I’ll hand over to Noah and his Whale chum and let them take it from here…

Oh well, in five years time we could be walking round a zoo
With the sun shining down over me and you
And there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too
And I’ll put my hands over your eyes but you’ll peek through


Oh well, I look at you and say it’s the happiest that I’ve ever been
And I’ll say I no longer feel I have to be James Dean
And she’ll say, yeah well, I feel yeah pretty happy too
And I’m always pretty happy when I’m just kicking back with you


And it’ll be love, love, love all through our bodies
And love, love, love all through our minds
And it’ll be love, love, love all over her face
And love, love, love all over mine

Happy Anniversary Mr P
Five years hey?


lyrics by Noah and the Whale

Siblings – January


I’m joining in with a new linky project from the lovely Dear Beautiful this year, looking at siblings.

As you know my two only became siblings less than a month ago when Alexander was born on the 16th December, so we’re still very early in their relationship and to be honest both are largely still indifferent to each other!

However this month, Elliot has enjoyed telling people about his brother and recently when picking him up from nursery we’ve been told that Alexander has been a big topic of conversation for Elliot. He’s starting to be quite caring for his baby brother and it’s really sweet when he kisses him goodnight.

There’s been a few occasions then I’ve been asked to “put Alex down” and we’re still in a phase of needing mummy to do things like feeding Elliot his weetabix, which although annoying is totally understandable I think and hopefully something he’ll grow out of.

I’m really looking forward to watching these brothers get to know each other over the next year so this linky project couldn’t come at a better time for us!

Check out the other blogs linked up here

dear beautiful

Radio silence…

Apologies dear reader for the radio silence from this end. Things have been somewhat busy the last few weeks over here.

Normal order will be returned shortly. In the meantime I wanted to tell you about the BEST DAY EVER I had last Friday.

I don’t work on Fridays, and spend it instead looking after Elliot. Together we had great plans for last Friday and had invited an NCT friend (and his mummy) over for a day of gardening, baking and general merriment.

The boys absolutely loved the gardening – got really stuck in (literally) to planting seeds and watering. I had bought a watering can for Elliot the day before and I have to admit that it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever got for him. He loves it.


We planted sunflowers, pak choi, radishes, courgettes, butternut squash, onions, peas and salad leaves. (now it’s just up to mother nature to get them to grow, oh, and of course Elliot and his watering can!)

After a lovely lunch where both boys ate amazingly well, we made gingerbread men (recipe below) and they decorated with chocolate bits and raisins. Then they made cress heads. Elliot seemed very pleased with his!


After a well earned nap, we took the boys to Cogges Farm where they had one of their own gingerbread men, and then fed the goats, sheep, and chickens. They also FINALLY worked out how to go down the slide there on their own. Our little boy is growing up!

Anyway, if you’d like to taste some amazing gingerbread men (or men, rabbits and teddy bears as we made) then why not try this recipe:

350g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

125g butter (use the proper stuff rather than margarine!)

175g light soft brown sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

To make, firstly mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon in your trusty food processor. Add the butter and blend until mixed in, then add in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes (or the time it takes to make a cress head!)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Get out two baking trays (I guess you could line them but we didn’t!)

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Then invite your child to add raisins, chocolate buttons etc to decorate (honestly think more of these went into the child than onto the gingerbread men, but fun was had so that’s the main thing!)

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Ta da!



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