Painting, Baking and More: A Perfect Weekend
We had such a fun (if exhausting) weekend. So I thought I’d share some highlights with you. It involved a bit of travel, a lot of baking and some mess. This is my favourite picture of the day. The girls made gingerbread men/Jabba the Hutt. But I’m getting ahead of myself. On Friday night I found out I had been located a last minute ticket to Blog Camp, a blogging conference organised by Tots100. So I ordered my train ticket and set off for Birmingham early on Saturday morning. I enjoyed it just as much as the blogging summit I went to a few weeks ago. I learned a lot, and added loads more to my to do list. I met some lovely lovely people, and loved having the time and headspace to just learn more about blogging. This event was free, thanks to the lovely sponsors The Wood Window Alliance. Their windows look just lovely, way nicer than our old uPVC ones!
The girls had fun with Ryan and his family and they came to get me from the station. Ava told me all about her plan for tomorrow. It involved having a ‘jam tart and gingerbread man party’ with my parents and sister Debbie. The fact that we didn’t have gingerbread men or jam tarts did not phase her. So I dutifully invited my parents and Debs over and collapsed on the sofa.
Sunday started somewhat earlier than I would have liked… about 6.45. The girls woke me up saying they had a problem. Ava had managed to wind up some of poor Thea’s hair in a walking dog toy. Ouch!Bless her she was really good, and Ava was more upset as she had caused it (though not on purpose luckily!) After they had calmed down they played really nicely in Thea’s bedroom, and then downstairs with the Lego for ages. Isn’t it amazing when they do that? I wish it happened more often!
Then I noticed that they had got the wrong nighties on. He he.
After breakfast Ryan got the paints out, and some bits of cardboard boxes, and showed them how to do Jackson Pollock-style splattering. They couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
Whilst they were busy getting messy, I made lunch and the dough for the jam tarts and gingerbread men so they could chill in the fridge. I often let the girls help me make the mixture when we bake, but I just couldn’t face it today. I am a bit of a control freak so I do find it quite difficult to let them ‘help’. It makes me realise how patient my mum was with us when we were kids.
We started off with the jam tarts.
We moved on to the gingerbread whilst they were in the oven. I made a recipe my mum used to make for us. The idea is that you make them by rolling balls and sausages, rather than cutting them out with cutters. The mix is very sticky, as I have a heavy hand when it comes to golden syrup, and Thea kept saying she wanted more play dough. I made the one lying down across the top and the one on the right, to show them how to do it. Thea said, “I made Auntie Debbie.” I asked which one, and she replied, “The one that has no mouth or legs.” So I think it’s the one in the bottom left (sorry Debs!)Their other gingerbread people were equally brilliant. From let to right, Ava made Grandpa (with a freaky pumpkin style face) and a pretty great cat. The top one is Thea’s frog. The one that looks a bit like an octopus is a person, and the ball in the middle is their bottom. I’m not sure what the other blobs are. I did find it very difficult not to laugh at their creativity. Grandma and Grandpa came round and I thought that since it was a party, I’d get the cake stand out.
My dad was very pleased with his gingerbread man, especially as it was much bigger than the rest.
The girls ran around in the garden whilst I made tea, and after much-needed baths and stories I think they went pretty much straight to sleep after such a busy day!
I hope you had equally fun times over the weekend? I love that we packed so much in, and the girls had a whale of a time. I really feel like we were making memories today.