Happy Home Edders


Moving house….
March 31, 2012, 2:38 pm
Filed under: explore, junk art, reading

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Sorry for the lack of posts. We moved house about a week ago and are still far from being settled! We also are still awaiting the holy internet to be set up, and posting from my phone isn’t great.

But what a busy week! The zoo, checking out our local library and storytime, a farm, shops, time with family, loads of time in our new garden (secured all the way around! No more escapees!), etc. We have also done a lot of art – castle making today’s main attraction.

Yellow also read her first word today- ASDA. My fabulous wife thinks a factoid like that might mean we are slightly trashy. She may be right.

Also, I think my little pal Orange may now be referred to as Red, as his favourite colour seems to have switched! New crocs are on the way in their respective favourite colours…..the boiling hot weather sort of demands kicky, bright, waterproof footwear.

ASDA, crocs, yes….we are a family of high aspirations. And proud of it!

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Saying goodbye to some favourite places…
March 16, 2012, 7:47 pm
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Chocolate bananas.
March 13, 2012, 1:30 pm
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When we feel like cooking and it isn’t time for a big meal, this is one of our favorite things to make.

We take one banana per person and place it on a baking tray. I then use a sharp knife to slice a ‘smile’ in the part facing up, removing that piece of skin. I then make on deep cut lengthwise.

Hand the kids some chocolate buttons to slide in the cut, stick in the oven for a bit, and enjoy the deliciousness!



The right tools for the job.
March 12, 2012, 7:52 pm
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Ah, tools. Such a good thing to explore, because you’ve got the tool itself – and the way it impacts on objects around it.

We spent a good chunk of time this morning playing with scissors (one pair dull, one sharp) and big, crumpled sheets of packing paper. Some paper wet, some dry.

Yesterday in a charity shop we saw an old fashioned sewing machine – wooden base, metal body. It ran by turning a crank on the side. I suspect Orange would have stayed with it all day.

And Yellow? Her most loved tools over the past month are those in her doctor bag. She’s got the mini plastic implements, but also real syringes and medication spoons. Hopefully my mom will be giving us a real stethoscope this summer (she’s a nurse).

We also like peelers (spent aaaages with apples after lunch. They each ate three!), tape, cardboard rolls, knives (making sandwiches, cutting food, etc)….just about anything, actually.

What are your favorite tools to explore?



Going it alone…together.
March 10, 2012, 2:14 pm
Filed under: adventure, family

A couple of days ago I took the kids to soft play on my own. If you don’t have twins, you may not get what a big deal this is.

When you have kids of different ages, one might be old enough to not be a constant danger to themselves….or one might be small enough that they are in a sling, or just sitting on the floor immobile and smiling. Twins are fantastic for a lot of reasons – as I type they are giving each other a huge hug – but they left me in a weird place from about 12 – 24 months.

The I-won’t-go-anywhere-on-my-own-without-a-reccy-first. While I am a laid back parent – letting my kids run, explore, and wander to their heart’s content – I did have some fairly strong opinions on what sort of places were suitable for toddler twins. Ones that were secure, in a manageable space, good visability, and okay for a disabled parent. Soft plays generally do not fall into any of those categories.

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But we decided to give it a try.

And while we had our share of mini-disasters, something really shone out: my kids look out for each other. Orange got his foot stuck in a cargo net he was crawling across. I heard a bit of crying and as I made my way over to the climbing frame, I heard another little voice pipe up.

‘I’ll save you, Orange! I’m coming. I’ll help you!!!’  And she did. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her, and by the time I’d crawled/climbed/cursed my way to them, he was free and she had her arms around him, kissing his cheek.

About an hour later, she went down a slide, got hurt, and then just froze. She was screaming for me. I was incredibly sore and knew it would take me ages to get to her. I looked at Orange in desperation and said, ‘Can you go help Yellow? Find her and help her come back out to me.’

He took off running, and I limped behind to yet again try to get access to them (no, we aren’t going on our own again any time soon! It’d be fine for an able bodied person, but I’ll give it another six months….).  I hauled my giant mama arse through the place, and I’d barely gotten in before I saw him holding her hand and pointing the way. She’d stopped crying, they stuck together, and he brought her right to me.

I love these kids.



Junk art! Helicopter obsession version.
March 5, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: junk art

My son, Orange, has a true obsession with helicopters. Maybe this foretells a career in the rescue services, maybe in a few months it’ll be pushed aside in favour of something else, but right now: ellyopters are All The Rage.

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This morning we are waiting in for someone to come fit some carpet, so I decided to work with the helicopter love and do a junk art project. We can find art in anything, folks. I put out boxes (after an initial struggle, made sure both boxes were the same), and my daughter Yellow declared she wanted to make a plane.

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What do you need? Any old box. Some paper scraps (ours were leftover from kite making last week!), tape, crayons. Easy peesy for even two and a half year old twins!

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The best bit is that each box was open on one end, so they were ideal for our ‘people’ (various plastic and wooden figures) to have plenty of rides. The lack of seatbelts makes it precarious for the passengers, but I don’t think any serious injuries were sustained.