Special breakfast, social, and winners!

1) We had “special breakfast” this morning for the first time in ages. A veritable feast of freshly-cooked hot waffles, crispy bacon, and maple syrup. The perfect start to the day!

2) An afternoon with the youth group… making pizzas, and then playing games – remember the “chocolate game”? Roll a six, dress up in scarf, hat and gloves, then use a knife and fork to cut a bar of chocolate and eat it square by square…  That one. And many more :-). Awesome fun.

3) The team from 1st Polmont Boy’s Brigade won the Falkirk and District Battalion Junior Section Spiritual Trophy this afternoon…  my boy was part of that team. I’m a very proud mum today 🙂 .

IMG_1905Aidan and the trophy!

An upside-down weekend.

With A away for the weekend, we wanted to spoil M a little – she was missing her big brother a lot 🙁 .

1) We made doughnuts for breakfast on Saturday, using my Nana’s recipe. They tasted as good as I remembered them tasting, even though we didn’t have a silver thimble to make the hole in the middle, and had to use a tiny cookie cutter instead.

In the evening, we went out for dinner, and then a walk along the canal. It was all very grown up, even if M did forget to bring her coat – she looked very cute dancing along in Daddy’s fleece though!

2) During the day, M helped me make Lemon Drizzle cake and Malteser slice, for church youth group on Sunday. We had a beautiful walk at Plean Country Park too – the rhodedendrons were blooming, and were glorious.

3) At Youth group this morning, we had a visit from a couple who spent 17 years living and working with a tribe living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. During that time they translated the New Testament into the local language – quite a feat, considering the language had never been written down before!  It was an absolutely fascinating talk – I could have listened to their stories for hours!

4) A arrived home mid-afternoon, having had a wonderful time at camp. My brother came over, and we took advantage of the lovely weather and had a barbeque for dinner. Two tired children are now in bed 🙂 .

Breakfast, blue sky, and thank you.

1) We had porridge for breakfast this morning and A remarked that it was much creamier than usual. I don’t know why this should be as I followed the recipe we normally use, but it vanished pretty quickly, so I’m certainly not complaining!

2) As we walked home through the rain we discussed a certain patch of blue sky, and wondered if it was heading our way.  It did indeed, and by the time we reached home it had stopped raining and the sun had come out.

3) To receive a lovely text message, and to know that my gifts had been appreciated 🙂 .

A fun weekend.

We had a lovely weekend – mostly fairly relaxed, but with a dose of fun halfway through 🙂 .

1) I went to a Women’s breakfast meeting on Saturday morning, which was a lovely way to start the day. I was especially amused when the hostess described part of the breakfast: “It’s pancakes, bacon and maple syrup – apparently some people actually like it.”.

2) Grown-up dinner for eight – largely uninterrupted by small children 🙂 .

3) M realised that she could, in fact, remember how to ride her bicycle.

Breakfast, present, and frogging.

1) As a treat, we decided to meet for breakfast, rather than coffee. Freshly scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast. Good friend, good food, good start to the day.

2) My Dad had requested a very specific present for his birthday. I went shopping today, and found precisely what I was looking for 🙂 . So nice to just walk in to the shop, find the ideal gift, and walk out again.

3) Last night, I frogged the cardi I’d started knitting for M. The edge just didn’t look right and I wasn’t at all happy with it. I spent some time on the internet figuring out how to get the edge right, practised it, and then pulled the whole thing off the needles, and rewound my yarn.

Today, I cast-on again and began to knit. This time the edge is looking lovely – I’m much happier now 🙂 .

From the weekend…

1) Daytime Saturday was one of those quieter days – we mostly stayed home, tidied up, talked, defrosted the freezer, did laundry, sorted through piles of mail. Nothing very exciting, but all contributing to make life a little smoother for the next few weeks. It felt good.

2) We went over to my parent’s for a curry on Saturday evening. A relaxed way to spend an evening 🙂 .

3) Mothering Sunday began with cinnamon toast, made by the children, for both me and my Mum 🙂 . Flowers, chocolates, bubbly, an afternoon nap, a delicious meal, and perfectly behaved children (mostly!).  It was a pretty good way to spend a Sunday!

Breakfast, teamwork, and zumba.

1) Tea and toast (and fruit juice). One of the best starts to the day 🙂 .

2) Both the kids wrapped up warm and went out to help K begin to shift the one cubic metre of play bark (delivered on Monday) from the front to the back garden. I made the dinner (and washed the dirty clothes afterwards!).

3) After weeks of not finding a time we were both available, my friend and I were both free the same week, and I gave in to persuasion and went to Zumba for the first time ever…  Twenty minutes in, I remember asking her how long the class lasted.  The answer was one hour.  Hmm.  The next time I looked at the clock however, it was thirty minutes later, and we were just about to start the cooling-off phase.  I found the class itself a lot of fun, and was pleasantly surprised by my aerobic fitness.  I have a feeling I’ll have a few achey muscles over the next couple of days though…

Holiday at home: a visit to the Science Centre.

1) We started our day with a favourite breakfast – boiled eggs, with toast soldiers to dip 🙂 .

2) We spent most of today at the Sensations Science Centre, in Dundee.  It’s an excellent science centre – lots of hands-on activities, and demonstrations, pitched at varying levels so plenty there for adults and kids, all in one big open-plan room, so we could all wander around to our heart’s content, without feeling too worried about losing each other.

2b) K and I played each other at “Mind Ball” – we both wore a head band with electrodes strapped to it.  The person who was the most relaxed pushed the ball towards the other opponent’s end.  K won – hmmm.

3) After the kids were asleep, K and I got out one of our Christmas presents from last year – the ingredients for making our own Fudge Kitchen fudge.  After some discussion, we made chocolate fudge with pistachios…  I love the green flecks against the dark brown chocolate. I’m looking forward to eating some!

Holiday at home: a trip to the water park!

From Thursday:

1) Our day started with “special breakfast”. In this case it was freshly-made mini-doughnuts, with a choice of caramel sauce, chocolate sauce or maple syrup for dipping. Yum!

2) We proceeded to burn off those calories by spending the afternoon at The Time Capsule – an indoor waterpark.  Heaps of fun: flumes, water rides, wave machines, currents, slides, and a hot pool.

3) Finally, we had chicken and veggies cooked tempura-style for dinner – this was the first introduction the kids have had to tempura, and they both loved it!

Day out, perfect start, and planning.

1) The sun shone, the children played, we enjoyed a relaxed day with friends.  On the way home we stopped in at the cafe and had cupcakes for afternoon tea.

2) Breakfast this morning was perfectly poached eggs, on sourdough toast, topped with homemade hollandaise sauce and a sprinkling of freshly-ground black pepper.

3) I finally find a design for M’s birthday cake that both K and I like. Later, I order her main birthday present.  As her birthday isn’t for another two and a half weeks, I feel super-organised 🙂 .