Alphabet Photography Project | Y is for..

Youngest

Y is forIt can’t be easy being the younger sibling to twins, but this boy does it well! He is cheeky, funny and stubborn. He has almost the exact same temperament as Jasmine and looks so much like Thomas. He is the youngest by 2 years, 2 months and 2 weeks!

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Project 365 (2014) Week 43

Week 43#292.. We had a lovely afternoon walk on Headley Heath today. We’ve not been for a few months now and it was really nice to be out there again enjoying the fresh air and freedom.

#293.. Normal Monday of forest school for J&T and a Richmond Park lunch and walk for me and Ben.

#294.. For reasons I’m not mentioning here I took the kids out for the afternoon. After a few minutes sitting in the car deciding where to go (I had just over £12 in my purse!) I looked at the price of the local bowling alley and our luck was in as it is half price on Tuesdays! We had a great game for just £12.27! It is the first time the kids have been to the bowling alley and they loved it and have already asked to go back!

#295.. We went to the Ecology Centre this afternoon to photograph “signs of Autumn.” T&J took their cameras and we photographed leaves, fungus, berries and more. I love this photo of them looking at the photos they’d taken.

#296.. At twins club this morning our friend showed Jasmine how to make a leaf bouquet. She was very proud of her finished bouquet and it has pride of place in a vase at home now.

#297.. We got the electronics sets out this afternoon. We did a couple of complex circuits together first then the kids did some of their own with bulbs and fans. They do enjoy using the electronics and have learnt so much just from playing with them.

#298.. On the eve of the clocks going back it seems only right to have a photo of a sleeping child.. I have been preparing them all week for the clocks changing and I’ve pushed bedtime back by 5/10 minutes a day. While it has meant they’ve been up till 8.30ish for the last couple of nights I am hoping I’ve done enough to possibly mean they won’t wake at silly o’clock tomorrow!

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Alphabet Photography Project | X is for …

Xerothermic

X is forIt’s been a hard one this week! X is possibly the hardest letter in the alphabet to find a word for, especially a word that corresponds to a photograph! The internet is full of amazing facts though and I now know several words beginning with X. There were only a couple I could use for this photography project though and Xerothermic had the best photo!

I am going with the most basic meaning of Xerothermic I found .. Dry and Hot. And what dryer or hotter place than a desert right? Gordon took this photo back in 2006 when he travelled for a few months. It is Kings Canyon in central Australia, where temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in the summer!

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Meal Planning Monday 20th October 2014

Our meals for this week:

Monday - Pasta Crumble

Tuesday - Quorn Korma, Rice, Naan

Wednesday – Eggy bread, quorn sausages, beans

Thursday – Pizza

Friday – Jacket potato, bean stew, cheese

Saturday - Bean stew, wedges

Sunday – Quorn & vegetable pie, veg, gravy

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Fresh air and freedom on Headley Heath

It has been a long time since we enjoyed a walk in the countryside.. far to long actually. So today we recified that and went out to Headley to enjoy the fresh air and freedom of the heath.

Headley 1We left it rather late to go out so we only had a couple of hours but we managed to fill the time well. It was so nice to see the kids running round and enjoying the freedom that the open space gives them. After a quick tree climb and a bit of leaf throwing they began following the “dinosaur prints” along the path (dinosaur prints drawn by Jasmine!)

Headley 2We had taken our pump rocket out with us so we were heading for a clear part of the heath to launch that. The kids chatted happily as we walked; Jasmine told us she could see evidence of rabbits and the boys hunted for a rabbit hole they’d found last time we were there (a few months ago!).

Once we reached the clearing Gordon set up the rocket while the kids played on a rotting branch that has been on the path for as long as we can remember. And then it was time to take turns to launch. We all had several go’s with it as it is such fun!

Headley 3After quite a long time launching the rocket (it is great fun!) we packed it away and continued our walk. We walked further down the field towards Aspen Pond. Just before the pond is a group of trees that Thomas normally climbs but today the kids all decided they wanted to do “time trails” instead. This consisted of them running 2 laps of a circuit – from me to a tree and back again – while Gordon timed them. I have no idea where this idea came from but they all enjoyed it!

Headley 4We didn’t stop at Aspen Pond today as we were running short of time and we wanted to get to the dens so the kids could play there for a while. On the way we found a very muddy puddle.. actually more of a bog than a puddle if I am honest! It provided a few seconds of entertainment for the boys!

Headley 5When we reached the den area Jasmine set to work building her own den and the boys helped a little and played a lot. The den building didn’t go very well as the design got a bit complicated when daddy joined in (!) but it was time to go anyway so we have agreed to go back very soon and try again, and stick to building a triangle framed den.

It was really nice to be back enjoying the countryside today and made me realise how much we’d all missed it. We will definitely be making more of an effort to get back out there soon.

Headley 6
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Project 365 (2014) Week 42

Week 42#285.. Making Superhero capes. Back when we started our Heroes project the kids asked if they could make their own superhero capes. I cut the material ages ago and sewed two of them up but only recently got round to sewing the third. Today we got the fabric crayons out and finished the capes off! The kids are thrilled!

#286.. Usual Monday activities today. I did get 90 minutes to myself today though as Gordon stayed at home with Ben while I took Jasmine and Thomas to forest school. I treated myself to lunch and hot chocolate in Pembroke Lodge! Back at home and feeling a little refreshed I cooked meadow pie for dinner.

#287.. We went to the WWF Living Planet Centre today for a “Tropical Chocolate” workshop. We learnt where chocolate comes from and thought about fair trade and package recycling. The kids got to make a crispie cake using cocoa powder, cocoa butter and a syrup that I can’t remember. It was great!

#288.. We had a busy day today. The kids started the day playing superheroes with their new capes, then we did some table time and everyone did some writing and maths. Thomas chose to write an acrostic poem. He did really well! This afternoon we went to a friends house to help with a building project and the kids got to help stuff straw into the walls and use the sander.

#289.. We all went to twins club this morning. The boys played outside and Jasmine did some painting. She painted fallen leaves white and stuck googly eyes on them to make leaf ghosts!

#290.. With the cooler weather often comes more indoor work in our house. All the kids have been asking to use Reading Eggs again recently and I thought I’d give Thomas a go at Reading Eggspress as he has finished all the levels at Reading Eggs and just needs to practice and build up his confidence now. Well, he loved it! So did I to be honest.. it is extremely interactive and I can see him having lots of fun on it. Jasmine loved watching him too and she really wants to move up now so hopefully it will spur her on as well!

#291.. another day of Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress. There was also a lot of train set/Imaginext/Playmobil play today. While the kids were occupied we finally got round to putting Ben’s new dinosaur bedding on his bed. He loves it!
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Alphabet Photography Project | W is for…

Walk

W is forWe love going on woodland walks and this was taken at Headley Heath, one of our most favourite places to visit. We can be out walking for anything from an hour to a whole afternoon and the kids will always find lots to explore and discover. It is a great way to relax and I often find that after we’ve been out everyone is much calmer. Nature does that.

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Meal Planning Monday 13th October 2014

A quick one today as I want an early night! Here is our meal plan for this week:

Monday – Meadow Pie

Tuesday – Chinese (home made) take away

Wednesday – Macaroni Cheese, garlic bread

Thursday – Eggy bread, beans, salad

Friday – Chilli Sausage Stew with crispy tortilla topping

Saturday - Fajitas

Sunday – Toad in the Hole

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