Sunday, 13 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
Twenty two hours of baking. One incredibly messy kitchen. A broken, leaking dishwasher, water everywhere. Three very tired bakers
A few cock ups but by midnight we had a table choc-a-block with cakes and bakes and we're all ready for our Big Bake Sale tomorrow.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Poppy is holding a Wallace and Gromit Big Bake Sale on Saturday to raise money for children in hospitals and hospices. Today we started the mammoth task of baking enough goodies for everyone that's coming round. Poppy started with Rice Krispie cakes
moved on to Rustic Raspberry & Coconut Crunchies
before running off to Skype with her friend Rosie leaving Elisha and I to work our way through the mountain of ingredients......
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
If you're walking through Morrisons and you see a Santa dog coat, it's practically the law that you buy it, force the dog's legs into it, whether he wants to or not, and then spend the afternoon laughing at Santa Arthur running round the house. Just us then?!
Monday, 7 December 2015
Ruby had the day off work today and Elisha the day off college so they decided to go and see the latest Hunger Games film at the cinema. Poppy was distraught as she's too young to go with them. She complained about being home with me and got out her diary to rant! Right at that moment Santa decided to ring her to thank her for her letter to him. Poppy was so excited to actually be speaking to Father Christmas.
When she got off the phone an email came through to say Santa had also sent her a video message. She soon forgot all about the girls going out without her, instead she ran round the house screaming with excitement for the rest of the afternoon.
Monday, 30 November 2015
Poppy had her friend Gracie over today. After playing upstairs for a little while Poppy appeared in front of me saying in a deep voice, "Mum, I've had a gender change. I'm a boy called Hunter and this is my girlfriend, Gracie." Followed by Gracie filming her being a boy.......
The rest of the day was spent acting out and recording various scenes that they came up with including filming themselves eating lunch, singing and playing the blind challenge where they walked round the house pretending to be blind.
They made a video about Arthur's willy wobbling which they got told off for and instructed NOT to put on Youtube and this video about Arthur's bum which they did put on Youtube! I don't know who's the worst influence, I think they may be as bad as each other.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
I walked into the living room this morning to find Poppy swigging from a bottle of Baileys. When I asked what she was doing, in a more than slightly hysterical tone, Poppy said, "I'm just playing. I'm pretending it's Christmas." The bottle was an empty one I'd saved that she'd filled with lemonade. Somehow, and I've no idea how, she's come to associate Christmas with Baileys!
The rest of the day was fairly uneventful until we went to the Christmas lights switch on in Fareham.
Santa came on the stage and Poppy started to get cross saying it wasn't the real Santa as she could see his beard was fake and he had the wrong glasses on.
She was really pissed off and wanted to know why Santa would lie to us like this. I tried to explain about how busy the big man is and that he had to send out pretend Santas so he could get all his jobs done but she was livid and even booed him while he was on stage!
When the Christmas lights came on
followed by some fairly unimpressive fireworks this year, Poppy decided she'd had enough and asked to go home without so much as eating any candy floss or having a go on any of the rides or even getting a Santa balloon. I'm guessing this might be the last year she believes.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
The Christmas decorations went up today. Poppy and I were in charge of the tree and the lounge, the other kids did the rest of the house. ALL of the house! There's very little left that's not covered in Christmas tat. They started by covering the place in lights followed by the tat.
Poppy and I pottered away on the tree and tried to keep the tat to a minimum.
It continued in the hallway
(the boots aren't part of the decorations!)
Finally, eight hours later, we were all finished. The tree up and decorated
however, some Christmas crap crept into the lounge.
The rest of the house looked like an explosion. I even found the upstairs had been attacked too.
(Secretly, I love it!)
Thursday, 26 November 2015
Poppy and I made a start on the Christmas cards today. In the 'Art Attic' we surrounded ourselves with all our arts and crafts bits and bobs and got to work. I don't know what I was thinking but I let Poppy use the oil paints. It started out ok.....
but the mess began to increase. Poppy's hands were covered in it, going all over the cards she made
and her face was just as bad. When she got out the red glitter, put it on her card and then blew the excess all over me and all over the loft, I said it was time to call it a day.
But not before Poppy fashioned herself a Christmassy wig out of something she found in one of the art boxes.
After long showers each (which required a lot of scrubbing) we admired our handiwork......
Ripped and messy,
cute but covered in paint,
a penguin (would you believe?!) also covered in paint smudges
and a very messy Christmas tree. Next year we're buying our cards.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Elisha, Poppy and I visited The Lightbox in Woking today. We found out about its existence accidentally over the weekend when Googling something else but its current exhibitions convinced us to pay a visit. We arrived to a hall of sculptures, I love sculptures the kids don't.
We looked in the first gallery but none of us were too impressed with anything in there. Poppy mostly enjoyed looking at the prices of each piece and working out which was the most expensive in the room.
We moved on to the upstairs gallery finding a sea of hands on the way up.
We arrived at one of the exhibitions we had come to see ~ 'Bodies'. Poppy listened to the information about one of the artists and the collector
before we went in to see the pieces. Some were not obvious body forms
others were........Modern day art at its finest!
But the pieces we'd really come to see were breathtaking. By the artist, Aleah Chapin they looked so life like and showed a much needed side to the older female generation ~ beauty and poise
and the more serious mood.
Poppy came across a worksheet to attempt a body drawing herself and decided to try and recreate The Tempest
Poppy's Lady Boovs! The circles are quite distracting but I don't think she did too bad a job, especially the leg around the rock.
We moved on to beautiful body sculptures
and one of the few male forms which elicited an interesting comment from Poppy about how his willy was wrong as it was too long. Apparently her Daddy's doesn't look like that when he has a wee. Ooops!
The Bodies exhibition ended with this stunning piece which again, presented us with questions from Poppy......"Why has that lady got poo on her foofoo?" When I told it wasn't poo, but hair which grows when a young lady grows boobies she looked horrified and couldn't get out of there quick enough.
We went to the next gallery ~ the Quentin Blake exhibition. Unfortunately photographs aren't allowed in the exhibition so we had to make do with a few snaps of the work outside, inspired by Blake. Quentin Blake is the illustrator of many books by Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Michael Rosen to name but a few.
The exhibition was really good, we especially liked the video showing how Quentin works on his illustrations and the part showing how he created the illustrations for Michael Rosen's 'Sad Book'.
Poppy created a Quentin Blake inspired illustration of her own
and then we came home and did some art of our own; putting more paint on the walls.