Sunday, 4 December 2016

My 366 Project | Week #48

330.366 || Don't let the cute face fool you this is one clingy child at the moment. She's spending most of her time in the Ergo, even in the house, just so that I can get things done or play with Lyra.

331.366 || Twinkly lights and baby toes, something tells me this is going to be a special Christmas. Our first as a family of four, I'm so excited already.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Simple Toddler Made Christmas Cards | Something for the Weekend

It's been a few weeks since I last posted a Something for the Weekend but I'm back with three super easy, toddler friendly Christmas cards. Since Lyra was born I've loved sending handmade Christmas cards to our close family. This is the first year that Lyra has been able to really join in with the crafting though. Lyra is two and a half now but these crafts could easily be adapted to suit both younger and older children. So, here we are, three toddler Christmas card crafts.

Footprint Snowmen

I'm going to start with my favourite of the three, I mean look how cute these snowmen are! I love that I could include both girls' footprints on it and I'm really impressed with how it turned out. All you need to do is:
  1. Paint your child's foot white and then press it on to coloured card. Lyra stood and pushed her own foot down but it was easier with Athena (who's six months old) to have her sat on one of our laps and then for us to push the card on to her foot. 
  2. Next I cut out simple snowman accessory shapes such as hats, scarves and carrots. You could also cut out stick arms but since we had two 'snowmen' there wasn't room on ours.
  3. Let your toddler stick all of the shapes on. We used a glue stick and Lyra loved this bit!
  4. Finish it off by drawing on eyes, mouth and 'buttons' with a felt tip. If Lyra was a little older I would have let her do this bit but if I'm honest I'd grown too attached to the snowmen at this point to let her scribble all over them. And she would have scribbled for sure.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Athena | Six Months Old

The last update that I posted for Athena was when she was three months old and today she turns six months! I can't believe that it has already been six months, that we are already halfway through our first year with her. She's changed so much since her three month update that I could just go on and on but I'll try to keep this reasonably short.

Let's start with the tough one shall we? Sleep. Or the lack of it in our case. I hate comparing the girls but Lyra was such a good sleeper I think she lulled us into a false sense of security. I'm not even sure how many times Athena wakes in the night at the moment because we've been co sleeping with her for the last month and when I hear her wake and complain I nurse her. I've given up looking at the time or anything but I know she wakes most nights about four times. She will not go down to bed on her own so she stays downstairs with us until I go up to bed and then she's on our bed all night. It's really not ideal but it's currently the only way I'll get any sleep so I'm not too willing to risk jeopardising it.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My Family in November | Me and Mine

We have failed spectacularly this month with our family portraits. Despite us spending a weekend in the New Forest with family we didn't get a nice picture of the four of us. The weather is definitely getting worse and it's got to that time of year where it's really difficult to take photos indoors so our family pictures this month are of us out adventuring. The only problem is that when we're out and about Athena is wrapped up warm in the Ergo so every photo we've taken doesn't show her face! Like I said, a spectacular fail.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Avebury | Weekend Adventuring

We had such a long list of jobs to do this weekend but we couldn't let it pass without escaping for a little adventure. So on Sunday we headed to Avebury for a wander and to let Lyra run around and explore. It was so, so cold! Even if we didn't have to leave to crack on with errands we wouldn't have been able to stay out too long just due to the temperature. We are not prepared for winter adventuring and it certainly felt like winter had well and truly arrived so as soon as we got home we ordered a few more layers for the girls and I'm now on the lookout for some new warm gloves.

Despite the temperature the weather itself was lovely and Lyra loved running round. She insisted on touching every stone as we walked round which was really cute to see and she was excited to see all of the sheep. It was certainly obvious that we're in the middle of potty training as she is obsessed with poo and insisted on pointing out every sheep poo as we walked through the fields! Athena was bundled up warm in her Ergo with the winter cover and Matt's coat over her so I'm sure she had the best deal. She also slept most of the way round so I was extremely jealous.

One of my favourite parts of Avebury is this gorgeous tree, it has the most stunning roots and people leave little tokens tied to the branches. It is beautiful. Lyra loves trees at the best of times so we spent a long time climbing up and standing beneath it so she could really examine it.

So there we have it. A short little escape this week but we have some fun adventures coming up in the next few weeks. Matt filmed our mini adventure this weekend as usual and you can see more of the tree and Lyra's exploration in that.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

My 366 Project | Week #47

325.366 || A trip to Portland to visit family and these two stop to admire the view. How I wish we lived closer to the sea but at least all of the girls' grandparents do!

326.366 || My first time doing the bath and bedtime routine with both girls on my own! It went pretty well actually although I really don't have the patience for it so I think Matt's job is safe. I love Athena's face in this picture. She's like' umm, why are you pointing a camera at me whilst you read me a story?!'


Portraits of my Children | 48/52


This week's photo of Athena is my favourite photo of her ever! I thought I loved last weeks but this is even cuter, I mean look at that grin. I was taking some photos for her six month update since I've been really slacking with them and snapped this little gem. Also, six months! I cannot get my head around the fact she's been in our lives for six months already. Time is flying by.

Lyra's photo was taken yesterday during a trip to Avebury. Lyra has a thing for trees and this is a magnificent tree, this is just a small portion of it's roots that Lyra is sat amongst. It was bitterly cold but we wrapped up warm and made the best of it, I think you can tell in this photo that Lyra was a bit chilly though!

Linking up with What the Redhead Said and her Living Arrows. You can catch up on previous weeks here.

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