Look at last posts pics. I have made the curtains - finally. I conquered my fears, cut, sewed, shortened and hung. They are great, I am dleighted - we have proper grown-up curtains at last!!
Is it just me or is everybody feeling overwhelmed by their to-do list at the moment? I feel completely overwhelmed by christmas so far and there is just so much to do before we get there. Presents to make, presents to buy, teachers presents to make, cards to be written, family updates to be written and inserted into said cards and posted, shopping to be done, numerous things to be baked on own and with Noah, children's Christmas party to be organised by Friday (I know - what was I thinking), Richard is still finishing tiling the kitchen floor and the house needs organised, cleaned and sorted before my in-laws arrive for a fortnight on Thursday!!!
So to help me out our Christmas tree decided to die! We only got it on Saturday (a week ago) and it is a variety that we buy every year because it holds its needles so well. So on Friday afternoon whilst Noah was at nursery, Sethie and I went to replace it (free of charge - of course). That was a nightmare in itself - choosing another tree that was just perfect - same level of bushiness etc. so Noah wouldn't notice that it had been replaced.
So tonight I hve just completely undressing one, removing from house and redressing new replacement - in exactly same way as it was dressed before. I kid you not - I took pictures as reference for where to put each ornament again - Noah is one sharp cookie.
I present before and after shots:
What do you think. I have omitted the tinsel on purpose - my parents gave Noah this for his tree in his bedroom and he popped it on the family tree - I'm not a fan so I kept it off this time - although I may pop it on again to avoid any suspicions.
Anyway - not exactly my idea of a fun night - I was hoping for a glass and watching 'It's a wonderful Life' - perhaps tomorrow night! Anyway will let you know if I am rumbled tomorrow morning.
We have had a more positive exit from nursery today. I have also had a meeting with the teacher and said what I thought and I think we are resolved. Was feeling physically sick going to pick him up today but he was a little shining star and I was so proud of him that he did the right thing on his own without it having to be reinforced. That's my boy! Love him so much!
If you are wondering what happened at nursery, all I can say at the moment is that there has been another incident - which I have partially dealt with and when I get past my annoyance and sadness I will share with you. At the moment I feel a little bit raw and bewildered about it and so would not tell it in a fair way. So I need to take a few days to deal with it mentally and then i will fill you all in. Hopefully by then I will be feeling more positive again.
Until then I will go back to stitching my curtains - good for the soul.
I'm feeling a bit weary tonight - generally we have so many things to do that I don't know where to start first. But also I am a bit upset about a minor 'incident' today that I am sure I am probably reading too much into (you know how you do when you get tired).
Basically, today the boys and I had a lovely morning - I took them swimming to a local indoor 'paddling pool' which has loads of great floating toys. We were the only people in there and we all had a ball.
I then took Noah to nursery and returned later to pick him up. I should give you some background here - his nursery is just lovely - the teachers are lovely - one seems to hold a tight rein whilst the other is just friendly and warm. Noah loves it. When you arrive to pick up your child they are all sitting in the quiet room and the teacher releases them all one by one as she sees the parent arrive. Over the past few weeks the children - not all but most - have started running out of the quiet room shouting "mummeeeeeee' when they see their respective parents. Frankly I don't see any major drama here - but it clearly seems to be annoying the teacher. I have been trying to discourage Noah from doing it (but probably half-hearted as I am not totally convinced that there is anything wrong). I know the teachers also have been telling them not to do it.
Now call me silly - but telling a 3 year old not to do something is like waving a red rag to a bull! It must be super, extra good fun because everyone is telling me not too!
Noah, and he is not alone, continues to run and call. As do quite a few others!
But today, instead of releasing him, the teacher asked me to come and collect him from the quiet room so it wouldn't happen. Noah clearly was a bit upset by it because all of a sudden he was being treated differently. Noah left quietly. The very next child out ran out shouting!?!?!
Am I missing the point here - it has really pissed me off. However perhaps I am being over sensitive - I will remain cool, calm and collected - unless it happens again tomorrow.
Sorry to bore you will with this incident but it feels good just to write it down.
Now wher is that bloody iron...
Intended putting these two in the shop last night, but just as I went to do it Seth woke up and was awake for about 3 hours - until 1.30am - fun!
Anyway - too tired to say much about them except they are now in my shop. Going to sleep now.
As I haven't actually done any Christmas crafting yet I thought I would post some things which I have made for the boys over the past couple of years.
The advent calendar I made when we had only just moved back to Ireland and were renting a house - it was a bit of a grim time, but I had wanted to make Noah an advent calendar and so I focused all my energies into it. I also discovered I was pregant with Seth whilst making it so it was made with two little men in mind. Each evening I hide two chocolates in the little pockets - I would like to try some craft materials of games but I couldn't stand the look of devastation on their faces. Advent calendar = chocolate - in this house anyway!
Then last year I made these little stockings for the boys - but as you can see when I was trying to photograph them - one of the owners was trying to get in on the act!
Just a foot at first, then - aaah made it!
These (and their other 8 friends!) have been kicking around my dining room table for a couple of weeks now! Finally I got them finished tonight - now all I need is two daughters to put them on - don't think Noah or Seth would be willing to model. Isn't it funny are young the gender issues kick in.
Anyway - in the absence of two little girls of my own - I will pop them in my shop for some other little girls if they would like them. Also got a couple of new bags to go in - probably tomorrow.