Sunday, November 30

One of those days

You know how people say 'it's going to be one of those days', well what I want to know is why my life is made up of a continuous succession of 'those days'? More details tomorrow when I have more time.

For today, something I am proud of, the content of the picture rather than the quality of the photograph!
We get lots of these smiles now he is that bit bigger and when he is like this you can't stay grumpy for long.

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 26


Today's HS:MS:HS is 'American'. I've been to the supermarket today and meant to pick up some New York bagels or Ben and Jerry's but I forgot so I will have to turn to Small-N-Grubby again this time in his baseball cap.
How is it I can't set foot in the shops without spending a fortune. I'd like to claim that its the prices that have gone up but I think I am just a shopaholic.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 25


Today's HS:MS:HS word is 'Birthday'. Here's Small-N-Grubby celebrating his 4th birthday on the morning we are due to come home from holiday in 2007. The only candle we could find was from the gift shop of a local castle, cost a bit but a young man only turns 4 once!

It reminds me that all the ingredients, icing and toppings for my birthday cake are still sat in the cupboard from July!

Happy Birthday Ellie, who becomes a teenager today.
And also Happy Birthday to SuzyB, who doesn't quite qualify as a teenager any more!

** Kate **

Monday, November 24

Shaving Potato Waffles

I have discovered I have a previously unknown talent, the ability to provide a potato waffle with a really close shave. There was only one left in the box and I burnt it down one side. The Dinky Diva has to write a piece about someones achievement which she admires, but I don't think my potato grooming capabilities will impress the teacher. DD says she thinks she will write about Tom Daley instead.

HS:MS:HS has gone Scottish today so a wee bit o heather for you.
** Kate **

Sunday, November 23

S-N-G V Himself

I keep getting comments about how alike the boys are so I thought I would use this weekend's portraits for a comparison. It was also a B&W challenge so here goes.

This is Small-N-Grubby very much in his Ian Hislop phase!
This one is Himself looking angelic because he's asleep!
I do see the similarities but I think Himself will be much blonder eventually, both have same colour eyes though.

Bought myself some of these little babies and thought I would show them off for Sunday. Always wanted to get them but could never find them when the charity promotion was on.
For those that don't know, the hats are sent in by volunteers and placed on the smoothies with 50p from each sale going to Help The Aged. I just wish you could tell who had made your hats a bit like a craft swap.

Still haven't finished any Christmas presents but here is a bad photo of a wreath I made for the inside front door.
Based on an idea in Papercraft Essentials and using Cosmo Cricket papers.

Having a clear out this weekend as it's the last one we have relatively free before Christmas.

** Kate **

Thursday, November 20


It's all European over at HS:MS:HS this week. My children don't speak Spanish, they speak Dora!
This is Small-N-Grubby's umbrella, I searched everywhere for a boys umbrella and this was the least girly I could get.

All feeling much better, just have to convince the Supreme Commander to go back to sleeping in his cot at night. I think we will try to persuade him at the weekend when it doesn't matter if he wakes the others up.

He is absolutely fascinated by lights (that and curtains). I can't wait to show him all the Christmas lights and I think I will buy some extra ones in honour of his 1st Christmas, and quite frankly why not?

The Dinky Diva is playing with her handbell group at a Christmas tree festival next weekend so we will ring in December and get all Christmassy.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 18


I think this is 'Fake' it came from a charity shop.
Took the Supreme Commander to the Doc today just to be on the safe side as he is still coughing and barking away. He has a viral cough but no chest infection and we have a follow up appointment on Friday if he's no better.

A visit planned to the Debenhams spectacular sale tomorrow so watch this space for what goes wrong next!!

Made a bit of a plan for my Christmas makes, basically I could do with completing something most days. Today number of items completed - none.

** Kate **

Monday, November 17


Actually today's word is 'Button' and I was going down the route of "Cute as a ..." but we have all been poorly with coughs and colds over the weekend so it is more of a poorly button.Its awful when the children are ill but I find it especially hard when they're babies as they can't tell you what's wrong and you can't explain to them why they are feeling so bad.

He was even more upset when I swanned off to a Rainbow's 21st birthday party on Saturday afternoon.
Trying to organise a hall full of 50 Rainbows has meant the loss of my voice yet again.

Sunday was examination day for dancing medals. Small-N-Grubby took his ballet baby Silver to the tune of Frosty the Snowman.
The Dink Diva was very excited to have completed her ballet medals and be dancing for a silver cup as a snowflake.
All feeling a little better today, S-N-G has gone back to school and the Supreme Commander and I have caught back up on some sleep and are looking less bleary eyed.

Fingers crossed for back to normal tomorrow.

** Kate **

Thursday, November 13

Down the Pub

Yes, today's word is 'Pub', cue artful shots of old English hostelries. Unfortunately I haven't been out of the house today as the Small-N-Grubby one is still home sick so I have found my most recent shots from a pub and chosen to share this one.
One of few that were publishable. I won't say what SMO was doing with hatstand in one of them but it was definitely not for family viewing.

Not sure if my poorly boy will be back at school tomorrow as he flagged a bit this afternoon and fell asleep on the sofa.

Haven't been able to do anything towards my Christmas projects other than gather together a few materials but if I keep chipping away at it I might have something to give people by the time the big day comes.

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 12


Small-N-Grubby has been home sick today with a nasty cough, but he did provide me with the pic for HS:MS:HS today 'Game'.
I think he looks suitably poorly.

Supreme Commander still not sleeping, so on the advice of the health visitor I have upped his food intake and given him a second meal today. He's asleep now but how long for is anyone's guess.

The Dinky Diva had a Tudor day at school. Here is her home-made costume (made by Grandma after a raid on the charity shops).
She's not too happy in the photo but perked up when she got to school and found her friends had remembered to get dressed up too. She also complained that her corset was hurting by the end of the day, so she has had a true experience of what historical ladies had to put up with!

That's about all as too bleary eyed to write any more tonight.

** Kate **

Monday, November 10


Today's HS:MS:HS is 'Clean'. I'm back sterilising things again, it's been a while but it soon comes flooding back to you.
Himself is loving baby rice and wolfs down far more than the couple of teaspoon's full that the others started with and its only day 3.

Did I say yesterday that I was planning a big Christmas shopping trip today?
Yes, that will be why the Supreme Commander has not slept for more than 30 minutes in his own bed last night and why there is currently torrential rain the like of which has only previously been seen by Noah!

To top that a fence panel has now blown down and the dog is jittering around the kitchen with her legs crossed. Its all got that Monday feeling.

** Kate **

Sunday, November 9

SPS/SOS 09/11/08

A bit of a combined Saturday portrait and Show off Sunday (because I can't help but show off this little fellow).
The hat came with a set of gloves that Small-N-Grubby bought but straight away it was too tight for him and already it fits the bubster so I guess he will have a big head like his brother!!

Its peaceful here at present with baby sleeping and everyone else off swimming so I need to take the opportunity to go off and get some work done.

SMO has the day off tomorrow so I think I might drag him out Christmas shopping.

** Kate **

Thursday, November 6


Today's HS:MS:HS is 'Cling'.
Went on my annual trip to Hobbycraft yesterday and spent lots as usual. Bought some new bead storage, lots of beads - although I did resist some lovely faux cultured pearls which I am now regretting a little bit. They didn't have any of the stamps I wanted so I ended up buying a wooden backed individual stamp for more than the price of the stamp pack I wanted which I was determined not to do - and it was a Christmas one!

Off to take the Supreme Commander for his last lot of jabs.

** Kate **

Monday, November 3


They are all home and the place is in chaos. The Dinky Diva has a bin liner of clothes caked in mud but is ecstatic about the fabulous time she has had.

Small-N-Grubby is equally pleased about his trip to the out-laws and how he carried the candle in church on Sunday (Granny refused to allow him to carry it lit though!).

The Supreme Commander knew something was missing and now he has a look of horror on his face as he remembers exactly what it was.

Did get a few crafting projects started over the weekend but all are in different states of drying and incompleteness (hmm did I made that word up?).

I did break my Christmas stash ban though and instantly bought this when I saw it in the local Post Office.
Today's HS:MS:HS 'Broken'. There is a little window sill upstairs with sad and broken toys on it waiting for some TLC including this one.
Off to mum's later so will try and find that first school photo.

** Kate **

Saturday, November 1

Alone at last

Well almost, I have a ratty baby with me who has given up sleeping in his own cot. Luckily I had to be up early this morning or otherwise I don't think I would have bothered - too tired and too cold.

Went to treat myself with the new Creativity and Creativity Life magazines due out today but my local stockist says they won't be in until later next week, pah.

HS:MS:HS - Portrait Saturday - favorite childhood portrait and the story behind it. I've chosen this one really because its the only one to hand.
Wearing a loathsome homemade towelling beach suit which being the youngest I had to wear for ever as I got each of my older sister's handed down to me.

Suzy B has a photo on the site today that I have the twin of (will try and look it out). 1st school photo, in homemade pinafore dress that I wore every day like a uniform. Oh, and red hair too which I used to have, the colour has faded as I got older.

Got some crafting done, more on that tomorrow. Weather has been appalling and the dog has disgraced herself on the kitchen floor as she has refused to go out in the rain.

Was feeling a bit fed up with my me time not going according to plan but then I saw some news footage from the Congo and thought, even if I have to sit up all night with my 'refusing to sleep' baby it will be a joy.

** Kate **