Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project:August

Mummy loves...

* Our new house

* Fondue nights .... brilliant fun! what's not to love about gooey cheese and chocolate!   Mmmm!

* Bake off :)

Daddy Loves....

* Watching an amazing Red arrows display over the bay

* Long lost family ( a lot of tears have been shed!)

* Catching up with old friends

Arthur Loves......

* Spotting real Pirate Ships ( Tallships Festival)

* His new Pirate Ship bed

* Scooting down the garden at full pelt!

* Watching family members do the ice bucket challenge... particularly Grandads vid :)


Billy loves.....

* His superhero cape

* Singing songs from Frozen 'Let it go! let it go!'

* Strawberry picking & eating!

* Red Arrows 'arrows'

dear beautiful

Pirates and Princesses

A few weeks ago we received an invitation we couldn't refuse - an invite to a very special little girls 3rd birthday party.  Arth and M were born the same week and I met M's Mummy at our NCT class - as cliched as it sounds we are now the best of friends. We got each other through those tough early days of being first time Mummies struggling with feeding/ sleep/getting out the house/ sleep!!. M and her Mummy lived just around the corner which meant we would often meet up for an end of day cuppa around the dreaded melt down-  o'clock! Absolute life saver!!


Arth and M have also grown a special bond - and even though we are now miles away in Cornwall we have managed to meet up a fair bit and continue our exciting adventures which now include sleepovers!!! This has led to us discovering their more mischievous side - one morning we woke up early, only to hear giggling in our living room, there we found two chocolate- covered toddlers scoffing a box of milk tray!

The theme of M's birthday was 'Pirates and Princesses' - ideal for us as we have managed to acquire a large collection of all things pirate themed since our Cornish move. The birthday girl opted for the princess option and even wore a 'vintage' gown....(her Mum's old bridesmaid dress .... does the 80's count as vintage?)

The boys got stuck in and by the end of  an action packed afternoon they had walked the plank, created crowns, picked up a few pirate tattoos and even met a 'real' pirate (M's very sporting uncle made a hillarious guest appearance and got all the little pirates and princesses worked up a treat before leading them off on a treasure hunt!)

Just as the boys were about to crash from all the excitement it was time to sing Happy Birthday to M and enjoy a slice of the fairytale birthday cake lovingly baked by M's talented Grandma . She also managed to whip up these fun pirate cupcakes and cake pop favours for each little party guest.... super Gran!

(Check out 'The Comfort Kitchen' on facebook for more of her inspiring bakes!)


We had a fantastic time at M's party - Arthur kept demanding to see pictures of the cake again!!

The birthday girl was blown away by it all and thoroughly enjoyed being in the limelight for the day!  I believe she was tucked up in bed very early that night after a little too much fun :)

The Princess and Pirates theme was a massive hit too - def one I will be nabbing for one of the boys future birthdays.

If you are after any more party ideas take a look at my previous party posts....


Arthur in Neverland

Bill's Cowboy Bash

Knights and Castles 1st Birthday







Siblings: August

Our boys get on so much better when on adventures in the great outdoors. At home they squabble and bicker over the same toys and are much more territorial. Being a mother to two boys has taught me patience I never knew I possessed!

Once we get them out in the open (after toilet trips/nappy changes/finding the keys/more nappy changes etc!) they are like changed boys. Suddenly, they no longer have a care in the world, chasing, hiding, laughing and it is a joy to see.

Here's hoping for a warm, sunny September and more of the same :)


dear beautiful

Frozen Play

Thanks to one of my best friends in Bath we discovered the magic of 'Frozen' on our recent sleepover (4 adults, 4 kids - how brave are we?!)  It is the only film that Arthur will sit glued to for more than 20 mins... result! That's provided that a few cinema snacks and free milk refills  are thrown in!

Coupled with the heatwave we have been enjoying in Cornwall we embarked upon some 'Frozen play'

(a bit of a tenuous link but it did involve exploring a block of ice after watching Frozen all morning!)

Arthur helped me to arrange shells (a range of shapes, sizes, textures and his chosen sea creatures) in a tub, we filled it with water and popped it in the freezer. He was intrigued to find it had turned in to  block of ice a few hours later.

After a quick trip to the park we came back to check on our ice. Both boys loved sliding their hands over the ice, Bill added an extra sensory element and enjoyed feeling the ice with his feet too exclaiming 'very, very cold' - I think his weakness for proper Cornish ice cream has really helped him understand the difference between hot and cold!

Arthur was very quick to notice that the sea creatures were 'trapped inside' so rather than exploring the ice as it melted, the activity turned in to a spot of problem solving. 'Don't worry' he told the crab 'we'll get you out' . After watching the ice being sliced and chopped in 'Frozen' (I knew there was educational value!) Arthur had an idea 'Daddy, can you pass me my knife?' he requested. Once armed with his tool he began attempting to free the creatures by cutting in to the ice. Soon we went in search of hammers to and I showed him how to chip away at the ice using the hammer and screw driver. As we hammered away at the ice he burst in to a few rounds of the 'Bob the Builder' theme tune :)

Daddy suggested pouring some warm water on our ice to speed up the melting process. As the ice melted the boys were able to feel the different textures exposed and Arthur enjoyed exploring the imprints left by the creatures and shells he had 'freed'.

Exploring the ice kept Arthur engaged for much longer than I'd anticipated and for the rest of the week he has been asking to 'get the ice out again'  so it was definitely a hit!

Check out our previous ice play post for more ideas.