Thursday, June 20, 2013

Winter mornings..

I have adjusted my morning routine.
I have always woken the children at 6.00am and served breakfast at about 6.30am on weekday mornings, which gave the children 1/2 an hour to dress, take care of teeth, hair etc and do their bedrooms. They would move on to the morning duties after breakfast before leaving for the school buses.
Now that we are in winter it is still quite dark and very cold at 6.00am, everyone was moving ALOT slower than usual, barely making it to the table fully dressed let alone having finished what is expected of them!
And so I have changed the morning routine and there has been significant improvement. I now serve breakfast at 7.00am giving them an hour to get into the swing of things, kitchen is closed at 7.20am and they have 25mins to pack bags and do morning duties before they have to go out to the bus, I will also help girls with their hair during this time if they need it.
The mornings are much calmer now!
It also has made it easier for me to prepare and set out the lunches and cook the breakfast, that extra 1/2 an hour makes quite a difference!
Sandwiches ready for lunchboxes
I have been trying a few different things for breakfast lately, other than the usual egg and baked beans on toast or grilled tomato and bacon on toast with fresh, tinned or stewed fruit (It depends on the day) and a bowl of porridge or Weet-bix. I do recommend a big hot breakfast for children especially in the cooler months, I think its lovely to have them head out for the day all warm and rugged up with nice full bellies!
Warm sultana and bran muffins with butter and strawberries
Both of these are served with a mug of hot chocolate!

Hot bread, butter and quince jelly with oranges.
I know that these breakfasts are not as filling as the usual things, but they are definitely morale boosters, and easier to prepare on those busier or hurried mornings. I just pack a bigger morning tea!  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two pretty Birthday Parties...

My baby girl turned 8 this month
I made pretty labels for these little water bottles with the children's names on them. The only fizzy drink we served was some jugs of homemade ginger beer courtesy of Daddy! I served it with the food.
Helium balloons and scrapbook paper bunting. Each balloon was tied to a little 50g block of chocolate wrapped neatly in brown paper, a gift for each child to take home.
The rainbow layered birthday cake!
The games were Duck Duck Goose.
and What's the time Mr Wolf
There was dancing, and her big brothers and sisters put on a play!

I made her this dolly that she has named "Lucy" and this pretty winter cape..
My big girl also had her birthday, she is 13 now and officially a young lady!
She woke up to siblings singing, and her lovely gifts..
She had a "Crafternoon tea"
The afternoon began with 2hrs of paper craft , followed by High tea, and then we had 2 hrs of embroidery the girls made lavender bags..
Examples of their work!
The birthday cakes!
The girls drank a delightful blend of tea from Fortnum & Mason
sparkling water, and lemonade...
Happy Birthday my darlings!