Me & Mine Project {January 17}

It's been a cold and dark month and we haven't actually had much time to spend together as a family.  The first two weekends I was teaching and then the third Saturday I went on a study day so on Sunday we made an effort to get out the house for half an hour and go for a walk together to get some fresh air, even if it was absolutely freezing.  I took my tripod and new camera and was determined to figure out the self-timer setting.  I only got two good shots but I LOVE them.  I can't believe we're actually all smiling!  We went straight home after this as we really were getting cold. 

Cooking with Kids – Homemade Pizza

As we only have a small kitchen we don't have room for a lot of gadgets, I literally have room for my kettle and (smoothie) blender that I use every day, add some post, a lunch box, two fruit bowls and some water bottles and it's more than cluttered!  If you're lucky enough to have a bigger kitchen than us and have a bread maker you can do the first bit of this recipe in it, saving some time.

The Siblings Project {September 17}

We're not back into routine at all and I'm not sure we will be for a while. I've been waking them up every morning and struggling to get them to calm down at bedtime. I think they're over tired and have been having a crazy half hour just before bed every night.  I've just felt like a broken record, telling them over and over again to eat and get ready in a morning and then asking them to calm down and get ready for bed at night. They're just not listening to us at all.  Oliver especially seems to be in his own little world most of the time and the only person he lets in is Ethan apart from when he wants cuddles at bedtime.

Decisions I didn’t make during my labour – a view on why we put ourselves completely in the hands of the medical professionals

Why didn’t I question the constant foetal monitoring, the breaking of my waters or the syntocinon (artificial oxytocin) drip to induce my contractions?  As an educated women in her late 20s who had attended the hospital’s own antenatal classes you’d think that I would have wanted to have a part in these decisions but the truth is I just went along with it.  I trusted the doctors and knew them to have more knowledge than me and to want the best outcome for me and my babies.  The thing is though, in a medicalised environment, do they always know what is best?

The Siblings Project {August 17}

We're right in the middle of the summer holidays. I can't believe how fast the first three weeks have gone and just like that I've waved the boys off at the airport today to spend the rest of their holidays in Italy.  They were so excited, Oliver was a bit more cuddly early this morning but absolutely fine when they left. I hope they will both be ok when Daddy comes home in a few days.  I'm more than ready to go and join them at the end of the month for a proper holiday!

Stuffed Courgettes

We're having a bumper crop of courgettes at the minute thanks to some amazing sunny weather and lots of rain too. I've also had two rather large marrows because I missed them underneath all the huge leaves and didn't go down to the vegetable patch for two days because of the rain.  I came up with this recipe and it worked really well, Oliver asked me as soon as he'd finished when i could make it again so I consider that a win!