The weather this month has been beautiful, so we've been out enjoying it as much as we can - fruit picking, fete attending, gardening and walking. Preschool is finished for the summer; I've planned weekly themes in an effort to stay sane during the holidays, so expect a few activity posts coming up.
|He wanted me to make a box into a TV. Here he is eating his lunch in it.
- has made friends with the girls next door, and is getting much more confident socially
- still insists on always wearing odd socks
- has been loving the sandbox our neighbours gave us. Apparently they nicknamed him "The Sandman" at preschool due to his love of digging
- pounced on a writing practice book I bought him, and worked his way all the way through to P, doing really well at tracing all the letters.
- won the hula hoop race at his first preschool sports day
|Athlete in action
|One of his great big Megabloks trucks
|Drawing a car with about a million windows and aerials
In case you were in need of some atmospheric music:
"This song is called 'The World is Over'. (sings it) And this one is 'The World is Over Again the Next Time'. (sings a few lines) It's a bit like 'Bob the Builder'."
"Those clouds look like cotton wool. They're syrup clouds."
After some confusion we figured out he meant cirrus clouds.
And I love the way preschoolers speak English the way it should be - very logically, with none of those silly exceptions.
Toby: "Mr Fox had a bouncy castle in his van."
Me: "How did it fit?"
Toby: "It was blowed down."
(Clearly if blowing something up inflates it, deflating is blowing down.)
- was given a Cheerio by his big brother as his first food (necessitating a quick talk about not feeding the baby without asking Mum first), and is eating baby rice enthusiastically.
|Am I doing this right?
|Sucking cream cheese off carrot sticks is good too
- was 17 lb 4 oz at his weigh-in this month
- wishes to tell you VERY LOUDLY that his first tooth coming through is EXTREMELY PAINFUL.
- but when it's not hurting he is still a very happy baby.
|Uh oh. He's discovered cars.
- a fun ladies' meal out at Nando's
- surviving the first week and a half of the holidays
- being skinnier than I've been for a long time, thanks to chubby baby eating all my calories (I have to make the most of it before he gets onto solid food and I gain it all back!)
Recipe of the Month: Blackcurrant muffins
There's a pick your own farm near us, and we took Graham's parents along one Saturday. Between us we acquired several pounds of strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. I adapted a blueberry muffin recipe to use some blackcurrants; they are somewhat tarter but still very tasty.
1 cup / 150g self-raising flour
1/2 cup / 75g plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup / 125g sugar
3/4 cup / 200 ml milk
1/3 cup / 90 ml vegetable oil
250g / 2 cups? blackcurrants
Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in combined egg, milk and oil, then blackcurrants. Do not overmix. Spoon into lined muffin holes. Bake about 20 minutes. Makes about 10.