I was looking through some photos today and came across this wee movie we took of Georgia's birthday back in summer. I hate hearing myself speak... but Jack was so funny laughing at the girls blowing out birthday cake candles, I just had to share it. In case you can't work it out, the cake is a treasure chest.... obviously I made it in the 'pre Red Mixer' days before I was a baker! ;)
Having kids has reminded me that it's good to laugh at the little things in life!
We love tea parties in our house. They aren't usually anything too posh (although sometimes they are!) but there are some key ingredients which have become quite the necessity.
1. Tea in a pot. Often a mix of gumboot and earl grey. That's my favourite.
2. Cups and saucers and cake plates - none of which match.
3. Cake. And plenty of it.
4. Candle. A cinnamon one - mmmmm
5. Necklaces. Usually plastic. Often 3 or 4 - each.
It's a lot of fun but often times the tea party talk becomes focused on who wants to pour the milk or who gets the last piece of cake (uh - that's mama's, right girls?) So yesterday I decided I wanted the conversation to be a little more intentional. I had some questions to ask - some silly and some serious. The conversation was hilarious and I learnt some things about my girls. Like Georgia wants to go to Africa to tell people about Jesus - but she would be in a cage so that no snakes or cheetah's would get her. And Lucy, she wishes that we still lived in England. I never knew that. She misses Grandma and Grandpa. I knew that. I miss them too.
So I had a wee thought that I need to do something to make sure that every tea party is full of fun and serious conversation. Another necessity for every tea party... Tea Party Talk. Watch this space for what I mean.....
PS - for those of you freaking out that my kids drink tea - they do. It's more milk than tea. But I am ok with that :)
I picked up my new mixer on Monday. I then spent half an hour on the phone with my mum as I rearranged my kitchen, trying to decide where it was going to go. Then I spent the next half an hour putting everything back as I put it on the bench where I first thought it should go.
Ridiculous I know. Tiredness - it's my only excuse for such silly behaviour.
So... anyways. Please feast your eyes on The Red Mixer.
You will note the almost empty cookie jar next to it. Almost empty. That is surely a signal of baking success. yeah!
PS - some fun news to share soon. Watch this space - the excitement is building here at Completely Cottage. Can't wait to share it!
Nothin' much to say today - just some photos for those of you who love my kids!!
Bryan calls the hat 'The Helmet' - and as you can see it is too small already!
We are not the kind of parents that just buy stuff willy nilly. (Yes, I said Willy Nilly.) But life has been a little 'unexpectedly different' this year and so we felt like we needed something really fun as a family... combine that deisre with a sale at 'the Big Red Store' (vs a non-sale on flights to LAX).... and walah! A trampoline (which now has safety nets around it...)
Look closely and you will see The Dog sitting on The Baby... in the car. A quick drive for a riverside walk/bike.
Training wheels on.....
The best I could get (you know that I mean it's the best photo... right?!) ....
Training wheels off!! I am not sure what to say about Lucy. Except maybe she has her mothers imagination... and sense of fashion.
So, I was helping my mum today spend her Fly Buys points.... and she ordered herself one of these. And... then she ordered me one too!!!! Wahay! It's not a Kitchen Aid.... but it's fantastic... and best of all... it's free!!!
Thanks Mum!! xxxx
PS - I had a major baking success this week. Just thought you might want to know. :)