Rocky Beaches, Woven Dolls & Ice Lollies to the Rescue

On Saturday night, as a little post-birthday celebration, I ordered dinner from a local restaurant. The girls had chicken goujons and I had mussels. The portions are enormous πŸ™‚ We shared some sticky toffee pudding and a cheese board, which the girls were amused by, since they don’t consider cheese to be a dessert πŸ™‚

The girls opened some air drying clay from a friend on Saturday and made some “desserts” at the table. I love giving them something like clay or play doh on weekend mornings because it’s low effort and keeps them entertained for a long time πŸ™‚ We had a little chat and a tea party and I drank Lady Grey out of the new cup the girls got me for Mother’s Day (my mum was behind this :)) and they had some fruity tea.

We got out the Tuff Tray and the girls played beaches in it. I just filled a container with water, got out some dolls and a tub of shells and rocks we had collected on trips to the beach. They made a little rocky beach for their dolls. The games always come to an end when soil is incorporated into them πŸ™‚

We decided to do another one of the crafts from the girls’ Make & Wonder box. It was similar to what we had done with the ballerina lolly stick dolls, but related to weaving πŸ™‚ The girls had to combine different colours of wool and practise wrapping it and securing it by tucking it and weaving, etc. So far I love these art boxes because they allow greater freedom in what the girls do and they can interpret it how they like πŸ™‚ The girls added faces to their dolls and I have since bought buttons so they can glue them on to finish their outfits πŸ™‚

Things were getting a little fraught in the late afternoon, so my mum suggested I get the ice lollies out. It’s weird how they immediately improve everyone’s mood πŸ™‚ I had a glass of wine and read a little in the garden while the girls had their TV time. Having a drink in the garden and listening to the birds singing makes me feel hopeful that summer weather is on the horizon, even if the evidence suggests otherwise today πŸ™‚

With the girls back to school this week, it feels like our time for little adventures and projects is reduced, but I love our morning walks to school. It means we miss the traffic and get to have a chat before they go in. The girls were delighted to see that the fairy tree was still there and that a new castle had been added to it. I love the little details that the creator of it adds to it, like the little wooden dolls πŸ™‚ It’s one of those small things that always starts our day off brightly πŸ™‚

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