Pancake day

Well here we are, pancake day is here. I had no idea what day it was to be honest, Bella informed me when she got home from school yesterday, and the lovely Jodie at GinJunkiePie also posted about it last night.

I remember loving pancake day when I was growing up, and as soon as I could cook it was me that used to make them, there always seemed to be millions but they always got eaten!

This year I was even more organised, I made the batter before the school run, and I’ve just finished cooking them up ready for later.

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*disclaimer: photo above shows 10 pancakes, 2 of them mysteriously disappeared during the cooking process 😉*

If you’re interested, this was the recipe I used…
1 mug plain flour
1 mug semi skimmed milk
1 egg
A splash of vanilla extract

Although this made a lovely batter, it only made 12 pancakes. Yes I know that should be enough, but we do like our pancakes here so I might have to make another batch before MrV gets home!!

Out of interest, what do you have on yours? Lemon and sugar? Maple syrup? Nutella?

The Menace is 3!

So this happened! Our little Millie Menace turned 3 last week (25th January, is that last week?!).

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We had a little birthday cake celebration on the Sunday so that she could actually see people as her birthday wasn’t until the Monday when Bella would be at school and MrV would be at work. As requested, she had a pink Barbie cake, and she even got to open some presents too.

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On her actual birthday, I took her out for birthday lunch at Pizza Express, so she even got “birthday icecream”!

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She certainly seemed to enjoy herself!

How did that happen!?!

I can’t quite believe it, but our little Millie is going to be 3 on Monday!! I can still remember quite clearly the night she was born, and here we are today her shouting at me that she wants to go shopping for her birthday cake “right now”!!
She’s come a long way this past year, from finally finding her voice (no thanks to her sister finally disappearing to school!), and her hair actually growing so I can tie it out of her face, and I’m loving watching her change.
It seems very strange to think that she’s going to be a big sister very soon, I can’t wait to see what she teaches little Twiglet. If he’s anything like her, I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me!!

Another year gone!

It’s that time again, New Years Eve, and I’m regretting letting my blog slip so far behind. I can’t believe my last post was in September, with my baby girl starting school! I’m going to try to do a quick roundup of things that have happened since, please bear with me… 😉

October
We found out at our 20 week scan we’re expecting another baby girl!
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One of MrV’s cousins turned 21 and had a fancy dress party to celebrate, of course we obliged, even bump got in on the action…
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… and our little Anabel won best children’s costume!!
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Millie and I started having the occasional breakfast date after dropping her sister off at school.
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She has really started to change, constantly talking and such a cheeky little monkey.

November
Bella was very excited about “Pudsey Bear day” at school, and she got to take a teddy in for a teddy bears picnic.
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Unfortunately I had a phonecall at lunchtime to pick her up after an accident in the playground…
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… my poor little sausage. She was more upset that I had to bring her home. We ended up in A&E that night for hours, she was ok, I’d cleaned all the grit out but she needed a little ‘stitch’ and some glue. Both girls were so well behaved, Millie even stayed awake, but Bella flaked in my arms 10 minutes before they sorted her out!
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The following week we were back in A&E as she’d been sick a few times so they wanted to rule out concussion. Yet again she was good as gold, and even got to “ride” in a wheelchair on the way to get a scan. Fortunately everything was ok, they said she probably picked up a bug which just coincided with the bump to her head.
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I had another ultrasound scan at 28 weeks, and I casually asked them to check the sex of the baby… “oh yes it’s still a boy…!!!” WHAT?!?! So, it appears the last sonographer was wrong, and we are going to be having a little Mr!! How exciting!!!
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December
The Christmas season certainly came round quickly, and it started with a little play called “Whoops-a-daisy Angel” at school. Our little Anabel was a snowflake, but as we were only allowed two tickets only Millie and I got to go and watch her. She didn’t have a speaking part, but the snowflakes had a song to sing, and she was adorable! (she’s the teeny one on the very right!)
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Poor little Millie developed a rash round her mouth which even though we cleaned them we put down to her dummies, so we made the decision to take them off her. She did so well bless her, and only asked for it twice (unlike when Bella had hers taken away!) but after a week we noticed a few little blistery spots on her hands and feet, turns out she had hand foot and mouth all along, how awful did I feel for taking her comforter away! Everything was fine though, it disappeared, nobody else caught it and the doctors said it was a very mild case. Apart from being a bit clingy it didn’t seem to affect her at all, and she still looked cute as ever.
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The middle of December saw both girls coming down with bugs again. Millie had a chest infection and Bella had an ear infection in both ears (which explained why she couldn’t hear a thing) so they both ended up on antibiotics, and Bella missing the last three days of school. She was so tired she didn’t care though, they both slept most of the week.
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Which brings us to Christmas! It was all going to be so much fun, until MrV got poorly with conjunctivitis and flu symptoms. Today is the first day since Christmas Eve he’s sounded a bit more human, though his eyes… eek 😞
Here’s a couple of my favourite photos from Christmas Day…
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If you managed to get to the end of this post, firstly well done! and secondly thank you! It’s been an eventful year, and I am so looking forward to this next year, for a start we get to meet our baby boy!!
If you’re still up, I hope you’re seeing the New Year in with lots of fun and games. For those of you that have retired to the warmth of your bed, good plan! I shall be doing the same in a few minutes.
To all of you though, a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Happy Birthday Anabel!!!

Last week was a very exciting week in our house. Apart from being my birthday on the Tuesday (which doesn’t seem so important now), our little princess had her 1st birthday!!!

Thursday 14th June 2012 –  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA!!!


We got up extra early so she could open up some cards and presses before MrV went to work, here she is playing peek-a-boo with one of her new books… she did this with most of her cards too!

MrV and I bought her a Smart Trike, I think she was happy with it…


and it even came with a handy little phone incase she needs to make an important phone call!
Granny and Grandpa came over a bit later and we all went for a trip into town with her new toy, I got to play at steering her, though I think I need a bit more practice! We saw a couple of friends who had got her pressies too, she is a very lucky girl 🙂
On the Friday (15th June) MrV booked the day off work so we took her for her first visit to Whispnade Zoo. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as great as it had been the day before, but she got to see lots of different animals and she seemed to love it. Here are a few of my favourite pics from the zoo…
Checking out the monkeys…

Up close and personal with a hippo!
She spotted a tiny mara

This is my favourite 🙂
On Saturday (16th June), it was Bella’s party! MrV and I were already exhausted after being up til nearly 1am the night before baking and icing cakes, and putting up the balloons and banners, it was going to be a tiring day! Little miss chilled out in her pj’s until Granny and Grandpa got round, then they took her out for a walk so we could hoover in peace! It wasn’t long before the guests started arriving, perfectly timed with the birthday girl waking up from her morning nap. Here are my favourite pics from the day…
What are those flashy light things mummy?
Ooh, my cakes!

This is my absolute favourite, my very little birthday princess 🙂
So much has happened in the space of a year, it’s gone so very quick. Whatever happened to my teeny tiny baby?! She’s definitely growing up already, I can’t wait to show her all of the photos and cards when she’s older, she was (is) a very spoilt little miss, I hope she enjoyed her birthday 🙂 xxx

Party planning!

Oh my goodness, can you believe our little princess is going to be 1 next month?!! Eek!!

With that in mind, we’ve decided to have a little party for her, and spoil her rotten! There’s not going to be too many people as it’s going to be at our house, but I thought it would be nice for her to have family and friends over to make a fuss of her (yes I know they do anyway!!).

Originally I just sent a text message to people to give them the details, but I thought it might be nice to have a proper invitation, so we can have one as a keepsake. I know, soppy mummy alert! I actually joined the Big Birthday Club on the Early Learning Centre website a few weeks ago, after they sent me a leaflet through the post, but I’ve had a look today and found that they have some invitations and party ideas free to download if you need some inspiration, how lovely is that?!

We’ll probably end up just eating sandwiches and cake… I say “we”… it’s probably going to be me, but what better reason to eat cake than to celebrate my baby girl’s first birthday!

I’m thinking I might go all out and have decorations too, here are some of my favourites…

Eek… giraffes
 
how adorable is this Tinkerbell costume!

Well it seems I have spent far too long already writing this post, I keep getting distracted by pretty things. I may change my mind anyway, soooo many different themes to choose from 🙂 I’ll keep you posted!