Category Archives: Mummy Update
For a while now I have wanted to do a photo blog….I am finally going for it.
Scarlett’s summer…each week I will pin what Scarlett has been doing since summer started.
You can follow it here.
Monday was the best day ever….after months and months of trying to get tickets we finally made it to the Olympic Park.
I’d spent weeks checking the travel, the weather, the events on whilst we were there and finally it was here.
We started out at 9.30ish driving to Milton Keynes station, quite an easy road trip – helped by the sausage sandwiches provided by our adventure companions Kirsten & Dan. Train in from Milton Keynes to London Euston, 1st tube to Oxford and then central line to Mile End – I remarked to Marcus that we had been travelling for 4 hours!
We chose Mile End as we were off to Victoria Park, firstly to have our picnic and then to visit BT London Live.
Our picnic was of epic portions:
Then the only disappointment of the day – at
@BTLondonLive we were told we couldn’t take in any food or liquids. I couldn’t understand this as you could take snacks into the Olympic Park – also the zip wire we have pre-booked wasnt open! No pre-warning or explanation. I am still waiting to hear back from @BTLondonLive about why we had to throw food away!
NB: Glad we didn’t do the zip wire after Boris!
In Victoria Park there was quite a few attractions, big screens, sports to try, food and great things for kids. Scarlett decided she wanted to bounce and it was the best £5 I have ever spent:
Watched the diving on the big screens, atmosphere starting to build and then off went, walking to the Olympic Park.
WOW as we entered by Victoria Park even the grass looked amazing. It wasnt until we had gone past the privileged area did we see the crowds! What an experience.
We looked round and was amazed by each and every venue, began taking pictures in front of every event. Started to find box offices, we were directed to the one outside the basketball areana…..so into the queue we get!
After queuing for about 20 mins the volunteer said we are running low….honestly I thought we would have three adults crying! Luckily we got our tickets and off we ran to the arena. Our seats were amazing:
Great game from the Russians and Brazil women – the atmosphere was amazing and we all loved it!
After that up the hill we went to get our picture taken under the Olympic Rings, even queuing for that was great as we had an amazing view of the mens team at the Gynamastics on the big screen to our left and the GB hockey to our right. For every goal they scored and the for that split second we have silver the whole park erupted!
To be fair at this point we were all so happy with our experience we wanted to chill and make our way home. Off the Maccies 1st where I was impressed with our quick we were served. The big London 2012 store was net where we all picked our survenors, me a mug, Scarlett a car and Marcus a keyring. Then off home we went.
It was the best experience ever and I have spent every night looking for more tickets!
At the time of publish the table looks like this:
Everyone has called 2012 the digital games and the sponsorship games.
Below is some great articles:
Tweets by day inforgraph:
This article caught my eye – 71 things your child needs to know
I have copied the 71 things and noted what Scarlett can do and what she is learning and what she will learn – great resource to see your child devlop
Personal and Social Development
Approach to learning
- Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner – my little girl loves the library
- Persists in task and seeks help when encountering a problem – her fav saying is “no Scarlett do it” but she will ask you if she fails!
- Is generally pleasant and cooperative – generally yes!
- Follows rules and routines – likes routine – bath, bottle & bed
- Manages transitions (going from one activity to the next) – tends to go from one to the next to the next
- Demonstrates normal activity level – is always on the go
Interactions with Others
- Interacts easily with one or more children – has loads of cousins so interacts with kids all the time
- Interacts easily with familiar adults – is happy to be with her extended family
- Participates in group activities – is always one of the pack
- Plays well with others – know how to share
- Takes turns and shares – will always share
- Cleans up after play – if mummy helps!
Conflict Resolution – looking forward to this
- Seeks adult help when needed to resolve conflicts
- Uses words to resolve conflicts
Language and Literacy
- Listens with understanding to directions and conversations – amazed about how good she is with this
- Follows one-step directions – being doing this for ages
- Follows two-step directions – started doing this recently
- Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues – it was just us that understood her but now everyone can
- Relates experiences with some understanding of sequences of events – tells everyone what she has done and in what order
Literature and Reading
- Listens with interest to stories read aloud – loves stories
- Shows interest in reading-related activities – loves the libary
- Retells information from a story – only the bit from night garden where iggle piggle isnt sleeping!
- Sequences three pictures to tell a logical story – not yet!
Writing – she loves to draw but not mastered writing yet
- Uses pictures to communicate ideas
- Uses scribbles, shapes, and letter-like symbols to write words or ideas
Alphabet Knowledge – loves her game with the alphabet
- Recites/sings alphabet
- Matches upper-case letters
- Matches lower-case letters
- Identifies upper-case letters
- Identifies lower-case letters
Patterns and Relationships
- Sorts by color, shape, and size – started doing this!
- Orders or seriates several objects on the basis of one attribute
- Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them
Number concept and operations
- Rote counts to 20 – 1-7 at the moment
- Counts objects with meaning to 10
- Matches numerals
- Identifies by naming, numerals 0-10
Geometry and spatial relations
- Identifies 4 shapes- circle, square, rectangle, triangle – gets shapes into shape holes and understands circle
- Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts (up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, beside/between, top/bottom, inside/outside, above/below, high/low, right/left, off/on, first/last, far/near, go/stop) – wow she knows all of these!
- Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more. – everything is little or big!
- Pedals and steers a tricycle – her feet cannot touch the pedals but she tries
- Jumps in place, landing on two feet – counts 1,2 and then jumps – where ever she is!
- Jumps consecutively- 7 jumps – not yet
- Balances on one foot for 5 seconds – not yet
- Hops on one foot 2-3 hops – not yet
- Hops on one foot- 6 ft. – not yet
- Throws a ball with direction- 5 ft. – tries
- Catches a thrown ball with arms and body – lets her dad catch!
- Climbs a playground ladder – scarily but yes!
- Skips smoothly for 20 feet
- Stacks 10, one-inch blocks
- Strings 4 1/2″ beads in two minutes
- Completes a seven piece interlocking puzzle
- Makes a pancake, snake, and ball from playdough
- Grasps pencil correctly – started to do this
- Copies: vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, square, V, triangle
- Copies first name
- Prints first name without a model
- Grasps scissors correctly
- Cuts within 1/4″ of a 6″ straight line on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ square on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ triangle on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ circle on construction paper
- Uses a glue stick appropriately
- Uses appropriate amount of glue for tasks
- Identifies 10 colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink – starting to really learn her colours
- Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration
- Participates in group music experiences
- Participates in creative movement/dance – loves to dance
- Makes believe with objects – goes shopping all the time
- Takes on pretend roles and situations – she loves being the mummy
I plan to revisit this list in a year….the changes
A follow-up to last weeks post, two things made me feel like my little baby is gone and been replaced my a beautiful, clever little girl (I’m biased I know)
Firstly, we changed her trike into a bike which she loved:
Then she spent her last day in toddler room at nursery and from next week will be in the big kid class……
I’m looking forward to an active summer and found some great resources for things to do. My favs list so fare is:
Summer Time Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids: maybe for summers to come, but a great list:
- Go Catch some bugs – got her net ready!
- Watch a butterfly hatch from a chrysalis.
- Make and enjoy fresh kid-made limeade.
- Paint with fizzing sidewalk paint.
- Dream of winter by making snowglobes.
- Take a mini-road trip to a new destination.
- Make homemade bouncy balls.
- Make a fire, create and roast campfire food.
- Freeze some fun toys in ice and be an excavator and chip them free.
- Jump rope – create a fun durable rope from marker lids.
- Play I-Spy outside! Great way to notice the little details in the world around you!
- Clean out the trash cans… and then make noise with them!
- With a balloon and a CD fly a CD hover craft.
- Play with your food – eat a pretend Lorax!
- Watch ants change colors and learn about how they digest food with a fun outdoor experiment.
- Kool-aide Slurppies. Nothing says summer time better than slurppies by the pool.
- Visit a farmers market together and make veggie smoothies (or a dessert smoothie) with the produce.
- Fill a dry kiddie pool with a variety of items for a giant sensory tub activity.
- Watch pill bugs race. See if you can collect a whole “family” of bugs.
- Make and eat some homemade kid-made butter.
- Add some fun to your slip-n-slide, with shaving cream!
- Use damaged pool noodles for art, a sword fight, or to create a marble run.
- Play outdoor bingo – go on a hunt for the items on your card. Whoever finds things in a row first wins.
- Experience and explore gravity by playing with pulleys
- Decorate rocks for your garden – with melted crayons!
- Have a lazy boardgame afternoon.
- Pick a flower, with your favorite color of paint make flower prints.
- Explore the colors of the rainbow with ice.
- Play with glow sticks – put them inside balloons, dump the contents into jars of water, paint with them, etc.
- Create with your recycle bin – make art and toys out of trash.
- Have a lemonade stand with the kids – put smiles on your neighbors faces.
- Decorate some tin cans and create some DIY windchimes. Compare the sounds of different sizes/shapes of cans.
- Collect your summer memories into a keepsake jar.
- Create art sculptures with tin foil.
- Decorate your yard with balloon people OR make a bunch and hand them out at the park – put smiles on the kids faces.
- Get muddy and make some dirt soup with the kids!
- Paint with water outside – I love mess-free art!
- Foam – a messy project, great to incorporate with washing the car! Make foam and then use the flakes to wash the car.
- Make a water xylophone with the kids to make music with.
- Freeze bananas (or grapes, strawberries, etc. Dip them in chocolate or yogurt for a fun summer treat.
- Play with giant bubbles – the bigger the better.
- Take your kids fishing. Don’t have a pole? Go pretend fishing.
- Explore your shadow – trace them, chase them, make them dance!
- Have a tea party – outside. Bring your friends and stuffed animals.
- Make a splashpad at your own house with a DIY PVC pipe sprinkler system.
- Have fun decorating the garden with some paving stones.
- Water the yard – the slow way, with homemade watering cans.
- Explore scents outside with a water table experiment.
- Play and mold sculptures with Rice Crispie Treats
- collect items for a bird nest – that the birds can use to decorate their nests with.
I love being a mum and as Scarlett gets older I am loving it more & more. Since she started nursery she likes to be doing stuff and as I spend my week at work and away from her I like to do stuff too!
I found a great article about 10 things to do in Spring and I am trying to do them all:
- Plant some seeds, bulbs, plants – we have some that we are hoping to plant at my moms or we will do some cress heads – if that counts
- Go for a walk – she likes to walk with her daddy to see the horses
- Go to a Farm – my friend at work has invited us to his farm to see the animals which we are looking forward to
- Attract wildlife to your garden – not sure how we could do this in our small garden?
- Make a sundial – Scarlett may be too young for this
- Go for a bike ride – soon we will be taking the harness of her smart trike making it more like a bike!
- Go for a picnic – she loved the picnic she had with her Nanny on Sunday
- Do some Spring Crafts – today she made loads of easter crafts for our Easter Egg Hunt on Friday….watch this space
- Bird watching – on Sunday we saw a lovely Swan on the canal by our house – Scarlett seemed mesmerised by it
- Spring Clean – we are still hoping to move so a spring clean is on the books
NSPCC are launching a new campaign based on the success of many viral videos S$&t kids say. It is a very powerful video and a great way to use a trend for the right campaign.
If you are like me you will be a family on a budget, most of the people I follow on Twitter give me great tips about being a family on a budget. Recently I found a great blog – family budgeting – described as creative ideas for raising a family on a budget. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Wanted to share a great tip with you about an emergency kit for your car – it inspired me to update mine! And I found this tip on Pinterest
The independent did a great article on the 7 ages of motherhood – I am the First Time Mother wondering if I will ever be the experienced hand!
10 apps for motherhood – I am not sure I will use any of these but I do think the iPad is great for moms, kids and families alike.
Describe motherhood in three words
Rewarding, amazing and exhausting.
Does your experience differ from your mother’s? How?
I had my little one at the same age my mum had me but I think things have changed so much. Also I went back to work when my little girl was 5 weeks, my mum stayed at home until I was in school – I think that makes our experiences very different.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mum?
Lack of a decent night sleep and when she is ill.
What’s the best thing?
When your little one first says Mummy, when they smile and how everything she does she does with a smile.
How has it changed you?
Lots and lots.
What do you hope for your children?
Health & to be happy.
What do you fear for them?
The riots last year made me really worry what world will be there when Scarlett is older.
What makes it all worthwhile?
Scarlett’s smile when I get home from work or the kiss I get 1st thing in the morning.
Something I have learnt being a mum is limit your chores! This may be a surprise to people who know me but I am trying to worry less and less about the chores and spending more quality time with my family.
Facebook is due to release its figures soon, it has been valued at $100 billion – found a great article about whether this is realistic – Think Facebook’s $100 Billion Valuation Is Nuts?
With it being the end of the 1st month of a new year I find my To Do list getting larger – I read a great article about this recently – it left me thinking so what do I do? Then I found some great advice:
1. Schedule in your calendar anything that feels important but not urgent.
2. As your final activity before leaving work in the evening, set aside sufficient time — at least 15 to 20 minutes — to take stock of what’s happened that day. and to decide the most important tasks you want to accomplish the next day.
3. Do the most important thing on your list first when you get to work in the morning, for up to 90 minutes.
4. Take at least one scheduled break in the morning, one in the afternoon, and leave your desk for lunch.
I will be trying to implement these so I will let you know how I get on!
As a kid I loved Christmas, as a mummy I am sooooo excited.
This weekend we talk our little one to see Santa, she was excited, mainly because Mummy was but then Santa’s elf lead us into Santa’s grotto and her smile and excitement disappeared. I was lucky she didn’t scream the place down whilst we tried to take the picture!
We then spent Saturday morning putting up the tree – she loved the decorations but isn’t too bothered with the tree – I turned over the ends so she couldn’t pull them all of and she seems bored now…. I wonder if that will change!
Saturday evening I wrote all my Christmas Cards and Scarlett keen to get involved scribbled across all of them, some lucky recipients got a bit of biscuit too…… I was a but surprised when I dropped her off at Nursery on Monday to get a list of the kids in her room – I asked her do you know who ** & ** is and then I remembered she is 15 months! Is it too early for her to be sending her own Christmas Cards?
We have lots of Christmas activities planned, I am looking forward the most to our PJ/Xmas film watching with just Mummy, Little One & her Cousin (1 year older!)
I’m probably more excited than her about Christmas, I just cannot wait to see her face on Christmas morning when Santa has visited……… What are you looking forward to?