Man alive, it's been a long time since I've managed to do a blog post. My time is pretty taken up with this at the moment. SUCH an exciting adventure I'm having with two baby wearing friends, inspiring, educating and enabling other parents on their baby wearing journeys. I've also been having fun making co-ordinating suck pads for our structured carriers... I'll maybe get around to writing about that one day.
But October has been a busy and positive month, so I wanted to collect some of the images and activities we've been up to on here. We've had several farm days... on this one at Wroxham Barns we got to feed the calves.
Ironically and somewhat cruelly, they're fed on formula milk. I don't know much about dairy farming, but this aspect of it seems crazy.
This boy was very excited to ride his first quad bike!
And Miss O was fascinated by her little chick. ("Chichin! Chichin!")
We had a cuddle with this rather gorgeous guinea-pig too.
We've enjoyed gloriously Autumnal home days too. Bouncing...
... sibling yoga...
... and light-up duplo. Just about the coolest toy we own!
Miss O has invented the turn-off-the-hoover-while-Mummy-is-using-it game. It's actually adorable and hilarious! Not only does it take ALL her strength to turn it off, she then claps both hands over her mouth and dances on the spot giggling gleefully.
I've given up tea for the whole of October, to raise money for our sling library, so all our breakfasts and snacks have been tea free. As much as these homemade chocolate cornflake cakes were delicious, they'd have been better with tea than with milk.
I got this far with my build-a-bench-top-out-of-a-pallet project. Then, after carefully labelling each component, drilling pilot holes and turning it upside ready for assembly, my brain exploded. Suddenly all the planks appeared to be upside down or back to front or a combination of both! I really struggle to visualise what will happen when something is turned upside down, or when a fabric creation is turned inside out. Mind boggling! It's still all piled on top of the crates, waiting for Rachel to come and help me with my spacial reasoning! I'm excited by all the different colours and patterns on the wood though!
Now that Little R is at nursery two mornings and one whole day, Miss O and I have some quality one-to-one playtime, where we get to do things at a slower pace and follow her lead. She loves a bit of "painting". She refers to drawing of any sort as "painting" and if you can convince her not to eat the crayon/chalk/pencil tip/pen nib she enjoys making some marks. But she often wanders off to eat crayons in secret, because obviously they are SO DELICIOUS.
Loved how all these marks looked. And the colourful chalk dust caught on the wooden rim. Beautiful.
Another farm trip (Hollow Trees), and Miss O loved feeding the goats. Or just pretending to have food so they'd lick her fingers (hilarious). She also learnt that if you shove your fingers right in the goat's mouth, it bites you. But by the next visit, just four days later, she'd forgotten that fact and what traumatised for a second time.
It's been such wonderful weather this month. And unusual number of bright, sunny days. On this one, we explored and played at Thornham Walks with Chris. I LOVE the dress and wellies combo!
Gymnastics practice. Much pirate adventuring happened in this play area too. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - Little R or Chris!! (N.B: All pirates have broad Somerset accents in our family. "Avarrrst me harrrrties! Weigh ancherrrr! Where's me treasurrre?" Totes normal, yes? Not in any way casual stereotyping.)
Chris suggested that the cows said "moo". Miss O pretended to be stumped by this suggestion and looked at Chris like she'd grown an extra head. I think she's going to have an interesting sense of humour as she grows up. Already she teases us. Last night, she was getting "toins" out of Rachel's wallet, offering them to me, then pulling her hand away at the last moment and giggling "nooo!"
Is there a more Autumnal image anywhere, than Gruffalo wellies on a fungus covered log, complete with adorable mini-mushrooms? I suspect not! (And what is it with my children and the one-leg-down-one-leg-up look?)
And then we got down to some quality pumpkin action this weekend, with Auntie Mandy and Uncle Tom came to visit.
These miniature pumpkins were so cute! Auntie Mandy made a dinosaur/dragon type creature...
... and I made a faberge pumpkin!
Little R made a stickery one, while Uncle Tom and I did some concentrated carving. He created the spooky face, and me the cute spider. VERY proud of our pumpkin family this year!
Then it was back to Hollow Trees farm for more outdoor adventures and goat-hand-nibbling. Miss O loves a swing, but Mummy Rachel was a bit worried about the proximity of the tree to her head!!
And superheroes... The Hulk, Iron Woman and Spider-Girl (I think!)
This morning, while pottering round the garden rocking Miss O to sleep, I took some photos of the Autumn bounty in our garden. Then I tested out the auto-collage feature of Photo Gallery, which isn't perfect, but eventually produced this:
I'm totally into Autumn now. I feel I was dragged out of that glorious summer kicking and screaming, but I'm embracing the crispy leaves, warming soups and even indoor playtime on rainy afternoons (although they've been mercifully few so far). But I really am looking forward to a cup of tea!!