A Mothers Ramblings: November 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Roadshow Panto

There are a few things that mark out members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as different from those around them. One of them is one of my favourite things ever, watching or participating in a Roadshow. A Roadshow is basically a short performance put on by each ward in a Stake based around a theme. Last year for example, the theme was Disney, this year the theme was Panto.

Oh yes, it was!


PippaD, Top Ender and Dan Jon Jr in costume for the Roadshow Panto in Northampton Stake

Somehow I had managed to volunteer myself to write and direct a Panto and get as many members of the ward involved as I could, and I wanted EVERYONE involved because I'm a tiny bit of an overachiever.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 18th November 2017

I have decided that this week I'm not buying anything in the Supermarket, other than Cat food, a couple of bottles of drink, some fresh fruit and something for Christmas. This week we are going to eat from the supplies in our well-stocked Kitchen and hopefully, we have everything that we need because I'm not intending to go near a Supermarket again this week (well I'll take my Mum and drop Top Ender off, but they don't count!).

Next Customer Please at the Supermarket

I'm hoping that when I do go shopping at some point today that it will be one of those quick ten minute jobs, rather than one of those supposedly quick because I have a list that turns into a two-hour nightmare...

Monday, 13 November 2017

KidZania with Snazaroo #Review

I guess I should have known that Dan Jon Jr was excited about a trip we were making during the October Half Term before I picked him up on the last day of School. I hadn't really picked up on it, until almost every child I spoke to on the last day of term, knew where we were going and exclaimed how jealous they were of Dan Jon and even some of the teachers that don't teach Dan Jon told us to have a good time. The visit we had planned, was of course to Kidzania, a city for children run by children and we were off to visit thanks to Snazaroo Face Paints.

Top Ender and Dan Jon at the Snazaroo stand in KidZania

I had heard lots about the place and wasn't sure if Top Ender would want to go, she is after all, at the upper age limit of the admittance age. Top Ender said she would go just so she could be there for her brother, but I think by the end of the visit, she was enamoured enough to confirm that she had been looking forward to it (maybe not as much as her brother), that she had really enjoyed the visit and was up for us booking another visit in the very near future...


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Missionaries, Missionaries Every Where!

You've probably seen Missionaries walking around the streets of your town, two young men, or two young women, smartly dressed with a name tag proudly declaring their name as Elder "Surname" or Sister "Surname" and the name of the Church that they represent. They have probably smiled at you, spoken briefly with you and you've probably thought something along the lines of "How can I make a quick exit?!" and then thought nothing more of them as you've ended the conversation and gone on to your destination.

Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints giving a lesson in a members home

I get it. Talking about religion in the middle of the street isn't top of most peoples list of fun things to do and it can be a little awkward talking to strangers, especially ones who seem to look super formal, have smiles that could power a small town, be jolly all the time and look like they are young enough to be your child.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 11th November 2017

Yesterday, Flyfour and I quickly worked out what we were going to eat this coming week before going shopping. Flyfour had the day off so that we could ensure we were on time for Dan Jon's evening performance of Richard III and didn't have to worry about rush hour traffic messing everything up.

As I had been making props for Panto, DJ asked if I could make a warrant for his play... so I did!

Richard III Warrant

The evening was brilliant. Dan Jon and his classmates were amazing and I was so proud of them all. I've known them all for so long and have been on class trips with them, read with them, practised spellings and just hung out with them.

Anyway, this is what we decided upon!


Thursday, 9 November 2017

A Visit To A Fire Station

For our last Faith In God activity, the Leader had arranged for the children to visit a local Fire Station. The idea was that the children would get a tour of the building and at the end of it have an understanding of what life as a Fireman is like and what their job involves and hopefully be more aware of the importance of their role and of the hard work that these brave men and women do.

A Fire Engine

I sorta said that as Primary President, I'd be going to support the Faith In God leader and to help if Dan Jon Jr had a problem with his blood sugars, but really it was because I wanted a tour around the Fire Station too!


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

My New Kitchen

Finally, it's finished. Finally, I can show you pictures of my amazing Kitchen, but before I do, I have to tell you how we got here and show you some pictures of what we were living with before...

Old Kitchen Wasn't my Style

Out kitchen was fine. Seriously it was, Sure, it wasn't my choice or style, but it worked. We had spaces for food and our plates and pots and pans. Yes, the wall cupboards were slightly too small for our plates and the worktop was starting to warp a bit from a leak, the tap leaked, I'd cut the worktop a bit weird when we had the fridge put in and well, it just wasn't set up for how we use the Kitchen.

When we planned the Kitchen with the Ikea Designer, I hadn't really thought about how we used the kitchen, but they were lovely and talked us through the process and pretty soon we had a kitchen that we were pleased with. We decided to go with the fitters that Ikea recommended and after the initial walk through with the fitter, all I had to do was pack up my kitchen. Oh and buy my flooring and wall tiles. And a new oven. And an extractor. Normal kitchen refit things!

By the time the Kitchen refit started, the family and I were super ready for it. At least we thought we were. Living through the kitchen refit? Oh my gosh, it was even worse than when we didn't have a bathroom! Actually, that isn't true. I'd rather not have an oven than a toilet any day of the week.

A ripped out Kitchen

You know what though, it was okay. However maybe it is like labour and once you have your new baby in your arms, (or in this case your new kitchen all clean and sparkly) you forget about all the pain and hassle and just focus on the perfectness that is bundled in front of you.

I'm sure now, however, that you have waited long enough and here is my beautiful Kitchen!


Monday, 6 November 2017

Why I'm Feeling Sad

If you look at me and my Mum, you can see we are related, even if she thinks I look more like my Paternal Grandfather than her.

My Sister, Grandfather and I

My Mum and I have the same eyes, chin, evil glare at people who've annoyed us... You'd have to look a bit more deeply to see my Dad in me.

He's there though. The same way of sulking, the same love of telling a story, the same determination, the same temper, the same confidence, the same sense of humour, the same love of technology, the same love of dressing up (honestly I swear half the pictures from his youth are of him dressed up in costume) the same sense of right and wrong.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

What We Are Eating 4th November 2017

Out meals are a bit boring this week, there are a few bits that I'm making fresh that will keep me amused, but nothing too strenuous as I'm still banned from using the sharp knives unsupervised after managing to slice into my finger with a butter knife last Sunday!

A Yummy Roast Dinner


Friday, 3 November 2017

Our Halloween And A Giant Ferrero Rocher!

Halloween may have been and gone, but I wanted to share a few pictures from the night of what my little family of four got up to, so I hope you'll all indulge me!

As has become tradition, we headed off to the Trunk N Treat at our Church building. The rules for our little get together are simple, no masks, not too much gore and keep the costumes modest to be inline with our values. The children and I had decided to get there early to drop off our Slow Cooker pots of Veggie chilli and help out with various jobs that always need to be done, but somehow the lady who was in charge of organising it this year was all done. I think she really is Super Woman in disguise!

Our Halloween Doll Quote

Instead, we supported the Missionaries and one young man who turned up to help remove the leaves from the car park (the other young men seemed to forget to arrive early to help!) and by support, I mean we stood around making small talk with the other adults and generally got in the way. I believe it's called "Supervising"...