So today was our first Movement with Mummy class at the leisure centre. It was pretty fun...though E wasn't really fussed about paying attention. He did enjoy getting to run around, and he sat still long enough to do the toe-pointing exercise, and even hugged a cuddly stuffed baby penguin for a while. It seems like a good forum to let him get some wriggles out while still learning to follow a few more instructions and pay attention to things for more than 30 seconds. (To be fair, he will sit through a book that it takes 3 minutes to read and do it happily.) I don't know how often we'll go, but I enjoyed the excuse to get myself out of bed earlier and to make sure E had some proper exercise before his nap.
Yesterday, I took that new top from White Stuff out for a spin. We were having a family gathering over in Newbury so that the aunts, uncles, and cousins could say a big 'Welcome Home' to the Husband's youngest brother, Robin, now that he's back from doing 2 years of missionary work in France. We had a great time getting to see everyone and hanging out...and the Cornish pasties and vanilla-almond cupcakes we made went over a treat.
Continuing on the theme of colourful new things: I have new measuring spoons! Lovely Auntie Vanessa (my mother-in-law's sister) bought Rachel a set of adorable measuring spoons as a Christmas present. Another aunt and I loved them so much, we asked Vanessa where she found them; so she promised to grab us each a set and bring it to the homecoming reunion for Robin. Tell me these are not the cutest things you've ever seen?
|I want to do so much more baking now.|
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson is brilliant. I love the way she rhymes throughout a book (check out One Ted Falls Out of Bed and The Gruffalo for more good examples of this), and Axel Sheffler's illustrations are darling.
Earnest is an extremely large moose. E really loves the last page of this book when Earnest finally overcomes his struggle to fit into his own picture book. Catherine Rayner hit the jackpot with this concept: it's really fun to read.
That's everything for now. I've got a little man who needs help getting back to sleep and then it's time to keep digging into Is That A Fish in Your Ear? I'm enjoying myself so far.