Friday, 24 February 2017

First lost tooth

After 11 days of wobbliness Isaac woke up this morning with a gap. His tooth came out in his sleep and he can't find it anywhere! He has looked all through his duvet and we've come to the conclusion that he swallowed it!

Isaac thinks he can feel it in his throat! However he is excited that the tooth fairy might visit however we are off to the inlaws tonight so I hope they find us!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Half term - Hobbledown

Making use of our annual passes to Hobbledown (though I'm sure they are due to expire) we met up with friends and enjoyed our morning slot in the playbarn and then ventured outside for packed lunches and outdoor sand play.

Isaac was so excited to spend the day with his best friend A.

The both enjoyed climbing and testing their limits as to how high they could go!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Half term - playground

On Tuesday Isaac went to Alex's house so I took Olivia and Shaylan to soft play.  They had great fun on the bouncy castle and making friends to play hide and seek with,


After soft play we ran across the field to the playground. Another lovely sunny day. It's been too cold recently to really enjoy the outdoors.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Wisley









Day one of half term and we visited Wisley. Just the kids and I. They had the butterflies in the green house. It was great that they were flying free around us, landing on the gorgeous plants and flowers for us to get an up close look at.


Isaac and Olivia said they wanted to touch the butterflies, but apart from it not being allowed, they got a little scared when they came close.

Stationed around the glasshouse were tables of fruit for the butterflies to land on and munch away.


The butterflies were stunning. All had different patterns and colours in their wings.

Olivia couldn't believe how big this butterfly was. She didn't want to get too close though.


As we walked down some steps we saw this butterfly on the wall. I asked Isaac how close would he go to it...

We ventured out into the sunshine to the play area. Isaac loves climbing trees at the moment.

Selfie in the sun!

Great fun making dens. Had to be very careful not to get anyone with hebig long sticks.

Inside the activity center

Trying to smile in the bright sunshine

Lunch time. Bit pricey but they ate well. Packed lunch for he rest of the week!

Enjoying her biscuit

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Science Museum

We were due to meet our friends Sarah and George in London for lunch on Saturday and with train maintenance works we were restricted to where we could go.  We decided to go to South Kensington as its easy to get to from Wimbledon and to make the most of the day we thought we'd visit the Science Museum first.

Isaac and Olivia love getting the train! And were super excited to get a tube train, however this one didn't really go under ground :(



We got to the Science Museum shortly after 10am and although we had to queue it wasn't that bad.  

We were on the look out for Tim Peaks' spaceship and thought this was it!

However we soon found it.  Impressive how small the capsule is compared to the parachute!
 

Exploring all the computers was good fun for the kids....James too.

This cross section of an aeroplane was impressive to see how thin the carcass is!



Looking at the old phones was interesting.  I could see a few I used to own too!

We managed to avoid any rain all day, came home to see hail stones everywhere!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Monthly Meal Plan

Oh yes you read it right!  A monthly meal plan!  Not weekly, monthly!

This is for the kids, not myself and papa penguin - we like variety. However kids love having the same predictable things.  Kids love routines, they thrive on routines!  I'm a childminder and I survive on routines!

I've been working on this meal plan for the last month or so, looking at what the kids like, what they don't like, which kids I have on which days and how many.  Most days I have just 3 children for lunch but for dinner - Mondays I have 6 kids, Tuesdays 6, Wednesday 5, Thursdays 4 and Fridays 6  - one of which is gluten and dairy free. The children are aged between 1 years old and 6 years old.

Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Scrambled Egg on Toast Soup & Granary Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Gluten Free Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Boiled Ham, Homemade chips, egg, peas Pasta Bolognese Pizza and cruditees Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Sausages (some gluten free), Rice, Peas

Banana & Ice Cream Yoghurt Jelly Yoghurt Yoghurt
Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Soup & Superfood bread

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Roast Chicken Traybake Pasta Bolognese Homemade chicken goujons, chips and cooked carrots Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Boiled Ham, Homemade chips, egg, peas

Jelly Yoghurt Banana & Custard Yoghurt Banana & Ice Cream
Week 3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Scrambled Egg on Toast Soup & Granary Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Gluten Free Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Chicken curry, Rice, Peas & Naan Pasta Bolognese Sausages, Mash and Broccoli Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Fish fingers (some gluten free), Rice, Cooked Carrots

Banana & Ice Cream Yoghurt Jelly Yoghurt Yoghurt
Week 4 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Baked Beans on Toast Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Ham, Jam or Cream Cheese Sandwich with cruditees and boiled egg Baked beans & Superfood bread

Yoghurt Fruit Pot Yoghurt Jelly Fruit pot
Dinner Homemade chicken goujons, chips and cooked carrots Pasta Bolognese Fish Fingers, New Potatoes, Peas Wholewheat Pasta with tomato and hidden veg sauce Chicken curry, Rice, Peas & Naan

Jelly Yoghurt Banana & Custard Yoghurt Banana & Ice Cream


I won't lie. Mealtimes aren't easy.  It can be very depressing to put a nutritious meal on the table for kids of all ages say yuck to. You know there is nothing wrong with it, and you know that they will probably eat it but it can still be upsetting.  Especially when they aren't yours.  

My pasta bolognese (pasta shapes, not spaghetti as thats just too messy!) is the one meal that all children will eat with no fuss! Most have seconds!  Monday's dinners will get eaten....eventually. Wednesday is the one day I let them eat I guess more kid type friendly food.  Thursdays we need a meal that can be cooked and eaten quickly and I have my daughter and 3 boys to take to martial arts and Friday is a bit of everything and due to having two different kids to the other days will some time last minute be changed.

My rules!
The rules for my children are the same for all other childminded children.  I've stopped being adventurous during the week and the meals above are enjoyed but majority of the children. I can not cater for everyones fussiness. I do not give massive portions, you can always come back for seconds. You are expected to at least try it, if you don't then you will have to sit in your seat until everyone else has finished.  As soon as you are finished you are allowed pudding but as long as your plate is cleared.  Once you have eaten pudding you are excused from the table.  You are expected to stay at the table till either you've eaten everything on your plate and if wanted had pudding, or until everyone else has finished.  If you have eaten over half of whats on your plate you may be allowed the same pudding as everyone else.  If not you can have fruit.  If you've refused to even try your dinner you get nothing. Unless you are weaning.....thats a whole other story!

Oooooh gosh it sounds harsh but I don't like waste!  I get enough of that from the crusts of sandwiches that don't get eaten!  Generally parents seem happy with my rules. No one has complained yet!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

I'm still here!

I don't want to loose this blog but I've recently been feeling very unorganised and this blog had to take a step back!  I also felt like I was losing my way.

So I started a new blog!  Really hoping I find the time to keep it up to date and post back here every now and then.  I miss writing about the kids.  Not just to share with you guys but I really enjoy reading my posts back a few years later!  So I'm not going anywhere....

However my new love of clean eating is being blogged over here at The Nutritious Penguin....