Posted by: nikkimitch | March 11, 2010

Sarah’scards retreat

The first time I have scrapped away from home (other than at Mum’s house) we went to a retreat in Cheshire – lovely hotel, 80 odd women as obssessed by the craft as us = heaven – enough ME time to keep me going all year! Evidence that Eileen and Lou did do some work. Mum enjoyed the ‘unlimited tea and coffee’ which she got very excited about before the retreat before realising she can get that at home.Working hard and Mum enjoying one of many coffees I found it really easy to scrap in a room full of people enjoying the same thing and managed 16 layouts over the course of the weekend. Mum and I managed a quick photoshoot when we were checking out and took a photo of the pretty path outside which was handy for the middle of my collage. top and bottom right and the two in the middle row and from the fantastic classes – impossible to pic a favourite as they were all fantastic and I learnt so much. Mum was worried she would not be able to keep up as some aspects were pretty speedy but she managed and had fun too.Sarah taught a class with 2 8.5×11 layouts – I have done this size before in my A-Z album (got a few more of these done over the weekend) but she has a particular style which just wowed me – I felt like a scrappingstalker asking if I could take photos of her layouts I love them so much – luckily she has a blog with all her layouts on – enough inspiration to keep me going. The first two were her class then I attempted a few of my own.Really hope the retreat is repeated next year and if it is I will be there no matter what lol

Posted by: nikkimitch | November 6, 2009

Photoshoot

Taking inspiration from an online friend Suzi – http://amelieslog.blogspot.com/2008/06/photography.html  I decided to try for an outdoor photoshoot with Megan – this was the day before she became poorly with probable swine flu and she still is not 100% so havent had a chance to post until now. Not completely happy with any of the photos but enjoyed trying. It all started to go wrong when I chose her outfit – she didnt like the coat (a hand-me-down from Cousin Charlotte) as it had velcro at the collar and was scratching her – so I took it off and she quickly got cold. With only a few minutes to snap some pictures I tried a few different angles. The farmer drove past giving me a very odd look so as Meg was beginning to whinge I decided to call it a day and go home. I plan to retry these photos as I love the contrast between the little girl and the HUGE hay rolls – they seem to have stacked most of them round here – this was the only easily accessible field they are still scattered in. Hopefully we will get a good crisp day soon and Meg will be amenable to pose again.2009_10_14

I have also started an online ‘course’ blogging for scrapbookers with the idea of blogging more often – hasn’t really worked so far as my pc is sooooo slow it gives me a headache trying to get a post done – but John has said I can order a Macbook as my Christmas present so there may be more blog posts from then on……………………………..

Posted by: nikkimitch | June 13, 2009

Look where we have been……..

Went for a little walk this afternoon to show Sophie – house still standing and evidence of packing in the garage!! Not long now……🙂
Grandma and Grandad will understand the significance of this.... not long now!!!
Grandma and Grandad will understand the significance of this.

The children had a training day off from school yesterday so we decided to make the most of the nice weather and go to Flamingo Land before the summer holiday crowds. We walked miles and the children went on too many rides to count. We had HUGE icecreams, walked round the zoo, bought sweets, had a picnic and left so late we had to stop at Macdonalds on the way home as it was past bedtime – Meg had her first HAPPY MEAL – not sure she was that convinced – she drank her milk then finished off the baby gingerbread biscuits lurking in the bottom of my bag. Ben’s highlight of the day was the Tug boat ride, Tom loved the ‘ghost train’ as you see Frankenstein on the toilet – typical, Sophie loved the adult upside down ride that she was just tall enough for – I will NEVER go on a ride like that again though – it was terrifying!! think I must be getting old. My photos are still in the camera as I don’t have my cardreader with me but here are a selction of Mum’s – the sun was so bright it was difficult (Mum says impossible) to see the lcd screen so we have an interesting collection of nearly shots! but also some lovely ones of Meg walking. – Great day though with loads of good memories🙂

One of Mum's 'almost' photos

One of Mum's 'almost' photos

Meg trying out her FIRST shoes!

Meg trying out her FIRST shoes!

Meg enjoyed her first ride even if she could hardly see out - she tried to steer!

Meg enjoyed her first ride even if she could hardly see out - she tried to steer!

Another 'almost' shot - we had a lot of these :)

Another 'almost' shot - we had a lot of these🙂

and again !!!

and again !!!

Sophie and me are in the near 'cage' - never again!!!

Sophie and me are in the near 'cage' - never again!!!

Posted by: nikkimitch | April 20, 2009

Firsts :)

Just back from a great holiday in Northumberland. Several firsts for Megan she had a fantastic time and really benefited from all the fresh air even if it was rather cold at times. On our second last day the car recorded 4 degrees and our breath was visible and yet Ben and Sophie still paddled in the North sea – they are hardy Northerners with accents getting stronger by the day especially Sophie who now pronounces the g at the end of her words. She had a couple of major meltdowns but we have decided to call the girl who screams and shouts Mildred rather than Sophie and she has promised we left her in Northumberland so we shouldn’t have anymore problems.
Meg's first time on a beach.

Meg's first time on a beach.

Meg's first Easter Egg
Meg’s first Easter Egg
Granny Pat and Sophie on the beach at Alnmouth

Granny Pat and Sophie on the beach at AlnmouthLucius Malfoy

Alnwick Castle was great – we only made it to the gardens last time. We met Lucius Malfoy and he was very intimidating – Thomas showed him how magic should be done though – think he was impressed !

John and Thomas looking for fish before the stings.

John and Thomas looking for fish before the stings.

Poor Tom he got over a hundred stinging nettle stings trying to get back round the pond after looking at the fish – he was very brave though as it must have really hurt all over his hands and legs. He also had about 30 little thorns which he patiently let me pull out.

Confident swimmers at last.

Confident swimmers at last.

The pool at village farm was one of the main attractions as it was so easy to go a lot during the holiday. Thomas and Sophie practised jumping in and by the end of the week were really confident and having great fun. Ben was less cooperative so din’t make much progress.

Willow maze at Whitehouse farm

Willow maze at Whitehouse farm

Freezing fog on our trip to Whitehouse farm but still lots of fun – face painting, animal feeding, toboggan ride, bouncy castle, trampolines. The place was really busy despite the weather would hate to see how crowded it gets on a sunny day but there was loads to do and the people were very friendly.

What a mess!!

What a mess!!

Granny Pat bought Megan an icecream and the seller was a little over generous with the amount – I tried to lick some off but she was desperate so I gave in adn let her try her best – what a mess but she had fun and it washed off!!

Building a den in Craster harbour

Building a den in Craster harbour

I spend a lot of time zooming in when I take photos having learnt to get down to eye level and fill the frame so I decided to do something different and be almost on the ground using a wideangled lens to include more background – Craster harbour gave me the perfect backdrop and I am quite pleased with the results. The children were engrossed in their project so I had plenty of time to practise.

Ben in the cold cold sea!

Ben in the cold cold sea!

I did the same once Ben started paddling – my camera was almost in the waves but the unusual perspective was worth the risk and I managed to get some shots without even getting my feet wet thank goodness as the water was freezing!!

Megan at soft play

Megan at soft play

Despite the culture, wildlife, great outdoors the highlight of the week for the children was an afternoon spent at a rather rundown softplay centre. It was the first time Megan had really had a chance to play and although she din’t do much exploring of the baby area she had a lot of fun watching and crawling at speeed!

View from the cottage

View from the cottage

Loads more snaps I could share but has taken hours to get this far! Definitely a place I would recommend visiting and I hope we will be back there soon in better weather to really take advantage of the wonderful beaches.

Posted by: nikkimitch | March 1, 2009

Walking the dog, mud, sticks and more mud!

Managed to get everyone out into the Spring sunshine today by ignoring the protests. They all had great fun once they got out – jumping in muddy puddles. We had to strip them at the door and get them straight into baths when we got back and I have a pile of washing but it was great fun and lovely to see everyone well and happy. Loads of photos as couldn’t decide what to post and what to leave out🙂
Sophie decided to paddle in the beck
Sophie decided to paddle in the beck
The mud was very inviting
The mud was very inviting
They all had fun jumping in the mud and getting incredibly messy!
They all had fun jumping in the mud and getting incredibly messy!
Ben was very proud of this stick and had to have a photo
Ben was very proud of this stick and had to have a photo
Great seeing everyone so happy and well for a change
Great seeing everyone so happy and well for a change
Meg looked very puzzled at times
Meg looked very puzzled at times
More jumping in mud and probably cow dung!
More jumping in mud and probably cow dung!
John suddenly grabbed Tom and swung him in the air til he squealed
John suddenly grabbed Tom and swung him in the air til he squealed
then did the same to Ben
then did the same to Ben
Tom threw Sophie's special stick into a pile of sticks - she hunted until she found it.
Tom threw Sophie’s special stick into a pile of sticks – she hunted until she found it.
Tom and Sophie found a special stick they could sit on - they did look odd!
Tom and Sophie found a special stick they could sit on – they did look odd!

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Posted by: nikkimitch | February 26, 2009

Sophie the photographer

taken by a 5 year old !!

taken by a 5 year old !!

Sometimes Sophie amazes me with her capabilities. The other week she made lunch for everyone – including me – tuna mayo sandwiches and she did the lot – found the ingredients, opened the tin, drained the tuna, mixed it spread on bread and cut into neat triangles. Today she helped me take some pictures of Megan who was totally uncooperative earlier when I tried alone – after a while Sophie asked if she could take some photos so I took the opportunity of being in the pictures and this is the result – I am thrilled!!

However while editing this post Sophie shows her true age – I heard a scream from her room where she is supposed to be asleep – when i rushed up she said her water burnt her – she has a cup of cold water by her bed at night – I couldnt see how this could be possible so I asked again what had happened. She said that she had accidentally got water on her lamp – when I looked the bulb was totally smashed and there was glass in her bed. On further questioning it appears her lamp was too bright and hurting her eyes so rather than switch it off she thought she would pour water on it to make it less bright :0 – she won’t do that again in a hurry. Thankfully she is unhurt – unfortunately I haven’t been able to find all the glass so will have to search again tomorrow.

Posted by: nikkimitch | February 21, 2009

Back from Center Parcs – shattered but happy!

Lots of fun swimming – Sophie is like a water baby now doing head over heels in the water – Tom is so confident too they are finally having fun in the water.

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Ben only likes watermelon

Ben only likes watermelon

Ben says he hates fruit and only likes watermelon so Granny Pat bought him one – surprise surprise he didnt like that much either – luckily Tom did and he ate most of it.

Thomas and his dad bonding with a Log conversation

Thomas and his dad bonding with a Log conversation

Ben found lots of interesting stones to show me!

Ben found lots of interesting stones to show me!

Megan had great fun exploring all the new places - she liked the soft play with the bead toys best.

Megan had great fun exploring all the new places - she liked the soft play with the bead toys best.

Thomas tried fencing for the first time and enjoyed it. He did archery too and came first in the competition.

Thomas tried fencing for the first time and enjoyed it. He did archery too and came first in the competition.

zipwire fun

zipwire fun

Megan had her first go on a swing

Megan had her first go on a swing

and her first icecream cone
and her first icecream cone

And we finished with some ten pin bowling and lots of unhealthy foodcolourings in blue slush puppies!

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Posted by: nikkimitch | February 7, 2009

My fabulous sister-in-law

Thanks to the fabulous Lynsey I now have a brand spanking new blog and I must say I am LOVING it!! Am yet to discover all it’s toys as the anklebitters are still up and arguing but I will be having a proper play later – thanks Lynsey🙂

Posted by: nikkimitch | February 1, 2009

wrong order again – grrrrrr

Just when I think I know what I am doing with blogger it all goes pearshapd. I cant get photos in the right order at all – the previous post has all the wrong info with the wrong photos so this time I am not even going to try you can just play a mix and match game and work out which photo I am talking about🙂

This week Meg has decided she can manage steps – I keep finding her halfway up the stone steps to the garden room – she is fast too! and next minute she will be at the bottom of the main stairs standing and only holding on with one hand – she is growing up too quickly. She and ben had fun with an empty cardboard box – free toys are always the best. Ben got very excited when i said it was time to go to his dance class – he was getting his own black ballet shoes and couldnt wait. Meg and Sophie had fun at a party yesterday – Meg cleaned the village hall floor and Sophie stuffed a teddy. I tried to nick a sandwich from the party tea but Meg took it out of my hand and ate it.

The children love a ‘sharing tray’ for lunch and/or tea – saves on waste as they can pick what they want – was impressed at how relatively healthy this one was – Sophie made it.







Posted by: nikkimitch | February 1, 2009

Catch up

Phew what a week – had the children off school Mon/Tues and told Mum not to come so she didnt catch it as she is away this weekend and I didn’t want her to miss out by being poorly. Not too disorganised considering I didn’t have her help but absolutely exhausted🙂 Sophie and I had fun with the new candy floss machine I have bought to use at the playgroup spring fair – can safley say it was a hit with Sophie.
Sophie helped me make Yorkshire puddings on Sunday – John was away at the races all day so when we got back from church I rushed around trying to get a roast together – Sophie is so helpful and great company too.
Thomas was really proud of this lego model – he wanted his picture taken to send to the lego magazine – but when he saw it he didn’t like how he looked so made me take it again without him in it – no matter how many times I say how fantastic he is he still has low self esteem.

Sophie helped in the kitchen again on Monday – she made everyone’s lunch – tuna sandwichs – and yes she is wearinbg a nightie cos she was off school sick – Thomas was worse but as she wasn’t 100% and the weather was awful she stayed off too.

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