Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Birthday Cake

07/05/2017
Norwich 4 QPR 0

I was pleased to find out my mother in law had decided against attending the last game of the season, for a very selfish reason. I needed to bake a cake for my baby's first birthday and cooking it with her around my feet was not going to be easy.

My mother in law initially took her out for a walk to try to get her to have a sleep while my eldest and I started baking. Luckily we were making Mary Berry's Victoria Sandwich so we measure all the ingredients out threw them in the bowl and used a hand whisk. It was dead easy although not quite as easy as using my Kitchen Aid. My eldest is getting really good at helping in the kitchen and I am hoping to get her to help make rice crispy cakes next weekend with the leftover easter chocolate. When the batter was ready I let her lick one of the whisks, mainly because I wanted to. It was her first time trying the batter and she loved it.

Unfortunately the baby didn't fall asleep on her walk so I rocked her to sleep upstairs and once she had gone off I could get on with the decorating.  This is my eldest's favourite bit as she got to try all the different icing colours. My mother in law has an ornament that I tried to copy for the Teddy Bear's picnic theme and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Although I'm not sure I'll be decorating the one for her party to such a scale.

By the time I had finished the cake the boys were back and we popped into Hunstanton to get a helium ballon for her birthday. After all it's not a proper celebration without a helium balloon.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Benjamin Bear

29/04/2017
Leeds 3 Norwich 3

My heart sank on Friday afternoon when we went to collect our eldest from preschool and she came skipping out of the school holding the school bear. I hate taking any toys out of our house in case we loose them and now I not only have the pressure of taking a toy out of the house but I have to entertain it too. Luckily we already had exciting plans for Saturday.

After taking him for lunch at a cafe (pub) she upacked his clothes into her wardrobe and got me to make him up a special bed in her room. Of course this special bed was never used as he shared our eldest's bed overnight (shudder,) and then they came in for cuddles with me in the morning, as my husband was in London visiting friends.

As Benjamin has his own set of clothes we all went downstairs in our pj's for breakfast before getting dressed for our big day out.

We had tickets to see Justin's Party at the Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn, as the show wasn't on until the afternoon we decided to treat our eldest to lunch at her second favourite restaurant after Old Mcdonalds M&S cafe. She had a bit of a melt down when we got there as she is paranoid about the actors coming off the stage at the theatre ever since Granny was picked to be in a knife throwing act at the circus, but that is another story. Food arrived to calm her down and after eating we headed to the show.

It was amazing even our baby who normally watches the show for 5 minutes and then goes to the auditorium loved it. My favourite bits were the Hokey Cokey and seeing Mr Tumble. In my opinion Benjamin bear was being spoilt, lunch out and then real life Mr Tumble. I'm not sure how the other parents will top this!

The night before it was time for him to leave we had floods of tears from our eldest so much so that we have had to invite him back again for our baby's first birthday Teddy Bear's picnic party. Luckily he is free that weekend.