So far we’ve only discovered one problem with our lovely new house. The previous occupants took all the blinds with them when they moved. They were perfectly entitled to do this but it has left us feeling a little ‘exposed’ to our neighbours, especially in the evenings.
Today we ventured to the local high street. We did some shopping (top of the toddlers list was ‘bubbles’) and stopped for a cup of tea in the strangest coffee shop-inside-a-department-store you’ll ever see inside the M25. I was allowed a very quick look around a charity shop which was curtailed by the toddler knocking over a mannequin….
Anyway, after two nights of sleeping in a room without blinds it was clear that something had to be done. We made sure the children had blackout blinds as they need their routines. Luckily we’re both tired from unpacking but top of our list is searching Web-Blinds. I’m currently sitting in our lounge typing this but I need to put the lights on as it’s getting dark. I need blinds, not just for some privacy but also so I can hide the mess from the neighbours for a while longer. As I said yesterday, we’ve made one room liveable but elsewhere we’re still tripping over boxes. We unpacked 37 boxes yesterday, with my husband back at work, I only managed 2 today!
The to-do is getting longer. After sorting out the blinds I need the stair gates up as they make life so much easier. After that it’s bedroom furniture as we need three wardrobes, a new bed and bedside tables for us, and lots and lots of hooks so I can hang some of my pictures. It’s amazing how empty a house can look until you start to cover the walls up.
I love this photo I took of Little Sis yesterday. I’m embarrassed to show you the mess but it’s already looking much better than this – now you can see the floor!
My sister is moving to the country cottage of her dreams this weekend. When we visited a couple of weekends ago we drove out to see it and it is lovely, a typical ancient cottage and it even had a stable door for the front door with roses growing around it! We thought we would make her a card as she is really excited about moving from town to country.
I set up everything the toddler needed – a paint tray, big dollops of his favourite colours and some corks. We’ve painted with corks before and they’re the perfect size for his little hands.
He loves painting so after he had played with them for a couple of minutes I gave him a piece of paper with an outline of a large balloon. We’ve been watching a lot of Pixar films lately and Up is one of our favourites so our card was definitely inspired by the film. The toddler got to work, filling the balloon with the different colours of paint, then we set it aside to dry.
The next day I drew in a little country cottage and we sent it on it’s way via Parcelforce. We put a little care package together to go with it – yummy home made biscuits, a copy of Country Living and some Cath Kidston tea towels . Jealous? Not me as it’ll be our turn next, but we’ll be getting the best of both worlds, swapping surburban Zone 3 for country Zone 6!
So far this year has been unusually busy. We’ve sold our house and bought a new one so fingers crossed everything will go smoothly and in a couple of months we’ll be happily installed in our new home. To celebrate finally having an offer accepted we decided to have a lovely family day today. The weather has been atrocious but we ventured out to do our weekly food shop at Tesco after treating the children to a couple of hours at our local soft play centre.
At least when the weather is bad as it has been you don’t feel guilty about spending time at home. This afternoon we watched a DVD (Disney Pixar Cars, the toddlers favourite), bathed the children and enjoyed preparing a special Sunday night dinner. I have to admit that we chose a delicious ready-made pie but made sure to prepare all the potatoes and vegetables so everyone could enjoy them. We also treated ourselves to some Coke (full fat for him, Diet for me), and even some ice-cream for pudding.
It’s been a lovely relaxing day, very well-needed, and it was great to not have much to do. After dinner we relaxed by doing puzzles and reading books without the tv on and an early night for the terrible two. We’re completely restored for another week, hope you all had a lovely weekend too. And if you fancy taking a look at more pictures from our family day check out my Google+ album, you might like to follow me on Google+ too
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