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Last week we changed our Summer Fun wall to an Autumn Activities wall. It’s kind of a bucket list/boredom buster list combined. Here are the photos of the changeover. I wont bore you with listing the individual activities as I’m sure I’ve either told you about the exciting ones or I’m about to! Most of them come fom my overtaxed brain, but of course pinterest and the blogosphere continue to be a great inspiration. 🙂

It’s so hard to take photos of this stuff. Each circle is 3″.

summer bucket list

summer bucket list

summer bucket list


After each activity we put a sticker on the circle. This meant that we could do our favourites a lot without them being crossed off. Also nice to see what is most popular!

summer bucket list

Our Autumn activities is very similar (in fact many of the favourites are up there again). We did them on leaf shapes. Oscar wrote quite a few himself. We have left a lot of blank ones too in case of later inspiration. (I wonder is it too early to put Christmas craft on the list? When will we swap to winter????)

autumn bucket list

autumn bucket list

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I seem to have failed to post the most recent bucket lists, so here they are!


This was taken on the day I took it down to do the summer one.

spring bucket list

spring bucket list


(a work in progress obviously)


summer bucket list

summer bucket list

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I see a lot of fancy ‘Family Command Centres’ in blogland and since we’re doing a little less around here right now (well a little less *blogable* anyway) I thought I’d show you mine! Mind you, I didn’t realise I had a Command Centre, here was me thinking I had a kitchen wall!

The dinner planner is laminated so it’s wipeclean. The mini white board is from the pound shop. You can also see shopping lists, Oz activity lists, cards, Oscar art etc etc. The whiteboard sometimes has a to do list, sometimes important dates and sometimes a Bible verse or two. Just as the mood/need takes me!

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[Except Emily, who laughs in the face of routine!] – Authors note!

So how do you get an over excited 4 year old, a baby who hates mornings and an over tired mummy out of the house by 8am?

Here’s what we do.

First mummy has a crib sheet the night before…

This is so when Miss Emily has been up 10 times the night before and the brain has left the building, stuff still happens!

The alarm goes off at 6.45am. eek! Mummy and Miss Emily resolutely ignore it, Mr happy happy joy joy bounces up the stairs and wakes us all up. we then follow the magnets on Oscar’s board…

Remember these? they’re from the Visual timetable but we didn’t need them after it went weekly, until Early Mornings reared it’s ugly head! (Note we’ve been getting into routine while Daddy is away at the Hovercraft World Championships, We’ll find him a job when he gets home, so don’t worry, He’s not being allowed to sleep!) We move up each magnet as the task is completed. Actually this is week 3 and we basically ignore this list already. We only needed it to get us going to begin with…

If you want our magnets the download is here.

Turns out the main impediment to getting out before 8am was this:

She doesn’t *look* like she could derail a whole raft of carefully orchestrated plans, does she? Soooo angelic! She wouldn’t scream her way through a bottle (well ,through the first 30ml of a bottle for 45mins) in defiance of being woken early, would she? Well yes actually, she would! The answer turns out to be baby breakfast! Hide the milk in a bowl of baby breakfast. Spoon it in while she giggles and Jobs’ a good ‘un! Awesome!

Right on to getting out the door! First make tea in a thermo mug (yes and one for you Bethan!) then load baby into buggy and herd people out the door. (Yes it’s still called herding with only one 4 year old. Ever tried herding cats?)

On the way out the door check the list blue tacked at the appropriate height…

If you have followed the steps in the right order you will hopefully achieve this:

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Yes I know it’s Thursday, yes I know there have been several post free days, but this big school marlarkey is more tiring than we all thought. We do like walking to and from school, but 8 miles a week for the little chap (and 16 for Mummy and Miss Emily) combined with 6.45 waking is making us all a little very tired and grumpy! I’m sure we’ll be used to it soon, but posts featuring us vegging or mummy in bed at 8pm wouldn’t be all that exciting would they? (Even if I had had the energy to write them.)
Anyway yesterday we had a spot of mummy time around here and consequently the wall in the scrapping room looks like this!

The lego bricks are obviously the magnets, not part of the layouts!

Incidentally, has anyone seen my pre kids scrapping style? I left it somewhere a while ago and I miss it! It’s not that I don’t like clean lines; and lack of embellishments would be very money saving if it weren’t for the fact that my storage systems are groaning with embellies I haven’t used; but sometimes I do miss the more layered and complex stuff I did. This all feels very ‘stick it down quick the baby will be awake soon’.

Product of the week? Washi tape (From the show on Saturday. Nearly my only purchase.)

Here are some closer shots of my layouts, You’ll note they’re from April/May, have I EVER been this far behind?

Thanks Alison for the campervan stamp!

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So this week I finally worked out how to update the visual timetable. Now he’s older we need to have a week to view. I still have to print out doubles (or triples) of some magnets, and I guess it’s work in progress as we see how it works out!

We’ve also added dates etc.

The original VT post is here.

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Okay so it’s taken a while. Here is part two of the scraproom organisation.

These are the pix from the sewing part of the organisation.

and the close ups:

This is fat quarter/fabric scraps storage…

Fabric stash, remember those jars from the show? Well here’s my copy cat! The radio tin is from Sainsbury’s Biscuits at Christmas.

Ribbons and felt :o)

Also on this side of the room Oscar’s craft stuff…

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