Willy Wonka Tea Party

 

Both the girls love Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so they girls were ecstatic when I suggested it for the theme of Bubble’s 6th birthday party. They made me a list of all the sweets from the book that they wanted at the party and I did my best to fulfil the order.

We had everlasting gobstoppers, square sweets that look round, snozzberries, golden eggs, hair toffee and even chocolate river milk and fizzy lifting drinks!

The cake turned out pretty well too and was based on the infamous chocolate room inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, complete with chocolate river.

Party planning was all the easier this year too now that big sister is old enough and capable enough to outsource lots of the crafting to. She took care of all the food labels and door signs with her beautiful handwriting and attention to detail. I think they turned out really well.

Best of all Bubbles seemed to enjoy herself. She ate way too many sweets, drank way too much chocolate milk and had a lot of fun playing with her cousins.

What was the last party you went to?

Bubbles Turns Six!

I love Jumpey and Bear, mammoths and all things Stone Age, learning about history, exploring nature, bears and dalmatians, ballet and poetry, dressing up like a princess, books and baking, drinking hot chocolate, painting and scooting, collecting conkers and shells, being noisy, laughing raucously, sending and receiving postcards, using lots of stickers, movie snuggles with Daddy, giving kisses, sharing my chocolates and read alouds with Mummy.

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, wooden train set and dressing up clothes.

My favourite books are The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, the All-of-a-Kind Family series, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are roast potatoes, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes and chips, chocolate brownies, chocolate milkshake, chocolate ice-cream and chocolate! (Quiche, pizza and yoghurt too).

When I grow up I want to be an archaeologist.

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For more posts about our sweet Bubbles, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Daughter Diaries} #69

Dear Blossom, when we started out on our home ed journey three years ago our purpose was to secure for you a quiet growing time (as Charlotte coined it) and our initial goal was to get you through the infant school years. Well, here we are at the start of the juniors, we reached our goal and we’re still learning from home together and with no intention of stopping. Thanks for being the guinea pig, my dear. I couldn’t be the Mummy Teacher without your patience, kindness and enthusiasm. Dear Bubbles, I believe 107 conkers from one haul is a personal best for us! Our secret conker tree is proving to be one of the best and we may need to create a Store Stump to stash our future hoards in. But tell me, how do you always find the last conker of the season? You really do have a knack for it you know. The conkering is definitely strong with you two and always makes for a wonderful start to our school year, Papa Bill would be so proud. Dearest Daughters, thank you for living in the moment and forgiving the little things. I learn so much from you.

How many conkers did you find this year?

{Daughter Diaries} #68

Dear Blossom, I love that my seven year old still plays with such carefree abandon and I’m so thankful for the space our homeschool can create for pure imagination and whimsy. Our recent Milly-Molly-Mandy walk in particular was incredibly sweet. Thanks for letting me join in your games and bring Mr Rudge along too, you know he’s my favourite. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Susan? Whatever your name is, you my dear are a sweetheart! You are finding your voice and finding your place and I’m so proud of the progress you have made over your first “school” year. Dearest Daughters, I get to learn with you, grow with you and play with you on a daily basis. I really do love being your Mummy Teacher.

What sweet games are your children currently playing?

{Dear Daddy}

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Dear Daddy Man, I crowned you with this title half a decade ago now and it sure looks set to stay. You know, there are many men out there who are fathers and many more who are also dads, but there will only ever be one Daddy Man like you. You are my first love, my role model, the man I look up to, the man that sets the bar high for all men. Thank you for always having time for me, for inviting me into your quiet space to ponder life and for knowing just how to make me laugh when I’m really trying hard not to!  Lots of love and zoidbergs from your daddy’s girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, you are my best Daddy! Did you know that? I know I tell you often but today on Father’s Day I just wanted to make sure you really, really knew it. The reason you’re my best Daddy is that although we don’t always see eye to eye, you love me deeply and always know how to make me smile again. Plus you like to go on expeditions, just like me! Sea swimming, bat hunting, sunrise watching and you’re even up for Siberia! Not everyone would be keen on traveling to the coldest city in the world with me just to search for long lost mammoths, but you are and that means a lot. Lots of love and fist pumps from your feisty girl, Bubbles xx

Dear Not Mum, after the initial disappointment that you don’t have fully functioning mammary glands like the Mummy Lady I’ve decided we can in fact still make this father son relationship work. After all, I do appreciate how you jump every time I call and how hard you try to make me smile no matter how much you have to degrade yourself. You are proving to be a loyal and hardworking subject. If only you could learn to speak baby and then I wouldn’t have to tell you three times over that I need my nappy changed, but then I guess it’s not your fault that your brain has shrunk to the size of a puny adult. Oh and thanks for helping me with my wind, we wouldn’t want to offend the ladies of the house with such manly things, it’s good to know you’ve got my back. Your son, Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All (also known as Buzz). 

Dearest Husby, what a difference a year makes!? Last Father’s Day you were truly outnumbered by your ladies and this year you have another wee man fighting in your corner. I wonder what future Father’s Days will bring? Love, love, love, love, love, love! All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Sweet Shop Party

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Blossom turned seven a month ago today and one of the things that she currently wants to be when she grows up is a sweet shop owner. So we decided to make her dream come true a little early with a sweet shop themed birthday tea party, but then had to put everything on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic and our island being in lockdown.

We didn’t think we’d be able to do the tea party until the end of summer at the earliest but thankfully the situation in Guernsey has improved much more quickly than expected and we were delighted to be able to hold Blossom’s belated tea party in her actual birthday month and before her new baby sibling arrives in June.

We didn’t have long to prepare but thankfully Blossom is easily pleased with fresh flowers and homemade cake and she loved playing sweet shop, dishing out sweets to her guests as they left.

It was a fun afternoon and a lovely reason to gather together after two long months of lockdown.

What was the last party you went to?

{Daughter Diaries} #67

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Dear Blossom, the truth is this, I don’t home educate you because I want to do school with you, I home educate you because I want to do life with you! I’ve had seven splendid years with you now and you know what? I still don’t wanna miss a thing! The days can be long (especially during lockdown!) but the years are so very, very short and I feel that now, seven years in to this motherhood gig, I’m now beginning to really understand that. Dear Bubbles, your enthusiasm for phonics is to be applauded and your sponge like brain is truly impressive. You do realise though that despite being homeschoolers we don’t actually have to do school work every day of the week!? Mama does likes to have a break some times, you know, especially when she is 36 weeks pregnant and supposedly on maternity leave! Dearest Daughters, I will be forever grateful for the extra time I have gained with you by being the Mummy Teacher, how blessed I am to live the life I lead.

What blessings are you discovering during lockdown?