Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Year in Sweden

We have just come back from a fantastic week in Sweden where we enjoyed catching up with old friends, ice-skating, playing in the snow and a couple of sight seeing trips! Stockholm, although expensive, is really easy to get around and has the benefit of everyone speaking amazing English.  We bought our own ice skates and so enjoyed skating for free both in the centre of Stockholm and then at an ice-hockey pitch - often powered by Pepperkacka. I was the worst and E was the most confident! All the girls really came on with their skating ability.

 We went to Junnibacken which is a children’s museum dedicated to Swedish children’s literature with lots of places for children to play. We loved the Story Train which takes you on an amazing journey through the stories of Astrid Lindgren.

 We enjoyed wondering round the beautiful city!

 We also went to Skansen which is an open-air museum and zoo.  We loved the Scandinavian animals where we saw bison, moose, grey seals, lynxes, otters, red foxes, reindeer, wolves, and wolverines as well as rare breeds of farm animals.

 There is also a full replica of a 19th-century town, where craftsmen, such as glass-blowers and bakers, demonstrate their skills.
 We played in various parks.
 The last day we had plenty of snow and the girls loved using our friends' sled.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Review of December

On our to do list was

  • Enjoy our advent activity calender
We did 24 activities.  The baked bin tin Christmas cakes were delicious and I loved all our days out!  P said her best activity was the Father Christmas visit, E liked going to Chatsworth (in the wind and rain :) ). 
  • Celebrate E turning 9
E got lots of lego and enjoyed ice-skating. She hasn't had her party yet as she keeps reminding me.

  • Celebrate Christmas and New Year
We loved seeing our family and going to Sweden ... not looking forward to the girls going back to school.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day

We enjoyed a quick walk on the Clent Hills where the beautiful weather gave us amazing views!

 We then arrived back at my parent's house for my family to arrive for a boxing day get-together and present opening!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

December 24th - Decorate the tree

Frazz was guarding our Christmas Eve box - sadly I forgot to take a photo of the inside, but it contained a decoration for the tree, kits to make candy cane reindeer (2 canes, a brown pipe cleaner, a red pompom and 2 googly eyes) and chocolate snowballs!

The girls decorated the Christmas tree
 and then we, Mum, me, I, G and E, went to see Treasure Island at the rep theatre. I though it a clever retelling of the story where Jim and the doctor were both played by women!
 We read

Friday, 23 December 2016

December 23rd - Chatsworth

We drove to Chatsworth for their Christmas event. Each Christmas, Chatsworth transforms into a Winter Wonderland with a different theme - this year it was based on the Nutcracker. We started with a walk around the gardens and grounds. Wow, they are so incredibly spectacular. Even though the weather wasn’t great, the gardens are truly beautiful with interesting sculptures and a maze.

Then when it was time we went into the house. The staff and volunteers were all dressed up and played their characters well. Each room was themed in relation to The Nutcracker and decorated beautifully.

 We then read

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

December 20th - Make a gingerbread house

Today G made and decorated a gingerbread house. She used a mould from Lakeland and this recipe
 She then used a variety of sweets.

I and P used a kit from Biscuiteers, although when P was showing my her roof she managed to drop it on the floor!   I am not sure I will bother to buy this one again next year as it is expensive and I prefer the taste of the homemade one.