The twins chose their outfits themselves this year, Sully from Monsters Inc! They had a little tea party with their cousins Gia and Ariana who came dressed as pumpkins.
The table was decked out in Halloween treats and my mum bought something I have never seen before – a dark green, almost black pumpkin.
My brother Danny being the amazing artist he is, carved out two pumpkins in the space of 30 minutes. Now I know for a fact that would have taken me all day!
I’m definitely going to get a dark green pumpkin next year, it looked fab in the dark. My mum also attempted to make a frozen ice hand from a rubber glove to float in Ribena. It ended up being totally inappropriate for two year olds as only the middle finger came out properly!
Gia and Ariana’s mum Nadia is amazing at baking cupcakes and she came round with eyeball ginger cupcakes, which are to die for.
She also bought some pumpkin flavoured pretzels and the lethal peanut butter reese’s, so addictive! I’m going to use the excuse that I’m pregnant and eat the lot.
The twins loved the tea party and were totally high on sugar. They didn’t go to sleep till 9pm!
The dark green pumpkin – impressive!
Getting creative with pumpkins
Not appropriate for two year olds! It didn’t make the table…
My mum and dad recently took the twins to Altrincham market that takes place on a Saturday. I love going there as you can come across some great handmade treats.
This time however I decided not to go as I am becoming increasingly tired now I am heavily pregnant (two weeks to go!). Walking around is also proving to be difficult, something I didn’t experience with the twins as they were born at 29 weeks so my bump was still fairly small.
Whilst strolling around the market my mum has a stall she likes to visit called SoSatsuma. It has gorgeous woollen accessories knitted by the owner Clementine Sharrock and the twins insisted on wearing these amazing hats.
The girls picked the colour themselves and loved the hats so much my mum and dad bought them. Clementine took a picture of them for her Instagram page, their first #streetstyle photo!
It turns out Poynton Pool is a few minutes drive from our house and I only visited the park with the twins this week for the first time.
I could kick myself, it is perfect for them. Lots of space for them to run around and climb trees, their new favourite thing. There are plenty of ducks to feed and they are quite lively, which fascinates the girls.
The ancient trees at Poynton Pool are stunning. They have ladybirds all over the bark, which the twins love although Phoebe keeps calling them bees!
It is a great place to let the twins run around and burn off some energy. Plus you can have a picnic like we did on one of the benches.
It is a nice afternoon out that is free and is good for the girls to learn about wildlife. Tamsin was excited about seeing the sheep or ‘baa baa’ as she calls them. I thought they might both run after them but they were a little hestitant, which saved me running after them at 37 weeks pregnant!
I am going to visit Poynton Pool reguarly when the next baby is born (three weeks to go – oh god). It will be an easy one to do with all three on my own (she says with a slight nervousness in her voice!).
Looking for ladybirds
Poynton Pool has amazing ancient trees
Splashing in puddles – Peppa Pig has rubbed off on them
Yes you guessed it. Chaos. Paint on the floor, walls and chairs. That’s not mentioning their hands, feet, tummies, hair and Phoebe even had a go at eating it.
The paint sponges were flung across the room as they got bored with them. They did however love the paint brushes and glittery pink paint.
We were making thank you cards for the presents the twins received for their second birthday. They loved it and I have done it a couple of times with them since – brave I know!
I used potato shapes and cotton wool buds to make it different for the girls. They particularly liked the cotton buds as they were easy for them to hold. Phoebe just tried to eat the potato.
Doing it at the table rather than on the floor was much easier. It meant they were not tempted to stand in the paint and run around the kitchen!
If you aren’t keen on the idea of using paint with your little one in the house just yet, why not use the water colour books that bring out different coloured inks when you put water on the pictures. Much less mess.
I would say embrace the mess but I have wooden floors so it is easier to clean up afterwards!
Before the chaos. No pictures during painting as the paint was being flung all over my white walls!
Much easier at the table. Tamsin painting her hand
Phoebe eating the paint, like you do!
Water colour painting. Check out the owl chairs, a bargain from TK Maxx. My poppa made the table to match
Me and my partner Sam decided to have a weekend away alone before baby number three arrives (six weeks to go – gulp). We chose London as I love walking round the markets picking up what Sam calls ‘tat’.
London is great for vintage finds and Sam always jokes I end up coming home with a weird looking door knob or something Alice in Wonderland related.
We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Islington and what a lovely hotel it was. The hotel manager Tom looked after us so well. He knew I was pregnant so kept sending up fruit and chocolate to our room for me. Such a lovely touch and kept me going whilst walking around London.
We saw the play The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre and I can honestly say I have never heard a crowd laugh as much as I did that night. Great show!
We also visited Borough Market and the Tower of London where there is currently an art installation by Paul Cummins called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red’. Each day volunteers are placing ceramic poppies in the ground to represent all the British soldiers that died in World War One 100 years ago.
“How many ceramic poppies is that?” I asked Sam. “888,246” Sam replied. I was shocked at that figure. A very moving piece of artwork.
We also went for some lovely food at the Hoxley and Porter restaurant in lslington. The restaurant theme was a 1920s train and the food was nothing short of amazing. I should have taken a picture of my food like all the Instagram lovers do, but I was so hungry it didn’t touch the sides! I would definitely recommend it if you are in the area.
What were the twins doing I hear you ask? They were at my parents having a whale of a time, as you can see from the picture!
Ted’s Veg at Borough Market
Borough Market: We bought some of these mushroom goodies for a family member
Smoking area at Borough Market – great idea!
Poor photo skills from myself – the redness of the ceramic poppies is so bright it is breathtaking
Alice in Wonderland brooch I picked up at Exmouth Market. Sam was right!
I use the word ‘baking’ but really my first attempt was only chocolate crispy cakes with the twins! I thought it was a good tester to see if they liked it without it getting too chaotic.
Did they like it? It involved chocolate so of course they did. Their Aunty Nadia had just bought them some Cath Kidson aprons for their 2nd birthday and they love wearing them so I thought I would put them to good use.
The girls didn’t quite get the hang of breaking up the chocolate and putting it in the bowl. Instead they put the chocolate cubes in their mouth. They looked like they were in absolute heaven.
I was nervous about melting the chocolate in front of them as they have a habit of clinging to my legs shouting ‘Up!’ when I am near the cooker but I think they were still high on chocolate as I was melting it in the pan.
Adding the cornflakes made me laugh as their hands were straight in trying to scoff the warm chocolate coated flakes. They were really good at putting the cornflake mixture into the cake cases, something I thought they would struggle with.
To be honest I thought making the crispy cakes would be difficult whilst trying to keep both of them still but it ended up being really good fun. Plus there was no sick involved at the end, which I half expected after all the chocolate they ate!
No chocolate in the bowl yet…
With a little help from myself some made it in the bowl
The fact the twins turned two last week totally baffled me. The last two years have flown by, full of drama and lots of fun!
The first two months of their lives involved being cooped up in Stepping Hill Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, then the fun started when we got home.
We decided not to have a party mainly because I am exhausted with this pregnancy and I was also slightly anxious in case I gave birth early again (this baby’s due date is the same as the twins!).
Grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins popped round to see the twins in the afternoon after we visited the Blue Planet Aquarium in the morning. My mum made an amazing zoo cake that the twins loved. I wasn’t expecting it as I only asked her the night before if she could make one as I totally forgot! Baby brain has officially kicked in.
The Blue Planet Aquarium was also a last minute decision. Phoebe and Tamsin loved the conveyor belt that took them through the shark section. They can now say the word ‘wow!’ which was said numerous times at this point of the tour. They also loved the huge spiders and started to sing ‘Incy wincy spider’.
I have to say I was slightly disappointed with the Blue Planet Aquarium. It was looking very tired and needs updating if you ask me. The girls were free, which was great but it still cost £30 for me and Sam.
It was a tick off the list and we probably won’t go back, but it has certainly given us an insight into how much day trips cost for families. When we will have to start paying for the twins it is going to cost a fortune.