We're having a birthday party for Morty this weekend. It's only a month late. Last night I made the party bags from a playmobil catalogue, some old cards, and some alphabet stamps rescued from a kiddy magazine.
Party bags are one of the banes of my existence. You get a plastic bag full of bits of plastic tat that break in 2 minutes, and whistles. ARGH, hate it. I know the kidlets love them, but Bella's end up being very heavily edited, and I inevitably impale my feet on the bits of plastic tat. So I'm trying to do things from here on in that would irritate me a lot less if I was a parent. For Bella's party everyone got a small playmobil figure. For Morty's everyone has a smallish toy (car, tiny barbie, ball, playmobil), a notepad and pen, some raisins and a small bag of sweets. I'm most proud of the packaging though. I think they look ace.
Morty had a haircut last week. I was shaving Matthew's head with the clippers, and when we were done, Morty planted himself on the chair, put the cape around his neck and said 'HAIR'. He was insisting I did his too, so I did. I'm having a hard time getting used to how he looks now but hey ho, me cutting it with the clippers saves money, and I object to the fact that Morty's barber haircut costs more than Bella's hairdresser cut.
What else is happening? Bella and Morty have their Grandma out for the summer, which they are both loving. We've been eating dinner out in the garden a lot. Matthew has grown some truly mammoth courgettes. We're enjoying a lot of runner beans as well. Out tomato plants are great with the foliage, but rubbish on the fruit. I suspect the only chutney this year will be green tomato.
I start the PhD in about 6 or 7 weeks. I'm very excited about that. I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, circle skirts and sundresses for myself. I am obsessed with circle skirts, they are so quick to make, lovely and cool to wear, and rather flattering. I see a lot of circle skirts in my future.
Bella and Morty both love playing with the playmobil, and it doesn't hurt that I really love it too. I am currently trying to decide which playmobil advent calendar they will both be getting, and have just got Bella started collecting the mermaid theme sets.Morty tends to pull apart anything he can, and then nick off with the little gocart or motorbike, Bella sets up elaborate homes with rooms for all sorts of things, including a toilet because we do have a couple of bits of playmobil horsepoo!
Two kidlets ready to paint in the backyard. Morty lasted in the painting shirt about 5 minutes, did a tiny bit of finger painting, and then got upset that his hand was sticky and had a howling tantrum until someone cleaned it up. Bella and I had a lot of fun decorating paper flowers that we've now stuck up on the wall. We did butterflies last time, and she tells me that next time she wants to do fish. I have an elaborate underwater theme pictured in my head, with fish, and seaweed, and shells and an octopus.