While Isla had her last preschool adventure before the Easter holidays, Evie had fun at toddler group. She liked playing with the toy kitchen there, much as she likes playing with our toy kitchen at home. She also likes little cars that stick with magnets and the trampoline. There were a few other children there too of the same age as her. It wore her out for an early nap:
Andrew was poorly this week. I made a chocolate cake to try and cheer us up, which Evie certainly enjoyed. It was a really tasty cake using one layer of a Jo Wheatley chocolate cake and just some chocolate buttercream icing from our oven cookbook with some milk added. Evie now insists on using a cake fork when she is eating some cake......
Isla was poorly again this week. She felt well enough to sit outside and do some watercolour painting of flowers. This took her mind off feeling sick. In the morning before she felt ill, we had a friend round who Isla got on with really well and disappeared off with to play upstairs, only coming down for biscuits. We went for a short walk with the two friends on their bikes to see the ponies and go to the park. The next few days Isla got worse but now she is better again. Andrew is also getting better and so hopefully we won't be getting any more bugs for a while.
When our flower paintings had dried, we cut them out and stuck them to lolly sticks. We stuck sparkly Easter stickers to little jars as vases to display our flowers. Evie really enjoys stickers at the moment. We didn't get up to much else as Isla and Andrew were getting over their bugs. It has been really really windy here with a few hailstorms but we've been out in the sandpit a lot. Evie has helped wash some of our pots in preparation for planting seeds.
We made a special 'fairy garden' out of some pots, twigs, moss, soil, sand, seashells and pine cones. I found the idea on this website. On our holidays we have collected lots of shells, stones and some magical floating pumice stones and cuttle fish pieces which Evie liked playing with in the fairy sea. I made some little fairy dolls to cheer Isla up when she was ill. I got the idea for those from this website. I haven't got any photos of those yet but no doubt the fairies and fairy garden will appear soon.
Today we went to Bath City Farm. It was very busy there but we enjoyed the trip out. We saw pigs, cows, ponies, goats, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks and a bee! There was a great view of the city and we met up with some friends for a bit. There was also someone dressed as a giant dancing Easter egg which freaked the children out a bit, and someone dressed up as a Springtime wizard person. Isla was helped to make a little nest out of woven sticks and moss. She was photographed by someone for the local paper while she made it. The chocolate Easter eggs in the nest didn't last long! There were a couple of play areas and one had a stream with tadpoles in it. Evie enjoyed saying Baa Baa at the sheep and 'Bee' when I rescued a bee from near our picnic. She also says 'flower' in a very special cute way and does the same nose-scrunchy smile as Isla.