Quick thinking, exhausting holidays and crazy parties!

There are very few dull moments in Newman Towers and the last few weeks have not been an exception! The first six weeks of this school term have been all about finishing my novel, and after a lot of hours spent with my laptop, I have now taken a break for a few weeks which is a good thing as they have been full with other stuff.

In the school holiday, I took the little people to Holland for a few days. Hubby had to work so it was just the three of us. We had great fun going on the ferry and catching up with family. It was brilliant spending some quality time with my sister and even better seeing my awesome nephew. Jacob idolises him and it is great to see them all get on.IMG_1154

We all had a lovely time (including hubby who had a weekend all to himself), but it did mean that the little people went back to school rather tired as we got home at 21.30 on Sunday evening.

On the Tuesday it was the dreaded Halloween! I dread not because I don’t let my little people trick or treat. Normally we do something else special on Halloween but because we had just been away it didn’t happen. I’m sure they’ll live. 🙂

On the same day, another one of Elisabeth’s teeth came out, she had been wobbling it for ages so she was very pleased. Now a few months ago, her front tooth came out and I nearly forgot about the tooth fairy……..now you can see what’s coming…….this time I didn’t nearly forget about the tooth fairy…….I actually did!!!! Elisabeth came downstairs in the morning with a trembling bottom lip

“Mummy, the tooth fairy didn’t come.”

Ahhhhhh!!!!! Quick!!!!!! Think of something!!!!!!!!!!

“Maybe the tooth fairy was so scared by all the Halloween costumes yesterday that she was too afraid to come out?”

“Yes, that’s probably it, maybe she’ll come tonight.”

Pfew, that was close! The tooth fairy actually came that day ready for when Elisabeth came home from school. Nicely done, even if I say so myself 🙂

To finish off the crazy weeks, my dad came to visit over the weekend to celebrate bonfirenight and our 12,5 year wedding anniversary. For some reason it is tradition in Holland to celebrate this, according to my dad it’s because the Dutch love a good party but because a lot of marriages don’t make it to 25 years, we celebrate at 12,5 as well 🙂 no idea whether it is true or not, but any excuse for a party is fine by me!

It was complete chaos with 4 kiddos under seven, 9 adults, food, drink and lots of fireworks, but it was awesome. A perfect way to celebrate.

I have to admit though, that after all that fun, it is quite nice for things to get back to normal for a bit…..until Christmas that is………………


Halloween and bonfire night in Newman Towers


When I was growing up, we didn’t even know there was such an event as Halloween. It wasn’t celebrated in Holland at that time, and I’m not sure whether it is now, so I didn’t grow up with it. Here in England it has become more popular over the last few years, but I doubt I will ever embrace this day as so many others do. First of all, I hate dressing up, always have done, from when I was little I have always tried to avoid it as much as possible and nowadays I just don’t do it. Secondly, I don’t agree with trick or treating for various reasons which I will not go into, it’s just not something I want Elisabeth to be doing. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t do anything, we had a little Halloween party at home. We carved a pumpkin, put in a candle and made some decorations which Elisabeth stuck on all over the kitchen. And obviously the pumpkin bucket was used as well:

My husband was home early for the party and we had pancakes for dinner and jelly for afters. Elisabeth kept switching off all the lights and saying: “Look mummy, I made it halloween” 🙂 we all had a lovely time (although there was quite a strong burnt/rotten pumpkin smell in the kitchen , our pumpkin wasn’t in great shape, ha ha).

Bonfire night

At the weekend my dad came to visit, and as it would be bonfire night on the Tuesday we thought it would be nice to do our fireworks on Saturday. Last year Elisabeth loved the fireworks and she was very upset when they had all gone. So we had an early dinner to make sure we had plenty of time and still have Elisabeth in bed at a decent time.

Whilst hubby prepared to light the fireworks, Elisabeth, my dad and I made ourselves comfortable in the conservatory. Quite nice watching fireworks from a comfy sofa :-).

They were not the best fireworks we have ever had and the first one seemed rather keen on attacking my husband who didn’t think he needed to come inside. This completely freaked Elisabeth out who then wanted to go all the up to her bedroom and hide under her duvet “I want to in the tent mummy!”. I managed to talk her into watching out of her bedroom for a bit, we stayed there for a couple of minutes and she then agreed to come back downstairs but only if we took her duvet down with us so we could sit in the “tent”, safe from the fireworks. So we settled on the sofa in the “tent” and waited for the next firework, it must have looked quite amusing. After “enjoying” a couple of fireworks from within the “tent” we could then come out of it when my husband had made it safely inside. This went on for quite a while, but eventually she was brave enough to ditch the duvet and run around absolutely loving it!

Hopefully next year she will not need the “tent” and my husband will remember to come inside 🙂