Happy Halloween! People who know us will know that we absolutely love dressing up for Halloween. We started doing costumes when Sofia was little. It has evolved into a family tradition where we have a theme for everyone’s outfits. The kids don’t like anything scary so we go for fun and cute costumes. You can check out our previous year’s photos, my favourite are the Toy Story and the Flintstones costumes.
It is getting a bit tricky now the kids are older as they are much more opinionated about what they want to wear. We had a moment today when Leo didn’t want to join in. As soon as everyone else was dressed up he changed his mind. I didn’t even bribe him with Halloween sweets.
This years theme was Emojis. Sofia loves all things Emoji and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make Rolando dress up as a poop!
As always my costume making skills are a lot better than my photography. Apologies that the quality of these pictures are not great. Even so I love them and we had fun taking them.
We have never actually been trick or treating. Sofia really wanted to go this year. Halloween is also my birthday and I really wanted to go out for dinner. There just wasn’t really time to fit in trick or treating as well.
Leo getting into the spirit of things after initially being a bit reluctant to get dressed up.
Sofia is totally obsessed with Emojis. I’m going to recycle the costumes to make decorations for her bedroom wall.
Do you love dressing up for Halloween? I’d love to see your Halloween photos over on the Twins Make Five Facebook page.
I know it’s only October but the Christmas fairies all over the world are waking up and dusting off their magic wands. The Christmas Fairy likes to get started well in advance. These magical little creatures know there are (at the time of writing) only 10 weeks until the big day. You may not have caught a glimpse of the Christmas fairy but the chances are there is a Christmas fairy at work in your home.
The Christmas fairy makes A LOT of lists.
The Christmas fairy listens out for presents hints throughout the year and tucks them away for future use.
The Christmas fairy remembers Christmas jumper days at school and preschool.
The Christmas Fairy buys and bakes contributions for the school fayre, volunteers to man a stall and buys raffle tickets (generally for prizes she doesn’t even want to win).
The Christmas fairy buys presents for the teachers and teaching assistants and sorts out charity shoe boxes.
The Christmas fairy makes school play costumes and makes sure the youngest elves have learnt their lines (the Christmas fairy might shed some proud tears at the back of the school hall).
The Christmas fairy sorts out several secret Santa gifts.
The Christmas Fairy can be quite particular about how the Christmas tree looks and doesn’t like elves messing up the decorations.
The Christmas fairy does menu planning, reserves the turkey online and does epic food shopping (do not upset the Christmas fairy by eating the Christmas food before the big day).
The Christmas fairy organises who is going where, sources chairs, figures out how to get everyone around the dinner table and sorts out sleeping arrangements (8 people in one tiny house is always a bit of a challenge!).
The Christmas fairy cares about family traditions and makes Christmas eve boxes, buys Christmas pyjamas, hunts down special decorations and downloads Christmas films and playlists.
The Christmas fairy books a visit to the best Santa in the summer – jumping through lots of random hoops in order to bag a ticket to best one (you know who you are Harrods grotto!).
The Christmas Fairy looks up last posting dates for elves living overseas, writes cards, tries to remember every ones addresses and kids names.
The Christmas fairy looks out for special offers and deals to keep the banking pixies happy (the Christmas fairy doesn’t like any sarcasticness about the earliness of the Christmas preparations).
The Christmas fairy buys, wraps and hides the presents, including thinking of ideas for elves that are impossible to buy for.
The Christmas fairy searches in the loft for the elusive Christmas stockings and buys extra little presents to fill them.
The Christmas fairy makes sure we have boring but necessary things like batteries, sellotape and tin foil.
Most of the Christmas fairy’s work goes unnoticed! The Christmas fairy is fuelled by mince pies and those massive tins of Christmas chocolates. The Christmas fairy does not like hearing house elves saying “why do people get so stressed about Christmas” especially from elves who only buy a maximum 3 presents per year (usually on Christmas eve).
The Christmas fairy will occasionally threaten to give up the role of organising Christmas and get everybody else to do it! (the Christmas Fairy doesn’t really mean it).
Here’s to all the Christmas Fairies – hang in there! You give Christmas it’s sparkle!
Life in the Twins Make Five household has been hectic even if the blog has been gathering dust lately. Thank you for popping back to have a read – normal service will resume shortly!
September has been all about the twins starting school and Sofia settling into year 5. It blows my mind that Sofia is speeding into her final years at primary school. I’m tentatively saying things are going quite well for the twins in reception. They enthusiastically tell me what they have had for lunch everyday. They are not massively forthcoming about what they are learning. The logistics of juggling the boys settling in schedule and working have been a stretch. I don’t think I realised quite how tiring the process was going to be for all of us. I’m awarding myself a virtual gold medal for getting everyone uniformed and out of the house every morning with the right bits of kit – this is adulting at it’s most challenging!
We are not quite settled into a new routine yet. The boys are not quite up to doing a full week at school so we have still had a few days with double school runs. Fingers crossed Sam and Leo will be able to add their final 2 afternoons soon. We are making some changes to our childcare which is always a bit nerve wracking. Rolando has come to the end of a work long contact and is finalising his next one. I’m hoping in a few weeks we will be out of this state of flux and will have found our new normal.
Things we are loving at the moment………..
Billionaire Boy – David Walliams
I’ve just finished reading this book with Sofia and we both really enjoyed it. Such a fun read with some good plot twists and a real moral to the story. I’ve read a couple of other David Walliams book but this is by far my favourite (Ratburger turned my stomach!).
How Hard Can It Be – Allison Pearson
I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book. It is a very long awaited follow up to the brilliant I Don’t Know How She Does it (such a relatable book for working women). I heard Allison Pearson at a book evening reading an extract of this novel absolutely ages ago. It didn’t even have a title at that point. I’m only a few chapters in and I’m already enjoying it, although. The lead character is at a different stage of life than me but I still rooting for her.
Trips to London
I’ve been really lucky to have two lovely trips to London in the last couple of weeks. Sofia is doing a topic about ancient Egypt at the moment. It was a great excuse to take Sofia for a trip to the British Museum to see the Egyptian galleries. I love the British Museum (even though it is basically full of artifacts we stole from other countries).
We also took a quick trip to the Lego Store in Leicester Square. This was heaven for us as big Lego fans! We bought two Lego sets for the twins birthday and made our own Lego men.
I also popped to London this weekend to meet my blogging buddies Angela and Laura for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards. We are so very proud of Angela for making the shortlist of the Inspire category!
I’m not the biggest fan of autumn. Every year try to make myself appreciate the season (looking for beautiful coloured leaves rather than sulking that summer is over). The silver lining for me is great autumn TV. So far I’m loving the return of Strictly Come Dancing, Gogglebox and The Graham Norton Show.
Things we are looking forward to in October………..
October is the birthday month for our family – the twins, my mum and me all have celebrations this month. Bring on the cake!
We love Halloween in our house! I am working on our costume theme for this year.
Is it bad that I’m looking forward to half term already? We don’t really have any big plans but I think we’ll all be ready for a chilled out week.