Monday, 22 December 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! Christmas!! - #mealplanningmonday


It's Christmas week! Probably my favorite week of the year....I will still be meal planning (sort of) but a lot of our meals will be picky, buffet type meals....

This week on the menu we have: 
 
Monday - My dad, his partner and my great Aunty Jean are visiting so by the time they leave I won't feel like cooking so we'll probably get a takeaway of some sort...
 
Tuesday - Corned beef pie, chips and beans....
 
Christmas Eve - A huge Prawn cocktail with lovely soft brown bread rolls....
 
Christmas Day.
Breakfast - Croissants & Pain au Chocolat....I'm the mean mam who makes the kids eat breakfast before they start opening their presents
Dinner - Turkey, pork, mashed potato, roast potatoes, mashed swede, roast parsnips, pigs in blankets, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, sprouts, peas and 3 different stuffing's....
Tea - Leftovers and Christmas pudding....

 Boxing Day - I'll be having leftovers (I love Christmas dinner...lol)....The kids will probably be munching on picky food like sausage rolls, mini pizza's and sweets....
 
Saturday - A stir fry of some sort.... 
 
Sunday - Something with chips....
 
 As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Elizabeth the lovely elf!! #ElfOnTheShelf

Elizabeth our Elf on the Shelf has been somewhat better behaved this week.....

Last week she was a bit of a terror! This week she has been a pleasure to have.....

Saturday Elizabeth was found reading a book and on Sunday she had been for a ride on Pinky-pie and ended up under the Christmas tree.....


On Monday she had climbed up into one of the lamps.....It's ok we made sure not to switch the lamp on...hehehe

Tuesday she was found hanging by tinsel off the curtains.....The girls actually walked past her about 3 times before they found her.....lol

Wednesday she was in the bathtub with some treats for Becky and Ellie....We do love Crazy soap products here.....


On Thursday I think Elizabeth was a bit peckish....She ended up in the tub with the eggs....

Friday she was found with a couple of craft sets.....What a kind elf she is.....


Who knows what she'll have in store for us next week.....I will be sad to see her leave....

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas!!! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week has to be.....


I've held off using Christmas as my word for weeks....lol but this week has been full on Christmas preparation and events.....

Monday Becky had her Christmas disco and had a brilliant time.....It was her first after school disco and she said she felt so grown up....She looked it too! Ellie's Christmas party was on Thursday and she came out of school high as a kite....I think far too much sugar was consumed....hehehe

Wednesday Stu and I went along to the carol service to see the whole of Ellie's school sing....They were fantastic! I do love Christmas carols.....

Yesterday I ended up going shopping with a friend....We ended up in M&S and I got the stuffing for the Christmas dinner! I love their stuffing.....So fancy...hehehe I also picked up some extra presents for the girls in some of the other shops....I know I had said I had finished but I can't help myself! The bargain of the day was the Frozen Pj's for Ellie. They were only £3.99!!

We had a look around Currys and I have seen the most gorgeous tv....A Smart 3D 4k Ultra HD 55 inch Curved TV.....I had seen them on shows like the gadget show and though meh! They can't be any better then normal tv's but they are amazing! Now if Santa could leave one of those under my tree it would be fantastic as I don't think I could stretch to the two thousand and odd pound it costs....lol

Most of the wrapping has been done....Anything that isn't wrapped will be getting wrapped on Christmas eve when the girls are in bed.... 

All week I have been tweaking my Tesco food order which is coming tomorrow which I am very excited about.....

My dad, his girlfriend and my great Aunt are coming visiting on Monday.....I didn't expect to see them until after Christmas and at half past one today the girls finish school.....

Maybe my Word of the week should have been excited....hehehe

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My girl is growing up....

Becky is 12 and has been at secondary school since September....It's only the last month or so I've noticed a change in her.....She isn't my little girl anymore....She's growing up fast....I may not like it but she does make me proud....

 
Gone are the days of her wanting to watch The Disney Channel so much....She want's to watch Gogglebox, The Simpsons, Friends and she loves YouTubers like Zoella, Miranda Sings and Sprinkle of Glitter....

But it's not all bad....It means we can watch more TV shows together....Every Sunday afternoon we watch Gogglebox and we both find it hilarious! She loves Scarlett and Sandy & Sandra....hehehe

Playing on the the laptop has taken over playing with toys....It's all about Minecraft now! She is apparently too old now to play schools or doctors with her sister but I do catch her playing with Ellie's Lego now and again....hehehe

They eye rolling, glaring at me and tutting is out of control.... Heaven forbid I ask her for help to do something like get her school uniform ready.....If looks could kill! I could understand if I had asked her to clean the whole house but no I am only asking her to do things she can and should be doing for herself....I keep telling myself it's just a phase....

Becky is turning into quite the cook.....Every other week she comes home with something she has made at school and at home she can make basic meals like scrambled egg, beans on toast and most things which need microwaving....

 
There has been talk of boys and Becky has her first boyfriend. He's in the same year as her at school and they've not kissed yet (I should think not)....There will be no hanky panky until she is at least 21....hehehe 

He brought Christmas cards in to school and gave everyone in the class one (Becky included) then the next day brought a special one in that he had made for Becky.....As much as I hate to say it....It is so sweet!! Oh and he is a You Tube vlogger....lol He looks ok....Only worry I have about him is he's obsessed with Minecraft....hehehe

Becky is such a good judge of character.....She knows when someone is a wrong 'un and is starting to be more picky about who she has in her life and is friends with....

On Monday Becky was at her first proper after school disco....

She had a fantastic time....Her boyfriend said to her she looked beautiful in her party clothes, bought her a drink and gave her, her Christmas present.....A One Direction keyring! So cute!! The dirty stop out didn't get home until after 7pm....hehehe

I dread to think of it but it won't be long until she is getting ready for proper nights out and not just school disco....

I'm so proud of my girl and the young lady she is turning into!