18 Days of Summer #19 – Overtime

18 Days of Summer #19 – Overtime

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So as you will know if you’ve been reading we had our beautiful girls for 18 Days but due to our whereabouts (down South) and their Mum travelling to where we were a day and a half after we would’ve had ‘hand over’ we thought it made sense to keep the girls down with us a little bit longer.  So, we changed our plans, sorted it out with the girls Mum who of course was missing them but could see it made sense for the girls not to do the long journey twice more than was needed.  This meant we got to have an extra full day with the girls.  Hence this last post to tag along with our 18 Days of Summer.

As we had failed to make it to the museum the day before (it was closed) we planned to venture out that way again later in the day.  Shayla and I had been out in the morning for our stepMummy and Daughter time which you will have seen on last weeks ‘Just the 2 of us‘ post. We hadn’t gone anywhere though before we had spent time choosing which hairstyles they wanted from the cute girls hairstyles app again:


Isis went for this 'double dutch braided tie back' inspired by Heidi Klum
Isis went for this ‘double dutch braided tie back’ inspired by Heidi Klum

Shayla chose the ‘running braid’ which was fantastic for the following day too.  Both of them looked great when they’d been messing in the water for a while as well.

This will be great for sports at school, or swimming
This will be brilliant for sports at school, or swimming

On our way to the museum we found an exquisite little fabric shop that had the most gorgeous fabric swatches.  We bought some to create bunting for their school sports bags that we’re making, you’ll see more about that in a future post, some cute buttons, gift tags for the thank you biscuits that we made later in the day.

The children loved it in the museum, it made me laugh though.  Why do children always go straight to do something they could’ve done at home?

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look at the concentration

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 There were ready made templates of flowers and cats etc. on the tables for the children to draw around and scissors provided to cut them out with.  This was a nifty little idea, and one I intend to use.  I have some card that I will make some templates out of for our craft time, probably more like Peppa Pig and Minions from Despicable Me, but it will rescue me having to stop what I’m doing to draw them all the time *winks*.
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Judah thought this skeleton was a Pirate – he may be right
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the girls weren’t impressed with these hats, they refused to point to one they would wear
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‘want these out Mummy’ – drawn straight to the “toys”

Eden was much happier once we were outside and back in the sunshine, we headed to the beach, not before picking up supplies to make biscuits first.

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We headed to the splash pad again, as they had enjoyed it so much on James’ birthday.  It was lovely to see them all running around and having fun.  It makes my heart smile.

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Judah was a lot braver this time
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our lovely ladylike children pretending they could urinate like men
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gorgeous Isis
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beautiful Shayla

As we all walked back down the prom I felt sad knowing that tomorrow they would leave.  I also feel so proud seeing all my family together, I feel so blessed to have my hands so full.  I just wished we could all swan around Worthing forever in the sunshine and never return to real life, but alas, that cannot be so.  I’m sure many of us wish this at some point, not always about Worthing *chuckles* but when it’s been one of ‘those’ holidays that you just don’t want to come back from.

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When we got home I made them sausage and tomato pasta, ‘my favourite’ Shayla said with delight, as we had been talking earlier about her favourite food.  She seemed shocked that I remembered and we were having it *bless.*  It’s the little things that matter to 4 year olds.

Shayla enjoying her food
Shayla enjoying her food

I didn’t want them to go to bed so we made our thank you biscuits which you can read all about here.  It was the perfect day, I loved hanging out with all of them.  It was really special even though we didn’t really do much at all.  I want to remember days like this forever, and it makes me grateful to be able to blog about it.

What was your favourite day this Summer?  Is there a specific holiday that stands out when you look back that you wish had never ended?


‘At Home with Ashley Thomas’ Thank You Biscuits

‘At Home with Ashley Thomas’ Thank You Biscuits


Lots of people helped to make us have a wonderful home, with both James and my parents letting us stay in their homes (we are a family of 6 after all), people lending beds, helping with the children, sorting out Eden’s new buggy.  When Shayla and I were out in town for our quality time we saw some cute ‘At Home with Ashley Thomas’ biscuit stamps and cookie cutters.  We promptly purchased them and decided that we would make thank you biscuits for the people who had made our holiday special.

We got the recipe from BBC good food but adapted it to suit our needs.  For example, the girls biscuits needed to be a bit thicker so that they could stamp them without going through them.  If they were older, and could have been a bit more controlled with the tools we could’ve maybe gone thinner.  The recipe says it’s for 30 biscuits, but the cookie cutters we were using were quite large.  We doubled the recipe as we had a lot of people to thank and then added a lot more flour as we tried to get the dough to bind (this is due to the fact we added whole eggs, not just the yokes *oops*).  Here is the recipe as we made it :


500g softened butter

750g plain flour

480g caster sugar

2 eggs

4 tsp vanilla extract


Mix the softened butter and caster sugar together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon,  then add the eggs and vanilla extract, and briefly beat to combine.  Sift over the plain flour and then stir until the mixture is well combined – we got our hands in at the end to give the dough a really good mix and make sure it was all evenly pressed together.


We then greased a baking tray with some more of the softened butter.  Pressed a small ball of dough onto the tray about a centimetre thick (depth) and the girls chose the shapes they wanted to cut each biscuit and which stamp they used.

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at home with ashley thomas, biscuit stamp
stamps said ‘made with love’ on one, ‘I heart biscuits’ on another and a heart on the third


 We placed them into the oven at Gas Mark 6 approx 180 C for about 15 minutes and then allowed them to cool.  We didn’t have a cooling tray as we were at Nanny’s home, so we would flip them over after a while of cooling so the other side could cool too.
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 Once they had all cooled we sectioned them into stacks of 5 and wrapped them with bakers twine, and added gift tags just to say thank you to those who had helped us.
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We then cling filmed them so they wouldn’t go stale and we were done.  Again if you have air tight containers this would be better, we were just trying to find what we could in Nanny’s kitchen, as she isn’t a big baker it was hit and miss as to what we had available.
The girls really enjoyed making these and their little faces when they presented them to their Mum and Kerry when they arrived were so cute.  They were really proud of them (and also I think wanting to tuck into them themselves, although we had kept some back separate for that which they forgot to take *oops*).
So, if you want to try making them (maybe without the egg whites and 150g less flour) let us know how they turn out.  Did you have as much fun as our girls?
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