Space Bath

Me and Safia often sing the Zoom Zoom song which always results in mega giggles as I throw her in the air and catch, this is the song if your interested – http://englishplaynow.com/node/11  Anyway I’m off on a ramble again, but this was a song that provided inspiration for our next themed bath. We sang the song and zoomed off to space without ever leaving our home.

This was our Space Bath, sorry some pictures are a bit blurry

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To make this bath, first I badly drew some pictures on card :-), ie Rocket, Stars, Aliens, Moon.  The moon was made with a circle of orange card and I stuck cherios on it to make craters (will be a nice activity again for Safia to do when she’s older). Next I added a small amount of of green food colouring to her water (we had a real bath after to clean up). Now the special bit, I used hubby’s chem light sticks, these are designed to be used under water, they are basically glow sticks you can get them from most party shops and even some supermarkets, I put  these around the bath and a few loose in the water, I also put a few in empty plastic coke bottles.

If you do try this bath at home, do be careful not to  let baby chew on the glow sticks, and do not be tempted to cut into the glowsticks and add the liquid to water as even the non toxic ones are firstly not going to be great for babies skin and a lot of them also contain glass 😦 but as long as you keep an eye on your baby they are perfectly safe to use and if concerned pop them in a bottle or container so they still get the glow experience 🙂

This  bath was certainly the most fun bath we have done so far, Safia loved bashing the side of the bathtub with the glow sticks and chasing them about in water, there’s lots more themes and ideas I want to try out so  keep checking back as I’m aiming to do one at least once a month – also in August I plan on having a special 1st birthday bath so look out for that one 🙂 x

Rainbow Bath

I made Safia a Rainbow theme bath today 🙂

I painted the walls using water based paints (it doesn’t stain the tiles and washes off in the shower) I ran her a bath full of bubbles then using food colouring I painted a rainbow on the bubbles.

Safia really enjoyed the bubbles and mixing the colours together. Would be a good bath when she’s older as we will be able to talk more about the colours and make  it a fun learning bath. Here’s a few pictures I took of her bath 🙂

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Sensory Bag

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Sensory bags are so easy to make and you can put whatever you want in them. It was a Sunday when I made mine, (all shops are shut in Germany on Sundays so I had to raid the cupboards.) Basically you need a ziplock bag, you can get these at supermarkets in the food bag section. then fill your bag with a few of babies toys, or things they wouldn’t normally be able to play with. I put beads and buttons in mine and put hair gel in the bag to make it squidgy. We have also tried this with shaving foam, water and food dye.  When she’s older I will make educational  ones with letters and numbers and ask her questions ie. “can you find the letter A”.

obviously don’t go and leave baby or toddler alone to play with these, mine have  never leaked or been ripped into and Safia was pulling and tugging at the bag. You could also use duct tape on the edge for extra protection, I didn’t have any so I nabbed a bit of hubby’s sniper tape, see there are some pro’s to army life 🙂

We also did a bit of painting using her feet.

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Hopefully I will get chance to nip to the Naafi or one of the German Supermarkets, Kaufland or Edeka Centre if so tomorrow we will make goop  🙂

Noodles Of Fun

Today I made Safia a bath with a difference.

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A SEA CREATURE BATH

First I boiled spaghetti noodles in two separate pans, one with a few drops of blue food dye, the other with green. This was to make the coral. Once it was cooked I drained it off and added a little olive oil so it wouldn’t all stick together. I was actually impressed by how bright they turned out, definatly worthy for a sea bath.

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I then ran her a bath as normal and  added blue food colouring a few of her sea creature bath toys and the noodles. I also painted the sides of the bath tiles to make a beach theme using water paints.

We had so much fun with this, the best part was it was so easy to clean up after, food colouring doesn’t stain, I just drained the water and scooped up the noodles in a sieve so we can play with later and tomorrow, everything rinsed off really quickly with the shower hose.

A great sensory activity for babies and especially toddlers we will definitely do again with  different themes, as she had so much fun squishing and trying to catch the noodles.

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Tomorrows activity we are going to be playing with goop – amazing stuff so look out for that one tomorrow 🙂

 

Edible Painting

Today we decided to get messy with paint. Safia is at the age where everything goes in the mouth, as seen as ordinary paint was out I raided the cupboards to see what I could find.

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The yellow one is blended up maderins mixed with a little flour to make it thicker,  red was strawberry, and Safia’s favorite one was the chocolate one (it was a few scoops of hot chocolate with a small amount of water so it wasn’t to watery).

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We had loads of fun and Safia giggled at the fact I was letting her create a mess, which funnily enough wasn’t as messy as I had anticipated, I have a feeling my next activity I have planned will be messier – Watch this space 🙂

Update

Ahhhh I’ve had a little break from the blog, due to moving over to Germany and having a severe bout of womanflu, I think I have just about got over the worst of that but no doubt another will be coming along soon, one of the many pitfalls of living in such close proximity to everyone on camp I guess.

So where to begin, Easter .. I made Safia a little Easter basket with a few goodies – I will do a full Easter update later. As I said earlier in one of my posts I’m all for family traditions so I made a start on some Easter ones which I will tell you all about later – along with some recent pictures of course.

I’ve had my parents stay with me all this week which has been nice, Safia has loved it as she’s had lots of playtime with Grandad and cuddles with Grandma, but they had to go back today 😦 not to worry though we will probably Skype later, goes to show it doesn’t matter that we aren’t in the same country we still can have family time and Safia never misses out on seeing Grandma and Grandad.

Being on army camp – pretty much sucks! There is nothing to do, I can’t drive anywhere as Stu takes the car to work with him most days, but even if he didn’t I would still not be able to drive as I have to take a Matrix test (equivalent to UK Theory Test) .. Really must book in for that. Even if did have the car though there’s only so many places can go – I must say I miss Camberley, I miss Tesco’s, I miss Boots and most of all I miss Mothercare. . . On a plus side though hubby found out there is a Mothercare in Hamburg, so we drove all the way there yesterday forgetting it was Good Friday and everywhere was shut, but at least we know there is one over here.

I can’t stand the Naafi (this is the shop on camp – Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) maybe because it’s not Tescos and that it’s obviously always full of squadies, and that it’s the only place i can go in easy reach. It has a few bits and bobs – usually at rip off prices, it has a small selection of books, cards, kids toys, household items, sports things and then a section for food which is usually Spa and Iceland items. I let out a big sigh everytime I go in there as it’s the same stuff, same people day in day out.

Anyway enough moaning about Naafi, we have been trying to think of things to do, this has meant lots of walks around camp, going to the stables to look at the horses, I will probably have a wander in the direction of Bredebeck at some point for a change of scenery – Bredebeck is the officers mess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Bredebeck. Last time we were here hubby used to work there, so we used to have lots of fun down there on a mini moped and taking the dog for walks. There also used to be a kitten there the Adjutants cat who used to follow me around, so will be nice to show Safia. I’m also planning on taking her to feed the ducks .. I have no idea where there is a duck pond … I will find one though, and will have a look at going to some baby groups with my friend, there are plenty of parks with swings on camp so when the weather starts getting better I think that will be somewhere we shall go lots, Safia seems to be enjoying herself anyway and that’s the main thing.

I’ve booked family holiday to Puerto Pollensa Majorca for when Safia turns one, so something to look forward to. Can’t believe she is nearly 8 months already, where does the time go?

Remember How I Said It Could All Change??

Well it did!!!

We are not coming back to UK for 4 months and hubby is away for just the one week now in Sennelager. Told you it could all change in matter of days didn’t I. Well now it stands as hubby will be going Afghan in September, thankfully he will be here for Safia’s 1st birthday but not for Christmas. Now I said my New Years Resolution is to see the positive in things sooooooooo when hubby is back in 2014 at least we will have a nice deposit for a house so we can get Safia a room that will actually be hers and for longer than a few months and it’s a step closer to coming home and getting a permanent address . So no bitching and moaning from this call sign, I’ve had it easy, there’s a lot of ladies out there whose husbands/partners weren’t there for the birth of their babies and didn’t get to meet their baby until days/months later.

Besides as we know a lot can happen in a day ….. It could all change …..

Army Common Sense? I Think Not

Hello again my friends,

Phew what a busy few weeks. We have packed up our house and stuff from Sandhurst, boarded the over night ferry and arrived on camp in Bergen, Hohne. I first came here for a year when I married my husband back in Summer 2010, in 2011 we got the posting to go back to the UK and we were to be there for two years. That’s really not how it worked out though as hubby got promoted … yey!!!! But then we got told as he has been promoted he has to go back to regiment in Germany … Boo, hissssss. So here we are 18 months later. What a busy few weeks it has been. I say busy few weeks but when I look back I don’t think there’s many people (unless in army) who can say in just over two years they have got married, had a baby, lived in Germany twice and moved homes 3 times with a 4th new home in the very near future in god knows where.  It seemed so much more difficult moving this time now we have a baby as everything you do when you have a baby seems to take a good 40 minutes longer than it usually would. But we got there and we have finally got outside communications – Hurray I can get on Facebook!!! And my blog!! and call my parents etc!!!

So now we have that all sorted, guess what we have been told “your possibly going on course for up to 4 months back in the UK” Huh???? So point of getting us out here so quick was what exactly?? As always I have NO IDEA what is going off! People are asking me when I will next be back? Can I go to birthday parties, hen night’s, weddings etc  and it is soooooo hard to plan for them as I have no idea if I’m going to be in Germany or England. I also want to plan our first holiday as a family – I say first holiday as a family but me and hubby have actually NEVER been on holiday together! We had an odd weekend away here and there but that was usually mainly due to the fact he was on course somewhere so I went to see him. So where do we book flights from now UK or Germany? We may also pay out for ferry tickets (The army would provide hubby with a flight back, but of course if he is to take us with him we have to pay and get a ferry together.) So basically if he’s only back a week we are losing out on money that would have been better put towards the family holiday.

I also worked out yesterday, If hubby is on this course for 4 months, he will then be back just in time for Safia’s 1st birthday and his summer leave, but IF he goes to Afghan in September (depending IF the regiment goes or IF they are pulled out or how many squadrons they will be taking to Afghan etc, etc (so many possibilities.) that means me and Safia will only be seeing him for 2 months and an odd few weekends. Winner! (Hope your noting that as sarcasm lol).

Anyway that’s my little ramble as to whats happening this end of camp right now – do stay tuned as it probably and will most likely all have changed by tomorrow.

Modern Housing – Major rant about army accomodation

Here’s my complaint letter I just sent to MOD Modern Housing Soloutions – Most useless people I have ever had to deal with grrrrr.

Dear Sirs,

Where do I begin??? I am appalled at the service we have received from Modern housing, the day we moved into our house we were showed around by two people who had no enthusiasm for the property themselves in so many words they were telling us the property was shit – which it was! It stunk to high heaven of curry and although we were told this smell would go away we wound up having doors and windows open for weeks and spending around £30 plus on candles airfreshners and cleaning products – that house was filthy!!! I refuse to believe it was ever cleaned the pantry when wiped over with a cloth was orange with greasy dirt!!! It took me days to clean it out – something I did not relish having to do when I’ve just moved over from Germany and have other things I need to set up and sort!! The kitchen was dirty in the cupboards and the cooker was by no means immaculate and didn’t work!!! ( we had to wait a week to get it fixed as it wasn’t a priority to you as the top grill worked). My mother came over that weekend and set to helping me clean the property (she started wiping down doors and walls – the water was black! I’m not usually one to complain we all chipped in and cleaned the property and left it at that.) oh nearly forgot – Lampshades!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!!! I took them down to put our own up they were thick with dust and grease I swear I have never seen anything as revolting as that in my life.

I have spent months on end from the day we moved in reporting jobs and complaining (feel free to look back on how many jobs I had done at that property). As I have so many complaints I will list them to make it easier.

1. You painted the walls of the outside of the property and got paint everywhere as no covers were put down – paint was all over the yard and all over our garden furniture.

2. I have reported the fact that on the back door even when locked you can see daylight through it and feel a draught which requires heating on constantly as that house is freezing without (false economy) so cheers for all our electric bills we have been forking out on because you insist on keeping a house that is inhabitable up. – Have a look how many times someone has been out to fix that door and done a shit job so we have called them out again and again

3. The house is subsiding, there are massive cracks all over the house, the cupboard door in the living room has had to be plained down on numerous occasions because it wont shut properly, the bathroom door is the same and so is the shed door. again all helping towards that elusive draught we talked about and high electricity bills .

4. A broken sink that needed to be replaced – it was and was poorly done that the sink actually moves now.

5. A kitchen cupboard door that needed to be replaced as it would not shut properly.

6. Mould all over the bathroom – when I reported this I was told “well your leaving soon, it’s a big job you will have to make do with it until then as you have a baby and you wouldn’t want us carrying out a big job like that out!!!!” Well excuse me that is a health hazard, have you guys any idea of how bad black mould is to health and you think I want that leaving in the house for a minute with a newborn – 6 month old baby in the house?? All because your people didn’t want to get off there arses and fix the problem – Obviously our health isn’t important to you! there is also mould in the bedroom.

7. I reported a leak coming from our ceiling in the bedroom, after a month (yes I left it a month as sometimes that’s how long it took for someone to get back to me regarding jobs anyway) I rang up enquiring about the job to find out someone had completed the job even though nobody had even been around – it took 3 months until it was finally sorted 2 weeks of which I was left with scaffolding up.

8. I have noticed that around the house jobs have been poorly done, when cleaning the house for move out I was scrubbing at the sides of the cooker wondering why the hell grease was not coming off the side – guess why that was?!? I’m sure you already know. It was because the cooker had been painted as a quick fix to cover grease marks.

9. No care taken! where did the painters learn their trade? Because they can’t keep within the “lines” the bathroom paint has been splashed around here and there and as a result is all over the floor and walls.

To be honest there is such a long list of jobs and some which I haven’t bothered reporting as what is the point? Nothing ever truly gets resolved and after speaking to many people on camp they feel the same way and they get sick of keep reporting jobs there’s just no point.

I wasn’t there for handover as me and my daughter moved to my parents as removals had taken our furniture but my husband has informed me he has been charged £38 to have our cooker cleaned?? I find it ridiculous you feel that our cooker wasn’t clean enough as it was certainly cleaner that when we moved in and I highly doubt that £38 is going to be used to clean it. It is also ridiculous that you greedily accepted our offer to leave blinds up which cost us £150.00 which we felt we had no option to get as a way of keeping draught from the door out – nothing like a bit of give and take is there??

The lady who came around on handover said to my husband “we will be replacing the carpet at the bottom of the stairs (there is a cut in the carpet – which was there when we moved in which was noted on our 14 day move in sheet) as it is a health hazard” you knew this was a health hazard then so why wasn’t it done for us? We have lived there for 18 months – Again no real concern for our health and safety. She also said you will be replacing the kitchen – so why the big worry about charging us for a cooker? The lady also wanted to charge us for a grill pan and the only reason she didn’t was because she didn’t have a sheet to bill us for it. We never had one and how can we report it on our 14 day move in if we never knew we were meant to have one? She was apparently snotty when my husband told her we never had one and said “well if you happen to come across it, send it back to us”. I find this incredibly rude. It was also noted that you plan on redecorating and painting, if this is the case why was it so necessary for us to have to paint back what was the nursery back to magnolia when it’s all going to be painted over anyway?

I know for a fact that the carpets have never been cleaned as we purchased our own carpet cleaner and when it came to doing the nursery carpets (bearing in mind we barely used that room as our baby slept with us, my parents have visited us a handful of times and on these occasions slept in that room for a couple nights so there has never been any real traffic going through that room yet when it came to using the carpet cleaner the water was black and had grit in it – I would have hated to think I had put my baby on that carpet.

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Valentines Breakfast For Baby

This year is Safia’s first valentines day and I want to make a few family traditions with her that we will do every year for Pancake Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc.

For valentines day, we have made Strawberry cinnamon pancakes in heart shapes – Ok, I made them but she ate them,  next year I’m hoping she will want to make them with me and we will also make a  cake for her daddy that she can help me mix , decorate and of course eat.

Here’s the pancakes I made her with strawberry puree and Ella’s Kitchen mango yoghurt:-

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And Little Miss enjoying them

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Wishing you all a Happy Valentines Day 🙂