Big sky overhead, low sun getting in our eyes, fading acorns and still crunchy leaves underfoot – these have been the joys of autumn. We have loved being outdoors. We have loved exploring in the mud, we have loved picking apples to make crumble, and we have also loved getting out on rainy days to splash in puddles.
But we’ve also had some ridiculously fun days at home. They’ve been days when one or all of us have been under the weather. Or they’ve been days when we’ve just not made it out of the house – because life’s like that sometimes. And they’ve reminded me that if we don’t go out every morning and every afternoon, that’s ok. We can still find plenty to amuse ourselves with by staying indoors.
With the days getting shorter, it’s not always easy to get out after Milin’s nap. This week, on one of those days where the afternoon just disappeared, we filled the time before dinner by still splashing around – we just did it indoors. Milin gave all of his animals a bath and a clean. We got out the shaving foam too and the cars got a carwash. He wasn’t sure about the foam though.
We also realised that if the sun comes out and we’re still inside (a rare scenario, granted), we can still make discoveries. Milin found a rainbow made by refracted light rays on the sofa this week. He was fascinated and couldn’t believe it transferred onto his hands or clothes when he moved them into its path. A home science lesson. Magic.
We’ve also been baking banana muffins, with this incredibly quick and easy recipe: Mix together 250g white flour, 100g brown sugar, and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Add already mixed 125ml oil and 2eggs. Add 2.5 ripe bananas. (Option to add chunky white chocolate chips here.) Spoon into muffin cases and cook for 20 minutes on gas marks six. Yum.
Milin loves being in the kitchen – helping out with pressing the buttons is almost as much fun as puzzles and painting. Almost.
There’s also been plenty of cardboard box entertainment. Because what better place is there to read your books when you’re nearly two?
And when my little mister is really missing being outside, he can always dress up in his winter gear, get dad to dress up warm too, and wait until someone gets the hint and takes him outdoors.
Jasmin, meanwhile, has mainly been focusing on looking cute.