Friday, 19 December 2008
We are gearing up for going away, but just had to share this with you
Thursday, 18 December 2008
I have Nigella Christmas Kitchen on in the background, a glass of rose, Hubby is out and I am blogging. Just felt I had to come back. I have been reading loads and commenting too and didn't realise how much fun it is to do.
We are off to spend Christmas with our friends in Guernsey, we fly out on Monday and return on Saturday. I will take loads of pix so that Papaw and Granma can see them in the US. I am soooo looking forward to it, it is going to be a great holiday and the children are so excited I can't believe it. Bubbs finishes school tomorrow after morning mass and we have got a massively busy weekend before we go but all fun stuff.
On Sat morning we are getting up early and the children and I are going up to see my sister for a couple of hours as they are going away for New Year the same day we arrive home. This will be the first Christmas we have not spent together since we moved back to the UK, the same goes for my parents so it will be strange for us all. Sometimes though, as a family with young children you do have to do something for them don't you? I also have to drop Mabel off at my nans for my mum and dad to look after whilst we are away and be back home by 1pm. (she lives 1.5hours away on a good day) Bubbs is getting a haircut at 130 and the girlies and I are going to Harrys 2nd birthday party which Hubby and Bubbs will meet us at. Luckily we are not doing anything in the evening so I might be able to get some packing done.
Sunday is just as busy, I am in the children's group at church in the morning and then we are going some other friends in the afternoon which will be lovely as haven't got together with them for a while. Hubby gets to put the children to bed tonight as I am doing a reading in our Candlelight Christmas service which I am really excited about as it is my most fav service of the year and I am reading Luke 2 1-7 which is lovely.
So much to do and so little time as is always the way.
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Christmas and see you in the New Year
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
This week has been horrible. The children are being a nightmare. I am really struggling with Bubbs, he is being so challenging. I think he is really tired as his first term at school is nearly over but even still he is really pushing the limits. The girlies still aren't sleeping so nothing new there and that is why I haven't blogged because I basically got so fed up of moaning and have nothing left to say. I am still reading and commenting but till I have something half decent to say I am going on a break.
Monday, 1 December 2008
Not much but so much is going on. Bubbs was really unwell this weekend, had a horrid temp and really miserable but is going back to school tomorrow and now I think Moodle is coming down with it. They are still not sleeping and we have had my parents to stay for the last week or so and they have just gotten no sleep bless them. I bet they can't wait to move onto my sisters house where they just have the cats to cuddle.
I am plodding along as usual, really trying to save money wherever we can. This whole credit crunch thing has really got me paying attention to just what we spend our money on. I managed to do all our Christmas shopping on a tight budget going to really cheap stores but getting really cute stuff, now all I have to do is wrap it!!
Not much else to say, well there is but I am in the conservatory and it is freezing so I'll have to blog another day.
Monday, 24 November 2008
My mum and dad came home here today, the children were sooo excited to see them and I have to say so was I. I love it when they are here even if it does mean we are all sleeping in a weird way (Bubbs sleeps on the floor in our room). Mabel loves it too as Dad loves here and often sits on the floor with her during the day....bless.
Don't know what else to say as I am so disappointed with myself about where I am in my head....
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I had a fantastic weekend, I got all my Christmas shopping done in a totally child free way which I know all you mums out there will be so appreciative of how amazing that is. Stayed up quite late on Friday night just hanging out and didn't actually sleep that well but then again didn't have to get up in the morning for anything pressing. Amazing sis brought me tea and a croissant (with jam) in BED.....I know spoilt..... We left the house at 930am and finally returned at 850pm having done it all. I was so relieved as I was dreading trying to get shopping done with all the children.
Last night I slept like a log and today I didn't get up till 10am!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough said
Friday, 21 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
On other notes, the girlies have not been well again, they still have hacking coughs and for the last 2 days have just wanted hugs and snuggles and lots of meds as they also have a temperature. This would be easier to do if there weren't two of them but also if I didn't have a stomach bug and kept having to disappear. The bug did mean I actually lost weight at WW this week though.
Hubby is away this weekend, leaving on Friday morning at 3.45am. He is off to Wales cycling which will be great as long as it doesn't rain too much for him. I am glad he is going but not looking forward to doing the kids all on my own for 3 days. I get my own back the next weekend as I am going to visit my sis for Fri and Sat night with NO children. YIPPEE.....
Off to read blogs now
Friday, 7 November 2008
Firstly on the pram front.........I have had no luck at all with them. We ordered several new parts for the broken one, finally got it going again for a different part to break. We really couldn't afford to pay out anymore on it so decided to carry on using the one my Auntie had found me. This was ok but it is a side by side one which is incredibly hard to push and the girlies fight with each other constantly. Anyway, as I was coming home last week with the pram full of groceries the darn thing broke!!!!!! I can use it but it is really dodgy so we bit the bullet and ordered a new one with good resale value. Oh my goodness how much bad luck could I have with this. It arrived 2 days later and I started putting it together only to find it was broken. I took it straight back to the store as we really needed it for this weekend, the store were great and ordered me another one and they were going to try to get it express delivered to make up for the inconvenience. HA, they called the next day to tell me there was some sort of computer pricing problem and it wasn't now going to arrive till Monday or Tuesday. I was so annoyed I wrote to Head Office last night and I have now had a reply from them telling me that they are sorry for this but the pram is now out of stock so I won't be receiving it till the END of the week. ARE WE KIDDING DO I HAVE MUG WRITTEN ON MY FOREHEAD.
Moodle is also giving me problems at the moment. As you know she doesn't sleep well at all and I am really struggling with the whole liking her thing at the moment. I find this so difficult to deal with as Jim Jam is so adoring and lovely and so is Moodle but I am just SO tired I can't explain. Basically, I have cried pretty much all this week and have struggled with motherhood in general. This also means everything else has gone down the pan, WW doesn't get a look in as I comfort eat my way through chocolate most nights.. Thank goodness I don't drink or smoke I would be flat on my back I think. Anyone else out there ever feel like this, will my post natal depression last forever they'll be getting a job before I'm off the meds!! On a good note though, I did spend a great evening catching up with one of my great Christian friends who was so supportive, we had a meal in the evening at hers which meant that there were no kids interrupting us so we finished all the conversations we started how novel is that.
Hubby has been great this week, he seems to have really picked up on how much I am struggling, probably not hard as my eyes are so puffy and red rimmed recently, and just been really great with the kids especially in the night time. Moodle seems not to go on for quite so long when he goes down to her. I am sure that this will end once she gets used to him going but for now it is making it a little bit easier. I love him.
We are off to Norfolk this weekend to see some friends. Hubby and I are really looking forward to this as sometimes a change is as good as rest. Or so the saying goes anyway!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Mum, Dad, Nan and Gramps have a great couple of weeks in France. Love you
Monday, 3 November 2008
Last week was half term here so I had all the children at home for the week which I was originally dreading, as the weather was supposed to be raining hard all week which does limit us on what we can do. On the Friday before I get a phone call from M&D telling me they were coming home for a week or so as they had a funeral to attend. So although, it was SO wonderful to see them it was under a dark cloud. We didn't tell the children they were coming and so they woke up on Sat morning to Nannie and Bampie in the house.....can you imagine the excitement.
Hubby spent Sat at Wembley stadium at the tail gate party and then watching the Big Game, New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers....for those who don't know they are American football teams. He was probably as excited as the kids were.
The rest of half term went by smoothly with Nannie and Bampie and on Friday we went with our friends to an Aquarium in Brighton. The weather was sooo lovely that we were able to have fish and chips on the sea front on Halloween. All the children loved the fish and turtles and J and I had an awesome day. Definitely a good end to the holidays for all of us.
The weekend for Hubby and I was really special. Our anniversary was on Sunday (12 years) and as a treat we went to a matinee of Sound of Music in the West End then had a lovely meal SOS a great restaurant. This was such a treat and so wonderful, we left the house at 12 and didn't get back till the evening. We spent time together, we didn't talk about the children that much and just really had a great time enjoying ourselves. This is such a treat and I have to thank my mum, sis and friend V for looking after our children and enabling us to do this. Bubbs went to Vs and had toasted marshmallows and a sleepover which he really enjoyed and the girlies had a lovely time with mum and sis. On Sunday we had V and her family over for lunch and the afternoon as a thank you and the weather was kind again so we all went out for a walk with Mabel afterwards.
Wow what a catch up. I also had my second Moore College lesson and it is sooo fantastic.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Last week seemed to fly by, I had my first Governors meeting at the school on Tuesday which was eye opening and I have been thinking and praying about it ever since. I had no idea just what difficulties we are dealing with there, just as an example, since the new year started in Sept they have had 17 different languages join the school.....how do they manage? The teachers do though and the Head has put into place such a great way of encouraging pupils and teachers that it really is working for the school, for the government....not so much. Our statistics are low but that is to be expected when we are graded the same way as a school that has the same amount of students in one year group as we have in the entire school and this is what is making the school look bad on paper for prospective pupils families. I talked about how I was praying that taking on this Governors post was the right thing to do and after this meeting I realise that it is but I had no idea just how much work it is going to be and what is really involved. I am sorry if this a bit boring for some but it is going to be rather alot of my life for the next few years and the girlies will be attending this school also and we have to try to keep it going up like it is now.
Talking of the girlies, why they can't sleep I just don't know. I have tried all sorts and because there is no routine to when and how they wake up it is very hard to pinpoint just what is wrong so I am still suffering from lack of sleep but doesn't everyone with children....does it ever get easier??
I am still doing WW, I hate it with a passion and am struggling so much with motivation and will power, but I have at least started running, which is what my hubby gallantly calls it I did have to confess this morning that it is actually more like shuffling...I go every weekday morning with the dog before most of the normal world is up....only a very few mad dog walkers...I am actually enjoying it, although I really wish I could actually run a bit better but I suppose it has only been a week.
The rest of my week was filled with normal day to day stuff, nothing amazing happened. The girlies were hard work, they seem to fight with each other most of the time and I am finding them really challenging at the minute. They are talking so well though which makes things a little easier as they can at least communicate with me a bit better. They constantly want to talk on the phone as well which is really sweet although trying to show the person who has called things is not really working as strangely enough they can't see down the phone and the girlies just don't get that.
We had a great weekend. My sis and BiL came for Friday night so it was good to catch up with them, they had just been on holiday to Cornwall and were really excited as they are thinking of moving down there. I have to say I will miss them dearly as it is not exactly a short drive to see them but can see why they are wanting to do it and anything that will give them a better way of life is great in my book. Strangely enough though, Hubby seemed to be more upset about it than I was when we got talking about it once they had left and I suppose even though we don't see them all the time he has always had a great relationship with BiL and will miss that as it really is a face to face relationship rather than a phone one. This means though we will now have 3 very nice potential holiday destinations....
On Sunday, after church, we spent the afternoon at a friends for lunch and we took Mabel. They have a 11week puppy too and 3 children so you can imagine the chaos but it was that lovely chaos where you just sit and watch it unfold. The children were all great, the food was amazing (thanks C) and the pups were soooo funny. They were pooped when we finally made it home as they had played literally all afternoon in the garden as we actually had some sunshine. This is going to be one of those memorable days that I will cherish. Also, it was really nice for the 2 Hubbies to get together as well, C and I have become firm friends in the last few months and it was great to extend that friendship to the rest of our family. I am so blessed with my friends sometimes I can't actually believe how lucky I am.
Back to the grindstone this week, yesterday was full of washing, drying, cooking and then a great coffee afternoon and J's house. We also had Bubbs first parents meeting with his teacher. She is wonderful influence on Bubbs and he has really taken a shine to her as have all the class and she said he is doing really well and settling in brilliantly which I am so pleased with. Today, so far I have a table full of filing that I have put off as I am doing this enormous post that is going on for ever all about nothing as the girlies are in nursery.
Gotta go now as I really do have to file otherwise I will be crushed but the paperwork that is just about to topple over!
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Monday night Bubbs came home with a fever and had a really rough night, but was so excited about school the next morning and no longer had a fever that I sent him in...how awful did I feel when the school called me 1115am to come pick him up....he was just exhausted. I kept him home on Wednesday aswell and I had forgotten just how hard it is with all 3 of them at home. He went back on Thursday but slept from 330pm till 5pm when he got home then went back to bed at 7pm for the night...so tired my little boy. Luckily on Friday he was normal and so I had my free morning while the girlies were in nursery and I started my Moore College course on the Introduction to the Bible. I am really excited about this as I have wanted to get to grips with my bible reading and this will get me on track...yea!
We have had an amazing weekend. Yesterday, we spent the afternoon with my grandparents. It is my nans birthday today so we went for afternoon tea....such a lovely afternoon. There will be pix to follow. Today we went to a friends for lunch which was again lovely and we feel really spoilt.
That is it for now. Hubby has the day off tomorrow as he has worked loads recently so we are looking forward to getting some jobs done that we haven't been able to.
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Let me know if there are any suggestions as I will have to order it on Amazon or something so fairly soon so he can practise....how sweet is it going to be and how proud will Bubbs be
Thursday, 2 October 2008
I'm a bit excited as my card business seems to be going quite well, I did a charity coffee morning which is always good as it is nice to be able to give a donation. I have also just confirmed 2 Christmas school fairs (I have never done a fair yet) so yippee.
2 other great things happened on Tues apart from my sister coming, one was I lost 4lbs at WW, it was my first weigh in after going back last week and finding out I was only .5lb off what I was when I first started last year! The other was a large package arriving for me, could they be what I had been waiting for......yeah they were my new Emu boots which my mother in law kindly ordered of Amazon and mailed to me saving me a fortune....I wore them today as it was chilly and they are possibly the yummiest thing to wear on your feet ever!!!
I quit my job last night, Hubby's job is meaning he is home much later now the students are back so I can't get there by 7pm. I am bummed but relieved as it was stressing me worrying about being late. That is why I am quite glad the card stuff is doing well as it might keep me focused on it more.
Moodle is still not great, she is fine in herself but keeps having horrid nappies so she can't go to nursery again tomorrow which is a shame as I am not managing to get any of the jobs done this week that I hoped I would.
Anyway gotta go, Hubby is on TV on Monday so need to go and buy him a new shirt tomorrow this wasn't on the job list but is now!
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Anyway, I love the fact that my sis did this for me and I would do anything for her as I hope she knows.
Here's for sisters all over
Moodle still not well so not going out again tomorrow either :-(
Monday, 29 September 2008
The biggest annoyance is though that the girlies won't be going to pre school tomorrow and I finally managed to get a hair appt which I now won't be able to go to.....aaargh
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Hubby and Bubbs made it back from Dads and Lads church camp last night. They smelt of bonfire and outdoors. The smile on Bubbs face is only just dimming. They went pot holing, grass sledging, orienteering and rock climbing. They both had a blast and we have heard never ending stories of the camp fire too. This was the best bit of the camp according to Bubbs.....nothing like a bit of fire for boys to play with...Apparently there was a lot of health and not so much safety! All in all a great time and we are now hoping they run a family one so we can all go.
Today after church we went to the Tree Park with the children and Mabel. This was her first visit to such a big place and one with so many dogs around. She was amazing and had such a great time...currently she is flat out on her bag in the corner. When we set off on our walk Hubby had such a big and serene smile on his face I could tell this was what he had been dreaming of for a long time. Our family is so enjoying having a dog and she is so gorgeous.
I have my first official engagement as Governor on Thursday, it is the school Harvest Festival so I am going to that ( I was going anyway but now have a purpose). In our church today we had another prompt about where we want our Harvest Offering to go to and it is so lovely to see the rest of the congregation getting to know about the school and area which is only just down the road from our church.
Will let you know how it goes.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
I went to the meeting last night after praying really hard about whether this is what God wants me to do and just asked for wisdom if offered the position. Well, it obviously was as I was introduced straight away with my friends husband as the 2 'new governors' and welcomed into the meeting straight away. What an enormous amount of paperwork it is! I did wonder what I was getting myself into but Father Ed and Mrs Anderson the Headmistress are so passionate about making this small underprivileged school shine that there was no doubt in my mind that it was the right thing to do. Basically, the area in which the school mainly serves was originally built in Victorian times for the servants of the wealthy living in the richer parts of town. The area was given its own church....a shed ontop of the building rubble when the larger houses had been built as it was thought the servants might like their own place of worship. Anyway, this is how the area has stayed, as Father Ed calls it, the towns dirty little secret! As it is an area without money there are alot of immigrants who live here so this means the stats of the school are low as about 68% of the school has English as their second language which actually means nothing as the Value added score (how much the children have improved) was the highest in our area, and a staggering 70 odd % have had no pre school education. That is now changing as the Head and Father Ed have opened a pre school which is more affordable to the surrounding parents and is currently serving 48 children and is nearly to capacity. Gosh, I am now rambling, this did all start with the fact that I am now a Governor and quite what that entails I am not sure as I have only been to the opening meeting but at least I am a set of ears in the playground also and I have a vested interest in the school as all my children will attend. This will be an ongoing subject I should imagine.
As for the rest of it, I went to WW and and only half a pound of the weight I started at originally so back to point counting as I want to lose it by Christmas. The girls still aren't sleeping unless drugged and last night Jim Jam woke up anyway so not sure what to do and the docs aren't that helpful and they just say they will grow out of it.....well I know that!
Mabel is great and going to training tonight, could be fun. I've been given a bit more responsibility at work as I am now in charge of membership too which will be another hour every couple of weeks. The card selling is going pretty well considering I have paid it no attention at all and I am pretty much now the school rep for that. Bubbs and Hubby are going on a church camping trip on friday night and I am having a girls night in to watch 27 Dresses......
Could babble on for ages but need to get girlies back up and do the school run.
Hope this all makes sense. I will be blogging a bit less now but will still try to read and comment on my favs
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
I will be blogging properly on friday but there is loads going on....
Girlies don't know how to sleep!
Puppy classes start on Thursday
I am running for Governor at Bubbs' school, who knows whether I'll get it but got to try.
Starting WW again as put on all the weight that I lost a year ago!!
Rejoined the gym, so starting to work out again.
Girlies started nursery which they love so have 2 hours on tuesday and fri mornings to do housework
Bubbs now full time at school and really loving it, yea!
That's it for now will fill you all in later
Sunday, 14 September 2008
WELL DONE BABE, here's to the next one
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
On school news, Bubbs has started crying when I leave. It is heartbreaking, he was really good on Tues, Wed and Thurs but on Fri he cried alot and held onto my leg....he then went to my sisters for the weekend and had a great time and was really looking forward to school today as he is having school meals this week BUT he cried again. It is soooo hard, but it has to be done and when I go to collect him he is fine. Next week he is going pretty much full time with only Mon and Fri coming home at 1230 the rest finishing at 3pm.....so grown up.
I am really enjoying spending time with my girlies though, we spent the morning doing puzzles today which they just loved and we all went to the park this afternoon then for tea at Toby's house. The girls turn 2 on Thurs and then they start nursery 2 mornings a week on the 16th...what am I going to do with myself for 2 mornings!! (apart from cleaning)
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Anyway, I know this is really long winded but thought this might be a funny thing to blog about, basically in the pix if you see one in pink and one in a different colour you can tell, the pink one is Moodle.
I did have one really embarrassing time when I had to take them both to the docs for different things and got them completely mixed up even to the point where we were on the second diagnosis, notes written up on one until I suddenly realised,.......obviously that was pre PND medication..........
Another funny story is that on my first evening home our Vicar came to visit and we were all talking about how it is hard to tell them apart and he was looking a little stumped. It wasn't until later on in the visit that he realised that they were both girls, we chose a name that is commonly a boys name in the UK for Jim Jam. SO FUNNY!!
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
In the pouring rain with his friends just before going in, how cute is my boy on the left!
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
1 Tim, Caro, Elliss and Isla arrived on Thurs for Baptism on Sunday. All had a fab time we are god parents, yea
2 Friday take Jim Jam to docs as ear still bothersome got anti biotics as infected!
3 Monday Elliss starts throwing up in afternoon, Moodle in the night, all up pretty much all night!
4 I am not well on tuesday night, but in the meantime took Bubbs to docs in AM and got anti biotics for ear and toe infection. As I was walking home waiting at the lights to cross the road when my pram collapses with girlies in it...will post hilarious picture next time. Luckily, Caro came to collect us and I walked home with stupid thing.
5 Really rough ill feeling today for me, children seem much better but tested my every nerve and all our friends are avoiding us as no one wants to catch this thing.
6 Just as I started to blog, poor Bubbs has just thrown up....who knows how long this will go on...
Anyway, speak soon
Monday, 18 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
On Friday afternoon our guests arrived, J and E drove down from Stoke.....J is my mums cousins son and Jim Jams godfather and E is his gorgeous girlfriend. We don't see them often enough as they live quite far away but whenever they come we always have such a good time. They are both amazing with the children E especially and it is lovely to have helpful hands in the house....she is a natural. E has also just graduated from Uni and starts a 'proper' job in sept so we had a bit of a toast for her on fri eve with some guitar hero.....can you believe the 2 of them......(v early 20s) had never played GH before .....shocking, J got quite into it in the end......below is a pic of E this morning doing her morning chore....tee hee ,reading to the girlies....'Emma read pease....' how could she say no! and below that is J, strumming on the GH!
On another note, we ran out on our children, J, E and my dad this morning to go look at cars...we have an enormous renault Espace, which is great but just about to go up massively on the tax and is costing us rather alot to run....so we have been thinking alot about changing to something smaller and more cost efficient...we found a great 0% finance deal on a Scenic so are just waiting to hear whether we qualify or not.....Lets hope so as our insurance will be so much cheaper so will fuel consumption.
Mum feeling a little better tonight and will hopefully get some sleep, hopefully we will too I was up 5x last night with the girlies.....we are owed one peaceful night surely.
Next week is going to be just as busy, as soon as mum and dad go Caro and her family arrive from Guernsey for 5 days as they are getting their daughter baptised at their old local church and we are proud god parents. So I probably won't blog much but will fill you in next week.
Have a great week one and all and see you soon
Here is R my cousins wife having fun with my girlies and some of the other many children there with bubbles....don't kids just love them!
We were supposed to arrive at about 330pm and left in plenty of time but a trip that should take 1.5hrs took us 3 hours.....the kids were not that happy, poor Bubbs wet himself after trying so hard not to so we had to hang his trousers out the car window to dry. Both girlies are teething really badly with top eye teeth and their last back molars. Plus, we thought we would take Mabel out on her first trip!!!!! You can imagine the mood in the car...
Once there though it was so worth it. We had a great time and I think the birthday boy did too. The only bummer, well 2 actually was that my mum couldn't go because she was laid up in bed, literally, with a horrible sore throat and chest, and my sister was in Paris for the weekend, but her hubby made it and he had found an old reel of film that contained video footage of my dads parents wedding day (over 80 years old) which was incredible and made dad well up as they have both been gone for a long time now.
~Such a fab time was had
Friday, 15 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
We had a great weekend, Hubby worked on Saturday morning which was a bummer but we just hung out till he got home then I got to do the lovely grocery store run. I took Bubbs with me and he was fantastic and made it much more bearable. We had our friends J and P over for dinner and Guitar Hero later which was so much fun. I haven't played for ages and each time I do I am so glad we didn't sell the PS2.
Sunday was church, throughout the summer there isn't a baby creche so Hubby and I are taking it in turns to go. It was my turn this week and I was in the children's activities so didn't actually get to go to the service but did see some really cute kids engaged in a Friends and Heroes DVD. We spent afternoon at home with our friend M and his children as J was working. We even went swimming taking all the kids with us and they had a blast, they loved it and man did they sleep well last night.
Today I caught up on laundry, 3 loads and counting. I did ironing this evening and I am currently trying to download a cute bit of video that I caught just before bed.
Oh, one thing I did do today was empty the sandpit because if you can believe it I found MAGGOTS in there. The children are gutted as they love it and it puts an end to them not digging in my flower bed!!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Bill away tonight, he has to open in the morning and couldn't get to town early enough on the train so is staying in the halls to make it. Just found out he has to work on Saturday morning too which is a real bummer but hopefully he will come home early tomorrow and maybe Monday too. I managed to get a massive pile of ironing done which is good as I am babysitting tomorrow night so I can relax there rather than take ironing with me, always looks rather sad when you show up with a pile of it don't you think.
Mabel is still be amazing, she is very nippy with the children but they are getting used to it and it won't last for ever but she is so lovely and it is wonderful seeing how they all interact differently with her. Bubbs keeps telling me how he is her owner and that she is his very bestest friend in the whole world....so cute. Jim Jam is quite authoritative with her, she still cries when Mabel runs after her but holds her own too. Moodle on the other hand is more nervous of her, but when she is asleep or really calm absolutely adores her. I promise to post some pix soon of them with her.
On the meds front, I think I am pretty much back to normal now which is great, I even had the gumption to hoover before the kids went to bed moving the couch too, then decided that I really ought to wash the couch covers as mum and dad are coming home next week......2 things I just never would have done 2 weeks ago. I was talking to my friend about it earlier and we were laughing about how ridiculous our lives have become when we get excited about washing couch covers!!! Might even try to lose a few pounds over the next couple of weeks, something that I have not even been able to consider until now, however hard my hubby has been training.
I did have another trip to Ikea, I so hate to buy furniture anywhere else because we just can't afford it. I got a bookcase (tall and thin) for the conservatory. My plan is to keep all paperworky type stuff in there because at the minute it is taking over my kitchen and our bedroom and I can't stand it. Hubby put it together whilst I was at work last night but we don't have a drill so I have asked our friend M, hubbys fellow decorator, to wield a drill to attach it to the wall.. It is 2m high so don't want it to land on the children. Once this is up I can get to filling it and clearing out our bedroom somewhat...again I'm really excited about something really mundane!
Did have a scare with the children today, Jim Jam fell off her highchair, and I wasn't in the room so didn't see exactly what happened but Bubbs and his friend said she landed on her head. Anyway, she screamed for about 15mins got herself all hot and bothered and promptly fell asleep. Well, my friend and I started to think this wasn't the best thing for her so called NHS Direct who were great and told me what to look for once she had woken. Bless, she was really sweet when she woke up and we couldn't see anything on her head so figured she must have fallen somewhere else and just cried out of shock. When I gave them tea I found the most humongous bruise on the side of her head, it wouldn't surprise me if she has a black eye tomorrow!
Monday, 4 August 2008
I really felt more like myself today, I think the meds are kicking in as laughing happened alot today. Yay.
My lovely friend R came and dropped a magazine and a movie off for me to borrow today, I was going to watch it tonight while Hubby went swimming but he decided not to go and as the movie is 'Juno' figured he wouldn't want to watch it. I do have a free evening on Thursday as he has to stay at work for the night but should be home early Friday afternoon. Looking forward to the reading of a good mag though. I also spent the day with a friend and her daughter who is a similar age to the girlies so you can imagine the mess of the sandpit, they did love it though.
On movies, my friend Jess came round on Saturday evening and we watched 'The Notebook'....oh my goodness, it was such a lovely film and we were both balling at the end, there is nothing nicer than a good cry after a fab movie. We did devour rather alot of chocolate and cake too so that helps even more.
Mabel is still being amazing, I left her for the first time today in her crate while we all went to town to run errands. We were only gone an hour and I don't think she cried that much as we hung about a bit outside first and then when we got home she was fast asleep in her bed...bless. Still having a few potty accidents but we have only had her a week, I keep forgetting that.
Considering I didn't have much to write I haven't done too badly.
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Friday, 1 August 2008
Mabel is doing amazing. The children adore her and so do we. She is sleeping well through the night in her crate and her potty training is doing brilliantly she is a star!!!!!!!
Haven't actually done much this week as been staying in for Mabel, I think on Sunday we are going to church so that will be her first time alone so hopefully that will go well too. I have had loads of visitors though which is lovely and Bubbs had a sleepover on Tuesday with his friend Toby after spending most of the day with him. I got to spend loads of time with the girlies and they are soooo different by themselves they play so well together, there doesn't seem to be the arguments that there normally are. We played so much together and it was a really special time. Having had so many people round has been great but I do feel a little bit housebound now. Luckily it is Friday night and I have a hair appt tomorrow so I get to go out, yippee. I am going to try to and catch up on some blogs now.
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
On other notes, Mabel is doing really well and I was treated to a day with just the girlies as my good friend J took Bubbs and her children to the park and then came here to meet Mabel and catch up after her holiday. It was lovely to see her and the kids and Mabel loved meeting them too, she was ever so good. Bubbs went back to theirs for a sleepover..he literally ran out the house when J asked him without even a kiss for me! The girlies are so much fun on their own that sounds like I am saying that I don't enjoy Bubbs, I'm not at all but they are SO different when he is not around. They played outside this afternoon for at least half an hour by themselves without any fighting and were really having fun. Thanks for that Jx
Did a massive pile of ironing while Hubby went out for training run this evening it seemed to take hours but I am sure it wasn't that bad. Don't have much else to say tonight so I'm off to bed
Sunday, 27 July 2008
One very proud daddy with his MabelOne very cute Bubbs with his Mabel
Her first nap, she found the old cat bed which she has now commandeered, luckily Gizmo likes his new one!
I'll be on again soon with how the night went. Hubby has managed to get an extra day off tomorrow which will be great so we can all hang out again.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Today I went to see our new Dr. I wasn't looking forward to it as going in suggesting that I need a higher dose of antidepressants doesn't exactly seem the best introduction, but he was great. He really listened and asked me lots of questions and upped my dose with a review in Sept. I really thought he was good so all my dread was for nothing. I will really miss our old Doc but Dr B definitely has my approval.
Managed to have a friend over in the morning and one in the afternoon so had company too which was nice for me and the babes.
Countdown to Mabel arriving on sunday and we are so excited, you will be inundated by pix I'm sure.
Monday, 21 July 2008
We did have great weekend though, still feeling really annoyed about the neighbours letter about the noise and it is really affecting my mood with the children, they just have to make noise and I snap but I don't know what to do about it. Everyone who has heard about it has said I shouldn't worry too much but I can't stop.
Saturday Hubby took the kids to Daddy and Me, a toddler group at church for a couple of hours which was good as I managed to get the bathrooms cleaned and the ironing done, woo hoo I know. Sunday was church and then a birthday party for Bubbs in the afternoon. The party was great but poor Bubbs feel over in church and has a massive egg on the side of his heard then cracked his head whilst asleep and gave himself a nose bleed which was just horrid. Got to take him for his pre school booster as well on weds so that should be fun!
Gosh sorry for the whinge but as you all know this is a sort of therapy for me and if I can't do it here where can I do it.
One big thing we did do this weekend was book to go to see our great friends in Guernsey for Christmas week...I know, how amazing is that. We always spend Christmas with my mum, dad, sis and BiL so this was a real hard decision to make and I really hope we haven't hurt anyone but we really wanted to do this especially for the kids they will have such a great time with each other.
Hope I can post the pix tomorrow as they are REALLY cute
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
So here we go:
1. Life in a cone of silence - David is an inspirational character with a great writing skill. I adore reading about his life, struggles and joys. He also leaves fab comments, so thank you and please go visit him
2. Huckdolls Hood - Brilliant to read, fellow twin momma and a very strong woman. She is currently on hiatus but hope she will be back soon. I love reading her.
3. AllthingsMaynard - Maynard is a great friend and brilliant decorator, tee hee. We love having you and your family in our lives and for me the music on your blog is so worth it.
4. Mamachristina - this blogger has the most amazing garden and takes FAB photos. She is also on an amazing weight loss journey.
5. The pursuit of happily everafter - I found this blogger early on and even though she is sporadic as she has small children to look after whenever she does it I always seem to relate.
6. Becoming Me - Such an INSPIRATONAL blogger. I love reading her and she refreshes my spirit so often, thank you.
7. Rachels Journal Pages - I have just found this blogger and I love it, such great writing and I can't wait to read more.
Thanks all of you for providing me with such great reading.
This is especially for my in laws as it is a picture that Bubbs took himself, just in case you were wondering, it is what we could see from the coach window as we were parked! Quite why that was quite to fascinating I don't know but there you go.
Anyway, we had a great day and so did my sis as she looked after the girlies which was great, she hardly ever gets to spend time with just them.
On another note, after my run in with the community police about the ladder etc we have just had a letter in the mail from a neighbour complaining about the children playing in the garden on sunday mornings. Now granted they do point out that one sunday last month they were out at 730am, and I completely agree that is far too early and can't believe I let them out then, it must have been very hot, so will apologise for that one but then they went on to another sunday when they were out at 845am, it may still be early but it is when we go to church so unless they have suddenly invented some sort of teleporting system we have to go out then and I can't exactly stop 3 children making noise. On the apology point, I would love to be a good witness on this occasion and apologise to the neighbour but they have neglected to leave a return address! This did arrive this morning as I was having a hideous morning, so I made it a point to make a doc appt for next week as I really think I need my meds reviewed as somehow I don't think I should feel quite as I do most of the time. Last night the girlies were awake for ages screaming on and off and I know that our next door neighbours heard, so when he came round with 2 bouncy balls that had blown over into their garden which they are very precious about so not the best thing for our balls to do and told me that he had received the same letter I just felt mortified. Hubby bless him took him a bottle of wine to make up for the lack of sleep last night but they were fine thank goodness.
Had a great afternoon though with a friend who I met in hospital, her daughter was born the same day as the girlies and her son is 2 days older than Bubbs. We hadn't seen each other for ages so it was so good to catch up and she is so straightforward that she thought I shouldn't worry about the letter but that is just not my way.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Today was great, I spent the day with a good friend and her daughter who is a few months older than the girls, we went to First Friends which is a mother/toddler group at our church and then we went back to hers. It is her birthday today so we had a lovely time. Once home though all 3 of my children decided to be a nightmare. I have never heard so much screaming and shouting in such a short space of time and by bathtime I was pulling my hair out. I am still so short tempered with them when they are like that, even on my medication. I am considering calling a local christian hospital that does counselling just to try to get myself back on track, I can't stay on meds forever. Just got to do it really, but it will mean getting the kids looked after for a couple of hours once a week which isn't the easiest thing to do.
Anyway, enough whingeing. I am off to a farm tomorrow with Bubbs on his nursery school trip for the morning while my sis, bless her, has taken the day off work to look after the girlies. I hope we all have a lovely day, it will be great for me to spend time with Bubbs and lovely for her to hang out with the girlies as they can be so sweet.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
The pic below is my lovely godmother with the 2 boys on the carousel, we had to stand on there with them which they were not happy about at all but thems the rules...bless them I think they felt rather invincible after the rollercoaster.
Some ice cream refreshment was needed for everyone.xx
A piccie of the boys in Brussels, this is all made out of lego and it so amazing, the photos do no justice to it at all, you could spend all day looking at all the Lego cities if you didn't have so many kids that is :-)
We finally got home about 715, and I was due out to my WWW summer social at 8pm so poor Hubby had to put all of the children to bed, T stayed the night but as it happened it wasn't too bad as they were all exhausted. The girlies had been amazing and walked pretty much all day.
The summer social was great, I am so blessed to have so many great christian friends which bolster my spirit whenever I am down. Thanks any of you that are reading this.