Monday, 5 January 2015

Organised 2015

So we are starting to slowly feel human in our house again and have ventured out today to the shops, turns out I have missed the sales.  Well there didn't seem to be much sale stock left in the shops we visited today ... never mind.  So trying to be more organised this year......

So far I have managed to buy a new winter coat for Little L literally before she would be heading back to preschool bursting out hulk style of her old coat.  It really was pretty tight on her.  Anyway come Tuesday morning she will be warm and snug and drowned obviously in her big new coat.

I also managed today to buy Little L new shoes just before she had to start attending preschool and anywhere else in her wellies or party shoes... I do like to leave things till the last minute but it does speed up the decision making process.

Plus I have been filling in a new calender and it has stickers. 

And I have also written endless pages of lists, mainly things to do to house/diy/decluttering.

So on day four of the New year and things are going well,  how do you organise yourself and your family, or do you just wing it and hope for the best???  
Thank goodness I don't have a job as well; I would then have to be super organised and probably get up at 5am.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year

Christmas this year seems a bit of a blur and it was ages since.  No not due to huge amounts of alcohol and over indulgence. No we got the flu, well myself and Baby E got it full force, Little L was ill but didn't get a fever and P he had a cold. The dog was fine though ha ha.  
So today we ventured out after being too ill to move since Boxing day (no luxury for P he struggled on at work).  It was so nice to be out in the fresh air.  It was windy and cold but we went to a little wooded glen that was freezing but sheltered from the wind.  We went to Fairy Glen and saw lots of fairies (they looked like sticks but we were assured by a certain small person that they were fairies!). 

We walked whilst being told who we currently were being.  I am usually princess Anna, little L is Elsa and baby E and P are usually either the reindeer or Olaf.  To those without a Frozen obsessed child this means nothing.  We have watched this film a few times over the holidays.  And we also ate a few chocolate coins when energy levels were failing. 
Lovely to be out and about and hopefully we can shake off the bugs in time for back to school next week. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

First Day

Today was the first day in a very long time that I have looked at my blog.  I won't update you on everything that has happened since I last blogged because it would take such a long time and soo much has happened in four months.

Perhaps the reason why I looked at my blog was because I am sat here at 9.30am in a quiet house, baby E is asleep and Little L is not was her first day at Preschool.  The thought of this day has hung over my head like a big grey cloud all year really but more so over the last few months and I have been dreading it.  I feel lost, for three years and 3 months she has been my constant companion.  I can count the number of days we have been apart on one hand and then she was always with close family.  She was happy this morning, she said she was excited as we walked to the school and she was fine when I left her.  We have prepared a lot for today, this year despite Baby E's arrival and her being a very demanding baby who screamed most of the time until she was 4/5 months old (Three-months-old) we have been to all the playgroups in the village, been trying different things, talking about school etc and so she was well prepared but all the same I'm not there with her.  

She will be fine, I know 
(two hours left till I can collect her.....maybe I should make her a cake)    

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone.  We have had a lovely day, we did some egg rolling this morning.  Yes I know my decorated eggs are amazing but limited time and crayons was all we had.
Plus a collection of eggs and rabbits (mostly for Little L and her Daddy, hopefully they will share)
Then a walk in the afternoon, cold but dry and we spotted some rabbits which Little L was very pleased about.

Tomorrow a football match and visitors and hopefully before that a decent nights sleep!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter biscuits

Last week I treated myself to a new mixer.  Aldi's Thursday offer was a bargain stand mixer in cream so I had to have it.  Yes a kitchenaid mixer would be nice but I really don't like baking or even eating cakes enough to warrant the price.  I also had a voucher so got the cute biscuit stamps for free.  

We had to try both last Thursday afternoon.  So obviously we would make biscuits.  I did a basic mix which was fine but I think the stamps would work better with a really dry mix and something that doesn't rise as this obliterates the writing.  Anyway with trial and error I am sure next times will be better.

So an hour or so later (I'm doing this with the help of an eager toddler so there's a lot of rolling, eating mix, squashing, starting again ....) a kitchen and child covered in flour and the biscuits were ready to go into the oven.  At that point (no sooner I swear) I remembered with horror that both me and the other half have given up biscuits for lent (I've given up crisps as well so roll on Sunday!).  

So a dilemma could Little L eat all those biscuits by herself and me not sample even one! I can't say what happened but there are no biscuits left.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Leave the cleaning for another day!

I have just finished a 5 week baby massage course with Baby E.  We have really enjoyed it and it has been nice to do something just the two of us (don't worry Little L has been with her Daddy doing fun things).  At the end of each session the instructor has read a poem.  This one stuck with me and I'm sure resonates with lots of new mums ..... so step away from the sink and leave the hoovering for another day!

Babies Don’t Keep
by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

A Little Break

A much needed break was had last week (just three nights altogether).  Much too short but we didn't dare go for any longer than one night with Baby E and her screaming etc.  My Mum did offer to look after her but I couldn't leave her behind.

Little L loved it, staying in a hotel, eating out, doing different things she loves anything like that.  And she is so easy to take anywhere, she will eat anything, sleep anywhere so we are very lucky on that front.  We had a day in York.  

First stop the Railway Museum, I hadn't been for years and in fact I once had a swanky conference dinner in amongst the carriages (I'd forgotten about that).  Little L and her Daddy loved looking at all the trains.  Me and baby E liked it too but after a while they all start to look the same.  

After that we headed into town to look at the minster, up and down the little streets and in the quirky shops, a lazy lunch, some more exploring and then when we were all exhausted we headed off for the day.

The night went quite well Baby E slept reasonably and didn't scream,  Little L loved it and slept in her spotty sleeping bag in a big girls bed.  

We were up and out much earlier than I would have wanted but this was the reason for our trip.  Daddy driving a fast car (he will never drive our old cars with the same affection as before).  He loved it, I'm not much of a car person but he drove a Ferrari F430 very fast and it was black.  Me and the girls were watching nearby but I'm not sure if Little L really believed that it was Daddy driving but he really loved it. 
(he was driving the car not the tank in the background)

This took all morning and we nearly froze (we were outside on an old airfield).  After that an afternoon warming up and then a look around Harrogate.  Another lovely town, a bit easier than York to look around with a pram.  

This week we have the delights of a Health visitor visit, seeing the doctor again, swimming lesson, no playgroups or library as it is the Easter holidays and hopefully a few days out too.
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