A Letter to My Birthday Girl …

My beautiful Birthday Girl, Ells, I cannot believe you are 14 years old. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday when the midwife placed you in my arms, all 7lbs 6oz of you. Your eyes were deep blue, skin a little jaundiced but perfect and unmistakeably mine. You were forward even then, rolling over from birth and eager to take in all the sights. You had everyone who laid on eyes on you wrapped around your tiny little finger, and I am pretty sure you knew it too. It was a rough beginning. An absent father, and […]

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The Me & Mine Project {April 2017} …

This is us, and my first post joining The Me & Mine Project, I hope you enjoy having a read!   April has been a busy month, with Easter, bonnet making, two weeks of school holidays, a bedroom makeover and a birthday or four – I’m quite amazed we have made it to the end of it one piece. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to… Me … Getting stuck into my new job and reading up on all the NHS policies has had me pretty busy to be honest! I felt a revival in passion for writing, […]

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School places and the waiting game …

School Places

There have been loads of posts about littles and school places, and in the most part everyone had had the school they wanted. We are still playing the waiting game. We were delayed in submitting our application for schools at the request of the PreSchool Forum, they are early years help for children who will need extra help transitioning to a more formal school setting. The delay means we are still waiting for the second round of allocations to happen at the beginning of May. I’m not going to lie, I am not the most patient person and this waiting […]

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{Family Day} Easter Monday 2017 …

Easter Monday is always a last minute ‘what are we going to do?’ ordeal, but this year I wanted to get ahead of the game and actually plan something. We live a stone’s throw away from a few National Trust sites, and we have probably been to one in the 7-8 years of living in the area. With a family of 7 we have always put it down to being too expensive, and never bothered to even look at the membership options. My sister on the other hand has had a membership for her family of 6 for a while […]

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It’s just a bed …

Yesterday we went to Ikea to pick out a new bed because ours is literally on its last legs. To anyone else it’s just a bed. But I see the precious memories collected over the years, the milestones and major events of my adult life. It is so much more to me than just a bed. Even though we desperately need a new bed I’m feeling a little emotional about saying good bye to this one. It was bought when I was on my own, my first ‘big’ purchase after a car. It was part of my fresh start after […]

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Our Weekend 9/04/17 …

Our weekend has been a funny one. Time seems to have been slowed and stretched at the same time. I’m not complaining because we got loads done! I might be the only one who usually finds I wake up Saturday, blink and find it’s already Sunday night. But this weekend has been wonderfully slow and relaxed.   S A T U R D A Y Saturday morning, the first official day of the Easter holidays, we managed a lie in – unheard of in our house as the youngest is usually up at an ungodly hour. Ells took him down […]

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Surviving the Easter Holidays …

The Easter Holidays are a bit of a weird affair. It marks the end of Spring term and the start of Summer term. It is invariable at different fortnightly intervals across the UK, making the planning of meeting up with family near and far a pigging nightmare! Here is how we survive the Easter Holidays with a teen & a pre-schooler: 1. Let Them Pick Every week we do a meal plan and shopping list. It is a total pain in the backside sometimes to decide on 7 meals that everyone will enjoy. So to make life easier I let […]

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Our Kids Online ….

As a kid it was a naughty mag my brother hid and tittered at like a girl with his mates (I think!) and other generally back room, top shelf, dodgy, dirty stuff chaps in trench coats went around hoarding. I assure you today it is much worse than that, and with so many kids online the conversation needs to be had by all of us. I worked for the past 3ish years for a psychotherapy practice which specialises in sex and porn addiction. It is not something I have ever really spoken on much because let’s face it, it is […]

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One down …

One down. I am still digesting the conversation from Tuesday. It is a conversation nearly 3 years in the making and it made me need to take a seat. Anyone who has gone through Umbrella Pathways will tell you it is not an easy route. It is a long exhausting process and you will need to fight on behalf of your child. You may well have to go toe to toe with a GP to get a referral sent, you will definitely know everyone’s names and direct numbers, and they may even sigh when you call yet again. But Tuesday’s […]

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Lily and the feathers …

Mother’s Day is a bitter sweet day for us. Sweet in that we get to make memories with our children, eat great food and spend quality time together. Bitter in that there are children who aren’t with us. Little ones gone too soon that we never got to meet, that we never got to see grow. My gift from my husband and children this year was just perfect. Being a Mummy to 2 rainbow babies means there are babies we never got to meet. I always think of them around Mother’s Day, what they would have looked like, what little […]

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