23 June 2017

Life Lately

Am aware I've been off the grid for a while this time, and for that I apologise. It's been for a number of reasons, some still relevant and causing writer's block...but I started to miss my little blog last week and for the first time in a long time, wanted to sit down and write something. So, hello! Here's some random pics from the last 6 weeks to get you up to date with life in the shire...


Yup, this can only end badly...


Sweet, memory-making activity that left this Mama mainly concerned about mucky handprints on my walls...


Puppy had his very first sicky bug, gak! Continues to grow at rate of knots...


Beautiful Toddler Boy chilling out max and reading a book


Pulled Boy out of school for our annual skip-day and hit up Legoland. Top tip - go on a Thursday in term time, the place was empty!!


Lazy Sunday mornings are the best!!


Had a busy few days over half term finishing off the forest school ready for children. It looks AMAZING!


Check out my little athlete, airborne!!


Enjoying the heatwave...


...but sometimes it's a bit hot so we just lie around in our pants with the dog!

So yeah, that's life in the shire right now. Bet you didn't realise how much you missed those updates, did you?!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. We are off out for Nana's birthday icecream party (a month early, who knows why?!) and then it's our huge Cancer Research Luncheon for 180 people on Sunday. On Monday I'll be ready for a day-long nap. 

Enjoy the sun xx

21 June 2017

Husband Hatred

I recently read this:

If you have to argue, do it properly and constructively

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/not-hate-husband-having-kids/

and promptly bought this:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hate-Your-Husband-After-Kids/dp/0091959640/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

We're going through a rough patch. Is it obvious? But I don't really want to kill him (even though sometimes I think I do...) so I'm making an effort. Wish us luck!

19 June 2017

#middleclasspost

Yes, it's that time of year, the boys have started their ski lessons!

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Due to pregnancies and then babies and then toddlers AND babies and then, you know, not having 5k to put our hands on to TAKE said children anywhere with snow (have you looked at the cost of family ski trips? Holy hell!) Husband and I haven't been on skis in 7 years. SEVEN BLOODY YEARS.

They don't tell you these things when you decide to have kids. They allude to them vaguely, in a roundabout, covert way, but it's always said with a 'but of course it's totally worth it' smug vibe and you're left thinking it won't be that bad, how selfless of us, we'll be so happy with our lot, we're ready for life to change beyond measure, we're so excited to start this new adventure, I'll never want to use skis again once I have an angel in my arms blah blah blah... and they stare back at you with glassy eyes.

Of course, you plough on regardless, push some children out of your hoohar and then it hits you. You realise that all the miserable bastards who already had kids were desperate to grab you by the shoulders and scream in your face 'DON'T DO IT, YOU'LL NEVER SKI / HAVE A LIE IN / FINISH A WEE / CONDUCT AN ADULT CONVERSATION AGAIN' but were too ashamed to admit to feeling that way. So they outright fucking lied to your face. And these were your friends... Pfft. I trust no-one anymore.

Anyhoo, all that aside, I've decided that enough is enough, Husband will just have to man up and sell a kidney because this Mama needs some snow time. Boy is now on his third summer of lessons at the local indoor place (rather competent snow plough, just beginning turns) and Toddler has just begun (not naturally gifted, but then he is only three, I'll give him a few more hours' tuition before I write him off completely and make plans for him to stay with Nanny while we're away!)

Have done what I always do in these situations to get Husband on board, spent an inordinate amount of money on gear so that the final holiday-booking part of the plan looks less like an extravagance and more of a 'well jeez, we really ought to book that holiday now or look how money we'll have WASTED in vain on thermals...' So far, I've gotta be honest, it's not working out as well as I'd hoped (he's still resisting) but there's still time *logs onto Amazon prime, buys more ski socks.

Bought the boys these waterproof dungarees recently, more for forest school as not lined, but with some joggers (and thermals) underneath they are more than suitable for skiing:

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And then Nana treated them both to a new ski jacket like this:

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These things have some kind of witchcraft sewing inside which means you can unpick the bright red seam inside the garment and the arms (and legs if trousers) lengthen by an entire size!! What a great idea!!

So yes, it may well be a heatwave in the shire (poor dogs are both panting in front of a fan!) but my two boys are putting on layers and enjoying the snow, go figure! You watch, I'll get pregnant now and the whole thing will go to shit, typical!

3 May 2017

April?? Has anyone seen April??

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Gosh. I sat down this morning to write my weekly to-do list and realised that April has been and gone. Whoosh. There it went. It's been ages since I've written anything for the blog, I thought, I'll just log on and play around and see if I can solve this writer's block, no pressure...and lo, nothing on here for the whole of April either.

That's quite scary really. I knew I felt busy and stressed and low and a bit restless... I didn't realise I had been feeling this way for a month. A whole month.

What happened in April? Let's see...

I turned 34. This is fine. This is not scary. 36 is my scary, grown up, got to have my shit together age. I have time. It's all good. Birthday dinner here was delish.

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Toddler turned 3. This has thrown me more than I thought. Bye bye, baby. When Boy turned three I had a baby in my arms. This time, no baby and no positive pregnancy tests, either. Huh.

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BFF and I finally met up for coffee after having what some might call a passionate disagreement. I call it a fucking car wreck. Of course, we were both apologetic and emotional and heartbroken and conciliatory...but I think we both know that our friendship has been altered irretrievably by outside forces and now we're in foreign waters, both still incredibly hurt yet too polite and tired to bring it up again. So we're currently navigating our way through...I wonder what it will look like in the end?

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Dear Friend in Crisis continues to flip flop from one heart-wrenching issue to the next, all the while desperately trying to cling onto some semblance of normality and unintentionally hurting those close to her along the way. This is no fun, either. Husband is getting frustrated. He says I am getting hurt and therefore should take a step back. How can you distance yourself from a loved one in pain through no fault of her own? Am damned if I know...

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I took the boys to Stoke to meet up with Nana, Auntie, Uncle and Niece on the anniversary of Dad's death. That was a pile of shit. Not Stoke, Stoke was surprisingly lovely (do visit here if you get chance, kids really enjoyed it) but the day itself.

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We visited Wrexham with Posh Mama and her daughter which was lots of fun. Go here if you need somewhere for crazy-ass kids to run wild where they're actually allowed to TOUCH things!

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We went to Centre Parcs for the week with Nana which was epic. Nothing else to say about that, other than I want to book to go back already!!

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So yeah, April has been and gone. So long, April!!

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Will make more of an effort in May. With everything. Have started jumping out of bed half an hour earlier in order to a) drink some coffee in quiet and b) put some makeup on before the school run. Have been out this morning and bought a juicer/blender thing and a new recipe book. Have convinced Husband to rip out yet more of the dysfunctional and annoying kitchen. I am taking back control.

Hope everyone is well and has lovely plans for this month?? If all goes well and we sell enough tickets by Friday, we'll be madly planning the school ball next week, eeshk!

See you all on Friday, friends. Enjoy the sunshine x

31 March 2017

Wonderful book for little ones

Am always on the look out for meaningful bedtime story books, nothing so heavy that they can't sleep, but just enough insight and thought to mean that they drift off to sleep thinking 'huh, I could do that / be that / change that...' You know, just little nuggets of positivity and kindness to seep into their brains while they doze ;-)

Always loved the book Wonder, alas it is too old for my boys who are only 5 and 2. BUT the genius people at Penguin Random House have created this version...


The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, soon to be a major motion piction, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

...and it arrived yesterday! The pictures are just lovely, the story has been changed (obviously) into a much 'younger' and shorter version but the overarching message is the same and the main characters have the same names. Essentially, the message is that we are all different, but the same. It encourages young readers to change the way they see people. And I really like that, when they're older, my boys will now be able to read the original version of the book and recognise the characters...

Get your copy here or at a local book store near you, it's really a great read. Enjoy!