Thursday, 29 January 2015

snow day

Well we finally got some decent snow today, and I was more excited than the children to see the big flakes falling this morning. Amazingly the school was still open so hubs and I decided to go for a walk. By the time we got to out destination the school had text me to say they were now closed and we had to walk all the way back to collect the children. But we had fun in the snow and I managed to grab a few pictures.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas cheer and bandsman of the year

We had a lovely Christmas and I'm quite sad it's over for another year. The children had a great time and loved their presents, but just before the big day I was awarded Bandsman of the year by my brass band. This is a great honour and I was so touched to receive it I shed a few tears whilst hiding behind my instrument. The band and the Musical Director have been so great, especially whilst I've not been at my best health wise.

It's been a tough year with my health and I'm not out of the woods yet but getting this huge lovely trophy really did make me feel that I could and still can cope. Sometimes it's a real effort to drag myself to do things when I really am feeling terrible, but my heart wants to still do everything I normally do.

I've caught every cough, cold and bug going this month as my immune system is really poor thanks to the amount of meds I'm on. I can't complain as they are trying to reduce the current rate of my sight loss. I'm not driving at the moment as my sight is not good enough but that's enough gloom, Christmas was fantastic and here are a few photos to show our Christmas cheer.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Sunday family Church service

We've not had the children christened yet so it's one of the goals for 2015 to have them baptised. Religion isn't deeply routed in our family, but I do like church, and the children's school is a Church of England school, so we decided to have the children baptised at the church that is partnered with the school.

After enquiring about a date for the christening we were invited to one of their Sunday family services and to be honest I wasn't too eager to go. I don't think I've ever been to a church service other than a funeral or wedding, but my husband knows the Reverend through being a governor at school, so we said yes and decided to go.

It's only a short walk away but the rain was horrendous! As we squelched through the doors we were soon given a warm welcome into the church, ushered in to sit around large tables as hot drinks and juice were served.

After a lovely welcome, crafts were on the agenda first and we made angels to hang in the church. Next up we told the nativity story with the children holding up pictures as the Reverend narrated. We sang a good few carols and it was really peaceful and very enjoyable. 

They served up a huge buffet of food, we ate and chatted until it was time to go home. We left with full tummies and full hearts, my eldest described how she felt really safe and calm there, a success I thought and not "over the top" religion, just the sharing of stories and a really informal service.

We'll be going again this Sunday and I really am looking forward to it.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas chocolate indulgence

With under a week to go before Christmas is well and truly upon us, my lovely pussy cat showed me the true meaning of Christmas chocolate appreciation.

Now my cat doesn't eat chocolate, obviously, but she loves to get into places where she shouldn't really fit and her place of choice in this incidence was a tub of celebrations.

The chocolate was out because, well's nearly Christmas, so without further delay here is PJ demonstrating the three stages of Christmas chocolate indulgence.

1. This chocolate is mine..........yes?
2. Yes all this chocolate is mine, I own it.
3. Mmmmmmfffffmmmnnnnnnnpppppfffffffttttttt *chocolate coma*

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign

I was sent some very cute and cuddly soft toys from IKEA to highlight their Education campaign in partnership with UNICEF and Save The Children.

The IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign is very simple: for every soft toy, children’s book and children’s card game sold between 26th October 2014 and the 3rd January 2015, IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children.

The soft toys would make an excellent last minute stocking filler for Christmas, in the photo are:

LILLGAMMAL, a version of little red riding hood
KNORRIG, a lovely soft piggy
SANGTRAST, a fairy 
GRAVLING, cuddly badger
STROVA, a big long legged moose

With 64 toys to choose from and prices starting from 80p, it couldn’t be easier to help a child this winter. These magical toys really are the gifts that keep on giving.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who lends her voice to the panda stuffed toy, said: it was an honour to be involved with the great work IKEA are doing with Save the Childen and UNICEF.

Carole McSeveney IKEA Children's sales leader, UK and Ireland believes that every child should have access to quality education and urges everyone to join in and help more children go to school.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Baby it's cold outside

The weather has been very cold this week but all the more excuse to get cozy and warm. Brass banding has been busy entertaining the masses with festive music and of course the younger children's Christmas play - I cried very happy tears :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Night wakings, an adult version

I'm sat here writing this post at 2am unable to sleep, my brain is far too awake, I've been stuck in that horrible light sleep for a few weeks now, that horrid place where you dream but you're not sure whether you're actually sleeping, just thinking with your eyes closed.

It's funny really as a few years a go I would have been up at this hour with one of the children begging them to go back to sleep, now they're all sound asleep every night and it's me who is awake! How times have changed and how far behind their baby days really are. 

I can't even say that I've not used up my energy to make me want to sleep as yesterday I was in university all day, leaving the house at 7:45am and not getting in until 6:30pm. An episode of the apprentice later and I was ready for bed, 4 hours later I'm wide awake wearing my scarf and cardigan in the lounge trying to stimulate some sleepiness.

It's turned really blooming cold so I wonder if I need to wear some warmer pjs to sleep cozier, maybe it would help if my husband didn't toss and turn in bed all night too.

All I know is that Christmas is coming and I am so looking forward to some time off uni and the children being off school so we can start to embrace the festive season, this also translates to eating and making as much delicious food as possible.

Now I'm going to try and head back to sleep, using my own sleep settling methods I used on my children, I've had a drink, I've wrapped up warm, I've had some comfort, so now I'll close my eyes and wait for that blanket of sleep to cover me, night wakings aren't just for children, after all, we were all babies once.