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……. and i’ll blog if I want to! The 18th August has been an iconic date my entire life. As a child I would be waiting patiently and excitedly leading up to this date – the weeks and days beforehand would drag. It felt like it would never arrive the day beforehand! Time went so slow. I would wake up on the 18th, full of beans and excitement for the day ahead. We would always go somewhere on my Birthday as a child and I would always have a party on the day itself if not a few days later. I would wake up to (in my eyes) loads of presents and my mantle piece would be adorned with cards from family and friends from far and wide. The phone would start ringing from early morning until late into the evening with well wishers ringing to wish me a…

I honestly can’t believe we’re into August already. This year seems to be flying by. It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago we had Christmas. For us in July it saw L complete her time in year 7, although she only joined the school in May she’s all done in year 7. July also bought my Mum & Step-Dad to us, they have just returned home after being with us for 10 days, they actually only left yesterday. We absolutely loved having them to stay and we had a brilliant week. Both kids adored having them and they were throughly spoilt. They bought them a huuuuge trampoline for the garden and they bought C a slide and goal post as an early Birthday present. August is a month for Birthdays …. it’s Hubby’s this week and it’ll be mine in a few weeks too. It’s also still the summer holidays…

As some of you may know we moved back to England in May of this year leaving My Mum & Step-Dad behind. Saying goodbye on the day we left was just awful, I still think back and remember those feelings & sadness like it was yesterday. Today we’ve just had to do it all again. We have had them over to stay with us for the past 10 days and a few hours ago we stood at the bottom of the drive and waved them off …. they won’t both be back over together until Christmas now. That seems like ages away. So much time will have passed between now and then. My 2 year old will become 3, he will have grown up so so much and the difference in him will be huge. He changes and develops so much over a few days let alone months. My 12…

Today we’re onto our 3rd full day of C being in pants and I have to say I am amazed at how well it’s going. On our first full day (Sunday) I spent the whole day changing pants & clothes. He was coming to me telling me he needed to go but it was as he was doing it. We didn’t make the potty in time. I didn’t make a fuss about it and all I said was ‘Never mind, lets get you some new pants, good boy for trying.’ Later that afternoon we were due to go round to some friends just for an hour – they’re really good friends of ours and I knew they wouldn’t mind me taking him in his pants and the potty so that’s what we did – the hour we spent there he kept asking to use the potty but each time we…

I was feeling a bit sad today, I was a bit emotional and just generally down in the dumps. For a good while now I’ve been trying C in pants whilst we’ve been at home but it’s not been going too well. He’s really not been very interested in trying to go to the toilet either on the toilet or the potty – we just kept having accident after accident. I did a post on it here recently. Fast forward to today and we’ve been at home all day so I asked him if he wanted to try his pants again … he must have been in the mood because up he jumped and went to his drawer to decide what pair to wear … all very exciting stuff when you have an array of characters and colours to choose from. Throughout the afternoon I kept asking him if…

Up until recently C hasn’t been keen on getting water on his face, wether it’s in the bath/shower or the swimming pool. A few weeks ago I noticed my local swimming pool have session on a Wednesday or Thursday for Parents/Carers and toddlers. They only have 12 adults and toddlers in each group and the class only lasts for half an hour. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when we went along to our first lesson. I have to say though I was very impressed. There was a class instructor and throughout the half an hour we covered lots of different activities. We did some singling, we taught them to ‘walk’ along the wall holding onto the hand rail like Monkeys, she had them jumping in, blowing bubbles, blowing balls along in the water, swimming with noodles, learning how to push off from the side, swimming on both their…

Seeing as we are 6 months in (well just a little bit over) I thought I would update on how i’m getting on with my 2015 Goals. You can see my Goals for 2015 in a post here. 1) – Savings Tin – Back in January I bought myself a little tin and begun adding at least €1 a day – I was only using €1 & €2 coins so it soon added up and started to feel heavy. Ideally I would have liked to have filled the tin but as we moved in April, I obviously had to open it because we would no longer be living in a Country using Euros. I was really surprised at how much I had saved in such a short space of time & I never really noticed the odd few coins coming out of my purse each day. I haven’t started another one as yet…

I had a few forms that needed filling out this afternoon so I thought what better time to set up and little Arts & Crafts activity for C on the table next to me. I went to Home Bargains this morning and quite literally picked up some bargains. I bought a few items for a sticking activity. I also used some items that you would normally in the kitchen cupboard to make things a little different, using different textures and shapes. He loved it and I got my forms filled out!

Last week was actually a really lovely week so I thought I would share it with you. Monday – We still didn’t have a car so we spent the day just pottering round the garden – the weather was amazing. C had a music class in the morning and my sister come with us. When we got home we sat in the garden for a few hours with C in and out of his paddling pool. Tuesday – We finally received our documents for the car. WOOHOO it’s now all official and registered on UK number plates. We didn’t have all the paperwork and number plates sorted until the afternoon so up until they arrived we spent more time in the garden enjoying the sunshine. It was so good though in the afternoon being able to pop out in the car for a drive – just to have the freedom…

As a Mum of two, I never like to leave the house without my essentials, especially if we are going out for the whole day. I would hate to be out somewhere and need something and not have it to hand. Now that L is 12 I no longer really need to ‘carry’ anything around for her in my bag, but I do have a few items for her for those ‘just incase moments’ I currently have the Pink Lining ‘Not So Plain Jane’ Bag but now C is getting bigger i’ve been considering swapping this to maybe a smaller bag or even one of their backpacks. The bag I currently have is perfect for hanging on the buggy but once he is out of that stage I feel maybe a rucksack would be easier to carry around.  Here is what I have packed in my bag on a…