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The Gallery: Boys

After joining the Gallery linky via Tara at Sticky Fingers last week with the theme of Girls, this week I am joining again for the theme of boys.

I have searched thought thousands of photo’s of Ollie (the hubby) and Joshua for a glimpse at the Oliver boys:

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See far more to choose from than I had last week with the girls, I must get more pictures with me in instead of always taking the pictures!

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My Week That Was – Project 365 Week 7

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Another busy week for us at the Oliver’s Madhouse, Its the last week of term for Beth so next week I have no doubt it will be busier still!

Sunday 10th February – Sunday is what I class as my catch up day, bed stripping, deep cleaning and ironing, Joshua like the empty ironing basket so its always fun when I get to the bottom!

Monday 11th February – After an eventful night over the weekend which led to us taking turns on Joshua’s bedroom floor to hold his hand through the cot bars. Monday morning my little terror thought he would have lie in!

Tuesday 12th February – Joshua and I walked with Beth to school to get some fresh air. Also I think Beth liked the idea as she is being bullied although she would never admit she liked it too!

Wednesday 13th February – Off Joshua and I went to the farm shop to get some ingredients for batch cooking on Thursday, glad we went early as it snowed again.

Thursday 14th February – I batch cooked spag bol, shepherds pie, lasagne and chilli today. We all had haircuts in the afternoon by the lovely Carl our mobile hairdresser too.

Friday 15th February – Was a lazy day, While I was catching up with emails and post reading Joshua played with his friend Doggy. I did have to explain later on that Doggy didn’t need to be washed in the washing machine!

Saturday 16th February – This morning Joshua came into our bed for a snuggle, I love Saturday mornings.

Hope you all had a great week too.

 

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Ranty Friday – Some Companies

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Right hands up in the air … yes I am a fairly new blogger…

This does not make me stupid nor an idiot, what it does mean is I am eager to learn all about the crazy complex world in which I now find myself.

I have been very kindly asked over the last 3 nearly 4 months to participate in reviewing some items and I have been then given them to keep. Great stuff who doesn’t like being honest and get to keep stuff!

The companies I have dealt with up until now and the ones I am dealing with currently I need to point out have been absolutely amazing and I do have to say that this rant does not in any way represent them.

They have understood the need to ensure the product is relevant to my family, they have allowed me to carry out the review to fit into my time frame and have not grumbled once when I have attached  negatives to the product or item I have reviewed for them, as lets face it you come to me you get an honest review.

My problem lies with companies which have contacted me out of the blue with  no idea at what my blog is about or the content in which I post on there.

The ones that I am talking about today send mass generated emails and expect a response, Why should  we respond when you obviously do not have any idea about what target market you’re aiming for as each and every blog is very different.

When you do make contact please be aware of what you’re wanting from me and my blog as my time is equally as precious as yours and I do not want to have to have a multiple email conversation in which I finally find out what you’re requiring.

Please take the time to find out what ages my children are so you don’t feel a little stupid when your asking me to review some newborn item in pink when in fact my daughter is nearly 12.

Until then Companies please please just treat us with some respect and honesty, to many of us our blogs are an extension to our families. We love you guys and will help but only if respected!

…. And remember I maybe fairly new now but one day maybe my blog will compete for world domination! …

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The Oliver’s Reasons to Be Cheerful

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This is the first time I have joined in this fantastic linky and after recent up’s and down’s I thought it was about time we looked at the reasons we should be cheerful.

1)  As some of you know Beth recently has had lots off issues and one of those has been  ongoing bullying taking place at school. Now we are cheerful this week as it seems this has turned a corner and school have been on ball and are tackling this head on.

2)  The Hubby (Ollie) and I are hatching  a plan of an adult outing to the pictures to spend some quality time together, If we are lucky we may even get to eat out too!

3)  We have a family Christening to attend on Sunday and we a looking forward to seeing some family we haven’t seen for a while.

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The Gallery: Girls

I have obviously lived in a cupboard oblivious to the outside world since I have only just discovered this great linky via Tara at Sticky Fingers.

So this being my first link up I do hope I have got it right!.

The theme for this week is girls and since being of the female variety myself I have included myself into this in order to show you some pictures of the Oliver girls.

While browsing for pictures this morning I have found I have to make a massive confession ….. there are barely any of Beth and I so I have pledged this morning that I will aim to resolve this in the future!

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This is my entry for Tara Cain’s ‘The Gallery’

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Fun With Paint

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This morning after Joshua decided sleeping past 6.30 am was not going to happen (serves me right gloating yesterday about him sleeping through 11-12 hrs at a time)

So in the absence of any further sleep we decided to do some painting, which in all fairness has been one of the first times we have done any painting.

Joshua picked his 2 colours: blue & green and then set about making a jolly fine mess picture followed by several more!

Today has been lots of fun already and its not even 9 am!

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I wonder what other fun stuff we might do today ……

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Never Move A Sleeping Toddler

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Yes I am one of those annoying parents that have been totally totally lucky. Joshua has been an amazing sleeper from a mere 5 weeks old.

Every evening my little man brushes his teeth and treks up the stairs to go and give loves to Ted (his teddy) Largely he is in bed fast sleep by 7.30 pm for a good 11-12 hours.

Ok so this last couple of weeks Joshua, Beth and I have been totally bunged up with snot, this as we all know can make it quite difficult to breath. Having said that I have added a pillow into his cot to raise him slightly which has helped.

In my wisdom at 12.30 am on Saturday morning when on route to bed I decided that I ought to remove the pillow as its no longer needed.

Joshua was not actually using the pillow however when I very quietly took it out he shot up in his cot and began to cry. *go Jaime you numpty*

After settling him back down the only thing way he would stop crying is if I laid on the floor and held his hand through the cot bars.

Nearly an hour passes and I am seriously in pain with my PSD and my eyes are hurting as I am so tired … Joshua on the other hand is wide awake and muttering.

After taking all the pain I could, I shipped in Ollie for his stint on the floor holding hands … several hours pass and the boys remain locked in a marathon hand holding session when Joshua finally drops off.

All those Mummies and Daddies out there that have a tot that wakes frequently in the night you are all my heros! you are far better people than me as a couple of days on and I am still grumpy with lack of sleep!

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My Week That Was – Project 365 Week 6

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Sunday 3rd February – A lazy day at the Oliver’s with Joshua beginning to get an infatuation with the front facing camera on  my iphone.

Monday 4th February – More face camera .. sorry .. although Joshua is perfecting his smile!

Tuesday 5th February – Joshua thinks dragging around a blanket on his vehicle was fun …. I am just not getting it myself

Wednesday 6th February – Beth smiling for her first entry into Prose For Thought on Thursday (you can read it HERE)

Thursday 7th February – Lovely outing to meet another blogging chum, not sure where these cows were off to when they decided to run through the road! .. must of been somewhere good!

Friday 8th February – I completed my book review for a fantastic book called ‘Naval Gazing‘ – for anyone in the midst of weight loss its a great read for you!

Saturday 9th February – Little man is normally so happy in the morning however we had a  sad face today!!

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The Joy of Inset Days!

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Today is an inset day at my daughter’s school, so what will we be doing today:

  • Snuggling on the all together
  • Watching films
  • Generally chillaxing
  • Talking

Now don’t get me wrong this quality time together is much needed and very much wanted, however why do we need an inset day smack in the middle of the term?

Having been a working single mum with my daughter previously these rogue inset days not only were a logistical nightmare to organise but I could never understand why they had to be smack in the middle of term?

Now Beth returned after the Christmas break on the 4th January  this means this inset day is taking place after only 4 weeks after returning and a mere 9 school days before she breaks up for yet another week of holiday!

Why?

Don’t get me wrong I am not grumbling over inset days nor the fact there are a lot of school holidays, what really aggrieves me is the fact they stick a random day in instead of attaching it to the beginning or the end of the term!

Now being a stay at home parent at the moment these rogue inset days don’t really affect me, however I know the stress it brings to working parents!

As parents we are aware of how important maintaining the routine of school is and we ensure we send our children come hell or high water. Why do schools not also  think this is important?

Oh well quality time for us here we come …

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Week 5 – My Week That Was (Project 365)

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This week I have been trying to get out and about more. Not only to get my fat ass moving and shift some lard but also to introduce Joshua to others his own age as he can go weeks without seeing anyone his own age.

Sunday 27th January – The Oliver’s went to White Post Farm (you can read about it HERE)

Monday 28th January – With Ollie back at work and Beth at school Joshua and I spent quite a lot of today reading books and singing songs.

Tuesday 29th January – After a dismal weight loss last week I was determined to get out and about walking again. Joshua loves the horses on our walking route.

Wednesday 30th January – Joshua and went to a local soft play to meet up with the lovely Charlotte and Bob from The Crumby Mummy. Joshua and I had a lovely time and cant wait to not only visit the soft play again but also to meet up with Charlotte and Bob too.

Thursday 31st January – Back out walking again today. When Joshua and I set off it was lovely and dry however it did start raining while we were out!

Friday 1st February – Ollie bought Joshua an Everton Shirt! not sure who was more proud of him in it .. Dad or Boy!

Saturday 2nd February – The Oliver’s can finally leave the country! I have sent out passports applications off in 2 batches and this is the final 2 to come back!  …. yeah holiday this year 🙂

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