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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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Creative Corner – Feisty Sue

Prose For Thought 2Having created a lovely poem last week Beth (age 11) decided to have another go at a poem this week around the same theme as last weeks, which you can find HERE but adding a romantic edge. So if your sitting comfortably she will begin:

There once was a  fiesty girl called sue

With wild green eyes looking at you

If you saw her you would see

How beautiful she looks when she she is looking at me

Yet all she wants is her true love

Who sailed on out to sea

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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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Creative Corner – Marty

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Although I am shocking poetry my Daughter Beth is very clever and often sits and writes songs, story and poetry so this week Beth (aged 11) has asked if she could share one of her recent poems on my blog, so if your sitting comfortably we will begin:

She met a boy with eyes of blue

He was so good looking too

A handsome boy called Marty

To prove to him that she did care

She took him  out to see a scare

Some buttery popcorn, they did share

Layla and her Marty

This week Beth and I are linking up for the lovely Vicky for her linky Prose for Thought, why not pop over and check out the others posts too HERE

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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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Silent Sunday

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Fun Photo Fun – Reading

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This last week with the rotten weather we have spent a lot of time indoors trying to keep snuggly and warm.

Joshua although has had several books for quite some time he has never really sat down to look through them, normally he has collected them up and put them in his ride on truck or has posted them under the sofa!

This week he has really taken to sitting and looking at the pictures. He has even followed us round with some books in tow wanting to sit with one of us for us to read them to him.

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It really has been lovely this week to spend some quiet quality time reading with him as we have all been involved.

Not surprisingly Beth is his favourite reader as she is such a great reader and even includes different voices for each character!

I will be linking up again with the lovely Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy for her Fun Photo Fun linky, why not give it a go!

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The Oliver’s Visit White Post Farm

Yesterday after being stuck in doors for most of last week due to the snow and ice, we decided to wrap up warm and venture out.

We are very lucky where we live to have such alot of places to visit and yesterday we took a wonder round our local farm. (White Post Farm)

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Even having this fantastic attraction almost on our doorstep we have never taken Joshua to it, who knows why not but we havent so he was most delighted!

Bethany who knows this place like the back of her hand became the Oliver’s unofficial tourguide. However her job was not complete until she also became second in command of puddle jumping! … (who said pre-teens are all moody!)

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Bethany and I also had a competion at Goat mountain to see who could get their goat food to the top first ….. The winner  was me however Beth’s attempt was quite a vailiant one!

Joshua loved all the animals we saw and the only down side was, he either wanted to kiss them all! or he wanted to get in the pens with them!

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Ollie’s has decided that the Oliver’s need to get some pets; some chickens and some guinea pigs …. I have agreed as long as he clears the poo! …. it maybe some time before we get any pets!

It realy was a lovely way to spend some quality time together and great to blow away some cobwebs!

White Post … We Will Be Back!

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Fun Photo Fun – Snowmen

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This week with the snow has really come down,  last year Joshua was barely walking so he didn’t understand what it was all about. This year it has been totally different he loves the snow!

Over the last 3 days we have really enjoyed playing in the snow and even when Joshua  is wondering around like an ice cube he refuses to come in.

Ollie and I have also enjoyed the snow and even had a competition over the weekend of who could build the best snowman! (I won, but don’t tell him!)

The funniest part (yes you will think I am cruel) is when Joshua sat on a mound of snow and thought he was so clever, then slowly fell forward and face planted himself into the snow, although Ollie was taking photos I rushed to catch him but want quick enough. We waited for the cry but instead all he did was wipe snow off his little face and then go back to playing!

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Here is to snowy days and snowmen!

I have linked up again with the lovely Charlotte from The Crumby Mummy for her Fun Photo Fun linky.

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