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Fun With Paint

FPF paint

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!

Fun Photo Fun - Paint

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

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Never Move A Sleeping Toddler

sleep

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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Silent Sunday

Naval Gazing

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My Week That Was – Project 365 Week 6

Project 365 week 6365 wk 6

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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A Lovely Meeting Followed By Crap ..

Dog Poo Bin

Yesterday started off so lovely, I finally got to meet another one of my lovely blogging chums the fantastic Sarah from The Puffin Diaries. We visited a lovely pub halfway between each of us. It was so lovely to meet someone I regularly have contact with in real life.

Poor Sarah had no secrets as Joshua fell in love with her bag and continually emptied the entire contents on the floor and played with her compact! .. sorry Sarah.

After a spot of lunch we ventured into the garden to find it not only muddy but also covered in dog poo. No word of a lie the entire area was covered! Needless to say toddlers and dog poo just don’t mix!

After trying to get my distraught toddler into the pushchair so I could remove his mud and poo encrusted shoes disaster struck and not only did the pushchair cosy toes get swiped with a flailing limb so did my jeans leg!

Oh the joys …

Had I not of had such a lovely lunch with Sarah beforehand I may of just silently wept; however baby wipes bore the brunt of the clean-up operation before it was time to leave.

On returning home I stripped Joshua in the doorway and followed with a strip down of my own. While busying myself with the offensive articles and the washing machine Joshua was flitting between the living room and the kitchen. When I turned round I noticed his pull up had slipped off and was lying dejected on the kitchen floor.

So off I went to collect a new pull up from the living room draw when realisation dawned …….poo

Yep after his pull up had dropped off he had wondered into the living room and had obviously done a jig while letting it all hang free mid poo!

I shed a small tear ..

Thank the lord I was in a calm and happy mood from meeting my friend or I would of crumpled into ball and howled like a wolf.

After some serious cleaning equipment and time my living room looked as good as new

I hope today is not going to be as eventful in the poo department!

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Creative Corner – Marty

Prose For Thought

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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My Weight Loss Journey Week 5 of 2013

Weightloss Wlking wk5

After last week I set off this week with renewed vigor and got 3 walks completed in the early part of the week! I was eating reasonably well … then disaster struck …. a nasty cold has taken hold of Joshua and I and we have been battling heavy achy limbs and far too much snot to cope with.

All I can say is thank god I had batch cooked teas for this week! I barley have any energy to wipe my nose never mind cook a healthy meal!

Hockey tonight is not looking promising due to the pounding head I have had for the last few days, brought on by this cold. However we will see if it clears later.

So my exercise targets for last week were:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks  (min 6 Miles)
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • No Hockey match … so just get my bum from the sofa!!

What exercise I actually completed this week:

  • 2 x 2 miles – Walks
  • 1 x 1 mile – Walk     – Total 5 miles
  • 140 mins Hockey Training – Due to changing weigh in day it would count on next weeks exercise

So how did I do? 

– 0.5lbs

Total Weight Loss This Year:

7.5lbs

Total Loss (including last year)

4 Stone 7.5lbs

Next Week’s Exercise:

  • A minimum of 3 x 2 mile walks (min 6 miles total)
  • Attend both hockey training sessions (junior with Beth & ladies = 180 mins)
  • Hockey Match Saturday so need to play the whole match!

Not a great week however once again any loss is great but 7.5lbs in a month is still overall pretty great!

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The Blogging Community

The Blogging Community

When I set out on my blogging journey last year I was totally unprepared….unprepared for how much bloggers support each other.

‘In Real Life’ there are so many pressures maintaining friendship, trying to ensure you make those important meet ups for coffee or lunch. To fit the odd night out round the financial constraints of bringing up a family along with the time to actually go and enjoy yourself in the first place instead of stressing about what time the first morning wake-up call will hit.

Blogging is such a strange creature, we all know so much about each other through the interaction we make via our media platforms and by the blog posts we read.  However we have in most circumstances never even laid eyes on each other without the use of a screen.

As a new starter last year I was overwhelmed by the support from even the most established of blogger, by the time they were prepared to give, their helpful words of wisdom and by their continual support they still offer. These people probably know me better than I know myself.

I have also been lucky to be part of a group of newbies that started around the same time who I have clicked with on such a level that these people I don’t know what I would do without them.

The blogging community understands that social media is a large part of my life and don’t make me feel I have neglected them when I have been away from my screen to actually live my life.

After some recent very sad news in the blogging community that has rocked me to the very core. I now understand what this crazy community have to offer, a level of support that I have never ever come across. Even bloggers who you have never had direct contact are there sending support and doing what they can. If one blogger hurts the rest hurt too.

I think unless you have been part of this craziness it’s difficult to comprehend how strong the friendships actually are.

I am so pleased I made this choice in my life and that I have such an incredible group of friends. I look forward to the friends I have yet to meet and the craziness in which is yet to happen.

Thank you bloggers!

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The Joy of Inset Days!

Inset days

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

Silent Sunday 030213

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