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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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Project 365 – Week 2

This week has been a hectic week but I have managed to keep up with the daily picture taking to enable me once again to link up withThe Boy And Me ‘s fantastic Linky ‘Project 365  ”A Photo A Day, Every Day, For A Year!

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Week 2:

Day 1 Sunday 6th January – Joshua trying his first moussaka for tea!

Day 2 Monday 7th January – A day of grumpy children

Day 3 Tuesday 8th January –  I carried my little man from the car and this is where I placed him! this was taken 35 mins after we got home!

Day 4 Wednesday 9th January – My big girl Beth home from school 🙂

Day 5 Thursday 10th January – Healthy lunch again for me! (read about my weight loss journey HERE )

Day 6 Friday 11th January – Joshua’s new best friend Milo!

Day 7 Saturday 12th January  – My first hockey match after Christmas and I scored my first goal after returning to play from 18 years of sitting on my ass! (you can read about my return to hockey HERE)

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Project 365 Week 1

I have decided to take part In The Boy And Me ‘s fantastic Linky ‘Project 365  “A Photo A Day, Every Day, For A Year!”

It’s such a lovely concept of being able to see what this Madhouse gets up to in a year. The Rules for this fantastic linky are below:

  • Project 365 is your project and therefore it should be you taking the photograph.
  • Every Saturday at 8pm until 11.59pm on Sunday, the linky will be open to share a favourite photo of the previous week (or a weekly collage). Photos from a blog, Instagram, Tumblr, Posterous or the 365project.org site can be linked up.
  • Please include my 365 badge or a textlink onto the linked blog post or the sidebar so that people can find the linky more easily to see other entries and join in on the community. (badge can be found HERE )

I have chosen to do a weekly collage that i will post and link up with on a Saturday, however i have obviously been in a cupboard on my own this week as i only discovered the linky last night so this weeks is posted later than it should be!! sorry The Boy and Me!! I will however show support by visiting all the posts from this weeks to show some 365 love!

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The Long Journey Ahead

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After recent pre-teen hormones and added issues with Beth (When 4 Became 3 & When 4 Became 3 an Update)  it was nice that over Christmas we got to spend some quality time together. Don’t get me wrong we had some real hum dingers of arguments but all in all we got some time together which was much needed.

I think I need to remember that although she is 11 going on 12 she is still a child (even if she would never admit it!) I do love her with every breath in my body but by god she can be hard work.

I must endeavour to take a very deep breath when things get difficult between us as she has many issues to deal with, some with me and others with her dad (I will blog about this tomorrow)

*mental note made*   –    BREATH!

BETH – We have a very long journey ahead and I am proud to stand with you and be here when you need me.

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More Pictures Needed!

I recently read someones blog post about the fact lots of Mummies have very limited pictures of them with their child/ren as they seem to be the ones taking the pictures.

Having digested this I think that’s certainly the case in this crazy madhouse! So I will be making a pledge to take more pictures of me and my children.

So here’s a few to get me going, me minus the makeup and nicely coiffed hair …

So come on Mummies (& Daddies) lets see the real you and lots more pictures regardless of the state you feel or the baby milk dripping down your wrinkled top!

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Silent Sunday

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Its Never to Late to Learn

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Over this last few months my brain has been whirring and I have been feeling restless.

Those of you that know me will know this is what I do, after periods of time non learning I get the itch to better myself and end up back at college. This particular restlessness started when my daughter was about a year old when I returned to college to complete several courses at once and finally get my butt moving on some sort of career.

When I left school after my GCSE’s I wanted to work with children and went off to college to gain an NNEB in childcare. After completing I went off to work in a private day nursery and within 6 months I hated the job, I hated working with children and I hated the staff … rapid departure …

After my complete turnaround I found myself in some very random jobs, bingo calling, cellophane packer of Christmas gifts and packing razor blades to name but a few ..

I then found myself pregnant with my daughter and was still unaware of where my life was going. After finding myself single when Beth was 6 months old I had to take stock and knew I needed to get something better for Beth and myself. So I completed the following:

  • OCR Clait
  • OCR Initial Text Processing
  • OCR Intermediate Text Processing (level 2)
  • OCR Intermediate Word Processing (level 2)
  • OCR Intermediate Audio Transcription (level 2)
  • OCR Intermediate Mail Merge (level 2)
  • OCR Intermediate Business Presentation (level 2)
  • OCR Clait Plus – Presentation Graphics
  • OCR Advanced Document Presentation (level 3)
  • OCR Advanced Text Processing (level 3)
  • ILEX Advanced Legal Word Processing (level 3)
  • ILEX Advanced Communication Skills
  • ILEX Advanced Legal Administration
  • ILEX Legal Secretaries Diploma

Yay, check me out!

Now after settling down working for a local hospital I got the restlessness again in 2010 and went off to do something else..

  • ILM Certificate in Team Leading

Then after the initial excitement died once again and the restlessness returned I went back to college 5 months pregnant with Joshua and completed (with only 4 weeks missed after his birth)..

  • CIPD – Certificate in Human Resources Practice

Now it won’t surprise any of you now that I have the urge once again to do something so this week I have had my phone interview and been accepted on a course I start in January …

  • ILM – Level 3 Leadership & Management (all 3 parts)

Who knows why I feel the itch but the longer I stay away from the external work place the more world domination is likely.

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When 4 Became 3 An Update …

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Firstly I have to say thank you so much to all my lovely followers that commented on my recent post ‘When 4 became 3’. As this was such an emotional time for me I felt I wanted to post about this even though when I set my blog up I didn’t intend to pour my heart out, I did feel that there are others out there that may benefit from feeling they weren’t alone.

I have to report that Bethany is back home with us (Although her dad has told her its only for a few weeks to see how it goes) She has now returned to school and we have all sobbed buckets.

Bethany has told us not only does she feel angry most of the time she doesn’t know why, she also says she misses her dad and wants to see him more. (Since April he confirmed her will spend more time with her than the 2 days a fortnight … it’s never happened)

I have I think rightly or wrongly got the ball rolling with hopefully some support for Bethany and for us as a family to work out the problems we have.  We have requested help and should be getting the help we need soon.

I can’t tell you all how pleased I am that Bethany is home and that we can now sort things out. Although right now I am feeling very disheartened about the fact I contacted our GP and school about the problems we were having a month ago and I am still waiting for the school to fill in the relevant form to get us some support…. I will NOT give up!

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90 Years Young

The Oliver’s have had a hectic weekend this weekend however the highlight has been our trip to Leeds to see my hubby’s Grandma Joan who turned 90 on Saturday!

The unfortunate thing is although plans were made to celebrate at her home, about 3 weeks ago she had a fall and has been in hospital ever since.

Now I have to say Joan is a remarkable woman and has suffered over the last few years with 3 heart attacks and diabetes to name just a few.

At this stage there is no guarantee that she will ever return to her home which she has lived in for over 50 years, she is going to have to move into a nursing home to recuperate and depending on what happens from there as to if she will ever go home.

This weekend I have been thankful I have been part of such a fantastic celebration and thankful for my family.

I hope when I get older I will tackle whatever is thrown at me with the dignity that Joan has shown! She really is an inspiration.

(The above picture is of Grandma Joan, her grandchildren & great grandchildren)

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My Life So Far … By The Smallest Oliver

I cant believe that he is now 19 months, my mum has always said enjoy every minute as before you know it  it will be gone ……. mums are so right!

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