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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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Fun At The Farm Shop

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Last week in my wisdom I decided to batch cook for this weeks tea, however without half the ingredients Joshua and I hot footed it to our local farm shop.

On arriving and getting to the first counter Joshua had spotted an assistant who he took a shine too. If I am honest I think he fell in love!

The photo above is one of the smiles he gave her while she was putting together our cheese order!

When approaching the second counter for our meat Joshua fell in love once again and proceeded to blow kisses to this lady…. at this point I began to worry that they may just chuck us out!

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On finally getting all the ingredients for our batch cooking session Joshua spotted the balloons! .. damn you Farm shop!! he cried and pointed and wanted to get out the trolley.

But all was not lost as one of his new loves came and served us on the till and gave him a sticker!!

Who knew Farm Shops could be so much fun!

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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Silent Sunday

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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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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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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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Silent Sunday

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Project 365 Week 4

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Another busy busy week here at the Oliver’s Madhouse. Its been full of laughter, tears, snow and reading!

Sunday 20/1/13 – Saw the start of my weight increase this week (opps) but who couldn’t resist that bad boy?

Monday 21/1/13 – Crazy tea time with all 4 of us and some very strange conversations provided by our lovely Beth

Tuesday 22/1/13 – Joshua decided that he preferred being naked! (for most of the day)

Wednesday 23/1/13 – Reading is something that Joshua hasn’t shown much interest in however on Wednesday he spent quite some time with his books.

Thursday 24/1/13 – Joshua’s reading continues and even included Beth. She had to read all his books at least twice before he would let her go!

Friday 25/1/13 – Joshua and I went visiting my lovely friend Stacey and this picture was taken in Stacey’s gorgeous new house (Yes I am jealous Stacey, can I move in?)

Saturday 26/1/13 – This is a picture of Jim and the Oliver snowman (although spot Jim’s contribution!)

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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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