Tuesday, 22 July 2014

One more day...

One more day before I no longer have to trip over a thousand school bags and shoes at the bottom of the staircase.

One more day before I won't need to rinse 2 kg of grime out of the bottom of the bathtub every night.

One more day until I'll no longer hear the words "oh, I've forgotten my homework" at 10 pm,

Or "Muuuum, I'm hungry" at 4 pm daily.

One more day until I'll be able to see that the alarm clock says 7.30 am and I know I can ignore it and stay in bed.

One more day until I don't have to bark like a Sergeant Major to get them out of the house on time.

One more day until I won't hear "Mum, I need..." At 9 pm the day before it is needed,

Or "I've left my coat at school" (again).

One more day,

Just one...

Friday, 18 July 2014


Never more have I been thankful for a Friday (see reasons in last post).

I was just messing around and wasting time checking important stuff on Facebook and I couldn't resist joining in with Kerrie over at Wife, Mum, Student Bum and her very spontaneous photo linky.

This is my entry to that, a picture which makes me very happy because it is Friday.


All I will add to that is DH if you are reading this, we are nearly out of tonic water - can you pick some up on the way home?  Cheers.

Word of the Week

I haven't joined in with word of the week for quite some time but when Jocelyn tweeted me this morning to ask if I'd like to join in I thought now seem like the perfect opportunity.  The word that sums up my week this week is

It seems I have had very little time for my blog this last few weeks.  End of term preparations and other things have meant that my time has been spent elsewhere.  It is quite frustrating for me and I shall be glad when the week is over finally and we can all have a bit of a rest.  I have so many things I need to write about, I just need some time to do it!

On Monday it was time for everybody to go back to school and work, only the twins were a bit under the weather and so they had a day at home, which turned into two days and then three.  Finally yesterday it was time for them to return to pre-school.  They now have less than a week left before they move on to the main school after the holidays.  It is time that I can't wait to pass in a way.  I am so aware that they have outgrown pre-school and need something more challenging.  They are both really looking forward to September and so am I!

On Tuesday I decided to use the spare time I had not doing school runs to tidy up the boys' bedroom yet again.  There were so many outgrown toys and clothes and books in their room.  It was definitely time for a change.  I also used the opportunity to tidy up the twins bedroom too and they have inherited quite a lot of the boys' stuff, including some storage which they are delighted about.  It feels good to be a bit more organised, even during the chaos of the end of term.  I'm really glad I spend the time doing it.

Yesterday my two eldest children went on school trips.  If you read regularly you may remember my anguish at sending my son on his trip to a theme park, however I needn't have worried because they only had four hours there in the end which left very little time to go on many of the bigger rides.  I did feel a little sorry for him but he says he had a good time regardless.

While all of this has been going on, dh has managed to hurt his back too.  He is in so much pain and I'm convinced that all he really needs is a bit of time to let it heal properly, which is easier said than done when he has had work commitments to attend to all week.

As you can see, time very accurately sums up our week. Time spent doing things, not enough time to do other things, and more time needed.  In fact as you read this it will be time for my oldest two children to come home from school for the last time this academic year.  Hopefully, once school is over next week I'll have some more time to join in regularly with WotW and to spend on my blog and more importantly with my family!

Which word sums up your week?

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

10 things I won't miss about term time

Every day just lately it's getting harder and harder to get up out of bed and start the morning routine, or is that just me?  I hate this time of year because the children are hardly doing anything at school (although the older ones love the lack of homework) and they are all really tired.  It's a bit dull.  Kind of like being in limbo.  I wish the holidays would hurry up and get here.  The last few weeks really can't pass by quickly enough.

In my head this morning I was making a list.  A list of the things that I won't need to do in two weeks' time and that I will not be looking forward to come September.  It was very nearly several lists because there are loads of little things that I won't miss (like having Zombie children - but then the teen nearly always is like that anyway) so I am going to share my top ten with you.
  1. Making packed lunches every day at 7.00 am - because there are only so many cheese sandwiches anyone can make at that time of the day.
  2. Washing school uniform including smelly PE Kits! - I have enough washing to do without this as well.
  3. Ironing school uniform - or anything for that matter.
  4. Nagging children to do homework - guaranteed to cause a row of massive proportions.
  5. Nagging children to get out of bed in the morning - I rather like the peace and quiet when they are asleep.
  6. Buying ingredients for Home Economics lessons - always seems to involve buying something that I would never usually get rather than ingredients I actually have in my kitchen, and always remembered at the last minute.
  7. Doing the school run in the rain - nobody likes this surely?
  8. Waiting outside school every day for 45 minutes while DS2 gathers his belongings together - I have the slowest child in all the world.
  9. Receiving a raft of e-mails, none of which are very important, from the school office every day (I have had 13 in the last week - 5 of those were yesterday) - I spend ages reading them and deleting them and then always seem to miss the most important ones.
  10. Paying for school trips - why do they need to go on so many trips?
Needless to say I am now on a countdown until the final school run.  I plan on celebrating it's completion with a large gin - never mind the fact that I have six weeks at home with all five kids still to plan.  Happy Holidays!

Do you agree with my list?  Do you have your own list?  What's on it?  I'd love it if you could share in the comments below.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


It's Tuesday morning and I'm sitting with a cup of coffee and trying to sort out the million and one things in my head, while I attempt to wake up.  Upper most in my mind is that it is DS2's birthday on Friday.  I must remember to buy some paper, a card and sort out a cake (not sure if I'm making or buying yet).  The thing is it isn't just DS2's birthday.  It's mine also.  My "significant birthday" is nearly here.

I'm partly excited.  Not because I'm getting lots of presents (or any even) or because I might get a slice of Minecraft themed birthday cake (because I have to share with the soon to be 9 year old, not because I like Minecraft).  No, excited because, Yay!  I'm going to be in my forties at last.  The optimist in me says it might be better than I think.

On the flip side I am dreading being 40 because it sounds so old.  So grown-up.  I don't feel like a grown-up yet.  I may have five children and a house and a car and somehow make sure everything that's supposed to happen every day actually happens, but I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up.  I have a feeling I should have done that by now.  I think this might be it.  Oh.

I am aware that this probably doesn't make any sense.  The truth is this is the third draft of this post (at least) and I'm still not sure what I really want to say.  I'm not sure it even matters any more.  40 is just another number after all.

I do know that it will be unlike many of my previous birthdays.   I won't be celebrating it while getting through the day clock-watching in a boring office job.  It won't be like the one nine years ago where I was 3 days overdue and in early labour for most of the day, culminating in my nether regions being ripped asunder by a 9 lbs 5 oz living breathing projectile.  It won't be like the one where DH was about to lose his job for the second time in three years (I bloody hope, I've has enough of the fall out from this recession to last a lifetime).  It will be whatever it will be.  Probably quieter than in the past.  Definitely gin-fuelled.  Mostly about DS2 and his presents, cards and cake.  How it should be.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow? - June

It's been a while since I wrote about our garden.  To be honest I don't know quite where June has gone.  I've been busy but not really in the garden and so I guess that's why it hasn't been high on my list of things to blog about.  Anyway, I couldn't let June go without doing a quick garden post.  I've only taken a few shots but wanted to share what's been going on out there.

Firstly I'm still loving the Aquilegia.  They've obviously seeded themselves far and wide and I've now found two different colours scattered around the borders.  They are just about the only thing flowering at the moment and they do make me smile.

Having said that it won't be long before they are joined by these beauties.  Daylilies.  I can't wait for their golden yellow flowers to open up.

Despite not much in the way of flowering plants we do have a rather rampant Photinia which is rewarding me with its wonderful red foliage.  It kind of makes up for the dead Acer earlier in the year, although I do have to keep chopping it back and losing the red leaves to keep it in check.  They soon come back though.

Next to that is this rather neat looking Honeysuckle.  Believe it or not this was a two inch high stump about three months ago.  We had to chop it down following the collapse of the fence and we had planned to dig it up.  DH put the wire conical around it to mark its spot but it rather loves growing up it now.  I'm not kidding when I say it grows daily and we have to keep trimming bits off.  It really needs something bigger to grow up but I'm reluctant to let it use the fence as I think this is why it fell down in the first place and I'm not prepared to deal with that again!

Lastly (and especially for Annie), I managed to get some good pictures of our Regal Fern which is now huge.  It is quite different to the other ferns as it unfurls.  I love the way it looks a bit like broccoli here but then the fronds become flat.  Sort of like the pop up tent of the fern world!

From this...

to this!

That's about it on the garden front, although I didn't want to let another week go by without mentioning that we attended the Ideal Home Show in Manchester a few weekends ago.  I was under no obligation to blog about it although I was sent the tickets but we had a fabulous day and saw lots of interesting things, including some garden related stuff to die for!  My mum and I fell in love with something called a Breeze House which is like a little grass roofed hut with seating inside.  It doesn't sound very exciting but they really are luxurious and we went to their stand more than once to stroke the lovely things and dream about owning one!  I won't post any links as I'm not doing any free advertising but I'm a bit in love with them if only I had a lottery win to spend. *sigh*

I also didn't take a proper camera as I'm such a noob (to coin a phrase used by DS1) and so when I actually spotted a real life famous gardening person giving a talk I only got this shot:

Look it's Diarmuid Gavin!

Never mind eh?  We had a blast though and it gave us loads of ideas (and blisters on my feet!).

As an aside, I'm using a different camera for my garden pictures this week.  What do you think?  Better or worse than usual?

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?