Showing posts with label #mumlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #mumlife. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pumpkins, Tarantulas and Wedding Rehearsal..

So over the half term we took the boys over to the local animal park farm at Norfolk Lavender and there they carved some pumpkins and meet some creepy crawlies.


Unfortunately for me they really wanted to hold the tarantula Rosy but they were all far to scared and I was a little worried they'd drop her, sooooo to keep them happy I said I would!
For someone who hoovers up any spider she finds in the house I think I was pretty brave....


And to be honest she didn't feel too scary, luckily for me she was old and didn't move much!

Their first lot of pumpkins!
 Towards the end of the half term the boys auntie Jennie came over to carve more pumpkins and ended up spraying everyones hair green.

Emo at 3!

Everyone looked like they had spray in but Ru really looked like his way dyed and it really suited him!
He looked like a proper Little Rock and Roller!


There was a bit of a pumpkin carving competition going on, and everyone did well, but Auntie Jennie won with her one eyed monster with detachable ears!

On the Monday that they boys all went back to school Jon and I had our wedding rehearsal, I really wasn't expecting (I wasn't really sure what we'd be doing) to be saying our vows and walking through the whole entrance bit and it was really emotional, a little tear did escape!
We even had a little audience half way through.


On Friday morning I had my hair trail, my hair had been completely stressing me out as I was really worried my hair wouldnt be a match to the extensions and that I would have a big faff on my hands trying to get it to the right colour!
But luckily after dying it on the Thursday just a normal dark brown but with a hint of ash it worked a treat and turned out to be the perfect match.

Caroline worked her magic and got the look I wanted spot on, I have ordered an extra pack a few inches shorter just to bulk it out, as the bottom isn't at thick as I would like it!
The extra hair turned up this morning, so I've handed it over to Caroline for her to curl it when she has a spare moment before she comes over on Saturday.

Now I know my hair is going to look perfect I really can't wait for the big day!


Friday night I took the boys up to the church to watch the bonfire, have a hot chocolate and have a go with a few sparklers.


I knew we weren't going to get out to any fireworks this year due to Jon's back and not being 100% sure how Ru would cope with the nose.
So the bonfire was perfect, as they got to do something fun and they all loved watching the sparklers sparkle!


Noah even helped throw stuff on the fire, and lots of the boys friends from school were there, so they had fun playing around with them too.
To end the evening they all enjoyed a hot dog from the bbq before heading home! 


The next update ill do will be as a MRS!!!
xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Mummy and Ru Time


Since Ru started nursery at school, our 1 on 1 time has diminished and after thinking about how much I missed it, I gave myself a kick up the bum and made myself do something about it.

Now Jon is on the mend and the wedding planning has died down Im making the effort to make sure on the two days that Ru only has half days to actually go out and do something rather than just sit at home and let him play on the iPad.

Last week after I collected him on the Thursday I took him out for lunch and then off to feed the local ducks and have a play at the park.


As always the ducks were very entertaining and they can never get enough of our tasty frozen peas.
They get so close that you could just pick one up if you wanted.






Ru loves throwing peas to the ducks and could quite happily watch them all day.

As we only had the afternoon to play once our peas had ran out we crossed the road and went into the park.

No one else was there so Ru had full run of the park and even the skatepark.





Ru loved going on the swings this time, usually he stays well away.
Every time we go to the park the skate park is heaving so we never get a look in, but this time it was empty so Ru took full advantage.

It's just had a local graffiti artist give it a bit of a facelift and it looks brilliant.





Ru had a great time running up and down the ramps. He did slip at one point but after a hug he was laughing again.

He's just received a scooter in the post to review, so ill be taking him back here to take the photos.

Once the boys all go back to school, ill be making sure to do something with Ru on his afternoons off.







Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Why I've Been So Quiet On The Blog Recently .....


Now the craziness of the wedding planning has calmed down and I've caught up on some blog work I thought I'd fill you all in.

It's been one hell of a crazy month!


The Tuesday after the boys had all gone back at school after the summer holidays started with Jon deciding he was going to clean the kitchen windows at half 7 I the morning .... he managed to do one door before he tore one of his already damaged disks.

Which made his whole body cramp and him fall to the ground.
 (At the time we had no idea what had happened.)

I was upstairs getting ready to get the boys to school and Oscar ran up to tell me 'Daddy had fallen over and he needed me to help'.
So I flew down the stairs to find Jon outside on the patio unable to move.

Now I'm not the strongest person in the world and was completely scared to move him or pull him to hard I wanted to call an ambulance but Jon insisted he didn't need one.

I managed to help him onto his side whilst I stuffed pillows under him and covered him in a blanket. 
I'd called his parents who were still in bed at the time to ask them to help.
I even called Jon's sister to see if her husband was about to help me try and get him inside.

The minutes passed by slowly, with Jon still on the floor and me begging him to let me call an ambulance.

It a fit of fear and tears I rang my mum for help even though she's in Surrey, but she's my go to when I need medical help and I told her what had happened so she gave me some tips on how to help him which I did but none worked.

Jon's parents arrived 20 minutes later and then so did his sister.
As soon as his dad saw him he got on the phone to the ambulance.
Jon was no longer in control and I could slightly relax a little.
I know I should have taken control but I was in a bit of shock myself.

Thankfully the boys kept themselves busy playing on the Wii and Noah hid away in his room.
Noah is the sensitive one and knows when it's best to keep away.
Jon has a long history with his back and unfortunately Noah knows all the nasty side effects it can have on Jon.

The boys were already late for school by now but as the ambulance was on its way and Ken and Helen their to stay with Jon I practically ran all the boys to school and back home again.
The schools were all very supportive and told me they'd keep an eye on the boys incase they became upset.

It took a well over an hour for the crew to get Jon up from the floor outside to a chair just inside of the kitchen, using gas and air.

Once inside he eased up a little and the ambulance crew arranged for our local doctor to come out and see him.

Hours later still sat on the same chair the doctor arrived and prescribed Diazepam.
Jon was starting to get uncomfortable and needed to get to the lounge to sit in his chair which gives him more support for his back.
So it literally took myself and his parents over an hour and a half to help him walk him from the kitchen using chairs as supports to get him into the lounge.

Once their he decided he'd have a sleep on the sofa.... little did we know that when he woke he'd be in the worst pain of his life..

I again left him napping with his parents whilst I went and collected the boys.
Once home I found Helen stood in front of the living room door telling me not to let the boys see daddy.
He'd woken up and his whole body had cramped up.
The only part of his body he could move was one eye.

We re-called the ambulance and then the rest of the night was a bit of a blur.
Two ambulance crews, one car crew and then eventually the air ambulance crew.
Our living room was buzzing with machines bleeping and crews all trying to think what was wrong and how they were going to move him.

They pumped him full of a cocktail of drugs but eventually ended up knocking him out with Ketamine and then shuffling him off the chair and getting him onto the stretcher.
Then it was the slowest ambulance journey ever, even cars were over taking even with the blue lights flashing.
Any sudden movement would send Jon into shock, so they really had to take their time.

Jon spent a further two weeks in hospital after that, having tests and scans done to find out what had happened and drugged up to high heavens on all sorts of pain relief.
It was a hard and stressful week, one that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

(Because the air ambulance crew were being filmed for part of a tv programme which will be aired on channel 4 soon, Jon was filmed. We'll be seeing the footage in a few week .... well Jon will, I won't be able to watch it again and if he agrees it will be aired on TV.)

He's home now but he's still in a lot of pain and can't do much without getting tired.
It's going to take a long time to heal but he's home and he's safe which is the main thing.


Whilst Jon was in hospital he suggested (whilst on a LOT of drugs) we get married whilst my Gramps was down visiting, which I took with both hands and ran with it!

So since he's been home I've been full on wedding planning bridezilla mode.
Which has taken over everything!
But now everything is falling into place and all the big things have been sorted I'm slowly getting back to normal life.


The Church we're getting married in.
We have our second meeting with Reverend tomorrow to tell her the ins and outs of the ceremony.
Then from then its only a month to go!!!


Little Link has really settled into family life and is getting on really well with Ray and has just started playing with Indie.


As a little treat I finally got one of my worst tattoos covered up.
10 years ago I got some Hebrew lettering on my wrist in black with some sort of uber crappy shading in red around it.
 It was was meant to say Noah (but it probably didn't) and it was just 100% awful.
It only cost £10 so you can kinda guess how shocking it was.
I have been wanting to get it sorted for years but never really knew what I could cover it with as I knew red ink is a pain to cover.

I recently decided I really needed t get it covered as it was just making me unhappy, so I did a bit of research and finally decide on a black rose with a hint of red and after speaking to my tattooist he agreed that it would work.

So here it is....and I'm in love!

It's so much nicer and I no longer feel embarrassed about having my wrists on show.
It's healing nicely and I love how the leaves pop out of a long sleeved top!


xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Wedding Fever Has Well and Truly Hit ...


So it would seem I'm getting married in 6 Weeks Time!!!
Whilst Jon was in hospital I told him my Gramps was coming to visit in November and through his drug misted mind he suggested we plan a quick wedding in the local Registry office whilst he was here.

Well......
That tiny little wedding has spread into a fairly decent sized wedding at our local church!


Even thought it's bigger than we were planning its still really only family.
Parents, Siblings + offspring and partners, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles + Cousins and then a couple of our best friends.

We had to draw the line somewhere, as if we didn't we'd end up inviting everyone and our little simple wedding that wasn't meant to cost the earth will start being more than we can handle.

We've been together long enough to not want all the bells and whistles of a normal wedding and just have it very family oriented and very simple.
Say our vows in front of the people who really mean the world to us and 
then enjoy a nice meal afterwards in a local venue then head back to ours for more drinks.

It's going to be a very boho wedding, which is right up my alley.
My dress arrived on Tuesday and I'm in love, I want to wear it all day every day!

For it only being a few weeks away I thought I would come across quite a few hurdles, but everything I want I seem to be getting.

The Church is free, the reception venue is free, the florist I want is free, my dress is perfect, I've found the perfect cake, I have hair and make up planned for the day and the boys outfits are being planned out.

Now it's just getting all the little bits to get sorted out.
This is where I'm started to go a little wedding mad over. There's so many nice things about that I keep seeing and wanting.

I truly have well and truly caught the wedding fever and I'm constantly thinking about all the things  we could do and have to make it even more special.
I'm even dreaming about wedding decor!

I am scrolling through wedding website after wedding website.
I'm buying bridal magazines here and there and boring people to death about all things wedding.

I really never thought I'd be like this as I've never really obsessed over getting married, its probably good that its in a few weeks time as I'd probably be disowned if they had to put up with it much longer.



Monday, 4 September 2017

Reading Eggs Review

Over the summer holidays I have been making sure the twins and Noah keep up with their reading with the help of Reading Eggs


What is Reading Eggs?
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Reading Eggs was created by expert educators with over 30 years of experience.
The multi-award winning early learning resource supports your child’s learn to read journey with carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced, and highly engaging for young children.
By incorporating Reading Eggs into your child’s daily routine, you will be helping to prepare them for the same structured learning they will need to succeed and feel confident at school.


How Reading Eggs teaches your child to read

  • The lessons use colourful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children motivated.
  • The programme is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • When children start the programme, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
  • Parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of full-colour downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the programme.
  • The programme includes over 2000 online books for kids – each ending with a comprehension quiz that assesses your child’s understanding.



I had heard about Reading Eggs but wasn't 100% sure whether to boys would take to it, but after seeing how much the twins enjoyed reading in Reception and given that Noah needed that little bit of encouragement when it comes to reading an actual book I was more than happy to give it ago.

Once you sign up you can create an account your child and there you will be able to see how they are getting on and their reading level and all the books that they have read.

Before the twins could start they had to take a simps test to see what level they are at.
Alex was bang on age 5 and knew 100 phonic skills and 18 sight words
Where Oscar is reading at age 5.25 and knows 137 phonic skills and 45 sight words.

This impressed us as Alex has always shown more of an interest in reading and Oscar has just been more laid back about it all.
So both Jon and I were expecting Alex to be scoring higher than Oscar.


Reading Eggspress is aimed at 7 - 13 year olds, Noah is 9 so this is what he logs on to when he wants to read and play games.
(He hasn't yet figured out that the games he plays when he's on Reading Eggspress he's actually learning!)

Before Noah could do anything he also needed to take a little test of 20 questions and once he was finished it was suggested he start on lesson 61.

He used to love reading but then with all the constant school changes (due to moving houses) and upheavals he soon started to back off and take more of an interest in his Playstation.

It's been much easier to get Noah to read a book off the laptop than it has been to read an actual paper book.
So every night once the twins have gone to bed he'll ask if he can pick a new book and have a go on the games.
It's been lovely to see his spark come back and him enjoying something other than Minecraft or Zelda.


Along with reading the boys have really loved playing all the games on their app.
Their favourite at the moment seems to be Driving Tests.

Every right question you answer moves your car around the track.
You have three choices,
Red Car -Sight Words,
Green Car -Letters and Sound Words,
and Blue Car -Content Words.

Both boys loved racing the Green Car, as they have never got a question wrong....yet!


The books which are suggested for each child are all down to their progress and they refresh once you've picked one.
Oscar & Alex love deciding which books to read and get rather excited at the massive choice they have.
Once they finished the books they would have to answer a quiz.


To start with they thought they could just blag it but they figured out they actually needed to read the whole book to be able to answer the quiz. 

Once the quiz is answered correctly you will receive egg points.
You can use your egg points in the store to buy all sorts of things from heads for your avatar to games!



It's been lovely to see how much fun the boys have had using Reading Eggs and I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.
It's perfect for little ones who are just starting out with reading and even those like Noah who are past the phonic stage but still learning.

There is a Reading Eggs Junior which is aimed at children aged 2-4years old.
If I thought Ru would actually sit still I would have tried with him but I think this will be something I do with him next summer before he starts Reception.
He did show an interest in watching the twins, so thats a good start!!


Have you tried Reading Eggs?
If not why not use this Special Link to get 5 Weeks for Free!?

The cost to get a 12 month subscription is £39.95 which is less than £3.40 pre month!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Spa Visits, Sleep Diary and Star Wars Auditions...

Last week was a good week, my bestie came to stay for the week.


Rupert started the week out by turning into a bit of a naked gardener and we started his sleep diary.
I also managed to send back the questionnaires we were sent.
So hopefully by the time we are seen again this sleep diary will be full and they'll see how bad he is when it comes to bedtime.


I also started a bit of a health kick and put my love affair with coffee on the sidewalk and turned back to Green Tea.
I really want to start feeling better about myself and I can slowly see Im heading to where I really want to be.
I know I'm never going to have my pre twins / Rupert body back as being just under 8stone is a tad unrealistic these days, but to not feel so flabby would be fab!


Rupert made friends with another butterfly. 
He found it laying in the grass and gently picked it up and then played with it for about half an hour.
Once the butterfly was done being friendly it flew off.


On Monday Jenny arrived and we spent the morning with the boys and then just before lunch we headed off for a girlie afternoon in the Spa.
Jenny had booked it as a surprise to help cheer me up.

Before we went to the spa we headed off to Sainsbury's to see if I could pick up a new costume, as I had bought one from asos but when I tried it on, I could have cried.
Unfortunately there were no costumes in Sainsbury's so we just ended up getting some lunch and then headed off to the spa.

Pre Spa Lunch.

Once at the spa we changed into our costumes and put on our robes and headed into the waiting room to pick our treatments.
I was wanting to get the raindrop massage but it turned out because I'd had my op only recently I wasn't allowed to have a full massage.

My options were a facial and a manicure or a manicure and a pedicure.
I was more than a little disappointed as I've never been keen on the idea of a facial as I hate anyone touching my face but then I decided if I wanted a little pampering I was going to have to give it ago.
So I decided to try a mini facial and have a manicure.

Before our treatments we hung out in the thermal spa and relaxation room.
We had our treatments in a double room which was nice and to my surprise I actually really enjoyed my facial!
I would definitely have another one!

After the spa we headed out to dinner and it was alright but nothing really special.


After moaning to my mum about how I was getting really upset about seeing everyone's pregnancy announcements and all their gorgeous new babies and thinking that was meant to be me.
(I obviously am really happy for everyone whose expecting but at times it feels like a knife in the heart every time I see a post)
My mum decided to treat me to some new boots.
Her words - 'She can't give me a baby but she can give me new boots!'

They did pick me up and I felt happy walking around in them.
So thanks mum :)


Rupert went off to nursery dressed up as all the leavers were having a Disney dress up week, he wasn't really keen on going but as soon as I told him he could dress up and that Jenny and myself were going to take him he instantly decided that he would go.


While he was at nursery we took the rest of the boys off to Hunstanton to have a go at pirate crazy golf.
We split into two teams, Jenny, Jon and Alex and Myself, Oscar and Noah.
I'm not sure which team won but it was a great way to spend the morning.

Afterwards we headed up to Hunstanton Ice Cream factory and all had an ice cream.


In the evening we had a bit of a games and ice cream night.
We played Trivial Pursuit the 2000s edition and I was all set to lose because Jon usually wins these sorts of games but surprisingly I won!
Which Jon was not too pleased about.


Wednesday

Noah had his first ever audition for something Star Wars related.
He's always liked the idea of going on an audition ever since the twins had one and after seeing his cousin Isla on a few TV adverts.

He's really shy and Ive never really thought it would be something he'd want to do, but when I asked he jumped at the chance and said yes!

I told him to just be himself and not get nervous when he saw the camera.

He did really well, he was only slightly shy and did everything he was asked to do.
He probably won't get the part but he said he really enjoyed himself and would do another audition if he got the chance.


So to treat him we headed into Norwich to find somewhere to eat.
We found Noah's favourite place - Yo Sushi and headed inside to grab some food.


Noah was like a little meerkat peering over at the belt and seeing what he could see.
Every time he got a new plate he did a happy dance.

It was quite nice to just spend time with Noah.
When Noah was little Jenny and I were always taking him on day trips, so it felt just like that.
I really need to make sure I have little outings with just Noah as I'm sure he probably feels a bit left out, specially as Ru takes up a lot of my time.

We all filled our tums and then headed back to the car.


My favourite - Avocado Maki Rolls.

We thought it would be fun to try and get home without the SatNav....we only got a little lost.
It should have taken an hour but it took nearly two.


The boys uniform all turned up and for Ru I decided to try him on some leggings which I got from the girls section.
 I know he won't wear joggers to nursery as he needs trousers to be super tight or he doesn't like the feel so I was pleasantly surprised that he really took to them and has been wearing them ever since!
They're tight and soft, just perfect for him.



I'll have to buy him some more for when the weather starts to turn cold.
I've seen lots of cool ones on Zara and I'm also going to buy him some more Slug & Snails tights as he still tries to fit into his old ones.

The boys pretending to be at a farm on our hay delivery.


Jenny went home on Thursday and we were meant to be heading to my parents on the Friday but because of Jon's back still playing up we were unable to do the journey so to keep the boys happy we headed to Jon's parents to let them play in the pool.