Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kiddy Update!

All my boys together at Giggles
I honestly don't know where the time goes! This time next month Jack will be 7 years old! How has that happened already? I know I shouldn't be shocked that he is almost 7, he does have 3 younger brothers after all.... but 7!? My first baby is almost SEVEN!

He's doing well though. What ever that blip was at school before Christmas it seems to be over. I think that the school jumping on it straight away and getting our full backing helped. He seems to be back on track now, and he is still really enjoying his jujitsu, swimming, and beaver scouts. There will be a jujitsu grading next month (the day after his birthday in fact) but he wont be going this time. He is already a high enough belt to only need to grade once or twice a year instead of 3-4 times.

Tom is grading next month. He's doing well too in both his jujitsu and his swimming. We seems to be slowly coming out of the fussy food stage at last. He is eating loads more vegetables now, even ones he doesn't like! This is a BIG thing for us! Although we still have issues with him eating anything in a "dark" sauce, like bolognese, cottage pie etc. We'll get there though. I am determined to give these kids a healthy. balanced diet! He has settled in to school well now, making friends and doing well in class. He bumped into one of this school friends when we were out at the weekend and it was lovely to see him play with someone independently of his brothers. It's not something we've seen much of before.

Georgie has no problem making friends wherever he goes, just like Jack at the same age (and now too). I have loved watching him interact with the other kids from his nursery the last few weeks. Many of them have older siblings in school just like he does so they meet up in the school playground before nursery opens. I love how he just goes off and plays, full of fun and confidence. Just lately he has started wanting to use the potty again too, which is brilliant (one step closer to only one kid in nappies?), there are good days and bad days, but the good days are brilliant. On Saturday he went the whole day with dry undies and every wee and poop in the potty!

Freddie is growing up so fast too. He is trying to crawl now. For ages I have been keeping him on my lap while we was awake, or sitting him in his bouncer or bumbo chairs. But he's not been happy sitting all the time, so we let him lay on the floor to play with toys and with his brothers. He has LOVED it! He scoots along on his tummy - usually backwards but my lot all started like that - or rolls front to back to get where he wants. He loves being at the same level as the other boys, and they have enjoyed him coming to play with them. I have to admit that he is still in our bed with us! Haha! He is just such a snugglebum, it's lovely having him tucked up with us - and even when we do move him into the nursery, you just know he'll wind up back in with us when I give him his night feed.

I love these boys. They drive me totally bonkers about 95% of the time.... but they are simply the greatest, best, and most wonderful things in the whole world for me.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Indoors ALL Half Term :(

Well.... we were all ill for a while. Then it was half term and I was full of ideas of things that we could do - including some more fund raising for Barnardo's. But first the car needed it's MOT & Service. I took it in on Mon 16th... didn't get it back for three days and it cost well over £500! On top of that the Tax Credits people still don't think Freddie isn't real and have cut my payment by £300+ for the second month running. SO... we have been flat broke the whole time too.

Half term. We're recovering from nasty colds, the weather is grotty, we have no car and no money. So what did we do? We stayed in! ALL WEEK! Oh, apart from one day when my Mum came to visit and took us to Giggles to stop the kids from going stir crazy. Mostly we played Skylanders. A while back I picked up the Light and Dark expansion packs and stashed them for school holidays. We got the Light pack out (saving Dark for Easter) and worked our way through it. Me and Jack yomped through most of it. Tom had a go with Daddy for a while, and Georgie got all excited about being allowed to swap the toys and traps for us. Freddie just enjoyed the cuddles he got while we played.

So while it was not an ideal "get out and about, get fit, expand our minds" kind of family holiday, we did manage to do something together that we all enjoyed. And it cost nothing! Which is a good job as I was over £800 less well off than I was expecting to be.

They are al back at school and nursery now. And I kind of miss having an excuse to play computer games all ay instead of sorting the laundry, washing the pots, endlessly picking up toys and crayons.... Soon be Easter though!



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

We're all poorly!

Is he poorly, or just not wanting
to be seen out with his
"Daddy Did It" hair cut....?
Gah...! Another reason to dislike winter...! The kids have another "bug". I think Georgie brought it into the house this time. He was sick on Friday night last week. Twice. And too poorly to go out anywhere when Nana came to visit on Saturday. Freddie was out of sorts too although it's hard to tell if he's poorly or just teething.

Then on Monday Jack was sent home from school before lunch time and was also sick twice. It meant that he missed going to Beavers (and getting the badges he's been working for - he'll have to wait until after half term to get them now) and going to the Valentines Disco at school. He was gutted!

Me and Mark have had queasy bellies, I was sick on Thursday night. And Tom was feeling ill last night. He was supposed to be having his Treat Night with Daddy. They were going to go to Pizza Hut, then switched to going for Fish & Chips instead... and then when it came to it he hardly ate a thing and they got a taxi home early. He's even missed his swimming lesson this morning. (Although it might be that he is just dodging being seen in public after Daddy cut his hair - and forgot to put the comb on the clippers for the first stroke... up the middle of his head!)

Freddie is just sleeping so much. He's off his solid food too opting to just have his Mummy Milk (which I am happy enough to provide) - and that means he is up uber early in the mornings. It's a bit draining.....

Oh well. I'm sure I saw someone put on Facebook that it's only 30-odd days till Spring!



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Valentines Treats


I'm a little bit poor at the moment... A combination of unexpected vets bills (the cat's skin condition has flared up) and the Tax Credits people suddenly deciding that Freddie is a figment of my imagination and cutting more than a third of my payment without warning, and the drop in my maternity pay, plus the impending MOT bill (next week - yay!) has left me with a serious dent in my bank account. Right in time for Valentine's Day. Oh, and foolishly we have always had the tradition of my getting stuff for the kids, and them for me.

So this is what I have done this year: As well as buying a couple of (very inexpensive) DVDs Hubby has been wanting, I have made another pan of that Peanut Butter Fudge from the other week. He loved it and wanted more. This time I have topped it with a layer of chocolate and decorated it with "pink chocolate" hearts.

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I made the kids some Valentines Chocolate Bark too and bagged it up with a home-printed lable,


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And I made the kids cards.


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And do you know? The kids are DELIGHTED with what they have, and the Hubby isn't sulking either. So it's all good.

I still feel like I want to spoil my beloved husband though.... I think I might just splash the cash on him a bit once I have some again! After all.... I don't only love him on Valentines Day! And he is very very VERY worth it.



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