Friday, 30 April 2010

Jim's leaving nursery poem

Jim has a hard time at school sometimes, lately though it's been quiet and there have been no problems. He is just about turning a corner and becoming alittle more
grown up.

Last week his class at school visited Hertfordshire University. Jim came home with a light bulb above his head, admittedly it wasn't on 100 watts but I could see it flicker now and then.

He was realising what he wants to be in the future and what he needs to do to get there.

He promptly went upstairs, found a homework sheet about Shakespear that he needed to complete, and filled it in.

Doing homework, Jim has decided, is something he will have to do from now on.
Also trying harder at school is another thing on his list. He has decided he wants to do something in engineering and mechanics. He likes the idea of college and university, he has seen they are grown up environments that he can see himself being part of.

He has come such a long way but I am all too aware that there is soooo much more to tackle yet.. However, we, as a family will be there for him, every step of the way, no matter what life throws at us, Bring it on !! (ok, but not too much just yet, I'm not quite ready)

I found this poem that I wrote for his teachers as he left nursery and went off into Big school. I might modify it and give it to his teachers as he leaves seniors.

I hope you like it....


Jim's Leaving Nursery.......

So, I've had a really smashing time,
Playing all those games,
And singing songs and colouring,
And playing with your trains.

I've had a lovely time at school,
But sometimes I've not been good,
And perhaps I've not quite acted,
The way I really should.

For the times you have been patient,
And listened to me shout,
And for the times I've been quite naughty,
And needed a "time out"

I'd like to say a "Thank you"
For looking after me,
And making sure I'm O K,
In your nursery.

But sometimes I'm really trying,
And hopefully there'll be,
More days that I am better still,
You'll not believe it's me.

You are so nice and helped me,
You accepted me as I am,
Which will help you out in a year or two,
Because next IT'S MY BROTHER, SAM!!!



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Katie is Allergic......

Poor Katie, after coming home from her trip to Burwell house on Wednesday,
she had the party tea and we gave her a gift as a "Welcome home" present.....

Last night she went to bed and cuddled up to said present, she woke this morning with a nice itchy rash. When she laid in the bed and hugged the offending article it was clear that this was the reason for the rash......



It's on both arms, only in the areas exposed to the culprit .....


And is very itchy......



Like Charlotte, she can't use proper soap, she has to use sensitive skin liquid soap, so can be irritated by many things (including brothers).....



So today she has had to have an antihistamine before school for the itching......

Poor little mite.....
I know, she hugged it to her face, only on one side though...
I know you want to see the blaggard who is responsible for this outrage.......



"Hello Kitty", she may look innocent enough with that cute smile and that "butter wouldn't melt" facade, she should be ashamed of herself, but believe me she will be punished....then wrapped in cling film.....






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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Wanderer Returns

KATIE'S HOME ........




Here she is with Jim and Sam after school today, they arrived home for 3:15pm and was on the playground with her fellow travellers and teachers when the parents arrived to collect them.

She squealed when she saw Jim and I, then there was a re-enactment of the trains station scene in "The Railway Children", Except it was "Mummy, My Mummy"
"Katie, My Katie".......


And who can go away for three whole days and two whole nights without a party tea to come back to........(any excuse will do for cake)


Katie was very happy to see the party tea, and even more so that Nanny and Uncle Kevin came too....

Even though sometimes they fight like cats and dogs, they love each other really.....


Talking of love, Charlotte dedicated her whole evening to making Katie a welcome home cake (like I said, any excuse for cake). Her first attempt was not so good.
Mostly because she mistook the measurements of baking powder and instead of teaspoons she used table spoons. Also she wanted it to rise well, so instead of one teaspoon of baking powder she thought she'd put in three.... (tablespoons).
So with nine, I repeat NINE teaspoons of baking powder in the first attempt, this is what happened, it just fell apart.......(I didn't laugh)


Because Charlotte loves her little sister really, she made another cake and stayed up until gone ten o'clock to finish it last night...

And it was lovely............




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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Words of love...

Sometimes when the children come home from school, well actually most times,
I have made their bed and had a quick tidy up in their rooms, just to keep on top...

They do most of the tidying but on a week day, to come home and find the bed made and the floor clear helps them to keep it tidy. Then they can them concentrate on homework and any other chores they might have.

Now and then I "set up" things in their room to make them laugh like putting hats or sunglasses on their teddies, making dolls ride on the back of dinosaurs, having a Lego man in a Lego house with the sign "let me out!!", you get the idea.

Most times I like to leave them a note to tell them I love them or that I missed them today.....

This one is for Jim, yesterday however she was holding a jelly baby
(the squashed one in the background)..

The note reads " I love you Jim, love Mum"






This one is for Charlotte, Davey Jones's note reads " I have missed you today x"


This is for Sam and it reads " I love you Sam, love Mum"



And for when Katie comes home, This reads "OK, I am not happy about this !!"...


No one said it had to be serious.......



Monday, 26 April 2010

Katie goes away today..

Katie has gone on her trip, last night she almost had a change of heart and didn't want to go.

We talked about what a great time she was going to have, no school for three days, being with her friends and how they might need her because they might feel that they miss home, how we all need her to come back and tell us all about the great time she had. She felt better and was off to sleep in no time.



This was at 8am this morning and she was all ready to go.

Charlotte and Jim had already gone by now but they both gave her a hug and a kiss. Charlotte allowed Katie to kiss her on the cheek. Jim couldn't stop hugging her and kissing his little sister, he told her she would have a lovely time and to be good....
Charlotte however said "You can only come back if you've had a good time".
Does that mean if she had a bad time she has to stay ???
She loves her in her own way I suppose....






As we left they wanted me to take their picture, what is it with children and pulling faces????








And then they wanted to do a silly one.........





So we went to school and at 9:15 the coach had arrived and the children were counted. We trundled off to the coach.





Across the playground...








The bus driver loaded the bags and in no time they were in their seats and ready to go. It was a very smooth operation, no time for children to change their minds and no one cryed, (children I mean).

They sat for only about 2 minutes before the driver started the engine and we all waved frantically.

Just enough time to do sign language of "I love you" and "I think you stink" by pointing to your eye-head-the person-and they waving your had like something smells.





So a last wave and off she went....




That is Katie, hands in the air like a hooligan.

As soon as the children saw me this afternoon after school, Charlotte, Jim and Sam all asked if she went OK and said that they missed her already.

I hope she has a lovely time.....

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Packed and ready to go....

Katie is going on her first school trip tomorrow, she is going with her school friends and teachers to Burwell house, Cambridgeshire. Tomorrow they will leave at 9:30am and won't be home until Wednesday at 3:15........

Admittedly she looks as though she has already been on holiday as she has caught the sun.

Katie has now packed and is ready to go, this evening she has had a bath, hair wash and is going to get an early night..

I am going to miss her like crazy, she is such a lovely girl and so grown up even at the age of nine. I'm sure she will have a lovely time and hopefully have lots to tell us about her time away..




Also today we have a newly constructed "Rabbit Harem" well kind of.... this is in an attempt to shade the bunnies further from the sun, they have lots of brightness but don't like the full sun on themselves. I hope it is enough, it does look posh though.


Also today Charlotte made some beautiful banana cake, but It has all gone as I type this evening, they couldn't even wait until it had cooled down before they gobbled it all up...



This is the mixture with the mashed bananas, it's funny but first, when you bake with children, you bake and they "help"........

When they get better at it and older, they bake and you help..........


And when they are making Banana cake, they do it all, and they won't let you help!!!!

I felt so sorry for these bananas, but they fulfilled their dream to become the best Banana cake ever!!!!




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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Polymorphic Light Eruption...

Since going back to school last week Charlotte has been very itchy and has developed a rash that is lumpy on her face, neck, forearms and backs of the hands. We thought it could be some thing she ate, new soap, different soap powder, anything that she used or ate that was different but we came up with nothing.
Even as a small child, she has always had sensitive skin, so finds that soaps and creams always irritate her skin. This time the rash was only on the areas of skin that were exposed to the sun. It had been getting worse as the week went on so we popped along to the doctors.
She has Polymorphic Light Eruption, it's not too serious and should clear up with the help of a steroid cream and antihistamines. She was advised also to keep out of the sun if possible or at least to cover up. It could reoccur or subside as the summer progresses, we will wait and see.
I saw her playing in the sandpit by herself, under the parasol today and thought she looked very sad, bless her xx


However, she is totally not bothered and is quite happy that she has "a condition" that has such a cool name, I think she can't wait to tell the kids at school that she must stay out of the sun, (like a vampire) but is glad that she doesn't glisten like that bloke out of Twilight..

So, apart from Charlotte's Vampireism, the garden is looking better and last month, along with the sand/vegetable pit, I ordered a parasol, gazebo (for the rabbits) and a few other odds and ends for the garden. This area is just outside the back door and it's nice to sit here under the shade. We have a south facing garden and little shade so the parasol is lovely and makes such a difference.



Here are some of the sweet peas and dahlias that have grown, next to this pot is the sweet peppers and chillies.



Last month I ordered some strawberry plugs and they turned up in a plastic bag and in a box all tied together. The roots looked OK but the plants themselves looked as though they had died. I washed them the best I could and separated them. They sat in a jug of water for a hour whilst I prepared somewhere for them to live. They now live in an old rabbit hutch and this is them a month later. They look much better.



And finally, the council have been recycling more and are now taking plastic and food waste. We are able to recycle food waste, cans and tins, paper, cardboard, glass, garden waste and now plastic. I collect the food waste in a pot and at the end of the day wrap it in a piece of newspaper and put it into the brown wheelie bin. We have gone from having 7 or 8 bags of rubbish a week to just 2, how good is that?


I know this is gross but I wanted to share with you my food castle....Yuck...








Friday, 23 April 2010

Sam is a mermaid...

During the half term break the weather has been sunny and getting warmer by the day so obviously the children are now wanting to play out more. I thought this year for a change they would like a sand pit. At the moment it's not quite warm enough for the paddling pool. I looked at the sand pits in the argos book and they are all quite expensive, not to be out done, I thought of making my own but the wood we have would not be quite good enough for what I wanted...

Then I noticed a vegetable patch that you put together yourself. My cunning plan began to take shape and once Charlotte and I had learnt how to skilfully wield the power drill, in no time we had assembled our sand pit.. That is how Sam became a mermaid....


Don't they look proud of their creation......





The sand pit had been in use for as long as it took me to go and get the camera and they were all in it, they decided on a boys side and a girls side...



Whilst they played I did washing... yay what fun... !!


So... Back to the garden, here is a squash that is trying to grow, she is now an orphan and an only child as Jim, thinking he is Pele, played football and managed to wipe out her entire family....




As promised, here are my potatoes that are growing bonkers, I must keep filling them up with dirt so that the roots can keep growing and make potatoes for our tea..
There are three different types but I have no idea which is which as the bags had no labels on them. So we will just wait and see what they are.



And finally, Charlotte and I made a scarecrow, but it doesn't work because later two fat pigeons came and sat on the fence and didn't seem in the least bit bothered and a black bird jumped all across the vegetable patch and didn't even look at the scarecrow.
When we made it I kept laughing and mucking around, for some reason I had the giggles, anyway Charlotte didn't think it was funny and she said if I didn't behave she would send me in....



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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Well it's about time.....

After the winters months of cold and snow and dark, I can now emerge from my hibernation into the sunlight and begin to re-awaken in the warmth of the sun.......Actually after many months of writers block I have now moved said
"blockage" and feel much better for it...

Do I start where I left off ? Do I continue as if nothing has happened ?.....
I'll try to fill in some of the gaps as I go.. I think that's best, don't you?...

So, Spring...... Well I wanted to do better in the garden this year so Katie and I fixed the green house. After the heavy snow the green house was looking a bit forlorn so it needed a make over with some cloth tape...which is very strong and sticky, a word of advice, do not try using it when it is windy because it likes to stick itself to you, and don't do it with a nine year old child who thinks that it's funny !!!



Next, I found some willing volunteers to help plant seeds, they were treated well and were paid with cups of tea...



And then, as if by magic, The seeds grew....




So far we have beans, sweetcorn, chillies, which I have accidentally mixed with the sweet peppers, (note to self -must label better) dahlias, sweet peas, tomatoes, squash (two of which Jim has killed with his football) and carrots.


And Potatoes.... this is the bag in which they have started in, once they had chitted.
I will update with the new pictures of them because they have gone bonkers and grown very, very fast....




These are the chitted potatoes ready to grow...
I will update tomorrow because I have to go up the school and get the children, I will tell you more of our tales, about recycling, our garden, Charlotte's laptop and Katie is going on a trip soon so there is lots to tell.