My 4th week in photos


21. Bath time snuggles

22. After school walk by the stream

23. The view from my bedroom window – a little bit of white!

24. Midweek sleepover in mummy’s bed – too much wiggling!

25. The boys’ awards from school taking pride of place on the fridge

26. Walking with the fluffer

27. Gryffin sleeping so peacefully

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13 – Muddy wet dog after our peaceful Sunday walk

14 – Bear making himself a game

15 – Dinosaurs stormed and destroyed the castle – Gryffin was playing

16 – Like father, like son. Bear wanted to be the same as Daddy, Daddy was working, Bear was too teehee!

17 – Relaxing candle lit bath

18 – My beautiful nephew came for a sleepover and crashed on the sofa like this!

19 – Our snow, the most pathetic covering haha!

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week 2 pt 26 – My current favourite hobby, crocheting!

7 – Lola the parrot dog destroying my sofa. If you sit down she’ll move onto your shoulders. She is not normal.

8 – Jigsaw puzzles after school

9 – A handcut paper silhouette of the little people for my mother – handmade gifts are good right?

10 – The giver of light and peaceful nights sleep

11 – Bear is dramatic even when sleeping…

12 – Frost on my blackberry bush – where’s this snow then?

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Good parenting


It’s something I’m clearly not doing well. I seriously think my kids are at times feral, crazy, messy, shouty, violent little beings.

Things I have found myself saying to the boys –

Put the dog down, she is not a scarf

Please get off your brothers head he can’t breathe

No you cannot pee in the garden, I don’t care if the dog does it

You do not tell strangers that they are a poo

Stop pointing at the bald man. It IS normal to be bald, there’s nothing wrong with him (in response to Bear’s cries of ‘Mummy that man has no hair! Mummy, MUMMY WHY DOES HE HAVE NO HAIR???’ – this was while we were sat two rows behind said bald man in the cinema and my dear Bear isn’t exactly quiet)

Pull your trousers up and stop pretending your brother is a toilet

Why are you trying to eat his hair?

Don’t pour your juice into your cereal

My dress is not a tissue, go to the toilet and blow your nose

Stickers go on paper not the dog

If you go outside naked the birds will eat your winkle

I could go on like this forever but people will start to think I’m a worse parent than I actually am, my kids are occasionally unruly hooligans but I’m good with that since they’re so entertaining. Never a dull moment with these two!

A little update

After waiting for a fair few weeks – since I last blogged about it here – Bear finally got an appointment through about speech therapy. Today he and I made our way to the library (no idea why it was in a library) to meet someone for an assessment of the severity of his problem.

We were ushered to a room in the back of the library and there we met a lovely, slightly mad woman. She, after numerous tests – even though it was more like playing with Bear than testing him – declared that although Bear is terribly bright and very advanced in the language that he’s using, he does indeed have a problem with pronouncing letters that use the front of his mouth to make the sound.

She then went on to introduce a few games to Bear to try and encourage him to completely over exaggerate the sounds that he can’t say in order for him to practise moving his mouth in the correct way – I was absolutely howling inside, she looked hilarious and ever so slightly insane – and it worked! It actually worked! Straight off, I was really impressed. Clearly acting like a complete doof with children works! Mr. Tumble eat your heart out!

We were there for around an hour and half in total, she played many different games with Bear asking for me to join in and also went on to suggest activities for me to do with him when we got home. One of which was a silly sound game, she suggested I try it when I’m doing day to day things like shopping – I found myself nodding and smiling while inside I was cringing and thinking that one is ever happening! Shopping is enough of a challenge with two under 5’s that are no longer small enough to shove in buggies or the shopping trolley, tried the latter recently with both of my boys and around 80% of the shopping got smooshed. It’s not a case of embarrassment here though, it’s more like I’ll be acting like a muppet with Bear – this happens daily anyhow – but if I’m just concentrating on Bear then Gryffin will be either shoving the trolley full of  his idea of shopping or running off faster than I can catch him. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Nope, shopping trip silliness will not be happening.

We have plenty of time to play it when he gets back from nursery before we have to pick Gryffin up.

We will be getting a set of cards – the ones that she used with him – and game suggestions sent to us in the post as she told us that although the session today went really well, there is a huge waiting list to get regular appointments to see her or any of her colleagues. By the time something gets sorted, if I’ve made an effort to repeat what she did during the hour and a half I was with her, Bear might not even need to see anyone any longer.  Odd since that’s her job but at least she was honest about the ridiculous waiting list and lets face it, if I can help my boy I will do all that  I can!

An odd sort of day but I’m feeling pretty positive =)

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1. – The birthday boy himself, my beautiful little nephew.

2. – Gryffin and Bear love helping me bake

3. – There is clearly nothing more exciting than playing with playdoh!

4. – A sleepy, lazy Lola.

5. – Gryffin drawing and practising his writing

So there we go! I’m going to post a collage like this each week.

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New Years

New years isn’t just new years to me, I have something more to celebrate.

Today is the 1st birthday of my beautiful little nephew!

He is my only nephew so is therefore the best, he really is an awesome little guy despite the fact he calls me and my sister Titty – we don’t half get some funny looks when in public with that one! He is such a bright little button, I know he will go far.

I wish him all the best with all of my heart and can’t wait to see him tomorrow.

Happy birthday to you my gorgeous little Riley