Sunday, 30 December 2012

Silent Sunday


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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Water Baby

I will start by hoping that you have all survived Christmas, better than we have here. All 3 boys and myself have been unwell, with a variety of things. Monkey and Worm started it all off with Hand foot and mouth, which then turned into coughs and colds. Beanie was sent home on the last day of term with swollen glands and a sore throat, which has progressed to another snot fest, cough and sleepless nights. And I have just snivelled a bit!

The title today is about Worm, my water phobic boy!

Well I say water phobic, if you put him on the beach, he is first in, clothes and all, he loves the sea, the waves, the pools. But at home it's a different kettle of fish.

Put him in the bathroom and he screams, runs away, turn on the tap on the bath and it's a full blown tantrum. It got to the point where bathing him was just too stressful and so.....I didn't. He'd have the occasional strip wash but that would be it, too stressful for both of us.  And then it got to the point where he was just so dirty, that something had to be done. If I am honest, I don't have the energy to battle him and bathe him on my own, it takes everything out of me in every way. But I knew we had to combat this.
So this Christmas holiday has been a battle for both of us, with his baths and with his sleep. But mummy is winning. (I won't say 'won' yet just in case!)

We started off with him watching the other two in the bath, letting him get his clothes wet as he splashed and played. We tried to get him in with one of them but NO cue tantrum!
So next day we (that's moors-daddy too) ran about an inch of water and played, splashed etc etc, but No cue tantrum! We then emptied all the toys out of the toy box and put a small amount of water in there. He eventually got in and played, getting me and MD wet. He wasn't there long but it was progress.  A few days later we tried the bath again, an inch of water. He allowed us to put him in, he played, splashed and threw wets toys at us and laughed. The water did not go over his ankles, he wouldn't sit down, but again progress.
The next time he watched Beanie and tried to climb in fully clothes, I stripped him off and got him in (deeper water) and again he played and splashed but wouldn't sit down. A bit more progress. A bit more confident.
The next one, a little less water and he washed himself with his hungry caterpillar sponge, still stood up!!
Today a break though. Both Beanie and Monkey had been bathed beforehand. He had watched and splashed water over most of the bathroom. He let me put him in. He stood up and played and then I asked if he could put his knees in, he did, and then I asked if he could sit in it and yes he did that too. He played with the jug and his sponge. He washed himself and splashed and stayed in there for quite some time. PROGRESS. He even pulled the plug and sat there until all the water had gone!
Now we just have to work on hair washing!!

As for his sleeping, this holiday my baby has become a big boy. Not once has he fallen asleep on the sofa. Every night he has gone up to his bed, brushed his teeth and snuggled down. I have sat with him most nights, but tonight I have walked out and left him awake and I have heard nothing. He still wakes in the night, usually now just once, and some times he finds his own way up to us and others he just has a sip of milk, rolls over and goes straight back to sleep. I haven't sat on the bedroom floor at all, let alone for an hour and a half. My baby is finally growing up!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Birthdays and Christmas

Today was Beanie's ninth birthday and I have spent the day building Lego. Last night we had 15 children for a pizza and movie party which started off quite manic but calmed once they were watching Ice Age 4. Beanie had one friend stay the night, both sleeping in the spare bed, asleep at 10pm and up at half seven. Where do they get their energy?
As for Christmas, this year I am struggling a bit. I don't feel at all festive and even with the decorations up and the excitement growing within the boys, I am struggling to find the energy or motivation. Moors daddy has Christmas eve and day off this year (the first time in a while) and so I sincerely hope that I find a little Christmas spirit soon. I think just general ill health (RA) and the fatigue that accompanies it is just making everything a little harder this year!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

It's lovely when they play nicely together!
Add your caption to the picture below and then pop on over to 
Mammasaurus to check out the others for this week.


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

New Blog

I have been working on a new blog.

I know I don't manage this one that well but.....

I thought I needed to write this one. It follows my symptoms and diagnosis, appointments and everything else to do with Rheumatoid arthritis.

Check it out at www.ra-adventures.blogspot.com

Thursday, 15 November 2012

ARGH!

Bloody NHS.

I have my rheumatology appointment.

It came today in the post.

At first I thought great that's fab, next week, and then I double checked, nope.....

January 2013.

Are they serious?

I have to wait another two months, before I get seen.

I am currently signed off work.

Exhausted and in pain every day.

I am taking my meds daily now, which I do not like, and they are only anti inflammatorys.

I need to get to see them soon, so I know what is going on and how I can improve my life.

It is so depressing being in pain every day.

I struggle to hold my cup of tea!

My mood is probably the lowest it has ever been.

ARGH! So peed off!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Well half term was rather wet wasn't it?
So what did we do, well we played indoors.
Here is my picture for this week.
Just add your caption below and then pop on over to Mammasaurus and check out the others.





Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rheumatologists.

Having mentioned the other day that I was still waiting to hear from the hospital in reference to my referral, today I received a lovely letter from my GP, apologising for the delay.
Apparently she thought she had done it 'prior to her taking leave' and that obviously it hadn't been sent. So she had done it again and that I should hear in the next few days!

So I wonder what happens next.
Part of me is eager to get on with it.
Part of me doesn't want to know.
I know that it will get worse.
The pain at the moment is bearable (most of the time).
I try not to think about it and I don't tell moors-daddy how much it hurts.
Things you take for granted.......
Today I filled the car up with diesel, pulling the trigger on the pump caused pain in my wrist and thumb, using a tin opener, writing, typing, pushing the pram. I know I can take my medication that I have already been prescribed, but I hate taking medication. Though sometimes I have no choice.
I'm 35.
I don't want this to affect my life, the choices I make, my time with the boys.
But as time goes on, I know I will have to adapt things, make changes.
For the time though, I wait and see what is said.......

Sunday, 28 October 2012

For the Love of...........

.......Seth Lakeman.

Who?

Have you never heard of him?..........

...........Really?

Okay, so he's not everyone's cup of tea but he is very well known around these parts.

He is a folk singer, probably the country's best (in my opinion at least) and is from an extremely talented, musical family, who just happen to live not far from me.

Well, as I said Seth is well known around these parts and as a teenager went to our local community school where he played violin, very well. This is obviously big news in our house, as Beanie has now been playing for two years and wants to be like Seth Lakeman. (He doesn't realise yet just how much he needs to practice but hopefully that will come soon).

A few months ago I was browsing Facebook when I noticed that Seth was touring in October. I checked out his website and saw that for the last night of his tour he was playing in Plymouth, so I decided that we would go and see him. We bought three tickets, one for me, one for moors-daddy and one for Beanie, but decided that we wouldn't tell Beanie and that it would be a big surprise as well as a very late night.

We had managed to keep the secret for a couple of months. All the grandparents were in on it. The little two were dropped off at the in-laws and we headed into Plymouth. He knew we were going to the theatre, but he thought we were seeing the ballet and that nanny was coming with us. He didn't question our where abouts until we were parked in the car park. Then we showed him the tickets. His face an absolute picture!  We had booked dinner for the three of us at a restaurant and then went on to the Theatre Royal.

What can I say about the performance. It started with Seth's brother Sean and his wife, Kathryn Roberts, who were amazing in their own right. Her voice, absolutely stunning. His guitar playing out of this world. As moors-daddy and I sat, we could feel our chairs jiggling! Beanie bouncing up and down, feet tapping away on the floor.
Then Seth and the band came on, Beanie was sat upright, waiting eagerly in anticipation. If you like toe tapping music, his has that about it, you just can't stop. He is amazing and very talented and as Beanie pointed out they all play more than one instrument! His drummer (Cormac Byrne) is himself a fantastic musician, who I wish Monkey could see (our wannabe drummer). I could have watched him all evening on his own. But Seth has something very unique about him. Beanie just couldn't sit still, his legs were bopping up and down, his hands must have hurt, his clapping perfectly in time. He loved every minute. His smile huge. And then Seth played Beanie's favourite song, 'Kitty Jay'. his violin playing awe inspiring. Beanie's eyes were huge, full of pure delight. Mine and Beanie's legs and hands hurt from, just not sitting still and clapping to nearly every song.


"It's the best night ever, mummy"

We got home at 10:45pm, Beanie asleep in the back of the car. 

Whilst we were at the theatre, we bought Seth's latest album 'Tales from The Barrel House' recorded at Morwellham Quay, a couple of miles away, and it has been on all day today.  As for Seth, well he and his wife live about 150 yards away from our house, we pass it every day on our way to school, and we have seen them numerous times walking their dog on the down. Hopefully Beanie will have the confidence to talk to him next time he sees him up there and to tell him how much he enjoyed watching him. It was an amazing evening and if you ever get the chance to see him I strongly recommend it, you really won't be disappointed!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Down and Out.....

Some days are just so bad........ and today has been one of them.

Most of the times  I love my job, what I do and the kids I teach, other days I just want to walk right out of that school.  Why do teenagers have to be such hard work?

Days like this I hate, they put me into such a bad mood and a negative frame of mind. I have often thought about doing other (less stressful) jobs, but can never come up with anything that appeals, or that I am qualified for.

On days like these when my mood drops, I doubt my ability to do many things. Teach, parent and blog. I know that I am in the wrong frame of mind to think seriously about anything, but I also know that every little thing will get to me.

I think I am a crap teacher, I think my blog is shite, I think I don't spend enough quality time with the boys. I know it's not true, and some of my lovely year 11 girls have told me that today too. Those girls make me realise why I teach.

As for my blog, it's going one way, and that's down hill. I really struggle with my time, I have so much to do and just no time, I am working, trying hard to blog as well as get my head around my Masters, which three weeks In I am already struggling with (time -again) Part of me just wants to totally give up, never to return to it, part of me wants to delete all the posts and start again. Part of me wants to start totally afresh - try again, see if I can get it right.

I don't know what to do.

And of top of it all I am still waiting for my appointment with the rheumatology department about my arthritis.  My hands, wrists and fingers this week  have been very painful and writing and typing have been hard to do. I guess playing Netball with my year 11's on Monday wasn't my brightest of ideas!


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Moors - Pew Tor

Last weekend, moors-daddy was on the day shift, which meant that it was just me and the boys again.  I have tried to get them out and about a bit more, especially since Worm is now well established on his feet and is capable of walking as far as Monkey (if not further!) So even though I was alone with them I was determined that we would venture out onto the moors.
The last time we went up a tor, Beanie was little and Monkey and Worm hadn't even been thought about! Not far from where we live is a lovely little tor, that has a good footpath up to the top, and so in my madness and the grey skies, I decided that I would take all 3 of them and the dog for an afternoon walk.

So we went to the top of Pew Tor. Monkey and Worm walked, all the way (though Monkey did moan that his legs were tired as soon as we got out of the car!) But I was determined.

And here is the proof!!










One of the lovely thing about Dartmoor, is that scattered over the many tors are Letterboxes, rubber stamps put out by individuals and groups. They hide them under rocks on the tors, and there are clue books that can be bought, but if you know where to look, you are almost guaranteed to find one! It is great for encouraging and motivating the kids to walk. And yes we did find two, one had lost the stamp (more likely to have been taken by people who don't fully understand what it is all about, as so many seem to be these days) and another that was obviously originally a Letterbox, but that had morphed more into a Geocache. There were lots of goodies in the box to be taken, but we had nothing to leave, so printed out the stamp and left the treasure for the next people!
The boys loved the afternoon, and even though we weren't up there for long (about an hour and a half), they were so pleased about being out, that on our return to the car, when asked if they wanted to do it again their reply came very quickly in the form of 
"Yes, next week!"

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

It only takes ONE MUM



The “It Only Takes ONEMum” Meme
Seasider in the City, Claire, thought as a light-hearted way of getting everyone involved we could do something fun. It’s pretty simple and shouldn’t take too long. In an acronym stylee (if you know the actual word let me know!) take the letters of ONEMums (or ONEMoms) and create phrases or just words that sum up being a mum for you.
You can be as serious or witty as you like. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you add the link to sign up for ONE to your post and then add yourself to the linky on Seasider in the city's blog. Spread the word and encourage others to join in.


SO HERE'S MINE! It's not great but.....
Only 3!
No more.
Every one of them special but
Mummy needs some "me time!"
Unsure of when that will happen, so instead we will share
Magical moments together, that create
Special memories.

Elly x

Our Summer (Post 2)

So what else did we get up to this summer. Well in amongst all the rain that we had we had agreed to go to the Okehampton Show with our friends @katebray24 and baby Noah. We had planned it for a while, but the weather had been pants and the thought of going in the pouring rain, was some what unbearable.  But on the day itself, the weather turned out to be fine.  We had packed a lunch and the changing bag and had left Tavistock at around 10:30am. We drove up to Okehampton and joined the queue waiting to get into the show ground. I love agricultural shows, the diversity of the animals and exhibits that are on show never cease to amaze me and this one was no different, but first we had to get into it, and that in itself was problematic. As I drove the 'van' into the car park (aka field) my wheels started to spin, I stopped twice, unsure of whether I'd get it going again, but I did, I am still not sure how, but I managed to get it into a space. I had clear visions of getting well and truly stuck and being towed out, before I had even gotten into the main show area.
We waited for Kate and Noah, and I unloaded the car, the bags and the double buggy. We don't use the double buggy very often now, Monkey is getting better on his feet but I knew that a full day at the show, would leave him exhausted and that at some point he would collapse into the pram for a sleep.
We started off looking at the cattle. Some beautiful cows and bulls and calves for the boys to look at.  Some tiny and cute and the boys aahhhed at them, some so huge they didn't want to go near them! Worm's reaction was by far the strangest, obviously not accustomed to cattle and some what in awe of them he spent most of his time in the cattle area in tears, crying, I think because they were just so big and scary!
We walked around to see the horses next, most of them in the ring, jumping and galloping around, we had a look at the trade stands, before heading off to the WI tent, where we admired the crafts and vegetables, thinking we could do just as well and maybe next year we will enter! (Yeah right!) We saw sheep, lots of sheep, and Worm had chilled a bit by then and was willing to get out and stroke every one with his brothers. We saw goats, pygmy and big ones, and pigs too. Whilst Beanie and Monkey stood admiring the piglets, Monkey nearly got squished by a rather large mummy pig and he was far from impressed! We went into the rabbit tent and Beanie went into a very crowded poultry tent with the camera (there was no way the double buggy would fit in there!) We admired more crafts and looked at lovely looking food, but do you know we were so well behaved and didn't spend any money, though I could have quite easily! We had our picnic outside the goat tent, the boys devouring pretty much everything that was packed.
At the end of the day Beanie wanted to watch the ferret racing, which we did, both little ones were, by this time, fast asleep as predicted and whilst we were watching the ferret racing I received a phone call to meet up with moors daddy who had come to patrol the show. So we met up with our policeman, much to Beanie's delight. And we even treated him to an ice cream!
We were there from 11am -4:30pm, a long day that tired us all out but that was an amazing experience for the boys and one that we will be repeating next year (if the sun shines!)
Oh and getting out of the parking field was uneventful, by the time we left the organisers had put bark chippings all over the soggy bits!!

Elly xx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Shocked.

(Again, I am struggling to get onto the blog. Having just signed up and ready to start the second module of my masters, time is a premium!!)

Yesterday I had a phone call from my mum. My dad's side of the family have had a tough 12 months. My dad's cousin was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and went down hill fast. His wife has just sold their house and is moving up country to be nearer her children but that leaves her mother in law (my Great Aunt, in her 90's and amazing!) down here. My Great Aunt has another son who lives locally but was never as close as she was to the one who passed away last year. Yesterday's phone call was to say that my dad's other cousin's wife had gone to the doctor last week with chest pains and stomach cramps, was referred straight to the hospital and things weren't looking to good. My great Aunt, understandably was upset, but coping.
Tonight as I attempted to bath Worm, the phone rang. My mum again to say that this lady had died today. It is hard to believe that a fortnight ago, she knew nothing was wrong, to then be told that she was ill and that it was cancer and then a fortnight later she would be dead, is quite a shock. She is roughly the same age as my parents, and I think that is what shocks me most. That  now two people of their generation have died in the past 12 months. I know it is inevitable, but it is not something that I really want to think about, but I guess in a way it makes me appreciate what I have and what is to come a bit more.
The saying 'live each day like it's your last' means just a little bit more.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Oh Hello again, this is a picture of Beanie during 
the sack race at the Beach House's Sports Day.
Just add your caption and then pop on over 
to Mammasaurus to check out the others.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

End of the summer.

When I was a child I spent every school summer holiday at the beach house. I realise I am extremely lucky to have had that house in my life, my brother and I experienced an amount of freedom that most children these days could only dream about. From a young age (8/9) my parents left me and my older brother on our own as they went to work. We weren't entirely on our own, we had family and friends all around us and we would get ourselves up in the morning and have our cereal before heading down to my nan's beach house for a second breakfast! At lunchtime we would go to our other nan's for lunch and in between we would be out on the cliff playing with our friends and cousins. We were allowed on the beach, unlifeguarded in those days, and our only rule was, that we were only allowed in the sea if an adult was with us! We could spot an adult a mile off! It was usually my aunty or dad's cousin, and I can remember being in very rough seas jumping waves and being pulled under and out but constantly going back for more.

We were always taught to respect the sea, and I would never fight it, it always wins. But we had great times. Now I have my three I am slightly more cautious, but want them to have the same respect as well as being able to look after themselves. Beanie has had swimming lessons since he was 3, and is still going every week, is currently on stage 6 and has got his 1000m badge. He is no natural, more a sinker that a swimmer, but tries so hard and is making progress. Monkey started his first lesson on Saturday. He will probably achieve more, more quickly, and has a lot more confidence in the water than Beanie ever did. They both love the beach, both body board well, and love spending time at the beach house with their grandparents and their cousins. Beanie has spent most of the summer there. His wet suit tan lines, a tell tale sign!
This year we have done something different for the children, a first for them, but something we always used to do when we were children.

The end of summer bonfire and BBQ on the beach.

The children have been hiding wood on the beach all summer, every bit of drift wood that has been washed up in the last six weeks, has been stashed away. Hidden out of sight! All the cousins (except 1) were there. Aged from 1 - 12. We went down at 6pm, the tide out but coming in. The beach.....busy! Other people doing the same. We went over to 'our beach', and the children started bringing the wood down from the hiding place! Grandad built the bonfire, the granny's (my mum and aunt) set to work on the BBQ's (disposable). When everything was lit the children went for a swim, the sun setting in the distance. When they were cold they came out, got warm by the bonfire and ate their sausages and beefburgers with a touch of sand! Afterwards they toasted marshmallows!  They loved it, well the older ones, the little ones got tired and wanted their milk and beds. It was great and having not done it for so long, we know that it will become an annual event. You can tell we haven't done it for a while. We forgot a few essentials -  the jumpers and hot chocolate but the boys still loved it!

Elly xx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Monkey turns 4!

I can't believe how quick this year has gone by. It really does only seem like days ago we were celebrating Monkey's 3rd birthday and yet here we were on Friday celebrating his 4th.

On becoming 4 things have changed a bit for Monkey. On his birthday he returned to nursery, but through out the holiday we have been preparing him for the fact that none of his friends will be with him any more, as they have all moved on up to 'big school'. Monkey was at first very upset. We had sent out his birthday invitations back in July, knowing that all his friends would be at school and not nursery and so would be difficult to contact. Nursery is strange, I guess because I never really do the school run, but also because of their flexibility on what time you start and finish, you never really see other parents. I was hoping that some of his friends would come to 'birthday tea', but four weeks into the holiday I had had no replies!

His first day back went well, his teachers aware of how lonely he would be, they allowed him to take his new Microscooter in with him and he got to ride it around the green room to show the other children. They sang to him and gave him a card and sweeties! He played with a "new Noah"!

In the evening, three of his friends arrived (their parents had gotten back to me eventually) and they played out in the garden in the sunshine, before having tea and cake. We had managed to find a Fireman Sam cake for him so he was very happy. He got lots of (big boy) Lego (Fire engines/stations etc of course!) that he and Beanie have very happily been playing together with, no arguments or anything.  He had a great day but as is always expected was tired and grumpy on Saturday.

He had a great day and in all the rush of me working, rushing home and getting things organised, I forgot to get the camera out and take any pictures of him (bad mother!) I'll have to get some of him on his scooter!!

Elly xx

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Oh it's been while since I joined in with this, 
but I am sure you remember what to do.
Just add your caption to the picture below.


then when you have done this one,
 just pop on over to Mammasaurus and check out the rest.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Our Summer (post 1)

So now that I am blogging, as I have my new laptop, I can finally catch up on what we have done over the summer holidays.
If I am honest we have seen little of Beanie, he has spent nearly all of the holiday at the beach house with my parents, spending every day on the beach, no matter what the weather, playing with his cousins and being allowed an amount of freedom that most children these days will never experience. He has returned home a few times, for a promised bike ride with myself and moors-daddy, the Okehampton Show and to do his homework (making a Roman shield), and to get his feet measured and get his hair cut ready for school.

The first week of the holiday was amazing, and believe it or not, the sun did shine here in Devon for that first week. |We thought our luck was in, and that it would be like that all summer, we were kidding ourselves....
The boys were all home for that first week. The paddling pool came out, they were outside every day and we had promised Beanie, that on the Wednesday, when the little two were at Granny and Grandads that moors-daddy and I would take him on a bike ride.  He is not confident on a bike, and has only ever done one big bike ride before, but did very well and gained confidence big time. We had told him we would cycle the old railway track from Princetown, along past Yellowmead Farm, around Foggintor Quarry (the granite from which was used to make Nelson's Column and parts of London Bridge) and around King's Tor.

We set off from the car park at the entrance to Yellowmead farm, and cycled towards the quarry. Beanie struggled. The track was very bumpy, uneven and it was such a hot day. We stopped regularly for drinks, but he tired quickly. The massive puddle caused for a bit of light-heartedness. Beanie falling off his bike and landing in it, getting his feet wet, which didn't help with the motivation to continue with the ride, and mummy being dared to ride through it (without falling off I hasten to add!) We rode around the quarry and along the railway towards Princetown. We reached the little bridge before turning around and heading back.  The worst bit for me was having to cycle past a large number of army men training by the quarry, with me wearing shorts and a strappy top, more skin on show than there has been in years - head down and carry on riding!! We returned to the car and moors-daddy headed off to Pork Hill car park on his bike whilst, Beanie and I loaded our bikes into the car. We gave moors-daddy a bit of a head start and then set off, passing him coming up the hill from Merrivale. We meet him in the car park, where we had an ice cream before heading back home.

Elly xx

Monday, 3 September 2012

It has arrived......!



So now I have no excuse.
Today I had to return to work.
A day with no children, so bearable. Lots of talking, listening and coffee, too much coffee!
But when I returned home, there was a parcel waiting for me in the hall.
Oh it's so lovely.
It's blue, it's small and it's all mine.
So blogging here I come again!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

The end of summer.....

Did it ever really happen?

Summer that is.
Did I blink and miss it.
Why do those six weeks go so fast. (Though I know there will be some of you out there who have been waiting for the end of this holiday for a long long time.....5 weeks perhaps!)
It seems like yesterday I was at work saying goodbye to those that were leaving and moving on to pastures new.
And yet here I am with that Sunday night feeling.
Back to the alarm going off at stupid o'clock. Back to the commute, Back to trying to remember who is looking after my kids and where they are! Back to rushed mornings, stressful evenings and yet even less time to myself.
Why does it fly by?
So tomorrow marks the start of the new school year.
New pupils to get to know, names to remember.

This term for me is probably my favourite.
We have two of the boys birthdays, Monkey's is on Friday and Beanie's the week before Christmas. We have Christmas plays, parties and concerts.
I love the fact that as soon as Monkey's birthday is over, we start planning Christmas, and I love Christmas. In fact I love winter, fires lit, warm and cosy whilst it's cold and dark outside. The possibility of snow (snow days!:) )

I am also going to get stuck into the second module of my masters. I started it when Worm was born, but struggled with his lack of sleep and my lack of 'work time', and even though he isn't much better I need to get on with it, or else I will never finish it.

So a lot is happening, and I am determined to get back to the blog. I have so much to write about from the summer holiday and the things we have got up to. Oh and my laptop hasn't turned up, it is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. ( I am on moors-daddy's and he is getting ready to go to work and all the boys are at my parents as they don't go back to school until the end of the week, a night to myself!)

So to the new term....... let's hope it's a good one and that all the children settle quickly back into routine etc etc. (and the teachers too!!)

Elly xx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Getting back to it...

I've been away a while.
There have been issues.
Issues regarding when I have time to sit down and get on the computer!
To say moors-daddy hogs it is an understatement!
I know he is using it for work, working on the websites and apps but even the boys refer to it as daddy's computer.
Something had to be done.
Something drastic.
So, I have broken the Pink pot.
I have counted all my money.
And I have gone and ordered my self my own laptop.
I am excited, that I can get back to blogging, and now there will be no waiting for moors-daddy to get off the computer. I can blog as much as I want.
I am hoping it turns up tomorrow, but it should be here by Monday at the latest.
Blog here I come.
Moors-mummy is back.
(and with lots to share!)

Elly xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Struggling

I am really struggling at the moment and I am desperate to get back on the blog but just do not have the time to do it.
I am trying to get the boys out and about as much as possible this holiday but the weather isn't the best, and we are loving watching the Olympic Games, even the little two have gotten excited when 'our team' wins!
I will get back to it soon, I promise....

Enjoy the rest of the holiday!

Elly x

Friday, 20 July 2012

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4.

You must have heard of this by now. Earlier in the year the National Trust released an article that stated 50 things a child should have done before they are 11 and 3/4.
When I first saw the list I was a little shocked that some very simple activities are on it, but then I remember some of the kids I teach have never left Cornwall and so there must be children out there who do not get to experience what I would consider basic childhood activities.
I have looked at the list many times now and I know that there are some on there that I can already tick off for Beanie but also a lot that he hasn't done.
I have registered him onto the website, where he can tick off the activities that he has done and we can see what is on in the local National Trust properties over the summer. Some have specific '50 things to do' activities put on for the children, other just list what activities can be done at which property. He can apparently earn badges....but I will need to look into that a bit more.
So my plan....
Now that I know I can take all three out for the day on my own I am planning to tick off the majority of those '50 things' over the summer holiday. I will blog about them/ photograph them and at the end of the summer will add a link so you can join in. Let's see how many of them we can accomplish. Some we will not be able to do, i.e. throwing some snow, though with this weather who knows what will happen!
How many of the things on the list have you done?

So keep your eyes open and watch out for our first accomplishment!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Baker Boys - Apple and Cinnamon Cake

It has to be said that this is one of moors-daddy's favourites and so because we hadn't really thought much about Father's Day back in June and also because he was on early that day we decided we would make it for him.
It's my kind of recipe. 
Chuck it all in and mix it up and cook it!
So to start with measure out 8oz of self raising flour


4oz of butter.


4oz of castor sugar


2 eggs and a splash of milk, if required.


2 large cooking apples, skinned and cored.


and then put it all in the mixer and mix it up.


add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,


and mix it altogether again.
Grease a take tin.


and cook at 150 degrees C for 80 minutes 
or until the knife comes out clean from the middle of the cake.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it at the end, but it was wrapped in tin foil and left out for moors-daddy with his Fathers Day cards from the boys. He took it to work and it was never seen again. I know it didn't last the day!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Country Kids - Muddy Puddles.

Rain, Rain go away.....
Surely by now we have had enough.
There is one great thing about living where we do.
The moors.
And no matter what the weather, we have to go up there with the dog.
So come sun, wind, rain or snow we are there.
And the boys love it.
They love getting wrapped up and putting on their wellies and waterproofs.
and we go jumping in muddy puddles.
Worm has to wear his all in ones - he is attracted to puddles and heads straight for them.

They run through them.

Just stand in them.

Splash in them.


Throw stones in them and generally get very wet and muddy!


We love muddy puddles!

Elly 
x

Safety On Dartmoor Day.



On June 26th, I did something I have wanted to do for a long time.
Something that required planning and preparation to the extremes of OCD.
But I was determined to accomplish it ..... alone.
I took all three boys out for the day on my own.
The weather wasn't great, but we had heard through moors-daddy that nearby at Lydford Gorge (National Trust) they were holding the first "Safety on Dartmoor Day".
All the emergency services would be there, ambulance, police, fire brigade and Dartmoor Rescue.
I knew we had to go.
We have not been to Lydford Gorge with the boys before, so it would be new to them.
I had to take moors-daddy's car as mine had died and was in the garage. 
easier said than done.
Three children squeezed into the back. Beanie not on a booster (not ideal) but we had no other choice if we were going.
Double buggy wedged in the boot!
When we first arrived the buggy remained in the boot and the boys and I went for a walk. We didn't go far, as the gorge walk is steep and slippery and as usual these days the rain was falling. It is not the best place to take an unsteady toddler, but it was dark and the old railway line was flat. We managed to walk to the bird hide and back, by which time Worm had had enough.
We looked briefly at the police car and Dartmoor Rescue van before getting into the car and heading around to the main area, a couple of miles down the road.
Here there were lots of different emergency vehicles that you could climb on and explore.
My boys were initially shy and wouldn't talk to anyone or go near the vehicles. But after time they plucked up the courage.
Monkey, especially is obsessed by fire engines, and was just so thrilled to be up so close to them.
We wandered around for a while before finding a spot out of the rain, to eat our picnic.
We ate our lunch and then went to find the play park.
It was a lovely play park, not that big, so I could keep an eye on all three and they spent ages there.
Creating their own games, chasing each other around.
All three went down the slide, Worm first because he had his all in one waterproofs on, closely followed by the other two, each getting themselves soaked. 
They continued to play in the park, running around a small maze made from wooden stumps.
Sitting down together in their own world of imaginative play.



Worm followed the bigger two everywhere, quiet in his thoughts, so serious.
Every now and then the sirens of a nearby vehicle would be switched on, making him jump. (They were so loud) but he didn't care.


After playing for over an hour, we headed back to the vehicles. Beanie had more confidence this time and starting exploring the vehicles. He got in the ambulance and had his heart rate and blood pressure measured. He climbed in the fire engine.

 Monkey still wouldn't venture inside.

But was more than happy having his photo taken in front of the fire engine!


We were there for just over four hours. I had managed a day out with them all on my own and now know that I am more than capable of doing it. They were all fantastically well behaved and all were shattered by the end of it.
Knowing I can do it has meant that I am now planning more things to do over the summer, whilst moors-daddy is at work and I am alone with them.
And part of me can't wait!
(The only trouble I had was getting the double buggy back in the boot - but my car is mended so that won't be a problem again!!)


Saturday, 14 July 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!


You know what to do ..... and I apologise for the blurriness!

And when you have finished pop over to Mammasaurus to check out the others.

Friday, 13 July 2012

I'm Coming Out... (Part 2)

So,
our summer holiday last year, I told moors-daddy about the blog. I could see the cogs turning. We had been trying to think of ways to make some extra money and maybe this could be the answer. Not necessarily the blog but the internet. Wasn't that the way everything was going?
We talked about it but nothing really jumped at us, neither of us particularly creative!

Then about a fortnight later it was my brother in laws 40th birthday. He didn't want a big celebration so asked moors-daddy if he would go around for the weekend and celebrate with some beer and some DVD's. I allowed moors-daddy to go, it is his brother after all!

By the end of that weekend, things had started to fall into place. They had drunk a lot of beer, come up with a few ideas, bought a few domain names and gotten started.
By the end of that weekend our first website was in the making.
A website close to our hearts. Having taken the boys camping in France twice now and loving it immensely, our first website Go Camp France was easy to think up.  Moors-daddy and his brother set to work, every minute moors-daddy wasn't working he was on the computer.
Over the next couple of months, moors-daddy and his brother worked non-stop. By the end of the year it was fully up and running and we were working on the website's accompanying App. We became a limited company at the beginning of 2012, and had more ideas that needed to be worked on.
Our next venture was Westcountry Beaches, an app to find over 190 beaches in Devon and Cornwall. It lists all the information you could need to know about the beach and also list pubs and restaurants near to them as well. The business was off the ground. Moors-daddy and his brother work non-stop on it, my roll is primarily to keep the boys away from daddy when he is working!
It has taken its time to get going, but we are getting there slowly - none of these things happen over night!
We have many other websites now in the making ranging from holidays to insurance and moors-daddy is constantly busy on the computer - hence I don't get to blog much! I am saving  my pennies so I can buy my own! :)
So this year we are not going away again, as we need to spend more time putting in hours on the websites and moors-daddy is limited on his time off because of the Olympics! The boys and I will go to the beach house for a few days here and there I am sure!
If you go to France on holiday or visit the Westcountry then take a look at the apps and webpages, we also have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts so please follow us if you are interested in these things.
And to those of you who have reviewed our apps for us, I thank you, hugely, it means so much to us to know they are valued (by some at least!!)

Elly x

www.facebook.com/gocampfrance
www.facebook.com/westcountrybeaches
@gocampfrance
@thebeachapp

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Blog Break

For those of you who visit regularly you will have realised that I haven't blogged in a  while.
I am having a bit of a break, time to recharge my batteries, get my head in order and sort out a few issues.
I have lost a bit of motivation and however much I want to write, I just can't seem to find the time to get onto the computer and get it done.

I have things I want to write and tell you about, but things are busy. I have spent this weekend in hospital with Monkey after his first asthma attack of the year. We were 'transported' by ambulance with blue lights and sirens after visiting our local minor injuries on Saturday. He is getting better, but I know there will be more.

I have also had a few health problems myself and am now waiting for test results. It is something that has bothered me for a while but I haven't really wanted to know what it is..... we will wait and see.

And I haven't forgotten about me 'coming out'!!  You'll just have to wait a bit longer!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Pinterest Party 18


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Another week another Party, cheating a bit this week as I am just going to direct you straight to my board, - it's easier.
And today there could only be one theme!

What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This weeks theme is DADS.
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.(The rules have changed - pleased make sure you link up!)
  7. Return here and add your PIN to the linky.
  8. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  9. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
So HERE is my picture.

Find it, pin it, share it!


Silent Sunday! Look what I found on the beach!

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