Friday, 30 March 2012

Monkey's First Swimming Lesson

Monkey has now reached the age of 3 and a half. The age at which he can start his swimming lessons at our local swimming pool.
I have concerns about him starting, but desperately want him to learn too.
One of my biggest concerns is that he is still so small, that even in the toddler pool I think he will struggle to touch the bottom, but none the less, I booked him and Beanie in for a 1-1 lesson this week.

Beanie is a confident swimmer, a badge fanatic and swims to achieve the next badge up.  He had wanted to swim his 1000m so we booked two lessons one after the other, so Monkey could have his half an hour whilst Beanie started on his 40 lengths, and then the coach could assist Beanie for the last half an hour.

Monkey had done a full day at nursery, and was shattered. He had napped for about 45 minutes before his lesson and wasn't really with it at the start. Lesson 1, when I put him in for proper lessons it can't be on a nursery day!
He was wearing a pair of Beanie's old trunks, aged 12-18 months, but they were huge and he had to hang onto them.  Lesson 2, new trunks 9-12 months in size!
He cried when he entered the water. I am hoping it was the shock of the cold. I stayed with him on pool side for about five minutes, in which time the confidence and the smile grew. I left him and went to count lengths!
Monkey enjoyed it a lot. He splashed and squirted his teacher with the toys but didn't do a lot of 'swimming' as there was a huge kids group in the pool that were splashing a lot. The teacher and him remained in a small section of the toddler pool, simply playing. When he came out at the end he was, cold and told me that the big children had splashed him. "Did you mind?" I asked him, "No!" was the reply. I asked him if he had enjoyed it and whether he would like to go again. He nodded, too cold to talk!
I dressed Monkey and then returned to the cafe, where Granny and Grandad had patiently been counting lengths.
Half an hour in and Beanie was only on 18, it was going to take longer than expected. The teacher joined him and he started to speed up (a bit!). At the end of the general swim he was on 34, they let him continue into the adult lesson sessions, so that he could complete it.
40 lengths, 1000m, one very tired, but thrilled little Beanie!
Excited to get his certificate and badge, the only negative is that they are both bright pink  ("That's a girl colour!!") though he did take them into school to be given them in assembly.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Please tell me other children do this too

An update on Worm's first term at nursery.

I can't believe it's a term already.

He can now walk, which is great and for the staff, a god send I am sure!

Every Tuesday morning we are ready for tears and tantrums because that is what we get. I can handle them. Every time it is a drop and run, leaving him there with his key worker, crying as I peg it out the door. I have done that with all 3 now! It no longer bothers me or upsets me - to be honest I love those 4 hours to myself (cleaning / washing etc).

But last week and this week have been a bit different. He is fine when we get there, he is fine dropping Monkey off to his section, but when we get to the Caterpillar room it starts, and not just tears and tantrums, oh no, Worm has started doing something else. He makes himself sick!

Last week just a little bit, today loads, all over himself, me and the floor. (Embarassed Mummy!) I cleaned him, wiped him down, and sat down with him until he settled himself and the thumb went in and then I passed him over- cue tears - and I ran!

Apparently he tried that tactic again but his key worker told him "no" and he stopped! Little bugger!!

When I went to collect him, he was happily playing on his own with some toys. He spotted me and walked over, no tears, no 'Cuski' (his comforter), that had gone in the bag and he hadn't slept!! :)
So I got afternoon to myself as well - bonus, whilst he slept on the sofa and we now have two weeks before we start again, but next time I will be going prepared!

The Gallery - Extreme Close Up

This weeks The Gallery from Tara at Stickyfingers is Extreme Close Up.
So I had a look though some photos in an attempt to find one not of the boys!

I love the trees around us, and there are a lot, some of them are beautiful than others. There is something both quite beautiful about this old tree and also something a little eery.

Now go and see the other entries into this weeks The Gallery!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Do our kids watch too much TV?

Sometimes I will admit to feeling quite guilty about how much TV my children are subjected to.
Our TV is nearly always on...... God I do feel bad, but they don't always watch it, it is on in the background whilst they play, there are times when we are outside and I come in an the TV is still on, no-one thinks to turn it off, or is it that they aren't aware that it is on?
Occasionally they watch it, glued, taking everything in.
Is it really that bad?
Our days are regimented. We get up, have breakfast, do the school run, come back home, walk the dog and then nap time. The TV is on in the background, Worm is a real CBeebies fan, the other two were not, they preferred the Disney Channel and Nick Jr. But it is there. I am aware that it is there. Ask me a question about any of their programmes and I have no idea. Ask moors-daddy and he can tell you what happens next. Do people (children) watch TV in different ways? Do some absorb everything whilst others are oblivious to it? Why does the thing the corner have to be on all the time, is it the noise that we like, because I am sure as hell not fond of some of the programmes on it!
Can I make myself feel a little better about it.

Can I argue that children learn from the TV?
When I think back to what the children's programmes were like when I was little there is no comparison. I remember very little, Playschool, Rainbow, Tony Hart and Morph, Blue Peter, but for young children, there wasn't much. Playschool and Rainbow were it really, when you think now, they have a choice of channels. Is there too much? Is it a case of find any programme and watch for the hell of it.

My argument for kids watching TV is that most programmes these days are educational. There is such a wide variety of programmes that every child will find something they like, and can learn from. Whether it be about safety from Fireman Sam or learning numbers with the Numtums, all programmes, it would seem now are there for a purpose.
Beanie was a late developer, we just assumed that it was down to his prematurity. At 2 and a half his speech was very basic, he could say mumma and dadda and a few words that were clear enough to understand but the health visitor was showing concern for his speech development. He had already been recalled at his two year check for his physical development, so it wasn't a shock that he was slightly delayed. At three his speech as improving a lot and was much more recognisable. He was 3 in the December and in the following February we were playing in the lounge.
He had asked me to play Pirates with him, so I did. I sat on the sofa pretending to steer the ship, Beanie is stood in the lounge swaying, when he turns to me and moors-daddy and says, "mummy stop - we are going through the doldrums". My mouth hit the floor, I stared at moors-daddy, whose mouth was also wide open. We were speechless. Where had he learnt that word? We asked him what it meant, expecting him not to know, but he just looked at us as if we were stupid and said "it's when there's no wind!" Disbelief!
We phoned both of our fathers, they are both very historical and nautical in their knowledge and so we assumed that they must have said it at some point, both swore blindly they hadn't. He knew the word, had put it into context and knew what it meant - at 38 months, when his speech was delayed!
It wasn't until about twelve months later, when early one morning, moors-daddy had left for work and Beanie had snuggled in bed with me. I put the TV on, in an attempt to get some extra sleep, when all of a sudden Beanie leaps up in the bed and shouts at me "that's where I learnt that word". I came to, to find The Backyardigans on the TV, on a viking ship and things start to click into place. I watched a repeat later in the day and sure enough they go through the doldrums. I was amazed!
Worm is another example, he has talked gobbledegook for ages, he has some recognisable words, mummy, daddy, nanna, ta, his brothers name, but not much else. Last week (21 months) he was sat in the lounge (in the dogs bed) reading his books which he does a lot, when he started counting from five to one, along with Special Agent Oso. Again myself and moors-daddy looked on in disbelief. I repeated "five" and Worm counted, four, three, two, one. Amazed again. We have not taught him at all, but he knows it and in the last week this has progressed to going one, two, three...... usually on the swing and slide, followed by "Go!"

So is TV bad for kids, yes if they are there glued to it all day, every day or watch programmes that aren't appropriate to their age, but in my eyes no way, they learn so much from it, stuff you wouldn't necessarily expect, but it does educate them and so in moderation, with a lot of outdoor play, walks and  other activities (craft etc) there is nothing wrong with a bit of telly!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Pinterest Party 6

Week 6 of the Pinterest Party, and I thought about the theme last weekend and decided to go with it,  it's a bit of a different one this week....

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 Heaven.
  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.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
  11. Check out Pinterest's new and improved terms and conditions which come into effect on 6th April 2012.

Why have I chosen this. Well this theme could cover anything, whatever you consider to be heaven. If you search heaven in the search bar it comes up with a magnitude of different pictures so this week, tell me something about yourself that I don't know already, what would be your heavenly treat, your must have possession, or your favourite place, what is heaven in your eyes.

Mine is really easy, however much I lust after some things, but know I can't afford there is one thing that I would do anything for. I love the sea, being near it is my idea of heaven, I dream of living within site of it one day, or at least owning my own beach house (but I know that will always be just a dream!). There is nothing better than a wild day on the coast, the waves rolling in. So this is my pin, it is already on my beaches board. I love the waves in it, this is the type of sea that I love being around, feeling the spray as you walk along the beach. Hearing the sea before you see it. This is my kind of Heaven. (as well as a bit of chocolate!)

wild sea
Picture from Pinterest. Original Source
So there is my pin, now go and find your heavenly pin, pin it and link to the linky below!.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Another Saturday is with us!
Another picture another Caption time....
This one is of Beanie when he was very little compared to today,
just add your caption below and then
pop on over to Mammasaurus to check out the others!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Pinterest Party 5

Another week has flown by,
I have returned to work after being off ill for two weeks,
and have struggled a little but tomorrow is the day
when the boys should pamper me - right?!
I had reminded moors-daddy this morning, so I won't hold out much hope!
I'll just go shopping later in the week!
So this week there could only really 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 MOTHERS DAY.
  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.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
So I searched, at first I thought the theme should just be Mummies, but it came up with lots of the bandaged type, so it is Mother's Day and there are a few that I could have posted here and that I did pin, including a beautiful shot of a pregnant woman, with the babies foot predominantly displayed against her abdomen ( I placed it in on my Photography board!) But the one I have chosen, just jumped out at me, and is a beautiful piece of jewellery, and having looked at the original source see that they do different ones, so worth looking at. (I just wish I had looked at this theme a bit further back and then I could have hinted subtly !!

mothers day
Picture from Pinterest. Original from Amazon.
So what are you going to pin for Mother's Day! Remember to add your linky below!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Grandpa Grey Hair is joining in this week. You know what to do.
Add your caption to the picture below and then head over to Mammasaurus and check out the others!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

My First Rant - School Shoes!

Okay, so I normally write about every day life in the moors household, the things we get up to, what the boys get up to but today is going to be different.
I am going to have a moan.....

For those of you who follow regularly, you will know a bit about Beanie.
He is a quiet boy, very set in his ways, very well behaved and very black and white. If he is told not to do something, he won't do it. He struggles to understand why some children are naughty. He is an absolute angel really.
So when I buy him clothes and shoes I know they will last. He doesn't throw himself around, get dirty, he doesn't graze his knees.
Imagine my surprise then, when I went to clean his school shoes last weekend to find that he had gone through the leather on the toes on both of them, and I mean actually gone through, the leather has split.
Now if Beanie was playing football at playtime or crawling around the playground on his hands and knees, I could understand it, but this is Beanie, he hates football and prefers to sit and read his book at playtime. He occasionally plays 'It' but that is as good as it gets, so how can he go through them!
What is even more annoying is that I only bought them for him just after Christmas, so he has worn them for 10 weeks!
10 weeks!!!!!! Surely a pair of shoes should last more than ten weeks.
I would take them back but I can't find the blasted receipt, so what do I do. I am reluctant to buy him another pair, they may not last till the end of the school year, but he needs shoes....
Do I buy a cheap pair as these were £35 from a certain well known shoe shop (Clarks!) and haven't lasted five minutes, or do I fork out for something more robust? I really don't know.
As for Clarks, the more I think about them the more they annoy me. Our nearest branch is in Plymouth, 15 miles away, the kids shoes are on the first floor, a small lift takes you up but you can't fit a double buggy in it - there's logic there - not!! We have to go as a family so moors-daddy can carry Monkey, so we can get the single pram in the lift - it's a nightmare - maybe I won't go back!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Where in the World are the Grandparents?

So Grandpa Grey Hair has experienced his first weekend in the moors household. What did he get up too?
Well, we had to take him up on the moors didn't we......

So he hitched a lift on the buggy....

He went exploring, and did a bit of tree climbing.....

He admired the view.

Before heading back to the garden......
where he tried out the swing (with Monkey)

and he needed a bit of encouragement going down the slide.

Before he relaxed and enjoyed the spring flowers!

Let's hope the rest of the week is quiet for him!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Listography - Top 5 Cookbooks

I haven't joined in with Listography for a while 
but this week Kate from Katetakes5 put up an interesting one.
Your top 5 cookbooks.

My first is the classic that is Delia, where would we be without her.
I first used this book when I was still living at home 
and it is one that I do not possess but have to get hold of.
Her meringue recipe is fantastic!
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My second is Jamie's 30 Minute meals. Another one that I think most people own but 
there are many recipes in there that are so simple and take such little time. 
They are great for a get together with friends.
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My third has to be a Nigella. I just love the way she does it, she is my type of cook. 
I have a few of her books, but one in particular has sticky notes throughout -
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My fourth is our Bible, it is so well used that it is beginning to fall apart on the spine.
I have added notes to the back pages.
It has some of the nicest cake recipes in it that I tweek. I think it may have been one of the first cookbooks 'we' bought as a couple.
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My last fifth one, is a bit random.  When I was growing up my mum had this tiny little cookbook that was rammed into her recipe cupboard but she used it all the time when baking. If you didn't look hard enough you'd miss it. When I moved out I asked her if I could have it, she wouldn't let me but set out to find a copy. She must have had it since she got married and we thought that it was irreplaceable but she found it and gave it to me for Christmas in my stocking! It's a fab book for baking, that is all I can say!
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Now go on over to Katetakes5 and check out what everyone else has chosen

(all images were taken from Amazon)

Silent Sunday!

inspired by
Silent Sunday

But now at Love All Blogs

Pinterest Party 4

Another week, another Party. How I wish that was my life!!

This week has been quite good, I am gradually getting better and am signed off work till Tuesday,
 which means time to play around on the blog and Pinterest!

So this weeks theme... and 

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 FABRIC.
  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.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
Why have I chosen this theme, well I was searching for inspiration when I saw one of my other pins that I love, and I do like quite bold colours and fabrics. I love Orla Kiely prints.  I am quite a retro girl and love 60/70's print, but moors-daddy would have to die before they would be allowed in this house, so they are a little bit of me and Pinterest is somewhere I can look and admire them without moors-daddy tutting and sighing under his breath! 
So here is my picture and believe me it was hard to get it down to just one! A beautiful print with lovely colours!

canvas fabric
Picture from Pinterest, original from

So the rest of you join in, add your linky below and grab my button from th sidebar!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Another week,
another picture,
this one is of a little kitten who is  now much larger!
I just love the way he is sat.
You know what to do, add your caption and
then pop over to Mammasaurus and check out all the others!

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Thursday, 8 March 2012

8 months in....

So here I am 8 months in........ to blogging. 
I still feel like a newbie, 
I still wonder why I am doing this.
Some days I think is it worth while.
I know about writing for myself,
and I do.
I am keeping a record of every day goings on in the moors house.
To show the boys as they grow up what their childhood was like.
The different things we did.
How life has changed, will change.
I still worry,
that my blog is rubbish,
I still feel like I have no idea.
Have I done too much,
taken on more than I can handle!
Are the Blogging Blues returning?
or is it that I have been ill and my mind 
has not been where I want it to be.
I feel the need for a blogging make over.
I have ideas and plans for the blog but need the time to sit down and play!
will anyone notice?
will anyone care?
I look at other people's,
and they seem to be doing so well, 
when I feel like I am stuck,
few followers,
a Facebook phobe...
I don't really know what to do with 'my page',
(I am really a bit of a technophobe, 
so sometimes I surprise myself!)
how do I improve my blog?
Does sharing who you are make it better,
do I 'come out?!'
The real me!
Or carry on as I am......
Sometimes I think I need to be more honest,
say what is going on in my head,
but sometimes it just comes out as rubbish 
and sits in the draft folder until it's deleted.
Oh what to do?
Maybe I just expect too much.......!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Introducing our Grandparent!

I replied to a tweet from the guys @johncraneblog about adopting a grandparent! The idea is that John Crane would send us a granny or grandad and we have to take our grandparent with us and take pictures of them in different places all over the summer!
I thought I had missed out, but this morning a package arrived complete with grandpa!
Part of me is a bit upset that we have decided not to go abroad this year, but we can have lots of fun here this summer, and grandpa will be coming with us everywhere we go!
So what adventures will we have....
We will post pictures of grandpa throughout the summer under the title "Where in the world are the grandparents?" and it will be linked through to and John Crane, who have lovingly sent us this delightful little person. You may also catch glimpses of grandpa on Facebook and Twitter, so keep watching!
And here he is Grandpa Grey Hair - as he has become affectionately known!

The Gallery - Light!

This weeks The Gallery from Tara over at Stickyfingers1 is "Light",
a tricky one I found,
as most of my pictures that have any amount
of light in them is usually for all the wrong reasons.
This one I found whilst browsing through the huge
quantity of photos that we have on the computer
and is one taken by moors-daddy
from last year and shows beautifully (I think)
the sun shining on a snowy day on Dartmoor.
I love views like these,
and they are one of the reasons that we live where we do.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Pinterest Party 3


So for most of this week I have been in bed, trying hard to rid a throat infection that has lingered for three and a bit weeks but really took off on Monday evening. For two days I lay in bed as my legs were like jelly. I have written very little and to be fair this week, Pinterest hasn't interested me, nothing has. I have other stuff to do too, but haven't done any of it. I have just rested, and as I rested in bed on Wednesday I knew what this weeks theme would be. I lay there sweating buckets one minute and freezing cold the next, but what I could tell as I lay there was that it was warm out too. Great, I am ill and the weather for once is beautiful. I did resort to opening the windows and watching the sunshine, but was unable to appreciate it until today. The sun makes a huge difference even if you are in bed poorly. Hearing children playing, people out and about, people cutting their grass made me feel a bit more positive even though I felt awful. So the theme was decided.
If you have not joined in before, then it's easy. Just remember you have to be to link it back to the original source!

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 first week is SUN.
  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.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!

So here is my picture of Sun!
Picture from Pinterest. Original source

This is heaven to me, a glass of wine on a summer's evening, I love the idea of this picture and just wish my photography skills were up to this, or that I would have the idea!

So if you want to join in link up below and grab the badge!


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

I haven't written much this week due to a really bad throat infection that has totally wiped me out, but here I am with my Saturday is Caption Day picture.
You know what to do.....

and when you are done,
pop over to Mammasaurus and check out the others.


Thursday, 1 March 2012

More Sickness in the Moors Household.

and this time it's me!

I had a viral throat infection before half term, I saw the doctor but they couldn't give me anything and "its Viral" (God that annoys me!) so I returned to work carrying a box of Strepsils and tried to continue my job. Hard when you have to shout across a classroom/sports hall at 30 kids with a sore throat.

On Monday after a rather shouty lesson with my year 8's, I got home and my throat was agony. Moors-daddy was working so I got the boys to bed and went to bed early myself. Tuesday I managed the school run, and came home to do some marking but found myself getting colder and colder. By lunchtime, I knew I was really ill. I was feverish, sweating buckets one minute, freezing cold the next. I was sick. The in laws picked up the oldest two from school and came back to our house to pick up Worm and take him and Monkey to theirs as they always do on a Tuesday evening. They took one look at me and offer to take Beanie too. I was in bed by 6pm.
I stayed there all day on Wednesday. My legs were really aching, and I couldn't get comfortable in bed, I had had a restless night, along with being hot and cold, throwing the duvet off, pulling it back, all night long. I called the doctor, who prescribed Penicillin over the phone, so moors-daddy was sent to pick it up. Wednesday the in-laws picked Beanie up from school again and took him back to theirs as well as keeping the other two. I got up twice to pee, but struggled to walk to the toilet, my legs were like jelly. My parents came out in the evening, my dad took the dog for a long walk as moors-daddy was working, my mum went to parents evening for Beanie for me. I stayed in bed.
Today I have got up, I thought my legs were better, I have showered because I needed to and come downstairs, my legs are still very unstable. I know some of that is because I have been unable to eat for the last two days, I tried a yoghurt yesterday but couldn't finish it, (I have lost 5lb in weight - Yeah!!) I am trying to drink a cup of tea as I write this but am struggling, it's getting cold.
I have told work that I will not be in until next Wednesday at the earliest, until I have finished the penicillin, I will not rush back as I know it will just return.
Tonight the boys return, but thankfully moors-daddy now has a week off work.