Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wicked Wednesdays

Cor, I can't believe we're nearly on the home straight now to the end of the summer holidays.  Thank heavens for Wicked Wednesdays, without which I probably wouldn't have blogged at all during these last few weeks.  Fortunately for me the holidays do provide me with plenty of poorly shot photographic material to share with you all, as my children continute to run rings around me and drive me to drink.

This week was DD1's 12th birthday.  Yes I know there are only three candles on the cake.  The truth is that I was totally winging it as usual and didn't check the candle situation until it was too late, useless mother that I am.  Anyway, you might guess that with no DH to help with the candle lighting and picture taking, as he was at work, that things didn't entirely go to plan...



Three!  Oops!

Yes, I really am this crap at taking photographs.  Oh well, there's always next year...


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Big Foot

One minute your little toddler is happily running around in his new shoes (the ones you've just purchased as a complete indulgence because he didn't really need them yet) like this:

And the next, well just look at what you are forced to purchase in the name of fashion...

They are BIGGER THAN MY SIZE as well.  I am buying adult shoes!  Adult shoes for a child who is anything but an adult at times!!

All I want to do is shout "stop growing!" or at least "slow down a bit will you?".

People talk about the hidden cost of raising a child all the time.  I wish I could hide this cost...

£45!!  They are not even leather!!

The moral of this tale - Teens are expensive not so little blighters.  True fact.

Still, at least DH and I can have his hand me downs...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Wicked Wednesdays

Despite the fact that it's the summer holidays and we are having a little downtime at the minute, I decided last week that one thing I was determined to do was to try to feed the children a little better.  My husband suggested making a stir fry for their tea, so that's what we did.  Unfortunately for some the addition of broccoli was a step too far...

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow? - July

How is it the end of July already?  Yet again I've neglected to post a garden update, in fact I've neglected my garden in general so this isn't a gardening post as such, but here it is anyway.  

You might remember that I was waiting for my day lily to flower.  Well, after days of pacing in front of the kitchen window checking on its progress finally it flowered.

I don't know what happened here but it didn't seem to affect the rest of the plant.

The rest of the blooms were utterly beautiful.  Such a warm and cheerful colour.

Joining the lilies in the same flower bed were this. I have no idea what it is but I love the vibrant pink flowers.

Although I've moaned a bit about the lack of flowers this year (totally our own fault really), other plants are providing colour in a way I hadn't imagined.  This ornamental currant is at the bottom of the garden.  The berries are so bright that even the children have noticed them.  I suspect they won't last long though given the number of birds visiting out garden at the moment.

Even the new growth on the branch ends is providing contrast with a different shade of green.

As I say this month we have neglected our gardening duties somewhat.  We have still spent time outside enjoying the space however.

One of the main things I've noticed, especially at night is how much wildlife there is.  From the bare patch of earth that came with our new build house 12 years ago, we now have a garden which is seeing house martins, dragonflies and even a bat or two!  We have a resident hedgehog and so many birds.  I can never get any pictures though!  It is fascinating watching the various flying displays in the evenings (obviously with a glass of wine in hand - is there any other way?).  Couple that with the plane spotting (we're on the flight path from the airport) and star gazing and it keeps us all happy!  Our garden may not be the perfectly manicured riot of colour that I'd like but it is still a nice place to be.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wicked Wednesdays

This week I've started to think about birthdays again.  DD1's birthday falls right in the middle of the holidays and so it is nearly time to think about organising that.  I had a flick through some family pics for cake inspiration earlier and found one that was too good to not share with you lot so here it is.

Picture the scene:  Everyone is singing Happy Birthday, I am poised with the camera waiting to capture the shot of DS2 blowing out the candles.  Instead I get this.

DS2 punching one sister while the other wails.  Only in our family...

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Week one of the Summer Holidays - Expectation v Reality

Ok, so week one of the holidays is well underway.  After months of looking forward to the moment when nobody has to think about school for six whole weeks (myself included), I've now realised that the reality of this is not quite as good as I had imagined.  Actually that's an understatement.  This week has been terrifying.  So much so that I'm very nearly looking forward to sewing the name tapes on to the uniforms ready for September (although not quite - my sewing skills range somewhere between hopeless and embarrassing - I may even resort to a Sharpie instead).  

So I thought I'd share what's been going on in our house.  You can laugh with/at me or cry with me in sympathy if you like.  Hopefully someone will tell me that this is normal or invite me on an all expenses paid cruise for one for the next five and a half weeks.  Well, a girl can dream, right?  Ultimately I'm writing this now and diarising to re-read it in July 2015 so as to remind myself not to get too excited about the start of the summer holidays next year.

Expectation - Everyone will really enjoy not having to get up and dressed at the crack of dawn.  They will embrace that rarest of things, the lie-in.

Reality - You might make it until 7.30 am if you are lucky but then cries of "what's for breakfast?" will permeate the air until you have to provide them with food in the hope that it might keep them all quiet.  This will pretty much not stop all day.  "Can we have a biscuit?" - check, "what's for lunch?" - check, "is there any ice cream?" - check, "what's for dinner?" - check.  Then you wonder why it is only half past eleven and there is no food left in the house.

Expectation - Everyone will get on really well.  There will be no fighting of any kind, because they are all a year older than last summer holidays and therefore more mature.

Reality - Hormones are raging with the oldest two at least.  Harmony lasts until 9.30 am on day one after which the name calling, shouting and accusations start flying.  An online game unites them all for half a day on day three, until somebody kills someone else with a pick axe in Minecraft, starting an argument so large that it results in them being banned from playing it for the entire holidays.  You consider splitting up each little spat but then decide that letting them get on with it might be less trouble.  Instead the house ends up the cleanest it's been for months because at least when you are dusting/vacuuming you can be spared the job of referee.

Just another tantrum in the Sounding Like My Mother household...

Expectation - No one will be bored ever.  They will all find plenty of things to do to amuse themselves.

Reality - Unless you count being permanently attached to every bit of technology known to man, mostly none of your children will do much else all day.  They will utter the word "bored" from the moment the school gate closes in July until it reopens in September.  You consider taking them for a walk or a picnic somewhere, but then they all moan about where to go and apparently it's all boring anyway so you leave it.  Technology can be enriching, can't it?  At least if they aren't outside then you don't ever have to think about applying sun cream (life is far too short for that argument anyway).

Expectation - The holidays are never long enough.  You always feel sad when they are over.

Reality - I've got to put up with another five and a half weeks of this crap?  In the words of the pre-teen, kill me now.