26 Jan 2015

Our stories 2015 // Kung Fu

We are not the type of parents to fill our children's days with multiple after school clubs or extra curricular activities. At least not yet. I'm sure as the boys get older and develop more interests our planning for things will need to change. But right now we happily go along with our weeks without rushing to lots of post school activities. We have tried classes in the past with M. He's tried basketball for a term and gymnastics. Both of which after lots of tears and talking we got him to take part in. My child may be loud most of the time but others he can be painfully shy and self conscious. Not that people ever believe that. After these failed attempts and stressful classes we did not push anything on M. However last year he asked to do KungFu. We then dutifully looked about classes. We found one local to us that runs classes through the week but also Sunday morning. Which is a much better fit for our family. 

Since then we have seen our child go from one who does not want to partake, is shy and just stands still or at times he is willing he is chatting jumping and generally not listening. Now he attends class, listens to his teaches, is able to answer questions has the confidence to join in group activities and is being able to take in and retain the lessons he is learning. 
He now has recieved on several occasion the "you rock" card. This is given out to the class member who tries their hardest. Not necessarily the best in class but the one who is listening, improving, learning and trying. It makes me so proud. 

I'm so pleased we are able to provide M with this chance to try something like this. Something he enjoys. It's not cheap (but which kids activites rarely is) but it's teaching him some great values. For now it works for us. 

14 Jan 2015

Our stories 2015 // back in the swing of it.

There is something reassuring to me about falling back into routine back at work and school and what not. As much as I loved our holidays together actually back in the swing of soothes my soul. I'm a funny old thing I know. 
We are back in the familiar stressful busy rushed but needed routine. 

School run. Day off for me. Errands run. Food shopping complete. Washing head start. Tidy. Sit. Do something enjoyable. Maybe. School run. Dinner. Bath. Bed. Dinner. Tidy. Bed. 

Baby with hubby to inlaws in pjs. Get M ready. Breakfast club drop off. Commute. Work til 5(ish). Collect M from my mums. Home. M bed. Dinner for us. Hubby collect N. Eat dinner. Bed. 

Wednesday & Thursday 
Get both boys dressed. Breakfast club drop off. Nursery drop off. Commute. With tea. Work til 2.30(ish). Commute. Nursery pick up. Park. School pick up. Home. Snack. Dinner. Chores. Bath. Bed. Hubby home. Tidy. Bed. 

Friday. As above. Except we usually visit my mum after school. Kids fed. Then home. Our dinner. Collapse on sofa as the end of busy week is over. And the weekend is here. 

By end of weekend. I'm craving the structure of the week again. (As I said I'm a strange one) 

Our structure routine etc changes. It ebbs and flows. We have to adapt at times school holidays, parents evenings, hobbies, nights off and such. 

But right now. This is how we do. 


13 Jan 2015

#littleloves // 2

I finished my first book of 2015. It really gripped me and I got to the last few chapters and flew through it. I've started the next one in the series now. Telling tales. 

My cozy new jumper and jeans again. At my first official weigh in with slimming world. It was a 5lb loss!! Which I'm pretty proud of!

Caught up on a fair bit of recorded tv and hubby watched his new DVD he got for his birthday Hercules. I kinda watched it in the background while finishing my book. Mainly to see Dwaybe Johnson topless. Yup. 

baby screams. Nat had his one year ja so had to delay them as he had been so poorly for so long!! And oh he cried and cried. But we had a proper long cuddle and it was better. I would say this is hardly a love for the crying but it's more the fact that we live in a society that I am able to vaccinate my children. That makes me lucky. 
Embracing back eating the slimming world way has been a slight shift in routine. But this week I cooked every meal for less than 1 syn. Which means more Syns for chocolate. Woo hoo. 

I used the slow cooker this week. I put in steak, swede, parsnips, onion, carrots and then put some cocktail sausages in for the boys. Who are not a big fan of the steak. Meant a warming filling meal piled on top of a jacket potatoe. Yum!
 And lastly

My big boy moved up a grade in kung fu. He began as a child not wanting to take part, talking, not listening and now he is doing so much better. He even got the you rock card this week! Go Max. 

Have a good week. 

11 Jan 2015

What a difference a year makes?

A year. A definitive length of time. 12 months. 4 seasons. And a whole lot can change. 

Sometimes it takes looking back to see actually how much things shift. The little things which slip into your life. 

The begining of last year I was on maternity leave. There was a big shift in change how my year looked at the beginning to how it ended. I spent my days at home being mum, crafting for myself and with the kids, enjoying coffee dates and wanders in the park. I've ended the year being a rather busy working mum, balancing everything, finding time to fit in things for me is rare, my days are full to the brim with pick ups, drop offs and fitting in work and cooking dinner between all that. I know these are the tough days. The ones which are tricky. It will ease. It will feel natural. We will get through it. 

But looking at the boys and seeing how they have changed. That's something that still blows my mind. M started the year unable to write his name, able to recognise some letters and numbers. Now he can write his name, mum, dad and nat-nat without help, he can recognise 70% of his high frequency words, he knows all his phonics sounds and can count to 20 with out help and further with the odd bit of prompting. He is a loud energetic child but at times retreats into a shy boy with a stammer. These occasions are not as often and he is able to vocalise his feeling much better. 

N started the year as a fully dependant baby. He moved little, slept more, and was just being a baby. Now he's a 1 year old, still mostly dependant on us, he walks everywhere, he eats everything and sleeps mostly ok. His personality is developing. He is cheeky and quiet. He is a nervous soul and takes time to access his situation (very much like me) big social groups make him feel shy until he warms up and then he's all smiles. 

The boys relationship with each other has changed too. When N was so small M was interested in him and would want to give him cuddles but that's about it. Now they interact. M tries to make him laugh, they play together (before the expected meltdown from M he's breaking my toys!) they share, they smile at each other. N loves to do whatever his brother is doing. This is not always helpful!!! They are a funny pair. I hope they mostly can have a good relationship with each other. I expect the fights and disagreements. But mostly I hope they are friends. 

I wonder how much this year will see things change. By the end of year M will be 5 nearly 6, N will have just turned 2. It will for sure be a whole new ball game!