17 Jul 2015

Reception // survived

Yup. We did it. First full school year completed. We made it to the end. Through the first day nerves, and parents evening, nativity plays and Carol concerts, open classrooms and learning together sessions, half terms and mufti days, after school clubs and breakfast clubs, sports day and school fairs, book bags and reading journals. We did it. A few tears along the way. But overall an outstanding report for the boy. He's done well and is growing at such a pace it alarms me. 

And me. Well I think I deserve a gold star (or at least a glass of wine) for being that mummy on duty. And there is a few things I've learned myself along he way. 

1// you will go through more polo shirts than you though possible. Some of the stains on t-shirt are not shifting for anything. By the end of the year they now look grubby and are ready for the bin. 

2// breakfast club is not so much a bad thing. M has enjoyed this so much this year, school for breakfast with a choice of cereals and breads. Winning. 

3// he will forget something almost on every pick up. Whether that's his water bottle, book bag or jumper. 9 times out 10 he will come home missing something. 

4// his book bag will be full of important notes and pictures and "work" and trying to empty them to bin without him seeing is a task in itself. 

5// he will eat everything in sight within about 5 minutes of being home given half a chance. (This is why I have to top up the fruit bowl mid week)

6// if I don't get given a slip saying that he has hurt himself you will be surprised. My clumpy and energetic boy who cannot walk straight. 

7// the school gates are not that scary and you can strike up conversation with other parents. 

8// remembering all you need to remember (permissions slips, and PE kits, and water bottles, and mufti day donations) is tricky and you need to be able to fire a quick text to confirm your suspicions. 

9// even though he is more that capable to get dressed himself. Some Mornings it is quicker and less of a stress by getting him dressed yourself. 

10// watching you grow learn and develop is process. And seeing your interests spark and light up. watching you write and draw now without prompting makes me so happy. 

Oh and finally. You will be buying more that one pair of shoes in the year. #fact 

Yay to M and making his first year a success. Grow and bloom big boy. ��

8 Jul 2015

Unexpected news.

Taken a day off work today. Need to get things together. We have to move due to landlord wanting to sell the flat. I have done an insane amount of crying these past few days. But still trying to be positive. My phone has been ringing, I've spoken to so many agents, so many scribbled notes on paper. Things I need to remember.  I'm not so worried about the move or the packing. I just want to know we have somewhere to live. So this is why I have been quiet. I have retreated. I'm sad and emotional. And slightly bruised around the edges. It will all be ok. It will all be ok.

Trying to be focused and positive is something which can be hard for me. I'm putting my energy in. Then something swooshes down and I'm a mess again. I just want this to be sorted. I don't want to be in limbo. I want to know it will be ok. I feel awful for the kids though I know in my calm state they are fine and will be fine. We have amazing family and friends who are all pushing us on. Helping us out. Does not change that at some parts of the day I just want to sob. 

But right now through tear stained sore eyes I have the day off. I have my phone, a pen and time to do more calling and sh*t done. 

25 Jun 2015

ProjectLife // how I am keeping it simple.

I love my ProjectLife/Yearly albums - I really do. I love creating them, curating them and making them part of my life. It makes me super happy. I don't like all the time they can take up. Last year I look the quick way out and creating just a simple photo album. This year I wanted to go back to a ProjectLife weekly style album. And I have take steps to make it work for me. I talk more about the hows and why in my video below and give you a guided tour of the album so far!!

Here's some of links to what I use.

The ProjectLife App - Its really easy to use, and the print quality is good. Plus I can lay in bed on a sunday evening and work on my layouts.

Photobox App - Again, I can upload direct from my phone and print at the end of each month.

I use projectlife albums and page protectors which you can from Hey Little Magpie here in the UK. I have no new stash and am making do with what I have. (Though I will need to get some new pens and adhesive soon!) but I did pick up a few bargain pieces at TK Maxx.

Hope you like the video - any questions, anything you want to see more off just hit me up in the comments box!! 


24 Jun 2015

Edwards Family Cookbook // Mango & Milk smoothies

It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts. What with one thing or another my kitchen has been a bit well boring. I've been following slimming world which is a great way of loosing weight and works well. I just find myself stuck in a rut cooking wise. So post out holiday I decided to stop going to meetings, but till follow the plan. And by doing that the guilt of whipping up a cake in my kitchen was lifted! 

M has been getting more and more interested in cooking and making things in the kitchen. And he has been rather amazed that his mum does know how to make bread. Go me!

This evening request was burgers (easily done and eaten by the kids!) and mango smoothies. 

Here's what we added to our smoothies

1 whole mango peeled (badly!)
1 browning banana 
1 tin of mango slices (and a bit of the syrup)
1 orange muller light
And some  full fat milk (no juice in the house!)

All whizzed up and blended together. 

He's now requested smoothies every night. Not sure how I feel about that!