Monday, August 07, 2017

Go Ape Bracknell

One of the highlights of each school holiday is Jeff and I get to spend time with our God-daughter Orla. We try and see her 3-4 times a year as we believe if you accept the honour of being asked to be Godparents then you do the job properly and develop a relationship with the baby.

Only now she's not a baby she's eight and a half! Where did that go?

We thought about what to do, and for some unknown reason I cannot fathom, I suggested Go Ape! As if that wasn't daft enough I agreed to be the responsible adult to go up with her. I know, I have no idea how any of that happened!



Orla was a bit anxious so I assured her we could stop at any time (well, then found out that wasn't true!) and that she'd have to look after me as I was more nervous than her. Half way round I was like what the hell possessed me?? But you're on a loop so no going back, only going forward. Orla bless her went first and gave me the thumbs up and a giant smile several times. Then came the zip wire. This was the part I was dreading most, I even thought I might have to be pushed off the platform LOL! Well I did it on my own and I loved it! In fact if I could have just gone on the zip wire all the time that would have been fab!

Then came the second loop. I didn't like the look of it but Orla said she was happy to go on it alone. That girl is amazing :) I felt queasy just watching her. When she got off we asked which she would like to do again and she said Loop 2. I was like seriously? And we were so proud of her answer - because 2 was more challenging!

Then to the park and finally Pizza Hut. Definitely one of the best days of the year :)


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Ella and her 12 week review

So many emotions. 12 week review went well but our Ella's going to be in the residential home for a long time. She's happy. She's sad. She's angry. She misses us. She likes her new home. She wants me to move into the home with her. She's waiting for the complete epilepsy workup. She's waiting for the pysch workup. All that is ditto for Jeff and me too.

We went out with her today and she looked amazing. She walked everywhere without using the wheelchair. And she behaved like a little lady. Our hearts were bursting with pride and love.

On a day like today I forget the 8 months of pure hell and I just want to take her home and be with us again. But it's just selfish thoughts, just because my heart wants it, my head knows she's in the right place that's healing her physically and mentally.
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Thames Valley Police Force Open Day 2017 and Bowling

Jeff and I have decided that we are just going to care for the siblings we have at the moment over the summer holidays so that we can go out and enjoy ourselves without having a new child in the mix.

We've had the trip to Windsor the other day. And then a visit to Hollywood Bowl - Oh. My. God. How expensive??

And this time, Thames Valley Police Force Open Day. We had a lovely day, except for the weather! Well, it is August and it is England so we shouldn't be surprised, hey? We had just got to the event and got a drink, looked out and decided we'd stay in the refreshment tent for a bit. Very wise choice! Such a lot of rain.

Once it eased we spent about 3 hours looking at the exhibitions, displays, museum, and generally having a nice time. If the weather had been good we would have stayed longer but I looked at the sky and said to Jeff I wanted to leave. Half way back to the car and we could see the lightening!! It wasn't close initially, but we only just got back to the car in time before the storm hit overhead.

Didn't spoil the day though, would definitely go again next year!




Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Spending time with friends

We have just had one of our friends to visit with her girls. They've had a pretty rough time of it lately, which I am planning on blogging about separately.

So they came down for 5 days and ate and drank and watched the telly and played table tennis in the garden and went out and stayed in and ....... well, you get the picture.

Jeff and me have been friends with Sam since she was 16 - and she's 40 this year! Yes, I said that out loud, but there's a good chance I'll pay the price when she reads it :) So she was determined that she wasn't going to visit without seeing Ella.

First we dropped Sam, the girls and the teen fosterling in Windsor. Then we went to collect Ella from near Windsor. Then drove back to Windsor. Had a lovely few hours in Windsor with us, our adopted daughter, our 2 fosterlings and Sam and the girls - what a crazy mixed bunch! Then had to do the car journeys in reverse. Who would have thought a seven seater wouldn't be big enough! But worth the driving to and fro to have everyone together. Some days are just the best :)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What about Special Needs Dads?

I really don't need to add any words to this. The photograph says it all. He has had such a wonderful relationship with Ella that he found the way she behaved the past few months quite upsetting. This was the first time we had seen her after our holiday. The visit went well until it was time to take her home, and then she got upset and wanted me to move into the residential home with her #babysteps

Friday, July 28, 2017

Hair loss and how to get it back!

So this one is embarrassing. I know in the big scheme of things it's not major, but I'm really hoping it's fixable.

I have always only had two physical features about myself that I like. My eyes. And my hair. It's always been really thick, is naturally wavy and I can style it however I want. Over probably the last ten years it started coming out during a hair wash but would seem just as thick. However over the last six months I've noticed it's not growing back. Where I would take an extra-large bobble to hold all my hair in a pony tail I now only need a small bobble. And then, a few months ago, I saw a photograph of me and I could see where I am thinning on top. I mean seriously, patches going bald!!

Gutted.

Of course I then Google to find out what the hell is going on. Not the menopause, that's long gone. I don't feel ill so hopefully not that. But I did read something very interesting. Apparently if you lose a lot of weight over a relatively short period your hair follicles go into hibernation! So I'm obviously hoping for the latter!

But I'm not taking any chances.

My hairdresser suggested Plantar 36 so I'm giving that a go. No huge change yet. I mean, come on, I've used it 3 times now, where's my miracle cure???

But I have also met this lady on Instagram, MONAT@modern_nature_hair , whose products look amazing. Great :) Except they don't ship to the UK. Not great. Oh yes, WAIT ....... I have 2 sons living in America so thinking of getting it delivered to them - where there's a will there's a way :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Italy on Instagram

I've covered most of our holiday, but I did just pop a few on IG while we were away, so here they are :)

I bought this colouring book for 10pence just before we went on holiday. Well, it is actually a 2017 calendar, hence the price. But, it's still got a dozen pictures and it is from Joanne Basford's Enchanted Forest, so do I care that it's a calendar? ...... I do not.

I found this so relaxing, we did miss Ella a lot, so helped to zone out.
Took me all holiday to complete it, just picking it up now and then :)

If you could see me now you would see a very guilty face. We were always going to get Ella and the 2 fosterlings a little pressie. *Cough* *Cough* Okay, so they're not so little LOL! I started out with my sensible head on, bought all of them something to acknowledge the Italian football team - well, come on, that was a given :) So far so good. But then on the way back from Sorrento we found an Italian McCarthy Glen outlet and even better, a Diesel shop! Jeff had to almost drag me out of the shop, but not before I had bought baby a Diesel tee and a dress; her big brother some Diesel undies; and Ella a stunning black glittery dress. In my defence I thought the dresses could be saved for a family wedding in October. Oh, and the doudou was just because :)

And finally, just a salad. Not very exciting but as I'd managed to lose two and a half stone so far this year I really didn't want to blow it all in two weeks. Still had treats, how can you not have ice-cream in Italy?! But I didn't binge, and it paid off ........ I weighed exactly the same at the end of the holiday as at the start :) Finally beginning to be easy to turn food away - never thought I would ever say that again!