Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Another busy day. Don't think it being December helps. One has all the 'usual' stuff to do, then we have to include all the 'extra' stuff. So today we start the morning with only 2 extra teenagers camped out in the boys room. Ben's football starts at 9am - should be interesting as he didn't go to sleep till gone midnight (ETA ended up losing 5-1, but the goal scored was by Ben, not bad for a defender!)
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Busy old day. Jeff has been making a table top for our dinner table. It's designed for 6, but then special occasions are a bit of a squeeze - ok, a lot of a squeeze! So we should now comfortably seat 8. He's such a clever old sod :) Teaching for me this morning. My apprentices. Was nice today to see their assignments taking shape and putting anxieties at ease.
Lunchtime we went to the Old Manor pub together. I have fond memories of this place. It used to be a Berni Inn many moons ago and my dad had the cleaning contract for it. One of my earliest memories (I couldn't have been more than 4-5) is sitting in the bar playing. The smell is the kicker. It's been over 40 years, but it still has the same smells that evoke these memories. We try and have lunchtime every couple of months. Nowhere fancy, sometimes using Tesco vouchers, but a couple of hours adult conversation and eating with no interrruptions, bliss.
And tonight he took me to the flicks. It's been years since just the 2 of us went to the cinema together. We decided to see Nativity! It was hilarious - loved it :) It's had mixed reviews, but for this time of year, and just a film to kick back and smile - perfect!
Friday, December 04, 2009
Yesterday was my last day for teaching 10 of my DPP students. They've hopefully successfully completed their last unit. I've been teaching them weekly since September 2008, the first regular course I taught. It hasn't all been easy. With our money worries; Joe's head injury; studying for the Playwork Awards; as well as the Teacher Training; etc, etc, etc, it has meant some weeks I have honestly felt like giving up. But I'm so pleased I didn't, it was so nice to see them all go. You know, I didn't mean that the way it sounded! LOL! Maybe 'move on' would be a better choice of words! Anyhow they gave me a lovely heart shaped keyring with Hopes and Dreams written on it. You can just see it. And this gorgeous basket of flowers. Apparently when the student that bought them was in the queue, Cliff Richard was in front of her :) Better not tell mum, she'd nick them on the offchance that Cliffy babe had breathed on them LOL
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Today we take a side-step and forget about Christmas. Today is Ella's birthday. She's 11, which means we've been blessed with her for 7.5 years. This year she really seems to understand her birthday. "Where's my cards and presents?" and "Where's my birthday cake?" Yep, she's sorted out the important stuff! So tonight we shall be watching Ice Age 3 in front of the telly. Ben and Josh will be joining us. They knew we'd got it for her and had hoped to get a sneak peek, but we kept the cellophane on and made it impossible :) So, tv, blankets, HSM3 cake, hot chocolate and the kids. Perfect :)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Jeff found Coroner Court interesting, just as well, he's such a grumpy man in every other respect LOL
Boys all okay. Joe had swine flu jab. Took ages to decide, just hope we made the right decision! Have had friends galore sleeping over. Picture gives you an idea of the number of teenagers hanging around - yes, that is 13 pairs of shoes. Jeff and I are seriously thinking of getting a separate doorbell just for the boys room!
Went to dad and Sandra's a fortnight ago and got virtually all the Christmas presents. In fact, reckon Sandra should be a Personal Shopper :) Been Flyladying, so each evening have done a little bit. All now wrapped, cards written, stamped and addressed. About the only thing I had enough energy for this week!
So not much news.
First Day of Advent, and this year I feel very Christmassy. Got the quilt out today I made last year - hope you like it :)
Thursday, November 05, 2009
*Back to school.
*Stood a girlfriend up *insert blushing smilie*
*Winter coats needed
*4 of my students wanted their portfolios in for final IV - argghh, so know there's going to be bits that need addressing.
*Attended a Diet and Nutrition Awareness course. And you know how you always come away from that sort of thing feeling renewed and righteous! Don't think the rest of the family is very impressed LOL
*Ella had her school photo - she looks so cute in pigtails - and a trip to the doctors. There's 4/5 in the practice and this one commented that he'd never seen her before. When Jeff and I thought about it we realised that, despite all her problems, she is one healthy lassie :)
*Joe's got a new girlfriend on the horizon - really pleased for him. Only met her briefly, but she seems nice. I thought for ages about 'nice', bit of a 'urgh' word, but couldn't think of anything more suitable! I don't know anything about her to say she's lovely - although Joe certainly thinks so LOL - but she seemed .......nice!
*Joe had 3 mates round ..... the same night Ben had 6 for a sleepover ...... the same night Josh's (about 8) mates all started out ours before they went to a party! Frazzeled? Bloody right
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Yesterday it was Joe's 18th birthday, when did that happen! He got in about 2.30 this morning very tiddled but very happy!
It's half-term this week so usual house sorting and cleaning. I have to start writing my 3,500 word assignment for Playwork; 2,500 for the teacher training; 4 portfolios to mark; and 5 weeks worth of lessons to plan! No rest for the wicked LOL I've signed back up with Flylady - I know, how sad! - but when I joined a few years ago my house was definately more organised and Christmas was a breeze. So here's for a easy Christmas :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Half term next week so plan to write my second assignment for my Playwork, and relax. This term is always sooo manic! Joe's also 18 next week, can you believe that? 18 years since I was stuck in maternity for weeks on end. I remember one Friday seeing a different doctor and he let me home with an appointment to come back on the Monday. I felt like a prisoner with a weekend pass LOL Of course, on the Monday my regular doctor asked me if I'd enjoyed the break cos the slip up wouldn't happen again LOL And it didn't.
Visited 2 of my old Racal friends at the weekend, just a lovely, quiet evening. And that's about it! Off now to sort out some of my scrapping albums - anything to put off planning a lesson!
Photo of said fab friends :)
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
What else? The usual. School. College. Work. Bumps and bruises. Final term for Playwork course I'm studying. Meetings. Parents Evening at which Ella's Deputy head said "Ella is so unique that's why everyone loves her" :). Not enough hours in the day. Football training and football matches. Started final year of teacher training - gulp. Ben is being a darling around the house. Think that's got something to do with the bass guitar we bought him for music. Managed to get to one crop. Had a group of 7 of my closest friends round for a meal. Cooked Italian. I know, don't faint! Me and cooking - say no more! Joe's had 2 visits from the police. Both waste of time. On the news last year was the highest number of complaints ever recorded against the police. Not surprised. Josh has settled into college and is actually enjoying it. Good start :)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
So. Picture the scene. Ben in the back garden with half a dozen of his friends having a sleepover in the tent. We've set up the TV and DVD so they're all sitting eating pizza, chatting and chilling on the decking. Now, we've lived in this little house for 13 years, 2 months and 2 weeks (roughly!) and it's a quiet little corner of the town. Back to last night. Jeff and I are watching something on the box and hear a lot of noise outside. Look out window. Jeff "That's someone jumping the fences" The next 1.5 hours were like something from Road Wars! So, Jeff is at the front of the house, and he can see the 2 criminals in the garages. He's shouting to the police where they are and how to get to them. I think "S***, the kids" As I go into the house to tell them to come in, they all run in from the garden. One of them has shinnied our fence and come face to face with a bunch of 14 year olds. So, bit of calm. Jeff and me chatting to police. Kids stress, can hear sounds in the bushes. Jeff and a policeman in the garden. He shinnies over back fence. Caught about 2 gardens later by police and their dogs. Now, when you watch that on TV, it doesn't sound anywhere near as loud as in real life with the police shouting, dogs barking. More police. Police helicopters. Dog and handler now outside our house. They were around for another hour. Not sure if they caught number 2, so wasn't keen on kids sleeping out, so living room was heaving with mattresses, sleeping bags and bodies!
After the initial scare, the kids reckoned it was the best sleepover they'd ever been to! We aim to please LOL