Thursday, November 25, 2010
Fostering. Part 2. Went to an Open Event with the local LA last night. Chatted after the presentation. Explained that I had contact them initially in May and not heard anything until I got a letter late October asking if I was still interested. They couldn't apologise enough. Fingers crossed they contact us next week and start the ball rolling. Still not heard anything from the private fostering agency that were going to get back to us 2 weeks ago. If we weren't so keen we'd have given up by now!

Madam doing one of the things she enjoys most - eating out :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So having fun and games with football, dancing, partying and work. Of course, only the work is mine, the rest is the taxi service Mothers offer their delightful offspring. Oh, I have been baking which has been yummy, except for the sugar free chocolate cupcakes. Well, they would have been yummy if I had planned for them to be sugar-free, but I hadn't and they most definately weren't!

Went to Joy's Jamie at Home party and bought a few more lovely storage jars - want a Jamie at Home party? Angela's your girl :) Um, and that's about it. Oh my gosh, how depressing is that? I haven't had time to update for 2 weeks, and not because I've been painting the town red!

And I've not even got any current photos to upload. So here's a couple of casual ones I took in the summer of Jeff staining the decking - love those chicken legs ;)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Last Friday one of my friends won an overnight stay in a hotel in London and a Masterchef class with Ainsley Harriott for herself and 5 friends. It was for this Tuesday and would you believe it was the only day this week I wasn't busy - a free day?! How often does that happen? So I said to Debbie if she wanted to put my name into the hat I wouldn't object LOL So I was sooo lucky to be one of the 5.

I arrived at 10pm Monday, after teaching, at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel. Doorman - yes a doorman - let me in. I looked around the bar and asked if there was another area. There wasn't. So I went back out courtesy of the doorman. Jeff says 'ask at reception'. Back in thanks to the doorman. No luck at reception. Back to Jeff then realised I had got Debbie's name slightly wrong. Back to reception. Doorman still smiling - wonder what he was really thinking ;) Yes they were there. So went out and promised doorman it would be the last time. Said night to Jeff and Ella. Sat in the bar with some paper and did some writing till everyone got back. Room was on 6th floor - so you know me, lot's of walking cos there was no way I was going in the lift! Room was lovely, although couldn't work out why there was a window through to the bathroom and blinds which could be opened from the bedroom! Claire reckoned it's so you could check on someone that was in there too long :) I'm not convinced, answers on a postcard ......

After breakfast on Tuesday went for a walk down Sloane Streetand got very wet. Then picked up by a driver and taken to Mossimans Cookery School. Spent the day with Ainsley Harriott who is just as nice IRL as he comes across on the telly. I made vegetarian versions of Smoked Duck with orange and pomegranates; carribean (fish) bouillabaisse; and coffee brioche.

I had the best day - Debbie thank you so much for letting me be part of it xoxo

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Saturday during the day Ella went to the Saturday Club and they took them to Carters Steam Fair! Aside from what it does to my nerves wondering what she's getting up to - all kudos to Carters for the way they looked after the group. Allowed them to go to the front of the queues and didn't charge the kids for any of the rides :) Now that's customer service :)And as usual, worried for nothing, she had a blast, apparently loved the bumper cars and the train ride.

In the evening Ella and I went to Joy's Church for a barn dance, and of course it was perfect for madam - food, music and dancing, she was in heaven. Completely bailed at 9ish though, think the day caught up with her!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Benjamin took this photograph through our bedroom window. And I thought it deserved a post all of its own :) As he took it he said "Maybe I'll be a photographer." Along with enjoying playing the bass guitar, he's obviously going to be artistic - which is absolutely fine, all the boys are different :)
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Guy Fawkes night and like a good Catholic I celebrated the naughty Catholic at a Fireworks night at a Catholic School :) The fireworks were - and always have been - fantastic. Bracknell Fireworks (now called Stars or something - the ones that do the X Factor displays) have always put them on and they are always spectacular - for English fireworks! Sorry, but once you've seen Italian fireworks nothing, but nothing compares. That aside it was a lovely evening, boys weren't bothered so just Ella, Jeff and me. Bit of a reality check though, watching the tiny kids in their all-in-one suits, reminded us of when our kids were that young and that we have been coming to this firework display for a lot of years!

Love this photo - has a 'Close Encounters of the First Kind' feeling :)And I love this just because I found out I can do it LMAO!

Friday, November 05, 2010
What a week.

Monday: Half-term over and school re-opens, so you'd think everything would settle down right? Wrong. Joe's been at hospital getting his wrist x-rayed following a fall at the weekend. They took the x-rays twice as they weren't sure whether there was any breaks or not. They think not, but it's really swollen and bruised, so he's got it strapped up. Ella point blank refused to get on the school bus this morning, so she's in her bedroom in disgrace. Joshua had the hump cos I wouldn't give him a lift to school - he's nearly 18, not a baby! At least Ben went off without any hassle. 1 out of 4 aint bad LOL

Tuesday I went for an interview as a Lead Care Assessor. I actually love working at the college, but there's so little opportunity for promotion. Anyhow they got back to me to say I came in second! And you know what second's worth..... well. they didn't say it quite like that, she was actually very nice and explained it was a very difficult decision but that the other person had more experience. Oh well, c'e sera sera.

Um, Wednesday I think was pretty uneventful, thankfully, but obviously just lulling me into relaxing so that when Thursday hit I was unprepared!

Thursday : Joe's car had a flat battery so he couldn't get Marley to college. Jeff had a play with the engine and got it going eventually. I had an appointment so Jeff was setting the GPS for me when he noticed a mother of a screw sticking out of one of the tyres. So he then had to deal with that. We then had a call from Ben's school to say he's poorly and could we pick him up. And then a call from Ella's school to say she was poorly and could we pick her up. Then I had to work out how to get Joshua to a football match over an hour away with 2 sick kids. Thank Heavens for other football mums LOL

And then today: Teaching for me. Whilst there had the 'pleasure' of catching 2 students getting to know each other a little too well - in full view of everyone! Now you know me, but seriously? In front of an audience?! Lunch with Jeff. Jeff's trying to fix Joe's car. Ben's still off sick. Joshua is struggling with a knee injury which has messed up his football so he really is not happy.

Do you like the cakes? Ella decorated them and insisted I take a picture :)Snickerdoodles - nice biscuits, but the name, really?
Citrus clouds - very popular judging by the speed in which they disappeared!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Went to the Card Factory in town after Mass. Got
  • 5 bottle gift bags
  • 3 large gift bags
  • 24 tags
  • Pack of tissue paper
  • 3 angel bookmarks
  • 2011 diary
  • Pack 16 religious cards - well, they've got Churches on, was the closest I could find in the whole shop :(
  • BIG kitchen calendar that I always need with lots of writing space
  • 15 money envelopes (gave 5 to Mum)
  • Personal cards for husband - Mum - Dad and StepMum - special couple (Joe and Marley) - Goddaughter - Godson

All that for £15.20, now that's a result :)