Saturday, October 30, 2010
Where did half term go?! Monday Ella got a hair cut and Mum and Aunty Jean came round for a cup of tea; Tuesday went to Lingfield to see Emma and her fab new venture; Wednesday went to Pizza Express with Jeff courtesy of Tesco vouchers; then watched Joshua play football for his college team (won 5-3); Ella went to after-school club Halloween party (last post)and went to a Zumba class - I don't actually ache as much as I thought I would! Thursday solicitors and The Range and Jeff made our Christmas cake; Friday I got to scrap! So this weekend is catch up on all the boring stuff and sort out my application form for a job interview on Tuesday.

Photo is of a really old house in Lingfield I noticed and couldn't resist photographing.

Joshua's team talk after the match.Jeff baking the Christmas cake in readiness for feeding it lots of brandy!Journalling tags for the Christmas album. They took hours and hours but I'm really pleased with the results.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ella had a halloween party at her after-school club today. She didn't even eat breakfast she was so excited - and as you know, that is really saying something LOL. So obviously a photo was essential. But she was shaking so wouldn't stand up on her own, hence Ben's arm on the edge of the photo! The first was just touched up, a bit of extra colour and soft edging. The second one I sort of went to town on - but I love it :)


Tuesday, October 26, 2010
My friend Suzelle pointed out Ali Edwards December Album and I have decided to go for it. I haven't really scrapped since before we went to Spain. Bit of lack of time and inspiration. Have been crafting, but not scrapping. Anyhow, started by deciding the layout, which will be similar to Ali's ideas. Pages are going to be 8" x 6" so that I can have a 6" x 4" photo on half the page and decoration/journal/date on the other half. So these are the dates. All 3" x 2". They are actually more 'grungy' than they look - thanks flash *rolling eyes*.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Oops! Not sure where the last 10 days have gone since the last post. I think it's one of those things. When you do something everyday it becomes so routine that you can't imagine not doing it. Then the routine breaks and getting back into it is so much harder. Of course, could also be that my life has been as dull as dishwater so I've nothing to say. Yeah, okay, stop laughing, like that could ever happen!

On routines. In France I would get out of the tent and swim at 10 every morning. It was lovely. I felt fitter. Invigorated. And I think it helped wake up my writing. Cos I would then write so easily for a couple of hours. And I was eating so healthily, even lost half-a-stone on holiday! How often does that happen? Well, except when you get a cake of Delhi Belly!

On eating. It was so much easier to eat healthily abroad. The fruit and veg looked appealing and time is made to sit and enjoy your food. Back home it's rushed between school, work, college, football. Cooking becomes rushed, not enjoyed.

On cooking. I have been baking for England. Well okay, not England, but by my standards pretty impressive! Getting a bit of a whizz at cakes and biscuits. So thought I would venture a bit out of my comfort zone. Actually any cooking is out of my comfort zone LOL Saw Jamies Half Hour Cooking and thought the spinach and feta cheese filo pie looked interesting.

Results:

Me: Yes, it can be done in half an hour, and is pretty easy, but the cost - :(
Jeff: It's okay, wouldn't want it too often.
Jeff: (bedtime with chronic indigestion) Never cook that again!
Joe: You seriously made that?
Josh: Looks like a flower.
Ben: Don't ever make me taste that again!
Ella: Ate it....of course :)

On Kids:
Ella - been a bit up and down. Seems to start the week aggressive and stressed, and mellows out as the week goes on. Bedtimes still a pain. She went to the schools Saturday Club for the first time. I was a nervous wreck as they were going to the cinema, Burger King and then the park. No-one except us, and a few people that I trust implicitly had ever taken her anywhere. But it turned out she had a 1:1, was a diamond and had a blast. Had to pay for the cinema and food herself. So as well as being respite for us it's helping her learn self-help and independence.
Joe - need to fill out an application form for Tesco's apprenticeship. He might as well get an extra qualification while he decides what he wants to do. But keeping him in one place long enough is like trying to put down clouds! Suggested he sign on. Not ideal, but we've just had to fork out £14 for his inhalers!
Josh - has just got back from a college trip. And still playing football for the college, Wokingham Allied Counties and Finch Reserves. Plus boxing training for fitness levels. That's one healthy son.
Ben - what can I say? Enjoying his bass, I just love to hear him playing it. Doing well in music and drama. And that's about it. He doesn't know what he wants to do so can't see the point of pushing himself. We told his tutor that at parents evening. As is typical of EP it's not followed up until we get a letter this week saying his grades are dropping. Well maybe if you bothered to listen to parents.......

On EP - had a stroppy letter saying that Ben had been spoken to on numerous occasions about his phone - his ipod - and incorrect uniform. I pointed out that his phone is broke, he doesn't own an ipod and his tutor knows about the uniform. Surprise, surprise, no apology as yet.

On fostering - so frustrating. I can understand why there is always a shortage! Will save that for another day when I'm less riled so less likely to say something I shouldn't!

Phew. No photos seeing as this was a catch up post.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Can you believe it's October and our hanging baskets are still in bloom. Okay, so everything else has died in there, but it's still looking good :)
These herb name sticks we got in The Range - one whole pound each - and they are going to look fab in their respective tubs next year. And the boys will have no opportunity to say "I can't pick some I don't know what it looks like!" Very good value methinks.So yesterday I got a lovely comment, from an equally lovely fella, about a photograph I had taken. And it made me feel good :) Everybody likes to hear something nice. You could pick just the moment when someone is so low and you don't even know what a positive effect you've had on them. When was the last time you just complimented someone out of the blue? Go on, do it today, make someone's day, you know you want to.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Today Jeff, Ella and I took Mum to Southend-on-Sea to see her friends Pat and Mike. As they've been friends for 40 plus years, I've always known them as Aunty Pat and Uncle Mike. And still do. Apparently makes them feel old, but it just seems wrong not giving them their proper title! I've done the same with the boys, it's just a personal thing, but I think it shows a mark of respect. I digress - there's a change I hear you sarcastically think :) We had a lovely day. Couldn't believe how lovely the weather was for October - shorts! I know, Jeff's got his chicken legs out, but a small price to pay to see the sun :) Have included a couple of photos. Played with Picnik to get the colours, I really like it.Walked along the promenade, then had lunch. Strolled around the shops, found a couple of ornaments that belong to the C word that I didn't mention yesterday in a charity shop. Also found a store we don't have locally - TJ Hughes, and got some C presents :) Ended up in an American style diner, Bobby-Jo's 50's Diner, and the milkshakes and desserts were to die for! Def worth a visit :) Then back to pick up Mum and met Chris and Glynis (son and DIL that I haven't seen for years), who were as lovely as they always were :) Only downer on the whole day was the journey home - M25? Say no more!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
There are days when Ella is, simply, hard work. Nothing I can do appeases her. Nothing is good enough. She won't walk anywhere without holding a hand. She screams for no reason. Etc. Etc. Etc. Simply hard work. So I've been with her all morning while Jeff had a lay in (not complaining about that, he was knackered!) and then he went and watched Ben's football match - which his team won 6-1. Obviously pleased that he won, more so that his old best mate, and fellow team mate, was in the other team. Back to Ella. Jeff has now taking over so I can shower; hair colour; bake some scones and cupcakes; mark a couple of students portfolios; do a photograph session for Joshua and his best mates; 3 more loads of washing; and sort out some scrapping stuff for a December album. See how I mentioned the C word without actually saying the C word lol!

We watched The Lovely Bones, which was, oh, okay and Remember Me which had me in tears at the end :(

So, one of the pluses of Ella's moods is the need to 'do' something. Does that make sense, I have plenty on my list, but sometimes it's the need to create, adapt, clean, tidy. And today was a tidy. So the list is still as long (and I sort of think that updating my blog wasn't on the list so still as long!) but I have a good feeling and a tidy cupboard :)

Before:After:
Friday, October 08, 2010
Spent a lovely morning yesterday with these 2 adorable children :) Oh, and Jeff was there too! I think he had as much fun as they did. Got a message from their Mum to say the younger girly had fallen asleep during lunch, completely wore her out lol!


Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Just back from the most lovely chilling weekend with some of my favourite people :) We went all out this year and rented a house with sauna, steam room and hot tub ...... OMGosh, I love, love, love the hot tub, they should come as an optional extra in all homes LOL. Photos are of a travel essentials kit I made everyone - you know, tissues, emery boards, incense, etc. No condoms, think we're all past needing them....what a depressing thought LMAO! Photos to follow - not too many, I know, I'm slipping.