Thursday, December 13, 2012

I know, I know.........

Another catch up! I'm not quite sure where the past 2 weeks have gone, probably the same way as the rest of the term (semester for my lovely American friends :) )

So what riveting stuff have I been up to? ........
  • Governor stuff, redoing the Admissions Policy, involving several meetings, phone calls and emails. I am beginning to think I might have to stand down as I feel I am not able to give the role the time it deserves atm. We'll see how things pan out in the New Year.
  • The BEST lady, Diana, is working hard with Ella. Not convinced we're getting far, but baby steps.
  • Bless Madam, she's had several fits over the past few weeks, Monday's one being quite bad so ended up in A&E. Tuesday woke up as if nothing had happened!
  • Joe has got his Food Hygiene Certificate, 99% go Joe! Public Liability, etc and started his market stall last week. Have to say he can really bake - not sure where he gets that skill from, must have skipped a generation :) We went down with him to support his first day. He's doing 3 days at Wimborne Market and on Monday's selling coffee and cakes at The Bell pub. He seems really positive about it all, and it's lovely to see him bounce back (do boys bounce back, maybe something more macho would be better?!) after the ignoramus of a Governor refused to extend the tag. And working for himself has got to be better in the long run. Have put off writing to the little man for a few weeks, until Joe's tag finishes as he sounds like the sort who would make life difficult for Joseph just because he can.
  • Been back to the cinema to see Breaking Dawn again ..... but it wasn't for me you understand, it was to keep Hev company ;)
  • Still waiting for that respite - You're not surprised?! Me neither.
  • But we have got Ella a second carer, which hopefully means that they'll be able to take her out and Jeff and I might get a few hours to be a married couple again - scarey thought! He's fab, the carer not Jeff obv, and Ella knows him from gym, and he is fully aware of her meltdowns from when he had to literally prise her hands from my hair once. Watch this space that it all works.
  • Still rehearsing. Have 4 Sunday's on the trot coming up. Now I'm loving it, but thinking that this may be a one-off on the pantomime front for me, as it's hard with everything else that goes on in our lives to commit to something like that. In fact I'm not committing 100% to it as I have 2 craft fairs booked the next 2 Sundays, which obv means income (hopefully!) so have to do it, but means that I'm not putting in the level of commitment I would like to be able to.
  • Took Ella to see Father Christmas at Oaktree Nursery in Bracknell - can't praise them highly enough, they were amazing with Ella and her needs :)
  • Madam had a major meltdown last week, bad enough that Jeff and I had to collect her, 5 minutes after Diana had left, go figure.
  • And this week we've had to put in a complaint to the school.
  • Still crafting for the craft fairs. Was initially just going to do this for Christmas, but thinking might book some for next year too.
  • Ella's now 14!
  • The party that had been booked was fab - check the link opposite for Little Woodpeckers and then go to 'Party - Girl' page. I was so chuffed, and the Mum's testimonial couldn't have been nicer :)
  • Christmas dec's are up - silver and blue this year. Does it suggest I have too many dec's when I can alternate the colour themes each year?!
  • Usual crapola of paperwork, housework, running the kids around, blah, blah, blah .......
  • Darling niece Rebecca visited :)
  • Joshua had football trials, and even he said he played really well - he is his worst critic - but hasn't heard anything, so he's a bit despondent :(
  • And that'll do as I still have more crapola to deal with - Legacy blog, business websites, Joe's appeal paperwork ........ At this rate I'll be back around Christmas LOL! xx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yet another catch up!

Can see these catch up posts being a regular thing until Christmas the way life seems to be on fast forward. Still, I suppose if the world ends on 21st December I can honestly say I did not waste my life! Not as I think it will :)

So :
  • Joshua's foot is healing - realised how much damage he must have done when the bruise spread from the sole of his foot to half way up his calf!
  • Ella had another fit - gave the driver and escort a scare this time. Doctor has increased her meds by half as much again which will hopefully do the trick.
  • Oh, and while we're on Madam, her behaviour has been very up and down, but Ariane reminded me this time of year does usually throw her a loop - it was when her birth mum left and then she was taken into care :( Our adoption SW at the time said a lot of adopted children have this response, even though it is a completely sub-conscious action.
  • Still trying to find her a second carer so we can have that break we were promised.
  • Actually still waiting for the respite that was mentioned back in July.
  • You know that part-time job Joe was offered. Despite him having a written letter from the supermarket the Governor at the YOI refused to move his tag forward 15 minutes to allow Joe to get to work for 7am, so the offer has been retracted. I can't print how I feel about that little man. But I will be working on a clean version and tell him exactly what I think about his obvious views on rehabilitation. 
  • Crafting like mad - some photos at the bottom. Doing my first craft fair on Sunday with Anna HERE 
  • Jeff, Ella, Vicky and me went to the SMC school fair - being going to that one whenever possible for over 15 years - always feels like the start of Christmas.
  • Yet more governor meetings - admissions - what a nightmare. 
  • Ella sent home sick.
  • Joshua completed his Princes Trust course and really enjoyed it :) 
A few piccies of current crafting .......

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Legacy Stirs .......

The book is live! You can find it here on Amazon. It's only 1.49, less than a coffee ..... go on, treat yourself, you know you want to :)

Website here.

Special mention for the artwork to Connell McMenamin, who took on the challenge of creating the book cover after being volunteered to design it!