Christmas, family and Emma Bridgewater

So as the mini whites enjoy their Christmas gifts I have time to stop and take stock. It’s been a very busy term for me although I really do live my job. I have notched up 3 parents evenings, 2 open evenings, not as many gym sessions as I should have, 2 weeks of being ill (including 1 day where I actually couldn’t get out of bed so did not go to school), 2 nativities, 1 weeks away in Norfolk, approx 70 early morning dog walks, numerous disagreements no scrap that arguments with eldest child re getting homework done, used up several red and green pens, many bottles of prosecco and hours of laughing with family and friends to name just a few things. I was truly spoilt this Christmas mainly with new Emma Bridgewater gifts but with a hint of Pandora and Maria Carey MAC lipgloss (I had almost bought it when shopping with my good friend but didn’t …. but she surprised me with it on Christmas Day). 

Looking forward to 2017 I want to try and slow down a little. Enjoy just being with my boys and family. My father is in the process of being diagnosed with dementia so I want to make sure the boys have lots of happy memories with him. Next year we will celebrate 15 years of marriage, and 23 years of being together, so time to devote to our relationship too. Next year will also see my youngest leave his infant school and the start of us looking and applying for eldest secondary school place. All in all next year is going to be a fantastic year and even better than 2016. So for how I wish you restful new year.

Getting our camp on

Just over 3 years ago we purchase our first tent. Both of us have good jobs but with mortgages, bills, childcare etc there isn’t much left for expensive holidays. Let’s face it school holiday prices are stupidly high, some people spend all year saving for a break in the sun. So one year we came to the conclusion that we had to rethink holidays if we really wanted more than a short weekend break once a year. Tent, after much extensive research by husband, basic one grill cooker, air beds etc purchased and we headed off to Cromer for our first camping trip. We loved it. Having 2 hyperactive boys, the fresh air and freedom was fantastic. I was bought up on caravan holiday so trips to the showers and toilets weren’t a huge thing and the boys (including the oldest one aka hubby) all adjusted within minutes. And thus begun our camping journey.

Since then we have changed the tent to something a bit bigger, unfortunately as we forgot to air it last year it has some mound spots now which I can’t remove …. I’m trying to convince the hubby to change it now. We also purchased new self inflating mats. The Outwell 10cm dream catcher is amazing! This year I purchased,in the sale, a little coffee pot as I’m a coffee person and instant just doesn’t cut it for me.

 So I’m sat listening to the light rain showers with hot coffee. My boys are wide awake already and happily scoffing breakfast. The campsite is wonderful, the play area is amazing! There is no bar so it’s quiet. I’m feeling recharged! If you’ve never tried camping before just go for it.

Prize for worse mummy goes to ….

Me! Yes it’s been a whole 8 days since my rather large mummy fail concerning my youngest and today my eldest has been on the receiving end. I write this whilst awaiting the fallout for said fail, but first I’ll explain last weeks fail.

Youngest is in an infant school, the school is fantastic, the staff are amazing and the children love the school. As my life isn’t busy enough I’m a governor there too and it was at last weeks meeting I realised my epic mummy fail. Schools across our city had move up days last week. The youngest was spending the whole week with his new teacher and we spoke everyday about how good his day had been. So sat at our meeting and the Head teacher mentions that the 3-5pm slots to go and see your new child’s new classroom and meet the teacher was successful. My brain is already in slow mo after a day at work and the extra marking I had taken on but the ball slowly begins to drop! The session I didn’t go to despite it being my afternoon off! Yes I completely forgot about it! Strike one! Youngest was OK about it but I’m sure he’s storing that for a later date.

Today I feel I surpassed that fail in child terms. Eldest has gone on a school trip which they were super excited about. Dutifully I got up at 5am and prepared an extra large packed lunch, sorted the rucksack, notebook and pen he wanted to take and even remembered the rain Mac just in case. I asked how much money he wanted (school said max of £10 he said £5), not a problem mummy will sort it. So off I went to walk the pooches (yes I walk them before we all leave at 7.40am as evening are crazy), get back load all into the car and off to breakfast club. I spend a fun filled day at school (we have special activities this week) even pop home to let pooches out as mil can’t today. Get to surprise youngest by picking him up from school to instead of after school club. Walking back to the car it dawns on me ….. Yes I didn’t give eldest the money! He’s gone on his trip thinking he has money and I forgot to give it to him! Now this, for a 9 yr old, will be the worse thing ever and prove I’m the worlds worse mummy ever!!!! (Yes new national curriculum the use of more than 1 eclaimation mark is more than warranted here by the way) So even though I know he would have bought a pencil, rubber and maybe a ruler all of which we have in abundance that is not going to matter to a disappointed 9 yr old. 

So I’m sat with my green tea contemplating going to bed before he arrives home! Wish me well people.