So the other night was movie night, we have a good sized collection of Disney classics, as any home should and Lady and the Tramp happens to be one of them.
Now we have watched this film countless times but probably not for a few months and this time I came to realise how much my little persons mind is changing. There were a lot of questions she has never asked before and I guess I just assumed she knew the answers to or I didn’t want to explain because I thought she would get upset.
So I thought I would share with you her questions and my answers to give you some idea of how a 7 year olds mind works.
T- Why is there one puppy at the end which looks like tramp and the rest look like lady?
Me- Well because they had puppies together.
T- but how did they get one looking like the dad because puppies go in the mummies tummy?
Me- well because he is the Dad and Lady is the Mummy so some look like each one, like Poppy looks like her Daddys colour but her Mummy’s size. (I bailed at this point and did not go any further into why the dogs look like the Mum and Dad! She’s only 7!)
T- what does lost your sense of smell mean?
Me- that dog is a hound so he uses his sense of smell to hunt things out so as he’s got a little older he can’t smell things as well any more which for him is pretty sad.
T- where is the dog in the pound going?
At this point the dog is being taken for the ‘long walk’ from which he never returns.
Me- well in the old days when they had a dog at the pound and no one came to claim him they would kill it after a few days because they didn’t have enough space to keep them all.
*watches T’s face for reaction*
T- and the dog just thought he was really going for a long walk, he was excited to go out the door.
Me- yes babe.
*realises this film is actually pretty sad in places*
T- Why does Lady get that put on her face?
Me- because the Aunt thinks she is going to bite the baby so they put those on dogs that aren’t very nice to keep them from hurting anyone.
T-why does the Beaver need that log in the river?
Me- because they like to build a dam to stop the water so they have a home to live in.
And that’s all folks!
The lesson for today- no matter how much you think your kids can follow these films and they have watched them since they were tiny there is still a lot they really don’t understand so one day be ready for the questions!
So three weeks ago we had Poppy spade, something we did not decide on lightly and even left until she was over 1 to do as we couldn’t fully decide. What swung it for us was the risk of puppies was no longer there. We could have managed the season every 6 months but Poppy loves to run and if a male dog had got to her we just felt we couldn’t have looked after puppies while working so it wouldn’t have been fair to her.
So the operation itself was a success, We had a rough night the first night with lots of crying and whining from poor Pops but the very next day she was already starting to look a bit brighter.
The below is day 1.
So we followed the rules and kept the cone on, we walked her for 10 days with that thing on and every other dog barking at her while their humans ‘aahhh’d’.
We went at 10 days at got her stitches out and everything looked great. The cone came off and we started walking and running again. She was so happy.
Then 5 days later a red lump appeared on her wound. The vet couldn’t tell if it was an infection/her body reacting to the stitches inside or what had happened so we were given antibiotics for a week and the cone had to go back on!
Poppy was sad again.
So every night and every day when we went to work we put it back on and looked at her sad little face. We had to get this wound sorted so there was nothing else we could do. My neighbour who let’s her out every day at lunch time had said Poppy wouldn’t even take a treat from her for 2 days which I think showed how sad she was!
But I’ve given the tablets religiously twice a day for a week and we are now finally healed! The wound is looking great and the cone is finally banished forever 😁
Yesterday she had her first run in a long time and she loved it!
Today Poppy is having a bath to get that stinky smell of the cone gone completely!
We are so pleased to get out puppy back to strength, it’s been a long 3 weeks for her but it’s finally over 😊
Every year T has a birthday party and every year I plan and plan, make things myself, think up activities, design decorations and manage to pull it off, with a little help from friends and family anyway!
This year T wants a Charlie and the Chocolate factory birthday party. This is one of her favourite films and she has watched it so many times each time finding it just as exciting. Its a pretty common theme if you look online there are a whole host of ideas for Willy Wonka parties and it’s at this time Pinterest becomes my best friend and most commonly used app!
Some people wonder why I plan parties at home designing the decorations and games myself, spending weeks planning the food, Party bags, games and invitations but when you have a little person who has a favourite film/book/person why wouldn’t you want to create a magical fun filled party for them to enjoy with their friends at home? After all they aren’t this small forever and give it a couple of years every year we will be spending parties elsewhere at a cost I’m sure!
Last year we had Princess Tiana as the theme, standard really as T stands for Tiana and before that we have had a Princess Belle party also. Don’t get me wrong we have had parties out, for her 6th birthday she had a pamper party at a beauty salon where all the little girls got their hair plaited and sprayed with glitter and had their nails painted pretty colours. It was so much fun for them and all I had to plan was the cake and party bags so I’m really not against parties that are entertained for you I just love creating a party myself!
So this year so far I’ve got planned the following games;
Balloon burst to find golden ticket in violet
Guess how many in jar
Eating doughnuts from string
Make your own sweetie necklace
Pass the parcel
Photos in the wonka tv
Musical statues & bumps
I’m sure more will be added along the way as it takes quite a few activities to entertain about 10 little girls for an 1hour/1 hour 30! I thought the Wonka wordsearch could be used while i’m preparing something else and maybe the top three quickest will receive a small prize. I’ve already printed these wordsearches for free online so that is one small job done!
Here is some more of my inspiration from online, there will two golden tickets inside two balloons on Violet and the lucky winners will receive a prize, along with the winner of who can eat their doughnut first without using their hands!
I’m planning to try and make a Willy Wonka hat from cardboard and tissue paper and obviously the plates and cups will need to be as bright as possible to fit in with the theme of the chocolate factory!
I’ve also found some golden ticket invitations that you can print from Pinterest for £1.20, this gives you a PDF editable download of a golden ticket along with the outside cover of a Wonka bar so you an actually make a Wonka bar with a golden ticket inside as the invitation! It also helpfully tells you that the cheapest place to go for the chocolate is Asda as it comes already in silver foil! I will post pictures of these once they are done.
I think the below will be fairly easy to make as we have an old swimming float that is no longer used and Scott is going to try and get me some long cardboard tubes from work, we can also decorate paper plates with stripes to look like lollipops too.
The paper sweets will take two minutes with some tissue paper and tape too.
This is the cake I am having made for the party and the cupcakes will be party favours along with a toothbrush! (An idea I saw online and thought was really cute, after all the kids will be eating a lot of sugar at the party!)
So this week I had a mini meltdown when I learnt that my usual helpers will not be around for this party! After a day of feeling completely and utterly alone, even asking family that live an hour away with no joy, I’ve decided the party will go ahead and even if I have to do the whole thing on my own I will manage and T will have a great time!
I have a couple of months before the big day which is perfect for me as I hate being rushed at anything and this way I can take my time doing bits and bobs each week and fitting it in around Christmas shopping also!
Any ideas, suggestions or tips anyone has on this I would love to hear!
So today started well as Scott had planned breakfast in bed for all three of us, well it was meant to be just me and Scott but when we realised T was coming back a night earlier the romantic morning for two turned into a family breakfast in bed!
We both got looked after though and T ended up with her breakfast in our bed too which she loved. It was the perfect slow Sunday morning.
Next we all took Poppy on a walk to collect some leaves for our when our friends came later. T had great fun jumping in piles of leaves and throwing them around!
We ended up with so many different colours and shapes we were were really inspired when we got home and started on leaf art right away!
T made herself a peacock and Scott made a dragon and we saved the rest for later on.
It was great fun having them sprawled all over the table!
Then our friends came for Sunday roast which was great. We carried on crafting and the kids decorated the mini pumpkins I had made out of conkers and they turned out great! They also made leaf pictures of butteflies and lions!
We all enjoyed our roast dinner and had a fab afternoon with friends, this is how Sunday’s should be!
So today I had plans for a quick trip to the shops, a catch up with a friend and a visit to the vets. All of those things happened, the trip to the shops was great because I managed to pick up a Christmas present for T simply because it had Princess Tiana on and it’s so rare to see her on anything so I had to buy it. (T loves that she is also a Disney Princess.)
The vets appointment was ok, poor Poppy seems to have a little lump at the site of her operation which could be either an infection, where her body is reacting to the internal stitches or just hard tissue where it is healing so she is now on antibiotics for a week. Here’s hoping it sorts itself out! For now here is a cute picture I took the other day!
This afternoon I have also been painting conkers orange to look like mini pumpkins! We are having friends round tomorrow and I’m going to let the kids draw pumpkin faces on them, It was an idea I found a couple of weeks ago which I wrote about here so I will post pictures their finished products when they are done!
Then I had a friend round for tea and an overdue catch up which was lovely. We both seemed to have a lot to tell each other and she shared some good news about moving house which was great. Her cousin came to pick her up who I haven’t seen in years and it was so nice to chat to! You know when it’s just easy to talk to someone, there was no awkwardness, No why haven’t you been in touch, what happened to us as friends we simply moved in different directions at the time and there was nothing more to it. We have always kept in touch online so have a fair idea of what each other has been upto along with my friend keeping us both in the loop but today we ended up chatting for over half an hour when she was meant to be not stopping. It was just easy and made me think this is how life should be, It got me thinking about some difficult decisions I made about friendships nearly a year ago now and just reaffirmed that I made the right ones.
Surround yourself with the right people and life can be good, the wrong people can drag you down and really life is too short and has too many worries and stresses for friendships to be one of them!
Who knows if I will see this friend again anytime soon but I know if I do it will be just as easy and comfortable and that’s how it should be
So yesterday my husband ran his first half marathon. He has been training for it since the start of the year which hasn’t always been easy with some time off with injury but he has kept focused and really smashed it! He was aiming for under 1 hour 30 and came in at 1 hour 26 which meant he was 199th out of approx 5400 people. We were so proud and couldn’t be happier for him. It was so great to see everyone at his running club congratulating him on his great time and him feeling so pleased with his performance.
After the race T put his medal over his head in a cute little medal ceremony, he was so happy it was a great day.
Today I realised that my teeth had changed quite a lot in the last few weeks since my orthodontist appointment so I decided to take a photo, I was so pleased with what I saw! The top two teeth now almost look level and my bottom teeth are moving so much there is now a small gap starting to create that the one remaining tooth not in the wire can move into. I normally only take photos on appointments but this time I was just so pleased I had to share!
Poppy is back!
So 10 days ago my lovely cockapoo Poppy was spade and she has been making us feel guilty for it ever since! Today she got her stitches out and so can finally be without her cone! After a wash, dry and brush our fluffy Poppy is back snuggling on the sofa and smelling lovely! We are taking it slowly but tonight we gave her one ball and let her back up the stairs for the first time since the op. You could tell she was so excited to be part of the family again rather that shut behind the gate for her own safety. Welcome back Poppy, We have missed you!
Wow I can’t believe I made a year! When I started this blog it was as an outlet to share my experiences with braces as an adult and to hopefully learn from other people’s journey also. The thing is it’s turned into much more than that! I’ve learned I love to document my life! Sharing experiences, hobbies, days out, trips away, special moments gives me real enjoyment and it’s the lovely comments and likes I get from readers around the world that keeps me writing. I have written about so many things in the last year from my experiences as a step parent to buying our puppy last year. I’ve talked about my love of being married and the happiness it brings to my struggles of trying to progress a career while still being a present parent. I’ve continued to document my experiences with braces and will keep on doing so in the hope that they help others deliberating whether or not to take the plunge or are already on their journey. My new found love of walking/hiking has been a hot topic over the summer months this year culminating in a walking challenge which saw me walk over 80 miles in a month!
This blog has been like a journal at times being the first thing I want to do when I’m going through a tough time and a way to vent my frustration while also sometimes allowing me to see my opinions in a different light.
Reviews of places I’ve been have almost become a part of the experience now and it’s a given to my husband that some of the many photos I take will be specifically for my blog. If I can show someone how great a place was or how dog friendly somewhere can be and they can enjoy it as much as I did then my writing is all worthwhile.
There are plenty of mum blogs out there and I don’t just write about my experiences as a Mum but this has also been a huge part of my blog. Again if I can show someone else what we get up to and they enjoy doing it then why not!
Whatever my chosen topic is I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to read my posts, like them and leave a comment. Without your interest I wouldn’t have continued to write and had 2 pieces published, something I would never even have attempted to do before this!
My plan for the future is to keep blogging, sharing my happy times and my sad times too, hopefully helping others with my braces experiences and reviewing everywhere I go!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey so far and here’s to the next year!
I love this time of year, the leaves are crunching under your feet, the mornings are starting to turn a little crisp and the the nights are drawing in making the days feel very autumnal. This time of year brings so many opportunities for activities with your little ones and with half term approaching what better time than now to start planning your days! Here are a few activities that will keep you and your little ones occupied over the Autumn break.
Plan a nature trail
Firstly plan a walk, this could be round a local park, nature reserve, farm or just round your local neighbourhood and can last for however long you want. Longer walks can be planned in with a snack stop in the middle!
Next take an A4 piece of plain paper and write out anything you can spot along the way. This could be anything from animals to farm gates, bat boxes to railway lines, or from conkers to post boxes! A little drawing next to the item helps your small person to identify the object even if they are too young to read the words.
Now set off with a pen and something to rest on and enjoy checking off everything on your list!
This can be varied by creating trails for different things such as writing out every letter of the alphabet and trying to spot an object for each letter or every colour of the rainbow!
Be imaginative and keep your little ones interested by helping them with clues when they get stuck and this can be an activity everyone will enjoy!
Set off on a leaf collecting mission!
Take a walk around your neighbourhood and collect up different leaves, they can be all different shapes and sizes but ideally they need to be whole. Once you get home there are lots of different activities to choose from, you could create a leaf animal by sticking your leaves on paper and adding heads, arms, legs, tails or wings!
You could even create a story with your different leaf characters on a few sheets of paper! Let your imagination run wild and give your leaf characters names, draw them houses and think what their favourite food, colour or activity might be! Maybe create a short bio for each character stating their name, age and most embarrassing moment!
Make your own tree
Take a large piece of plain paper and draw the trunk and branches of a tree. Now take your leaves and glue them on to the branches. You can use as many or as little leaves as you want as its your design, you could even add orange glitter to really make your tree design pop!
Make a leaf butterfly
Take a piece of plain paper and arrange your leaves in the shape of a butterfly.
Try to make your leaves symmetrical and fan them out into the shape of a butterfly’s wings. You can use stalks for antennae and once you have finished perfecting your
design glue your butterfly into place!
Conkers are in plentiful supply at this time of year and used to be for one thing and one thing only, this being conker championships but nowadays there are so many more things you can do with them. The good old fashioned game of conkers can still be fun and is easy to do by simply drilling a hole through the middle of a conker and threading some string through you can try and beat your opponent but seeing whose conker is made of stronger stuff!
Another way to use conkers is to decorate them and leave them around the house in jars or ramekins. You can use paint, glitter glue or stickers, go crazy and create some Halloween themed conkers painting them orange to look like little pumpkins or green for mini monsters!
Now this is one of our favourite activities to do as not only do you get to carve a pumpkin at the end of it you also spend time together as a family choosing the perfect pumpkin for your creations! We have local farm where we can go and pick but there are locations up and down the country where you are able to wander off into fields of pumpkins with a wheelbarrow and come back with your desired crop. Remember to keep in mind if you go for the biggest pumpkin you will need a design that will carry it off, the same applies for the smallest which means its best to choose a medium sized pumpkin unless you want to be carving for a very long time! Usually at these locations there are other activities going on during peak Pumpkin picking season, there might be a pop up cafe or a farm shop or a bird of prey display.
Its always good to support local businesses and although pumpkin picking usually works out more expensive than buying one from a supermarket it is much more of an activity that can take a good couple of hours up before you have even started work on your pumpkin carving!
Make pumpkin soup
This is one of my favourite things to do with the left over pumpkin after we have carved our Halloween lanterns. Its so simple and tastes delicious, a sure way to warm up after an Autumn walk. Here is the recipe I use and it always gets a great response!
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook the onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured.
Add the pumpkin to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
Pour the stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the pumpkin is very soft.
Pour the double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can pour the soup through a fine sieve. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.
To make the croutons: cut the bread into small squares. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the bread until it starts to become crisp. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted. These can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container.
Reheat the soup if needed, taste for seasoning, then serve scattered with croutons and seeds and drizzled with more olive oil, if you want!
I hope you enjoy these half term activities and can make the most of spending time with your little one without braking the bank.
It’s nearly a week since Poppy was spade and she’s improved in leaps and bounds. She had her post op check Monday and her wound is healing nicely and she’s off the pain killers. The first few days she wasn’t her usual self and would get tired easily and still looked very sad but since Monday there has been a real improvement. She seems to have more energy, the spark is back in her eyes and she’s happy to see us again.
Our neighbour has been visiting her 3 times a day while I’ve been at work this week, we are so lucky to have such a kind animal loving neighbour, So she has had company as she can’t play with her toys or even chew a chew with the cone on so it all she can really do is sleep.
We have managed upto a mile at a time and she is walking just fine but other dogs don’t seem too impressed with her cone bless her!
Now she is getting her energy back she is struggling to see why she can’t run up the stairs or get up on the sofa so I’m now counting down till Monday when she gets her stitches out and we can start to get back to normal.
For now she gets tucked up in her comfy bed every night and has had her head washed today because she was starting to get a little smelly with the cone on 24/7!
If you are wondering why we haven’t taken it off just while we are with her, we tried for a little while yesterday but the second I turned my head she went for her stitches! So my little monkey will have to wait until Monday for her freedom back and she will be going on a nice long walk and getting snuggled up on the sofa to celebrate!
So it’s been a great weekend for hunting rocks in the local area! At first we hadn’t found any and then there was a sudden post on the Facebook page saying there had been 8 hidden practically on our doorstop! At that moment it didn’t matter that it was 7.30 at night and dark and wet outside, me and my girl were going on a rock hunt!
So armed with the clues posted on the page and my torch on my phone off we set to find some rocks! As it happened the closest two to our house had already gone! Persistence paid off though and we came home with three beauties!
T was so happy with the unicorn she decided to keep it and so we were spurred on today to create our own! These are our creations in their hiding places today 😊
We also had a couple of added bonuses on a trip out today and as driving along a road Scott suddenly spotted a rock we looked for last night so quickly pulled the car over and we picked up this!
The 2nd exciting bonus was when I was just checking the page and to my surprise I saw a rock had been dropped right outside our house on a wooden post! T quickly ran outside and picked it up and we hid it again outside her school ready to be found tomorrow.
We hid the balloon rock again and along with ours that meant we hid 7 more rocks today and Scott has just finished his design ready to go out tomorrow! This really is a game everyone can get involved in and we love how it’s taken off in our local area!