Thank You Teacher – 7 Reasons To Be Grateful

Harry has just finished his first year in Nursery Class and on the last day of term I sent him in with a thank you card and a box of chocolates for Teacher.  But I feel a £2 box of Dairy Milk and a piece of paper doesn’t really convey all the things I was grateful for over the last school year.   So this is my heartfelt official thank you and here are the 7 reasons why: Thank you for putting up with him taking everything (and I mean Read on…

Top 10 Wake-up calls, Morning Mummy

Morning Mummy – My Top 10 Wake-Up Calls

I no longer need an alarm clock to wake me up.  In fact I haven’t needed one for the last 4 years.  You see Harry is the most effective alarm clock I’ve ever had because he wakes at the same time EVERY DAY, his voice has no volume control and his “snooze” button doesn’t work.  I also never know what to expect out of his mouth as he greets me in the morning.  Some of the things I have woken up to have made me question whether someone gave me Read on…

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He Said What – Part 2

One of the things about young children is that they say what they see.  It is said with innocence but it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.  There have been so many embarrassing moments that they have just become common place.  Unfortunately my child doesn’t come with a volume control switch.  When he wants to draw my attention to something he usually points at it or – even worse – he runs over to it.  Over the last few months his observations have gone up a level as has my Read on…

Time Flies

There are some features of Facebook that annoy me – I DO NOT PLAY CANDY CRUSH SAGA NEITHER DO I WANT TO SO PLEASE DON’T INVITE ME – is a particular bug-bear of mine – and then those that make me smile, such as the feature that let’s you see your memories from previous years.  This particular reminder blew me away because remarkably it showed what had happened on the same day over the last 4 years, and so I wanted to share it here.  In my opinion it is a set of quite special photographs Read on…

When Chester Came To Stay

I’ve always had a competitive streak.  As a child it was a necessary survival instinct – I was the only girl in a street full of lads.  Football, British Bull Dogs, and bunny-hopping competitions on your BMX were a daily routine.  I got no special treatment for being a girl.  In school I always wanted to be top of the class, have the best report, be a Prefect.  In sport I always had to be in the team, be the captain, win.  As I got older my competitive streak was tempered by a dose Read on…

Pumpkin Patch

Magic Moments // Pumpkin Picking

I have never picked a pumpkin.  I don’t particularly like pumpkin so there has never been a need to.  But having a child means you have an excuse a reason to try new things.  I’d seen photos of friends that had gone pumpkin picking and it looked like good fun so I decided that we were going to give it a try. I had a romantic vision of fields full of autumnal colours, neat rows of pumpkins, and happy children skipping among them.  The reality was very, very, different.  Now, I have only watched Read on…

He Said WHAT!?

Harry’s speech is coming on leaps and bounds and as it does the opportunities for public humiliation multiply.  Being a toddler means that the volume control button is broken and set at maximum.  There is no filter.  He repeats himself often just in case you didn’t catch it the first time, second, third……. Here are just some of my favourite comments from the last few weeks. (Potty training has been big on the agenda hence the toilet related theme throughout this post). “It’s a man” – As we went for a walk through the park Read on…

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Potty Training – The Grand Finale

If you read my first post on potty training then you will know that this is NOT a “how-to” guide.  Following the response to my last one, here is a follow-up to let you know about our progress.  For reasons that will become clear I was toying with the idea of calling this post: “Happy Hippos, High Fives, and a Hell of a Lot of Toilet Roll” Our previous potty training sessions had gone quite well.  We had a few one step forward two-steps back moments but nothing too bad to put me off in the Read on…

The Waiting Room

Last week saw us attend the drop-in clinic at my doctor’s surgery and have to wait for 3 hours for an appointment.  Yes I will say that again, 3 hours.  And that was 3 hours of having to sit in the waiting room for your name to be called.  I had been told the horror stories of how long others have waited – although even the worst story was half the length of time we waited –  so I went prepared with a packed lunch, his sticker book and a few of his Read on…

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Potty Training – Part 1

This is NOT a “how-to” guide to potty training.  If that is what you are looking for then I suggest going elsewhere.  In fact I would go as far to say that this post is more like a “how not to” guide to potty training.  I have referred to it as Potty Training – Part One, because I am pretty sure that there are going to be a few more tales to tell on my potty training adventures. My son is at that age when most parents feel compelled to give potty training a go.  However those Read on…