Word of the Week-Rain

This weeks word was almost going to be pancakes but after being defeated by them twice this week I’m going with rain. Rain has certainly dominated the school run this week, I’m still waiting for my shoes to dry out.

Our route to school runs alongside a brook that usually holds very little water. It was such a shock on Tuesday to see it actually flowing and almost full ! Not to mention the size of the puddles that I had to carry Daisy through.

Along with the rain came snow, sleet and hail stones. Daisy and Jake were really excited about the huge puddles and the chance of snow. Me not so much I was freezing with soggy shoes wishing someone would carry me over the puddles.

I haven’t even had the option of an umbrella as Jake has had to go in the buggy while it’s been pouring down. I can’t wait for the day when I have both my arms free again.

Getting Daisy to school on Thursday for World Book Day in her Rapunzel dress was interesting. I think she must be the first fictional princess to wear welly boots.

Having looked at the weather forecast this morning it looks like rain is going dominate for the weekend too. Oh well it’s nice weather for ducks as they say.

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Word of the Week – Pamper

This weeks word is Pamper. I still have this hacking cough, I just can’t shake it and now the children have it too. I have read a few articles that say that this Winter cough could last at least 3 weeks ! Over the weekend Daisy and I had a pamper evening and I’ve carried on with some self care throughout the week.

As parents it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves as well as our children. I’ve found it very difficult this week, feeling poorly myself and having to take care of two small humans has really taken it’s toll.

One way I’ve tried to make myself feel better is by following a new skincare routine. Just taking the time to cleanse and moisturise each morning has made me feel so much better. I’ve also been using an eye cream that illuminates which has certainly helped hide the evidence of sleepless nights.

I treated myself to a lovely face mask, some new make up and  and I’ve even painted my nails. It’s felt so good to do something for myself.

I just need to win a spa break now so someone else can pamper me.

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Word Of The Week – Hair

Isn’t it funny how sometimes your week takes on a theme all by itself. My word for this week is hair and here’s why.

Did you have an appointment for today ?

My cousin and I visit a lovely hairdresser every few months. She has a salon in her house and her prices are fantastic. We had to cancel our November appointment and the next available appointment she had was in January.

When we knocked on the door we were met with a really confused looking hairdresser. The poor lady was distraught that she had forgotten to write our appointment down, she’s such a lovely lady and couldn’t apologise enough. We all had a giggle and re-booked for this weekend. I will admit I had been looking forward to that haircut all week, there’s nothing nicer than a fresh cut and a bit of pampering.

After 10 years

I’ve only ever known Chris with long hair, he started growing it in 2006. When we met in 2010 and it was lovely and long with curls at the bottom. For the past few years it’s really started to get on his nerves for one reason or another and he often made grumblings about cutting it. We had to buy some clippers this week so it seemed the perfect time for him to go ahead and do it.

I won’t lie I watched in horror as he chopped all his beautiful hair off, sweeping it up afterwards was painful too. It does look good though and at least he’s still got his beard I suppose.

Traumatic Trimmings 

Despite going to the hairdressers since he was 10 months old Jake hates having his hair cut with a passion. The last time we took him he kicked the hairdresser and almost ended up with scissors stuck in his ear. He bawled, screamed and tantrumed all the way through.

Chris and I both agreed that we couldn’t put a poor hairdresser through that ever again. With Jake’s hair flopping in to his eyes we decided we would have to bite the bullet and tackle it with clippers at home. Let’s just say it didn’t go well, it had to be done and we got on with it. We spent the whole evening feeling like terrible parents and will certainly putting the next cut off as long as possible.

Poor Barbie !

Daisy’s antics with a pair of scissors and a Barbie doll brought much light relief to our week of hair. After the kids bedtime I heard little feet running across our bedroom which is directly above the living room. I shouted up to Daisy to see what she was doing, she said she had been the toilet. I thought nothing more of it and told her to get back in to bed.

What a shock I had when later that night I found a pile of blonde hair on my bed. With Sherlock type skills I deduced that some poor dolly had been the victim of a 5 year old wannabe hairdresser. The trail of blonde wisps led me to the poor plastic victim.

Chris and I giggled, we were more relieved that she hadn’t cut her own hair. I didn’t get cross because I remember doing exactly the same when I was a little girl. When I asked her what happened the next morning she told me Barbie wanted a new hair-do. Needless to say my nail scissors are well out of Daisy’s reach in case she get’s any styling urges in the future.

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Word of the Week – Solo

This week saw Chris take a training course in Birmingham a lot sooner than we expected. This left me to parent solo for a few days. Hats off to those who parent solo all the time, it’s a lot tougher than I expected but not for the reasons you might think.

He was originally due to go in February but a space became available this month so off he went. On Tuesday he commuted which meant he didn’t arrive home until after the kids bedtime. Wednesday night saw him staying away from home overnight in a hotel. He finally arrived home on Thursday night meaning we had barely seen him since Monday.

I was worried that the kids might be upset, we have a pretty good routine going on and Daddy always reads the bedtime story. Thanks to the wonders of technology he still got to read to them on Wednesday night. The kids wwre delighted that Daddy had taken their favourite book with him. They sat so nicely and listened and it was so lovely to watch.

I think most of all it was me that found it tough. Chris and I have only spent a few nights apart, usually due to hospital stays. I missed him terribly and I will admit I had a little cry. I’m a big softy at heart and I’m not ashamed to say so.

I wasn’t worried about parenting solo, it’s the loneliness that bothered me. I’m a total chatterbox and I love having someone here to share my day with and chat about nonsense. We did video call just before bed and he even offered to stay on all night so I could here him snoring. I declined his kind offer !

I’m so thankful that overnight stays apart are not part of our regular routine. I know some families don’t have a choice and that makes me really sad.

On the positive side the training has taught Chris new skills and that’s always a good thing. I’m now looking forward to a weekend all together.

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Word of the Week-Friendship

This weeks word of the week is Friendship. We are almost at the end of the first week of the October half term school holiday and it’s been a busy one so far, we haven’t ventured far from home but we have kept ourselves busy with crafts, baking and visit’s from friends.word-of-theweekDaisy has been eagerly awaiting this break from school, not just because it falls over Halloween but because she knew her best little friend who had to go to a different school in September would be visiting.

I kept the actual day of the visit a secret from here so when there was a knock on the door yesterday afternoon you can imagine her delight when she saw who was on the other side of it.

During nursery they were inseparable and as we live close by we shared the school run route together too. The real big bonus is that I have also found friendship with the child’s mum so it was just as lovely for me to have them visit as well.

As you can imagine there was a lot of excitement and giddiness that afternoon but also lots of cuddles and you could see just how much they have missed each other. When it came time for them to leave there were sad faces but we will see each other again soon just before Christmas.

Watching there friendship grow has been just wonderful and I hope they will remain firm friends all the way through childhood.

I’m linking up with Jocelyn from the The Reading Residence for this weeks Word of the Week.

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Have you made any friends through your children ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.angela