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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Bloggers Wedding Album

I've had down on 'the list' that I wanted to join in this one for some time now, and I'm scraping in just before the end date.....

A big fat Bloggers Wedding Photo Album! What a brilliant idea. I love weddings. I even went as far once as printing off a photo of every wedding I've ever been to, with the intention of creating a big picture collage of them.. the photos are still all in a pack somewhere, maybe next year I'll get around to that...

The lovely Tara at Sticky Fingers is pulling this together and I can't wait to see the end result.

Anyhow here's my entry - 11 years ago this June (09.06.01).

Wasn't it sunny and lovely? And don't we look happy? And young?!

And here's the one I was really tempted to enter.....:
Bit much, trying to suffocate/strangle me just after we'd got married, don't you think?

Smiley

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Calling all kids shoe and clothes designers!

Is it just me who really would not consider buying children's sandals with buckles on any more? Or pumps with laces? Am I really that lazy?

Yep, 'fraid so. I look at all the pretty styles on offer and think 'why couldn't they have just used a bit of velcro on that strap?'.

At 6, nearly 7, I'm well aware that Tamsin should be able to 'do' buckles and laces, and yes, actually, she can. It's a bit like using a knife and fork though - painfully slow and means the end result takes longer to get to. Am I just impatient? Probably.

Having Sasha though has shaped me differently; we've been through her early years where it was important to leave the house as soon as you said you would, or the moment was lost and a tantrum would happen. Sasha could use a knife to cut food at around the same time as Tamsin - but will only do so if she chooses to. Really, out of all the other things we have to worry about on a day to day basis, making them use knives or do buckles or tie their own shoelaces is way down my list of priorities. I know Tamsin can do these things independently, and Sasha will sometimes have a good go, so I don't think I'm failing them by not forcing them to comply at home.

I know some older children with autism really struggle with laces, and I've been told there's only one type of older boys school shoe which has velcro straps on. Why is this?

While I'm at it, we're aware that Sasha has some sensory issues, but fortunately for us these aren't extreme. For a whole year when she was younger she refused to wear socks (see half way down this post), and also then refused trousers, leggings or tights, which was always interesting when it was really cold. Now she accepts leggings for gym only, and will occasionally allow us to choose a top and skirt for her, but 99% of the time what she will wear is a dress. 

Not just any dress though. I have a full wardrobe of those pretty hand-me-downs from Tamsin which would have been ideal. For Sasha though, the dress really has to have short sleeves (she did originally tolerate long sleeves for a short period last year but that has now stopped), and to be made out of soft jersey materal, ideally with no buttons, embroidery, stitching or elasticated waists.

So what can I find in the shops at the moment? Plenty of tops and skirts, some leftover long sleeved dresses, and now strappy summer dresses. Pretty much NO short sleeved jersey dresses anywhere. Trying to shop for clothes or shoes for my girls is SO frustrating! I need help!

Any shoe or clothes designers out there? Come on, help us out please! Don't make our lives more difficult!
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Friday, 23 March 2012

Assembly - conforming and the 'norm'...

Today was a good day. Well, until I started watching Sport Relief that is.... one sad clip was all I could take, I'm such an emotional wuss. But I really don't need to see any more to know how bad it is for others out there. Just wish we could help them all.

Anyhow, today was Sasha's class assembly. At her review last week I was keen to point out that I didn't want them to 'force' her to join in for my sake - it really wouldn't bother me if she wanted to sit them out, as for her I feel it's a lot of extra stress she doesn't actually need. However I did agree that it's always worth trying, just so long as there's a plan A,B,C and D.... I guess the whole experience of joining in something like that en masse is one which can benefit her in several ways in the long run.

Well, I'm pleased to tell you, it was a huge success. I'm only sorry I can't post the video here (others involved, and it's a bit long!). Sasha was a real star and joined in with all the singing and dancing (well, until the last song, by which point she'd clearly had enough but was still content to just sit and watch). The absolute best bit was when all the children paired up with the person next to them to do some 'old style' couple swaying - Sasha was teamed with the lovely Enda and make very sure she, and he, had their hands in exactly the right position. Priceless. I almost blubbed with joy, several times. It takes me back to watching Tamsin in similar performances; in the early days, when I just enjoyed them for what they were, and then more recently when they've always been tinged with the thought of how it won't be the same for Sasha. I'm pretty sure though, that anybody walking into that assembly room would not have noticed anything 'different' about Sasha (until maybe right at the end, when she wanted to sit on her teacher's knee - but even that's not so unusual for this age group). 

In a way it's sad that the 'normalness' is something we hope for, but it's not really that I'm wishing Sasha was any different or 'normal'. It's just that I'm very aware that it's a sad fact of life that our society suits people who fit into the 'norm' much better.

So anyhow, the assembly was amazing, and something I feel very lucky to have been able to enjoy. Even more amazing when you consider that Sasha had been awake since 530 this morning, after waking from a nightmare the second night running. She's also poorly with cough and cold, yet still managed to be cheerful and manage the rest of the day at school and a happy evening back home.

We are so lucky to have both our girls. Just off to put all our clips of the JLS concert onto a special DVD for Tamsin - can't wait to see how pleased she is in the morning, fingers crossed!


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Jungle Junction playthings

Now I'll have to admit I wasn't really that clued up on Jungle Junction myself; could be because it's a Disney show and we don't have those extra paid-for channels.

However, somehow our 4 (nearly 5) year old daughter Sasha has managed to fall in love with it and is a big fan. I'm guessing she's found it on either the Disney website or YouTube..... either way I'm glad she doesn't realise it could actually be on television for her!

So imagine Sasha's surprise and delight when we were sent the following package to review:


It included a squirty bath time character (we received Zooter), a plush character on working wheels (Bungo), a pull back character (Ellyvan) and the Wheel Around Fun Set.

The biggest hit has most definitely been the pull back Ellyvan. This has a trunk which can be turned around in all directions, and clicks as you do so, but more importantly it has doors which open at the back, allowing Ellyvan to be filled with all kinds of interesting stuff (if you're ever wondering where your car keys have gone, there's a good place to start  ). This makes it a fascinating toy for the little ones, giving hours of imaginative play. Even more so if you use it in conjunction with the Wheel Around Fun Set - this set contains a Jungle Junction playmat and signs like those used in the TV series. It also comes with 3 of the mini characters for rolling around. This is a nice size, compact playset which provides lots of fun.

Bath squirties are always fun in the bath, but more so if they are a favourite character! The plush toy is good quality but more suitable for using as another toy to push around on the floor rather than a cuddly one, due to the hard plastic wheels.

Jungle Junction is a BAFTA nominated pre-school series by Disney Junior; for more information please see www.flairplc.co.uk.

Really must go now..... "Gotta Zip, gotta Zip..." (sorry)

Disclosure: we were sent the above toys for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.
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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Toilet Training and Parents Evening.

OK, so today I'm going to cheat a little bit, as it is Mother's Day, so I've decided that's my prerogative.

I'd love to write a long post about how wonderful my weekend has been, but quite frankly I'm just too tired (happy exhaustion), so that will have to wait.

Instead, I'd like to urge you all to go and read the blog Life With An Autistic Son. Even if you think it won't apply to you... it will, it's all relevant and helps understanding. Plus B's Dad, who writes it, is funny.

Start by clicking on Toilet Training as it really is a very amusing post which I think will make you laugh.


But then please read Parents Evening, as B's Dad has seemed to sum up perfectly just how I feel about these events now I am a mum of a child with Special Needs. A major reason why I blog myself is that it is very cathartic to write our experiences down (a problem shared is a problem halved and all that...!), but in this case it's as if someone did it for me, thus saving me lots of time! Plus he put it so much better than I could have done.

So please, go on, pop over there now, it's easy just to click the link, honest.

Oh and while you're at it, could you please then come back and just click on this link NAS photo competition, which will take you to my photo of our 2 girls which is currently in a competition. You just need to click VOTE! You can vote on more than one device, and vote again every day until the competition ends. I'd be so grateful and I know the girls would be over the moon if we won!

Thank You. That is all.

(except to say I've just eaten a whole Fry's Orange Cream, and they are DE-licious)
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Friday, 16 March 2012

Good news, Bad news. Academics vs Social Interaction?

Actually there isn't really any bad news. Yay!

Have had a very busy week and not actually managed to get as much done as I would have hoped (OK so that's a teeny bit bad). The dreaded DLA forms are still hanging over me like a black cloud, waiting for my energy to come.

A governor meeting, nurse visit, parent carer feedback day, parent consultations, Sasha's six month statement review and a touching Mother's Day assembly following on from a weekend of the NCT Nearly New Sale, church and trying to secure One Direction tickets (sssshhh, don't tell Tamsin!) have all contributed to a very large glass of wine (or two) being consumed tonight. So apologies if none of this makes sense


The parent consultations went relatively well. It's a bizarre experience, one that I never dreamed I would have, walking into one knowing that academically there are no issues but that there are social interaction issues..... then going to the other knowing the academic level will never be the same (yep, sad but true) and that the social interaction issues are there but in a very different kind of way. As I sat down to look at Sasha's work, it did bring tears to my eyes to see that in her 'writing' book were just a few pictures - so far away from what Tamsin's was like at this stage. Fortunately I composed myself again fairly quickly this time, although I did almost crumble again as the teacher admitted that Sasha is some way behind her peers despite there being a wide range of abilities in the class. I'm not really sure why this would knock me though, to be sure I know it already begorra (sorry, just my St.Patrick's Day joke in there...!!).

However the overall consultation for Sasha was a lovely one, where her achievements were focused on, big or small. Today we had the statement review where we were able to reflect in a little bit more detail (although really it's a very formal process to complete some official paperwork) on how much she has changed and developed over the past 6 months. She is beginning to form friendships, she is learning her phonics fantastically well, she is becoming more independent, she has learnt to adapt to change (and even requests it sometimes), she will conform and follow instructions (a fair amount of the time!) and she has no problems with going for school dinners (probably one of our greatest concerns before she started school). The school have done fantastically well at understanding her and being flexible so far; long may it continue.

At the moment my greater worry is about Tamsin. She is having difficulty understanding how to interact socially during lunch play times at school. The teacher says she invents games that are too complex for the other children to understand and is therefore left playing alone. Although she is happy to use her imagination, creating her own games with imaginary friends in the playground, this is obviously beginning to prey on her mind. She has told us on more than one occasion that she has no friends, and as a mum that is really tough to hear.

I know of other schools in the area who have put in place a 'friendship bench' type scheme, whereby children at playtime with no-one else to play with can sit and be joined by someone who will actively get them involved. Sounds perfect for Tamsin, so I'm just hoping the school will run with this idea quickly. I can't see any major disadvantages, and at the back of my mind is the knowledge that life will also get tougher for Sasha as far as playtime goes. For now she is self-contained with her peers at play, and they are happy enough to amuse her. As they get older though, there will be more understanding from them that Sasha is 'different', and it will probably fall to just a handful of caring ones (thank goodness some of them are like that!) to keep her involved. Of course we're yet to know as to whether she will be oblivious to this, or whether it will at some point cause her even more emotional anguish than it is Tamsin currently.

Sometimes I just wish someone could wave a magic wand. Then again, these things were sent to try us, and what doesn't break us makes us stronger, is that right??!

On the happy side, I'm really looking forward to Mother's Day weekend (it's OK to extend it, right?!). We're off to see my mum tomorrow, followed by a JLS concert (oh sorry, haven't I mentioned that?!) and then a day 'trip' somewhere on Sunday as Sasha is currently obsessed with that idea. As long as it is a long one, and involves a train, a double decker bus and McDonalds, we should be OK. 



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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sylvanian Families Celebration Sea Breeze Rabbit Family

Wow, that's a title and a half, isn't it?!

Our eldest girl (age 6, soon to be 7) absolutely loves Sylvanian Families and already has a nice little collection. Bears, rabbits, caravans, houses, playgrounds, bakeries - and still so much more to go at! Our 4 year old also loves to play with these but we do have to remind her to be careful with them, as the pieces are so small. That's part of the attraction though; as a parent that means less space taken up at home, and for the children it leads to endless hours of play value.

We were so lucky to be chosen to review the Sylvanian Families Celebration Rabbit Family. A favourite for both big and little kids, this adorable collection of cute Easter bunnies is just one of the families celebrating 25 years of Sylvanian Families. 



Father, Mother, Brother, Sister and Baby are all dressed in lovely marine style outfits. They come in a lovely presentation box which includes 6 mini postcards. The back of the box gives the names (Lawrence, Doris, Tristan, Morgan and Nessie Columbus!) and also a little background story for each character, which is great to give the children a head start with setting up scenes and then they can let their imagination run on.

The animals range from cows to polar bears, and there are many other sets which would also make perfect birthday presents, hint, hint. (Not for me though, thanks all the same!!). This set is around £19.99, in all good toy stores now.

For more information please visit www.flairplc.co.uk.

Disclosure: we were sent the See Breeze Rabbit Family for the purpose of this review
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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Angry Birds - still cool?


Are you looking for a different kind of Easter present? Maybe something to provide a laugh instead of piling on the pounds?!

Perfect for all ages from young to old (what other ages are there, I wonder??!), these Angry Birds plush toys could be right up your street. They are soft (the clue is in the name, plush...) and round. They also have sound chips in which are really authentic - you know that kind of gobbling, snuffling noise the pigs make, and that angry squawking and cheering coming from the birds? That's it.

Of course if you are not a techno-gadget type person, you may well have no idea what I'm talking about here. Well you should. Angry Birds is one of the hippest phone apps to be launched ever, and has provided countless hours, weeks, months of enjoyment for human beings everywhere. It has many different levels to keep you interested and has been updated regularly.

Both my daughters (4 and 6) have tried their hands at it many times, and so the eldest was thrilled to have one of these soft toys to review (soft toys are her thing, after all). I have to admit to having already bought the green pig for my husband a little while ago, so the red Angry Bird itself was a bonus. 'I LOVE it' she squealed, as she pressed the ear to produce the sound.

Now she's just got to think of a way to build an obstacle set up so the soft toys can be used 'in action'. Brilliant timing - have just seen on the television today that there is an actual game where you take card then build a structure to be knocked down - definitely on the birthday list for someone!

The range starts at just £3.99 for a backpack clip (very popular on school bags I believe...) and you can see the products online here: http://www.character-online.com/products/Angry-Birds/

So I would most definitely say 'Cool'. Enjoy!

Disclosure: we were sent the red plush Angry Bird for the purposes of this review

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Trampolining - for one or two?

So here's an example of how not to handle a situation when there's autism in the family.

Sasha wanted to play outside on the trampoline for the first time this season, thanks to the lovely mild weather. As soon as I had cleared it up (yuk! those birds are Dirty!), we jumped on and she decided we would play schools. As in, she is the teacher, and therefore tells you what to do.

I played along, of course, not really an option to say no. She was very creative, called herself Mrs Wimpledimple like the teacher in her Splat the Cat book (one of the few non-Dora books she has ever enjoyed). She decided we would bounce to the phonics song, and she just about managed not to get upset when I pointed out I didn't know what it was. She 'taught' me, and we had fun.

Then Tamsin comes outside to join us and clambers up. We play a little bit together, but of course all Tamsin really wants to do is bounce on the trampoline, not follow instructions like she's done so well all day at school. I realise this, but also know that Sasha is not done with her role playing, and I have a blocked pipe to fix in the kitchen. So I leave them to it, but have a quiet word with Tamsin as I go, asking if she could be really good and play along with Sasha for a while.

I'm inside for about 5 minutes before there is huge crying coming from the trampoline. Tamsin has taken something Sasha wants her to do (jumping and counting to one hundred), but twisted it so that she is now doing it to her rules rather than what Sasha wants. This causes Sasha to scream for me and throw herself down on the trampoline.

Of course this makes Tamsin upset too, so I'm then faced with two screaming girls. As Sasha had wanted to go on the trampoline first, I asked Tamsin to come inside so that Sasha could be alone (which she didn't really want, she just wanted someone to follow her instructions), and they could switch over later on. Tamsin was less than happy with this suggestion, and I had to carry her off. That of course was unfair, because 'Sasha always gets what she wants'. That of course isn't totally true, but it is true that we do often amend our ways to do things that suit Sasha.

The trampoline has been a great purchase, and has provided the girls with hours of fun together.

Some days though, it just doesn't work. Those times we have to work really hard at Sasha taking turns, and then it seems a real shame that they can't just be happy together.

In this instance, neither girl was really being naughty, they were both just wanting to do their own thing. Sasha being so bossy probably drove Tamsin to 'do her own thing' even more than usual, and I can't really blame her for that.

I feel guilty as we try not to expect Tamsin to change her behaviour to suit Sasha, but there are many times when life is made MUCH easier if she does. Sasha doesn't always get her own way, and we don't let her take over and run our lives. On the other hand, if she is having a tough time at school, like if the teacher has changed for a day, or her normal routine has been changed for a special occasion, we do notice Sasha's need to be more controlling at home coming out. Generally though, this is only over minor things such as people playing the games she wants, or letting her have her choice of television programme etc. So we do compromise, but in doing so we are obviously affecting Tamsin's 'normal' behaviour. At the same time,  I do know that Tamsin would also be more stressed if we left Sasha to get upset more often.

It's difficult to know what to do for the best.
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Sunday, 11 March 2012

That's My Girl. JLS here we come!!

I've been waiting for this moment for a while, and I made sure that Chris was there to film it:

video


The reaction was not quite was I was expecting to be fair. The initial excitement was just what I was hoping for, but it did downgrade into grumpy all too quickly. 

The reason? She didn't want to go NEXT weekend, she wanted to go right there and then. Ho hum, and there was me thinking she'd like something to look forward to and the chance to 'practise' the songs in advance.

To be fair, she did pick up again a bit later on, and was practising her JLS dance moves on the trampoline (not easy, let me tell you) but I'm thinking maybe she is still a bit too young for all this excitement. Oh well, tis done now. Thank Goodness I'm not too old for all this excitement.
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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Britmums Live Meet and Greet and Ultimate Linky 2012; Steph's Two Girls

OK so I'm slightly cheating here by editing a previous post; I do really really apologise, but I'm just SO pushed for time - as always! 
Working mums please ignore that last comment, I don't know how you do it ;)

I've come across the Britmums Live Meet & Greet over at mummysshoes lovely blog, so I really wanted to join in after reading lots of other posts and getting excited all over again....  

Name: Steph

Blog: www.stephstwogirls.blogspot.com

Twitter ID@stephc007

Height: 5ft 5 and the very important half

Hair: well. originally dark brown, now mostly grey but I'm hiding it well. Was in a lovely graduated short 'bob' (or Kate for those BlackAdder fans out there) but am having mid-life crisis (as about to turn 40 in June) so decided to try and grow it for the last time.... we'll see if it lasts til Britmums Live!

Eyes: Hazel - green and brown (like chocolate)

Likes: In no particular order (although the last IS actually first...): sun, having fun (preferably Fun in the Sun - does that remind anyone else of GMTV??!), my family, baking and decorating cupcakes, i-gadgets, shopping, Southern Comfort, musicals and Boy Bands.

Dislikesconflict, being stressed, marmite.

Random Fact: I lived on an oil tanker for 6 months when I was 8-9 years old! It was in fact the 11th biggest oil tanker in the world back then.



As I said, I'm so excited about going to the Britmums Live Blogging Conference, and thankfully A Boy with Aspergers has started off “The ultimate Britmums Live Meme and Linky 2012″ to get everyone involved. Please click HERE to find her original meme and linky post.


Q: What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?
A: Stephs Two Girls. First started in Jan 2010 so over 2 years ago, wow! Was really only a personal diary for a long time though.

Q: Will Britmums Live be your First blogging conference?
A: Yes. *squeals!*

Q: Did you bag yourself a sponsor?
A: Not yet but I'm still hoping... any ideas anyone?!

Q: Are you attending both days?
A: Hoping to but have a girlie afternoon/night out already planned for my 40th birthday that Saturday so will see what I can manage!

 
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the conference?
A: getting to meet up with me old school mucker, queen of blogs (Nickie, that'll be you then  ) again but also meeting some other newbies just like me, who know nobody!

Q: Are you wearing Branded Clothing ( you’re sponsors brand)?
A: nope, doubt it very much. I'm not exactly 'sample' size ;)

Q: What is your planned style for this event?
A: Nothing too special, as I have nothing too special in my wardrobes. Need the help of the Super Amazing Blogger Stylist...can someone get me her number please?!

Q: Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?
A: Would be lovely but it ain't gonna happen

Q: if so what category?
A: Think ‘Change’is the only one that would fit, although I hope I'm sometimes funny....

Q: Will you be looking to network with Brands?
A: If it happens that'd be lovely but it's not my main focus

Q: What do u hope to walk away having gained from the conference?
A: Some new friends, and both techie and writing advice for my blog

Q: Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?
A: Oooh, hadn't thought this far ahead. I'm not even sure where the party's at or if anyone will invite me!

Q: Are you speaking at the conference and if so when, where and how do you feel about doing so?
A: Nope, but looking forward to hearing all the other speakers 

Q: Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercise on the Saturday?
A: I very much doubt it. I'm still embarrased that I haven't managed to actually do Bod For Tea's get fit programme *hangs head in shame*

Q: What speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?
A: Ruby Wax, Sarah Brown, Nickie, Jane, Michelle, Clare, Lisa.... all of them!

Q: What workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)
A: Bloggers Studio for sure.

Q: What Workshops being held on the Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?
A: Am trying to decide between essentials or photography, then any one of the second three, and finally secrets and lies. Not sure I'll make the later ones sadly.

Q: Are u booked into a hotel for the Friday night, if yes which one?
A: Not yet.... suspect I may have to return home if I'm physically able to stand.....

Q: Will you be looking for after party drinks
A: Oh yes. Before, during AND after party drinks please.

Q: Are u worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?
A: Yes I am to be honest, as there'll be just so many people there but I'm hoping to find anyone to have a laugh or a hug with!

Q: What are you most likely to be found doing while attending Britmums Live?
A: Checking Facebook and emails on my phone if I haven't found anyone to talk to, or else sendng updates and pics back to the Get Bloggers to Dublin brigade!
 

I can't really do the tagging thing as I only know of a couple of others going, who have been tagged already, so instead I'll just tweet the linky and look forward to reading the other answers!

If you'd like to join in though, here are the rules:

Meme Rules

Its Simple… A Boy with Aspergers has written some questions which I’ve also answered!
Copy the
nosey
questions, and paste them within your own post, followed by your own answers …
Tag another 2-4 bloggers to do the same (alerting them to the meme) tip (it’s a good idea to make sure they are attending before tagging them)!
Once complete link your completed Meme to the Linky in this post (don’t forget to share rules with your tagged few, giving them this URL for the Linky). This way we can keep track of the answers and importantly who’s tagged.
Please link to, and state the creator as A boy with Aspergers.


See you in June (I'll be 40 then!!)
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Monday, 5 March 2012

Another school trip. Kids these days, don't know they're born...

So today was a school trip day for our eldest. Her year group went off to the Science Museum in London, lucky things. I'd have liked to go too! Children these days, don't know they're born.....

Here's a lovely bus picture:



Today was much easier for me than when Sasha went to the zoo (you can read about my dilemmas then here). I could hang around the school gates taking photos with the other mums and wave off my over-excited daughter, rather than having to hide myself away. I knew that Tamsin would be fine and enjoy her day without any worries about tantrums, running off or upsets. Or so I thought.

When I collected Tamsin after school, she came out with her head hanging and said in a very small voice that she hadn't had any fun at all. Apparently the 3 other children in her group of four were having fun and laughing all the way back on the bus, but poor old Tamsin just couldn't find anything funny at all in what they were saying or doing, so couldn't join in and she felt like a real outsider. So she was feeling very sorry for herself by the time I got to her. I heard in brief what they did: 'we went to the launch pad, but that was boring. Then we ate our lunch in the basement. Then we did something else boring.'

Ho hum. Lately she has been worrying me a fair bit with comments about having no friends at all at school, and nobody understanding her. I'm putting it down to over-tiredness for now and really hoping she can get past it all.......
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Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Gallery: Friends

OMG HOW much time have I just wasted 'playing' with photos??! I could do this all day long, honestly. It's my stress reliever.

Anyhow, ta-da!


I think it was worth it. When I saw The Gallery theme this week was 'Friends', I just had to join in. Pics are of old and new friends, memories that have made me happy. Some not great quality, I'll admit, but I remember them and that's all that matters. Of course there's many more friends, and times which I just haven't got photos of, so apologies if you're not on here; it's nothing personal. Maybe one day I'll get around to doing this for all my photos!!

If you'd like to know more about The Gallery, and the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers blog, please click here. There are lots of amazing photos!



Now, must go and do the housework... preparing for some of those friends to come and stay tomorrow, yippee!
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