Monday 30 September 2013

Crazy children

Sitting at the pc tonight when I hear giggles, turn around to see this.
Don't know why I buy toys. lol.
Well despite having lots of kids for most of the weekend I've managed to get on top of the housework :) So much so that this morning I sat down with a cup of coffee, a Giant chocolate chip muffin and got scrapping. :) Only managed a few layouts but better than none!
Mark and I both had our X-rays today, wasn't too bad, was in and out in 20 minutes. Was weird though as when i was standing in front of the machine I don't know if I started to panic or something but I suddenly went dizzy and had to sit down. :s I used to get panic attacks but haven't had them for a while so hoping its just a one off, sure it is :)

Sunday 29 September 2013

Hubby home :)

Well Marks back! The kids were SO excited to see him, though the first thing Caitlin said to him was 'What have you got us' lol. Typical girl. Obviously he hadn't got them much, some sweets in shaped tins and these.
They're just headbands to advertise some game thats coming out. They were free but as they make the kids look a little like Pikmin Mark know they'd love it. true enough they do! Don't know why I spend so much on toys *rolls eyes*

Funny comment from Caitlin the other day:
Caitlin - how did the first person get made?
Me - I don't know love it was a long time ago.
Caitlin - did a robot make them?
Me - um, no
Caitlin - but you said you didn't know! It might have!

Saturday 28 September 2013

Wedding :)

Well today was my friends Katy and Grahams wedding day :) Was also the first time in 7 years I've worn a dress lol, last one was MY weddding day!
Katy and Graham were the couple who sadly lost their daughter last year. Since then they have suffered more greivinces and health problems so to see them finally marry, with a photo of their daughter was so touching.
The ceremony was beautiful and had a few laughs :) When they were taking their vows Graham said 'I do' after the first comment, bless him he was so nervous, he even got his stepdads name wrong on the certificate!
I didnt stay at the reception very long as my gran was babysitting the kids but they had done so well with a small budget. Was made up to see my balloon weights being used :) I always worry when I make things for people they'll hate them but she seemed pleased :) Looking at the pictures my Mum took after I left its probably a good thing I left early, think more than a few drinks were drunk and lots of crazy dancing enjoyed!

Friday 27 September 2013


Well today I dropped Mark off with his friends for my annual respite weekend :) I miss him when he's with them obviously but its amazing how much I get done. It's like when the kids go away though, in my mind nobody can take care of my kids like me and nobody can take care of Mark like me lol. To be fair to his friends they do take good care of him, they let him rest as much as he needs and make sure he's taking his meds, I'm just a worrier at heart.
This year his friends are taking him on a short trip to London. I was a bit worried about the crowds etc but I made sure he rested as much as possible this week so he was as well as he could be for it and it sounds like they're having fun :) He sent this photo for Cameron who has a thing about the London eye and he got so excited bless him :)
Cameron did need a lot of reassurance before Mark went though, came out of school yesterday all upset:
Cameron - I don't want Daddy to go to London!
Me - Why?
Cameron - Because its on fire and the bridge is broken and they throw their poo out the window!!
Turns out he was learning about London at school, including the plague, fire of london and the song 'London bridge is falling down' Managed to convince him the fire was out, the bridge is fixed and they now have indoor plumbing. lol.

Thursday 26 September 2013

No more boxes!

I've finished all the boxes!!! Didn't put the washi tape on the top in the end as got some pink staples which looked nice. There are 60 packed into this box and the rest in boxes in the wardrobe. Need to find another place for some christmas stuff at there's not much room for clothes anymore!
Well my blogging has well and truly gone to pot, but been so busy trying to get things organised with the girls. Think we have things into a planned routine now so its just putting it into practice, its obviously a lot more work for everyone but with the alternitive being them going into care its worth it.
Well Mark had a drs appointment yesterday about his water retention problem. It used to be REALLY bad before he had his transplant, but has started to become a bit of an issue again, mainly in his feet. She couldn't advice anything except elevation for the water, but said it did feel like a bone in his foot is deformed (trust Mark to be deformed lol) so has sent him for an x-ray. I have to have a chest x-ray on monday so she nicely made it for then to save us making 2 trips. Looks like Monday will be fun!

Wednesday 25 September 2013

New bedroom :)

Well its WOYWW and on my workdesk is still a pile of boxes needing decorated so thought I'd share my bedroom instead :) It used to be deep purple, black and cream. I painted it when I first moved in and wanted something a bit different and classy looking, it ended up looking like something from 50 shades of grey. NOT my kind of thing! But it was done so put up with it until kids rooms, living room and pretty much every room in the house was finished so I could start again. :) Must admit I love it now. Its so calm and serene and just what I need right now. Granted mark says he feels like hes sleeping in a prom dress as the bedspread is all ruffled and rosette but nobodys asking him :p
Hes right enough though, this is how it is supposed to look, in reality it just looks like I don't own an iron. Thank goodness for the giant teal throw.
Still need to get the furniture and some cushions for the bed but will wait until the January sales for those.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Long day

Well its been a loooong day. We met with the social worker to make a long term plan for the girls. My Mum wants to take them full time but she is seriously struggling with the whole idea and getting her head round it all. Unfortunately shes taking it out on me and I'm getting the brunt of her bad mood. I can see why, I'm the logical one, telling her what she needs to do and whats going to happen which really she doesnt want to hear so I'm the bad guy. As a result thats not vimto in my cup its rose wine lol.
Fingers crossed for a calmer day tomorrow!!

Sunday 22 September 2013

Jack of all trades

Well today I have been:
1. Social worker - Trying to force a father to help out with his kids.
2. Plumber - Doing the dishes and my feet suddenly felt wet, bloody washing machine was leaking. So had to take apart, clean the pipes and put them back together.
3. Nurse - Cait still poorly, :( 40 degree temps.
4. Chef - Big sunday roast for the family.
5. Painter/decorator - Painting our bedroom.
6. Interior designer - Putting all the new curtains/pictures in the bedroom.
7. Electrician - TV needed moved and all rewired again.
8. Teacher - Helping kids with homework.
9. Maid - Well, enough said there.
10. Baker - Made sugar cookies with Cam.
Think I would do less jobs if I was employed!
Well the sugar cookies went down well. :) I got some cookie stamps from Stampin up and promised the kids we'd give them a go. Cait was in bed bless her but Cameron was very eager to have a go.
Think when I do them again I'll make them a bit thinner and add more sugar, tasted a bit bland to me.
That said I had to hide them to stop Mark and Cam eating them so they couldn't have been too bad!

Saturday 21 September 2013

Scavenger hunt

Yey I didn't miss the deadline :) The link will be open all week so here are my last photos :)
4. Airplane - I really struggled with this, every time I saw a plane in the sky I'd pull out my phone to take a picture and it was gone. So figured this counted :) It's Siddeley (not Sidney liek i always though) the spy plane from cars 2.
13. A fence - I did try and find a nice one but will need to settle for our garden fence, which looking at it really needs painting :s
21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)- Excuse the state of me, been a long day! Me making lots of christmas boxes with my mini holly punch :)
So that's me got them all except a fisherman and a sundial. These are the links to my other photos :) Was lots of fun doing this and will def take part next time :)

1.Open air market
2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)
3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building
4. Airplane
5. A sunset
6. Someone or something taking a nap
7. A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny
8. A tower
9. A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong
10. A bench that is outside
11. An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.
12. A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)
13. A fence
14. A stained glass object or a mosaic
15. A fire truck or police car
16. A windmill
17. Candle(s)
18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop
19. A fisherman
20. A dinosaur
21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)
Bonus/substitute items.
A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country
A sundial

Friday 20 September 2013

Deep breath

Remember how I said about my sister and social worker? Well today we had a meeting with the head worker. Knew it was gonna be a bad day as started with Caitlin being sent home from a school trip because she was sick :( Poor baby. Anyway the meeting went as expected, sister lost her temper, called the worker a b***h and had a general 'I don't care attitude' She does care, that's just her general attitude. About 20 minutes after the meeting I had a call saying they were removing the girls. Paul (lillies dad) came right away and collected her but we couldnt get in contact with Cro (eldest tows dad) so I took them. We're more than happy to keep them but legally until their Dad says no we can't do anything long term so hopefully will have a meeting with him later, if he decides to answer the phone and show up!! Can you tell I'm annoyed with him.

Thursday 19 September 2013


At a recent visit to social services office I found this :) So yey finally have the mosaic for the scavenger hunt :)
We also went to The Range. Now I love Christmas, can't get enough of the decorations, the lights, I love it all. But this, well this is a little bit much even for me lol.
I mean who would want a reindeer head mounted on their wall?!
Well the shower got finished today, along with all the new handrails and everything. Marks a bit upset as obviously the bathroom now LOOKS like a disabled person uses it but he knows he needs it so not much we can do really. Bathroom and kitchen now needs repainted from all the work (wires went through the kitchen) and as I'm halfway through decorating the bedroom the kids rooms are storing bits from there, add that to the craft stuff all over the living room you can imagine the mess the house is in at the moment! Have a meeting tomorrow then will be finishing off the painting in the bedroom so by Saturday night at least that will all be finished and done :)
Funnily enough I was reading my blog from this time last year and I was redecorating the hallway and living room, seems to be the time of year I decorate lol.

1.Open air market
2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)
3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building
4. Airplane
5. A sunset
6. Someone or something taking a nap
7. A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny
8. A tower
9. A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong
10. A bench that is outside
11. An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.
12. A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)
13. A fence
14. A stained glass object or a mosaic
15. A fire truck or police car
16. A windmill
17. Candle(s)
18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop
19. A fisherman
20. A dinosaur
21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)
Bonus/substitute items.
A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country
A sundial

Wednesday 18 September 2013


Ever feel like all you do is argue with people? I'm having one of those days. Last week we bought a pre-owned Wii U from game, it was a special edition 'Monster hunter' pack and we were told the game was in the box. It wasn't so we rung up and asked, girl on the phone was really nice and said to come in with a recipt and she'll give us a copy. We went in only to be told sorry the manager said no so they could only sell us one. Oh how nice of them :( After going to their online site and complaining to head office funnily enough we were allowed copy! Had a smug smile when I went to collect that lol. Also been arguing with the usual, social services, council and now my 6 year old who seems to have turned into a mouthly little sod since he went back to school. Actually told me yesterday that he KNOWS all I do when he's at school is sit and watch tv. Cheeky begger, I wish!
Well when I haven't been sitting on my bum I managed to catch up with an old sketch challenge. This was the sketch,
And this is what I did :) This is a really old picture from when we went to Disneyland with my Mum and Mollie. We went out to dinner one night to a place that made lots of different types of ale. The adults had a little too much and Mum got a bit silly and put whipped cream on her nose lol, Caitlin was happy to help clean her up :)
Still making the christmas boxes lol, 60 down so 100 to go!

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Getting there

Well after yesterday I was just so tired I went to bed early with a book, to be honest might do the same tonight! Past couple of days have been ironing, painting, clearing all the wardrobes, clearing up after the workers putting in the shower, sorting out the loft, shopping and crafting! Phew. Finished all the birdhouse weights now :) Went back and added more glue and bits on to make them a bit sturdier and quite pleased with them. :) Hope the bride will be too.
Now just need to make 150 of these! Just little boxes with a small bag of Haribo in. Started them for my kids but my Mum now wants them for the girls so lots more to do.
Saw this while shopping and made me smile :) Not really much of a bargain is it?
Right well off to cut a few milk cartons and get an early night!

Sunday 15 September 2013

Still catching up

Seriously?! No idea what is up with me lately, maybe it's just getting back into routine after the kids have gone back. This week won't be much better though, Mark can't get in and out of the bath by himself anymore and I can't lift him out so the council are putting in a shower for us. Great but means the house is going to be full of workmen all week. Ugh. Will be wonderful when its done don't get me wrong but I can never relax when there are people in the house, plus what if I need to go to the toilet! 'Excuse me could you all go away while I pee please?' Noooo, lol, think I just won't dirnk anything this week.
Well these are the last of the layouts I made ages ago, really need to do some more! Will be crafting today as Caitlins homework is to make a scrapbook of her family, think I can help with that. :)
More snowy pictures :)
This one should say 2011, but I got mixed up on years and originally put 2012, now I don't have a 1 in the right font so need to hunt one out lol. On the tags I've wrote a few of the gifts they got that year, I like to do this each year and see how their tastes change.
Quick one of Caitlin opening gifts at my Mums house. :)
Well todays job,s crafting! If nothing else It will use up paper lol.

Friday 13 September 2013


I should be scrapping or something, I'm so behind with my layout challenges and all that but I'm getting bored of crafting now. I haven't actually done any scrapping in a while I've just been making lots and lots of those milk cartons for wedding weights and xmas favours. Halfway through the 70 I need to do for my kids and my Mum has asked me to do 70 for my nieces classes too! Might take a break before doing those lol.
Feeling a bit more on top of things today :) This week has felt like one step forward two steps back, haven't been able to get on top of anything; can't even blame the kids as they were at school! Got stuck into today though and got lots done, mainly crafting jobs left to do now but as Caitlin is at my Mums and Cameron has a birthday party to go to tomorrow will try and catch up on those then. :)
usually i go to all the partys with him, this one though I may give a miss, the 'Bug man' is going, who is exactly what he sounds like, a guy with lots of bugs, snakes and reptiles. Its a great idea, he brings tarantualas, giant stick insects and all sorts for the kids to hold and interact with, Camerons very excited about it but I'm not a huge spider fan so can't really join in with him on that one!

Thursday 12 September 2013

Fridge notepad

Ok so I admit I'm playing catch up again so super quick post on how I made these :)
Cute but seriously one of the easiest things I've ever made.

You will need:
- Magnets
- Bulldog clip
- Mini pencil/pen (like the type in Argos)
- Patterned paper
- Chipboard
- Embellishments
- Notepad
To make
Seriously, takes moments
1 - Cut chipboard to size.
2 - Cover in paper
3 - Sand and ink edges
See, super easy and super cute :)
4 - Add notepad to the front with dst
5 - Add magnets to back
6 - Clip pencil to top with bulldog clip
7 - Embellish :)

Tuesday 10 September 2013


Ugh I didn't get much sleep last night, had a busy day though, managed to talk to a social worker so will see what happens there (fx its SOMETHING!) managed to get passport details finally sorted, shopping, cleaning and wrapping some gifts which came in the post. Mark face when a huge Cybercandy parcel came, and I instantly whipped it out of his hands and told him he couldn't open it was funny :) Also managed to finish a few little craft projects which have been sitting half finished for weeks but still need some more supplies to finish others so will be looking for them tomorrow.
Speaking of craft projects more layouts. :)
Simple one of Cam dressed as the easter bunny.
I like this one :) I love the papers and how happy Cam looks in the photos even though he's falling down.
Another simple one I love, :)

Sorry short but sweet post, :) Will end on some funny comments from the kids:

Catilin - Im off to the north pole!
Cameron - You cant do that, its on the moon!
And hes my clever one! :s

Caitlin - Mummy are you in charge of the house?
me - No me and daddy are in charge.
Cameron - Mummy it's not nice to lie.

I felt poorly last night so went bed same time as the kids
Cameron - Mummy you can't go to bed! There's jobs to be done!
Me - Well you can stay up and do them if you want.

Monday 9 September 2013

Gemmas little sister stories.

When i was in college, there was a girl I used to sit with during science lessons. As soon as I sat down she would ask if I had any more 'Gemmas little sister stories' about whatever trouble my sister had got into over the weekend. After college we lost touch but a few months ago we found each other on facebook again. :) After catching up she asked if I had any 'Gemmas little sister stores' I told her to get a coffee and clear a couple of hours lol. This is another one of those so hope everyone reading has a cup of coffee! Just to be clear though this is from memory and what I've been told (not always true) so nobody sue me over details :p
To sum up so far my sister is 3 years younger than me, she has 3 daughters, Mollie, Evie and Lillie, she also has 3 repeating men in her life (there are many more but the main 3 I mean) C, P and R. Now when my sister turned about 13 she went off the rails a bit, drinking, sleeping about and if rumors were true taking drugs; she calmed down when she started going out with C when she was around 15-16 and we thought that was it. Fast forward to her being 18, during a 'break' from C she slept with some other guy whos name I don't remember and ended up pregnant, he wasn't interested so she went back to C. Sadly she ended up losing the baby but things with C got better and they ended up having Mollie just before her 19th birthday. Fast forward again 2 years shes now pregnant with Evie. We think everythings fine but little do we know that R has come on the scene, not long after Evies born and it all goes to hell. Sister and C are both on Coke and split up *sigh* She ended up in a private rent house and her and R become a full on item. This lasts about 8 months of a continuous cycle, they love each other, they fight, he beats the crap out of her, they break up, they love each other, they fight...... you get the idea. Anyway about 8 months in she meets P. Bit older than her, has couple of kids from a previous relationship, works, seems stable, ok great we think, this can work. Few months later, Lillie is on her way. Surprise but maybe it will work out. Nope, someone ring Jeremy Kyle, few months into the pregnancy sister admits there was a R/P overlap, we'll need a DNA test. Lillies born, DNA shows P as the Daddy (thank god) You may think here is where the happy ending starts? No chance. Here is where the trouble well and truly starts. Sister is young, we get that, 3 young kids, can't be easy, but on the weekends where kids are with their dads she takes to not coming home. C tries to drop girls off at 6 on a Sunday, sister nowhere to be found. Usually shows up 5 hours or so later steaming drunk and god knows what else in her. Social services are called but nothing done except referral to Homestart. This continues for a bit, the police even being called the night before Mollies first day of school as sister comes home around 1am with her friends and flips when Mollie refuses to let go of me resulting in a physical fight. During this time she's flitting between R and P with most likely some overlaps again.
Suddenly she seems to get a clue, with support from us, homestart and medication she decides to make a go of it with P and the two of them rent a house together. Its all calm, all going well then I get an early morning phonecall, sisters been arrested. Turns out theres been an overlap between P, R and a third guy. R finds out about this and theres a big fight at the house and P rings the police. Makes sense, police show up and sister chases R out of the house with a knife saying shes going to kill him, makes less sense. At this point P decides he's had enough and leaves, don't blame him, R moves in (yep you read that right) This however doesn't last long, the night before hes due in court for beating up sister I get another call, hes woke up, sisters gone, hes had enough I better go get girls before he leaves them alone. Obviously I go pick up girls, try to contact sister but no chance. 7 hours later we find out R has been sent to prison and sister shows back up at the house, very obviously off her head and not caring where the girls are just wailing what will she do without R. Finally social services get involved, though in retrospect I use that word in the loosest sense. That happened in September 2001 and my sister was drinking, taking drugs, neglecting the girls wellbeing and repeatedly going back to a violent relationship which the girls witnessed over and over. Its now September 2013 and my sister is drinking, taking drugs, repeatedly going back to a violent relationship..... so basically no further forward. I went to social services yesterday to talk to them but after a number of messages and promises to call back still nothing so going to camp out at the offices until SOMEONE sees me. Probably won't do anything but hey got to try havent I

Sunday 8 September 2013


Well havent had a chance to do a proper post so more catching up on layouts :)
This was for a challenge on counterfit kit, the idea was to use 100 of something. I've started it off as my idea is to list every where the kids go to with us which I'm sure will add up 100 soon enough :)
Love these photos :) We took the kids ice skating a couple of Christmas ago and Caitlin took to it amazingly well. We were all wobbling about and she was off like a shot!
Another couterfit kit challenge which was to use no patterned paper. Used up a lot of little embellishments too so yey :)
Hopefully more spare time tomorrow. Will be a long post so bring a coffee!

Saturday 7 September 2013

counterfit kit extra

This month there was an extra challenge over on Counterfit kits. As the new CHA releases are just coming out the challenge was to pick a new one and copy that. After browsing for a while I picked this one.
I love the bright colours and all the cupcakes so I put lots of cupcake embellishments in, as I've got lots of holiday photos to do and the papers are quite bright I put some holiday embellishments in too. :)
Well its been a very long, draining day (more on that tomorrow) so off for an early night.

Friday 6 September 2013

Counterfit kits

yesterday was spent doing jobs outside the house, while today was spent doing jobs at home. Can't believe how much I got done with the kids gone!
As well as usual ironing, hoovering and general cleaning I've been listing for sale on facebook and eBay. I don't usually do eBay as the fees drive me mad but I couldn't find this die anywhere online so didn't know what to sell it for.
Its a Hello kitty, bees, flowers & ladybugs one here if you fancy a nosey (or a bid ;)
Like I said I got housework done way quicker than I thought I would so finally had time to sort out this months Counterfit kits. This months is from Citrus twist and is called Sail away.
I haven't put any cardstock in yet as I'm never sure what colour I want until I pick the photo. As usual there's loads of embellishments including lots of chipboard shapes as I trying to use of some of the huge stash I have. Not sure where they all came from as don't think I've ever bought any!
This month there was also an add on kit which I decided to copy too.
As I've got lots of holiday photos to do I decided to stick to the travel theme and put this together.
Still have lots of little projects I need to finish before I can do some more layouts but fingers crossed will get most done this weekend :)

Thursday 5 September 2013

Back to school!

Well today was back to school, yey! I love my kids but 6 weeks is a looooong time lol. They were both really excited to be going back and despite the very, very hot weather they insisted on wearing full uniform including jumper and cardigans *rolls eyes* funnily enough both were in book bags when I picked them up lol.
I was a little worried about Caitlin going in as I know she didn't know many people in her new class. She surprised me though and had no issues at all, I walked her in, she waved and said bye and I was dismissed! :) So preferable to her crying though.
Managed to get a fair bit done while they were at school. Still have loads of housework to catch up on tomorrow but did lots of jobs out and about, including getting marks hair cut. Honestly didn't know how bad it had got until I saw the mound of hair on the floor! Look so much better now.
Had a very happy boy when he got home, :) His skylander sidekick came this morning. He was so excited bless him. Both kids played so nicely tonight, hope it lasts!
Well tomorrow is all about ironing, cleaning the floors and finishing off the weights for my friends wedding. Quite looking forward to it. :)

Wednesday 4 September 2013


Kids go back tomorrow and we're all sooooo ready for it! Kids are getting bored now and I'm really eager to be getting back into routine and being able to get the house back in order. Started to decorate the bedroom at the start of the holiday. 6 weeks later and all I've managed to do is paint the windowsill lol. Have managed to photograph my layouts in the sun :)
So managed to put a dent in my photo pile, all Christmas ones now done, yey! So sorry for the amount of them in my next few posts lol. This is one from 2011, every Christmas eve we let the kids open a gift, its always the same thing, pjs, dressing gown, dvd and goodies. I used some of my glitter ribbon I got from TKmaxx here. I love this and wish id got more as its just so vibrant and easy to use, none of the glitter comes off like other ones I've used before.
This one is from when we built a snowman. My middle neice Evie didn't want her photo taken no matter how much we begged so this is her way of letting us know its just not going to happen lol.
Love this photo, lol. My Mum and Dad bought Mark this hat (for reasons best known to themselves) it plays music and lights up. Caitlin did NOT find it amusing and wouldn't go near him when he had it on. I wanted a photo so Mark ook it off, put Caitlin on his knee and my Dad quickly put it back on Marks head before I took the picture. Caitlin noticed however and what you see is the second before she stormed off in a huff, lol. Such rebellious girls in my family!
Not much planned tonight, managed to sell a few embossing folders I don't use anymore so got to parcel them up to post tomorrow. Yey made a few pennies towards bills. :)

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Button bag

At a car boot sale a while ago I bought this bag for 50p. I had planned to cut the buttons off but Caitlin then decided it was hers and kept it lol. I knew I just had to bide my time until she got bored of it and sure enough she did lol. So cut it up and managed to get a huge pile of pretty buttons for 50p. bargain :)
Only one day left of the school hols! Spent today playing and getting things ready, amazing how much needs sorted before they go back! So looking forward to some peace and quiet. Put kids to bed early tonight to try and get them back into routine. They were obviously needing it as halfway up the stairs Caitlin burst into tears. When I asked what she wrong she wailed 'I'm tired and cranky!' No arguments there!

Monday 2 September 2013

Heavy scrapping :)

As well as lots of playing, listing and planning I've been doing loads of scrapping :) I'm trying to use up my photos and amazingly only have a couple of Christmas photos left to do! Still have a huge pile of other photos to do but lets focus on the positive shall we :p
Will photograph the layouts tomorrow but ones taken in my living room light always look dreadful so this is the best I can do for now!
Well we're down to 2 days now!!! Tomorrow has a bad start as the kids and I have to go and get immunisations (ugh I hate needles!) but I promised them if they do well we'll do something nice afterwards. Also need to go to Asda to try and keep my temper in First Choice. As we're going to Turkey, apparently now we need to give them the details of our passports before we go, I tried this morning to do it online but it kept telling me Camerons name was wrong. I phoned to ask for help and got a really rude snippy guy. First thing in the morning is oh so NOT the time to be snippy with me! First he accused me of lying as I couldn't possibly get into the online form without my booking number, pointed out there was a link in the email they sent me; he then insisted that Cameron must be the lead name on the booking otherwise the name wouldn't matter, um, he's 6?! Then, and this was the BEST questions I've been asked for a while 'Are you sure that's his correct name? Is there anyone you could ask to check?' I gave him his name I think I know what it is!! Ended with him telling me to come into store for them to check it and do it while they charge me £5 for the pleasure. Ugh, no! So yeah they're doing it for free. lol.
Woops ranted there, lol. Wasn't all bad a day, as Camerons friend was round to play so I had an hour or so to sit with a coffee and make lists. I love to make lists :) So now I have lists of:
- shopping
- gifts I still need to buy for xmas
- crafts I need to do for xmas
- things I need to buy to make those crafts
- crafts I generally need to make
- things I need to buy to make general crafts
- Fun things to do for xmas
- Things that need done this week
- Lists that still need to be made
Yes you read that right, I have a list of lists I need to do. Is that a little obsessive?

Sunday 1 September 2013

Story telling sunday

Well its the first Sunday of the month again :) Also the 1st of September which IMO means the start of tea, slow cooked meals, wellies and walks though the woods and snuggling up on the couch with books and films. I LOVE this time of year :) Its also the start of the time when I can start to talk about Christmas without TOO much moaning from people, lol, well maybe a little longer before that happens but oh well :p
As its the first Sunday of the month that means storytelling Sunday again. :) This month I've picked my Eeyore figure.
With Mark being poorly, I don't get surprises like most wives do. He doesn't go anywhere on his own, doesn't have any of his own money and 99% of the time doesn't have the right mindframe to think of surprises anyway. Years ago however, before the kids were born he surprised me with this.
It was at the start of his illness getting really bad where his mind would swing from no use whatsoever to moments of clarity, I'm guessing it was during one of these moments he bought it though when it arrived in the post he had no memory of it lol. I'm a huge eeyore fan and this one is called 'When it rains you're always there for me' I like to think Mark knew what he was doing when he bought it for me :) It does make me a little sad that that 'romantic' side of my life is over so I treasure reminders of it, but I know how lucky I am to still have such a loving husband still with me so I don't mind too much :)