Joel and Josiah

So time is just passing.  Joel is three and a half.  He can write his name and recognise words now.  He is a chatty little man who comes out with some priceless comments.  He is exasperating.  He knows he can wind us up with constant silly questions but he also has some excellent questions to offer us too.  He loves playing eye spy, and this cracks us up.  He says ‘I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with tree’ and then we have to decide which tree he saw!!  When we have a go and use a letter though he pretty much always gets it right.  He loves playing games.  He has some memory cards and is much better than Steve or I at it.  He is doing so well at pre-school.  He loves his family and goes around saying ‘Siah, Izzy, mummy and Daddy and Joel’!!  He loved going on holiday last week so much.

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Josiah is 9 months old tomorrow.  He is still feeding from me and not showing any signs of wanting to stop, although he is eating three good meals a day, snacks and drinking water from a cup.  He is a cheeky chappy, very smiley, and loves his brother so much.  He still only has his four teeth, and isn’t crawling but he is very efficient at rolling about to get where he wants to go.  He wants what Joel has, or things like tv remotes, and iphones.  He is loud.  He calls Mama in the night when he wants me.  I don’t know if he knows he is saying Mama or just making sounds but it works.  I’m getting up at least twice a night with him still.  I can’t do controlled crying.  If he’s that upset I go to him.  Goodness knows how I’ll be when I go back to work next month.  I’m tired most of the time at the moment.  But I know it is a phase and it will pass.  He did sleep though one night before our holiday so I know it will happen again.  He is having a day a week at my parents now to get used to being away from me, and taster sessions at nursery.  He cried a lot for his first session and then was better for his second.  I must book him again for some more this month.  I know he’ll be ok, but he is a lot more clingy than Joel was.

They are both so wonderful and I love them so much!  And how cute are they in their matching onesies!!!

Little Holiday

We’ve not had a holiday together as a family of four this year, instead we had a week with my family in May and a week with Steve’s parents.  So when the opportunity came up for a not too expensive break to Sherwood Forest in November we took it!  It was the week after half term and the week before winter wonderland began.

We went on a Monday (after I had done a rather poorly attending Moo Music session) and the weather was lovely.  In fact we had very cold but sunny days for the whole week, it only rained once we had left on the Friday afternoon.

And I’ve heard many differing reviews on the place, from it being an overly expensive Butlins to heaven on earth, and honestly, I was a little bit enchanted with it!!  Yes I can see that it costs a fortune if you let it.  But we were prepared to spend a little bit of money and then save where we could.  I took my slow cooker with us and cooked for most of the evenings and we went out one night for a meal as there was a big fireworks display on the Wednesday night (5th Nov) which was free!

In the days we went swimming, played in the parks, we did pay for crazy golf one morning, and then bowling one afternoon.  It was nice to walk around, Joel had his balance bike and scooted miles on it!  It was great, without it he got tired and wanted to be carried but he went for ages on his bike because that was fun!

Every morning we had a parade of ducks, moorhens, squirrels and such like at the glass doors.  We saved all our crusts and leftover bread and Joel loved feeding them each morning and Josiah loved watching it all.

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We had lots of fun in the little parks with different things to do.  On our last morning we treated ourselves to brunch at the pancake house.  It was gorgeous.  I had a New Yorker stack and there was so much bacon!  Yummy!!

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We played a bit of air hockey, and took Joel for his first bowling experience.  He beat me, although I didn’t have the buffers up!!

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Josiah found swimming very tiring indeed, and the getting changed meant he could have a nap once dressed!!!  He is a two fingers in his mouth and hold his rabbit sort of sleeper now.

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This giant swan kept banging on the glass every day!  There were two of them as well sometimes!  Good job the glass was there!  The fireworks were lovely and we had firelogs which I bought cheaply from B&Q and we toasted marshmallows and had a real fire in our lodge every night.

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Crazy gold was lots of fun.  Joel enjoyed it for a while, but it was obviously a battle between Steve and myself.  We did two games and Steve won one by two points, then I won the second by four points.  So ha!!!

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Every day was lovely and we got on well together and enjoyed each other’s company.  We want to go back again!  Maybe we can fit a trip in before Joel starts school and we join the too expensive out of school time brigade.

Time to blog….

It’s been an absolute age.  I just have not had the time or inclination to sit down and write for this blog recently.

What have I been doing for the last month?

Well, I am setting up a new music group for kiddies in my town.  I have bought a franchise called Moo Music and it’s something I feel I can really behind and endorse.  There are 100 original children’s songs, characters, a farmyard theme and I’ve been setting up two Monday morning sessions at a town centre church.  I began with free taster sessions in half term which were well attended and seemed to go down quite well.  13 of the mums said they’d return.  I set my hopes at 8.  One of them emailed me immediately to say that they’d loved it but would prefer a baby session.  She said she could bring a couple of friends with her and the church preferred to rent their hall for two hours minimum so I decided to go for an all age session to start with and a baby session afterwards.

Last week I was very nervous to see if anyone would turn up.  People had said they’d pay directly into my bank account but no one had!  So I went along and there was one mum and child at 9.39 (I begin at 9.40) and so we started with me feeling a bit deflated and then two more came along a bit late.  The same happened this week but newcomers are as good a chance to sign up so I’m just working on boosting numbers for that session.  My BabyMoo session however is going well.  I have five mums who have all signed up for this half term and it’s a nice little group.

Last week at the all age session two new mums came along with two incredibly wild children who didn’t sit, engage or anything helpful, just ran about scaring the one baby (who has now changed to babymoo!) and causing chaos.  I was almost pleased that they didn’t come this morning.  Instead I had a new mum with her son who had picked up the songs quickly, and joined in beautifully!

I am going back to my day job next month so can’t really do as much with Moo Music as I’d like right now.  But building up a couple of groups will do for now.  if the opportunity for voluntary redundancy comes along I will take it and then look at extra groups in pre schools and nurseries.  I’m really excited at the prospect of a change.  I know I don’t want to commute to work so when my office closes next year and Joel begins school I want to be the one to collect him every day.  And I’m looking forward to creating that opportunity for myself.

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