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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Bunnies Galore!!
So, how was your easter? Ours was very nice and chaotic as usual.
On the friday we took the kids (five of them, my four plus bf younger one) to see mirror mirror. We thought the kids would like it and in actual factwe wanted to see it aswell, so it was good for all, and most were very well behaved.
On sunday (egg day, as my Finnish friend calls it) we had an easter egg hunt.
For kids who dont believe in the easter bunny they were well getting into it!.
We had plastic hollow eggs filled with chocolate mini eggs, smarties eggs, egg sweets and stickers. they also hunted for cadburys creme eggs, so there was a good mix for all those who do and dont like chocolate!Then they got their big eggs and small treats. Usually they are very sensible with the opening of the eggs and make sure they can be wrapped up again after and make it spread out over a few weeks. Not this time! They opened everything in one go,and tipped it all out onto a plate each, plates piled high that chocolate buttons, minstrels, and aero balls were all dropping off with every movement. It wasnt a pretty sight (or was, depending on your thoughts of a chocolate fest). I felt sure there would be pandemonium. Fights over who ate whose, and 'you've taken mine!', 'mines all gone!' all filled my mind,and I was ready for it, but thanks to a few sainsburys bags and a permanent marker,and a gorgeous boyfriend of course, in actual fact they've all been really good and most of the chocolate is in fact gone already, and into the correct tummies to-boot.
Happy Easter everyone :-)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

You're Fired!
I'm just watching the end of the apprentice. All these high flying business minded people competing, battling for prime position with Lord Sugar.
Can you imagine what it would be like to apply to be a parent?
They'd be sat in a church hall or park or similar (instead of the boardroom) in jeans and t-shirts all looking knackered. Some might have painted sick on their shoulder, or made their hair more ruffled than usual.
Here's some of the things they would have to have in their CV and application to be a parent

1 the ability to stay awake all night (maximum two hours sleep), every night, for an infinite amount of years

2 to be an octopus. The problem with being a parent is that you still have to do the house work, and when there are children involved, the amount is multiplied X10.

                      3 so this mum is looking a bit too happy and perfect for reality, but it doesn't mask the fact that mums or dads in charge of the household have to have a business brain, or at least quickly grow one. Running a household is exactly like running a business.

      4  yes, it is a stomach of steel. Honestly the amount of horrible things I've had to clean up this week. Sick, poop (alot of both) wee, snot, dribble. Seriously, we deserve medals....

    5   entertainer! Yes, just this job requirement alone can take up 90% of your time. Entertainment has to be incorporated into everything. Nappy change time (keys), dinner time (planes, smiler faces), bedtime (lullabies). Anything from drawing a picture to making playdoh, making a den to building a post office (my job for the next few weekends)...

        6 every parent needs to be a gourmet chef, trying to shove as many different varieties of fruit,veg, meat, carbs etc as they can, to broaden their childs culinary horizons. So what is it, with this vast array of foods they have sampled, that the kids want for dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT? Cheese and pasta...

     7 doctor, nurse and surgeon, in one go.

   8 Unfortunately I am this most of the time. Referee. Now that the kids are getting older I let them sort it out themselves, but I still find my assistance is needed on the majority of occasions.I must consider myself lucky to come out of it with only minor scrapes myself

9 Having to be the critic for everything. School plays - yes, you were the best shepherd, literary critic - yes your poem was the best, arts council - I will put your best pictures on my wall, Eve, go and change those clothes they don't 'go'

10 Ssssshhhhhh! Don't tell the kids...

                                                               11  You have to be like a military leader sometimes, to make sure four (or however many kids you have) little people manage to get up, dressed, eat, brush teeth, etc either getting ready for school or a day out, its not an easy feat

   12  Last but certainly not least, boundless energy!

Candidates for apprentice, you don't stand a chance. You're all fired!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Girls Night In
I cannot emphasise the importance of adult time. Be it with your partner, or friends, family, colleagues, whatever. But it must be time spent with another adult.
During the holidays my time is spent with my kids, 100% of the time. It is mentally exhausting.
No one to talk to, moan to, cry on, talk some sense with, to bring you back down to reality. To appreciate. No way of getting out all the stress and frustration. No one to get a hug from, (trust me, a childs hug is NOT the same as an adult one).
Once in a while a dvd night is called for, for a chat, catch up, and reality grounding. Well, actually, I'd say one is called for at least once a week, but what with jobs, universities, coursework, housework, other halves and children, it's kinda hit and miss. But it gets to the point where we HAVE to have one.This week the rules were broken and we had one on Sunday. Un-heard of!
Don't get me wrong, its not a party, its just the three of us, my two best girlfriends and I, and there's no alcohol, but we have fun and a laugh, and even though I turn back into a pumpkin each time, I've still had a ball by the end.
Here's our recipe for a girls night in....

                                                    1, slightly peculiar films....             

  European if possible, definitely with subtitles! We never go for a blockbuster, or what you'd consider 'normal' films. They go under the title 'new world' or 'other world cinema'. Other world is about right for some of them.

                                                       2, sweet popcorn....

but it has to be from Lidl. The best sweet popcorn around. In a blue bowl.

                                           3, cheese puffs

from tesco or sainsburys, but a complete must for our nights, more-so than the popcorn. In a pink bowl.

                                                                 4, some sweet treat

 a sweet treat either bought or baked, just to make it feel extra special. Can be cake, brownies, chocolate, or biscuits, we're not fussy....

                                                                            5, a nice cuppa...

                                                              or for some people....(!)... ;-P

but the rules are you must stay in the kitchen for the first half hour at least, chatting while I make a very slow cup.....

                                                                         6 the most important ingredients....US!

no, of course its not actually any of us in the pic, and actually I think we all do a good job of looking fabulous, but trust me, this is how we feel, every day.


 and a outpour of all the crap and stress we've each had to go through since the last dvd night....
Thanks girls!!! xxx

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Earplugs, Anyone??!!
Ergh, I have a headache, the kids are on full volume today! Wondering how other parents deal with the stress of everyday life? My two girls have spent 4 hours today doing a job that would have taken 45mins with one person. Why?!
I have huffed, and I've puffed, and I've pretty much exploded with crossness, frustration and disappointment.
And still we're not done.
The problem with my lot is that they simply do not care. I explain to them, if they get it done quickly, then they've got the rest of the day/holidays to play, watch TV, relax, etc. but its like talking to a brick wall. So I end up nagging, and eventually shouting. That's the other thing, too much shouting. I like a quiet life. But because the kids are so loud, either from being at each others throat or playing in high volume, that I end up shouting so they can hear me.
My son has been very good today, doing all I've asked him to do and more, helped with Lilly and the two of them played so nicely for a long time this morning. That's how it should be. I don't mind toys on the floor as long as its put away once played with. I don't mind dressing up as long as the clothes are put away and any dirty clothes put out for the wash. I do mind great big piles of paper, books, random toys all piled on top of the toy cupboard, with no sign of being moved. I do mind all kinds of rubbish bits of paper, old clementines, broken things, crumbs, an odd sock, a ponies head shoved under the sofa or hidden under a table, or behind a unit.That's not on.
I am past how to get this lot tidying, how can they not see how gross this is? They seem to think the crap fairy will come along and clean everything up while they are at school, but no fairy is coming, they make the mess, they clean it up again.
Any tips are very welcome, as its doing my head in and its only the second day of the holiday! I feel its going to be a long one....