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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A general life update.

I haven't really posted an actual update lately. I did write about the ups and downs of September but not really an in depth update on us. So here goes.

The kids have settled in wonderfully at school and we're enjoying the school routine again. Although the boys aren't overly huge fans of the early mornings but I think they're getting use to them again now.

Harry, my eldest, is loving high school. Although one day last week, I got a phone call from the school to say that he has been sick and needed to come home! He was fine in the morning when he left for school but come lunch time was really quite poorly. He came home and relaxed for the rest of the day, had a nice long nap and woke up feeling much better! Thank goodness. I think the bugs and colds come with this time of year. So far, no one else in the household has caught it (touch wood - not sure if I've had it or not, didn't feel quite right Saturday but wasn't really poorly. Think it may have just been the headache thing.), lets hope it stays that way! I'm looking forward to open evening this week & meeting Harry's tutor.

Charlie and Ellie have both settled into school well, too! It's Charlie's last year of primary school, which is really, really hard to believe. I think Charlie misses Harry sometimes, since Charlie started school (6 years ago!) he has always had Harry by his side but obviously, Harry now goes to high school! Charlie has adapted well though and seems to be enjoying school. Ellie started in year three and seems to really be enjoying it! She's so pleased that er cousin now goes to school (started in reception) and loves to play with her at break and lunch time. Awww. I still can't believe Ellie is eight years old.

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 We've enjoyed a few evening walks and time at the park! Which has been nice. I love that we had mild September and start to October. It's been nice! I'm also a big fan of winter though, so I am very much looking forward to that. There's just something about getting cosy inside and watching movies with hot chocolate! The warm coats and winter boots. I LOVE it! :D

Me - I'm doing ok. I've had a headache for the past 4 days, it's not a bad headache, just a dull ache behind my eyes. It comes with having intercranial idiopathic hypertension (Gosh, that is hard to say out loud! And spell!) which I was diagnosed with at the end of 2010! I just get really frustrated when I have things to do and literally can not do them because I have a headache/ache behind my eyes. It has however eased off a bit now so hopefully I'll get some things around the house done this afternoon! I am finally over my cold/flu thing I had going on last week and the week before! Yay.

our kitties are also doing great! Some of you may remember that when Sylvie (silver tabby) first adopted us (yes she chose us!), my other cat Lotti wasn't overly impressed, I am now pleased to say that they're getting a long so much better now! They seem to have accepted each other and usually just avoid each other but its better than the hissing and growling at one another! Who knows maybe one day they'll actually LIKE each other and become friends, hehe. Neither of them are fans of the cooler weather though.

We are all very much looking forward to half term and Halloween and not to mention Harry's Birthday! How is he going to be TWELVE years old?! Madness. We need to figure out some plans for Halloween and I need to get my bake on ;)

How has life been for you lately? 

Sarah xXx

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Monday, 5 October 2015

An October Evening.

ON Sunday evening, after we had our roast dinner, we decided to go for a little walk! The weather was beautiful, it wasn't cold and the sky was ever so pretty. With it being October, these beautiful days are going to be few and far between. So we thought we would make the most of it!

Autumnal sky @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

 Harry received an early Birthday present from my mums, A remote control helicopter and Charlie wanted to take his remote control car (which he got for his Birthday back in July) and Sunday afternoon was the perfect opportunity! Ellie didn't want to take anything with her because "I like chasing Harry's helicopter". So that's what she did!

We headed towards the park and woodland which isn't too far from where we live and off we went!
We couldn't believe how high helicopter flew! "This is EPIC" Harry yelled in delight! And it really is epic, for such a small toy, it goes quite fast and very, very high!

Harry let everyone have a little go with his new toy! Which is very sweet of him. Sharing is caring after all. Ellie loved flying it and now she wants one, haha.

Charlie enjoyed playing with his remote control car on the skating ramp as there was no one else on the ramp. It's really nice to see the kids actually playing with there toys. It's quite challenging to get a photo of Charlie because seriously, he does not stay still for a second, haha. Typical boy. Full of energy :-)

We also took a stroll through the woods and pointed out all things Autumnal. We weren't in the woods very long as it was getting dark! I didn't quite realise just how fast it DOES get dark now!

Charlie also tested out his remote control car in the woods because the lights are quite bright on it! "Wow this is great" Charlie told us.

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We had a really fun evening! Hopefully we'll have a few more nice evenings before the winter kicks in.

How have you been enjoying Autumn so far?

Sarah xXx

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Girl Alone By Cathy Glass.

"Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father's suicide. She's never got over it.

This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control. At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. Then more recently her mother remarries and Joss bitterly resents her step-father who abuses her mentally and physically. Cathy takes Joss under her wing but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses off underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house and will Cathy be able to build up Joss’s trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation.

Cathy glass has wrote many books, she has been a foster carer to many, many years and fostered over 150 children. She is an amazing woman and I wish there was more people in the world like her! Anyway, this is the story of a young girl called Joss. She has been through so very much in her life already. She finds her father dead, he comitted suicide when she was nine years old and Joss and her mother discover him. Which I can't even imagine what that must have been like, especially for a nine year old child. Joss' mum remarries, Joss doesn't like her new step dad and ends up in Cathy's care. There's a twist to this story that I didn't see coming and was shocked! I may have had a bit of a lump in my throat and tear in my eye if I'm honest. It is a very sad story but it has a much happier ending.
Another brilliantly written book from Cathy and my heart goes out to Joss and her family.
Five stars from me.

Sarah xXx


Please note - I bought this book with my own money. No one asked me to write this review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The best & worst of September.

I decided I'd write a post on all the good things and all the bad things of September. It's been a bit of a chaotic month to be honest with you. I do try to keep my blog positive and I know the positives will out weight the negatives! I've seen a lot of people write 'Best & Worst' posts and it's inspired me to do the same.

We started off September with the kids going back to school. Ellie starting in year 3, Charlie in year 6 -his final year of primary school- (Still can't believe that!) and Harry of course started high school! They are growing up SO fast! I can't express how proud of them I am. I truly am so, so proud. I'm really pleased to say they have settled in wonderfully. They are all doing wonderful at school (touch wood) and Harry is enjoying high school, although he isn't a fan of the early mornings! Who is though?

September was also the month that Ellie turned EIGHT years old. My youngest child. Eight years old. Madness. She had a lovely birthday! It was stressful for me, nothing went right on that day and it was a bit blah! Didn't help that I was coming down with a cold/flu type thing. The main thing is though, she had a fantastic Birthday and really enjoyed her little tea party and seeing friends and family. It was lovely!

I also have had a bit stress in my personal life going on but it's settled down now (again, touch wood!) and I'm relaxing a bit more. Anxiety has struck me a lot this month too but hopefully that's subsided now too. Anxiety is a horrible thing and I find it really hard to control and deal with. I've been reading a few blogs though and I know I'm not alone. It's just hard, you know?

  On a more positive note, we have really enjoyed the Autumn weather. The kids have been loving playing out in the garden and we've been on a couple of lovely walks! I watched a beautiful sunset (more than once!).

We have also enjoyed playing board games - mainly dog bingo, which is an awesome family game to play! That everyone loves. The little's enjoyed doing Autumnal arts & crafts, I may have joined in too, I'm such a big kid, haha.

Overall it hasn't been THAT bad of a month. Just a bit stressful here and there. I really do love this time of year and we have lots to look forward to in October! My eldest will be turning twelve years old! We have half term and Halloween to look forward to and of course the beautiful Autumnal weather.

How was your September?

Sarah xXx

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