Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 What a Year... Here's to 2013

As 2012 ends and 2013 begins, it's time to take a moment and think about all the things that have happened in the past year. 

My beautiful babies got a year older 
The baby started playschool and stopped breastfeeding. 
I started blogging
We had a lovely little holiday in London 
I've recently reconnected with two old best friends, one from Lancashire that I haven't seen since I moved to Wales 29 years ago, and one from secondary school who moved to London several years ago
My dad retired
Hubby got his licence back and a promotion at work to delivery driver
My eldest daughter moved into her own bedroom so the baby could move in with my other daughter and out of bed (but that didn't quite work out as she's still with us)
My son was fantastic in the school play as he had quite a main part, sde

But I now it is time to make some New Years Resolutions

To eat healthily and get my diabetes under control
To blog more regularly
To get the children out and about, walking more and enjoying the beautiful scenery we are so fortunate to enjoy
To spend more time with the children. They are young for such a short amount of time and I need to enjoy it as much as possible and take more picture to capture every moment
To try and be more patient and understanding with the children, remembering that they are just children who are learning and need me to show them the right way to behave to become the adults they are destined to become
To stop swearing, my biggest fault is I swear too much and this means the children are all starting to take swearing as a normal way of talking and cannot understand why I tell them off for something I do
To get my finances under control and pay off any debts we might have

but what I am also going to do, I'm going to start a memory jar.

Starting January the 1st 2013 I am going to write down on a piece of paper
All the good things that happen
All the funny things the children say and do
All the little surprises and gifts
The beauty of nature 
Funny moments
Memories worth sharing and treasuring
Fun family days

and then, on December the 31st 2013 as we count down to the close of 2013 ready to welcome 2014 in, we can open the jar and remember all the fun times we had and create a scrap book for our memories of the year 2013

What about you? What were your highlights of the past year? What New Years Resolutions do you have planned and how likely do you think you will stick to them?

And as 2012 closes I just have one wish for you, all my wonderful readers. 

May 2013 be the best year and may all your hopes and dreams come true

Thursday, 6 December 2012

"The Name's Who... Doctor Who!

Yesterday I came home from work to find my 9yr old son sitting at the table at Nanny's house when I went to pick up the baby. Surprised, I asked him why he was home from school already and he told me that whilst they had been rehearsing their school play at the local theatre he'd managed to get his ring finger of his right hand (luckily he's left handed) trapped in the hinge side of a door. 

His finger looked really sore but he seemed ok.

During the night I woke to find a very tearful and upset boy stood beside my bed. Breaking his heart he told me his finger hurt and please would I give him some medicine to make it stop hurting. I took him downstairs and eventually settled him on the sofa to go back to sleep with some painkillers inside him. Then at breakfast time he again became upset telling me his finger was hurting again. 

Managed to make him a doctors appointment and we saw the doctor who said it was unlikely to be broken but would be very sore and was very swollen and he might lose the nail. He also said that had my boy been older he would have drained the fluid from the finger but because of his age he didn't want to and prescribed painkillers, cold compresses and keeping his hand elevated. 

I asked him what he wanted to do, did he want to go back to school and because his class were rehearsing again in the theatre he wanted to go back. 

But by lunchtime the school phoned me to say he was getting upset again because his finger was starting to hurt. I went to pick him up and his teachers were full of praise for him being so brave and still carrying on in his rehearsals despite all the pain he was obviously in. When I told them he had told me he wanted to be an actor when he was older his teacher said she could imagine him as one because he was a very good actor and that whatever they told him to do, he would do perfectly first time! Later we were snuggled on the sofa and he was reading me a book I noticed how he would emphasis words and change his voice for characters, something I used to do for him when he was little.

By the time tea time came, he was crying in agony again and still had 2 hours to go before he could have some more painkillers and he could barely eat he was in that much pain. His dad finally had enough and just like me he couldn't bear to see his son in pain so he decided to take him to our local cottage hospital and their casualty department. Finally he was given something to ease the pain and they drained his finger of all the fluid, hubby even laughed and said it came out with such force it hit the nurse in the face!

Now he's home and seems a lot happier, his finger is bandaged and hopefully he'll get some sleep! I've told him we'll see how it is tomorrow and whether he can go to school!

When I asked him earlier, he told me when he grows up he would really like to play The Doctor in his favourite TV show Doctor Who and I told him anything was possible if he put his mind to it! I also told him how his favourite Doctor, the Tenth Doctor David Tennant, had once said how he would watch Doctor Who himself as a child and would dream of playing the Doctor (ironically his favourite Doctor was Peter Davidson, the 5th Doctor and who is now his father-in-law after he married Georgia Moffet who played the 10th Doctor's daughter!)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!

Last week was hubby's birthday and on Tuesday my daughter turns 6. Traditionally this means that the weekend between the birthdays is the time when we put our Christmas tree and decorations. 

Since neither of us work on a Sunday, we agreed that today would be the day!

However our plans were scuppered when I was asked to work overtime today and I agreed as it's a bit of extra cash for Christmas. 

So this left hubby and the kids to do the trimmings without me. 

When I arrived home, I found the house in darkness... I opened the lounge door and to a shout of "Surprise" the kids all jumped out as hubby switched the tree lights on!

What a wonderful welcome home! I just LOVE Christmas!

Here is a picture of the wonderful tree they did in my absense. They did a good job, even if I do say so myself!

Now it's all ready for my daughters party on Tuesday as she's having a couple of friends for tea

I'm linking this post up with The Diary of a Frugal Family and the Nosy Bloggers Christmas Tree linky