Tracks of my years meme

I started this blog as a record of my time with the Minimads. When started I wasn't sure how much longer I would be with them and I wanted to leave them with an online journal of my thoughts, the things we were doing and a small window on my life. My blog has evolved over the years, as have I. I am no longer so scared that I am going to die, but I do still want the blog to be a window to my soul and give them a small insight in to the person who they call mummy.

This has actually become more important to me in the months since my mum died. I have so many questions I want to ask her, so many answers to things that I will never know. I know which longs she liked, but not why, not the stories behind them. So I have decided to do a weekly meme in which I will have a song that means something to me and also the reasoning behind it. It might not always been deep and meaningful, but I just want to give the boys a glimpse in to my life through music, especially as myself and MadDad were avid musos before the boys came along.

The plan is too host a blog hop type linky every Tuesday and I will post the first one on Tuesday 12 April and I would love for you to join in too.  There are no big rules or regulations, just a post that includes something about music.  To make sure that I don't feel like Billy no mates on Tuesday I tag Pippa, Vic, Sally, Emma and Karen to make sure they have a post ready for Tuesday.  Oh and I will also have a lovely badge for you to download on Tuesday too.

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What matters to a family? The one where Vosene take us to the zoo to find out….

You might remember that last earlier in the year I took a load of samples of Vosene Kids to hand out at the boys school, which I think are fabtastic, anything that helps prevent the spread of nits or critters as they are called in our house is very welcome.

 

So when they invited me and the family along to a special event at London zoo to find out what matters to my family, I was delighted to say yes.  We had a fantastic day and Vosene put on one of the best blogger events I have ever been to with my family,  They really catered for all the children with so many things for the children to do, whilst us parents had a good old natter and catch up.  It was fantastic to see Pippa, Nova, Rosie, Michelle, Karen, Cass, Peggy, Heidi, NaiomiSabina and other mummy bloggers, but it was even better to see our children all having a fantastic time together.

 

Each of the activities for the children was based around 7 core family values which are sharing, belonging, time together, traditions, fun and trust.  These value link to the Family Matters compatition.

 

One of the wonderful things about the day was finding out that Vosene are aware that there is no such thing as a normal family and with this in mine they have ensured that the prize winner for their super family matters comnpetition have the choice of three holidays, each worth £10000.
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The Fridge of a Mad Parent Meme

Sally has tagged me in the Fridge of a bad parent meme, eeeek....., but the good news is I am not alone, Pippa, Vic and Emma have to do it too (insert evil cackle) I have to say that Sally's fridge looked rather fuller than I have seen it in the past and I am hoping that there is still bear in it when we go and visit next week.  My fridge is chockablock with food, although that is due to the fact that I managed to go shopping with the minimads yesterday evening.

 

 

OK so we have:

  • Soda stream bottle with water in
  • Oat milk x 2
  • Salami (for pizza, plus the boys love it)
  • Pepperoni
  • Pate
  • sliced ham
  • Sliced Gouda
  • Yogurts
  • Stir fry pack
  • Tex Mex dips
  • Garlic Mayo
  • Lemon Curd
  • Jan
  • Home made Chai Latte concentrate
  • Tartar source
  • Natural Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Maple syrup
  • burger relish
  • Mayo
  • Salad cream
  • Cream
  • mozzarella
  • Home made mint sauce
  • butter x 3
  • various cheeses
  • Baking  blocks
  • Salted Caramel sauce
  • Yogurt tubes
  • Milk
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • green  beans
  • Lemons
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Parsnips
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Spring onions
  • Pesto
What you can not see, nor can I take a picture off is our drinks fridge in the garage, which is filled with water, fresh orange, marg (for baking) Guinness, wine, larger, Baileys, strawberrys, squash and more milk! So, I am going to tag the following, show me your fridge if you dare......

 

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Isn’t Blogging Great?

I am very proud to say after lots of hard work and a few late nights (not mine mind you) the the second MAD Blog Awards are open and taking nominations.  You may remember last year I was a finalist in the Best MAD Family Fun Blog, I didn't win, no that honor went to Pippa at A Mothers Ramblings, but in some ways I got something much better, I became a partner in the company that runs the awards, along with the Tots100 with Sally Whittle from Who's the Mummy.

I could tell you about all the fab prizes we have and the exciting things that will be going on, but we have a swanky web site to tell you more about The MAD Blog Awards 2011, you can also find us on twitter @MadBlogAwards (using the hashtag #MadBlogAwards)d we are on face book too www.facebook.com/madblogawards were we currently have a prize in excess of £350 to give away to one lucky liker.  I would also say be sure to follow the MAD Blog Awards Blog.

So what am I going to tell you about?  Well I am going to let you know just what blogging has done for me and why I am so keen to celebrate excellence and diversity in blogging.

Blogging opened up a whole new world for me, a world were competitive parenting didn't exist, where people told the truth warts and all about how hard it is to be a mother, it gave me a place to record my day to day life during a period when I truly thought that I wouldn't see out another year of it.  It gave me a voice, a place to share my feelings, thoughts, worries and also moments of joy.  It has brought me dear friends, like Sally, Pippa, Vic, Emma and Karen.  Blogging has brought my family some wonderful experiences and quality time together.  Blogging and opened my eyes to whole new types of parenting and made me a  ore accepting person.  Blogging has been there for me through the hard times and also the times of wonder and joy too.  I blog to leave a record of my time for my children, a legacy of words for them to find and devour one day should they want to.  But most of all I blog for ME.

So lets all make some noise about what is great about blogging and celebrate the excellent blogs that are out there at the moment.

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There is no one way to be a perfect mother

I didn't know whether or not to do The Gallery this week.  It is something that I pop in and out of when it suits my blog and I have to admit the prompt of mother love had me all of a quiver this week, as I so miss my mum and the mothers love that she provided. We may not have agreed on everything and over the years we certainly had our ups and down, but I did feel protected in her cape of mothers love.  She was there for me when I had my operations and held my hand through countless miscarriages and nightmares about dead babies when the last thing I wanted to do was close my eyes.  She was there for me when I spent most of Maxi's pregnancy in hospital, traveling the 350 miles by bus to come and sit by my side in hospital for the week before he was born, even sleeping there. Then I read Rosie Scribble's post about being a good enough mother and it took me to the conversation that a group of blogging mums (Rosie, Peggy from Perfectly Happy Mum, Nova from Cherished my me and  Pippa from a Mothers Ramblings ) had at the weekend at a fab family event with Vosene family Values (more about that later) about being the right mother for our children.  I am a great believer that we provide the right love and the right environment for our children and if you ask them, they will tell you that you are the best mum in the whole wide world. My mothers love is an echo of my own mothers love and I hope that it will perpetuate for generations to come.  When I am feeling like I am not a good enough mother, all I do is look at the chalk board in my kitchen for a gentle reminder.
There is no one way to be the perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.
Being Happy doesn't mean everything is perfect, It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections

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I love you mum

She might not be here with me, but I know that her memories live on with me and my children. What I wouldn't give for another day with my mum, one last good bye, one last hug.  I would never let her go.

 

You don't need a special day to tell your mum you love her or appreciate her.

So today I dedicate this post to my Mum.  I love you mum, I miss you more as each day passes.  I never thought I could hurt so much or miss you so much.  You will always and forever be in my heart.

She was my air.

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Innocent Queen of H

 

I was asked by innocent to be their Queen of H in honor of their new selection of magnets.  Our h was a very shady character and decided that we had to play a game of hide and seek to find  hin.  Me and the boys hunted high and low around the house trying to locate him.  Could he be in the laundry hamper, no.  What about the homework book, no.  In the end we decided to take our hunt outside and finally we found him hiding in behind the boys hair on the heads!

 

You can find out more bout it at Innocent Magnet A-Z and by following the Innocent team on Twitter, where they are posting links about all the letters.  You can also take park by either tweeting it to Innocentdrinks with the hashtag #innocentkids or posting it to their  flickr album
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How to get your children to help with product reviews, just give them vorticity vacuum

We have wood floors downstairs and cream carpet on the stairs and upstairs (yes silly mistake, but the house came with cream carpets, we replaced them with wood downstairs).  Now up until recently this had always been an issue for me when it came to vacuuming the floor.  I had an upright hoover and it was a nightmare, it didn't pick up the crumbs or dust bunnies and I ended up sweeping everywhere or getting the boys to sweep everywhere.

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When is a hole not a hole?

When it is the opportunity to stick lovely pretty clothes plasters on clothes! A while a go I won a selection of Jennie Maizel's Clothes Plasters.  I have to say that they are a fantastic invention and I have fallen slightly in love with them and every time I wash the boys clothes I keep an eye out for holes.

But the great thing is you they are so amazing you don't need holes, you can just use them to accessorise an outfit.  They are so easy to do, you just iron them on. The tractor one has been on Mini's jeans for over a month and hasn't budged and he loved it so much.  He wants me to put them on his school trousers.

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Who’s homework is it anyway

I have never shied away from the fact that I am not a fan of homework for infant and primary children and told both the boys teachers when I met them and they understand that the boys only tend to do homework if it lights their fire or pushes their button, which isn't very often.  They are 4 and 6 and there are much better things they can spend their time doing other than homework.

 

But Maxi's homework really hook the biscuit this last couple of weeks.  He was asked to design and build his own model castle.  Hmm my then 5 year old (now 6) was given 2 weeks to come up with a written plan, drawn design and then the final model.  He has had no interest in this until Monday morning, when he saw some of the castle's going in to school and yes you guessed it not one of them looked as though it had been made by a six year old.  Oh no competitive parenting at it's best or should that be worst.  We saw castles of all shapes and sizes, but they all had one thing in common, they were almost perfect replica's with battlements, moats and drawbridges.

 

Maxi did attempt to have a go at making battlements on his cardboard box at the weekend, but he wasn't strong enough to cut it and me and MadDad so not do our child's homework for them.  So I have had to give in a little and I have sat with him and helped a little in making his castle,  I cut the tubes and held them whist he glued them, but that is where I drew the line.  This is his homework not mine.

I did suggest to him that we made a cake that looked like a castle with upside down ice cream cones as turrets, but he didn't want to, so cardboard model it is.

 

 

However, I have put a note in his homework book "Who was this homework for, Maxi or me and his Dad?  I am awaiting the answer.

What are your thoughts on homework at this age?

 

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