Calling for entries for the Next British Mummy Bloggers Carival

It seems like eons ago I put my name down to host one of the wonderful Mummy Bloggers Carnival and finally my time has come.  So I would like to put a shout out to everyone out there to send me their best post of the past month for the next carnival which will go live on Tuesday 30 March. There is no theme, just send me the link for the post you wish to include, oh and daddy bloggers are welcome too! You can either leave me a comment with the link on this post or e-mail me via muminthemadhouse at orange dot co dot uk I have a hard more »


Dear So and So

Dear Breast Cancer  I found out you had took another member of the family yesterday. It makes me so sad and angry to see you focusing your attention of the female maternal line of my family. You are an evil shit and I will not succumb.A tearful MadMum—————————    Dear MumI am sorry that they (the powers that be) feel that you do not qualify for a stair life, but shouting at me isn’t going to get you one either.Your exasperated daughter——————————-Dear GPFlu, what real flu, you have to be kidding me, what with vertigo too. How can I bloody manage to look after myself let alone anyone else this week.A more »


15 years ago my body let me down 5

I could go down the I have a genetic spelling mistake and my body is my biggest enemy, route,  but been there done that and there is something more apt, something more perfect for today.  As today is my 15th Wedding Anniversary. Picture this I was 21 years old and we had set the date, MadDad and I.  March the 18th 1995.  The dress was bought, the hair was planned.  I had the tiara and the veil. We had been together a year, yes not long in the scheme of things, but we knew that it was the right thing to do, in fact I had knew that MadDad was the more »


The Gallery – Colour

This weeks Gallery prompt was Colour, now there are lots of colourful things round TheMadHouse and I couldn’t settle on one and plus I am feeling pretty under the weather.  I have flu (real flu – I don’t think I have ever had it before), with vertigo thrown in for extra measure and didn’t fancy looking though my laptop image archives.   So I grabbed the camera and have taken three images that represent a snapshot of life  in The Mad House. Our art wall in the kitchen, ever changing, but always a colourful expression of the boys artistic endeavors A vase of daffodils in the kitchen, these are starting to turn more »


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party – Maxi’s 5th Birthday 4

I am lucky, Maxi doesn’t crave big expensive parties, he is happy with a few friends and family round and things to do and quality time with his fiends.  This makes me happy and I am more than happy to oblige whenever I can. Last year this found me making, baking and decorating cakes one day after my discharge from hospital after my double mastectomy with my drains in.  So whatever we did this year it was bound to be easier! Maxi asked for a Hungry Caterpillar Party, so I scoured the Internet for inspiration and I needn’t have worried at all.  So with no further ado I give you Maxi’s more »


Five

The most destructive known hurricanes rate as Category 5Muslims pray to Allah five times a dayFive the number of digits on one hand or footThe pentagram, or five-pointed star   five elements: (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) The five basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. Maxi’s last night as a four year old Five for me is the age that Maxi turns on the 16 March. For five years we have been blessed to have watched you grow and developTo see you start to become the man you have the potential to be.You fill my heart with joy, with optimism and excitement.You have brought many smiles to more »


Getting Maxi – Part Three Coming Home

So the story continues…. We were allowed to bring Maxi home 3 days after I had given birth, my mum had gone back to North Yorkshire, so that we could spent some time on our own, just the three of us and the two cats. So we popped Maxi in to his car seat and left, just like that.  No one came and checked if we were going to be suitable parents, if we knew how to look after him or any such thing. The first thing we did was make a trip to Waitrose.  I was so sure I would breast feed that we didn’t have any supplies, so we more »


What Makes a Mother?

  Do you ever just look at your children and feel a tugging in your chest. A physical sensation of how much they mean to you?Do you ever just want to hold them to tight, to squeeze the air out of them?Do you ever want to spend an hour kissing them or stroking their baby-soft skins?Do you ever tell them how perfect they are in every way possible and how much you love them?Do you ever wonder who speeded up time now your a parent. How can another year have passed so quicky?Do you let them know that you like them and enjoy being with them.Do you ever sit when the more »


Getting Maxi – Part Two the birth

I hope you are sitting comfortably, I just want to preface this with a little word about the fact that yes, getting Maxi was a long hard journey, but it was pretty joyous too.  We got a wonderful son at the end of this all and it was so worth it in every sense and way.  So although it may all seem traumatic wrote down like this, it was a blessed time for us all.  I also wanted to say that all children are precious and Maxi is no more or less precious for the heartache it took to get him and also he has no idea what we went though more »


Getting Maxi – Part One The Journey

MadDad and I had been married nearly 10 years before Maxi came along and how he came to be is a story in itself.  He will be 5 on 16 March 2008 and I want to tell you all a little more. I used to suffer with painful periods from being quite young and had undergone laparoscopy before I was even 16 and diagnosed wit Endometriosis, so I always knew that falling pregnant might be harder for me.  With this in mind MadDad and I never really used contraception once we were married. 3 years in to our marriage I fell pregnant, I had terrible morning sickness and was told that more »


Under Pressure

I usually thrive on pressure, at least I did BC (Before Children), but now I am not so sure.  I think maybe I was being optimistic about looking for a part time job, as it seems that mum is not going to get back on her feet so easily this time and it looks as though I am going to have to spend more time looking after her as well as the children. What the Consultant has said is that she has permanent lung damage due to smoking and also the latest chest infection and reduced her respiratory ability too.  They officially  call it Type 2 respiratory failure or COPD.  In more »


The Past in Pictures

Once I started scanning in pictures, well I couldn’t stop and I have asked my mum of I can have the family tin, which is a box full of wonderful pictures and things from our family history.   Look at those side burns, this is me and my wonderful dad.  I still have the rabbit, well mini has claimed it and my mum still lives in the same house, although she doesn’t have the bar or the wonderful mural on the wall in the sitting room. This is me and my wonderful paternal Grandad who lived with us.  I was his reason for living.  He suffered from cancer before I was more »


Whitby for Lunch

One of the biggest joys of relocating back to our native North East of England has been returning to some of the most stunning and outstanding scenery and places to visit in the whole of the British Isles. MadDad and I both grow up in the North East and MadDad spend the first 5 years of his working life in Whitby and this has become a firm favourite of the minimads.   As soon as they both saw the sun was shining today, they requested lunch at Whitby and who were we to disagree.  So in the car we popped and 20 mins later we were there.  MadDad knows all the best more »


A Pause in Lent – Tempation

As I write this I am tired, not just physically, but also mentally too.  My mum is home, well at my home at the moment and visiting, arranging and organising has really tested me this last couple of weeks and will continue to do so I imagine. Firstly mum is going to be staying in TheMadHouse until we can arrange for stair lifts, which should have been done by the hospitals in-house social care and social work team, but the lady responsible for mum was off sick, so it was either stay in hospital (which she really didn’t want) or come home to me.  The only other alternative was to move more »


Blog Swap – Introducing Kelly from A place of my own

Hi Guys, Kelly and I have swapped homes for the day, I have posted over at her place today and she mine.  I have posted a great idea for Mothers day, so do pop on over and read it.  Also Kelly’s blog is a great read in itself, so I urge you to have a good read, if you don’t already.  Hi, I am Kelly from A place of my own and I have been allowed into the Madhouse for a day. It’s really rather nice here, I promise to wipe my feet and tidy up after myself. I have written a little something to share with you all, I hope you more »


Marriage, mostly under rated I fear

  These are the flowers from my wedding bouquet, which we had made in to paperweights for me, mum, MIL and my Great Aunt I believe in the sanctity of marriage.  I believe in my vows all of them, yes even the obey.  I married MadDad 15 years ago next month and it was the best day of my life.  I believe that there is a reason to marry, that children are best when born within wedlock and also raised within a happy family. I believe that you must work hard at your marriage and that in principal a marriage is “death do us part”.  I married MadDad with no intention more »


The Gallery – Beauty

Tara at Sticky fingers has introduced The Gallery designed to showcase all the amazing photographs she sees dotted around the bloggisphere. And the first ‘theme’ she chose was beauty. I have chosen to showcase two photographs and explain why they sit the bill for me.  Firstly a photograph I took during the recent snow we have had.  I love snow, it makes the whole world seem clean and sparkly and it also can make the most mundane things dance.  This is a photo of some mint in the garden, which I cut down over the autumn. Isn’t it amazing how the snow turns it in to a thing of beauty.   more »


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor or what I wish I known when choosing a career

When I was growing up I always wanted to be an accountant, well I gave it a try and did pretty well, but it wasn’t for me.  The only interaction I got was with numbers, so I took an opportunity and became an Office Manager for a small company who were on the up. I used my skills to help relocate the company to Berkshire and went on to become a Facilities Manager for a large software company.  I loved my job, but….. It just wasn’t flexible enough when in came down to spending time with my children.   It was kind of an all or nothing position, where if the office more »


Young at Heart Photo Albulm 1

I was tagged by the lovely Linda at You’ve got your hands full for the Young at Heart Photo Album and I was overjoyed, as I now have a new to me scanner and I want to use it! So this is me (I am the one with the red shoes on, in case you were wondering) and the wonderful Rupert the Bear posing at Peasholm Park in Scarborough in what will have been the mid 1970’s. Back then I adored Rupert, almost as much as I adored my Dad and Grandad and here we will have been on holiday in our touring caravan, me, mum, dad and Grandpa. I had more »


Spiritual Sunday – A pause in Lent week 2

  First an update on my giving up shouting.  I am trying and trying I am, I have not yet succeeded, but I am more aware of it, as are the boys.  If I do shout they tell me off, but they also react.  So I am still trying to give up shouting, just as the boys are trying to give up fighting! What is lent and what should it mean to me as a modern reluctant worshiper? I find this very hard to fathom, yes I know that it is a time of reflection and preparation for Easter.  A time to consider Jesus sacrifices and also his time spent in more »