The indignity of being Mr Smudge 3

This wonderful post from Bad Penny at The Hen House made me think about our cat.  He was one of a pair that we got many moons ago (14 years in fact) after I miscarried twins at 20 weeks.  They were our first baby’s and we love them dearly.  We only have one left in our life now a wonderful OAP who goes by the title of Mr Smudge.  It used to be just smudge, but so many people kept calling him a she that we didn’t want he to get a complex so the Mr was introduced. Now you wont find me saying this often, as I always though Mr Smudge more »


Polygons – oh no its the dreaded maths 1

I was going to post today of my great counselling session and my coming to terms with my post surgery body and all that, but I cant. “Why” I hear you ask, well my four year old has entered the magical, mythical and ah so dreaded world of mathematics. We always knew that he was that way inclined, but up to now I have been able to keep up and MadDad has always been on hand, but today all that changed. I went to collect him from school to take home to the park and then for a friend to take him to swimming lesson, when his teacher pulled me to one more »

We have a date 2

Well my minimad, my littlest munchkin will be starting preschool next Wednesday afternoon. He had his home visit this afternoon and kept telling the head of preschool that he was starting tomorrow!!! I have a few forms to fill in and return and some preparation work to do with him. He has already tried on his uniform, which he calls he work clothes and is definitely ready for a little more interaction and play with more children his age. He will be doing an hour on the first afternoon and I will remain there, behind the scenes so to speak and then he will go 2 hours per afternoon. He is more »

Spiritual Sunday 3

I am Flexible and Flowing I am open to the new and changing. Every moment presents a wonderful new opportunity to become more of who I am. I flow with life easily and effortlessly. This is true for me and many other mothers of children this week, as it will have been the first week of school for many and the return to school for others. it is also particularly applicable as MiniMad has his home visit from the head of Preschool  amd one of the other teachers tomorrow afternoon. I had been looking to keep him with me for as long as I could, what with him being my last baby and more »


Makig the most of Summer 1

We are very lucky and we live 5 minutes away from this wonderful beach.  MadDad is not a fan of the beach, but I on the other hand grew up 2 mins from the sea (you could see it from my bedroom window and out of the sitting room window of our first flat) and love it, as do the minimads. The weather today has been wonderful, not a cloud in the sky, so we waited until after lunch and decided to have an afternoon at the beach.  we quickly packed a few things together (I keep wet suits and towel ponchos in the car anyway) and departed for an afternoon more »

Flamingo Land 4

Today was in inset day (teacher training) at MaxiMads school, so MadDad took the day off and we exchanged some Tesco Club Card points for vouchers and decided to go Flamingo Land for the day, hoping that the fact that the children were all back at school and that it wasn’t a weekend would mean shorter queues. We woke up and the sun was shinning, so I packed a picnic, towel and a spare set of clothes for the minimads and we set off. We arrived at 10am and were only about the 40 car in the car park.  The boys were very excited and jumped on to the first ride they saw, the more »


Afterschool Meltdown 2

I have been expecting it, waiting for it and hoping it wasn’t going to happen, but KAPOW – it happened today, in public and it happened bad. I have been taking the boys to the park after school (next door to the school) to blow off some energy after MaxiMad had been in school all day. I have made sure that I have had healthy snacks and a drink on hand in the hope that they would help any sugar dip.   But today it all went pear shaped – Maximad decided he was going to have a slide on the skateboard half pipe, which he was doing really well, but more »

Frequent Flyer 2

As you may know I live by the Fly principal for all my cleaning and lots of other things.  You may have fell into the trap of thinking that I enjoy cleaning or have a sparkling clean house and I felt the need to put you right. I HATE cleaning and use this system to be able to get by and ensure that the house is in some semblance of order.  After having two children in less than 15 months you can understand that cleaning was not anywhere near the top of my priority list, but then we moved house and I decided that I needed to do something out this. more »


It might not look like much 2

But this hat is only the second thing ever that MaxiMad has brought home from either Preschool or school craft wise. I guess it is due to the fact that he crafts so much at home.

Accepting Change and Trying to Embrace it 1

I am trying really hard to be accepting of MaxiMad starting school, but even though I know it is the right thing for him, it doesn’t stop it being hard to leave him at the doorway. I am so thankful that he is enjoying it, in fact he was in his uniform at 6am this morning when he came and woke MadDad.  He runs into his classroom shouting “Bye Mum” and that is the last I see of him a blur in Red, which is great. He regales me with tales of what he has done, read What Time is it Mr Wolf and then played the game, happy that he more »


He thrived, I survived 6

Well today was MaxiMads first day at school. He went to the preschool at the school, but this was his first day in reception, his second time for school lunch and his first full day. As you know if you read my earlier post, I was not looking forward to this day. In fact I was in complete denial. I was up till one labeling clothes and sorting lunch money and then slept really fitfully, finally falling into a deep sleep just before the alarm went off and slept right though it! So we had a mad dash to get ready and then MaxiMad would not pose for a photograph and more »

Home Made book holders 2

Both boys now have raised beds and need somewhere to put their books.  We let both boys go to bed with a book and their lights on.  We also read to them before bed, so have been thinking about what we could do. When we were in Ikea the other day MadDad had a brain wave when he saw brackets for double curtains, so this is what we made. They were really simple, but you can now see why I needed a sewing machine. We are really pleased with the end result, OK they wont hold loads of books, but then that wasn’t there purpose. The fabric was some I had more »


The trials and tribulations of learning to sew

I have never really learned how to sew, I am very ashamed to admit this, but guess it would be true of many people of my generation.  I guess there is a fair umber of reason for this, but the main ones that come to mind now are:   Wearing my mothers interpretation of the fashion of the day – peddle pusher dugerees in white broderie anglais The recollection of being the only teen in homemade clothes at the school disco/youth club A mother who was a great seamstress and found it quicker to do things herself The demise of sewing lessons at school The rise of cheap and disposable clothes more »

Watch out its a full moon 1

Here at TheMadHouse a full moon means that the mini’s are usually in terrible moods.  I know lots of you will find this all lentil weavery, but trust me the moon definitely has some effect on my two. My thinking is if the moon can control all the tides and water on this earth, then as we are about 75% water then I figure it can have some effect on us too! Me and MadDad have noticed that things tend to go a bit crazy around here come the full moon. Full Moon Fact More people are admitted with dog bites on a full moon than any other night!!

I must be strange 9

I am sat this morning reading though all the blogs that I love and wondering if I am from a different planet. Everyone is posting about having free time now that the children are back to school and I am feeling decidedly different. I am very apprehensive about school starting next week, which is why I haven’t blogged about any of the preparations, as it makes it all the more real. MaxiMad will be starting Reception on Monday 8.40am to 3pm and I am bereft for so many reasons I love spending time with my childrenI love the joy and innocence that each day with them bringsI am worried that school more »


Blackberry collecting 1

The MiniMad’s have been requested that we go berry picking for what seems like months now!! As MadDad is off this week, we decided we would go and see if they were ready yet, both feeling that we were being a tad optimistic. The sun was shining and it was a glorious morning, so we decided to have breakfast and set off, in case the promised rain came sooner rather than later. We are really lucky in that we live 15 mins for the sea, 2 mins from open fields and 5 mins from a woodland area. Blackberries thrive in the hedge’s on most of the walks, so we packed a more »

Following the Sun 1

The forecast for today was not great, however, that is not unusual for a Bank Holiday Monday, but we are trying to make the most of every day before school starts next week, so decided to pack a picnic and to follow the sun via a trip to Ikea to check out beds for MiniMad!!! So we looked and the bed we liked was out of stock – boohoo, but that means we can have a trip to Leeds on Wednesday to get it – yippee. The boys were very well behaved, but the promise of ice cream and play area might have had something to do with it (not that more »



Kitchen Chalk Board Wall 2

I am a great fan of affirmations and inspiration quotes and sayings and have been looking for a way to display some of these in my home. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, cooking, eating breakfast, washing the pots, putting the washer on, sitting and chatting to friends. So was ideally looking for something to use in the kitchen. I also wanted to be able to update the words as and when I needed to. MadDad came up with the idea of a chalkboard after me and MaxiMad painted the playhouse. Never one to sit on my laurels I set too yesterday. We marked out the area more »