Monthly Archives: February 2011


We are too LOUD 27

My boys are LOUD. Which means that I have to shout to be herd over their noise.   I didnt realise this until we stayed with friends this last week and it really brought it home to me just how much noise me and the boys make. So the fact that I woke up with no voice on Sunday morning, well I took that as an intervention from the universe.  It is time for The Mad House, to become quieter.  For us to regulate our volumes. Wish me luck!


No need for the Sunday papers 4

Sunday has come around again.  This week everyday has felt like a Sunday due to the fact that it has been half term in The Mad House.  We have enjoyed the  ability to just relax and go and visit far away friends.  I do hope you have had a great half term to.  Boohoo to Mondays. The Alexander Residence posted about people criticising her parenting this week.  This is one of my bug bears, please don’t judge until you have walked in someones shoes. A moving post from Being a Mummy, about taking the road less traveled and a journey that no mum would  be on by choice.  My heart goes more »


My Philips Airfryer and National Chip Week 8

Yes it is national chip week in the UK this week and I love chips.  Not very modern I know, but I have to say that there are a real comfort food for me, as my Dad made the best chips in the whole wide world. We don’t have chips very often in The Mad House, partly as we don’t own a fryer and partly as we were spoilt as my mum had a Tefal Actifry so they were always a treat that we saved for visiting her. When I had lunch with the chaps from Philips at Christmas they introduced me to their new Airfryer and then I was lucky more »


No Need for the Sunday papers 18

Is it Sunday already?  I sometimes wonder where the week goes and I am sure we could all do with a few extra hours in each day to spend some time on ourselves.  It is half term week this coming week for us, so we have plans to not really have plans and to spend some time cuddling and just relaxing as a family, but we do need to fit in a trip to the hairdressers and also the show shop.  What are you plans for this coming week? So grab a coffee, tea or whatever is your poison and let me introduce you to some great  mummy blogger posts I more »


Born to Live 18

For me there have been times when just getting out of bed have been a struggle.  When I have felt like I wanted  the world to swallow me up whole and spit me out.  I have cried at the injustice of life and asked “why me”? Why am I the one who suffered the loss of my babies?  Why I am the one who’s father died in an industrial accident?  Why do have have a higher risk of cancer than others?  Why did my mastectomy go wrong and lately why am I all along and why has my mother died? But the thing is life goes on.  It carries on regardless more »


Full of imagination 8

I think that sometimes is is hard for Mini growing up in Maxi’s shadow.  People often revel in the fact that Maxi is super clever and leave Mini out of the equation.   The thing is both of the boys are bright, but Maxi’s shows his intelligence everyday, whilst Mini well he is just Mini, unique and special.   However, this week Mini has excelled himself by being awarded the Headteachers award for creativity (something that Maxi has never had) and also a certificate from his teacher for independently writing a story about a superhero on the computer. When I asked him who his favorite superhero was on Sunday he responded by more »


Lets cut the mum-bashing 23

The news and Internet is filled with this is the best way to parent and this is the best way to be a mum and in my experience often it is other woman, other mothers who are hardest and most judgemental of all. Why is this?  I have come to the conclusion (and I am not saying that it is right) is that they are feeling insecure themselves over their own decisions and feel the need to vindicate themselves often by judging other peoples decisions. It needs to stop right here, right now.  We need to start supporting other woman, other mothers, we need to take time out to think about more »


Emotional Exhaustion 28

Sometimes, I bite off more than I can chew.  Sometimes, I have no option.  But I am laughing through my tears. Today has been a challenge again.  A day spent with my sister in law working on clearing out the house again.  Mini’s glasses to pick up for the opticians and then parents evenings to go to.  MadDad is sore and possibly overdoing this as his wound is weeping and I am tired to the core. But then we hear a voice with a guitar and we both sit and listen.  Mini sings a song and I sit with tears in my eyes.  For his song is about his grandma who more »


No need for the Sunday papers 9

I hope that you have all had a great week, it has been busy in the mad house, but we are all making the most of having our time together and I am lucky to have such a great family to spend it with.  MadDad is going to be at home recovering for the next four weeks, although he is all ready stir crazy.  The task of clearing mums house is ongoing and I have to say a great big thankyou to my sister in law for being such a support during such an emotional and heart wrenching time. I am proud to say that the Tots100 seems to have had more »


Irrational Fears 11

I watch him as he sleeps, The gentle rise and fall of his chest, The familiar sound as he breaths, The ever present warmth of his skin against mine.   I close my eyes and try hard to sleep, Focus on the out breath, Try to feel peace at my core, But in its place only panic.   What if something goes wrong, What will I do, How will I cope, Alone. I wrote this on Thursday morning at about 3,30 am, whilst these irrational fears ate me apart with worry as MadDad had a small operation yesterday.  Thankfully he is home and recovering, although the operation was twice as large more »


A Dusty Bin Money Box 5

Home, the house I grew up in.  The house that belonged to my paternal grandparents before it was my mum and dads.  Home, still today it is home and it will long be in the future.  No longer my home, but my brothers families home.  There is something very comforting in knowing that our family will remain in the house that has brought us so much joy, but also so many tears these last months. Today I walked back in to our home, left as it was in January, when my sister in law and I took down the Christmas decorations.  I walked past mums coat in the lobby and her more »