This week I thought I would tell you about my song for Mini, as I already told you about Maxi’s. I had a difficult pregnancy with my number two child as I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum through out it (just like with Maxi) and MadDad had to give me thrice daily injections to try and reduce the sickness, however this was compounded with a relocation 350 miles back to our native North East whilst 6 months pregnant and looking after Maxi (who was only 15 months when Mini was born). So I spent a lot of time sleeping when Maxi was sleeping or being sick when I wasn’t asleep!
Lots of people have first dances at weddings or “their song”. This is something that MadDad and I just dont have. We never did a first dance at our wedding, I know shoot me! Music filled my filled when I got together with MadDad, we went to various festivals, gis and listened endlessly to music
We are a Lego House, I was a Lego girl and I still have the rooms for the Lego house in the loft. I am thinking about bringing them down for the boys to play with, but the truth is, they still bold too many precious memories for me to do that yet, I need to hold on to them a little longer.
But just because I haven’t shared by vintage set with the boys doesn’t mean that they don’t love Lego. There favorite type at the moment is Lego Nijago, which is an interactive Lego that you can battle with and boy do they battle. The whole street are hooked on the stuff and the boys rush in from school and grab their spinners, cards and figures and off they go. When they are not battling with them, they are using them in Garrmadon’s dark fortress. They really do seem to have got into the whole Ninjago thing. Yes my boys are younger and they don’t use the cards correctly and they make sure that they come home with the same weapons that they go out with, but they love it.
I am slowly learning about it, the forces of good and evil and the four elements of spinjitzu.
How many parents, can say that in the third world? Well if I tell you that 8 million children under five every year die from preventable illness, such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. No Child is born to Die.
Save The Children is focusing on the provision of vaccinations and health care workers. In June there is a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron and attended by other world leaders. Save The Children aims to make as much noise as possible to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries.
Tracks of my years, is a something I do to let my children have an insight in to me and my musical history and why certain songs mean so much to me. I would love to see you join in. All you need do is link any music post you might have done over the last week.
If you dress like a slut then you are asking to be raped. Is this really what men think about woman? I know that it is not something I want to even let my boys contenttemplate thinking and have to say I was shocked that in today’s society that any man, let alone a police officer would band things like this about.
If you go into a shop is it acceptable to steal as you are being tempted by all the things on offer? I didn’t think so, so why does the way a woman dress mean that she is asking to be raped? But fundamentally what worried me was that this is what the man obviously thought and felt strongly enough to say even though he was aware that it was something that he shouldn’t be saying in his capacity as a police officer.
I wrote a post about encouraging writing in my boys and wanted to followup with one about encouraging reading. I am an ferociously reader. I adore books and lap them up, no, that is not quite right I adore reading. I love words, their meanings, the way they make me feel, the places they take me too. SO for me it was key that I introduced my boys to books very early on in their lives.
Make books available
We have books everywhere and we make sure that they are within their reach, We have them in the loo, in bedrooms, in the sitting room, we have a bookcase on the landing and one in the conservatory too. When the boys were smaller I made sure that books were in a box at their level and we rotated them. We were offered a free trial of Reading Chest and I have to say Mini loves it. He gets three books delivered and we can post them back when he has read them and we get three more in the post. It is superb if you are looking for books which are pitched at their ability and you do not have a library or in our case there is no reading scheme in Reception, which means Mini doesn’t get any books he can read, just ones that we can read to him.
So last week I talked about the piece of music we used for mums funeral, this week I have decided to talk about Dad’s funeral.
My father died suddenly in November 2000 from an industrial accident. Due to injuries he occurred in the accident he had to be kept in a medical come (sedated and paralyzed) for 3 weeks before he turned septic just as the doctors thought he was improving. Over those three weeks, my mum stayed at the hospital and I visited him everyday (MadDad and I came back from Berkshire when mum rang the morning after his accident). I read to him, we played songs to him and most of all we talked to him and I told him everyday how much I loved him. As a family we made the decision to remove any life support on November 6 2000 and within a minute he was pronounced dead. He was 54 years old.
We were invited by Samsung to go to the Dinosaurs Unleashed exhibition at the O2 in London on Saturday and I thought it would be a good idea for just me and Mini to go, as we needed to mum and son time together and leave Maxi and MadDad at home.
We are going through a learning curve here in the mad house. I try to let my boys have freedom, I believe in letting them play outside and try to encourage them to be independent, but with two boys who are 15 months apart there is a fine line to walk. Mini wants to be out with Maxi and I want to encourage them to look out for each other. In order to help facilities this we have purchased a set of walkie talkies for the boys, which work really well when they remember to take them out! But yesterday things went wrong.
After Sally tagged Pippa, Emma and Vic to show us our fridge, I was asked by WORLDFOODS fusion of flavours to show you my kitchen, so I decided I would make a quick video of the kitchen, but I didn’t tidy up before I did. This is in the hope that you get an idea of what my kitchen looks like.
When mum died, we didn’t have any idea of what song to play at her funeral, there wasn’t just one song that jumped out at us, but then my brother came up with this version of over the rainbow and what a wonderful world and it just seemed so perfect. So many people complemented us on the choice.