Sunday, 24 May 2015

What some dads do

Written by Alyssa, age 7.

To start off with my dad is mean to me. I have not done anything to him. He left 4 years ago and as rarely spoke to Harvey and me.

Let me show you how his life is in a list.

  • Girlfriend
  • Car
  • Money/job
  • Friends
  • Harvey and me

It doesn’t matter  without daddy when you have the best family in
the world!

But other dads do different like my best friend’s dad.

Alyssa typed this post all on her own and it absolutely broke my heart when I read it. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

How to declutter your wardrobe

 I had been complaining for months about having too many things in my house so we challenged ourselves to have a really good sort out. My friend came round to help declutter and so we started with my wardrobe. 

We commenced from one end and pulled out each item one by one. A decision was made whether it needed to be put back into the wardrobe, be adapted into something I would actually wear again or if it should leave my house entirely. 

There were some items that I had bought over a decade ago so not only were they now at least 2 sizes too big but they had also seen much better days. Bobbly turquoise polo jumper anyone?

My friend offered great advice throughout the morning which highlighted the negatives to certain items of clothing that I had been given house room. 

"We don't wear skirts that short at our age."

"....just don't stand under any lamp posts wearing that." ~ This was about a red dress with a really high split which I had bought for a fancy dress party. It's now made its way into the fancy dress box.

"Just how many black shirts do you need?! " I own at least 5. I think just 2 would be ample.

"Coat that your mum would look good in."  

"Oh look, a dress you'd look awful in......................... and you have it in 2 different colours."

"Is that a net curtain?" Actually it is a dress but obviously looked better on the model than it does on me.

I also came across some items of clothing that brought back memories. For example, dresses that I distinctly remember wearing out on nights with some exes I'd rather forget. I would never wear those again so why are they taking up room in my wardrobe? The answer is that they have now hit the eBay or charity shop pile.

My ball dress appeared which instantly made me smile thinking of 2 wonderful friends who shared a great evening at a charity ball with me. I can certainly make room for that again and hey, every girl needs a ball dress if only to twirl about in when no one else is around don't they?

It was much easier having a friend round to offer their opinion as, if I was by myself, I would have either given up within a few minutes or not actually decluttered anything at all. 

My wardrobe is now looking slightly empty so roll on a shopping spree soon. I will take along some friends for that too so I may then avoid buying items that will stay with their tags on until the next big wardrobe declutter.

Big thank you to Anna for helping and to Alyssa for modelling for the photographs. Think her faces say it all. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Bubble Day

It's been really sunny today so The Sweetpeas have spent lots of time in the garden playing in the sandpit, watering their strawberries and blowing bubbles.

They bought a little bubble machine from Tesco this week with their £3 budget and I am amazed at how good it actually is at making hundreds of bubbles.

Even our next door neighbour had the benefit of the bubbles too and enjoyed having a turn at it. (I don't know how they put up with them sometimes I really don't so a huge thank you for playing bubbles today.) 

Friday, 8 May 2015

VE Day 70th Anniversary

The Sweetpeas went off to school today dressed as evacuees.

Harvey was definitely born in the wrong era. He really suits shorts and a flat cap.

"I need a shield." ~ Harvey completely misunderstood what they were going to be dressed as he thought it was "Viking day".

He has obviously learnt lots at school today about it though. Alyssa was eager to know what part her family played too and even asked Grandma what it was like during the war. (That didn't go down too well seeing as her dad was still at school at the time!)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Junk modelling

"Morning Mummy, I'm fully charged" ~ Harvey

I absolutely love little sentences that Harvey comes out with sometimes but this immediately made me worry. Harvey is a very active child at the best of times let alone when "fully charged".

He is always busy and he has the most wonderful imagination. He created this aeroplane out of a mixture of items he found. It's like junk modelling on a large scale and he had the most fun afternoon.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Eddie Stobart

Today I got to mark something off my own "bucket list". I got to sit in an Eddie Stobart lorry, yes an ACTUAL Eddie Stobart lorry. This may not seem much to many people but for years I've always noticed them along the roads and been eager to find out the name of them. This one was Clementine. Her driver today was an absolutely lovely man who happily answered my random questions. He was so enthusiastic about the company and obviously could see how much it meant to me.

I had to go and collect Harvey from school and it was fortunate that the lorry was still there when we returned as he got to have his picture taken with "Clementine" too. 

I love how there is a club that we can join and it would be a great thing for us to do together when we are on the roads as a family.

No longer will I feel the need to try and squeeze myself into the lorry at the seaside.