Where is 2013 Going?

It appears that we have neglected our family blog, and looking at the photo’s on the home page I realise it is time to update them.

We have had all the girls birthdays (including mine), and NJ’s is this months and then FJ’s is in October, which is rapidly heading towards Christmas.

We have also had 2 camping breaks, one at spring bank with friends, and the most recent was the last 2 weeks, where we visited Northumberland and camped for 10 nights.

All the children are moving up a year, and AJ is also moving to a new school, which one we don’t know as we have gone to appeal and have another 10 days to wait until we know. FJ goes up into year 2, and TJ moves into Pre-school.

NJ is still working hard, but actually managed to switch off from work whilst we were away.

I’m still doing my Phoenix Cards, and hope to be building a team soon.

I’ll try to post about our holiday and about Phoenix cards this week, we will see how life pans out!

KJ x



2012 blogging for The Five Joneses seems to have been very quiet, so we have decided to join the 365 Project and take a picture a day, hopefully this will help us to remember 2013 with words and pictures and help you get an insight into our life.

Here is day 1.


The kids in their prime position watching telly!

Time to Work

Now that TJ has started playgroup two mornings a week I decided it was time to do something for me, but also try and earn a bit of pocket money at the same time, with a view to making more as the months / years go past. So with that in mind I have now become an Independent Phoenix Trader, I am really excited about my new venture, and hope that I will earn enough (eventually) to help with the ever growing outgoings we have as the children choose to do more activities!

Phoenix Cards can not be found on the high street, they are sold by independent traders, selling in their own home, your home, at fairs, school events, for charity events, this list could go on and on, and that is what I like about them. I looked at various other sales roles I could take up selling from home, but found many that also had items for sale on the high street and on the internet, mostly at greatly reduced prices. As a family with dwindling funds (remember the ever increasing activities?) I would always look for the cheapest way to buy a product, and therefore would not feel able to try and sell a product at full price knowing that you could have it for half the price in town.

The other factor which completely won me over was the way in which Phoenix Cards works, there are no targets, you do not have to sell X amount of cards in a month, you don’t have to have so many parties to make make the grade, you just get to have your cards and sell them (if you can face parting with them) to your friends, family, neighbours, anyone.

I have already given out several brochures, and even sold 2 cards, my launch day will be in a couple of weeks, and I hope everyone that comes will like the cards as much as I do.

A Boyfriend!

AJ is now 9, and although is far from being a teenager, she is growing and maturing rapidly in front of us, I wanted to record this little special time, so when she is older she can look back and hopefully remember how the first steps into relationships felt like.

Last week AJ brought home a gift from a boy at school, some bath salts (I am guessing mum didn’t want them anymore!). When I questioned if this boy was her boyfriend she went all coy and smiled and said maybe, “he said he loves me”. When asked if she loved him, ” I don’t know”, which I was quite happy to hear, 9 is far too young to be in love. However I do think it’s sweet that she has a boyfriend, and I have been assured that there has been no kissing, and I have commented back that there is plenty of time for kissing when you are older.

She went off on her first residential this weekend (another blog post), I asked if she would be sitting with her boyfriend and she said on one of the journeys! True to her word, as I saw her off on the coach on Friday she was taking a seat next to him. I hope on the return journey she sits with her best friend, although I think they may all sleep on the way home, it sounded like it would be a tiring weekend.

One friend of mine felt unsure of the use of the word ‘boyfriend’ at such a young age, what do you think? What age did you and or your child have their first ‘boyfriend / girlfriend?

Beauty #TheGallery

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so it is said. Therefore anything can be a thing of beauty, and that makes this a very difficult gallery, how am I to pick just one thing that sums up beauty? Of course there are my 3 beautiful children (although they really are not pretty when they are in full tantrum mode!), there are then flowers and trees, views or country and coast, pictures and photo’s, so I am now struggling as to what to pick, I think a collage is the way to go.



Joining in with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers