The Next 4 Weeks

I have decided that it would be great to record a whole summer holiday, what we have done, who we have seen and hopefully how much fun we have had!

So in that vein, I am going to do a post at the end of each week (Mon to Fri) for the next 4 weeks, to talk about our adventures, hopefully post some pictures too. The last two weeks NJ is off work, so that will be a separate post, all about the family together.

I have some plans already in place, seeing friends, visiting family and hopefully some crafty things, we shall see though how it all goes, fingers crossed there will be lots of smiles and laughter and not too much tears and tantrums. I have a feeling though AJ will not feature much as she has already spent most of today playing on her bike with friends.

I’ll put my first post up on Friday / Saturday and if anyone wants to join in it would be great to see how everyone else spends their summer holidays, I’ll put a linky up if there are any takers!


Graduation Memories

Taking AJ to gymnastics tonight I drove past our town’s university (as I always do) and noticed that graduation was in full swing. I was reminded of my graduation almost 15 years ago. Seeing the students (or graduates as they now are) in their gowns, that were the same as mine made me smile and think back to what my day was like.

I don’t remember much of the day, my parents took me & NJ out for dinner (although that may have been the night before) and I remember siting in the Town Hall waiting to hear my discipline read out and then my name, it felt strange sitting there, but that is another story.

My biggest memory of the day comes after my parents had headed for home, and a few of us were left in the Students Union still drinking and still in our smart attire. NJ got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, (I told him to get up, he would get his suit dirty), I didn’t believe him at first but he insisted it was real and took my amethyst ring off my right hand and put it on my left hand. I did say yes, even though we had only been together for 6 months I knew that he was ‘the one’ and it was what I wanted. I don’t remember much else apart from lots of alcohol flowing, excited friends and many phone calls to friends and family. There was no facebook, or mobile phones for me to get the information out quickly without actually talking to people. If I remember rightly we had beans on toast for our tea and then headed out again to celebrate at the student unions night club.

It wasn’t a romantic proposal, and it wasn’t a planned proposal, NJ will often say that he was drunk, and had taken painkillers, so he wasn’t thinking straight, but whether that was true or not, the proposal was not taken back and almost 15 years later we have 3 children and are still together.

They are my memories of the day / event, it might be interesting if NJ would write a post on his memories and see if we remember it the same.

What was your biggest memory of your graduation?


A tiny Pixie at about 7 weeks.

Pixie is our Tabby and White kitten, life has been quite traumatic since she joined us, and today she has been to the vets to get neutered, I am sure she will not be happy with us at all!

We picked Pixie and her sister Willow up when they were approximately 9 weeks old, unfortunately within a week Willow got so ill that she had to be put to sleep, this was very traumatic for us and Pixie, she suddenly was a little kitten all on her own. The kittens had come from the RSPCA, and they were very unhappy with what had happened, of course the kittens seemed fine when we took them home and unfortunately sometimes these things do happen. Moving forward though we decided we wanted another kitten to keep Pixie company.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and we were to pick up Merlin a Ginger and White kitten we had chosen, it was a couple of weeks before we were due to go away, which we thought was plenty of time for them to become friends. FJ had other ideas, poor Pixie got her paw squashed in his door! We heard a very loud screech and on inspection (once I could get near her!) we found her paw bleeding, on a Saturday evening this was not good timing. Off to the vets I went, Pixie was bandaged and booked in for the Monday morning, and then a phone call to the RSPCA to let them know we couldn’t get Merlin yet as Pixie was injured and it wouldn’t be fair on her. Pixie did look funny with her paw bandaged up and a lampshade round her neck, especially when she started running with it pushed forward!

Pixie with her bandage and lampshade on!

Luckily the wound healed (after a week of having a bandage on), but it was too late to get Merlin before our camping trip. So poor Pixie was to be left alone, but would get some company twice a day from a very helpful friend, as we did not want her going in a cattery after all she had been through.

Once back from our holiday, she wasn’t given time to recover from our absence when we introduced this very playful Ginger kitten! She was not best pleased, I have never heard a kitten or cat for that matter growl, I thought that was something dogs did! She growled and hissed quite a lot, and then the poor thing was taken to have her second lot of vaccinations and a microchip put in. Gradually though as the week progressed the nasty fighting, growling and hissing calmed down and the playful fighting ensued. Now they will even sleep together, it is lovely to see.

The kittens are friends

The story is not yet finished though as a week after the chip was put in I found the microchip on the living room floor, a phone call to the vets and then a visit to the local Pets at Home store (with a vets inside) we discovered that the microchip was Pixie’s, we have no idea how it happened, but apparently it can happen.

Last night she (and Merlin) were starved of food and then she was bundled into the carrier, after only 1 escape, and taken to the vets. I had a phone call at midday, and I did have to hold my breath, luckily all was well, she was coming round from the aesthetic and we just need to make an appointment to collect her. NJ picked her up on the way home, and was told she needed to keep calm and have a light meal and to keep her away from her brother!!

Merlin was not impressed at being kept away and Pixie is not too impressed either, I’ve put her a lampshade on again, stops her from licking her wound and also slows her down! She is currently sat under the desk with her back to me, she is definitely a grumpy kitten.

Pixie after her op, definitely grumpy!

I am hoping after her return to the vets to get her stitches out there will be no more visits to the vets for quite some time. The next adventure will be letting her out into the big wild world!

Watching the washing


Yesterday we joined in the village garden and scarecrow trail, the kids were not overly impressed with the thought of going out, but eventually they got dressed and off we went.

There were 16 venues to visit and I thought just over 3 hours would give us plenty of time to look round everything that was going on. How wrong could I be? We only managed a mere 7 venues! Thankfully after speaking to a few other people were not alone with this failure.

There were lovely gardens to look at, drinks to be had, food to eat and even one house had the TV on so people could watch the tennis. We were amazed at one garden (and house) as from the front it looks like a small bungalow, but not only is it a large bungalow / house, it also had a huge amount of land, a place that would be brilliant for the kids.

I think we struggled a little with pace and looking due to TJ not wanting to go in the backpack carrier much, she wanted to walk, but not hold hands, and we were on roads and then she was hanging off who ever was carrying her! We wrestled with her to get her in and then she was happy as she could see lots!

The kids liked the local residential house that has a lovely play area (all wooden), I think they would have been happy to spend all afternoon there, I was very impressed with it too and will definitely take the kids back there when they have another open day.

We were fortunate with the weather too, it was forecast to rain, but it held off until 5pm, so we got a little wet as we walked / ran the last meters home, but in the end we all agreed it was a good afternoon and much better than just staying and playing when the weather was so nice.

Hello All

This is going to be a blog all about our family life, a place to record what has happened and what is yet to happen. Somewhere that we can look back on in years to come and remember everything that the family has done.