Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Games Night.

We have started a tradition, Chez Chambers, that Tuesday night is 'games night'. We put the girls down, clear the table (and wipe off any remnants of sticky chilli sauce), put some music on and crack out a game. It is a lovely change from watching TV together, which is wonderful too, don't get me wrong. We invited Mum to join us, as she is partial to board games. Then, it evolved into Dad coming down to watch, hang out and listen to music as well. It has been going on for a few months and it is one of the highlights of the week. A big bag of pistachios, a bottle of Prosecco and maybe some pastis for Craig makes it all the more enjoyable.

Our game of choice has always been Carcassone. A really great game that is so easy to play, even the kids can join in. It basically consists of placing 'tiles' to build cities and roads. 

We even took Carcasonne camping with us. Here we are under the stars on our french adventure in the summer of 2016.

Last night we braved a new game called Ticket to Ride. The basic premise is collecting sets of cards to allow you to lay down track between cities. Craig has played it before with D and D friends but it was my first attempt. Craig finished with a score that was more than double mine but I didn't do too bad (I think). It was nice for a change.

Yay for Tuesday nights.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Catch Up

Well another year has rolled around, the blog rejoins our 'story' with Freya turning 8 years old.

Which means that Edie is now 6 and very much marching to the beat of her own drum. I am hurtling towards 40 this year while Craig looks better than ever and he is turning 45. Despite a flagging thyroid gland, Moomin remains the best dog in the world.

We are still happily living in 'Belgravia' (Darwen not London) and very little has changed, we have been too busy with mini adventures to have achieved any 'remodelling' of the house. It is all looking a little bit tired as the last time we decorated was before the children were born.

I  remain working on CCU within the, sadly failing, NHS and Craig is part of a team management at sofology.

My mum has had surgery for her chronic bowel disease and is now fit as a flea and busy to boot. While dad is really struggling with the early stages of dementia. On the other side of the country, in Immingham, as similar tale is true with Ray struggling with his memory while Pat is busy with Zumba and aquatone.

In Chislehurst, Stephen is suffering with his feet while Sally is managing to work full time as a physio in the community. Cameron is so grown up now and enjoys Games Workshop shenanigans.  Aimee is being investigated for weakness in her ankles which they suspect is a Vital D deficiency. They have done what no one would have guessed and just become proud owners of Noddy a retired greyhound.

Becky is recovering from pneumonia after coughing through New Year. She is facing a massive change in circumstances now that Serge's 14 year old daughter is coming to live with them permenantly. They are having a large extension to cope with the extra body in the bungalow.

Lee is working very hard at his own scooter business while Jussie works and holds the fort at home. William is kickboxing and has just taken up Rugby.

Glenn seems to have found happiness at last with Donna in their cosy home.  Sadly, the situation with Clayton and Hollie remains as complicated and bitter as ever.

I am in a very privileged position of being able to be a homemaker and a working mum but must admit I struggle to do things for myself. I have decided to be more proactive with my time management to enable me to fit in things that I once loved... blogging, running and decorating the house.

In a nutshell that is where we are at.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Written Retrospectively...

The title of this blog post is a phrase that makes me smile. I write it, without fail, every day of my working life as a nurse. It is good practice to write as one goes along, however, being so busy and putting patients first has always left me feverishly scribbling this phrase at the top of all my notes, half an hour after shift end. After a particularly difficult shift involving my manager being absent for large chunks of it, she shouted over her shoulder as she left me behind... 'If you did your writing as you went along...' It was only funny after the fact but friends of mine still say it to me years later and it always elicits a giggle. This is about blogging though.

I am trying to catch up with my 'dark ages', the era where there was no time for a good old blog, July 2012 to about now really. I have decided to blog a month of photos at a time. Let's see how it pans out.  I am hoping to be able to insert it into the blog at the right date, otherwise it won't make sense having pictures of the kids looking like chubby baby faced cherubs again.

Wisdom of a four year old.

Giraffes are very cute but monkeys are a bit bottomy...

Booby show booby show, can you see the booby show. It's full of boobies...after dressing in my bras.

Words of wisdom for today x

Summer blogging...

Its finally here, our first six week holidays! It doesn't seem so long ago that we were just starting out, with a shiny new uniform. Now, she has her next size up uniform purchased for next year, to wear with her 100% attendance badge.

Freya finished school at half one on Friday. It was all a little hectic, I worked Thursday and Friday night which made it awkward for me to attend the achievers assembly but Freya has been given an award for 100% attendance. She was thrilled to get a certificate and a badge and only one other got this award in her class, Freya's friend Esther.

I was falling asleep with my eyes open and almost came off my seat at one point but it is so worth it. I really believe that by turning up to these things you boost your child's happiness and esteem... A small price to pay.

I spent a lot of free time this week completing teachers gifts. I could have got a box of maltesers and saved myself the heart ache but I do like a bit of creative time. Here's the end result...

The holiday is all the more exciting because it is for a limited time only... people to see, bucket lists to complete and family fun time to be had. Whilst trawling Pinterest I found an idea of sitting down and creating a 'bucket list' of things that each member of the family wanted to do. Those things are then written on a board to give us all something to look forward to.

The first adventure on the agenda is a trip down south to see London and catch up with Adrian and Rachel and Aunty June. We went to the library today to find books about London to help generate a bit of hype. We picked Topsy and Tim go to London and I have created a little 'diorama' using the happyland royal family, a double decker bus and small union flag. Now to go and work some 'packing magic'.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Nobody knows about my toes...

We had a letter from school explaining that nail polish is definitely not part of the school uniform. Freya was sad this morning when I had to take off her birthday weekend nail polish off for Monday morning at school. I showed her my nails,  they were beautiful orangey/red at the weekend but we're now woefully plain and short because of my shift yesterday.  I told Freya that the matron at work would shout at me if I did because that was MY uniform too.  We made up the rhyme "Nobody knows about my toes..."  said with a wink because although we can't have nail polish on our hands during the week,  we can rock a snazzy pedicure.  This is Edie's aurora/ariel/aurora design...  I liked it so much I have one too! 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Our Playroom

The alpha dog is away again, so I have decided to start the epic catch up with my blog. This is going to involve me going through the last years worth of photos and scribbling a little about them.

Our playroom is a wonderful space, warm, totally child orientated, en-suite and totally fit for purpose (washable floors to boot)

I like to have a dedicated child space because I am really conscious that I am Edie's nursery for three days of the week and this room reflects that. When I am bereft of ideas to entertain the kids we just go and sit in there and loads of play opportunities present themselves.

It does spend a lot of time in an awful mess...

Then again it is very satisfying to put it all back into order. I suspect I am a little too anally retentive to have children. I blame all those years working in intensive care making everything look perfect. I heard of one of my colleagues tippexing stains off a bed sheet. Maybe I left in time to save my sanity. However, I  have sorted the play food into 'fresh' and 'processed'...