Monday, November 09, 2015

Me on Monday

Hello to all you Me on Mondayer's. A whole month has passed since I was here last. I apologise for not visiting you all.

On 1 October I increased my weekly working week. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Coincided with No.3 son starting secondary school and you know a little extra makes all the difference.

After a month I am still trying to find a balance. The work-life balance is working well. It's the rugby balance which seems more full on, more than in previous seasons. As well as weekly training sessions, we have morning games, afternoon games and it seems like an awful lot of tournaments.

This weekend for example... Saturday we left home at 8.30 am in the most horrendous weather conditions. No. 2 son played four games. We arrived home at 3pm. Thoroughly cold and wet through....and that was just me.

Sunday, we leave home around 9.20am for training10-12pm for No3 son with No1 son playing in the afternoon. Arrive home 3pm.

A whole weekend gone - more or less!

The increase in my working days, coupled with full on rugby weekends has left me with very little cutting and sticking time...sob. This isn't a moan. It just a way of me saying how our family life is changing slightly as the boys grow. It doesn't seem that long ago they were bathed and put to bed with a story at 7pm...leaving me to craft for a few hours. Especially when the hubster was on a late shift. These days we all sit together of an evening, it's not going to be long before they are off doing their own things so I mean to make the most of being with them...even if it means cutting and sticking will be a little limited.

Although I've been relaxing in the evenings...I've not been sitting idol... as soon as I can i'll share some pics with you.

I am hoping you are all good and I will get around to catch up with you all very very soon.

Leaving you with a photo from the RWC Fiji vs Uruguay game. Settled in our seats before the stadium filled up. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Me on Monday

Would it surprise you if I said we had another weekend of rugby. It started with the Canadian team arriving in MK... the Canadian coach stopped outside work and the eagle eyed in our office spotted it. That night our local news covered the game and an interview with our club chairman. It was funny to see him pop up on TV.  It's quite something to have some of the hype on your doorstep.
Did you notice I slipped in a photo of me with England captain Chris Robshaw? :)  
My mother in law came to stay over the weekend. Bet she wished she'd chosen another weekend, one that wasn't dominated with rugby games. That's what happens in a house full of boys. We did pop out on Saturday for a tree top walk before drowning our sorrows after the England and Australia game.

Sunday came, all three boys had games. There were two losses, one draw... two hospital visits (not any of mine...but worrying all the same) ...  a medal and three pairs of achy legs, one sporting a massive and very sore looking bruise. Oh why couldn't they have been dancers or swimmers instead!

Tonight sees me hooking out our tickets for tomorrow nights RWC Fiji vs Uruguay game. We're all excited and i'll be back to let you know all about it.

Joining Sian and all her Me on Mondayer's. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Me on Monday

The weekend was one of washing machine buying, extractor fan changing, fifa playing, NCS graduating, pizza cooking and entertaining.

Seeing No1 son with the boys he's known since his first day at school here, makes me smile. They're always laughing. He's around 5ft 10/11 tall and looks like a midget next to the other three, who are all well over 6ft. He's on his tip toes in the middle row right hand photo.
All photos are from another mum who has a massive camera and takes super shots
It wouldn't have been a weekend without lots of rugby watching and playing.

We spent Saturday evening, just the five of us with chocolate, popcorn and beer, cheering on England. I often wonder what it would be like if my Grandad was still alive. With a name like Millwyn, he sure was Welsh. Born in Swansea, moved to West London with my nan (who passed away when I was seven, so I have a very little memory of her) There's no doubt he would have been outnumbered watching the game.

Sunday we rushed from his NCS graduation to his rugby match. Arriving five minutes before kick off. I 've never seen him move so fast. He was out of the car and flying up the stairs into he club faster than we could say "good luck". They played a good game but sadly lost. We arrived home for pizza, friends and the Ireland game. Sian...did you notice? we were cheering on Ireland.
While waiting for No1 son after his game. No2 son took the time to practise his kicking. I always think there's a lot of pressure on the kicker in a game. His determination will take him far.  After watching him, I'm in no doubt he can do it.

So there you have it...another weekend in my world, where sometimes it feels like all there is is Rugby! and rugby kit washing!

Today, Monday I was feeling tired. It might have something to do with all the wine we drank last night. It might have been because it was a fairly busy weekend. was the wine! So while I was driving home from work No2 & 3 son...would you believe it, were still at school...for after school Rugby training!

You know sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I'd had girls :)


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Singapore sling.....

.......Margarita or Strawberry Daiquiri. 
What's your favourite cocktail? 
Stamps - Stampin up and Clearly Besotted
Me, I'm partial to a Pina Colado. For an evening out I would probably go for a Woo Woo. On holiday by the pool a Mojito. There really is one for all occasions.

I've learnt my lesson mixing cocktails over the years ( Lets just say, they may taste delicious...but they have an awful after effect :)  With so many to try it always seems a shame to stick to just one. But just one it is these days.

What's your favourite?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Me on Monday

Right now... I am at work, sitting at my desk trying to recall all the back to back meetings that took place last week. It was a long week. Still it'll soon be Wednesday and I can look forward to a nice long weekend.

How has your Monday been?

The opening of the weekend was good. I mean winning the Rugby was a good start. After a day of coffee with some scrap friends in the morning and an afternoon  with the girls, I arrived back home to quickly run the hoover around while waiting for the boys to arrive home from school (and work). Gathering some drinks together we all headed over to friends for pizza and Rugby. A winning combination.

It was a late night so I have some quiet time Saturday morning to catch up on some blog reading before getting stuck into the pile of ironing. I've never had so many shirts to iron! My little cheeky nephew is five next week so we all headed over to theirs for birthday celebrations...after the Japan vs South Africa game. Wow what a win for Japan. A fabulous game to watch.
Photos with the birthday boy and Uncle Iron man. 
With the world cup upon us, there was some new t-shirt buying. Two training sessions for No2 and No3 son and the first match of the season for No1 son. Thankfully the hubster wasn't working Sunday, so he went of to watch the match while I was with the other two. I never like missing their games but sometimes it's logistically impossible to be with them all.
The whole club has new match kits and No3 son modelled his. I'd say there's plenty of growing room.

After school tonight No2 son will be staying for Rugby club...if it's on. With most boys interested in Football any rugby at the school is limited. As three world cup games are held near here it is hoped that more boys will take an interest in playing this fantastic sport.

Whatever today holds for you, I hope it is a good one. Waving to Sian x

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Following on form my previous post, I have another layout to share with you today.

Camping isn't all its cracked up to be. This I am sure off. It's a hard holiday. Not one of relaxing. There's always something that needs doing. And when it rains. Quite honestly it's pretty darn miserable.

That's why when you camp, you go with friends. Friends that you can laugh with and cry with. Even with all the rain. We held it together ..... we laughed..... we didn't cry.....we simply, drank more!!

Drink is essentially when you camp. Me thinks. I'm sure there are many of you that would agree.
After a few, you definitely sleep well. That is until you need a wee..... :)

We started early with  pre-camping drinks. I mean...why not!
A snapshot from one of our pre-camping evenings.
Papers, embellies and alphas Scraptastic Kit Club, Flair Feed your craft
Grey and pink, one of my favourite colour combinations. I kept it simple, with pretty embellishments vellum and lots of stitching..There is a little clip board under the photo holding my journalling.

Do you camp? As much as I think it's a hard is one we enjoy. The fresh air (maybe a little too fresh at times) the freedom, the general togetherness...every one pitching in. We wouldn't have had it any other way. 

Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you on Monday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hello Devon

It's been a while since I've holidayed in Devon. The last time was with my parents and siblings.  Seeing all the pretty places again has made me want to go back and see more...soon.

When the sun came out to play we headed for the beach. It wasn't warm enough to swim in the sea.
Even the kids passed it up.  It was warm enough to rock pool, throw a ball around, bury each other in the sand, build castles and dig fortes.

We grabbed a few minutes for a photo op.

Camping in Devon 2015. No need for a title when you have a little flair
Papers from a Scraptastic club kit. Flair from Feed your craft 
Bantham Beach was beautiful. When we arrived we almost had the whole beach to ourselves..until the surfers turned out.

Have you a favourite beach in the UK?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Me on Monday

Joining Sian and you, Me on Mondayers. 
Hoping you all had a super weekend and Monday sees you raring to go. 

Monday for me is a work day and it's an early start this morning. I have a busy work week ahead, thankfully the hubster's at home today so he will sort the boys out and dinner for this evening...before he disappears into his work on his bike.

The weekend really was uneventful. It was one of homework and study for them and cutting and sticking for me. Friday's card class went well and I even managed to scrap a few photos on Saturday afternoon and include lovely flair on my pages.

Sunday was one of Ruby - thankfully the nasty bruise No3 son gained after last weeks session didn't give him any bother. His coach spoke to all the boys individually to discuss areas they need to improve and the areas they are good in. He had a big smile on his face when he recalled the discussion. Makes it all worth it. With the world cup starting next Friday there's a lot of rugby talk going on here.

Have a good week and let me know if you will be watching on Friday? 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Have a ball

I have a card class to prepare for Friday and whilst sorting through some I've already made, I came across this one. 

It's kinda cute.

   With my nephews 5th birthday in a week I am thinking that this card may just be the one. 
   Enjoy your Wednesday x 

Monday, September 07, 2015

Me on Monday

Gosh where did last week go. I haven't managed to write any posts all week...tut tut. I'm here today though, waving at all you Me on's. 

The boys went back to school on Friday - hardly worth getting their uniform dirty for.  It was No3 son's first day at Secondary school and I was so nervous for him. He left the house with a big smile a met his friends to walk down to school. The awesome foursome as we call them. 

Thankfully came home with a big smile and many funny stories. Long may it last. 

The weekend was mainly one for the boys, the hubster worked all weekend. The fine weather meant he took his bike.  (He's a fair weather rider, if there's any chance that he might get his bike wet, he won't take it!!) No1 son was out socialising, No2 son was in the village playing footie,  he popped back when he was thirsty or hungry.  No3 son had some friends over who live outside the village. Two of them are his rugby pals, who he's now at school with, it was nice to see them together off the field.
Oh, I bought some Rye bread. I fancied a change. Next time I think I need a change I will be thinking twice. Who on earth eats this stuff (do you?). It was a unanimous decision, this stuff will never appear in the cupboard again :)

The Rugby season started yesterday. I have to say I wasn't looking forward to our Sunday's being taken over again - it was good to see them all so enthused at getting back and you know what. I did enjoy the morning. It helped that it was a glorious morning and whilst I hooked my boots out especially, I could have gotten away with wearing my flip flops it was so warm.
So it's Monday again and I'm off to work soon. Back to the normal routine of school and work. 
Roll on Friday.....

Wishing you all a lovely Monday x 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Me on Monday

I'm joining in late. I hope Sian doesn't mind :)

Last week was full on. Trying to juggle work around the boys activities. It's lucky work is so flexible. The days I was supposed to work didn't pan out due to No1 sons activities changing throughout the week and having to be on hand to drop off and pick up. The joys of living in a village and not have regular or direct public transport. Really....I didn't mind at all. Any reason not to go to work is a good one :)

It was a weekend of support No1 son's fund raising efforts. It started out with a mammoth baking session for the quiz night.
We rallied around some friends and family, as did his other team members and it was quite the Friday night.  They had a full house (those couple of empty chairs you see, were taken!), it was super to see so much support for them.  No2 and no3 came with us. I was impressed. Who would have thought that spending time on the xbox was educational...I think i'll save that for another post :) I do love a quiz night and the camaraderie that goes with it. See all those empty cake stands. They went down a treat.

A little kite flying on Sunday with No2 & 3....and the hound. The views were amazing. 

We managed to keep our entertaining plans, re-arranging them around Sunday's music festival. Another mammoth baking session (cookies this time...for a change).

The weekend was wrapped up with Bank Holiday Monday - all of us together for a little shopping and lunch out before returning home for a chilled out afternoon.

How was your Monday?

If you'd like to know/read more... Sian would love you to stop by.


Before I go I'd like to say a big thank you, to you, for the time you took to leave me a comment with your thoughts and experiences on my previous post. It means a lot. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Result Day

All week I have toyed with publishing this post. In the end I've gone with it as it's something I wanted to record. It might eventually find it's way tucked into a layout for future reading.

Last week was a long week. I'd been in a bit of a state. Trouble sleeping, headaches, and welling up whenever someone mentions exam results. I blabbered when I met the girls. They all laughed at me. They told me I was worrying over nothing.  And you know what? they were so right.

I don't remember being like this when I waited for me own exam results. I just wanted all his hard work to pay off for him. And you know what? It did.

We couldn't be more prouder. I just hope he knows it. He has always been such a lovely boy and is growing into a wonderful young man  (maybe, a little too laid back at times, but hey ho you gotta have something...right!).
I'm still looking for year 1&2 photos :( 

We are a long way off from when he started secondary school and we had our first parents evening. I remember it well - in fact I don't think i'll ever forget it. He had been chosen to attend a special english trip with a handful of others from his year group, the hubster was working so it was little ole me at parents evening, all on my own.

I visited all the teachers in turn. Reports were glowing and he was on or exceeding all his targets. The teachers thought highly of him and said I should be proud of him. All the things you want to hear.

Then...oh yes...then... I get to the English teacher. I sit down and in a rude tone, her opening words to me were... "He is silly, not a disruptor but gets encouraged and goes along with the disruptives, he is an under achiever who really should not be in my class...."


Needless to say I was flabbergasted. My first words to her were..."...are we talking about the same child?" - Bearing in mind not one of the previous eight or so teachers I'd seen, had a bad or negative word to say about him (and neither had any of his former primary school teachers).

Well you can imagine how the conversation went from then on. I bombarded her with questions, I said I would be talking to my son and at that point asked her why he had been selected to take part in this english project...considering he was such a silly under achiever! She couldn't answer me. I asked her what she was going to do to bring him up to target. She said nothing! (she actually did say the word "nothing") She said secondary school did not offer any help to children who fell behind target.

Well....I was all of a tizz, I can tell you. So much so I forget my appointment with the last teacher and had to email him when I got home to apologise. His email back to me was glowing.

At home, I spoke to my boy, his first words to me when I mentioned her name was "I don't think she likes me". And you know what. I think he was right. We discussed the class, his behaviour and his work. He asked me if she said anything nice about him (Sob!).  I spoke to the parent of the boy he sat next too and she had exactly the same experience as me.

After stewing on this for a few days I eventually typed a really nice email to the head of English. I'm not one who thinks my children are perfect. I'm not one to complain and moan to the school. But this really was eating away at me. I sent my email about ten pm on a Sunday evening and she telephoned me at seven am the next morning to say she would be looking into it.

I had several telephone calls from her throughout the day. After airing my concerns and speaking to her I felt better. Him not so much. As he now knew for sure his teacher did not like him. It's not a good relationship to have.

All went calm, he kept his head down and came home a few months later to say...someone asked her if she would be teaching the same class next year. Her answer was "yes..some of you but I have asked not to have certain people in my class" Well we all knew who that meant.

So for year 8 he was moved class and down a level. She left the school later that year. Thankfully.

Where is she now I wonder? On the day he receives his English GCSE results and achieved both an A in English Lit and Language. I say... where is she now!!! Would you believe he has chosen English Language for one of his A levels.  I'd like to think maybe he wants to prove her wrong too, although I think it's more to do with the fabulous english teachers he had after her.
Sorry for such a long post. I wanted to record this. This is my only negative experience with any teacher with any of my children. Personalities clash I get that. But it could have gone so wrong for him. He could have lost faith. I think it is important for children to have a good relationship with their teachers. It really cannot be an easy job and I admire anyone who decides to teach.
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