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October 2011

Butlins, Skegness–Sunday

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We all made our way to the Skyline pavilion where KayCee & Ella had their faces painted. It cost £3.99 each and was worth the money. The girls looked lovely when they were done.







It didn’t last very long however because we didn’t really think things through properly; after the face paints, we went straight to a candy floss machine. It cost £1 and you watched through the glass while the machine made the candy floss then opened up the glass to get your candy floss on a stick.
Ant, Aiden, KayCee & Ella all got one then we went outside to make our way to the arcade. It was windy, both girl’s had worn their hair down and they ended up with sticky sugar all over their faces, coats and in their hair.
Of course, I hadn’t put any wipes in my bag and the only thing I had was a dry hanky, which was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard!
After a trip to the toilets, both girls were left with only half their faces painted and it turned out to be a bit of a waste of money….we won’t be making that mistake again!
While Ant and Aiden went on some rides at the fair, KayCee and Ella spent an hour in the soft play area.
The thing I like most about Butlins is being able to say yes to most things the kids want to go on because so many things are included in the price.


Of course, they wanted to go on things that cost money and we refused on principal because we felt the price was too high or because they could go on the same thing for free later when they went to the fair. For example, Ella wanted to go on a mini carousel that cost £1 when the huge, traditional carousel was free on the fairground and they could go on as many times as they liked.

We went in the pavilion and had a Burger King for lunch. It was ok but it wasn’t a patch on McDonalds!
I had the most delicious caramel latte from Soho coffee and I think if we ever win the lottery, I’m buying one of those machines for my home so I can have one whenever I want!
Before going back to the apartment, the girls had their photos taken with Angelina Ballerina. They both said they enjoyed it and wanted it doing but neither of them smiled when the picture was being taken!
After lunch, the girls watched a puppet show about the 75th Butlins anniversary.



For dinner we had pizza from Papa Johns. It wasn’t too expensive and the pizza was ok but it won’t be our first choice for pizza again. The special garlic sauce looked and tasted like melted butter. In fact, Ella even said, ‘it’s butter’ when she first tasted it.
The sour cream dip was ok but the pizza sauce dip turned out to be ketchup. Now I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and allowing for the fact that they might have sent the wrong pot, however, if not and what they sent was in fact, supposed to be pizza sauce dip, I would have to say that I would not be happy to receive ketchup when I ordered pizza sauce.

All in all, we had another nice day 🙂

To be continued…..

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Butlins, Skegness – Saturday

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Saturday morning was set aside for a trip to Tesco. We only took enough food for Saturday morning breakfast so we had to stock up for the week. We ended up buying lots of stuff that we wouldn’t normally buy and not enough food but hey, we’re on holiday so it’s ok, right?!
We went back to the apartment to unpack and have lunch. KayCee made sandwiches for herself, Aiden and Ella. Ant and I decided not to have any because we were still full from the huge fry up I’d done for breakfast!
By this time, my back and poorly foot were causing me a lot of pain so I took painkillers and rested on the sofa while Ant took the kids to the funfair and to have a look around.
The girls went on the rides in Bob the builder’s yard and they loved being able to go on them as many times as they wanted.




They had a great time at the funfair but because I wasn’t able to go, Ant found it hard to keep all three entertained. Ella had to be accompanied on most rides so Aiden and KayCee had to wait then Ella had to wait while Aiden and KayCee went on rides.

We had southern fried chicken for dinner. We bought it at Tesco but it was a bit too spicy for the girls. They ended up scraping the coating off and just eating the chicken.
Ant washed the dishes, for which I was very appreciative. I’d mentioned a few weeks earlier that I did more when I was on holiday because we never have a dishwasher and I always have dishes to wash every day so it was lovely not to have any dishes to wash!

To be continued……….

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

Wonderful week at Butlins, Skegness – Friday

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As the title says, our half term week at Butlins, Skegness was wonderful.
We arrived some time after 4pm last Friday and went to check in. Ant does the check in while I wait in the car with the kids and unlike last year, (we went to Haven) we were only waiting a few minutes. It was excellent!

We found our apartment quite easily and were pleasantly surprised when we went inside. We were in a standard second floor apartment and expected it to be a lot smaller than what it was.
It was very clean and and had lovely, comfy, squashy sofas! Every place we’ve stayed in before, be it caravan or cottage, have always had hard, uncomfortable sofas but not this time!
There was a lake out the front and loads of ducks roamed around.

There were a few little niggles in the apartment, like the sink in the bathroom wasn’t fitted properly and moved about a bit, as did one of taps on the sink but it didn’t detract from our overall experience.
In the kitchen, there were adequate utensils, pots and pans and something even more impressive, it had a tin opener that actually worked better than ours at home! (You can probably tell from this statement that tin openers are usually old and useless in holiday homes/caravans in our experience!).

We decided to have fish and chips for dinner on our first night. Ant fetched our order from Finnigan’s.
The chips were lovely but I can’t say the same for the fish. The batter was soggy and I ended up scraping it off and just eating the fish, as did Aiden.
The girls had a child’s meal with chips and fish fingers and Ant had Sausage, chips and gravy. It came to £23 and we’ve decided we’re going to a chippie on the sea front next time we want chips!

The kids all wanted to sleep in the same room on the first night so we put KayCee’s mattress on the floor in the middle of the 2 beds in one of the twin rooms and they all slept well.
Ant and I on the other hand had a terrible first nights sleep. The double bed was very hard and I was awake more than I was a sleep. I ended up trying the sofa in the middle of the night but although it’s great to sit on, it really isn’t very good to sleep on. I ended up propped up with pillows trying to ease the pain in my back.
Ant said he woke every hour because the bed was too hard and we were both shattered on Saturday.

To be continued……

Please note: None of these posts have been sponsored by Butlins. We haven’t had any payment/free gifts from Butlins and paid for our holiday/food/entertainment in full.

2nd Weigh in

If you’ve read my post….Okay, so it’s not a tumor, you’ll know that I have to lose a lot of weight to be able to have an operation to sort out a hernia.

Well we had a wonderful week at Butlins and I have some ready to publish once I’ve added all the photos so I’ll be back with those later.
This morning though, it’s all about my diet over the last week.

We had quite a few takeaways during the week but I was determined not to get out of control. For instance, when we went to Burger King, I had a child size meal instead of a super sized adult meal.
I did have a few treats during the week; the caramel coffee from Soho Coffee Co. was delicious, as were the fresh prawns and hot doughnuts but my favourite indulgence came in the form of a pear drop milkshake from the shake place in the Skyline Pavilion. Ant fetched it for me and he said they made it with real pear drops! It was the most wonderful milkshake I’ve ever tasted in my life! I don’t even want to think about the calories it contained so I’m not going to!
I haven’t been tracking my calories because we only had limited Internet and to be honest, it was lovely to leave the laptop alone for most of the week.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was very pleased to only have a 2lb gain. I was aiming to stay the same but I can cope with 2lb. I’ve been on holidays before where I’ve put on half a stone in a week so I feel pretty good about the result this week.

I’m now back to tracking and will here next week with a weight loss result!

Thanks to all who are supporting me with this 🙂 xx

Flashback Friday Oct 21st – Aiden’s Birth Story

Aiden’s Birth Story

This is Aiden’s birth story, the eldest of my three wonderful children 🙂
I went two weeks overdue so the hospital arranged for me to be induced on Easter Sunday.
I had to be at the hospital early Sunday morning and my friend Jo was my birth partner. They induced me in the morning and I started getting contractions shortly after.

Gas & Air

I was on gas and air most of the day and I have to say I love that stuff! Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t take the pain away but what it did do was make it so that I didn’t really care about it!
To cut a long story short…..I spent all Sunday in labour but not progressing. By Monday morning I was shattered so agreed to have an epidural.
Around lunchtime, on Easter Sunday Aiden started getting distressed. They decided to do an emergency c-section because I still wasn’t dilated.

Not A Girl!

I hadn’t found out what I was having at my scans and was absolutely certain I was having a girl.
It was a shock when I had a boy and Jo said (even though I can’t remember any of this!) I answered ‘Jasmine’ when they asked what I was calling him!
Jo said, ‘Shell, it’s not a girl, it’s a boy’ and I was like, ‘errrm, I can’t remember what name I’d picked for a boy!’.
The first one that came into my head was Aiden so that’s what I blurted out! Luckily, I love the name and didn’t change it when I got home and looked in the baby name book to see that I’d picked Bradley John if I had a boy.

Aiden's birth story - me and Aiden


The c-section wasn’t the best thing I’d ever gone through. I was still in pain and able to move my legs so I still think that they didn’t give me enough epidural. The doctor was getting stressed with me because I was crying and trying to move and the nurse kept giving me gas and air and morphine.

Jo left not long after the surgery was over because she was shattered as well. She’d been awake for a day and a half. I was a bit emotional when she left. It was scary being left on my own. I didn’t say anything to her because I felt guilty. She’s since told me off numerous times for saying it was fine for her to leave when I wasn’t being totally honest!

All in all, it wasn’t a bad first birth experience and I’ve now got a wonderful, sweet, caring, kind 11-year-old who I adore, as do his sisters 🙂 most of the time when they’re not arguing!

Aiden and Ella

 Missed Being Pregnant

I loved having my new baby but I was surprised to find myself feeling a bit sad because I missed being pregnant! The kicks and feeling the baby move were what I missed the most but I also missed going to the midwife appointments and hearing the heartbeat.
The first midwife appointment I went to was the best. I was so excited but nervous at the same time. When she got out the pregnancy wheel and asked me the date of my last period, time seemed to slow and it took ages for her to tell me what my due date was!

It was 5 years before I’d get pregnant again. KayCee’s birth story and Ella’s Birth Story

Dear So & So

Dear Head Cold,
That is all.
From her who has had her fair share of illness lately and can’t take anymore.

Dear Children,
You’ve worked really hard at school and we’re very proud of you.
I hope you enjoy our holiday to Butlins, you deserve it 🙂
I love you all.
From Mum (who hopes she’ll be better soon so she can enjoy taking you places on holiday) xx

Dear Readers,
sorry for the short post this week.
Head is pounding, nose is running, eyes are stinging and all energy supplies have been depleted!
From her who is feeling sorry for herself….again.

Dear So and So...

#TheGallery – Faces

The Gallery is taking a week off but seeing as I’ll be on holiday next week, I wanted to get the post done now so I only have to spend a couple of minutes linking up next Wednesday.

I’ve found a few photos that I could use for the prompt this week but even as I was looking through all our photos, I knew the one I one I was going to use.
The reason I hesitated is because I’ve used this photo recently on a post but I decided it was good enough to use twice!

This is my gorgeous little girl, Ella and her cousin, Jake. There’s always been a special connection between these two. I don’t know why or when it started, it just always seems to have been there.
They don’t get to see each other that often, with us living in Lincoln and Jake living in Derbyshire but they love getting together and going to the park or just playing in the house.

I love how the expressions on their faces mirror each other and the sheer happiness that has been captured is a moment to treasure forever.

Ella says Jake is her boyfriend and she’s going to marry him when she’s older! That remains to be seen but whatever the outcome of the relationship!, I hope they continue to have that special bond and be there for each other throughout their lives 🙂

1st weigh in

If you read my post last week after my trip to the doctor’s….Okay, so it’s not a tumor, you’ll know that I have to lose a lot of weight to be able to have an operation to sort out a hernia.

I started my diet the same day I got the news about the hernia which was a week ago today.
I’m using sparkpeople to help keep track of the calories I’m eating. It’s a free site and it really helps me to manage my food intake. It works out how many calories, carbs, fat and protein you should eat each day to have a healthy balanced diet.
For my height and weight, it recommends the following:

Daily calories – 1450 – 1800
Daily carbs – 191 – 276
Daily fat – 38 – 66
Daily protein – 60 – 149

Here are my results for the past week:
(results in green = hit target/results in blue = below target/results in red = over target)

Thursday 13 October:
Daily calories – 1042
Daily carbs – 119
Daily fat – 39
Daily protein – 36

Friday 14 October:
Daily calories – 1251
Daily carbs – 125
Daily fat – 15
Daily protein – 80

Saturday 15 October:
Daily calories – 1568
Daily carbs – 221
Daily fat – 44
Daily protein – 60

Sunday 16 October:
Daily calories – 1740
Daily carbs – 251
Daily fat – 65
Daily protein – 77

Monday 17 October:
Daily calories – 1348
Daily carbs – 165
Daily fat – 52
Daily protein – 59

Tuesday 18 October:
Daily calories – 1451
Daily carbs – 190
Daily fat – 19
Daily protein – 41

Wednesday 19 October:
Daily calories – 1670
Daily carbs – 193
Daily fat – 58
Daily protein – 43

My weight last week 29 stone, 7lb (413lb)
My weight this week is 28 stone, 12lb (404lb)

My loss this week is 9lb :o)

We go on holiday tomorrow so it’s going to be tough keeping track of the calories (no Internet in the apartment) but I’m determined not to over eat and undo all the hard work from this past week.

I’ll add my photos to this post later when Aiden’s home from school because he has to take them for me!

Tuesday tea and sympathy (except it’s Wednesday!)

This blog hop came at just the right time for me…..I’m totally feeling sorry for myself and for once, it’s not my own fault. By this I mean it’s not self inflicted, like for instance, I haven’t failed with my diet this week, which is usually one of the reasons I would feel sorry for myself!

I’m feeling down because around lunchtime today, the back of my nose started to feel uncomfortable and as the hours pass, it’s slowly getting worse.
This means that I’m going to get a cold and yes, I know most people think a cold isn’t really that big of a deal, except that for me they are. I get really ill, they’re more flu like than cold like but not only that, I knew, without a doubt, that I was going to get ill this week or next. How, I hear you ask, did she know this?
Well it’s because of sod’s bloomin’ law, that’s how I knew.

Let me take you back to around this time last year.
We went to Haven, Mablethorpe for the half term holiday. A couple of days in and I got ill. I felt awful and
Ant ended up taking the children out on his own a few times because I was too ill.

Back to this year and the kids break up from school tomorrow for the half term holiday; on Friday we’re going to Butlins for the week so I knew I’d get ill just before or during our holiday and here it is, as predicted.

As I said…..sod’s bloomin’ law!

Talking of being ill….little Ella has just come in complaining of her head hurting, her nose is running and I think she’s getting a temperature. She’s now lying on the sofa, wrapped in my winter house coat, watching Beauty and the Beast.
I hope she doesn’t get too ill and have her holiday ruined as well 🙁

I thank you for the tea and sympathy, I appreciate it. (I’m a very mardy ill person!)

If you have more tea and sympathy to spare, head on over to Here Come The Girls 🙂

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