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Year 9 For KayCee – Back To School Time

My beautiful KayCee starts year 9 today. I know everyone says it but time has gone so fast. It only seems like yesterday she was starting year 7. I was so nervous for her but I needn’t have been, she was great and took it […]

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No More Junior School For Ella – Secondary School Here She Comes!

Ella’s just left for her first day at secondary school. She was a bit nervous but very excited. Ant’s taking her in the car today with 2 of her friends seeing as it’s her first day but tomorrow she’s going to be walking.

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Ella’s 11th Birthday Party – Happy Birthday Beautiful

It’s Ella’s 11th birthday today 🙂

Ella on her 11th birthday

Ella’s 11th birthday Pool Party & BBQ

Today she had some friends round for a pool party and BBQ. They all had a great time and were phoning their parents when it was getting towards the end of the party, to see if they could stay longer!

unicorn floaties in the pool

Ella's 11th birthday pool party

They also had a hair and beauty station. Ella’s friend, Amelia did different hairstyles for everyone and covered their hair in hair mascara and glitter! The whole place was covered in glitter and unicorns.

glaitter hair

glittery hair

Birthday Cake

KayCee made Ella’ cake for her. She did a magnificent job, everyone thought it was wonderful 🙂

Ella's birthday cake made by KayCee

unicorn cake

Selfie Fun

They had fun taking selfies!

ella selfie

Ella and Amelia selfies

Ella's 11th birthday - Ella and Ruby selfies

Happy birthday beautiful girl; glad you enjoyed your party. Love you xx

Happy 13th Birthday KayCee

Happy 13th Birthday to our beautiful daughter, KayCee.

KayCee on her 13th birthday

Her 13th birthday celebrations have been planned since the start of the year! It’s gone through a few (!) changes but the final plan is to start off at home having a pool party followed by a BBQ followed by a roller disco at a local Fun Farm.

The party is planned for tomorrow because it’s the only night they do the roller disco at Fun Farm.

13th Birthday Celebrations – 3rd August

Her party plan has changed at the last minute due to the Fun Farm cancelling the roller disco because the DJ is on holiday, despite Kellyann (KayCee’s older sister) phoning on August 1st to see if they had to book or if they could just turn up.

She was told they could just turn up and it had been quiet lately so they might have the place to themselves.
Suffice to say, Kellyann was not at all happy to be told on the day of the celebrations that they now couldn’t go.

Change Of Plans

They were all a bit disappointed but they enjoyed going bowling instead.

After bowling, they came back here just before 8 pm to sing happy birthday and have birthday cake. They then decided to go back into the pool! Parents came to collect them at 9 pm and I’m happy to say that KayCee really enjoyed the day 🙂

13th birthday BBQ

13th birthday ice cream station

13th birthday Harry Potter cake
Kellyann made the wonderful Harry Potter cake. It was absolutely delicious.

I’m not putting a photo on of her friends because I don’t have their/their parent’s permission to post any

Ella Through Her Junior School Years

As it was Ella’s last day at junior school yesterday I thought it would be nice for her to see the four back to school photos we took at the start of each year.

School Photos

Year 3

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2014
Ella’s first day at her junior school in 2014

Year 4

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2015
Ella’s first day back to junior school in 2015

Year 5

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2016
Ella’s first day back to school in 2016

Year 6

Ella's first day back to school photos - 2017
Ella’s first day back to school in 2017. Her final year at junior school.

And here she is at the end of her junior school journey. It really amazes me how grown up she’s looking now compared to those first photos!

end of school questions 2018

Questions For Ella At The End Of Year 6

I started asking the girls some questions at the end of the school year in 2012. It’s lovely being able to look back at the changes  Ella has come to the end of year 6 and is going to secondary school in September. No more […]

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Questions For KayCee At The End Of Year 8

I started asking Kaycee and Ella some questions at the end of the school year in 2012. I love being able to look back at the changes :)
These are KayCee’s answers at the end of year 8.



KayCee’s still doing brilliantly at school. She always puts in the extra effort and her hard work pays off.
In September she has her little sister joining her at big school!

As always, we’re very proud of her. 🙂

Kaycee year 8

I am really good at Maths and cooking
I like to  cook
My favourite thing to learn at school: Food tech
1 person who makes me laugh: Can’t pick just 1 – all my friends make me laugh!
One word that describes me: Talkative
I am really happy when: I’m with my friends
I am really sad when: When I fall out with friends
My favourite book:  Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events
My favourite TV show: When calls the heart
My favourite vacation:  Greece
I like school when: It’s the last day of term! (Alo when we have fun lessons!)
I don’t like school when:  On Thursdays – again!
My favourite season:  Summer
My favourite toy:  I don’t play with toys anymore
My worst nightmare fear  Being alone
Things that make me mad:  Ella
Favourite sport:  Rounders
I like my Dad because he’s nice and funny and buys me things!
I like my Mum because: she’s nice and kind and buys me things!
I like my family because  they’re kind

2018 Summer Bucket List

It’s that time again; our 2018 Summer Bucket List is complete, but unlike other years, KayCee and Ella haven’t been that excited about it. We would usually have had it finished a few weeks before the summer holidays start but they only started thinking of […]

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Our Wonderful NHS – My Sunday Photo

It’s been an eventful week in the Ashmore household and I have to say we have a wonderful NHS.

Slipped Disc

On the 6th July, I was volunteering at St Barnabas charity shop. While bending to pick up some books my back went. It was the same pain I had when I first got a slipped disc about 18 years ago.

I haven’t been able to work at the charity shop, do the weighing at Slimming World or clean for my mother-in-law this week because I’ve had to walk using walking sticks and I haven’t been able to stand up straight until today.

Poorly Father-In-Law

On my birthday last Thursday, we were on our way to my mother-in-law’s and decided to look in on my father-in-law as he’d sounded funny when he’d spoken to Ant at 7.30 am

It’s a good job we did check on him; he wasn’t his usual self so Ant rang 111. After some questions, they decided to send an ambulance out for him.

They soon decided to take him to the hospital and he’s been there ever since. Ant has spent most of his days going back and forth to the hospital. He doesn’t like to leave his dad alone for long because he keeps getting confused.

Trip To A&E With Ella

Last night Ella’s friend came to have a sleepover. They’d both spent the day at another friend’s house and came home around 8.30 pm.
They wanted to go in the pool for half an hour before getting ready to sleep outside on the covered patio.

Ella tried to fill the chlorine tablet holder up and she got the tablet tub too close to her face. As it opened a waft of chlorine fumes was released and she accidentally breathed it in. She dropped the tub straight away and started a coughing fit.

Ant got her outside and tried to get her to breathe the fresh air in but she couldn’t do anything for coughing.
It took about 20 minutes for the coughing to subside a little. I was getting worried so we decided to take her to A&E just to be on the safe side.

Wonderful NHS – Brilliant Staff

We didn’t have too long a wait at A&E and all the staff were brilliant. They made sure they told us everything that was happening or was going to happen and they were very thorough.

Everyone was really friendly and put our minds at ease. The doctors got in touch with the poisons centre to make sure they were giving Ella the right treatment.
After being seen by a nurse and a doctor in A&E we were taken to the children’s ward. They wanted to monitor her until 4 hours had passed from when it happened at 9 pm.

The doctors and nurses did lots of checks and decided to send us back to A&E to have her eyes checked and bathed because they were a bit sore and itchy.

They put some drops in her eyes to numb them before putting some dye in them so the doctor could check there wasn’t any damage. When that was done a nurse washed her eyes with a litre of saline on each eye. Ella was brilliant throughout.

Ella having an eye test - wonderful NHS

wonderful NHS - yellow eye dye under her eyes
Ella after the eye test. The dye went under her eyes and also in her nose! Her tissue went yellow when she blew her nose!

Back To Ward

It was after 1am by the time we got back to the ward. Her cough was getting better and she was nearly back to her normal self. The doctor said she could stay until morning so they could keep an eye on her cough if we wanted but he was also happy to let us take her home.
He said that if her cough got worse or she had trouble breathing we could take her straight back to the ward.

Finally, Home At 2.30 am

We finally got home and everyone went to bed. I was overtired and couldn’t sleep so had to read for a while. It was about 3.30 when I finally fell asleep.

I didn’t wake until 9.30 this morning and I still feel absolutely shattered!

All’s well that ends well, as they say, thanks to our wonderful NHS 🙂 I’m really very thankful that we have our National Health Service


It’s My Birthday – 42 Today & Feeling My Age!

42 today 🙂 Well, I think I am; I keep forgetting how old I am and one year I thought I was a year older than I was. It was a really nice surprise when someone told me I was actually a year younger!!
That, someone, wasn’t Ant, though because he’s always saying I’m older than I am and he even says I’m older than him! (He’s 18 years older than me for anyone who doesn’t know us!)
I have to admit, however, the first signs of ageing are starting to creep in. My face has erupted in what looks like milk spots that babies get but apparently, they’re called milia spots. Also, the skin on my forehead is constantly dry no matter how much I moisturise. I’m going to have to get some professional advice from a skin clinic soon!

Anyway, enough of the depressing, getting older, talk. I still love my birthdays because all my lovely family spoil me rotten 🙂

Birthday Presents – 42 Today 🙂

Last year I told KayCee I was 31 instead of 41 and it took me a few minutes to realise I wasn’t in my 30’s anymore.

birthday presents and flowers - 42 today

I’ve not opened my presents and cards yet because early this morning we called to check on my father-in-law and he wasn’t well. He got taken to hospital in an ambulance and Ant’s been there with him all day.

We’re postponing my birthday until tomorrow after school so everyone can be here 🙂 Well, that’s except for the bottle of salted caramel liqueur my dad gave me a day early….it’s going down a treat!

Edit – 15th July

I didn’t manage to open them in front of everyone because Ant was back at the hospital with his dad and Ella went out to her friend’s house!

We had a little mishap with the presents as well –

I thought it looked like I’d got lots of books and I knew I didn’t have that many on my Amazon wishlist. All became clear when Ella gave me the presents she’d wrapped for me – 2 of them were books I’d bought for KayCee’s birthday next month and had given to Ant to hide for me!

He’d put them on the wrong shelf (he has a shelf in the garage for me and a shelf for the children’s presents that we buy throughout the year. None of us except him, go in the garage so it’s a good storage place!) and gave the whole series to me. He even ordered the last book from Amazon because it wasn’t available when I bought the first 5 books!

Spoilt again!

As usual, I’ve been spoilt for my birthday.

42 today birthday presents
The flowers were from my lovely friend, Sandra and the Bayliss and Harding gift set was from my other lovely friend, Wendy 🙂
42 today birthday presents
The books were from Aiden, KayCee, Ella and Ant. The Chris Mooney ones complete the series and I can’t wait to read them 🙂
42 today birthday presents
My best friend, Jo, bought me the hurricane lamp and candle and a tin of Bailey’s iced latte – it was delicious! Kellyann bought me the Harry Potter mug and HoneyDukes candle 🙂
42 today birthday presents
My lovely dad bought me the salted caramel drink and the super wonderful husband and children bought me another fairy house for the garden 🙂

Delicious Birthday Cake

The day before my birthday, I went out for lunch with some of my Slimming World ladies and the wonderful Fay made me an absolutely delicious and huge, chocolate birthday cake!
They got the staff to bring it out to me after lunch and they sang happy birthday 🙂

Sunflower birthday cake


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