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Proud Parents

Aiden got his SATS results today and to say we’re proud parents feels like a huge understatement. He got level five in the three subjects tested (English, maths & science) and was glowing with happiness when I read out his results 😀

His dad had come early to pick him up for the weekend so he was here to hear the good news.  My mum had come to see us as well. We just couldn’t stop smiling at him and telling him how brilliant he was.
Aiden phoned Ant to tell him. You could see from his face that it was a phone call he really enjoyed making!

He was quite worried and a little bit stressed during his SATS and we kept telling him not to worry. As long as he did his best we’d be happy and that’s what he did 🙂
His school report was also brilliant and it all served to boost his confidence to new levels today!

Well done Aiden, we all love you and are so proud of you 🙂

Proud

It’s my birthday – I’ve been spoilt again!

My Birthday

birthday cakes
birthday

I’ve had a lovely, relaxing birthday 🙂

The kids brought my presents down first thing this morning and the girls were really excited!

 

Ella opened the present from Nanny (Beautiful perfume by Estee Lauder) and the present she had wrapped for me (a cherub planter).
KayCee opened the present she had wrapped for me (cherub planter #2). Aiden, being 11 now and not as excited about other people’s birthday’s as the girls are, let me open the gift he bought for me (Greatest Ever Mum CD). They all gave me a hug and kiss 🙂

Ant surprised me by coming home after dropping the girls off at school, instead of going straight to work and put more memory in my laptop for me 🙂

Not long after, Grandad came bearing gifts! He bought me Monty Don’s complete gardener book. Kellyann and Ian bought me a flan dish and a DVD.
Everyone got me gifts from my amazon wish list……I love the universal amazon wish list! 🙂

Thanks to everyone for all the gifts and cards. I’ve really enjoyed my day 🙂

One of those days

It’s one of those days for me today….one of those, I know I have a hundred and one things to do but all I really want to do is…. nothing.

One of those days - Feet up, doing nothing when I have lots to do

I’m tired because my back was very painful last night and kept waking me up. I have a headache because I didn’t get much sleep. I feel guilty for sitting here, doing nothing while the iron pile stares at me, the garden calls me to do one of the hundred things that need doing out there and Ant will be coming home for lunch soon so I’ll have to move from this chair anyway!

The worst thing is, I know getting out in the garden will help my headache and make me feel better (can’t say the same for the ironing….ironing could never make me feel anything other than, ughhh!) but actually getting the motivation to move is a big problem. My motivation has deserted me today and I can’t be bothered to go looking for it, so I’m not gonna!

Here’s to a lazy (but unfortunately, not guilt-free) day.

Let Them Bake Cake :)

The kids love baking. Doesn’t matter what they make, they just love the whole process.
Ella made delicious cookies the other week and KayCee’s sponge cake is always light and fluffy.
Yesterday, Aiden and KayCee made cupcakes while Ella and I made a Victoria sponge.

KayCee and Aiden baking cakes
Ella likes to get messy!
Ella with butter covered hands!
The best bit about baking is licking the bowl afterwards 🙂
Licking the beaters
Licking cake batter covered fingers!

We had the Victoria sponge for dessert today, well, apart from KayCee who had a cupcake because she doesn’t like cream, and it was delicious….I’m thinking of having another slice with my cup of coffee.

Victoria sponge topped with strawberries

After dinner, KayCee and Ella took some cakes out to share with their friends 🙂

Cupcakes

As much as I love sponge cake, we need a change! Something more challenging for our baking session next time I think.

Google, here we come!

Cousins

My brother brought my mum and his family to our house for the day on Sunday. We don’t get to see each other very often because they live in Derbyshire and we live in Lincoln so when we get chance to spend time together, we make the most of it 🙂

James Brought His Rotavator

James came to help with the redesign of our garden. He brought his rotavator so we didn’t have to dig the lawn up with a spade. I was very grateful!
Ella had great fun covering herself in soil. It was in her hair, down her top and down her trousers! She had a bath and a shower that night trying to get her clean again ready for school the next day 🙂

Ella putting soil all over her
Putting soil all over herself kept her amused for a very long time!

It was lovely to see my 4-year-old nephew, Jake, who’s a very lively, energetic young man and so adorable 🙂

My nephew, Jake

and my beautiful niece, Megan (9 months).
She’s such a smiley little baby 🙂 She makes you happy just looking at her.

Ella with her cousin, baby Megan

Cousins

I love seeing the cousins playing together and I’m looking forward to having my sister’s children coming to stay in the summer holidays.
KayCee and Ella enjoyed having their cousins to visit and keep asking when they’re going to come again 🙂

KayCee and Megan

 

Ella and Megan

 

KayCee and Megan

 

Cousins, KayCee and Jake

 

Cousins, Ella and Jake

Having a big family is wonderful and even though I love my life here in Lincoln, I do miss living close to my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
I’ll be forever grateful that the girls and Aiden get to visit Derbyshire every week and are growing up with their cousins. I hope as they grow, they continue to love each other and always be there for each other.

So tired….

I was very restless last night for some reason and today I’m so tired because of it. I went to bed just before 11 pm and read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. It’s a brilliant book and I have to admit to staying up later than I want to because it’s completely unputdownable!!

Stop Reading & Sleep!

I forced myself to put it down just after midnight. I had to be up early to get the kids ready for school.
Two hours later, I was still wide awake. I heard Ella go to the toilet then she came in to give me a kiss and a cuddle.
After seeing her safely back to bed I tried to get some sleep.

I did start to feel a little sleepy but about 20 minutes later, Ella got out of bed again. She came to show me that her care bear glowed in the dark!
I gave her another kiss and cuddle and put her back to bed.
Now, this kind of nighttime activity is very unusual in our house. The kids are in bed by 8.30pm and we usually have to wake them at 7 to get up for school.

Up & Down Ella

After another 10 minutes or so, Ella was out of bed again, crying, saying that I upset her when I put her back to bed. I think she just wanted to be with me so we sat in the bathroom, so as not to disturb everyone else and had cuddles until she calmed down and was ready to go to sleep again.

By this time it was gone 3am and I was shattered. I finally fell asleep and 10 minutes later my alarm went off……ok, so it only felt like only 10 minutes later, in reality, 3 hours had passed!
I snoozed the alarm more times than I usually do then finally dragged myself out of bed at 7am.

Ella was her usual, sunny self this morning 🙂 although you wouldn’t know it by the photo she took of herself….

I'm so tired because Ella didn't sleep well last night

She really was a lot happier than she looked, honestly!

I was going to have a snooze this morning but I’ve got cleaning/ironing/gardening to do so I figure, if I get moving, I might wake up properly 🙂
Also, hopefully, I’ll be tired earlier tonight. I’ll be able to go to bed earlier then I can read for longer. I need to hurry up and finish The Pillars of the Earth, so Ant can finally watch the TV series! He’s been ‘patiently’ waiting for me to finish because I prefer to read the book before I watch the adaptation. I like to picture the characters in my mind before they become imprinted with the face of the actor who played him/her.

Now I really must get things done 🙂

Sports Day #2

It’s been a KayCee day today 🙂 I went to her assembly this morning to see her receive her S.E.A.L. award (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning)….

KayCee at her school awards

and watched her in her sports day this afternoon 🙂
She did 3 races. The first was the bean bag on the head race, the second, the hockey race and the third was the obstacle course. She said afterwards that she didn’t like the hockey race because it was too hard. I actually missed her second race and I have no idea why! I kept checking all the children when they lined up at the start of each race to see if she was racing and I totally missed her in the lineup.
She tried really hard for each race and got 3 well-done stickers, which she is wearing with pride 🙂

I think the main reason she liked sports day was that she was able to finish school early!
We went to visit daddy at the shop and got a lift home because it was too hot to walk!

KayCee ready for her sports day
Well done KayCee :o) Love you loads!! xxx

Messy Strawberries

The time came for our first strawberries and cream of the summer and I had mine messy!

By messy, I mean, I made Eton Mess, from a recipe I found here. It’s from Delia and it’s super fast and easy.

KayCee, (for some strange reason!) doesn’t like cream so I bought Carte D’or, strawberry and yogurt delice ice cream. The plan was for everyone, except KayCee, to have Eton Mess for dessert but the ice cream was obviously far too tempting and Aiden and Ella couldn’t resist! So I had Eton mess all by myself and enjoyed every last bit of it 🙂
And the best bit of the children wanting ice cream instead…. the leftovers! 🙂

messy strawberries - strawberries and ice cream

All that was missing was a glass of Pimms and the sun, which of course, went away when we planned to have dinner outside followed by a quintessential summer dessert!! Don’tcha just love English weather?!
Instead of a light dinner, we had roast pork, mashed potatoes and vegetables. It was lovely.
We had two days of (for me) unbearable heat and the day I wanted it to be warm, we got cloud and rain. Oh well, at least I was able to get in the garden and get some more seeds planted without roasting in the heat!
Talking of Pimms…..my birthday is coming up so I should really go and add some to my wishlist on Amazon! *grin*

Sports Day #1

It was Ella’s first sports day today and she was super excited about it this morning.
The thing she loved most, was having to go to school in shorts, t-shirt and trainers instead of her school uniform.

Ella dressed in shorts and t-shirt for her first sports day

She likes to leave her long hair down usually but we tied it back today and it looked lovely 🙂

Ella's hair tied up for sports day

 

Ella's hair tied back for sports day

When she came out of her classroom, she looked around for me and gave me a big, gorgeous smile.
She said, ‘Mum, we’re not allowed to run to you’, so obviously, they’d all been told to stay in line and not run to mummies and daddies!

I took some videos of her races because Anthony had to work in the shop on his own today so couldn’t come and watch her.

Ella at her school sports day

You could tell she really enjoyed it and when she came running out of her classroom afterwards, she had a huge grin and shouted, ‘that was sooo fun’ :o)

I think it’s tired her out now though….she’s lay on the sofa watching Beauty and the Beast!

Spring is on it’s way!

Ella and I were having a leisurely walk back from nursery today when we saw our first sign that spring is on its way.

Spring is on the way

Ella didn’t want to go near the tree because she thought there were bees on it! I told her they weren’t bees and they were nice and soft to touch. She still didn’t touch them but she did go and have a closer look. I’m sure she’ll pluck up the courage to feel them the next time we walk home from nursery.

Spring is on the way

I’ve never been good at naming trees and this one is no exception!
If you know what kind of tree this is, please feel free to post and let me know 🙂

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