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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… 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 🙂

Patchwork Quilt

I’ve finished the first patchwork quilt I started about 3 weeks ago and I’m very pleased with it, as is KayCee who brings it down with her in a morning and wraps it around her while she’s waking up!

Ella keeps asking when hers is going to be ready.
I’m going to try and make a start today but I’ve got so many projects on the go, it’s hard to know which to do first!

I’m currently sanding down a chest of drawers so I can repaint it, I bought herb and flower seeds at the weekend and want to get on with growing things. I’ve got a bookcase to sand down and repaint as well as Ella’s quilt to make.
I also want to sew some sheets together that will fit each of the small mattresses that are on the girl’s beds. Regular single sheets are too big and slip around due to the mattress protectors cover. I’m going to sew two sheets together so that the mattress can fit inside the sheets like a duvet fits in its cover.
Hopefully, this will stop Ella throwing her sheet on the floor in the middle of the night!

I really wanted to get pictures of the finished quilt on my blog today but I’ve lost my camera cable so I’m going to finish the sanding then find my cable.

I’ll hopefully be back later!

Edited 02 March 2011

I’m back!

I didn’t find my cable but I can always rely on my wonderful husband to have extras! 🙂

So here it is… first patchwork quilt made from an old curtain, 2 old sheets and an old duvet for the filling.
It cost me nothing (as long as you don’t count the sewing machine I bought last week!!) and I feel great that I’ve used unwanted material that would normally have ended up in the recycle bin.

Patchwork quilt

Ella wants hers making now so I’d better hurry up and get the chest of drawers and bookcase finished so I can start her quilt!

Bleak outside

The weather is starting to get me down a little now. It’s bleak outside and I really can’t wait for spring.
I want to be able to open all the windows and let the fresh air wash away the gloomy feeling that seems to have settled over the house.

Keeping Heating Costs Down

We usually have windows open all year round but at the start of last winter, we decided to try and keep our fuel bills down as much as possible, so the windows were closed, central heating used very sparingly and layers of clothes were added!

We want to save money of course but we’re very aware of our impact on the environment and this was a major factor when deciding how much we actually needed to use the central heating.
I also stopped using the tumble dryer and bought a clothes horse. It’s more work but it’s not like I don’t have time to do these things now I’m at home full time.

Because the windows have been closed for so long now, it seems that winter is lasting forever. I’m ready for it to be over now so come on sunshine, poke your way through!

Children Away In Derbyshire

The children are away in Derbyshire until tomorrow and Ant’s at work so it could just be that I’m feeling a little lonely and out of sorts today.
Maybe I should get out in the garden for a while. The fresh air will do me good and even though I’m not really a gardener, I do know it needs a good clean up.

I’m Cooking Tonight

I am looking forward to this evening though.
I’m going to cook a lovely meal for us tonight and we’re having a bottle of wine with it. We very rarely drink but there was a great offer on at Tesco so I figured it was time we treated ourselves. It’s going to be a late Valentine’s dinner.
We didn’t really celebrate it last week what with one thing and another, so I thought it would be nice to celebrate today before we’re back to the chaos that is children when they come home tomorrow!

Patchwork Quilt

I’m now going to see what we can have for lunch then I think I’ll make a start on one of the pieces of furniture in the hall.
I worked for most of the day yesterday on the first patchwork quilt that I’m making, but all that sewing gave me a very sore arm and wrist so I’m resting it today.

Wow…where did 2010 go??!!

Where did 2010 go?

I totally missed 2010 on my blog!!!
I did say I probably wouldn’t keep it up and guess what….I know myself well!!

So here I am, in February 2011 trying to think of any significant events of 2010 that I need to add here for the children to read about when they’re older.

Hmmm, it seems that it was a pretty uneventful year in our family, which isn’t a bad thing.
The 2 previous years had seen Ant admitted to hospital with a heart attack and me admitted to hospital with a blood clot in my leg and multiple clots in my lungs.

We’re both quite well now, although Ant has to keep taking the tablets.

On to the children.

The biggest thing to happen in little Ella’s life was starting nursery.
She started in September with KayCee who was starting year one.

Kaycee and Ella in school uniforms


Ella goes on a Monday and Tuesday from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm while KayCee goes from 9 am to 3:15 pm.
The time difference is a little annoying, but we only have a few more months to go and then she’ll be going into Reception which is the same start and end times as KayCee.

Ella still goes to Papermoon Day Nursery on a Friday. She loves it there and we’ll be quite sad when she finishes for good in the summer.
KayCee started there in 2006 when she was around one-year-old and we’ve always felt extremely happy and comfortable with the level of service they provide. You get a feeling from the staff that your child is very special and important to them. As a parent, this is exactly what you need, especially when you’re feeling overwhelming guilt for leaving them there in the first place while you go to work.

Our little Ella brings laughter and happiness into our lives on a daily basis.
Her smile is contagious. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’re having, she only has to smile and you find yourself smiling back!

So, on to KayCee.

Kaycee 2010


She’s fallen in love with reading! She had started to learn to read in Reception, but it wasn’t until she started in Year One that she really grasped how to do it. Now, she’s constantly reading, writing and asking how you spell different words.
She does gymnastics after school on a Thursday and is working towards her level 5 certificate.  She complains about having to go but when the time comes to renew at the end of each term, she always wants to carry on going, even when we tell her that it’s her choice and she doesn’t have to go if she doesn’t want to! I suspect she’s going to be one of those people who like to finish what they start and I think she’ll carry on with gymnastics next year so she can get to her level 1 certificate and badge.

She’s very grown up for her age and we are often amazed at the things she knows and understands.
She’s always been older than her years and in some ways, that’s not such a good thing! We often expect things from her that she’s not yet capable of and we have to remind ourselves that she’s only 5 and not 15!
She’s an absolute treasure and we’re very proud of her.

Last but not least, we move on to Aiden.



He was 10 last year and had a pizza and movie party for his birthday. He invited some friends from school and Ant sorted the food out while I watched a DVD with the girls upstairs. I’d been ill for a few days and was too ill to go downstairs so missed his party.

He had a great time and I’m sure he preferred time alone with his friends without his mum hanging around!

He’s doing brilliantly in school and got an excellent report last year. We were very proud of him.

He’ll be starting secondary school in September and I truly can’t believe how fast time is going.
I watched a home video of him from when he was about 3 and it brought tears to my eyes. He was so cute and even though I’m loving seeing him grow and mature, I miss my cute little boy.

We went to Haven at Skegness for a week during October half term and stayed in a lovely caravan.
The kids had a great time going swimming and playing in the indoor play area.
They also loved the arcades, just as I did when I was young!

And so, onto Christmas. 2010

Aiden was at his Dad’s for Christmas and we fetched him back on Boxing Day.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and I loved it. I’m cherishing Christmases while my children are young because it’s such a magical time for them. I love seeing Ella jumping up and down with excitement and hearing KayCee saying that it’s the best Christmas ever!
I look forward to visiting family for tea on Boxing Day and having family round to ours on Christmas Day.
I love getting the trolley out that used to belong to my Grandmother then to my Mum and now to me, and filling it with goodies.
I think that the only thing I don’t look forward to is taking the decorations down because that means I’ve got to wait another year to put them back up!

So, that was 2010 in a nutshell.

We’re all one year older, one year wiser and still happy and content with our wonderful family.

Halloween 2009

We’ve had a lovely Halloween 🙂

We’ve spent the day doing Halloween activities. We did pumpkin carving and made spookily shaped cookies. We also made marshmallow ghosts, chocolate covered apples and green jelly with spiders.

Aiden’s gone to his cubs Halloween party tonight and the girls have been in charge of handing out the cookies to the trick or treaters.
Ant joined in with the dressing up and scared some of the younger trick or treaters! He did look quite scary and I think he may have made a few of the parents jump as well!!

Ant Halloween 2009

Aiden Halloween 2009

Ella Halloween 2009

Kaycee Halloween 2009

Kaycee Halloween 2009

Halloween Pumpkins 2009


The girls look forward to it for most of the year and have been excited all day! Ella, especially, loves the dressing up costumes. She wears them all year round!



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New blog

So, here it is, my new blog 🙂

I’ve never been very good at keeping a diary so I’m not sure how good I’ll be at remembering to write this blog!
I thought it would be nice for my children to read when they’re older, though, so I’m going to give it my best shot.

Here’s a bit of background info…..My name’s Michelle, but everyone calls me Shell. I’m married to Anthony and we’ve been married just over 4 years. We met on the internet in an MSN group.
I have Aiden (9) from a previous relationship and together we have KayCee (4) and Ella (2).

Aiden, Kaycee and Ella in the wedding car at James and Kirsty's wedding
Anthony has 6 children from his first marriage…. Jonathan, Jourdain, Kellyann, Jason, Jervais and Jerome. He also has 2 grandchildren; Jason has 2 sons, Jamie and Damien. We’re all getting ready for Halloween here. Kellyann bought KayCee and Ella a lovely witch costume each. They tried them on and didn’t want to take them off 🙂
They look very pretty in them and I’ll add photos here after Halloween.

Aiden hasn’t got his costume yet. We’ll get him one next week. He’s going to his cub’s Halloween party and is really looking forward to it.

Halloween wasn’t really celebrated when I was a child. We went trick or treating but didn’t really dress up and people gave us money rather than chocolate and sweets!
I enjoy Halloween with the kids. We make Halloween themed food and have a little Halloween tea party just for us.
Anthony does face painting and is excellent at it.
A couple of years ago, he painted his own face and some of the children that came to our door actually cried when he opened it.
We’ll try not to let that happen again!

First ever blog post

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