So I wanted to write a little post to apologise for the silence recently. I am currently working on a new website and I was hoping to have had it up and running sooner, but I realise now that it has been a while since I have written anything so wanted to stay in touch. There have been a lot of events on since I last blogged and I have lots of things to share with you over the next few weeks! Below are a few “catch ups” on a few topics!
At the moment, my thoughts have turned to the upcoming summer school holidays (9 weeks – not that I am counting) and thinking of some fun and exciting things to do with the boys. As a family, we love being creative and exploring new things, so I have been spending some time researching ideas, looking at craft options and ordering materials. I am keen to keep the boys learning throughout the summer, but only in a fun and engaging way. I don’t want them to think they are still in school, but I think it is important to keep their minds active – but through play and experiences, rather than sitting at a desk. As I am keen to collect new ideas, I thought it might be good to share my current thoughts and see if any of you have any other suggestions (and feel free to use any of mine!).
- Story word stones/cards – get the boys to create sentences and stories using words that are on stones or cards (depends what I can make/find). It is a way of drawing out their creativity and story telling without the need for lots of writing
- Ice bugs – freezing various plastic bugs in cubes and getting the boys to guess what they are/melt the ice/chip through the ice. Just a little fun!
- Story details – giving the boys the basics of a story and getting them to make it better by adding detail. They don’t have to write the whole story but get to put their own stamp on it.
- 1 sentence stories – taking it in turns to write once sentence of a story. It makes for some very funny, crazy stories (something I remember doing as a child).
- Making rock pools – after spending time at the seaside, I plan to get the children to make their own rock pools (little boxes, blue tissue paper, sea shells, mini creatures).
- Fact finding – using the internet, books, magazines, other people to find out facts about a topic that interests them. My eldest absolutely loves facts so I think he will find this fun. I will encourage them to record the facts in anyway they choose.
These are just a few ideas and no doubt they won’t turn out exactly as I expect, because children are always so good at making things their own! I would love to hear any other ideas you have please!
Following some illness at the end of 2017, my weight loss took a back seat. I lost some weight during the illness and then I struggled to get back on track. I can’t say I am completely focused and back onto it now, but I am making steps to get back on track. I have good days and bad days. I have days where I am super active and easily exceed my daily 10,000 steps and then I have days where I don’t make 8,000. I have days where I struggle to eat my daily points and I have days where I just want to eat. Some days I find the plan easy and others where I don’t. I just have to keep trying. My mind has a lot to do with it. If I wake up feeling I can achieve it, I have a much better chance of staying focused. I am trying to take each day as it comes, with a more long term goal in my head to get me through. I am seeing myself in 6 months time rather than a week or 2.
I am not sure if I have posted this before, but we are currently trying to sell our home. It is far too small for our family (and to be honest, has been for some time). However, with such a huge drop in the market over recent years, we have put it off for a long time. We are now trying to sell, but so far it is slow. We are praying for a miracle as we really want to move onto the next stage for our boys, to give them the space and the stability they deserve. If you know anyone looking for a property, please feel free to share the link. It is a 2 bed, 2 bathroom, Penthouse apartment with 2 designated parking spaces, right on the village green. It is a modern development. The link is http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64511215.html.
Finding a job
Now my youngest is in full time school, I have been looking at a career (or at least some work). I have been blessed to be a full time mum since my first boy was born 8.5 years ago and they have been my priority. Now they are out all day though, I would like to keep my mind active with work. I am currently trying to find something that fits in with the school day (I still need to do both school runs) and something that fits in with the school holidays (again, I still need to take care of my boys during all the holidays). I must admit it is a big ask and it isn’t easy. Although my previous training was in child care and psychology, I am thinking that I need to update some of my qualifications so am currenty looking into courses and further education. There are so many things out there that I am struggling to pin point exactly which route to take! I would love to hear from all of you about your experiences with this. Have you gone back into work? How did you find a job that fits around your family commitments? Have you needed to complete new/additonal training? I would be grateful for any thoughts/comments/advice that you may have!
I think that is probably enough chatter from me for today! I hope you have enjoyed reading the catch up and I would really love to hear from all of you!