Sign your name

1) Writing– Albie has taught himself to write his name. I’m really chuffed!

image

Nearly got the letters the right way round!

image

2) It’s Thursday. – Which means tomorrow is Friday and my eldest will be home from his week away. I’ve really really missed him.

3) Playing – had a little toy sort out and the little boys had a good time playing with octons and fuzzy felt.

image

image

4) Keeping on top!Β  – did two & a bit bags for laundry today. I hate this job.

5) Bed – I’m off to bed, to snuggle! Night!

Tip runs & Saucy Squirrels

Five for today

1)Β  Declutter filled up back of car with piles of household rubbish & went to tip. Feels good to be making a little progress.

2) A good find – whilst at tip I spotted a pile of books someone had thrown into the skip that as destined for incineration, why they weren’t donated to charity I have no idea. I saw old Ladybird books which made me feel sad as they are quite sought after but they’d been squashed down by other rubbish. However, on the top I saw this pristine book & asked if I could take it.

It’s by Woodrow Wyatt The Exploits of Mr Saucy Squirrel and I think it’s a first edition from 1976! (as old as me!)

image

3) Homemade bolognese – My chap makes a wicked bolognese fromΒ  scratch & that’s what we had tonight! Yum! Beats any stuff from a jar!

4) Growing – Sylvie had to have her seat belt adjusted as she’s moved up a notch! Bittersweet as I love having a little baby, but excited as she’s growing strong & it’s all because of my milk! I still find it amazing how it all works!

image

5) The Voice – I don’t watch soaps or much TV really, but I love watching this!Β  I look forward to it all week & I’m excited to watch the second part of battles tonight! Plus I do love Sir Tom Jones twinkly eyes! πŸ˜‰

Eieio & Sewing Bee

Hard to think of many positives when 4 out of 5 children are not feeling well (and neither am I!) but let’s give it a shot!

1) Giggles – Sylvie really giggled at me tonight when I was singing Old Mc Donald to her! Was it my poor ability at holding a note? Or was she genuinely laughing who knows?! I know my singing voice isn’t up to scratch….(Unless I’ve sunk a few glasses of wine and handed a mic, then I like to think I’m a warbling mix of Patsy Cline and Eva Cassidy!)

2) 3 weeks tomorrow since leaving my old Facebook account, I’ve still managed to keep in touch with a few. I still need to reactivate to pass on some contacts, and copy a document and download my data… Then I’m closing it properly. Some people have said they miss me on Facebook, but I’m still here, I’m still contactable if people want to talk to me or email – and truthfully I feel a happier person for making this change. Not many have asked how this decision has affected me, but it’s made a real improvement to how I go about my day and spend my time. I didn’t want to make a big “hey look at me! I’m leaving Facebook!” gesture, nor actively encourage others to follow suit, but I’ve since seen or heard of a few others leaving, including my chap, and most people I have spoken with seem to have a renewed sense of purpose and positivity. Check out these links here and here… I found them quite good reads.

3) Phones I sent back my latest upgrade. I had switched from an iPhone 4 to a Sony Xperia Z but it was too big and clumsy for me after a weekend of trying to get used to it. Great phone but not worth it. In fact, it got me thinking about how I want to simplify my life, so I’m now considering going on a payg account and cutting my bills down.

4) Sewing Bee Watched the final of the Great British Sewing Bee tonight and was pleased with the result! I am itching to start sewing & learning how to make things. I need to lose the fear of making mistakes though… Which reminds me of a great quote by Sir Ken Robinson. (I love him!!)

β€œIf you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

5) Dandelions My four year old handed me a dandelion this afternoon and told me “I picked you a bootiful flower mummy!” πŸ˜€ what a lovely way to put a smile on my face.

It’s not even 1pm yet…

1) Walking – Today we went for an impromptu walk in the fields and newly planted forest by our house. It was wonderfully breezy, and warm. We will do this more often, next time taking the baby slings, and perhaps a picnic! We had a lovely time, and it is so lovely knowing this is literally on our doorstep! A perfect place to walk, run, or even cycle perhaps.ImageImageOur tyre swing at the top of the hill!

Image The older boys resting in the sun and looking at the shapes of the clouds.

ImageWindswept!

Image

The fishing lake.

Image

2) Making decisions – Today I made a decision, one that I won’t share just yet, but I feel happier and better for it already.

3) Talking – Having someone who I can talk to about worries or concerns, and knowing that they understand, it’s a nice feeling.

4) Strawberries – A simple plate of fresh strawberries made me feel better this morning.

Image

5) It’s only 12.43pm – The lovely feeling when you still have plenty of day left! I thought it was later, so it’s a pleasant surprise knowing that I have posted five positive things for today already and still have potential to think of more!

Facebook; and being there for others.

1) Bye bye Facebook – trying to phrase this as positive as possible! Recently, I’d noticed more and more political or religious rants/posts/debates appearing on Facebook, photos of animal abuse, rape discussions, and general negativity, and quite frankly it was starting to upset me & get me down. I was starting to dread logging in & scrolling through endless photos of grumpy cat, rants about the Conservative party, endless discussions about the state of Britain, welfare & benefits… People on their soapboxes rightly upset about things that matter to them. That’s fine, but you know what? Facebook isn’t a fun place to be anymore. I felt like I was swimming in a sea of endless memes’ and debate, & I’m most likely boring them with endless baby photos! I need a break. Call me apathetic if you like but right now I need to be in my bubble.

A friend got in touch with me after I made decision to leave, telling me she completely understood my reasons & how she was reverting back to letter writing. She said,

We know what people have had for their dinner yet not how they feel or what they’re thinking. There is no investment in friendship anymore and the simple yet meaningful art of correspondence is lost.

I couldn’t agree more! I feel sad that I’ve friends/family close by & yet because of the ease of Facebook, there is little real connection outside of it. It gets me down. I’ve deactivated for now, I need to download my content & then close it properly. I will miss many friends I’ve made & the instant fix of catching up, but hopefully we shall stay in touch via other means.

2) Realisations – Another friend sent me a photograph of her 4th baby breastfeeding. She told me that it was because of me, & my support that this time she had managed to succeed. Made me cry! I didn’t realise I’d had such an impact on someone in this way. It isn’t often someone tells you something like this, I don’t even know how I helped, but it has made me smile. Of course, we became friends properly via Facebook which is why the above decision has been hard, but I’m adamant that we will stay in touch.

3) Baby giggles Sylvie has really started doing little chuckles now! She did one a couple of weeks or so ago but I think it was a fluke… But today she’s been beaming & doing little chuckles when I blow raspberries in her neck! She’s wonderful πŸ™‚

4) Upcoming birthday – my third son turns four next week! We’ve ordered a couple of presents, however money is tight so I’m hoping he will love the bits we have chosen. Hoping to have enough dosh to take him to a play place, or if not the local park to play. A friend suggested maybe meeting one day at RAF Cosford, so might look into this.

5) Bed! early night tonight, I came up when the little ones went to sleep. My chap hasn’t been very well the last two days, so going to snuggle & look after him, & watch a DVD perhaps. My little girl is right next to me too… Bliss!

20130403-212955.jpg

A day of decluttering & comfort food

1 Reclaiming space Today was a productive day! My chap emptied an ensuite bathroom that had been previously used as storage for so much STUFF it was practically up the ceiling & you couldn’t open the door properly. Well, it’s all gone! Bags and bags chucked & more to sort & sell/charity. The room is now empty! He ripped out a nasty dusty manky carpet & we are planning on revamping the whole room to make a “grown-up” bathroom! Just need to sell some stuff to get some spare pennies.

20130331-212903.jpg

20130331-212921.jpg
Wish we’d taken a before photo when it was rammed full like something from an episode of hoarders!

2) Multitasking mama – managed to list quite a bit on ebay today whilst feeding & cuddling Sylvie AND we have bids already! Promising start & more dosh hopefully towards laptop/bathroom fund.

3 Bread & Butter pudding Had a wonderful roast dinner made by the man, then to follow a big comfort stodgy pudding that I’d never tried, let alone made before. Was made with two day old tiger bread & a recipe from a book called “Just like my mum used to make”. Not the best photo but was rushing!

20130331-213450.jpg

4 Smiles a recurring theme but this little lady can never fail to cheer us up!

20130331-213751.jpg

5) bedtime two little boys settled in bed, (it’s been a long day!!), snuggling with the 8yo watching Shrek the third, & looking forward to climbing into my own bed to watch Flight of The Conchords & cosying up with my chap & baby πŸ™‚

The ‘Five Things’ thing & simplifying…

I’d been thinking for a while about starting a blog to document my progress with decluttering, and the process in simplifying and improving my life. Since the birth of my fifth child, my first daughter, my head has been in quite a whirlwind trying to adjust to the chaos and I felt I needed to make some changes to how we do things. It’s a very slow gradual process, but we’ve made a start! My aim is to get rid of things we don’t tend to use or need and along the way, make life easier! Less clutter, means less stress over housework and then I can focus on the more important things, like my family!

So far, we’ve managed to get rid of quite a few bags of things/clothes/stuff to charity or the tip, and anything else has gone on eBay. πŸ™‚ Which leads me on to the “Five Things” – Over on Keep It Simple, Mia has started writing a list of five positive things that happen to her every day, and I thought that would be a good place to start, so here is my list of five…

1) Ebay – We’ve started decluttering and selling some bits on here to try and fund a new laptop for the family. With seven of us (okay, two are still a little bit small to use computers yet!) – there are a number of arguments over computer usage. My older boys need them for completing work, and playing games on occasion, but it’s not working having to share all the time, (plus a laptop would be useful for me!) so, it’s on our list of things we are saving up for. The less arguments and stress in my household, the better, so this is a fairly high on my list of things to get. Sellling stuff feels good! πŸ˜€

2) Crochet – I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago, and I love it, but it’s hard to find the time. Today, I’ve managed a few rows! This doesn’t sound like much, and that is because it isn’t! πŸ˜‰ But it’s nice to be making things again.

3) Communication – Talking things through when things aren’t quite going to plan can work! Instead of keeping it all stuck in my head, it’s good to get it out, and improve things.

4) Gurgles and Coos – Sylvie is smiling and cooing loads – she does this thing where she looks at you and her eyes seem to well up with love, and then she gurgles at you whilst shrugging her shoulders! It’s a funny thing to try and describe but it warms my heart and today she just makes me smile even though I am feeling a bit poorly. Can’t believe my beautiful little girl is 11 weeks already!!

Me & my girl

5) Texts from school – no school tomorrow because of snow – which means NO school run, and all my brood safe at home! πŸ™‚

Fun in the snow!