Thursday, 30 July 2015

My Baby Can Drive!

There is nothing like facing a fear and doing something you never thought you would be capable of to give you a burst of pride and I try to teach my children that all the time.

This week the teen had one of those opportunities.  She has always said to me for as long as I've know that she doesn't think she'll ever drive a car for two reasons.  One because she is fairly uncoordinated at times and two because she's afraid.  Afraid of other road users and afraid of her ability to control the car.  Not really something a 15 years old should be worried about but she does like to think ahead!

Thankfully she had the opportunity to erase those fears and learn that although there may be other drivers on the road that lack control, one of the best things she can do for herself is learn to be one that is responsible, that way she can avoid getting into unnecessary accidents.

She took part in one of the Croydon young driver sessions and got to drive a manual car for an hour and learn about how to stay safe on the road.  When I told her I'd booked her in she was hesitant to say the least but we are both glad that she didn't chicken out.  One of the comments that made me most proud was that the instructor said she had good control of the car and was very focused .

She has now overcome a fear and is excited about learning to drive in the future,  she even tried to convince me that her certificate meant she could now drive my car :-)

Pride linky on circus mums blog

Sunday, 26 July 2015

My Sunday Photo

Today was a much better day for this little man, although he is still very itchy he no longer has a temperature and has had a smile on his face almost all day, especially when we were doing this...


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Coping With Chickenpox (contains graphic images)

Little man has been trying really hard to cope with chickenpox this week.  In fact we all have.  This is the most miserable my little one has ever been.  He has them absolutely everywhere including his inside mouth and eyelids.  The teen has tried her hardest to put a smile on his face and I have tried almost every treatment going to soothe his pain and make him as comfortable as possible.

Just after his bath

So what has worked so far?
The easy answer would be nothing.
We were given lots of suggestions by well meaning friends including Aveeno, Camomile Lotion (apparently the cream works best), warm baths, ice lollies, Bonjela, and Aqueous Cream and to my despair nothing seemed to help.  So at 4.30 in the morning, when I'd had just about all I could bear of little man's cries of pain, I toured the internet for solutions and one mum had suggested tea tree oil.  

There was no point in me trying to treat each spot as little man had so many, instead I mixed three drops of Tea Tree oil into one application of Aqueous Cream and massaged it into his skin.  Thankfully either the massage or pure exhaustion seemed to do the trick.  What I do know is that when he woke up later that morning the majority of his pox had scabbed over.  I have also been using coconut oil inside his mouth and to soothe his scalp.

Tongue looking much better thankfully!

We are now in the very itchy stage and as well as regular doses of Calpol to keep his frequently rising temperature down we are continuing with the Tea Tree oil and hoping for as little scarring as possible.  I must say that he has been fantastic at not scratching and as always is making me a proud mumma.

What were/are your solutions for solving the itch of chickenpox?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Summer Reading List - Can You Help Me?

Now that the summer holidays have arrived and I have very little planned I'm hoping to actually be able to pick up a book and read.  The problem is however it has been so long since I've read a good book that I'm at a bit of a loss as to where I should start, that's where you come in.  I'm hoping that by posting a list of some of my previous favourites I can get some suggestions as to books I might enjoy, so in no specific order here is a list of some of my favourite novels.

Of course if you haven't read these I highly recommend adding all of them to your reading list, but if you have, what are some others that you liked?  Can you help me find a great read for the summer? 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Because I'm Happy?

Who on earth can come up with 50 things that make them happy? At least that was my first thought when tagged by Ms Xpat and right now as I'm writing this I still think I will struggle to find 50 things.  If I can think of 10 feel free to multiply each by 5 as it would definitely make me happy doing 10 things I enjoy at least 5 times!  So without further hesitation and in no particular order here is my list.

1.  Spending time with my family in any capacity.  My family are some of the most crazy fun people you will come to know, from the very youngest to the oldest they all manage to put a smile on my face somehow.

2.  Travel, I don't get to do nearly enough of this mainly due to finances but I love to travel.  I love to discover new places and experience new cultures, it gives me a rush to be somewhere new doing something I might never have done before.

3.  Books/reading.  The smell of old books, the slightly worn pages of a classic novel and the escapism from life's stresses are just a few things that make me happy when it comes to literature.

4.  Learning.  I am one of those people that might be described as a life long learner.  I love learning something new and developing myself as a person.

5.  All things Natural hair.  If you haven't already check out my new YouTube channel and my Facebook Page.

6. Exercise and fitness.  I used to do a lot of sport in my youth and have now really gotten back into exercise and fitness.  I love going to the gym it is one of the best ways of keeping both my mind and body healthy.

7.  Sunshine, I don't have to be abroad to appreciate the sun.  Give me a sunny day anywhere and I am at my happiest.

8. Girls nights in.  I only have very few close friends and spending time with them on a night in with a bit of pampering is always a good laugh and the best opportunity for a mutual exchange of opinions (also known as gossip).

9.  Showers.  A strange one I know but I could literally spend hours in the shower, one of my ultimate home goals is to have a walk in shower with a ceiling 'rainfall' shower head.

10. Children/teaching.  There have been times where the pressure of teaching has made me unhappy but for the most part I love the rapport I am able to build with children and their parents, I love aiding the children in my care to learn and develop as individuals and I love knowing that I can make a difference.

11.  All things Bajan.  I am very proud of my origins, I love to wave my flag, dance to soca, sing the anthem (or at least what little I remember of it) and carry my Bajan id card.

12.  Shopping for clothes.  I am very much a bargain hunter, which I blame on my mother and I love to shop.  My most recent purchases have been things for the children in my family.

13. Orange Is the New Black, that Netflix original is the bomb.

14.  My daughter cheer-leading, she's gone from having two left feet to being a flyer in her squad and she's loving every minute.

15.  The beach

16. Wild animals and the zoo.  I would love to go on an open safari but until such time I make use of zoos everywhere, Barcelona zoo is one of my favourites so far.

17. Flavoured coffee.  I am partial to Starbucks but don't tell anyone.

18. Fudge, this should have been first on my list, above my children is fudge, creamy beautiful fudge.  Ok not really above my children but high up there somewhere.

19.  Childhood memories.  I had a lovely time growing up in my neighbourhood and those memories make me happy.

20. Food, or more specifically food from different cultures.  I love traditional Bajan food but I also love to try new foods and am particularly fond of Thai food.

21. Museums

22. Art galleries

23. photography

24. The woods/nature

25. Listening to rain on a tin roof

26. Rainbows

27. Creating something

28. Writing poetry

29. Writing in general

30. Inspiring people to do good/better

31. Little man kick boxing

32. Growing things in the garden

33.  Managing to keep the house tidy for more than an hour

34. Dancing

35. Intimacy

36.  losing weight

Excuse the floor we were decorating

37. Trying new smoothies

38. The farm

39. Walking around the house without clothes.  Don't judge me.

40. Yoga

41. Making money, I don't have a printing factory or anything, I just like getting paid.

42. Dried flowers

43. The Real house Wives of Atlanta

44. Charitable work

45. Road trips

46. Spa days

47. Quad biking

48. Snorkelling

49. Religious education

50. Criminal Law

I can't believe I actually got to 50, now it's your turn Jade at Single Super Mummy, Sara at Mum Turned Mom and Rachel at Trying for Sighs, what makes you happy?

Monday, 13 July 2015

The Teen Princess Does Work Experience

When you first set eyes on your newborn and when he or she utters their very first word, it is a moment of pride that at the time you feel can not be beaten, that is until they take their first steps, say their first sentence, read their first line, star in their first school performance and so on.  Children bless you with so many moments that leave you struck with pride.

The day she was born

For the last two weeks the teen princess has done just that.  She has had to endure 5am wake ups and 8 hours of work whilst still training for cheer-leading one evening a week and babysitting 3 evenings a week and I could not at this time be any prouder.  

I  haven't once had to jump out of my bed and wake her because she was running late, I haven't had to make sure her clothes are in the wash so she has something to wear.   I haven't had to check that she has all the relevant documents each morning or that she goes to bed when she's told to (as opposed to seeing how long she could get away with using her ipod in bed without me noticing.)  My little girl has grown up.

Nursery graduation

She is swiftly becoming the young lady that I always dreamed she would be.  Thoughtful, kind, hard working and determined to succeed against all odds.  I would like to thank myself for this but the truth is that whilst I struggled through depression to be a great mother, my little girl was independently learning how to be her own person and how to understand the world through not only her own eyes but through the eyes of others.  She has a lot more empathy than me, a lot more compassion and thankfully her optimism now equals my high points if not exceeds them.

Work experience ready

She came home every day with stories from her day at work,  her colleagues praised and encouraged her and she grew in confidence with each new day.  I am both nervous and excited to behold what the future has for my princess and as we close the chapter on work experience we open the door to a year of GCSE preparation and further education choices.  

All I know is that there will be a time in the not too distant future when my baby girl will turn and wave goodbye as she leaves home for new horizons and with tears in my eyes I will know that at that moment, however sad I will feel, I could not be prouder. 

School trip to Spain, her first holiday without mummy

Baby girl, if you ever read this, you are and will always be my princess.

Her 10th Birthday