Monday, 6 April 2020

Living Arrows 2020 14/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

So the second week of lockdown. Both the boys are starting to loose the plot. They are both missing school and their friends. We have been watching PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube and also Lets Go Live with Maddy and Greg also on YouTube. 

Mummy and James are both missing Beavers! We had a virtual meeting on Monday night and it was so lovely to see every one! We even met a few family pets!



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Monday, 30 March 2020

Living Arrows 2020 13/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

So homeschooling has begun! James has been doing so well with all the changes and has been doing so well with his maths work. The school have provided plenty of work but we have also downloaded resources for both the boys. James has also done a bit of work for Beavers on one of his activity badges. His deputy head suggested incorporating Beavers badge work into school work to keep him interested. So he has finished his maps for his navigators badge. There have been a few moments of emotional meltdowns, I think the whole not being allowed to go out and about is getting to him, rather than it being his choice this is being forced on him.

Freddie on the other hand has been finding it difficult. He does not seem to understand why he cannot see his friends and his teacher. So we have been watching a Jolly Phonics video on YouTube that the school gave us the link to along with playing a Jack and the Beanstalk game which Freddie has beaten mummy at numerous times!! We have also been working on a maths workbook and also an alphabet workbook.






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Monday, 23 March 2020

Living Arrows 2020 12/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

This week has not been the best with all the stuff in the media! James had now had Beavers called off and Freddie had forest school called off.

Then by Wednesday we were on self isolation due to daddy being sent home, then the announcement of the school closures came! 

It was also mummy and daddy's wedding anniversary which again all got cancelled.

We have made the best of it though and spent time as a family over the weekend. James has learnt how to make gluten free bread in our bread maker and Freddie has been practicing for the virtual camp the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are having in April to replace our activity day! 






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Saturday, 21 March 2020

AD - Review of Robberty Bobberty by Rachel Coverdale

Over the last few years, we have reviewed a couple of books by the author Rachel Coverdale, Who hides here? Footprints in the garden and Who hides here? Footprints in the farm. So when Rachel sent me an email asking if the boys would like a copy of her new book - Robberty Bobberty and Friends we were thrilled!

The book arrived while James was at school, so Freddie actually got the first look at it and he was thrilled! He kept shouting "Read it mummy!" 

Robberty Bobberty is the tale of a young bunny rabbit who has so much energy his mum tells him to go out and learn something new as he was under her feet! 

Freddie absolutely loved the story! The character of Robberty Bobberty actually reminds mummy of James and Freddie as both boys have so much energy and literally get under my feet if we are in the house!

The book has been illustrated by Shelly Oyston and her illustrations in this book are absolutely amazing! The detail that goes into each drawing is amazing! 

Both boys have loved the story and it has become a firm favourite with both of them! James is now actually able to read the book himself so mummy has to keep rescuing it from his book pile so it can be read to Freddie when he gets home from nursery!

Mummy absolutely loves this story and it is such a fun story! Well done Rachel on another fantastic book!


Tuesday, 17 March 2020

'3 Tips For A Smoother Home Move

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Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences that you go through in life.
The disruption involved is immense. From boxing up everything that you own, putting it
on a van and unpacking it somewhere completely new. Couple this with the need to find
a new home, and, if you own your property, trying to sell your old house. There is a lot of
work involved in moving. 

With the number of things that can go wrong when you move, it is understandable that
moving house comes with a lot of stress. There are, however, ways that you can reduce
the levels of stress associated with your move. Through forward-thinking and planning,
you may be able to enjoy a less stressful move and be able to think positively about
the experiences that you will have soon in your new home. 

Here are several ways of managing your move in order to minimize your stress levels.

Get Quotes
Firstly, as soon as you know where you are moving to, and when, you can start to look
for removals companies to help you with the move. Phone round and get quotations. 
The earlier you can do this, the better, as you will need to book well in advance to
ensure you can get the help that you need. 

Similarly, you may need to look into quotes for personal storage. This will be particularly
useful if you are not able to move directly into your new home after leaving your last property. This could be useful if, for example, you need to carry out renovations works on the new property.

Making Lists
One of the best ways to plan ahead is by making lists for everything. Work out everyone that
you will need to provide your new address to. Make a list of all of the businesses that you
have accounts relating to your home. For example, your broadband provider, the council,
your energy supplier, and the water board. This will make it much easier to ensure
everyone gets the message that you have moved and you are better able

Start Packing Early 
The earlier you can start boxing up all of your possessions, the less stressed you will be as it gets closer to your moving out date.

Make sure you are logical and methodical when it comes to packing. Think about what you are not going to need for the time being, and start off by packing that first.

Label all of your boxes. Think about where things will be going to in your new home and make sure you write this on the box. This will save you a lot of time and headaches when it comes to unpacking at the other end.

Think about how your boxes may travel. Make sure that they are well packed, that they are not overloaded, and you use plenty of bubble wrap and tape to ensure everything is kept in its place. Remember to mark delicate items as being fragile.

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Monday, 16 March 2020

Living Arrows 2020 11/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

Freddie had another session at Forest School and oh boy did he come home muddy! most of his clothes went straight into the washing machine when we got home!

James had a lovely week at school! He is already counting down to the school holidays as he is getting exhausted!




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Sunday, 15 March 2020

The Siblings Project 2020 - March


Welcome back to The Siblings Project for 2020!
This month the photographs of the boys have been taken over a number of different days.

The first was one morning before school when Freddie decided to lie on the floor and give James a cuddle before we went to school. 

The second was taken on World Book Day 2020! Our school chose to invite the children to wear nightwear to school and to bring a teddy bear with them. James chose to take his camp bear Buddy Bee and Freddie obviously chose to take his Moo!




Monday, 9 March 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 10/52



Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

Freddie had his first experience of Forest school with nursery, so this picture was taken before we left for school!

James had a great week at school! On a Wednesday he does swimming and of course Thursday is Beavers night!




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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 9/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

Both boys have had a brilliant week at school and nursery! James and mummy had our normal weekly Beavers session, and we ended the week with a sleepover at our hut, while Freddie stayed at home with daddy!





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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 8/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

The boys had a great week at nana and gaga's house. We went to Alnwick for a trip out and also to the local soft play centre! James also lost a tooth while we were visiting! 





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Monday, 17 February 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 7/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

This week we have had the worst storms! Walking to and from school has been so hard, in fact a few times mummy had had to use the stroller to get Freddie home from nursery and then back up to pick James up as he was getting blown over in the wind! 

James had a really good week at school. When mummy picked him up on the Monday night his teacher told me how helpful he had been at playtime when one of the drains was blocked with sticks and he tried to get them out.

We have also been doing some of James badge work for Beavers at home. He has been working on his collectors badge and also his challenge as part of his personal challenge badge. He will be getting set a leaders challenge soon!

Freddie has had a lovely week at nursery! He has started to either leave his moo at home or he leaves him in his school bag! We are so proud that he is starting to do this already as James was still taking his CB with him right up until the last day of nursery!!








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Saturday, 15 February 2020

The Siblings Project 2020 - February



Welcome to The Siblings Project for 2020!

This month I took the photographs of the boys when mummy and Freddie went to visit James in Forest School with his classmates for their last session!

Both the boys were having a fantastic time climbing in the trees! Freddie will be starting his sessions in the Forest School soon and he is so excited!






Thursday, 13 February 2020

Freddie's Allergies update.

The last update I did on Freddie and his allergies was about six months ago, so thought it was time we did an update!

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After Freddie saw the consultant back in September he was moved from the community dietitian team he had been seeing to the allergy clinic dietitians. We saw the head of the department back in November a few days after Freddie had his birthday. 

When we were there we discussed trying to do a wheat reintroduction starting in the christmas holidays. We had to first try with pasta, and if he didn't like that then try with bread. Freddie decided he did not like pasta anymore so we moved on to bread. He did so well with the quarter slice of bread, that we did the move onto a half a slice. Within a few days of going onto a half slice he obviously had a build up in his body and it started to react with him. 

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He started being very grumpy and getting restless in his sleep again. Then he started waking up in the early hours to poop, which is not like him at all. It was always around three or four in the morning he was waking up and that was him actually up for the day! In fact one night he ended up pooping in his pull up. We then stopped giving him the bread. 

Over the weekend that we stopped it, his sleep started to get a bit better and after a few days his stomach started to settle down. I phoned his dietitian up on the Monday morning and told them what had happened and it was confirmed he had failed the reintroduction.

He now has an appointment on 16th March to discuss the next steps, which will be trying to reintroduce Soya and eventually try again the reintroduce dairy. 

Monday, 10 February 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 6/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

This week has been quite a good one! The heating got fixed in our Scout Hut so we were able to go back to Beavers this week! James was presented with his Digital Makers Stage One badge and mummy was presented with her first aid badge! James has decided to do his collectors badge at Beavers and is using his collection of Lego so he has had mummy taking photographs of his Lego storage!

Freddie had a lovely week in nursery. His class went on a visit to the local library which he loved! Freddie has also been bringing home a book from the nursery class library each week and he is loving reading the stories he brings home. 



Monday, 3 February 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 5/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

This week its been a pretty boring week. Apart from Freddie and mummy visiting James at school for his forest school session.

Sadly we had no Beavers this week as the heating had broken in the hut and it was just not safe to take the kids in as it was so cold!





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Thursday, 30 January 2020

A family day out at Beamish

If you are a regular reader, you will know that before Christmas James and Mummy were lucky enough to do an overnight sleepover with our Beaver Colony at Beamish The Living Museum Of The North. We came back full of stories about what we had done and saying we wanted to take Daddy and Freddie next time!

So fast forward to January and Beamish had a competition on Instagram to win a family unlimited year long pass and well mummy only went and won it!!

For us to get to Beamish we had to catch the 28 or the 28A bus from Eldon Square bus station. The buses run every half hour at quarter past and quarter to the hour Monday to Saturday and every hour on a Sunday. Click here for the Go North East timetable.

So Saturday started early with mummy putting our pack lunches together, a lot had been pre made in the days before and frozen so all we had to do was put them in the cool bag. We decided to take our lunch with us as it would be safer for Freddie with his food allergies. 

We then got the bus from our terminal into Newcastle city centre and then we walked across from Haymarket to Eldon Square to catch the bus down to Beamish. A family explorer bus ticket which we could use on both Stagecoach and Go North East cost us £20.60, as it was cheaper than buying separate tickets on each operator. 

The bus ride down was about 45 minutes and it was a long hard trip as we had decided to let Freddie ride out of his stroller!! He literally would not sit still!

We had got the 0845 bus from Eldon Square bus station. In reality we could have got the 0915 bus and still been at Beamish for opening. 

With it being January a few bits were closed like the steam train, Pockerley waggonway and also the chip shop. The boys were gutted the steam train was not running. 

The first thing we did was get the tram from the main entrance down to the pit village! This wasn't too bad till we came to get off and Freddie threw a massive strop! He wanted to stay on the tram! We stopped to see the pit poneys and the goats. We then had a look in the school and the church. The boys then went and had a look in the houses with daddy. 

We then went and looked in the engine sheds which both the boys were loving! Then we went to do the mine. I was a little concerned about taking Freddie in but he did wear his hat. We started off down the mine and got to the first little section and this is where Freddie decided he didn't like it and wanted to take the hard hat off so mummy took him back out while daddy and James continued on!

After we finished in the pit village we decided to walk down to the town. We walked via the disabled access to the station where we found the train was not running which really upset the boys. Once we walked into the town we decided to go and have an early lunch in the park, before we went to the sweet shop and then wandered round the bank and the masonic hall before going back to see how the sweets are made!

James loved being back in the masonic hall as he was able to show daddy the exact spot where he slept when we did the sleepover back. We then took the built in lift upstairs in the masonic hall to show James and daddy where mummy slept on the sleepover!

Once we had finished watching the sweets being made and having a sample of the ones we had watched being made. We got the tram back to the main entrance
and after a quick visit to the gift shop we made it to the bus stop in time for the 1315 bus back to Newcastle. This time we left Freddie in his stroller and he had a nice sleep on his way back to town.

Since we now have an unlimited annual pass to Beamish we are already planning on our next visit hopefully in the Half Term holiday!


Monday, 27 January 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 4/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" 

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week!

This week James celebrated Chinese New Year with some activities at Beavers.

Freddie did lots of fun activities at nursery on their project what would your happily ever after look like?

And to end the week we took a family trip to Beamish The Living Museum of the North! Mummy and James had already been a few months ago and this was Daddy and Freddie's first trip! A full post on getting there and our day out is coming soon!





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