We have been lucky not to have much frost this year so far. Lucky because it makes it warmer walking to school. But unlucky photography wise as it makes an easy subject for a quick photoshoot when I get home.
I thought Sx was fine yesterday – just a bit quiet (although he did sleep for a couple of hours in the afternoon). But this morning he said his orange juice tasted odd and “could he go back to bed after breakfast”. I didn’t feel great either do we both went back to bed once the others went to school – and slept for nearly two hours!
By the evening he was feeling quite a bit better but I was still struggling. He offered to run me a bath which I thought was so sweet (until I realised he was after my laptop while I was gone!). He was gone ages still telling me it wasn’t ready yet. In the end I went to investigate – and eralised I should maybe have told him you need to put the plug in!! By then most of the hot water was used so I only managed a quick tepid bath – not the luxurious wallowing I was hoping for!
Of course we HAD to build a snowman – and used our “snowman in a box” kit for his hat, scarf, nose and pipe. Dx and I had a snowball fight which he found hilarious!
Lx had said she would try some roast chicken so Matt cooked a roast dinner tonight. She bit a piece of carrot and then took it out – but swallowed 3 tiny pieces of chicken. (She ate both yorkshire puddings but wouldn’t touch the potato)
The snow continued overnight so as it was the weekend (and football was cancelled!!!) we set off for the park in the morning – with some friends – for some sledging.
Gx made a huge snowball in one field which he then insisted on transporting on the sledge into another field to make a snowman!
I LOVE Lx’s wellies!
The snow began this morning and carried on all day. Which was lovely for the children who came home and had a snowball fight.
I went to Nirvana Spa for the day and as the snow got thicker and deeper outside I lost my nerve for staying till the evening and set off home while it was still light. It was lovely while I was there though and so quiet with only a handful of people braving the snow to go! I had a shovel, a torch and some blankets in the boot just in case…!
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“Home where he belongs”
After a night in a children’s ward in hospital – I am more than happy not to repeat the experience and feel so bad for those who are in there for long periods.
I didn’t mind the noise of the baby who cried and cried for hours and couldn’t get to sleep – I just felt for her poor exhausted parents as they tried in vain to distract and settle her. And the little girl who screamed for about 30 minutes as they tried to take blood tests/insert a canula? Poor little thing. Both kept us awake but I just was so sorry for them being so upset and in so much pain.
What I DID mind was the couple who came in about 1.30 with their daughter and then talked to each other (not even to her) at full volume. In the end I went over and whispered to them that perhaps they weren’t aware that we could all hear every word…which worked for about 10 minutes before they carried on as if I had never spoken. As only one parent can stay, the Dad disappeared about 2.30 and came back at 6am and resumed his conversation – which included a number of swearwords and some subjects not entirely suitable for a children’s ward.
But overall it made me feel very lucky that Dx was in there for something so minor. The “noisy” couple were there for their daughter’s broken leg, fractured in 3 places and requiring 5 weeks of traction.Only 3 and she needs to spend 5 weeks lyingon her back 😦
Also in our section of the ward were a boy of about 14 who he told us “suffers from depression” who had injured himself so badly “jumping off something” that he will be there for 3 months before he can attempt walking. He was watched 24/7 by two social workers at a time who never spoke a word to him while we were there.
And opposite us was a lovely young boy struck down with a mystery illness which has seen his weight plummet, his skin break out and seen him spend the last 4 weeks in hospital, undergo numerous tests and with still no answers as to what is wrong with him.
We were lucky indeed.
After breakfast we saw the consultant who helped Dx to his feet and found he can now stand a little – very wobbly but a big improvement on yesterday. It turned out from the blood tests that his ear infection has spread infection through his body and it is affecting his muscles. But the great news was we could go home.
We sent a text to Sx on his mobile from Dx…(the missing word is “funny”)
Then lunch arrived – and as Dx is so picky, Sx was happy to help him out by eating his roast pork! D x wasn’t even very impressed with the jelly!
When the medication came, we set off for home…via McDs!
I am so proud of my littlest boy. We had a bit of a wobble about the idea of blood tests(but not even a wince when they were done) and a bit of concern about staying the night and not going home. But then he just got on with it. EVen when it looked like we might not make it home today. He grinned at the Doctors, tried everything they asked him to do even if it hurt and laughed when they pulled his body into obscure positions. I am so glad to have him home.
Quick trip up the motorway to Matt’s parents for the rest of the day.
Christmas lunch with all the trimmings… Margaret had found a candle her father (Matt’s grandfather) had made with wax from his own bees
The traditional treasure hunt for the children to find their presents (each child with a different colour)…
The crackers had little whistles in – each with its own “note” denoted by a number and there was a song list with the tunes written down (321321654 etc). I was conductor (phew!) but there was a lot of laughing as our tunes sounded nothing like the real song. I wondered how Sx kept guessing what the songs were but it turned out he was working out what the numbers were and he had identified his “note” was E so he was playing the tune in his head as I pointed. His musical ability is a real gift and astounds me!
The Christmas pudding wasn’t remembered til after lunch and took 3 hours to cook so we had it for tea!
Instead of traditional Christmas cake there was a a Snowman cake
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We went to the Original Burger Company – he was proud to take me there for my first time after he enjoyed it with Matt a few weeks ago.
On the way home, we popped over to get some craft punches to take some “shaped bokeh” photos later. We couldn’t resist a quick detour via the penguin in the same road!Sx had his football team Christmas party at the bowling lanes.
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The rambling part…
The children went off to the pantomime with my parents this afternoon leaving me at home wrapping presents, decanting homemade raspberry vodka into bottles, writing the last Christmas cards, making lists, discovering what is still left to do and trying hard not to come down with some bug which is threatening to topple me.
I also emptied the children’s school bags and found all the lovely things they have been making at school…
Gx had made “my first pop up card ever” and in true diplomatic style had addressed his card to everyone – or in his case “to familie”
He also made a tree decoration but it has suffered some injuries on the trip home in his bag and needs a little surgery!
This Christmas message in Spanish from Dx brought a tear to my eye (he learns Spanish at school). The other children were really impressed until Dx said “Did you really like my French then Mummy?”
(In case you can’t make it out it says “feliz navidad para mama y papa, saludos ”
He had also made a reindeer and a snowflake
Dx had made a card for us on the computer – but I am guessing his time in the ICT room ran out before he finished the text on the front!
Lx has finished a term of cheerleading – I don’t know how she got on but she has really enjoyed it (although currently she dosnt want to continue next term but wants to try netball instead! We can see how she feels after Christmas)
While I was doing a “crafty” post I tought I would include this drawing Gx did recently. A little girl with really long hair? It has to be his sister! He loves his drawing and at bedtime while Sx reads for a while before sleeping, Gx loves to sketch. He has a real eye for how things look and what looks good and I wonder if he will end up doing something to use that skill in his career.
Sx has creaed a little wildlife “club” with two of his friends called “Animals of Europe” where they have a mini website within the school site with forums, quizzes and badges you can earn. He has also done about 100 pages of a wildlife book to accompany it. For Christmas he and I created some word art for the other founder members. I think it turned out pretty well 🙂
The rambling part…
No time to ramble too much – there’s wrapping to be done 🙂 Today the children finished school for the holidays. We took them to McDonalds but the drive thru was too busy so Matt went and got their order.