Posted in days out, fun, life, parenting, photo a day November, photography, pictures, travel, UK, tagged #FMSphotoaday, #photoadayNovember, Days Out, life, parenting, photography, smile on November 1, 2012 |
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So as a way of getting back into blogging I thought I’d have another go at Fat Mum Slim’s photo a day challenge.
To begin the challenge, today’s photo a day challenge is Something Beginning With ‘C’…………….
J has developed abit of a fascination with castles recently thanks to a certain computer game character that goes by the name of Bowser. So we’ve had a couple of days out recently visiting a few different castles. We’ve had great fun together walking around some of England’s great history. J has loved climbing to the top of the castle walls and towers and has taken in alot of facts about each castle that we’ve visited.
As well as learning abit of history, visiting the castles have been fun family days out, that I’d recommend to anyone.
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Posted in anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, behaviour, children, coping with change, days out, family, feelings, friends, fun, health, holidays, life, memories, parenting, school, special needs, special occasions, struggles, support, The Seadside, this year, thoughts, time, travel, UK, tagged a photo a day for july, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, children, Days Out, Family, Feelings, Fun, health, life, parenting, school, special needs, Summer, support on September 18, 2012 |
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It’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a long summer of highs and lows and we’ve been very busy.
At the start of the Summer holidays I had surgery on my right hand, nothing serious, I have Carpal Tunnel in both hands and so had surgery to relieve it. This meant I was unable to use my right hand for 3 weeks and then had to slowly regain use of it, It’s still quite painful around the area now but the scar is only just visible. It’s been hard work just doing some basic things (such as washing and dressing), and I’ve been really surprised at how much I rely on the use of my hands.
We renewed our Australian visas during the Summer. We discovered that they had just expired and so spoke to a very helpful person at Australia House who informed us that we could apply for a Resident Return Visa, which ofcourse we did. Our visas are valid for another 5 years, we were gutted to leave Australia in January and so by renewing our visas we might be able to return at some point over the next 5 years.
We opted for several days out over the Summer rather than a short holiday. J and I had a couple of days out with my wonderful friend Supersingle mum and her girls (one of which is J’s best (and only) friend here in England). We went to Wickstead Park, which is a small family fun/theme park and also went to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. J enjoyed both days although was a little disappointed with the wildlife park. In his opinion there wasn’t enough animal interaction, I guess Australia Zoo is difficult to live up to.
We also had a few family days out, just my Hubby, J and I. We took J to Duxford Imperial War Museum, Cadbury World and ofcourse to the Seaside. He had great fun, in fact he had so much fun all trips were meltdown free!!! He loved looking at everything at Duxford and going to the Sealife centre whilst at the seaside but he was especially impressed with the cups of melted chocolate that he got to sample at Cadbury World. And ofcourse we’ve had numerous trips to feed the ducks!
Our housing situation hasn’t gotten any better over the Summer either. We applied to our local council for housing, ticking all the boxes for Housing Associations etc (as most homes are now with Housing Associations) and so far we have been offered 2 retirement bungalows. Neither were suitable for a family let alone a family with a child that has J’s needs and were both just about big enough for a retired couple, however due to us refusing them our local council have put our housing application on hold for 6 months. Therefore we are stuck living in a house that we don’t really want to be in but it was the only house available to rent when we first arrived back in England. (It’s very hard to rent a house here when you’re previous landlord and references are in a different country!)
And after having a fairly good and relaxed Summer, (other than the housing situation and the surgery), J went back to school 2 weeks ago. He’s already had a week off sick and although he didn’t like feeling so full of cold and coughing, he didn’t mind being off school and was gutted to go back yesterday. Things have already gone from bad to worse since going back and J declared as soon as he exited the school grounds that he’s ”had a horrid day!” However then shutdown and couldn’t tell us why! To be honest I have given up almost all hope of communication between the school and ourselves ever working and it feels like they simply don’t want to help/support and that maybe it’s just too much trouble for them. Our ESCO support worker is currently on holiday and we don’t have our next meeting with her, the school and other professionals until next month. We also don’t have our next appointment with the community Paediatrician until next month either and so until then we all just have to bide our time and just try our best to make it through each day. To be honest the nights are becoming harder than the days at the minute, as well as the usual fun and games at bedtimes, J has started to have Night Terrors. He’s been waking up between 3 and 7 times a night, screaming, shouting, panicking, violently shaking, rambling and (it looks like) trying to get something off him. Ofcourse by morning despite us all being a little more tired than usual he has no knowledge of any of his “awakenings”. Not sure what’s suddenly caused them or how to deal with them either but I’m sure we’ll work something out soon.
So that’s it, obviously there’s been lots of other “stuff” but this has been our Summer of highs and lows. As we make our way through Autumn we’re looking forward to trying to work our way through “stuff”, work our way towards Christmas (not too long now!!) and getting out of our rut.
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Posted in charity, days out, exercise, feelings, fitness, friends, friendship, fun, health, life, Me, parenting, race, smile, special occasions, tagged Charity, Days Out, exercise, Fitness, friendship, Fun, health, life, parenting, smile, special occasions, support on March 23, 2012 |
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So today is the day………………………….the day that my race began!
January 2011 I had lost a good amount of weight and felt healthier than I had felt in a few years but after the miscarriage life took over…………….. I was busy being a taxi for my Hubby, taking him to one appointment or another due to his back injury, I was busy taking J to one appointment or another, (OT, Speech, Psychologist, Peadiatrician, school etc etc). I was just busy and despite doing the odd hour here and there on the exercise bike or Wii Fit I simply just didn’t have time to work on myself. I liked being busy, life was strangely easier when I was busy.
This week one of my best friends asked if I would do the Race For Life with her. I’ve done this a few times in the past before leaving for Australia but always on my own. Although the Race For Life is only 5km, running/jogging is always something I’ve struggled with and each time I’ve had to rely on my inhalers (for Asthma) to get me through the Race. That said, it didn’t take me very long to text her a big yes back!
So today we signed ourselves up as a group and for the first time in a while I feel like I’m doing something positive! This is the reason I’ve been needing to improve my fitness and if I lose a few pounds whilst raising a few pounds for a good cause in the process, well that’ll be a huge bonus. I’m not going into it with my head up in the clouds, we’re going to train properly and I’m well aware that I will almost definitely still have a need to use my inhaler. However my aim, our aim is to begin working on our fitness……………and it’s going to be great fun training together
Today is the first day in my race for a new healthier me………………………….wish us luck!
Oh and if you feel like donating to a great cause, Cancer Research UK, if you click on the Race For Life image above it’ll take to our just giving page where you can sponsor us by making your donation. You can also support us by sponsoring through the page or you can also text MUMS78 £5 to 70070 and through your phone bill that’s a £5 donation. A huge thankyou in advance to anyone that donates
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Posted in Arts and Crafts, beach, days out, free things, fun, life, photography, pictures, Silent Sunday, tagged arts and crafts, beach, Days Out, Family, Fun, Hobbies, life, parenting, photography, Silent Sunday on September 18, 2011 |
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Sun, Sea And Sand
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Posted in Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, days out, feelings, fun, holidays, life, moving house, parenting, smile, the future, tagged Asperger's Syndrome, Australia, Autism, Days Out, Family, Feelings, Fun, life, parenting, smile, special occasions, The Beach, The Future on August 29, 2011 |
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We arrived home yesterday from our little roadtrip, all a little tired and sad to be home.
The journey to our destination was a long one, J was in a terrible mood which continued on throughout the day even after we had arrived and unpacked. Last week was the first time he had attended 3 full days in a row at school and I think it just wore him out, which resulted in a tired and VERY grouchy boy pretty much all day Thursday.
However he woke up Friday feeling and looking much happier, a huge relief for us because we had another day of driving around and it would have been a nightmare if little man had been in his bad mood again! We drove around various little towns/suburbs, checked out the local schools, visited the local tourist offices to get information about the area and just generally checked out the whole area.
Saturday we spent the morning doing pretty much the same thing and decided (despite the threat of showers) that we’d get some chips and let J spend some time on the beach. He’d been so good we thought it would be fair to let him have some fun
We were very sad to leave on yesterday but returned home with the knowledge that this was definitely somewhere that we’d like to consider moving to.
As for today………… well it was back to the same old, same old………………. J insisting that he was sick and couldn’t go to school, appointments with doctors, surgeons and therapists………… and back to my little addiction to coffee
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Posted in days out, family, parenting, special occasions, The gallery, travel, tagged Days Out, Family, life, parenting, special occasions, The Gallery, travel on August 24, 2011 |
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This week Tara over at Sticky Fingers made the theme for the Gallery World Photography Day and left instructions that today’s post should be a photo from today or the weekend.
We’ve decided to “bite the bullet” and go away for a few days, only the second time we’ve done so as a family since J was born. Last night I managed to get J to pack his small case with toys that he absolutely had to take with him
Then I rushed around packing a case with clothes and such like ready for our little trip. We’re going on a small road trip to check out some areas that are on our “we might move to if the area’s right for us” list. This means we will be in the car for quite a long period of time, this is something I’m dreading because half an hour in the car with J is usually more than enough so wish us luck! (I’m thinking we may have a few stops along the way, especially since he hasn’t been in the best of moods this week)
So I took this picture today especially for the Gallery. I think it’s quite a big moment in our lives, we’re all packed and ready to go on our second holiday as a family, hopefully all prepared for a long journey in the car with little man and excited to be visiting what could possibly be our next home.
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