A Mothers Ramblings: 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

A Wild Swimming Family Afternoon

After having got up entirely too early and then spent an absolute fortune on new School uniform and shoes, I thought that we needed something fun to do as a family and so I suggested that we go Wild Swimming at a spot that wasn't too far from home. Luckily, Flyfour and the children were up for a bit of an adventure and so after a quick change of clothes into swimming costumes and our quickest drying clothes/shorts we were off.

The River Great Ouse

The day was one of those annoying British Summer days, where it couldn't make-up it's mind if it wanted to be sunny or cloudy and as we arrived at the steps the sun decided that it wanted to stay hidden behind the clouds.


Saturday, 19 August 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 19th August 2017

This is going to be the week that I'm not looking forward to and that I AM looking forward to in equal measure. My bathroom will basically be out of bounds for the week (and at the rate Dan Jon and I drink water this could be a HUGE issue) but at the end of the week, I will have my brand new sparkly, drip free bathroom. I AM SO EXCITED!

This week also sees Dan Jon and Flyfour off on their Camping Trip, Top Ender and I start our Staycation and Dan Jon is also off to Tech Camp! It's going to be a great week if everything goes to plan!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Just

I was talking with Top Ender the other day and we were talking about the future and where we see ourselves in five years time and if where we are now is where we saw ourselves five years ago. It was a really deep conversation and it allowed me a chance to reflect, more so than the reflection at the end of each year.

Top Ender and PippaD

At one point, when we were talking Top Ender asked why I say "Just" so much when talking about myself. I thought back over what it was that I said and realised I use he word "just"to describe myself all the time.

I'm just a Mum.

I'm just a Stay at Home Parent.

I'm just volunteering.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Five Mother Son Date Ideas

With Top Ender having been on Youth Camp and then having gone Camping with her Dad, Dan Jon Jr and I have spent a lot of time together alone. We have loved our time together and we came up with a few different ideas for spending our time together, that we thought other Mother's might find useful for sparking their own ideas in the future.

PippaD and Dan Jon Jr


Saturday, 12 August 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 12th August 2017

I'm such an idiot.

I forgot last week that Top Ender and Flyfour were going camping during the week and so some of the meals that I had organised were too much for Dan Jon Jr and I alone! So we kind of rescheduled a few meals and ate scraps of bits and pieces that we had in the freezer and cupboards, made other meals from the bits and pieces I had remembered to buy and well Dan Jon and I may have accidentally fallen into a couple of supermarkets to buy supplies for meals that we like, whilst Flyfour and Top Ender were away.

Luckily the boy has cheap tastes and so we were well fed and happy!

Dan Jon and PippaD pulling faces


Friday, 11 August 2017

Gel-A-Peel #Review

This Summer Top Ender isn't off to a dozen different camps as she was last Summer. This Summer Top Ender is only off on camp two or three times (once with the Youth from our Church, once with her Daddy and possibly once with me) and then after that, she is also off to Disneyland Paris with her Guides group.

It's her Guides group trip to Disneyland that I'm the most excited about as it isn't a backpack or holdall that she is taking, but a hard suitcase and with the need of a hard case is the need for a way of working out which is hers and which is another passengers with a quick glance.

Which is why I was glad when Gel-A-Peel asked if we'd like to review them!

Pearly Pastels Gel-A-Peel Set Review


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Dan Jon Jr's New Bed

When we had gone to the Ideal Home Show, we saw a bed that was also a desk and knew this would be perfect for Dan Jon's bedroom, because his room is quite small and combing furniture would help with the space.

We knew in the next few years that Dan Jon is going to be getting more homework and that he is going to need to somewhere to do it. With Dan Jon making his own video games and spending more time working on his PC, we needed a space for that too and of course we needed a space for his consoles too. Dan Jon needed more space for his books and his collections and everything else and with this in mind we planned the rest of the room around this rather large piece of furniture and Dan Jon Jr was almost beside himself with excitement!

Dan Jon exhausted after a day at the Ideal Home Show

So we called the company and placed an order.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My Doodle Designed Shoes

I had wanted to design my own shoes as part of my Birthday Bucket list, it seemed like a fun task to do and something which everyone could join in on. Well, everyone apart from Flyfour because he's a stick in the mud for things like this!

The problem that I had was, I didn't know what I wanted to draw on my shoes! I had all sorts of ideas but my drawing skills really aren't that good, despite me remembering some of my learnt skills from my teenage years. In the end I decided to take some inspiration from one of the postcards I drew a few months ago for the Primary Children.

Postcards drawn by PippaD for the children in Primary

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Smiggle School Supplies #Review

Dan Jon Jr and Top Ender love Smiggle. They are often at our local store looking over the items and working out what they want to add to various collections, checking out what the new items are and of course purchasing items that they deem essential. I don't mind because I love looking round Smiggle myself and am responsible for a lot of the items that they own... just don't tell Flyfour because he thinks they buy the items they own themselves!!!

Top Ender and Dan Jon doing a Smiggle Review

Smiggle asked if we'd like to receive a few bits and pieces to help us get ready to go back to School and of course knowing how great the items are, we said yes! The parcel arrived whilst Top Ender was on camp, so we had to wait until she was back before we could look to see what was sent, the suspense nearly killed poor Dan Jon!


Monday, 7 August 2017

The "What is your favourite" Game

A few nights back, Flyfour and I went out to the Supermarket to pick up a few different snacks and a few bits that I may have forgotten to get when doing the main shop earlier that day. Whilst we were there, I decided to play a game with Flyfour so we could make this a kind of date night trip to the Supermarket!

PippaD and Flyfour at the Supermarket

I explained the rules to Flyfour, which were really simple basically, I will ask a question and then you answer but giving the answer you think I would give and I would answer giving the answer I think that Flyfour would answer.


Saturday, 5 August 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 5th August 2017

Food glorious food! Dan Jon, Flyfour and I loved the meals we had last week because they were fun meals and so I'm hoping to recreate that in part this week now that Top Ender is back from Camp and before the children all run off to camp with their Dad over the next couple of weeks and Top Ender goes off to Disney Land Paris!

Here's what we're eating this week.

PippaD and the A Mother's Ramblings Crew!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tie Dye, Dip Dye and Plaits!

Another day, another post about Top Ender and Camp!

One of the things that the girls in our Ward (Parish) did to prepare for Camp, was tie dye a T-shirt. This was because each Ward and group of girls had been assigned a colour and our Ward had agreed to team up with a couple of other wards as the numbers in these three wards were quite small. This meant the girls in these wards wanted to combine all three of the colours assigned to the three wards.

And so they decided to tie dye white shirts (one ward colour) with blue and yellow (the other two ward colours). They did this in an activity one evening and had a blast, so much so that Top Ender wanted to dye another shirt when she got home, to take to camp!

Top Ender's Tie Dyed T-Shirt

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bribery Will Get You EVERYWHERE!

Top Ender is on Camp this week with the Young Women from the Church we go to. Last year was her first camp, and she was a little bit worried about the trip, not because of the camping, or because of the girls, but because of the unknown.

This year, Top Ender was READY for camp because she knew what would be happening.

Top Ender ready for Camp

Preparation for camp started early.


There were songs being learnt for Camp, there were Secret Sister gifts purchased, bags being packed and I even managed to sneak a live video of Top Ender playing a camp song on her Ukulele (well actually, my Ukulele) that I put up as a Facebook Live video and you can see below...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Doll Visitors

After Top Ender had made her Paper Craft Camp Site, she had left it downstairs in the living room for everyone to admire. We were all really impressed with the effort she had put in.

Top Ender's Paper Craft Camp Site

The next morning when she came downstairs, somebody else had apparently been impressed with it, as she had some visitors.

Dolls visiting the Paper Craft Camp Site


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Trip To The Passport Office

During August, Top Ender is going off on a Guides Trip to Disneyland Paris.

Top Ender the Girl Guide

We have all been really excited about it because it's her first international Guides trip and being a Guide has been brilliant for Top Ender, her confidence, her mental health, her general well being and well for me too. I know that her Guides leader is a brilliant woman, who really cares for the Guides in her patrol and I know she wants the best for Top Ender too.

Anyway.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Top Ender's Paper Craft Camp Site

I blogged the other day about the rules we have for Summer this year and thought I'd blog about the way that Top Ender has risen to the challenge, as I was rather surprised at how fantastic this craft was.

Top Ender in her Girl Guide uniform

One of the rules is that the children have to create something every day and on the second day, it was almost as if Top Ender decided to take it up a notch. Dan Jon Jr was in my room, sitting on my bed talking to me about a drawing he had made and I was impressed. Dan Jon had drawn a potato man on a moped, wearing a swiss cheese jacket and the level of detail was amazing.

And then in walked Top Ender.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 29th July

So we've had a proper week of Summer Holidays, so far we've not killed each other, we've created a lot, we've walked a lot, we've read, we've painted, danced, watered, jumped in sprinklers, gardened and had several adventures!

This coming week, Top Ender is at camp so Dan Jon and I will be adventuring on our own and having some fun!

Dan Jon's favourite ever adventure


Friday, 28 July 2017

The Summer Rules

This Summer, I've decided to do something a little bit different. You see, every Summer I pretend that the children aren't going to spend all day on their electronics and every Summer, the children spend all day on their electronics. Yup, I know I haven't ever told *you* that but I guess that is because I wanted to seem a little bit like I was in control of my children!

However, I've decided that I don't care. I mean obviously, I care about my children but if they want to spend all day on the consoles then they can because guess what, this is their Summer holiday too and that's what they like to do, that's how they like to relax and actually, for the most part, the games that they are playing are partly educational too!

Family Time in the Garden


Monday, 24 July 2017

Dan Jon Funnies - Misheard Smiles

As many of you know, Dan Jon, Top Ender and I go to Church on a Sunday together. Flyfour is a different branch of Christianity to us three and although he sometimes joins us, he much prefers to worship in his own way and this means mostly on a Sunday, the children and I head off to Church and leave Flyfour at home.

Now, if I were Flyfour I would probably use the time to sleep or read, or surf the web, possibly have a nice long shower, but no. No, you see as well as Flyfour being a better me than I am, Flyfour is also one of those amazing people who does amazing things for others when he could be taking time out for himself.

Dan Jon being adorable just like his Daddy


Saturday, 22 July 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 22nd July

HOORAY!

So the Summer holidays have officially started here at A Mother's Ramblings and we could not be happier. Six weeks (it is six weeks right?) of not much going on, of the children eating me out of house and home and hopefully, six weeks of us enjoying time together!

With that in mind, other than the weekend meals the rest aren't planned... just sort of in the back of our mind so we can have a week of using up the odds and ends we have here!

Top Ender and Dan Jon Jr against a brick wall

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Dan Jon Funnies - Giants

Over the last few weeks, Dan Jon has been cracking us up with his jokes and misheard moments, so here is one of these that we hope you'd like to read and enjoy giggling at with us!

When we had decorated Dan Jon's bedroom, we had a few days gap between dismantling his old bed, painting the bedroom, having his new carpet laid and of course finally having his bed delivered and put together.

This meant, much to Dan Jon's delight that he was sleeping on a mattress on the floor of his bedroom. It was to his delight because Dan Jon hated the cabin bed he had been sleeping on and much preferred the bed on the ground thing.

Dan Jon standing in his empty bedroom

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wonderland #Review

Top Ender and I joked a little in a live Facebook video that we were thinking of skipping going to the Theatre and instead going out to eat. We, of course wouldn't have done that because we love the Theatre and we love seeing new shows and we'd already eaten... not that that would have stopped us, we're both foodies.

Anyway. We had heard a little about Wonderland from my friends in the Theatre world and from the blogs and forums I follow that talk about the Theatre. From what I could tell, it was a good show one that was suitable for children aged six and older and this adaptation, set in the modern world and given a contemporary update worked well for both the audience members who knew the story of Alice and for those who were totally new to it.

So we went off to the theatre, was totally recognised and found our seats and waited for the show to begin.

Top Ender and PippaD at the Theatre

IT WAS AMAZING!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 15th July 2017

The last few weeks have gone so fast, I can't believe how quickly they have passed! I think that's the thing about having all the works going on in my house, it's really helped the time to pass! With that in mind, this is what is happening this week in our house and what we're eating.

Breaking the Garden to make the garden beautiful!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 8th July 2017

This morning, whilst you are waking up in your nice warm beds, I'm waking up (if I ever went to bed that is) in a cold tent. So whilst you are enjoying your warm, comfortable bed just take a moment to think of me okay?

Dan Jon nice and warm in his Tent

Friday, 7 July 2017

Top Ender The Girl Guider

Many a time I have been told that Top Ender is just like me, and I get it. I mean yes we look alike and we have many of the same interests and if I'm being perfectly honest she has every single one of my flaws and faults and sometimes I can't overlook them because as we all know the faults we hate most in ourselves we see most clearly in others. However, the one part of me that I am glad that Top Ender has inherited is her love of helping others, working with children and allowing children the chance to know that they are loved, worthwhile and can achieve anything they put their minds to.

I think this is why Top Ender loves being a Guide so much and not just being a Guide, but also being the Patrol Leader for the youngest Guides in her unit and also why she is eager to be part of the Young Leaders programme... so much so that she has started almost a year early (with permission from her Unit Leader) by helping out at the feeder Brownies Group.

Top Ender the Girl Guider

It's lovely picking Top Ender up each week from the Brownies Group and hearing them say goodbye to Owlette Top Ender. It cracks me up because I think that Owlette is a hilarious name and sounds like a Sanitary towel brand!

Top Ender has loved the helping out with Brownies and when an opportunity arose for her to help out with the feeder Rainbows Group, I knew I had lost my daughter to the world of Volunteering and Girl Guiding.

But, I don't think I mind because the changes I have seen in Top Ender over the last few months have allowed me to realise how much good the organisation has done for my daughter.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

What Would I Do Without The Internet

I'm not saying that I'm an internet addict, but I think I'm pretty close. So what would I do if I had no internet?

I'd clean the house from top to bottom.

I'd go to the gym or for a walk or a bike ride.

I'd go to my friends and neighbours homes to chat.

I'd bake cakes, cakes and more cakes.

Cake, a yummy yummy cake.

I'd cook every meal from scratch.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Dreamboats and Petticoats Theatre #Review

When Top Ender knew that I had tickets to go and see Dreamboats and Petticoats she was really excited because she remembered having gone to see it before and how she had loved the music and the story and she just wanted to see it again! So together off we went to the theatre.

The View Walking up to Milton Keynes Theatre

Now, you might think a thirteen-year-old and a thirty-eight-year-old are not the sorts of people who would enjoy a musical, that is not only set in the early 1960's but is also filled with songs from the 1960's, but having spent a lot of time with my Aunts growing up and having had a mother and father who loved music this thirty-eight-year-old has had a love of 60's pop music passed onto her and she's passed the love on to her thirteen-year-old too!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Smiling To My Death

The other night I was driving to pick up Top Ender from the Brownies meeting she helps out at. It was a beautiful evening, and the way I had gone had meant that there was little traffic on the route however as I pulled up to a roundabout I saw that there was a big lorry to my right and so I stopped and watched as the Lorry driver drove across the roundabout.

I was smiling. Not at the Lorry Driver, not because I had heard something funny on the radio, or because they were playing a song I liked, not even because it was a lovely evening and I was on the way to pick up my favourite daughter.

No, I was smiling because I'm a smiley person. It was something that I taught myself as a teenager, to always have a grin on my face (but not a wide eyed staring grin, because that just freaks people out) and it's sort of stuck because I did it so much.

Smiley Pippa

Or maybe my Mum was right and the wind changed and now I'm stuck like this.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Flyfour's Day Off

Okay, Please be warned! This post is the kind of sickening lovey-dovey post that drives some people crazy. Read on at your own peril! 

Over the last few weeks, it's been all go during the weekends at our house as we've been redecorating the children's rooms, preparing for the new doors, the new roof and the garden landscaping etc. Flyfour has pretty much worked non stop from the moment he steps inside the door on a Friday evening until the moment he steps back out the door on a Monday morning.

This past weekend Flyfour scheduled a much needed day off.


Pip and Nut aka Pippa and Flyfour (look at the peanut butter name!)


There was no decorating that needed to be done, there was no furniture that needed moving, there were no workmen coming...


And yet.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 1st July 2017

Last week started off really well. I went shopping on the Saturday evening, after a day of door fitting, bedroom painting, furniture moving, bathroom shopping, curtain shopping and purchased nothing, but somehow during the week instead of eating the meals we had planned we managed to make other bits and pieces meals instead. Which is fine, as it means this week I don't need to meal plan as much as I'll just use the meals for last week!

Banana Splits - Yummy, Tasty and Pretty Amazing!


Friday, 30 June 2017

This Isn't To Go On Facebook

When you have a blog and your friends and family know about it, there is always a caveat when they tell you something.

"This isn't to go on Facebook or your blog, okay?"


Yeah, because that's what I do. I take your personal life and immediately tell the rest of the world.

I'm that callous and immature that I'm going to use your personal life to make my status updates seem more... yeah, I don't know what your personal life is going to do for my status updates.

PippaD looking like she has no clue what benefit your personal life is to her facebook

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Parenting Today

Watching the Children play together this past half term has made me think about how I would cope as a Stay at Home Mum in previous decades.

How would I cope if I had been bringing up my Children in the 90's? The 80's? The 70's? The 60's?

Dan Jon Jr, Top Ender and I

I'm sure that I would have been a much more different person to the one I am now. The slight and subtle cultural changes that mould us all in ways we can't possibly imagine, would have made me a different me.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The New French Doors!

So you may have seen my post yesterday about my new Front Door and saw that I mentioned that we were swarmed with builders and assumed they had just sent out a zillion guys to ensure the front door was fitted quickly.

It wasn't.

In fact, they sent out just one despite having TWO jobs to do at our house and still they were both completed this past weekend.

A solo door fitter fitting my new Front Door

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The New Front Door

Ever since we moved into our current home, one of the things that I've hated is that the bathroom is downstairs opposite the front door. Ordinarily, this wouldn't really be a big problem, but the people who picked our front door picked one that was half glass and had a giant full-size window next to it.

This is really only inconvenient if you pee with the bathroom door open, or if you come out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel after a shower, or you forget to take a towel into the bathroom when you shower, or you run out of toilet paper and have to shuffle into the hallway to pick up a spare roll with your underwear around your ankles...

Pippa in plenty of towels after getting out of the shower

Yeah, I'm guilty of all of those things.

So Flyfour and I decided we wanted to change our Front Door and it was going to be the first thing that we were able to cross off our massive list of Home Improvements that we're working on this Summer... but then the door company cancelled our fitting appointment the evening before they were due to be coming out.

I rearranged our appointment and on the following Monday, we waited patiently for the crew to arrive. And we waited. And we waited. And then we phoned them up to say "Oi, where are you?" and discovered that they had accidentally forgotten* to add us to the schedule and weren't coming.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The New EPDM Roof

Well, the list of Home Improvements that we created to help us focus our efforts this Summer is finally off to a busy start and these past few days I've had more Builders, Decorators, Roofer's, Installation Specialists and other men in shorts splattered in things like plaster, sweat and spilt tea than I think you could ever find in a Builder's Merchants, doing things to my house to make it a home.

The roof wasn't going to be the first works we had done, it wasn't even one of the works that we were looking forward to really. Don't get me wrong, we knew that the roof had to be done because there is only so much patching you can do when the roof is already a patchwork of patches!

The old tired and patched Kitchen Roof From Dan Jon Jr's bedroom window

Flyfour was getting a little fed up of going up on the Kitchen roof in the rain to stop the collecting rainwater from drip, drip, dripping into our Kitchen and the Facias? Well, maybe the less said about them the better eh?

Saturday, 24 June 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 24th June 2017

I've decided that it is too hot to go shopping, think about meal planning AND that we have too much going on today for me to actually go out food shopping (think builders taking over the downstairs of the house and we're decorating Dan Jon's bedroom too) and so I've quickly looked at what we had in the larder, the fridge and the freezer and meal planned around that!

An Ice Cream - What I wouldn't give for one right now.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Things I Wish My Parents Had Told Me (Or I Wish I Had Listened To If They Did)

I had a good childhood, I've mentioned that once or twice before and yet the way I was raised left a few areas of my life strangely lacking in knowledge and so I present to you things I wish my parents had told me... or I wish I had listened to if they did.


Oh and don't worry, I'm trying to ensure that Top Ender and Dan Jon Jr will learn these lessons before they are out in the world!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Having Fun In The Garden!

I love that my husband has passions and hobbies that maybe I don't share the same amount of enthusiasm for, but I am appreciative of all the same. For example many years ago I remember watching Through the Keyhole and the guest on the show that evening had the best house in the world to my young mind.

If you were sitting at the kitchen table, you could press a button and a bath would start running (in the bathroom obviously), or you could make the table fold into place from the bath, look I was young, I was impressionable but I did not make this up. Ever since then, I wanted an automated house too but I'm the kinda gal who just wants to move in. I don't want the hassle of having to programme everything!

Luckily Flyfour doesn't feel the same way.

Flyfour, my genius geek of a husband

Which is why our home is slowly turning into an automated home, without me having to lift a finger.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ready To Move On

My parents moved house just before my seventh birthday, which means that I moved house just before my 7th birthday. I remember it quite clearly because I hated my parents with my all nearly 7 year old might for moving.

I had good friends at my school, they lived down my road and I remember going to their houses to play and they came to mine and I knew that when we moved things were obviously going to be different.

Top Ender pulling a Face, much like 7 year old me would have

At the time I didn't understand why we moved, I just knew we were moving away from all I knew, moving away from all our extended family and I was angry. I don't remember showing anyone that anger, instead I let it fester inside.

Looking back, I can see how stupid nearly 7 year old me was.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Cereal Debate

There is a debate in our house, that comes up everytime Flyfour and I have a breakfast of cereal together. You see, if we have cereal, Flyfour some gluten free and me some of whatever is needing finishing or if I'm lucky some cereal that I've actually chosen for myself then we will start debating over this matter. Flyfour is convinced I am wrong, I am convinced that he is wrong and I need you to help me settle this debate once and for all before Flyfour and I divorce over this matter!

Okay, so we won't really get divorced, but we might end up not talking for a few hours.

In an attempt to curry favour, I am not going to tell you who Flyfour and I are in the incidents below so you can't just say I'm right because you like me better than Flyfour!

Flyfour and PippaD looking all happy... because they are!

Monday, 19 June 2017

I don't feel like me today - A Poem

I've had a few words rolling through my mind over the last few weeks. Words that I once thought could be a poem and I wrote down, but they didn't quite seem right. I've had another bash at them over the last few days and I hope that if I share them with you now that maybe you'll read them and understand the feeling I was trying to convey.

Just so you know this isn't how I feel right now, I've just had these words circling and needed to get them out.

My laptop and tea in the garden

And if not, maybe you'll just think it's pretty or something.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Father's Day Church Gifts

I'm hoping that nobody here reading this blog post is in my ward if you are then 
PLEASE LOOK AWAY NOW 
and come back after Church! I don't want the surprise of the gift to be spoilt.

This year the Primary Presidency (me, and three others) took the task of organising a gift for the men in our ward (Parish) for Father's Day and we had a lot to live up to seeing as how for Mother's Day the Elder's Quorum President got every woman over the age of 13, a Lindt Chocolate bar and a red rose.

Mother's Day Roses

The roses and chocolate bars were presented by the young men of our ward and it was quite a sight to see the boys, aged between 13 and 18, handing out the gifts and it brought a tear to many an eye! Okay, so my eye. I cried as they gave them out and I'm not even related to any of them! Saying that I do love each and every one of them as I have got to know most of them really well over the last few years.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 17th June 2017

Today I wanted to do one thing that I knew I could achieve. Just one thing because I needed a win and I knew if it was small and didn't really matter about being perfect, but that I could still cross it off my list it would count as a win.

So I made this meal plan.

As I said, it's not perfect but it's complete and it's now crossed off my list.

PippaD refusing to adult!

Friday, 16 June 2017

If You Were On A Desert Island

As I was falling asleep last night I started to play the Desert Island game.

You know the one, you're stuck on a desert island and you are allowed to take three things with you so what would you take?

The Beach and the sea

Thursday, 15 June 2017

You Probably Think This Blog Post Is About You

How many times have you walked past a group of people and thought they were talking about you? You know how they stop talking as you draw near or make excuses to leave as you join them?

How many times have you read a blog post or a tweet and sat there thinking that it was about you? Well, this post isn't about you and if you think it is then your a bigger narcissist than the person* this is about.

Sometimes it isn't all about you, believe it or not, nobody sits around talking about you.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Is Walking Exercise?

Flyfour and I were talking about the long walk I took a few days ago and were talking about how fast I walk compared to how fast the average walking pace is. I walk at around 2.9mph, and the average for people my age (but considerably fitter and a normal weight) is 4mph, according to the internet.

PippaD and Flyfour on a walk

Personally, I think that considering I am double the amount of weight that a person my height should be, that my walking pace isn't too bad!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

I Was Thinking About Tarmac The Other Day

I was thinking about Tarmac the other day.

It's okay, stick with me on this.

PippaD with a thinking face on

I know that it was patented in 1901 by Edgar Purnell Hooley, but that it was used before this as some roads in the ancient city of Babylon had tar-paved roads, (honestly, the random facts I have in my head would surprise you)... but who came up with the idea of tarmac and why?

Was a bloke (you know it was a bloke and not a girl) laying in bed one night when he suddenly thought "I know what could make a huge difference to walking along the road if it was covered in a smooth substance" and immediately run out shouting it out to his neighbours?

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Best Role Model For a Family?

It is a well known fact that I'm a fan of The Simpsons.

Even if I have had to ban the family from watching the cartoon at least twice in the last few years. The show has it's fans and it's detractors but, what I think a lot of people don't get is that the Simpson family, is actually a pretty good role model for how a family should be, well in the first few seasons anyway, and here are my reasons as to why.

Hank Scorpio from The Simpsons - My Favourite character ever

Yes, I'm aware that the above picture is a baddie, but he is my favourite character from The Simpsons.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Primary Postcards

In case you've forgotten, since the last time I mentioned it, I'm the Primary President in my Church Ward (Parish) which means that I get to spend time with the children each week and I can honestly say that I absolutely love each and every one of them.

I'm so lucky because I get to speak with them each week and joke with them and learn about their interests and their hopes and fears and just generally absorb their enthusiasm. One of the things that I like to do with the children in the ward is to occasionally send them letters. I do this because who doesn't love getting a letter just for them, I want the children to know that I am thinking of them other than just at weekends when we are together and also I sometimes have a bit of time on my hands.

A fridge magnet that says "Of course I don't look busy... I did it right the first time."

During half term, I decided that each child in our Primary (aged between 2 and 11) deserved something a bit more special this time though and so I set wrote each child a short note on a postcard and then set about designing each one of them a front that I thought that they might like.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

What We Are Eating W/C 10th June 2017

We had a big surprise last week, the children discovered that they liked Jerk Chicken. And by like I mean LOVED Jerk Chicken. Well, they loved the version I made and so much so that Dan Jon asked if we could have it again this week, but I thought that might be a bit too much, so I'm trying to think of something that is similar but also different... leave me your suggestions in the comments!

Jerk Chicken with Sweet Potato