A Mothers Ramblings: June 2018

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 23rd June 2018

I was so out of sorts yesterday that despite working out what we were going to eat for the week, I didn't properly write it down or even go shopping to buy the food... So this morning I'm doing those jobs as well as preparing for a slightly impromptu hang out session that Dan Jon has organised at our house for his friends later today.

Dan Jon being all cute and one with nature

With all that in mind, here's what we're eating this week.


Friday, 22 June 2018

A Rainbows and Brownies Trip to Pets At Home

Top Ender has been volunteering with a local Rainbows and Brownies group as a young leader for over a year now and I have to say it has been amazing seeing how confident she is, how great she is with the small ones (and not so small ones) and how much the Leaders properly trust and love her.

Recently, a trip was organised (on two successive nights) for the Rainbows and Brownies to visit Pets at Home, where they would learn about Animals, get some hands-on experience and of course the all-important, finish off some work that would qualify them for a badge.

Top Ender at one of our local Pets at Home in Milton Keynes. We're greedy we have two and another just about fifteen minutes from our house in Buckingham.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Dan Jon's Adventure To The Phlebotomist

Once a year Dan Jon has an annual blood test done at our local hospital. It's to do with his Diabetes and is just to check that he hasn't developed any other auto-immune diseases and I'm sure other stuff that I've forgotten since we were first told we needed to attend these appointments each year. Our most recent appointment was scheduled for 4pm on a Thursday afternoon, a couple of weeks ago.

Now; If you have been reading my blog posts over the last few weeks, you will have seen that Flyfour's car was off the road for a few days when he ran over some metal in the road and it caused a massive rip in his tyre. In order to go to work, you know so we could pay the bills to buy a new tyre, Flyfour needed to take my car to work.

Not a problem, but when you suddenly realise that you are responsible for a tiny human who has an appointment at the hospital that afternoon, you have to go on an Adventure.

Dan Jon before School

Monday, 18 June 2018

Packed Lunches W/C 18th June 2018

I did think that the Packed lunches were going to kill me, but the weekend before we started having lunches again, I made up a months worth of Sandwich Sushi and Wraps, so that I can easily pull them out of the freezer of a morning and have lunch ready in just a few seconds.

Top Ender and Dan Jon having a hug in the Morning School Run Photo

The other benefit of this, is that I only have to think of two lunches a week and this week one of those lunches makes a batch, so we'll be good next week for lunches on three days, leaving me to just think up one new lunch and then I'll come up with even more ideas for July.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 16th June 2018

I actually cheated and made this meal plan when I made last weeks meal plan. I did it because I was trying to be smart and reduce the amount of time I spend meal planning and because I was planning on my friend having her baby this weekend... it didn't work! The baby came early, and even though all the meals this week (During Monday to Friday) are able to be made by Top Ender in case I was not here and looking after my friend or her daughter I've decided that this week I'll just sit back and relax and let Top Ender take the strain this week whilst I drink all the fruit tea I want!

Fruit Tea in the Garden


Friday, 15 June 2018

The Roundabout Date Night

As is usual in our household, there are times when we work together like a finely oiled machine. There are other times, when, well, when we don't.

One Tuesday evening as I was taking Top Ender to her Youth group, Flyfour gave me a call and let me know that he had a flat tyre, well actually it was a ripped tyre not a flat tyre and he was going to be late home. He didn't have a spare tyre and so was waiting for a Recovery Truck to come to rescue him. The worse news for him was he was just over a five-minute drive from home.

Flyfour's Ripped Tyre


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Doing Too Much?

Twice within four hours, isn't a coincidence is it?

Twice within four hours, is someone telling you something that you need to possibly take a second look at. A few months back, two people told me that I do too much and as it was within a four hour period, and it made me think.

Was I doing too much?

In fact, now that I thought about it, over the last few weeks before the two people infour hours there had been three or four comments made by different people about how much I do and if I do too much.

PippaD sitting on the sofa not doing very much at all

Monday, 11 June 2018

Packed Lunches W/C 11th June 2018

A few months back, (I just checked it was October 2016 that I last did it, so more than a few months ago!) I provided both Top Ender and Dan Jon with a packed lunch every day. I loved doing it for them, working out the number of carbs in a meal for Dan Jon, ensuring that they both got the different sandwiches or other carb based foods that they liked and you know sneaking in the occasional treat. When Dan Jon swapped to Hot Lunches at School I was so upset, but it was his choice and I'm a firm believer in letting the children have responsibility for themselves!

I did suggest to the children, however, that for the last part of the term they swap back to packed lunches so that they could make the most of the weather. At Dan Jon's Primary School, the children can eat their packed lunch on the School field during nice periods of weather and well, it was also a bit cheaper!

Everything is GREAT

Last week, was the first week and I bulk made a few lunches for the freezer for them and purchased a few weeks worth of "extras" like pudding pots, sweet treats, popcorn etc. Mainly this was just in case I wasn't here one morning, as I'm currently on standby for looking after one of my friend's daughter when my friend goes to the hospital to have her baby!

Anyway, here is what they are eating this week.


Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Baptism Talk - Candy Floss Edition

Sometimes I think I'm going a little bit crazy because I write a blogpost and swear that I've had it published, but I look over my published posts and it is missing. Which is what happened when a friend recently asked for a copy of my Candy Floss talk that I gave what seems like ages ago and I couldn't find this here post! Apparently, typing the title of the talk was enough for me, well until now! I based this talk on the object lesson Meck Mom talked about in her video back in 2016 and have it here in case you want to give something similar at a Baptism you are asked to speak at.

John the Baptist baptising Jesus Christ colouring page

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 9th June 2018

Every week when I think about what we are eating the next week, what plans we have for various clubs and activities etc I am always shocked at how soon each week is coming round. I'm not sure if it is because we are busy, because we are happy or because of the speeding up of time but whatever the reason here is my meal plan for the coming week and you can imagine me with a shocked face!

A Home Made Nando's with Chicken, Wedges, Coleslaw and Potato Salad


Friday, 8 June 2018

June's Holiday In A Day

When we started doing the Holiday's in a day, the idea was that other than for Flyfour and I, it would be a surprise, where we were going and what we were doing. The children loved this and were happy for the surprises as long as they knew that we would follow a certain routine (Activity 1, Lunch, Activity 2, Activity 3, Supper) so they would know what to expect, without knowing what exactly we were doing.

Then of course came the idea, that they wanted to plan something. We managed to get them to agree to plan a trip with one adult, so Top Ender picked Flyfour and Dan Jon got left with me to help organise a Holiday in a day trip. Dan Jon and I got to go first and we decided our trip would be in June and so quickly started planning together. Dan Jon wanted to do a sort of treasure hunt, which luckily doubled up with something I had been thinking of doing and so, everything came together quite quickly.

Family Fun in Oxford

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Brilliant Friend

As with most of the children in the world right now, Dan Jon loves playing on his computer with his friends. Some of them live on the other side of the world, some of them used to live locally and have since moved away, some are the children of other bloggers whom he has met at blogging events we've been to and some, well some are children he sees almost every day at School!

One Saturday afternoon, Dan Jon was playing online with a friend who lives about a ten-minute walk away and they were having a great giggle together.

I had been out for most of the day, and popped in to check the family was all still alive before popping back out again to take my Mum home and do a quick top up shop of everything I had forgotten the day before (mainly salad, for some reason I forgot to buy any salad and it was on my list like four times!).

Dan Jon playing on the Consoles

Monday, 4 June 2018

Dan Jon's Fidget Spinner Phone

There are lots of reasons I love my husband, I listed some of them just the other week when I told you all that I was a Lucky Lady, but there is another reason. It's because sometimes, Flyfour finds things which are just AMAZING and perfect for our family.

Dan Jon's birthday was one of those times.

Dan Jon Jr being all cute

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Evening Meals W/C 2nd June 2018

So the meal plan this week has the children back on Packed lunches, with the exception of Top Ender having a Curry on a Tuesday and Dan Jon having Fish and Chips on a Friday.

I can't say I'm unhappy about this, I love making packed lunches for the children!

A Pasta Packed Lunch


Friday, 1 June 2018

Leighton Buzzard Children's Trail

I grew up in Leighton-Linslade. I know the High Street as well as I know, well as well as I know anywhere I guess and so when I heard about the Children's trail, I knew that eventually, we'd get round to doing it, I just didn't know it would take so long!

The plan was that Top Ender and Dan Jon would follow the map to work out where each clue was and that Flyfour and I would just be the back up as we went quite late on a Saturday night and the pubs were full of people.

The route starts at the Leighton Buzzard library and finishes...well just up the road from the Leighton Buzzard Library, which is handy when you park at the Library end of town.

Top Ender On the Leighton Buzzard Children's Trail