A Mothers Ramblings: April 2019

Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Change In Eating Habits

When I first started doing random food challenges in February, it was because I wanted to change the way our family ate. I wanted our family to be more healthy, to eat a wider range of foods and because the odd occasional change up means that I focus much more on what we as a family are eating and I can sometimes knock some of my unhealthy habits on the head...

It generally works. Now, for example, we eat a wider range of Fish dishes, a wider range of vegetables (even if Flyfour still occasionally moans about them!), the whole family are more willing to try new things (rather than going out to a restaurant and picking the same three dishes our whole lives or the same sandwich fillings) and I may have accidentally given the family an addiction to Salad.

Seriously. They are addicted to Salad.

Lunch Top Ender made of Salad and Quiche

Friday, 19 April 2019

Weekend Meals and Family Time 19-22 April

With this weekend being a little longer thanks to the bank holidays either side, we have more Family time and more fun planned together. Not only do we have a couple of walks planned, a family meal, an Easter Church service, we also have our usual game evening and a movie night planned. On top of that, I've nearly cracked a top score on a computer game that Top Ender and I have a friendly rivalry going on in and to me, that is what is important!

The A Mother's Ramblings Family hanging out together

We're actually really pleased to be able to spend time together again, we got so used to spending time together whilst we were in Amsterdam, that we're missing all of us being together now that Flyfour is back at work. I'm sure in a month or two we'll be at each other's throats again, but for now, we're enjoying being together.

So food wise, this looooooooong weekend we're having;

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Time I Said I Ate Cat Food

Whilst I was doing the weekly shop in Aldi, the woman in front of me at the Checkout was looking at some of the snacks they had for sale and I could see was having an internal debate over if she should buy some crisps or not. Knowing that these particular crisps are very nice, I leant over and said:

"If it helps, I really like them! In fact, I have a large pack in my trolley!"

The woman then told her husband and together they agreed to try them. The lady behind them in the queue had vouched for them after all. A conversation started between us then, about various items in the store that they had selected for purchase and if I'd had them and liked them or if there was anything I could suggest they might like the next time they came in. Luckily there were several items I was able to suggest, including some items my Mum had purchased and had said she loved and they were eagerly writing them down and having a joke that maybe I should move in with them.

PippaD with Tulips. Look how cute I am. Who wouldn't want me to move in with them?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Children Are Growing Up

Whilst we were away in Amsterdam, I was able to look at my children in a new light because we spent every hour of every day together. There was no alone time, we all slept in the same room, we ate together, we prayed together, there was no alone time, there was no other room to escape to (well apart from the bathroom, but we didn't spend much time in there really!), no other commitments to be kept, no work to go to, we went to sleep at the same time, we woke up at the same time.

Of course, this is not too dissimilar to our home life. I see the children every day, eat with them, tuck them into bed, wake them up each morning but here at home, I see them through the lens of a Parent making sure they get to School, that they complete their homework, get to their various after-school clubs and activities and perhaps most importantly ensure they don't become slaves to their electronic devices and computers just like their parents!

Top Ender and Dan Jon Jr on a Bridge over a Canal in Amsterdam

The time we spent together meant that it was easier for me to see how the children had changed. How they have grown up whilst I've basically not been looking because I've been busy being their Mum,


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

A Few Days In Amsterdam

I have wanted to go to Amsterdam FOREVER! Flyfour has gone a few times for work, (no seriously there is this huge trade conference there every year that he goes and meets suppliers and clients at, it really is work!) and each year I am majorly JEALOUS. When the idea came up that we could go during Easter Break, I was really excited, especially as we were going to drive and stop in France and Belgium on the way.

So we stopped in France.

PippaD on a beach in France

And can I just say, how fab and curly does my hair look? I'm a proper Curly Girl Convert!

Monday, 15 April 2019

All Meals W/C 15th April 2019

After having spent time in Amsterdam, my family and I are pleased to not be moving far from home this forthcoming week! We are treating our sore and tired feet to some well-deserved rest and relaxation, whilst helping Top Ender with her Film Studies revision (watch some films and discuss them!) and enjoying time together.

Top Ender and Dan Jon after a long day of walking in Amsterdam

This week, I'm including Friday with the weekend's meals because it is a bank holiday and Flyfour will be at home for a nice long four day weekend. Now, on with the week!


Saturday, 13 April 2019

Weekend Meals and Family Fun 13th April 2019

After our trip to Amsterdam, this weekend is needed to relax, regroup and of course catch up on all the things we have missed. Which is mainly General Conference, Chores and Housework, a bit of Homework and of course backing up all our photographs to a shared folder so we can all see them and decide which ones we want to print out in a photo book to bore family members with as we remember our holiday!

Top Ender looking tiny on a climbing frame in Amsterdam.

Top Ender has been put in charge of our meals this weekend, I'm not sure why, but she has made some great choices so we shall have to try it again in the future!


Friday, 12 April 2019

Isn't That The Kid From The Movie?!

The first night of our holiday to Amsterdam had us following Flyfour around, as he knew the city having been there four times before, me bringing up the rear, with the children holding hands and walking between us. We were all just drinking in the sights and sounds and trying to avoid the smells (honestly I didn't realise that the Cafe's were so pungent!). Everyone was being a little protective of Dan Jon, because he's the smallest out of all us and our baby and well we are all a little protective of him because of his Diabetes.

As we were approaching a crossing, I overheard part of a conversation between some teenagers who I had noticed had been following us for a while, or maybe just coincidentally taking the same route as us.

Top Ender and Dan Jon walking around Amsterdam

Thursday, 11 April 2019

The Kid The Police Were After!

A few months back, Flyfour found a trailer for a film that we hadn't heard anything about. The film looked really great and Dan Jon, Top Ender, Flyfour and I all wanted to go and see it. The film was The Kid Who Would Be King, and by a strange coincidence, we were sent a backpack and hoodie for Dan Jon which bore the name of the film.

Dan Jon was planning to take the hoodie and backpack with us when we went to Amsterdam and so I asked if he'd mind if I took a picture or two in the garden. Dan Jon, of course, was up for that and started pretending that he was in a training montage, running around the patio and up and down the steps to the lawn. 

Dan Jon wearing his The Kid Who Would Be King Hoodie

It was really funny, and we were both in fits of giggles over it all and were singing the Rocky Theme music. I was leaning against the wall of The Folly because I was giggling so hard and couldn't stand up straight. We were joking that the Police Helicopter we could hear above us were watching us, but didn't think much of it, after all, they were after some evil doers and we are good doers and they weren't really interested in a photo shoot going on in somebody's back garden.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Dan Jon's Younger Fan

Dan Jon has been a Playground helper on the Key Stage One Playground since the start of the current School year. He loves it because he loves being helpful, he likes doing a bit of weekly service and he, like me, loves hanging out with younger children because they are generally really cool and don't even realise that they are.

Dan Jon at School

Every Wednesday, Dan Jon eats his lunch quickly before heading out to the Keystage One playground and playing with the children, or being a door monitor and opening the door for the children who need to use the bathroom, or something else that the lunchtime supervisors ask for him and the other Wednesday helpers to do.

There is just one little thing that has caused a little bit of an issue for Dan Jon. He's caught the eye of a rather lovely little lady, who is kind of determined that Dan Jon will be hers... She's even tried kidnapping him after School and this little lady is STRONG, I almost couldn't keep ahold of him!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Wrong Way Home

Last Friday evening one of Top Ender's friends asked if I would mind giving him a lift home. I didn't mind because he is a great friend, a great young man and he only lives five minutes away. In fact, if we hadn't of moved from the home we lived in before the home we are in now, we would have practically have been neighbours living just a minute walk away and probably would have been able to wave to each other from various bedroom windows!

Top Ender and I had planned on visiting her Nanny after School, for a few minutes to say hello and to drop off some of her artwork which we had at our home. She too had moved on to the estate we had previously lived on and again, had we not moved we would have been able to have seen her home from our previous home! She, however, wouldn't have been able to see us as she is in a bungalow!

It's actually a great estate as one of my best friends also moved onto it a year or so back. Again, had we not moved, we would have been able to see her home from ours... in fact, you can see it from my Mother-in-laws home!

Top Ender at our old front door at our current home!

Monday, 8 April 2019

What To Do On My Birthday?

My fortieth birthday is coming up and according to my friends, who for the most part have all had their fortieth birthdays, I need to do something special, because a big birthday like this has to be marked as it is a special occasion.

I spoke with Flyfour about it, he reminded me that back when we met my Mum had not long celebrated her fortieth Birthday and I said that I wanted to do the same as she did, a huge party for family and friends. I don't want that now, mainly because I've realised that Parties are not my thing, I prefer to go for a little while then quietly sneak away and let the Party animals keep on partying. I couldn't do that if it was my own party!

PippaD on her birthday with a giant candle

Sunday, 7 April 2019

The Right Place At The Right Time

Last week, I kept reminding myself that I needed to contact a fellow School Governor, but I kept forgetting. Eventually, I remembered, so sent him a quick Whatsapp message, to which he replied and we agreed to meet up that morning. The fellow Governor offered me a couple of times to meet and as it wasn't going to be long, ten minutes or so just really a chance for us to touch base, I opted for the earlier time. We met up and our conversation took way longer than the ten minutes we had allowed and as the fellow Governor had a meeting he needed to go to at the School, I agreed to hang around for an hour or so in the Staff Room so that when he had finished in his meeting, we could finish our conversation and then we could have another conversation with a member of the School staff.

I didn't mind, hanging out in the Staff Room isn't a bad place to hang out, even if I don't have the key to where they hide the good biscuits.

PippaD hanging out at School on a Previous visit

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Weekend Meals and Family Time

This weekend is going to be brilliant, we're having one of our special holiday in a day weekends! I can't really share where we are going or what we are doing, because the children will cheat and use this blog post to find out, but we are planning on having a lot of family time together and so watch out for posts on Instagram and Facebook of what we are up to and where we are!

It's going to be a very early start, so a breakfast of cereal bars whilst the children and I probably sleep in the car on the way to our destination. We have Music ready to play, a few games to play with wipeable markers and laminated pouches and a tonne of sweets and other treats for when we get bored!

The A Mother's Ramblings Crew out on an Adventure!

Friday, 5 April 2019

Time Travelling - Again!

It's well known in our home, that I'm pretty sure I can time travel. I found a picture of a child who looks like me in a book once and I've either forgotten I can time travel, or the theory Top Ender has, where Time Travel is invented in my lifetime and then I go back and take younger me back in time (goodness knows why) hasn't happened yet, which is why I don't remember it...

Now, it's not just me. Yup, now we know that Dan Jon Jr is also a Time Traveller and he too doesn't have any memory of travelling back in time, but we have photographic evidence. Again!

It all started the Saturday evening before Mother's Day. I was pretending to watch TV with Flyfour, but really I was scrolling through Facebook. I came across a picture in a local group I belong to from 1988 and had been taken from the Living Archive of Milton Keynes. The picture had caught my eye, as I knew where it was taken (which is unusual for me, having not grown up in Milton Keynes) and as I was looking, I saw Dan Jon in the picture.

Seriously! See if you can spot him.

A picture from 1988, with Dan Jon in it!


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Bin Day Embarrassment!

Last Thursday, AKA Bin Day I MAJORLY embarrassed myself and because I know you like to live vicariously through me, here are all the details.

So, in Milton Keynes, we have Green Wheelie Bins for Green waste. They are about three foot tall and, well Flyfour and I fill it with the waste from the garden. You know, grass clippings, weeds, bits of the trees I've cut down, leaves and dead flowers too. Any food waste goes in too, so it's often full of bits of bones, egg shells, bits of Spring Onion, Veggie peelings, fruit waste etc.

The Green Waste Bin, Recycling, General Rubbish and Glass Collection Box

The end result is that the bin can erm, well it can stink and so I'd made the executive decision that this week as the bin needed a wash and it was sunny and would dry quite quickly, as soon as it was emptied I'd give it a good clean and hope I didn't get covered in the gunk because then I'd stink too.

I heard the green waste lorry come about ten minutes before I ventured outside, so I went to bring the bin back onto my driveway so I could give it a little wash.


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Witch In The Woods

Saturday afternoon, Flyfour and I decided to go for a walk on the Ashridge Estate. We asked if the children would like to join us, even offering them sweets, but they declined. So we set off on an adventure on our own, via a shop to get some sweets! Flyfour had been plenty of times (Twice and one of those was when he was about nine) but had looked it up on the internet, so knew where we were parking and had a rough idea of which of the routes we could be taking for our last minute walk.

Only we ended up going the wrong way and instead of getting lost, we came upon a shack which looked... Well, it looked interesting.

The Witches Shack In The Woods


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

I'm So Excited For General Conference!

This weekend is General Conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I've explained what General Conference is a few times before, but I think that this Video created by Third Hour, explains a little bit better than I did.

Watching this video gave me all the emotions of watching General Conference. I laughed, I cried and I've had this song stuck in my head for days now.



Monday, 1 April 2019

All Meals W/C 1st April 2019

April Already?! It's like one month and a day to my birthday and it's nearly Easter and everything is so exciting! Okay, so maybe not everything is so exciting, just enough that I'm excited because everything is awesome at the AMR House!

Don't Forget To Be Awesome!

On with the week!