A Mothers Ramblings: 2007

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Swimming and School Worries for Top Ender

Last night Top Ender went swimming with Daddy, whilst Mummy stayed at home and ate junk food whilst watching a TV programme recorded from the night before.

Top ender jumped straight in to the swiming poll and swam off much to Daddy's amusment as normally it is a fight to get her to swim at all.

Top Ender at Bacton Beach

This morning Top ender also confirmed why it was she didn't want to go to school - it turns out she thought that all schools were boarding schools and she would miss me too much!

Really must stop her watching Madeline and reading my old books to her!

Monday, 1 January 2007

Family Fun List

Daddy and I have a wish list of things that we would like to do with Top Ender and Big Boy before they are too big to appreciate the magic in everyday life. As this blog is a record of the fun things that we do as a family, we thought that you might like a list of the Family Fun we want to get up to.

We will keep adding to this list as we think of things that would be fun or as Top Ender and Big Boy come up with suggestions as they grow, if you have an idea for us feel free to suggest it!

1.) Go in a Helicopter
2.) Go Camping in every county in England
3.) Read the Top 100 Children's Books together
4.) Watch a Sunrise and a Sunset in one day
5.) Go to Disney Land and meet our favourite characters
6.) Be a voice in a cartoon
7.) Take a Family Portrait
8.) Ride on a Steam Train
9.) Go to a Movie Premier
10.) Enter a conker competition
11.) Go to a Beach Party
12.) Go Dog Racing
13.) See how a film is made
14.) See where some of our favourite films were filmed
15.) Go to an Outdoor concert
16.) Go to a Drive in Theatre
17.) Sleep on an overnight train
18.) Climb Big Ben Clock Tower
19.) Meet someone famous
20.) Go to Lapland to see Santa
21.) Go into Space
22.) Go see a West End Show
23.) See a Volcano
24.) Enter an Art Competition
25.) Climb a Mountain
26.) Raise money for charity
27.) See wild Dolphins
28.) Climb a waterfall
29.) Learn a Second Language
30.) Experience the culture of another Country
31.) Build a huge sandcastle
32.) Solve a Maze
33.) Learn to Swim
34.) Learn to cook
35.) Try National dishes from other countries
36.) Go on a Road Trip
37.) Go Tobogganing
38.) Enter a Photography competition
39.) Bury a Time Capsule
40.) Milk a Cow
41.) Enter a film competition
42.) Make an invention
43.) Live in a Manor House (even if only for a couple of days!)
44.) Visit a light house
45.) Swim in the Sea
46.) Climb a tree
47.) Go to Loch Ness and look for Nessie
48.) Be on Television
49.) Roll down a really big hill
50.) Walk along the Canal
51.) Walk Coast to Coast in Scotland
52.) Visit the USA
53.) Visit the London Dungeons
54.) Visit a Museum to see a famous historic piece
55.) Visit an Art Gallery to see a famous piece of art
56.) Ride a Horse/pony
57.) Go to Legoland
58.) Visit a Windmilll
59.) Go to France
60.) Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
61.) Go to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
62.) Be a Zoo Keeper (or Safari Park!) for the day
63.) Visit a Chocolate factory
64.) Go on a Cruise
65.) Use a Metal Detector
66.) Plant a tree
67.) Grow their own food
68.) Pick their own food
69.) Eat in the Rainforest Cafe
70.) Eat in the Hard Rock Cafe
71.) Visit John O' Groats
72.) Visit Lands End
73.) Visit a Desert Island
74.) Take a trip on the London Eye
75.) Visit to The Eden project
76.) Visit to Thomas Land
77.) Visit to Digger Land
78.) Visit to Sanrio Puroland (Hello Kitty to you and me)
79.) Visit Bletchley Park
80.) Holiday on the Broads
81.) Stay in a Hotel
82.) Have Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
83.) Watch a Football Match
84.) Watch a Basketball Match
85.) Watch an Ice Hockey Match
86.) Grow a really tall Sunflower
87.) Have a snowball fight
88.) Go to Gardaland
89.) Visit Italy and see the sights
90.) Visit Paris and see the sights
91.) Visit Japan
92.) Visit China
93.) Visit Australia
94.) Dance in the rain
95.) See the Aurora Borealis
96.) Swim in an outdoor pool
97.) Win a Baking Competition
98.) Visit a Butterfly Farm
99.) Have something made just for us
100.) See a Meteor Shower
101.) Walk alongside Hadrians Wall (maybe not all of it though!)
102.) Think of more things to do!

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A Mothers Ramblings is the true story of an ordinary British family that like to have fun with everything they do. They don't mean to be funny, but quite often find themselves having conversations or in situations that wouldn't be out of place in a Classic British sitcom.

The blog is written by Mummy AKA PippaD. Pippa is not your typical British Mummy Blogger although she does cook, clean, garden, play with her children and write this blog! Pippa is well known for her creative lunches, for asking very random questions and her love of having fun and Dr Pepper. If she isn't on a fun day out with her Family, then you will find her at home playing with her children, exercising whilst trying to watch Neighbours or trying to sort out the junk drawer. You can also find her at Pippa World where she is blogging about her weight loss journey and random thoughts that pop in her head.

Daddy is the head of the household and every so often on Twitter where he is known as Flyfour. His twitter stream includes pictures of what he and the family are up to, the funny things he sees and his love of gaming. Daddy occasionally writes blog posts, is in charge of the 3D projector and makes a great Wheat and Gluten free Apple Crumble. During the week he stays in Birmingham and there is nothing that Daddy likes better than a date night or making the perfect Gluten free Scone...
Top Ender is Twelve years old and always looking for fun. She is occasionally on Twitter but more than likely she is practising her Violin or watching Winx cartoons. Top Ender's biggest ambition is to own a sweet shop, whilst holding down a full time career as a Fashion Designer/Model/Pop Star/Best Selling Author/Dancer/TV Star. Knowing how determined Top Ender is she'll probably add Prime Minister to the list as well.
Big Boy is Seven and likes everything, even more so if it is Red. Big Boy was diagnosed as being a Type 1 Diabetic on Friday the 13th July 2012, and started Insulin Pump therapy on 13th February 2014 but neither stop him having fun! He's been at  School for nearly two whole years, and loves his Special Friday Lunch Boxes and as he has "finally" (his words) learnt how to read he loves to write his own books. His typing and language skills on Twitter are fantastic and he will continue trying to find a way to live at the local play park.

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Facts about Top Ender

Top Ender ready for School

*Born January

*Favourite Colour: Pink and Purple

*Favourite Popstar: Taylor Swift

*Favourite Food: Lasagne

*Favourite Chocolate: Terrys Chocolate Orange or Double Deckers

*Favourite Toy: Daisy the Rabbit unless my Mobile Phone counts as a toy!

*Favourite Book: The Selection or anything YA Fiction

*Favourite TV Programme: The Good Place or Grand Designs

*Most often seen wearing: A hoodie

Facts about Dan Jon Jr

Big Boy playing on the beach in the rain

*Born in May

*Favourite Colour: Cyan

*Favourite Music: Benny Andersson Orchestra or music by Parry Gripp

*Favourite Food: Toad in the Hole, Macaroni Cheese, any pudding and Veggie Fish Fingers.

*Favourite Chocolate: Kit Kat Chunky.

*Favourite Toy: The DS, the Wii, the Wii U, the XBox360, the XBox One, the PS3 or Lego!

*Favourite Book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton (or anything like that!).

*Favourite TV Programme: What's TV? Do you mean Youtube Channel?

*Most often seen wearing: Tracksuit bottoms, even though his Mum hates them!

Facts about PippaD

PippaD Top British Mummy Blogger

*Born May 2nd sometime in the late 1970's

*Favourite Colour: Red

*Favourite Popstar: I don't have one :o(

*Favourite Food: Chicken and Egg Fried Rice

*Favourite Chocolate: Giant Buttons

*Favourite Toy: The Alexa or Google Home

*Favourite Book: Sophies World

*Favourite TV Programme: Grey's Anatomy or whatever is on my Netflix list

*Most often see wearing: A Smile!

Facts about Flyfour

Daddy from A Mothers Ramblings

*Born January 17th sometime in the late 1970's

*Favourite Colour: Blue

*Favourite Popstar: Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud

*Favourite Food: Chicken Curry, Nando's or something from Tortilla!

*Favourite Chocolate: Terrys Chocolate Orange

*Favourite Toy: Any Gadget

*Favourite Book: One Mummy hasn't taken off me and read ahead in

*Favourite TV Programme: The Simpsons

*Most often see wearing: Posh Shirts and Trousers