Monday, 12 January 2015

Trotting Along

A horse riding lesson today for J and S, they both still enjoy riding. A new thing today, riding without stirrups, walking and trotting.



J played more of the singing monsters app.

A new book arrived for J today, which he's enjoyed having a look through. He's identified that he has been drawing his characters like Chibis naturally. He's done a couple more drawings.



S received her Lego magazine through the post, J doesn't seem to be receiving one now. I have a vague memory that they stop sending them after age 10, but I can't find that actual info anywhere. 

S copied out a whole recipe she's found and wants to make into her project book. She could have printed it but she chose to write it all in by hand, just because she wanted to. 

We've also looked at the eye today, natural interest, sparked by hubby getting a corneal abrasion. He got something in his eye while cycling this morning. He's now got two lots of eye drops. Thankfully they are supposed to heal very quickly. 

This is the second time that we've looked at the eye recently. J and S had their eyes tested last week, and J now needs glasses. He hasn't got them yet, we should be able to collect them at the end of this week, or the beginning of next. He's short sighted with an astigmatism. After and during our appointments we had lots of discussions about the eye, and sight etc.  

There will be a couple of days gap now until the next blog entry as I'm off to hospital tomorrow for an op. I will return when I can. 

Chocalicious Weekend

Both J and S are enjoying new games on their tablets.

J is enjoying playing My singing Monsters. This website is apparently useful for extra info, on monster breeding. J continues playing the zoo app too. 

S has been enjoying Logo Quiz Prompting discussions about branding. 

S has made chocolate mousse, naming it Chocolicious Delight. Then pretended she was running a restaurant that we had come to for dessert. She's on a real making mission at the minute. Ingredients for more baking were delivered this morning. 

The insta snow continues to be marvelled at, and played with. 

J has been to a Pokemon card meet up at a game shop for a couple of hours, and S has been to gymnastics. 

We've watched and enjoyed Turbo, and Despicable Me 2. Catching up on movies. 

I've been stocking up on magazines for after my operation. I've also got a few books, but in the first couple of days I often struggle to concentrate so I needed something to easily pick up and put down. Quite a novelty really, as I rarely read magazines otherwise. 


Friday, 9 January 2015

Here I am Again!

A long gap since the last blog entry..... AGAIN.... Blah, blah, blah. 

Anyway, lets start from today. Very productive, but also very chill-axed as J said. 

S has been baking, she chose to make chocolate chip cookies, which she did independently. It's still one of her current interests, which she wants to expand on and develop.



J watched a DVD, one of his Christmas presents. The Bear Family and Me. 
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He watched the first episode, and S and I ended up joining him on the sofa to watch the last 15 mins. It was good, and pulled us away from our own activities. 

After reading the DVD case, J mentioned that Gordon Buchanan had been involved with Sprinwatch/Autumnwatch, and then I realised that her had also presented Snow Wolf Family and Me  which is on our to watch list. My mum spotted it was on over Christmas, and told me about, knowing our interest in animals.

S sewed me a felt and ribbon book mark using her machine. It's for me to take into hospital, and for after, when I have a few books lined up to read.


J has been drawing, his own style is really starting to show through. 



J is playing a new game on the tablet, about zoos - Zoo Story 2

We all watched the final episode of the Apprentice on iplayer. S and I disappointed with the result, but J pleased. 

While watching we all used a fresh face mask - Oatifix, that we brought the other day in Lush. J didn't really enjoy the experience, he didn't like the texture and smell. 

The Pheonix  Comic arrived, which both children have picked up and down at various times of the day. 

While in Horsham yesterday, J and I brought a couple of scrapbooks from Wilko, an A4, and an A5 one. Plus we got one of each of the sizes for S too at her request. J and S wanted them for project books to keep everything together on the things they are interested in. They are for them to use as they want. 

J is using one for all things Japan, which he's currently started with drawing of manga characters/animals. The other is for Animals and Zoos. 

S is using one for baking/cafe related information, and one for animal rescue centre, info on animals, design of a centre. S has already customised the front of hers with pictures and doodles. 

Both children have used them today. 

I nearly forgot, it's a good job I have photos to remind me! It snowed today, inside, much to S's joy. Again a Christmas present that tied in with her interests. Snow, she loves snow, and we live in an area that doesn't get much. The last time we did she spent practically the whole day out in it. So until it does snow here, we used Insta snow instead. 






Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Baking Monday

There was an epic thunderstorm last night, it just kept going, on and off all night. Disturbed sleep all around, leading to tiredness today.

J continues to be back playing Minecraft. The last couple of days he's been combining Pokemon, and Minecraft and playing on a Pixelmon server. Plus playing with S on our Minecraft server for a bit. 

S and I made pasties, I can't call them Cornish as they have turnip, not swede in. So I added carrot too. Oh well. We'll just call them meat and veg pasties. We did use Skirt beef though! 




J and I made cookies, he used the same recipe S used last week, but we adapted it a bit. He used plain chocolate chunks, instead of drops, peppermint essence instead of vanilla, and substituted some of the flour for cocoa powder. To make double chocolate mint cookies. 

J is continuing to read through his manga selection he picked from the library last week. S is currently reading Ultra Maniac. This is the second time she's read this series. 

We've also watched the start of Junior Masterchef today. S expressed that she would like to enter Masterchef, or Bake off in a couple of years. Conversations followed about what she would like to make. 

Plus first episode viewing of Gareth's All Star Choir on iplayer. 

At J's request I've ordered Scarlet Ibis. Previously we've listened to White Dolphin, and Sky Hawk on audio CD, and we're currently reading Moon Bear together. Scarlet Ibis was the only one we hadn't read/heard. All by the same author Gill Lewis. S has ordered more Secret Kingdom books. One of her current favourite series to read. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Friday Fun and Frustrations

This top bit is the happy, smiley version of what we've done today. There's a bottom section too!

Friday post means the Phoenix arrives. Which J discovered connected up with our interests, as there is information about Rosetta and the comet. As I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago. I guess it's current news. 


J made a face out of the lunch he got himself.

S made these chocolate chip cookies

Plus later in the day she started using the sewing machine to make bookmarks. It's funny that she's had all the parts for months now, felt, material etc. Somehow today was the day she decided to do it. She does have a table to work on, but she decided to work on the floor. 




There's been TV watching, catching up on two episodes of The Apprentice. J and S particularly enjoyed the Youtube episode. Plus S watched Masterchef the Professionals.





This section is what also happened and how I felt......

Friday, a day, with no out of the house plans. Which ended up with over coming problems. A day of (trying, it was very trying!) to model what to do when things don't go smoothly, head in a different direction, try a different way etc. Whilst also allowing, and accepting as normal, feelings of frustration and annoyance in there too. Not sure I succeeded, to be honest. My annoyances were through gritted teeth, and a few ***** words that something else had gone wrong! 

Deeper questions about why I, or we always end up here. Does everybody? Running behind myself. I know when I talk to people they're probably fed up of my conversations, as they're getting a bit the same and nothing seems to happen. Honestly I'm bored of it, so they probably are too. We've been planning to move, decorate to move, declutter to move for at least six months now. We're still here, and the house isn't even on the market. We seem to need more time, that's why we want to move, it will help create more time. However to be able to move we need time! 

It's probably just end of the week fatigue, but I've had a tough day today physically and mentally. I'm tired, I ache and I'm in pain (I have Adenomyosis) Low level chronic pain is the current most annoying problem. How I feel doesn't seem to have really interfered with what we've done today, but I know it's there and it's annoying. Like an itch I can't scratch.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Frozen But Sunny Wednesday

Bright and early we headed to our local city to watch Frozen as part of the Into Film Festival. This is the second time we've watched it, today all the songs had words written on the screen, and a snowflake bounced along over the words. I could hear my two singing along quietly next to me. We all enjoyed it. 

J has had a good read of the magazine from the cinema, looking at films coming on over the next year, pointing out which ones he'd like to see. Minions was one of those mentioned by J. So knowing the trailer had just come out, we had a watch. 



The Paddington film was mentioned in the magazine too. However, I'm really disappointed with the way Paddington looks, he doesn't look how I remember or imagined Paddington from my childhood. So I'm not sure how I feel about it. Although watching the trailer does make me want to see it. Watch this space. Or if you want to form your own opinions, I've popped the trailer on below. 


To tie in, there is going to be a Paddington trail round London. I fancy doing it, the children are less keen. So that's probably a no go, as there are other things they would prefer to do in London in preference at the minute. Maybe we could fit in a couple along our way. 

This is how I remember Paddington from my childhood. Film below. Must move with the times though, He is a lovable bear whatever form he takes.

Anyway, after the film this morning we headed to a local park, where we met up with some other home edders. For a chat, play and coffee in the sunshine. Both J and S had a great time playing with friends, and I had a lovely time chatting. S spontaneously ended up heading home with a friend to carrying on playing, which included trampoline bouncing fun. J made plans to meet later on our Minecraft server with a friend from the park.

The Minecraft server hasn't been used in ages, it goes in stages, and other games come along in between. So the first time in ages J has been on, and the whole Nitrous Network control panel had been changed. He needed to re white list, and initially got frustrated that it was all new, but we got through and worked out what to do, thanks to the help of a forum.

Once all set up, J decided he wanted to build HMS Warrior, inspired from the Youtube video I emailed him yesterday, at the bottom of yesterdays blog post. He's made a start. Then he played for a bit with his friend on the server. 

One of S's favourite songs at the minute is  All About That Bass, and we've had various conversations around the songs lyrics. At the end of the day S just likes the song, and rhythm. Today we found an alternative version which we're liking, so thought we'd share. What do you think? 


S caught up with the latest Next Step on TV, essential Wednesday evening viewing for her. 

Hubby has finished his latest T shirt design, Pokemon inspired Leafeon

I started a new meditation on Monday, that I previously forgot to mention. It's guided. Oprah and Deepak Energy of Attraction.  I struggle to fit in time to meditate on my own, but somehow setting time aside to listen to a 20 minute audio on my phone is doable. I know I need to do it, it makes me feel better. I signed up last time but only managed about half the days. I'm planning on doing the full 21 days this time. 

Hubby shared with us, about Rosettas Journey which he's been following. Rosetta’s journey, from its launch on 2 March 2004 - to the planned landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. We found these videos useful and interesting Once Upon a Time... Preparing for a comet landing and Ambition the Film

We then ended up talking about the Rosetta Stone, which is currently in the British Museum. We've never been to the British Museum. That has now been added to our (long) list of places we want to visit. J also expressed an interest in wanting to return to the National History Museum to look at their minerals, gems, and rocks section. 

Meanwhile J has finished the selection of Manga books he picked up at the library last week, a few Naruto , a couple of Yu-gi-oh. He's also resorted to reading S's choice of Yotsuba.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Today J and I took a trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. There was a Home ed arranged Laser Quest meet up, and since J has wanted to play laser quest for some time we headed along. He loved it.

For ease, and cost I thought we'd give the park and ride a go. It saves me getting lost driving into Portsmouth, and if we we're going to be longer than two hours it's cheaper too. J loved that we got to go on a double decker bus, we don't get the bus often! 

As soon as we got off the bus we could see HMS Warrior, such an impressive sight. After laser quest, J and I went and had a look round. It's the first time we've visited Warrior. It seems so big inside, four floors. I must admit to feeling claustrophobic on the fourth level, deep inside the ship, particularly as this area was darker too. Repeating Eleanor Roosevelt quote to myself over and over. 'Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You'. I walked through and kept the anxiety at bay. 

J had a go at a couple of the hands on activities in the Action Stations area. 


We got the park and ride bus back, and discovered, that the bus shelter has a living sedum roof, and solar panels. 

The car journey home was a delight too, such a strange looking sky. With a mixture of sun, rain, and some interesting clouds. Then we spotted a rainbow blob on the horizon, and over our journey this developed into a rainbow. Towards the end of the journey, two distinct rainbows could be seen. Such a delight to see. I love rainbows, so colourful. I love colour. They make me feel happy. 



Other bits from today - S had a Lego magazine  in the post which she spent some time reading. J and S played some, well about an hour, of Just Dance 2014. 

I went hunting/ researching for more things around HMS Warrior, for J's direction, I found this Minecraft HMS Warrior Youtube video.