Tuesday, 30 September 2008
We are at the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party tonight, and I'm not sure how/if we will make it all the way through the day, as we've been woken up so early!! And as we are staying off-site we can't nip back to the hotel in the middle of the day for a rest!! So we will be spending the whole day and evening at Magic Kingdom! I can't wait!!!
Another wonderful Disney invention is the Guest Assistance Pass. I talked to Guest Services this morning and explained that Little Prince has ADHD and asked if there was any way they could help us with queuing so that he didn't annoy the other guests. We were given a Pass that allows us to enter rides/meet characters by a different entrance. This saved us so much time, as mainly we were sent straight through the Fast Pass entrance. I felt a little guilty, almost as though we were pushing in or getting unearned priveliges. But then on the rides where we didn't use it, Little Prince was a pain and could have ended up hurting himself or others. At one point I was waiting for Little Prince and Mad Cat Lady who were riding Soarin' and I nearly cried (probably over tired and emotional lol) thinking how hard this holiday could have been with just me and Mad Cat Lady to wrangle Little Prince, but Disney make it all ok :-)
We spent most of the morning in the front part of EPCOT, exploring all the rides Little Prince wanted to go on. He loved everything and each ride he came off he announced that one was his favourite!! After lunch we started to travel round World Showcase. We visited Canada and then the UK, and were just crossing the bridge to France when Little Prince said he felt ill. We only just had time to drag him over to the hedges before he threw up everywhere!! For the second time today, the first time was in the hotel bathroom this morning!! As soon as he'd been sick he felt tonnes better and wanted to carry on exploring. We kept a very close eye on him as we carried on travelling round the world, but he seemed fine again! Its getting quite worrying though as he isn't eating or drinking properly and keeps being sick!! We spent the next few hours visiting the rest of the countries in World Showcase, and rode both Maelstrom in Norway and Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico.
We then came back into Future World and re-rode the Figment ride and the Nemo ride. We wanted to go on Ellen's Energy Adventure but unfortunately it was closed, which we had to keep reminding Little Prince of every few minutes, when he again asked to go on it!
We were all tired and achy so we went to the Electric Umbrella cafe for some tea, nuggets and fries and drinks. Little Prince said he was hungry and wanted nuggets and grapes. But as soon as he sat down at the table, he couldn't eat anything. He did manage his second chocolate milk, so at least he has had some nourishment!! We did have to rush him to the bathroom as he thought he was going to be sick, but luckily it was just some dramatic retching!!!
We then made our way to our designated bus stop to wait for our bus back to the hotel. We had been waiting for a few minutes when Little Prince told us he was desperate for the toilet. I left all my things with Mad Cat Lady and me and Little Prince rushed to the toilets. He worried and panicked the whole way there and back that we would miss the bus and be stuck at EPCOT forever!! He was very relieved to see Mad Cat Lady still waiting when we got back!! The bus was twenty minutes late, and by the time it arrived Little Prince had once again convinced himself that we were going to be stuck there all night and that the Monorails would be our only way out!!! The drama didn't end there, when the bus finally arrived we were stood waiting to get on when it suddenly started to drive backwards, I had to grab Little Prince out of the way as he was about to be hit by the buses door!!! Very scary!!! The bus driver suddenly realised, jumped in his seat and put the brakes on!!! The rest of the journey back to the hotel was uneventful, Little Prince fell asleep before we'd even left the bus station!! I had to carry him back to the room, while Mad Cat Lady carried all his stuff (sunglasses, Mickey light up toy, EPCOT mask!!).
Back in the room I got Little Prince straight in bed, he'll have to have a bath tomorrow. Then I sat here and blogged about our day. I think I'm definitely addicted to blogging!!!!!
Monday, 29 September 2008
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Well the packing is done. The shopping for Mr Messy and Drama Teen is done. Its almost time to bath Little Prince and get him to bed. And I don't know if I want to go!! I love Disney. But I love my family more and I'm leaving most of them behind. I want us all to be there. I'm sure I'll have a great time once I'm there, its the thought of saying goodbye to Mr Messy and Drama Teen tomorrow that's making me sad.
Friday, 26 September 2008
Every Friday before school finishes they hold a Merit Assembly where the children are awarded certificates and house points for good behaviour and good work from during the week. Parents are invited to attend, and whenever I remember (most weeks - I'm getting better!!) I go along. I'm so glad I remembered this week as Little Prince was awarded a Head Teacher's Award for "always providing good answers to science questions." I am so proud of him I could burst :-)
The teachers are learning more about how to handle him now though, as they don't let him hold his certificate like the other children do (he eats it!!) they present it to him and then 'look after it' for him until the end of the assembly. Although while stood up at the front of the assembly he did sit on the table swinging his legs (all the other children stood nicely!!) and somehow (he swears it was a accident!!) managed to blow the candle out too!! I rang Mr Messy to tell him once I got home and he was killing himself laughing!!! They are as bad as each other!!
And I spoke to Mr Messy at work (he gets up long before my alarm goes off!) and he's feeling a LOT better today, which is a huge relief :-) He still feels a bit wooly headed, but other than that he's fine :-) I also spoke to Little Prince's teacher and have asked that he be able to do the same weekly spelling tests that his class mates do, only verbally. He had been doing spellings, but this week had been changed to practise writing during the week (the only child in the class to do so) and was feeling that he wasn't good enough to do spellings. His teacher understood completely and said she would change him over as soon as we were back from our hols. I also asked about the Ed Psych's visit and she said that he didn't give any new info about Little Prince, just confirmed what we already know - that he has problems with concentration and fine motor control. Although he did say that Little Prince had higher than average understanding too, which I knew but its nice when the professionals agree :-) The last thing we talked about was the incident when the other child got hurt yesterday, I reiterated that Little Prince needs high levels of supervision and that someone needs to be thinking ahead for him (he doesn't do that himself!) and if they can see a situation that is likely to develop into one where someone gets hurt, they need to intervene BEFORE it happens!! Fingers crossed they'll get the message now!!!
Thursday, 25 September 2008
And on the subject of overly waffy!! I was talking to my friend (Little Prince's girlfriend's mum) at swimming and she was telling me what had happened at school today. Little Prince had been swinging one of the 'stilts' (see picture) round by its rope, let go of it and it had hit another child and badly cut her head. I know the child's mum so immediately rang up and apologised and asked how the child was, she has had to have butterfly stitches and has a slight headache, but is otherwise ok. I could have cried. How? Why? What was going on?? According to the child's mum (who lives directly opposite school so can see what goes on in the playground) all the children do that and no one has thought to stop them, and I'm not to blame Little Prince. She is writing a letter complaining about the lack of supervision (her older child was also hurt today by an even older child throwing stones at him!!) during breaktimes. I don't know what to do! My child was the "aggressor" here, but the school know he has issues and I warned them he would probably be worse this week (due to the upheaval of LMS going back to Uni and missing her) and he had a different teacher. He was probably a ticking timebomb and unfortunately this time someone has got hurt. I know what Little Prince is like, he is no angel, but he wouldn't deliberately hurt another child (well apart from his sisters!!) BUT he gets carried away and once he is revved up he finds it almost impossible to calm back down again. He NEEDS very close supervision, not the teachers/dinner ladies standing in the doorway drinking their cuppas and not taking any notice of the kids - which I've observed on more than one occassion!!
When I got home I decided to get most of the packing done :-) I've still got bits and bobs left to put in the suitcase, and I should probably check if I really need all the stuff I've stuffed in there as its much fuller than I thought it would be!! I can't believe its almost time to go :-) Look out Mickey - here we come :-)
I also got a phone call from Little Prince's school Education Psychologist who had been observing Little Prince yesterday and needed to set up a meeting with me and Mr Messy to discuss his findings. We won't be able to make it next week, as its a bit far to "pop" back from Florida, so the meeting is scheduled for the week after. He wasn't giving anything away, so I have no idea if there is anything to worry about!! So I'll probably just worry!!!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
I got a phone call from a very upset LMS when I was about to set off home! She is very sad and homesick, her housemates are annoying her, she is tired and she is fed up :-( I wish there was more I could do than mutter platitudes!! Its so hard having your babies sad and not being able to even give them a hug!!! I got Mr Messy to ring her too and have spoken to her since then and she seems slightly better and a bit more cheerful. Hopefully once lectures start and their internet is connected things will get even better and she will settle down again. Love you LMS xxxxx
When I was almost home I got another phone call, from Drama Teen! I said I was almost home and she said she would tell me her news once I got home then!! Of course I insisted on knowing what she was on about right away! She had hurt her finger playing basketball in PE, and it was all swollen and bruised!!! This is the daughter who has broken her thumb twice before, usually just before we go on holiday!!! So I was a bit panicky!!! OK OK I was VERY panicky!!!! I raced the rest of the way home, rang the doctors and then we sped off to the surgery!! Passing my friend and her husband (a Policeman!!!) at high speed through the village!!! The doctor wasn't sure if it was broken or not, and recommended using cold compresses and seeing how it was doing in a couple of hours! I spoke to Mr Messy and he said that as he is working away most of this week, and as I'm off on holiday at the end of the week it was probably best to get it checked properly at casualty this evening!!! So I've arranged for Mad Cat Lady to come and look after Little Prince and me and Drama Teen will go to casualty and get her finger x-rayed and see what's happened. Keep your fingers crossed it isn't broken - its her right hand (she's right handed) and she's just started her GCSEs!!!! Its never dull around here!!!!
I've been waiting for the groceries to be delivered, and now they have been and have been safely put away, I'm off out!! My glasses broke this morning, so I'll visit the opticians and see if they can fix them. While I'm there I'll be cheeky and see if they can fix my sunglasses too, ready for Florida :-) I've tried to find new sunglasses but I don't like the current styles, and my broken ones are so cute - with a little diamante Mickey in the corner of one lens!! I don't have to be back to pick Little Prince up as he is going to a friend's house straight from school, so I can have a nice relaxing afternoon at the shops :-) Hopefully that will cheer me up!!
Monday, 22 September 2008
Little Prince wanted a friend to come and play after school, and they are busily destroying the lounge at the moment!
Drama Teen brought one of her friends home from the bus, and friend was in tears!! Apparently another girl had drawn nasty pictures and written friend's name on it and everyone on the bus was laughing!! I gave friend lots of hugs, and then rang the other girl's parents and told them what had gone on. It WILL be dealt with!!
When we got back to the cottage we got her male housemate to carry the bookshelves in for us :-) LMS unpacked the microwave and she and another housemate oohed and aaahed over it and got quite excited!! We then decided that we would all watch LMS build her first ever flat pack (the bookshelves)!! She was rescued by the arrival of one of the housemates Dad's who builds flatpacks for a living!! His face was a picture when he came in and saw what they were trying to do lol.
Then all of a sudden it was time for me to be dropped off at the station. LMS and housemate took me there as LMS wasn't sure of the way home from the station, but housemate is a local girl and could direct her. I was quite nervous about the journey, not having much experience of train journeys and connecting trains!! LMS assured me I would be fiiiiiiine :-) I only waited a few minutes for the train to arrive, and it was almost empty so I found a nice seat and settled down to read my book. I was on there for about three hours, so I got a lot of reading done!
I had to spend an hour at the next station waiting for my connection, but I bought a drink, found somewhere to sit and carried on reading. Its not often I get the chance to read without being interrupted, so it was a lovely treat. When I got on the next train I found myself sitting opposite to the same lady as on the last train!! We did the English thing - smiled distantly at each other and ignored each other for the rest of the journey, apart from to say goodbye lol.
I was very impressed with the guard on the train, he found a mum and young son on the train who had missed their stop. When he told them this the little boy sobbed and seemed very very scared, poor lad. The guard had a word with the driver and they made an unscheduled stop at the next station and he told them how to get back to where they should have been - what a lovely man :-) The journey was very hard, getting further and further away from LMS and missing her so much. I hope everyone around me thought the tears I was constantly fight back were because of my book!!
The nearer we got to my destination the more excited I was about seeing Mr Messy, Drama Teen and Little Prince, so I was quite disappointed that they weren't on the platform to meet me. However, as I got to the station entrance - there they were :-) I got a HUGE, clinging hug off Little Prince who kept telling me how much he'd missed me, its nice to be loved :-) But I think it also shows that he isn't as secure as he could be :-( Though he has come on in leaps and bounds, a year ago he couldn't have coped at all with Mummy being away overnight!!
We went out for tea on the way home. Little Prince decided on pasta, but as soon as it arrived he decided he didn't want pasta!! It was late and he was over excited so we just let him eat what he could and fed him bits of our meals.
We had a lovely visit and lunch with Mum and Dad and it was great to see Dad looking so well again :-) But inevetibily we had to say our goodbyes and set off again. This leg of the journey was longer and more tiring, by the time I could have done with a rest we were almost there so we ploughed on. When we arrived at LMS's cottage we unloaded all her stuff, helped by her housemates (thank you) and started to arrange her room. We were having lots of fun deciding where to put things and putting up all her pictures and posters, when we got a call from our B&B asking us to be there to check in within half an hour! I thought this was a bit off, but Uni Town was totally booked up so we had to do as we were told. The B&B man then wanted paying there and then, and didn't take cards and we didn't have enough cash!! So we had to leave him a deposit and go to the nearest supermarket to get the rest of the cash out, while we were there we did LMS's food shopping - she shopped I paid!!
We took all her shopping back to the cottage and got it all put away, not a bad achievement given that they have one tiny freezer between four of them!! We arranged a few more bits and then I took her and her housemates out for a meal. As I said before Uni Town was full, so it took an HOUR to get a table and then another half an hour to get our food!! We were all starving by the time it arrived!! We went straight back to our B&B after the meal as we were extremely tired, the others went 'scrumping' for logs!!! Don't ask?!?!
The room at the B&B was tiny and quite cramped, but we were so tired we didn't care and the bed was comfortable so everything was fine. Well apart from other guests getting back late and being very noisy and LMS grinding her teeth!! I didn't get much sleep!!!
Friday, 19 September 2008
After school it was a bit of a rush as Little Prince had his swimming lesson, and I asked Drama Teen to take him upstairs and get his swimming bag ready and get Little Prince changed. Little Prince didn't like this one bit, he wanted to laze on the sofa and have a snack, and refused to co-operate with Drama Teen and needed Mummy intervention! He then went downstairs and lay on the sofa sobbing that he didn't want to go swimming!! I insisted that he was going, and when we got there he was quite happy, despite whinging the whole way to the pool! He was so energetic during the lesson that he and the teacher got through loads of stuff, and she said they'd done 3-4 lessons worth of swimming in one lesson!! And when it was time to come home, he hid in the boys toilets refusing to come out (and knowing I couldn't go in and get him!!) because he loved swimming and didn't want to go home!!! KIDS!!!!
When I got home LMS was busily sorting out her route for her motorway driving lesson today. It was almost time for her to leave when she burst into tears and said she didn't want to go and she was sure she would be killed on the motorway, and that it was hard enough driving without having to think about her route on a motorway!! Many tissues later she was in the car and setting off, still upset and unhappy, but at least she was on her way. I'm sure she will be fine and she really does need these lessons to boost her confidence and help her overcome her fear of driving on a motorway and of getting lost. Apparently if she dies she is going to haunt me, so hopefully she will be ok!!!
Mr Messy was home in the afternoon, and we both walked up to school to get Little Prince. We were in the middle of sorting out why he had someone else's school jumper when he was 'kidnapped' by his girlfriend H, to go and play at her house! So we ended up walking home without him, just with all his bags lol. When we got back LMS made bolognaise for everyone while I got Little Prince's swimming stuff sorted out and then went and picked him up from H's house. He has changed his swimming lesson day so that he is in the same class as H, which he is much happier about. The lesson went slightly better than last weeks, but still seemed like organised chaos as the teacher isn't that experienced and has to deal with a wide range of ages and abilities. When we got back from swimming I handed Little Prince over to Mr Messy who was in charge of feeding and bathing him, as I was getting ready to go out for a meal with a couple of friends. Drama Teen had come back from her friends house and had her reheated bolognaise, and LMS had gone out for a motorway driving lesson.
I had a great time with my friends, we had a nice meal and a good natter :-) We are planning to do this again about once a month, which should be lovely :-) When I got home I asked LMS how the motorway driving had gone, and she HATED it! It was scary, there was too much going on and she never wants to do it again!! Trouble is she has another lesson tomorrow morning!!! Oh dear!! She needs to learn and to boost her confidence as she is taking her car to University tomorrow (well I'm driving it all the way there and coming home on the train!) and she will be very restricted if she won't/can't use motorways.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
My Best Friend Mad Cat Lady came round before tea to look at Wolfie's eyes, as they seem to be crying!! She has given us some cat eye wipes (who even knew they made such things!!) and said it doesn't look infected and not to worry :-) She also gave Little Prince a Florida brochure that she'd picked up when she was collecting our tickets - which he loved :-) We made her laugh by giving her a Disney Princess photo frame and Marie Cat compact mirror, that Drama Teen had grown out of!!! Mad Cat Lady really loved them :-)
When Mr Messy got home from work he and Drama Teen flew around getting ready to go to their Photography Club and I went out to pick up the GPS system we'd ordered for LMS to take to University. When I got back LMS had fed Little Prince AND got him to bed - she is a star :-)
During all this chaos the mechanic brought my car back. He'd had a hose pipe on it to try and see where the water could be getting in, and none had got in!! Then on the way home he'd taken it to a jet wash and water had got in, but only slightly!! Mr Messy is going to ring him and discuss what to do with it!! It obviously does have a problem as the spare wheel compartment keeps filling up with water and the car smells damp - but how to fix it is the problem!!
Mr Messy and Drama Teen had a good time at their Photography Club, although they were both disappointed that they couldn't enter the Club competition as the photographic mounts they'd ordered hadn't arrived! The judge did have a look at their photos and gave them some pointers, so at leas they got something out of it.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
I think Drama Teen was feeling left out, so she has made her own blog too :-) I'm sure she'd appreciate some visitors and comments so please go HERE to see the world according to Drama Teen!!! What a scary thought!!!
As these are the girl's own blogs and they are both old enough to make decisions themselves about using their image on the internet, they have both been told they can post pictures if they want. The pictures will NOT be including me, Mr Messy or Little Prince, so we can preserve some of our privacy, and after some of the posts on this blog, some of our dignity!!!
Me and the girls all got a clean bill of health too :-) We then dropped Drama Teen and then Little Prince back off at their respective schools. And while we were at Little Prince's school I had to explain his owie, and also look for his PE kit that he claimed was lost and find his school jumper, that again he claimed was nowhere to be found. Both were found on the floor of the class cloakroom!!
Me and LMS then took her car to the garage, where they were supposed to be swapping the battery over (they put one of their batteries in when they fixed it last and needed to give us our battery back) and fitting a new wing mirror that someone has kindly bent and broken!! Trouble was the assistant that I booked all this with hadn't told the other guy, who knew nothing about all of this!! He rang the first guy, who admitted he had forgotten to order the mirror!! The second man was very embarassed and ordered a new mirror there and then, it will be here later this afternoon, so I have to take the car back after picking Little Prince up from school to sort it out.
Meanwhile!!! Mr Messy has bought himself a new car (similar to the one above), that he is picking up on Saturday, he and LMS have been car sharing till now, but once her car is at University with her that won't be very practical lol. He does the nice/easy bit - test drives the car, choses which one he wants and orders it!! I have to do the hard bit - insure the darn thing!! It was quite complicated as I had to sort out a totally new policy for LMS (she can't be a named driver on her Dad's policy any more, it has to be her own policy) and change Mr Messy's from the old car to the new one!! After numerous phone calls and plenty of faffing around it is now all done!!!
Monday, 15 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Mr Messy and Drama Teen went out photographing ready for a competition they are entering. They were photographing a local tourist spot, which they hadn't realised had an activity on today, so the place was crowded and they didn't get very good photos unfortunately.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
When I got home I encouraged (she would say bullied lol) Drama Teen into sorting out and tidying more of her room. We only had her big bookcases left to do, but it took us most of the afternoon! She got rid of a pile of books, which LMS then went through to see if she wanted to pinch any, which she did! Poor Drama Teen then started to get a bad headache, so we left putting all the books, ornaments and assorted trinket boxes away for another time. While we were doing that LMS was sorting her bedroom into boxes ready for her return to University next weekend. She also had to sort the boxes into two piles 1. MUST go to Uni with her and 2. Could be delivered later. Again that took her all afternoon. And for some reason I seem to be lumbered with the huge pile of stuff for downstairs!! Mr Messy rang up to say they would be back at the station soon, so me and LMS took all the rubbish to the tip on the way to the station. Little Prince was a very tired and grumpy boy when he was in the car! We went to a fast food restaurant on the way home, and it was the WRONG fast food restaurant, so he initially refused to eat anything! We eventually persuaded him to eat a little, thank goodness. He then decided he wanted to go to the nearby toy shop, but we said no, knowing he had his dressing up outfit at home! He sulked and whined for most of the way home before falling fast asleep. He was so sleepy that after half an hour lay on the sofa, we thought we'd better put him to bed! Where he's stayed, fast asleep ever since.
As a 'well done' to Drama Teen for working so hard at sorting out her room, me and LMS decided to tidy up and put away all the rest of her ornaments, books and trinket boxes. LMS enjoys arranging things, so I left her to it, she had a whale of a time :-) She has even let Drama Teen have her Lava Lamp, as she has nowhere to plug it in at University, and its too delicate to store away in a box. Drama Teen seems suitably impressed by both the tidyness of her room and her newly acquired Lava Lamp :-) So by next weekend, when all the boxes are on their way to University, we will have THREE totally sorted and tidy rooms - LMS's, Drama Teen's and Little Prince's :-) We just need to get the rest of the house done then lol.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Fraulein has turned the big ONE-EIGHT, so she can now legally drink in the UK, don't know about Germany. Either way it's a scary thought, she's dippy enough sober! Hope your birthday was a good one, and we'll get your present and card in the post eventually!!
Lots of Love Us
aka Your chaotic, disorganised English family!
NOT Drama Teen's collection - but it looks cool!!
I was very sad and slightly OCD last night, as I spent an hour or so sorting out Drama Teen's Disney pins (collectible badges). I had bought her a Pin Album ages ago, probably last year when I took the kids, and she had managed to put in ONE pin!! So rather than have them all round her bedroom and stuffed into an overfull tin, I sorted them out myself. LMS is grumpy with me about that too, as she enjoys doing 'sorting jobs' like that and had planned to take them to Uni with her to give her something to do! Sorry LMS I just couldn't resist lol.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Our Social Worker has since emailed me to let me know that the amended report was in the post on its way back to our Local Authority! Already!!! As soon as she receives the original references from the Local Authority in the post, she will ring our referees and get that sorted out. She says everything is coming together nicely and looking positive for Panel :-) Wow!! I even feel a little smidgen of confidence about this :-)
This afternoon, when LMS had returned from the gym we sorted out Little Prince's walk in cupboard in his bedroom. He had a huge stack of toys that he has grown out of or never really played with, and as I was in a ruthless mood they all went to the charity shop :-) So now all the stuff we bought to decorate his new bedroom while we were in America, is put away in the cupboard, instead of cluttering up my bedroom :-)
We then had to go and pick Little Prince up from school, and I dropped off his 'dyspraxia equipment' (well a sensory cushion, special scissors and writing slope). School have ordered all of this equipment to help Little Prince, but it hasn't arrived yet, so I offered them the use of his own stuff that we use at home and his teacher jumped at the chance. She was telling me how well he has settled in, and how hard he tries to do the work like the other children do. She is very pleased with how he is doing, and of course I am very proud of him :-) We think he did get stressed by the visit from a drumming company this afternoon though, as he chewed the front of his shirt until it was drenched!
After we had collected Little Prince we drove over to the local car garage, to make a note of ages, makes and prices of the cars available. Mr Messy has got to seriously start looking for a car as LMS is going back to University soon, and taking her car (that she and her Dad currently share) with her! The garage we actually visited had nowhere near as many cars as shown in the picture lol.
Monday, 8 September 2008
LMS has texted to say she is safely on her train on her way home from University Town. She is meeting her Dad at his train station, and they will come home together. Little Prince will be thrilled as he has missed her a LOT. I'm dreading her going back to University for her new term, it will be so hard on all of us again.
Today has been my first chance to sort out Little Prince's toys, with him not around I can be more ruthless!! So more bags are ready for the charity shop and the tip :-) I can't believe how much rubbish I found buried in his toybox!!! So now I'm having a break - not having a KitKat though lol.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
This morning Mr Messy and Drama Teen went to one of Mr Messy's friend's to photograph their baby. I've seen the photos and they are gorgeous :-) Me and Little Prince had a lazy sort of day (I'm still recovering from yesterday's train journeys!!), played some Play Doh, cuddled up and watched tv and read some books.
When Mr Messy and Drama Teen got home we all went out to Pizza Hut for tea, as I was too tired to cook. Little Prince really enjoyed chosing what to put on his ice cream factory dessert :-) And unlike when the girls were younger, he actually ate it all up!!
Later on when he was in bed me and Drama Teen got some more of her bedroom sorted out. More bags loaded into the car ready to take to either the tip or the charity shop. Tomorrow we start tackling the bookcases!! Well if she doesn't have too much homework, as that has to take priority lol. I think at the moment Drama Teen would rather do hours of homework than any more sorting out!! But it was her idea to do this to her room, and it will be much easier to keep tidy once she has less stuff in there!!
Once Drama Teen had finished her "Beauty Day" we ate a quick fast food meal, before heading for the station. After the delayed journey that morning, we were wondering if we would actually get home, and got to the station in plenty of time. All trains heading to Edinburgh from home's direction were severely delayed or cancelled!! Not a great start!! We eventually found that there was only one option to get home, and we would have to wait 3/4s of an hour for that train. There was nowhere to sit and wait where we could see the announcement boards, so that we would know what platform to use, so we stood and waited!! As soon as the platform was shown we rushed there, only to find a few hundred other people already knew and were massed on the platform. It wasn't long before the train pulled in, I made Drama Teen hold onto me and we pushed our way onto the train together. There were no seats left, apart from in First Class - which even in these sort of circumstances the train company would not let you sit in unless you paid a hefty supplement!! We ended up standing in the luggage bit of one carriage all the way to Newcastle. Luckily enough people left the train in Newcastle that we were able to get seats together - we could have sat down seperately earlier, but Drama Teen was adamant that she wouldn't sit next to a stranger! My poor aching back and feet really appreciated that seat :-) We got chatting to a group of people from Down South who had just been on a team building exercise on one of the Scottish Islands, which sounded like an episode of "I'm a Celebrity" complete with eating bugs and sleeping in the open!! Although I think I would have prefered the Australian jungle to the midge infested island they were on!!
LMS kept us up to date as to what her, Mr Messy and Little Prince were up to at the family wedding! Little Prince was good during the long service, playing on his GameBoy with the sound turned off. But he didn't cope at all with the sit down reception meal!! There was nowhere for him to run off some energy and he couldn't manage to sit still through the formal dinner, and had LMS in tears at one point :-( They left early!! LMS was dropped off with Baby Sis, as she was going to her Uni Town to pick up her keys to the house she and her friend's are renting this year, and she was half way there and it would have been silly to come home again. Mr Messy and Little Prince then drove home, and they arrived home before we even reached Newcastle!! Despite having set off waaaay after we did!!!
By the time we eventually reached our destination I was ready to cry!! And I still had half an hour's drive to go :-( Drama Teen chatted to me, and kept me awake during the drive and we finally got home after midnight this morning!! What a day!!!!!!
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Little Prince has been excited and scared in about equal measure about the upcoming return to school. He was up and awake before anyone else this morning, and only whinged a little bit when I got downstairs and made him turn the TV off (we have a no TV before school rule). He ate his breakfast, ran upstairs to brush his teeth and get dressed in his uniform and was happily scootering up and down the hall while I got ready. He read his reading book with very little effort, which isn't bad as he hasn't seen it since breaking up six weeks ago! He was a little miffed that Mr Messy couldn't walk up to school with us (he was on a conference call with work) but apart from that was eager and raring to go. When we got to school he parked his scooter and then hung around near his old classroom door, until I called him over to his new waiting spot! One of his friends gave him a present from his holidays, it was a wooden crocodile so Little Prince was very impressed :-) When the bell rang he was a bit hesitant as he wasn't sure where to line up, but all the other children in his class were the same and insisting Mums and/or Dads had to accompany them to their line. Once he was lined up with his friends he chatted away very happily and marched into school without a backward glance :-)
What a complete turn around from his reaction last year when he started Reception. I am so proud of how far my Little Prince has come :-) Well done brave Little Prince :-)
Afterwards we did even more sorting out, and when it got to about quarter to five we filled up the boot with all the bags and set off for the tip and charity shop. The trouble is the charity shop closed at 4pm and the tip isn't open on Wednesdays!! Not a very productive trip really! Although we did drop off the ironing and a big bag of Bratz and Barbies with my Ironing Angel and her young daughter - who was thrilled with the Bratz/Barbies and not bothered at all about the ironing lol.
We had time for a little more sorting out before Mr Messy came home from work, and he and Drama Teen went to the local photography club. Mr Messy stormed up the stairs and started yelling at Drama Teen, she had been told to put her camera and two lenses away (they have been on the dining room table for ages) and hadn't done yet. Unfortunately one of the kittens must have knocked over one of the lenses and its cracked - a NINE HUNDRED POUND lens!!! No wonder he was cross!! No wonder Drama Teen cried!!! Mr Messy is hoping he can get the lens repaired. They made friends again at the photography club, probably because they were both whinging it was a boring meeting!!
During the evening we had a visit from a franchise cleaning company, that I'm going to employ to do a thorough deep clean of the house and then a regular clean (not sure if we'll need weekly or every other week, we'll have to see) to keep the place looking ship shape. I think the lady was horrified at how much junk and clutter we have around the place, as she admitted she is much more minimalistic at her house!! I've booked the deep clean for when we are back from Florida, so we now have a deadline to get all the clutter and junk sorted!! Hopefully that will galvanise my wayward family into getting organised!!!
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
I had to pick LMS up from her sleepover this morning and on the way home we were chatting about how her Bucket List making had gone. Little Prince wanted to know what a Bucket List was and could he have one. So below, and unedited is Little Prince's very own Bucket List!
- Be a power ranger
- Be a museum guard (so he can see all the exhibits come alive at night!)
- Be a psychologist (he meant Paleontologist!)
- Save the world (That would be REALLY cool, he said)
- Be a builder (LMS was told "To build houses for people, silly!" when she asked why)
- Go to Tummy Daddy's country
- Learn to speak a different language (he decided on Australian!)
- Learn to play guitar
- Be in a band
- Learn to play drums
- Drive a car and race
- Go to Africa on safari like one of LMS's friends
- Solve mysteries like Scooby Doo
- Be in Star Wars
- Drive lots of Star Wars ships
- Work in a factory and make food
- Feed pussy cats
- Have a million pussy cats!
- Go on "Rock N Roller Coaster" (Disney ride)
- Learn how cars and trains and boats work
- Destroy Darth Vader
- Destroy droids
- Help R2-D2 be clever like a jedi
- Be a jedi
- Be a Clone Trooper (can you guess what film he's just watched on DVD lol)
- Learn how to build rockets
- Be able to drive a megazord
- Be Father Christmas (when he gets very old)
- Be Bumblebee (but he decided it would be very hard to be a robot!)
- Be a loony toon (He's already one!)
- Ride a dinosaur
- Learn to do more maths
- Help the good guys defeat the bad guys
Me and LMS got up early to take Little Prince for some blood tests, ordered by his paediatrician to check if there was anything underlying his behavioural issues. I was dreading it and didn't sleep well the night before, lay awake for hours redesigning mine and Mr Messy's bedroom, as you do!! Anyway we got to the hospital, got checked in and waited, Little Prince was perfectly happy as there were loads of toys and things to do (it is the Children's Unit lol). The nurse called us in to put the Emla cream on, and advised putting Little Prince's jumper back on, as being warm will help his veins stand out. He wasn't happy about this, he is happiest with as few clothes as possible! But we insisted!! Half an hour or so later we were called back in and two nurses took the blood. I sat with Little Prince on my knee, with one nurse with her back to us holding his arm, blocking his view of what was going on. The other nurse took the blood. When it was all finished, Little Prince looked at his arm and asked in a puzzled sounding voice "Did it hurt?" lol.
When we got home we ran round getting ready to travel across country, to see my Dad and for Drama Teen to see her speech therapist. Luckily travelling at midday the traffic was busy but moving and it didn't take us too long to get to the hotel we were staying at. I left the three children there, with a suitcase full of toys for Little Prince to play with, and pointed out the indoor play centre at the adjoining pub and the fast food restaurant across the car park.
I surprised myself by finding my Dad's hospital with no problem!! When I got there, Mum was already there chatting with Dad, who looked so much better - in his own pyjamas and sat in the chair by his bed :-) He was disappointed to not be going home that day (his birthday) but hopeful that he would be discharged the next day. His prostate has become enlarged, causing waterworks problems, which has to be solved before he can be allowed home. We spent half an hour or so chatting, before getting a phone call from my sister and her husband wondering where the car park was! When they phoned again to say they were in the hospital, Mum sent me down to reception to find them and bring them to the ward. We must have missed each other in the lifts as I wandered round looking for them before finding them, in the Day Room WITH Dad :-) He had decided that as Sister and BIL had their four kids with them, he would walk to the Day Room so that he could see the kids too :-)
Once visiting time was over I took Mum for a cup of tea in the hospital cafe, and then we walked back to the car, meeting Baby Sis and her Fiance on the way! They warned us about bad traffic on our normal route to Mum's house, so we took a different way and didn't get stuck too badly. I dropped Mum off and raced back to the hotel to see how the kids had coped!! They had stayed in the room the whole time and were climbing the walls by the time I got there - Little Prince almost literally!!! He and Drama Teen had been playing jump on Mummy's bed - but had remade it before I came!! They showed me the photos later and it had been a mess!!! We went straight to the Pub for some tea and Little Prince was quite hyped up and not happy that he now didn't have time to go to the indoor play area! Once we'd finished our main courses, I left the girls to have some dessert and took Little Prince back to the hotel to try and get him settled to sleep. His new Ready Bed (on a test run before our Disney trip) took longer to get ready than I thought, then Mr Messy rang to see how we all were, so he wasn't in bed by the time the girls got back. Which made settling him down a bit more tricky, but he eventually fell fast asleep leaving us girls to chat. We were mostly talking about the Bucket List (list of things to do before you kick the bucket!) that LMS was compiling, ready for going to her friend's house tomorrow when a whole bunch of them are making and decorating their lists!!
We had to be up bright and early to be able to get breakfast at the hotel, before having to set off for Drama Teen's appointment. Once we'd all eaten and packed up our stuff we set off for the city centre. I'd expected the drive to be horrendous given that we had to be there for 9.30am, but it wasn't too bad really. We had just parked the car and were walking over to the hospital, when I received a call! "Is this Drama Teen's Mum its the hospital here, we just wondered if you were on your way?" My heart fell, as they went on to explain that the speech therapist had just called in sick! I snapped at the poor receptionist, that to get there for 9.30am we'd had to stay in a hotel overnight, and that we were minutes away from the hospital by now!! She advised us to come up to the Unit and they would see if they could get hold of another of the speech therapists to come and see Drama Teen to save us a wasted journey. Once we got in I apologised for snapping and took the kids to the waiting room to wait lol. The receptionist came back within a couple of minutes and said that someone would be able to see Drama Teen at about 10am, so could we come back then. We decided to go round to the nearby huge Museum, which Little Prince got VERY excited about, he loves museums he told us :-) When we got there we found it didn't open until 10am!! So we spent ages sat in the cafe, not eating as we were still full from the hotel breakfast lol. Eventually it was time for me and Drama Teen to return to the hospital, and for LMS and Little Prince to explore the museum.
Drama Teen's speech therapist checked her speech and said there was a very slight lisp to her 's' sound, but that she shouldn't worry as it was only very slight. She then spent quite a long time explaining how Drama Teen could improve her 's' sound and gave her exercises to do each day to facilitate this. She will refer us to the local speech therapy department and said that if in the school holidays we want to come over for a long (all morning or afternoon) appointment to do some intensive speech therapy work, then just let her know. This is one of the major reasons we have stuck with Drama Teens original surgical/care team - they are so helpful and willing to go that extra mile for her :-)
We collected LMS and Little Prince from the Museum, and LMS waited in the cafe while I took Drama Teen and Little Prince to see the Mummy Exhibit (LMS was too queasy to show him that bit!!). Then we set off home again. We stopped for some lunch at a lovely country cafe we'd discovered a few weeks ago. On the journey Drama Teen arranged to go to see a film with her friend, that was on top of the arrangements LMS had already made to see her friends!! We ended up dropping LMS off at her friend's house on the way home (well a quite long detour rather than on the way home!) before FINALLY going home for about ten minutes, before setting off in the opposite direction to drop Drama Teen at the cinema. Luckily for me the film finished late enough for Mr Messy to be able to pick her up on his way home from work. I was sick and tired of driving by then!! So I almost cried when we were nearly home and LMS rang to ask if I could drop her stuff off as she and her friend's had decided to make it a sleepover!! Mr Messy took pity on me later and took LMS her things - thank you Mr Messy :-)
So that's it two days, three hospitals and a lot of driving!!! Hopefully things will calm down now, especially as Drama Teen and Little Prince are back at school tomorrow!!