Mama OWL Blog: #R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Happy Thursday! Only 33 sleeps until Christmas ladies and gents, are you ready?

I've been stocking up my Christmas cupboard with yummy treats and ingredients we need for our baking ready for the festivities, including sweeties for our Gingerbread Houses and tubes of the kids favourite chocolates for their stockings, grabbing them when I see them on offer in the supermarket. I've written my Christmas meal plan so I can write my grocery list and book up as soon as the delivery slots become available, so that'll be another job off my list. The children are SO excited, as am I. Mostly I am looking forward to spending time with the kids, lately I feel like I have barely seen them and that is something that really needs addressing. Anyway.

On with #R2BC...

1. I am rocking a new custom URL. I bought my own domain several months ago with a view to swapping it all over but could not for the life of me figure it out. After some faffing around and some advice from Twitter, I finally sussed it and now I am proud to show off my new outfit - Does it suit me?! I even put on a shiny new header to mark the occasion!

2. We have received our final Toys R Us Toyologist review box, and are getting stuck in with the fab toys and puzzles they have sent us. It has been a wonderful experience and we were so fortunate to be chosen to take part, the children have of course thoroughly enjoyed testing out all of the fantastic toys, crafts, games and puzzles and it has given us a great excuse to spend lots of time playing together.

3. L's serial leg casting begins on Monday. I'm not looking forward to it, and I am worried that he is going to be in pain and uncomfortable but hopefully this means it will be out of the way before Christmas. I expect his last set of casts to be off the week before Christmas, or possibly Christmas Eve. Either way, he should be able to spend it cast-free.

We haven't told him when we're going yet because otherwise it will make him anxious and he will worry about it, but the school have been informed and have been telling him about the 'special treatment' he can have when it's time for his casts (getting to use the lift instead of the stairs, not having to do P.E. etc, all things that very much appeal to him!) and the Mister and I plan to tell him this Saturday, so he doesn't have too long to dwell on it, and he'll have H's party to distract him on Sunday before our appointment on Monday.

The school have been absolutely fantastic. I honestly cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for L after the appalling treatment & discrimination he received at his previous school (from which I removed him, and J). Their phenomenal academic progress and L's behavioural progress is evidence enough of what a great school it is, I just wish I had moved them sooner. H is thriving, and J was basically back level with his class when he moved up to senior school. I'll be applying for E to go there too, I wouldn't even consider anywhere else. It is just a wonderful, caring environment and I really admire the entire staff for their commitment. They've made my children very happy indeed, and happy kids mean a happy mum!

Don't forget to check out the links below, and of course thanks again to the host and creator of the linky Michelle. What are your reasons to be cheerful this week? Link up and share with us!


  1. Brilliant reasons to be cheerful, I do the same as you and start buying for Christmas as and when I see things, I have had the christmas tree chocolates taunting me in my office for weeks now! Hope the casts go OK, my Little Man has a real issue if he perceives someone as doing soemthing to him so eye tests, docs appointments etc are quite a traumatic experience for all involved (including those in the waiting room at times!), so I wish you luck x

  2. Lots of great reasons, Im pleased to hear how great the school has been.
    33 sleeps eee ! :) x

  3. Lovely reasons to be cheerful! I hope the casts go ok, he is one brave little dude. :) Good luck Julie!

    LOVE the new URL and the new header thingy.. all xmasy ;D hehe. xx

  4. Great reasons. Yay for the new URL!! x

  5. What great reasons. I love the new site, well done you. The header is so cute.
    Hope the little man is ok, glad to hear the school are being good and helpful.
    Have a fab weekend x

  6. I so need to go self-hosted so will you give me as much advice as possible please as feels very daunting at the minute.
    That first line about Christmas being so near was terrifying.
    Good reasons altogether

  7. Love your reasons and LOVE your new domain name - how exciting x

  8. Great reasons miss owl, and I think your children appreciate everything you do for them xx
    Good luck for Monday, but with you 2 as parents L doesn't need luck x
    And being a complete novice AND technophobe I have no idea why the URL is good Haha x

  9. The header is fab! And go you with your fancy url. Good luck on Monday xxx Sounds like the school really is something to be cheerful about.

  10. fab reasons xx i really want to change my url.... any tips will be welcomed xxx
    Bighugs to your son..having his casts done..x lovin the festive header theme fab x

  11. I love the Santa hats on your banner! A lovely post, hope all goes well with the cast x


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