Mama OWL Blog: March 2012

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

Friday, 30 March 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This week I am feeling very cheerful with our family holiday tomorrow and the Easter holidays next week, and I have a whole bunch of reasons I could list, but I am going to dedicate this #R2BC to my husband.

1. He has taken such good care of me and the children since I was taken ill last month. I am feeling better every day and he has been an absolute star, picking up the slack when I am feeling unwell or tired without a single complaint. It's thanks to him that my recovery has been going well, and smoothly and I know I will be feeling 100% again in no time at all with his support.

2. He has just suggested and enabled a last minute holiday with my dear friend for a week in May to give me a break. I will miss him & the children terribly but I am so grateful to him for thinking of it and allowing me the time to myself to have some time for me, which I think all mums (and dads) need. The start of 2012 has been a big strain on me physically and emotionally and I am really looking forward to the rest.

3. He's arranged and worked hard for a great weekend away for us starting from tomorrow and I am so excited to spend it with him and the children. I don't even care if it is cold or it rains as long as we are all together, that is what is important.

Don't forget to pop across to Michelle's blog to read and link up!


#TheGallery - Extreme Close Up

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


Give a child a camera and what will you get?

EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEEME CLOSE UP!


June 2008 on a family day out, our eldest daughter took the camera as she wanted to take some of her own pictures of our day. This is one I found on there when I looked through later that evening, it still makes me laugh every time I see it.

Are you AWARE? World #Autism Awareness Day - April 2, 2012

Wednesday, 28 March 2012




What is Autism? In short, "Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways." (Taken from the National Autistic Society website).

My son Logan received his official diagnosis in September 2010. We had been aware for some time previous to that that he was not your "typical" child. The signs became more apparent as he got older, and things became more challenging - his changing eating habits, aggressive behaviour, needing to keep to a routine, to name just a few. It has taken me some time to come to terms with the fact that he will never have a 'normal' childhood, A.S.D (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) will always have some sort of impact on his life... But I have now accepted it as just another part of him, like that he has blonde hair, and blue eyes... Autism is something that he HAS and not something that he IS. But it is still so misunderstood.

If he was in a wheelchair, or had a disability that you could see, then it would be simpler for people to understand. To the naked eye he looks like a regular little boy. Others don't notice the way he walks, the way he talks, or notice the difference in the things he says or the questions he asks. Or they do, and think he is just 'odd'. Well he isn't odd, or strange, or weird. He simply sees things differently than the rest of us. One of my favourite quotes is by Henry David Thoreau, he said "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away". All he wants, all I want, is a little patience and understanding. It's not asking for much.

I consider myself very lucky to have been blessed with Logan. Having a child with Autism has opened my eyes to so much, and I love looking at the world with him and seeing all these things I never even would have noticed without him there to show me. He is teaching me, his dad and his brothers & sisters that there is so much more to life than first meets the eye. It's like seeing the world in HD - except I don't need a television.

I get to see it through the eyes of my son.


How do you make a Neurologist scratch his head?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012



You take Logan in for an appointment, that's how.

In January we took him to see the Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant (and the award for the biggest mouthful of a job title goes to...) after his last visit to the physio, due to his boots not doing their job (all detailed here to save me going over it again, and also here for some more 'background') and he discovered that Logan had something he referred to as 'five beats of' ankle clonus, which is abnormal/unusual whatever you want to call it.

Considering everything else that we have unearthed in the past couple of years, the Consultant then referred us to his colleague for a second opinion. So last week, the husband and I took Logan to see the Neurologist to get his opinion on things.

We spent nearly an hour with him, while he checked Logan over thoroughly (and Logan told him all about the kid he doesn't like at school who is mean to him so he wants a dinosaur to eat him, and that Mummy & Daddy get him everything he wants... er, thanks Lo haha, ssh...) doing all sorts of tests on reflexes and a looking closely at his legs and joints... and then he sat back and scratched his head. He tapped his chin, he sighed. He looked at his computer. He read his notes. Then he scratched his head again. Adam and I sat there looking hopeful and expectant, Logan got every single toy out that he could find...

"Well I can see what my colleague is thinking, and have found what he has found including the ankle clonus," he said. He pauses... "But honestly, I don't know what it is."

Oh. Right.

So now we have to wait (some more) while he has a meeting with his colleague to discuss their findings, and decide what they will do next. They're talking about an MRI, but are concerned because we all know this means a general anaesthetic for Logan in order to carry it out, and so we are considering all options very carefully. In the mean time, we just have to wait... and wonder... and worry, until the letter drops on the mat with further instructions.

Every day I am grateful and thankful for him because he is such an amazing little boy and I love the bones of him, but every day I do just wish he could have a normal childhood without all this extra stress and burden on his little shoulders. If we're not trampsing him back and forth to the Paediatrician for his ASD then we're back and forth to the hospital for his hips/legs. It's never ending. But... bless him, he's such a trooper, I am very proud of him.

And so for now... we wait.

Domestic Disasters - Fire In My Heart

Monday, 26 March 2012

Our kitchen is the heart of our home.

It is where we come together as a family twice a day (well, we're all there in body at breakfast time if nothing else...) and share a meal, and at dinner time we share stories of our day while we eat together.

Our kitchen sees friends sit together at the table and share some tea and sympathy, and probably a cake or two - or four. It has birthday candles blown out in it, cookies baked in it, morning coffee guzzled in it. Homework completed on the table, Christmas meals slaved over at the oven, has grass and bits of garden trampsed through it preparing for Summer BBQs... It definitely sees its fair share of the action in our house, which includes some mighty mishaps, like the time in 2005 when Alicia made toast...

One morning, when I was pregnant with Harrison, Alicia came skipping in to the living room from the kitchen, full of the joys, to tell me she is making herself some toast so I don't have to do it for her.

Then I smell the smoke.

I run - or, at least hurry, let's be honest - to the kitchen and see the flames flicking out of the top of the toaster. My hand shoots out and flicks the switch on the wall, I pick up Logan and haul the other two out of the front door by their collars and grab the phone on the way. Outside, I call my Dad who luckily only lives around the corner, and he comes to my rescue, running in like a movie hero, and he emerges from the smoke filled doorway (Stars In Their Eyes, anyone? Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be... stopping my daughter's house from burning down! *thunderous applause*) with the offending, and somewhat blackened, toaster.

RIP, you served us well brave little toaster.

Alicia had put the same two slices of bread down for toasting about four times I later discovered, because 'it wasn't brown enough'. By the time she had finished I think we can safely say, it was definitely 'brown enough'.

It reminded me of my Nan and her kitchen adventures when I was growing up. Our grandparents lived in a bungalow next door to our house, and on more than one occasion we were made late for school by the Fire Brigade blocking our driveway after being called out to 'give Nan a hand in the kitchen'. Though I hasten to add, it's not as bad as it sounds, our Nan was an amazing cook and baker and spent hours with me and my sisters and our mum baking delicious cakes and biscuits, and it is because of her that we have all carried on doing so in to adulthood, and with our own children.

What good is a heart without a little fire in it?! Nan would be proud, I think of my smoke alarm going off as Nan's approval for a job well done. Er, make that very well done...

*This post is my entry for Foodies 100 Morphy Richards Innovators*

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 26 March 2012



Monday 26th March - Roast chicken salad

Tuesday 27th March - Spaghetti Bolognese served with garlic bread

Wednesday 28th March - Jacket potatoes with beans, coleslaw and salad

Thursday 29th March - Chicken fajitas with cheesy nachos and savoury rice

Friday 30th March, Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April - *HOLIDAY*

Sweets & Treats

Saturday, 24 March 2012

This week I have been getting back in to the swing of things, which has been nice as I have been feeling so 'out of it' lately. I've planned meals for the next two weeks and have pre-ordered the groceries too so I don't need to think about it again until the first week back after the Easter hols, and have been making some treats with the kids in preparation for our Easter baking, and also to use up a few odds & bits hanging around the kitchen.


We used up the overripe bananas that were languishing in the fruit bowl and made some delicious banana ice creams, whizzing up some double cream with the bananas in our blender and adding a little splodge of chocolate sauce in to the mould for a chocolate tip. Lovely!


Our Friday night dessert was some home-made chocolate oreo cookies. Chocolate cupcakes, topped with chocolate buttercream and half an oreo, and sprinkled with crushed oreo! Needless to say they lasted all of five minutes with my lot. I managed to save one for my sister but the rest didn't touch the sides.


And finally today's creation is a tie-dye cake, as requested by Harrison. Plain vanilla flavour, but coloured with red, green, yellow and blue and swirled together. We topped it with plain vanilla buttercream, and some crushed oreos. You may have noticed that we have been oreo-centric in our recipes this week, well we had a few packets I picked up on offer recently and we thought we would use them up in some fun ways!

BritMums BiB Awards - I made the shortlist!

Friday, 23 March 2012



I am *very* excited to let you all know that I have been shortlisted for the BritMums Brilliance In Blogging Awards "Fresh Voice" category! Thank you SO much to everyone who voted for me, I am thrilled  :)

I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for me, and would love it if you would do so again. Thank you!


Fresh Voices Shortlist

You can vote for me, Mama OWL, using the link below -

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

Friday, 23 March 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

It's that time again! Don't forget to pop across to our fab host Mummy From The Heart and check out her #R2BC this week too. Mine this week are about the simple things in life.

1. The sun is shining, Spring has sprung! I love love love this time of year, the weather is warming up and the flowers are blooming, the clocks go forward this weekend so lighter evenings, Easter is coming, and the cloud of Winter is finally lifting, leading the way for a great year ahead. What's not to like about that!?

2. It's FRIDAY. This week has passed sooooo slowly. I love the weekends because I get to spend them with my little family and don't have to rush off to school, work, appointments etc etc, so roll on the Easter holidays when I can spend two whole weeks with them doing whatever we like.

3. We're off on holiday next week! The start of this year has been a bit rubbish to be fair, so a lovely long weekend away with my favourite people is just what I need to recharge and start the year over, in a sense. Lots to look forward to in 2012 including my 30th birthday and my BIL & SIL2be's wedding, time to get rid of the negative and focus on the positive.


Hop little bunny, hop hop hop

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Easter is coming! I really enjoy Easter. It's Spring, you're surrounded by daffodils and the weather is warming up... It's a great time of year. We're away on holiday the weekend before so to be prepared for when we get back and save me having to faff about when the kids are off school in the week, I have already started gathering up what we need for our Easter activities and planned our Easter Sunday meal. We're having lovely Welsh lamb, followed by a home-made Easter cake. I have some pictures from last year that I would like to share so you can see the sort of things we will be doing this year.

The husband and I make up little baskets with their Easter eggs and other little goodies, and I have a tub of plastic eggs that we will hide around the garden for the kids, all colour coded so no arguments as to who has the most! And they then hunt them and collect them up in their Easter baskets, fingers crossed for good weather again this year!

 

We also paint eggs (proudly showed off by Harrison below... er, excuse the shot glass egg cup... *ahem*), and make Easter nests (with mashed up shredded wheat, melted chocolate and bit of golden syrup, topped off with some mini eggs & chilled in the fridge until set - so quick and simple!), as well as yummy Easter biscuits that the children cut in to seasonal shapes and decorate with some royal icing.

 

I bought our egg painting kit from the local pound shop, who also stock lots of other Easter goodies including bonnets with ribbons and little chicks, masks, baskets etc. I bought an Easter hand puppet kit that the kids can do also. Lots of little things to keep them busy that won't break the bank! And if the weather is nice you can set them up on a some old towels or a blanket in the garden to do their crafts and let them enjoy the sunshine too like we did last year.

 

 

Or if you don't really fancy having to do it at home and are in the West Wiltshire area, you could always pop to Eva's Cafe in Bradford-on-Avon/Melksham to let the kids enjoy the Easter activities that Louisa has on offer - such as card making, egg cup painting, and decorating cupcakes. Shameless advertising I know and I apologise, but she is my sister after all! All activities cost between £3.50-£5 and need to be pre-booked as there are limited spaces, an adult must remain with the child(ren) for the duration of the activity, and contact details are available on the cafe's Facebook page.

And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back so shake him off... #InnerTruth

Monday, 19 March 2012






For the past week I have been considering my options. I don't want to get hung up on losing weight and being skinny, because that isn't what I want. I don't want to be 'skinny'. I'm 5'10, there is only so much weight I can get away with losing before I start looking ill. I just want to be happy in my own skin and I know that for me, I need to lose another two stone before I will feel that. I was at that weight in 2007 and was content, so that is my goal.

I have people telling me I don't need to lose weight and I look fine and I honestly appreciate that they may not think I do, but ultimately it isn't about the number on the scale or how other people perceive me, it is how I feel within myself and right now I do not feel happy, or content when I look in the mirror. I also can FEEL it. I can feel myself carrying the extra weight and it is making me feel sluggish and heavy and I just want it off.

I feel better having made the decision on how to go about things and what to do. I have been feeling low, not just because of the weight but because I still am not allowed to exercise and I feel lazy and lethargic. On May 25th after my appointment with the Cardiologist I am hoping to be allowed to do something, and will start going swimming in the evenings again. I really enjoyed doing that before, as it was good exercise (in addition to the walk there and back) and it was 'me' time, just an hour doing laps in the pool by myself really cleared my head.

I was listening to Florence & The Machine's Shake It Out this weekend. I know the song was written about a hangover, but it felt quite apt to this situation. Like I have had one long life hangover and now it's time to shake it off and dance, to be happy and enjoy myself. So that is what I am going to do.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 19 March 2012


Monday 19th March - Baked Cannelloni

Tuesday 20th March - Rigatoni alla amatriciana

Wednesday 21st March - Cottage Pie

Thursday 22nd March - Egg, chip & pepper bake

Friday 23rd March - Chicken fajitas, served with cheesy nachos and savoury rice

Saturday 24th March - Macaroni cheese with broccoli

Sunday 25th March - Roast chicken with mashed potato, roast potatoes, steamed mixed vegetables, parsnips, onion rings, yorkshire puddings, sage & onion stuffing and gravy

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3 (... 4, 5...)

Saturday, 17 March 2012



Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Running a little behind. In honour of Mother's Day tomorrow, my reasons to be cheerful are my five kids.

1. Alicia. A hormonal raging nightmare at times due to her age (and the fact that she is rather more like her mother than I would willingly admit...), but mostly a sweet, intelligent, thoughtful and caring young lady for whom the sky is the limit, as she has the ability and drive to achieve whatever she wants in life. I can't wait to see where her dreams take her.

2. Joshua. Sensitive, caring and very much the 'big brother', he is always so eager to please and to take care of others. His footballing ability is improving every week, and seeing him play and how happy it makes him makes my heart fill up with pride. He is going to grow to be a lovely young gentleman.

3. Logan. Our spirited little spitfire, he knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. Not willing to be defined by his Autism - it is something he HAS not something he IS - or his physical disabilities, he is determined and willing to work hard to overcome his difficulties and has made such fantastic progress this year alone. He's reaching for the sky and heaven help anyone who gets in his way, he is going to do great things.

4. Harrison. Just about the sweetest child who ever lived. If the John Lewis advert kid was based on anyone, it would be Harry. He would willingly give anyone the shirt off his back, and would do anything for anyone. I am so proud to be raising such a kind, generous and considerate little boy. He is an absolute credit to me and I can hardly wait to meet the wonderful man he is surely going to become.

5. Erica. Last but by no means least, the icing on our little family cake. A princess through and through, she has used her gorgeous little face to twist every single one of us around her little finger. Loving & sharing, huggable and snuggable she makes our family complete and we could not imagine life without her, she is very much "our baby" and we love her to bits.

Spring has sprung! #Lambing at Lackham

Monday, 12 March 2012



Yesterday the husband and I took the children to Lackham Farm at the college for the first of their two lambing weekends. We have not been before but I have wanted to for several years. This year luckily the weather was glorious, there was no football match to be played and so we were able to go and enjoy it as a family.


We paid £20 admission for our family to visit. There is a large field next to the lambing sheds used as a car park, and after you have visited the newborn lambs and fed the deer in the field behind, there are tractors and trailers that taxi visitors down to the main 'home farm'. There are hand washing facilities outside the barns to wash your hands after you have seen the lambs and you're also given sterile wipes when you arrive (along with a guide to the farm, and a sheet so that you can enter the farm quiz competition).


On the main farm there is plenty to do and see. There were several stalls offering local produce including things like confectionery and honey, and a farm shop which sold 'Lackham meat'. There were food vendors selling burgers, chips & drinks and such like, and a large fenced grassy picnic area with a handful tables. The chips were £2.50 a portion, and steak rolls were £4.50 each. Having eaten on the way there, we purchased some drinks and sat with my sister and her family while they had their lunch.

After lunch we ventured around the farm and visited the animals. There were of course lots of new babies to meet, the children loved seeing all the new baby lambs, piglets and calves. They were also able to groom a donkey, and a little Shetland pony who were brought out to meet everyone. In the stables there were also lots  of guinea pigs, rabbits and even Meerkats, who were particularly keen to come and say hello to everyone. Even the calves were very friendly and also rather curious, two of my kids got licked after not moving out of the way fast enough!


We were just in time for milking so after visiting the ladies-in-waiting (cows preparing to calve!), the kids were able to see the dairy herd coming in to be milked, which they were fascinated by.


After watching the milking, we had a wander round to see the "bacon and pork" pigs who were truffling around in their pens thoroughly enjoying the sunshine and wallowing in their own muck, and who gladly came up to say hello to anyone passing by.


Walking back round to the main area, we stopped off and let the children have a turn on the bouncy castle which was £1.50 for five minutes. There was also a chair-o-plane ride that my niece had a turn on, and another small fairground ride suitable for little ones, which were also both priced at £1.50. There is a little land train called 'Chuffy' that offers rides around the farm for £1 each.

Late afternoon with sleepy toddlers nodding off on their dads shoulders we had another tractor ride back up to the car park and made our way home. We had a really lovely day and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed it, even my bigger kids who are 13.5 and 11 said they enjoyed it and want to visit again next year. At £20 for the seven of us to visit, it was great value for money and there was plenty to keep the children entertained and for us to look at. The tractor ride was the icing on the cake for my 6 year old, he was happier than the pigs in poop at getting two tractor rides in one day!


Stick your wellies on, and go and spend the day down on the farm! The final lambing weekend for 2012 is next weekend March 17th & 18th from 10am until 5pm, last admission is at 4pm. Admission is £6 per adult and £4 per child (under 4s are free), or alternatively it is £20 per car. It is worth bearing in mind that they do not recommend that pregnant women visit the lambs.

-DISCLAIMER- I have not been asked by Lackham to review or promote their lambing weekend, we simply visited as a family and I wanted to share our experience and have provided an honest personal account of our day.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 12 March 2012


Monday 12th March - Brinner

Tuesday 13th March - Toad in the hole with mashed potatoes and vegetables

Wednesday 14th March - Korma with pilau rice, poppadoms & mango chutney served with peshwari naan and vegetable samosa

Thursday 15th March - Baked potatoes with baked beans, coleslaw and cheese served with salad

Friday 16th March - Chicken fajitas served with nachos and savoury rice

Saturday 17th March - Baked Cannelloni

Sunday 18th March - Honey roasted gammon with steamed mixed vegetables, yorkshire puddings, mashed potato, roast potatoes served with gravy

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

Friday, 9 March 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

On a day when I am not feeling so cheerful, I understand and appreciate more than ever that I do have reasons to be grateful. My reasons to be grateful today, are my husband Adam and our five beautiful, healthy children that I am so, so lucky to have.

Today Adam and I celebrate ten years of marriage. There have been lots of ups & downs over these ten years and it certainly hasn't been easy or indeed even fun at times, but I wouldn't have wanted to share it with anyone but him. The many good times by far outweigh the few bad.


I'm so grateful for our life together and what we have achieved, especially our biggest achievements - the kids. I am hugging them that little bit tighter and closer right now, and know exactly how blessed we have been.

Losing my #Mumentum... Finding my #InnerTruth...?

Monday, 5 March 2012



Inner Truth

Over at Liska's blog, she has been busy thinking of a new name for the Monday linky & blog hop. Go and have a read and let her know your thoughts. I really love what she has come up with and think it is very fitting.

I have to be honest and say that I have been RUBBISH since being in hospital. I haven't even weighed myself, that is how bad it is. I don't even want to look because I know I have piled weight back on since being ill. I completely lost the momentum and have undone all my hard work.

A big part of it is, I am not allowed to exercise or to work my heart too hard, and indeed when I do try and do a little more, I end up with palpitations and breathlessness for my troubles. Yesterday I went on a cleaning spree and blitzed the house because I cannot stand seeing things out of order, but come dinner time I was kneeling on the floor with pain in my chest. I really need to learn to do as I am told.

So this week I am easing myself back in to proper eating habits and regaining the momentum, but slowly. When I was in hospital I had a limited menu to choose from (wasn't impressed with any of it, I must say) and therefore ate whatever I could whenever I could because hospital food just was not doing it for me. Thankfully twice my aunt & cousin brought me in a subway, for that I will be eternally grateful haha. Aside from that I ate crisps and snacks and whatever else.

This week it has to stop, I am looking in the mirror and thinking "Bleurgh" and that is not what I want to think when I look at myself. I have worked so hard to lose the weight & keep it off after having my babies, I point blank refuse to gain loads of weight after the fact! I want to be happy with myself and my body and after my health scare especially, I know I need to take better care of myself.

My follow up with the Cardiologist is on May 25th so fingers crossed I will be allowed to exercise again then, I will probably have to start with something like swimming to ease myself back in to it, which is fine as I love swimming and it is great for toning.

We will see!

Meal Plan Monday

Monday, 5 March 2012


Monday 5th March - Brinner

Tuesday 6th March - Baked potatoes with baked beans, cheese, coleslaw and salad

Wednesday 7th March - *FAMILY DINNER OUT* for my Dad's 60th Birthday (ssh!)

Thursday 8th March - Rigatoni alla amatriciana

Friday 9th March - *DINNER OUT* with my husband for our 10th wedding anniversary & Chicken Fajitas served with savoury rice and cheesy nachos for the children

Saturday 10th March - Spaghetti bolognese served with garlic bread

Sunday 11th March - Roast chicken with mashed potato, roast potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, steamed mixed vegetables, onion rings and yorkshire puddings served with gravy

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

Friday, 2 March 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

My reasons to be cheerful this week are simple ones, because - especially in the current climate - I love a bargain and I am always pleased when I manage to save myself some money, and also when something I have bought is well received, and so is money well spent!

1. I have bought all of my Easter eggs & treats for the grand total of just £20, plus £3.50 delivery. While I am a loyal ASDA customer, I came across a deal at TESCO that I simply could not pass up. The delivery driver thought it was particularly amusing that I had two baskets of eggs and chocolate and nothing else. I bought 18 Easter eggs (which was the maximum per customer) on Buy 1 get 2 Free, six chocolate lollies (which were 2 for £1) and six chocolate bunnies (3 for £1), enough for the kids Easter baskets (their baskets from last year are pictured below) and to have some left over for my nieces and nephews!


  

2. Another bargain buy, I have kitted out all three of my boys for the Spring/Summer courtesy of H&M for only £95 using their well timed sale alongside two promo codes and taking advantage of their bargain offers on shorts & t-shirts (such as two pairs of shorts for £1.99 each, originally priced at £4.99 for example). I am a huge H&M fan and love their clothes for children. I bought several pretty dresses, leggings, shoes and t-shirts for Erica recently for only £25, and Alicia chose a lovely summer dress and a belt to match, a pair of jeans and three make up brushes for only £15. The clothes look lovely in addition to wearing well, and at such great prices you can't go wrong (especially when you have as many kids as I do...!).

3. Joshua enjoyed his birthday trip to Wembley on Wednesday, he and a friend went with Mr Owl to watch the England vs Holland match. They had a great time even though England narrowly missed out on a draw at the end, he is already asking when he can go again!

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