Sunday 30 November 2014

phone calls and dreams

On Friday (after dropping Evie off - she started crying when we got there) I was sitting at home watching Kendra get all 10 stars and my phone started ringing, and on the screen it said that it was Evies pre school.... say that my heart sank is an understatement.  So I answered the call expecting to hear that they wanted me to come and collect her as she wont calm down.

Luckily for me it was just to say that they had lost the keys to their cupboard and they were ringing all of the mums/dads to see if someone had picked them up by mistake.

I checked my buts and I hadnt picked them up - incidentally they found them caught up in a little ones coat (they didnt say whos though).

When I went to pick her up she was snuggling her cloth and they said that she was asking to cuddle a toy that begins with "m" and they said that I could bring the toy in with her next time - so monkey will get to go to school with Evie ;o)  Although when I asked her if she wanted hime to go with her she said "no thank you"!

Then last night Evie was sleeping and she woke up crying and I heard her say "Mummy gone home" which is what they say to her at pre school when she asks where I am.

I do feel a bit bad that its playing on her mind that much to give her nightmares :o(

Thursday 27 November 2014

the lure of a kids milk

On Tuesday morning (following the oven almost blowing up - ok Im being a touch over dramatic) I told Evie that we were going to go and buy a new oven ;o)

I measured the space that our oven is occupying and looked through the ovens on Currys website and because there is a little storage area under the oven there is only one brand that will fit the area.

So we went to Currys and I found the ovens but typically they didnt have the one in there that I liked the look of (but I had written down the dimensions and the product codes) so I told the lady serving me and she found the product and said that they had plenty in stock ;o)

She tried to get me to buy their care package for £50 for 5 years (it includes 5 valets also) I said "no thank you" as the oven has a steam cleaning function on it ;o)  I had a look at the website and it says that I have 12 months to take it out if we change our mind ;o)

Now it came to delivery...

...I told her that Tuesdays and Thursdays work best for me as we have Tumble Tots on Monday and Pre School on Wednesday and Friday and typically they only deliver to my area on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday!  So I ended up opting for a Sunday delivery/installation.

It is being delivered next Sunday ;o)

So after we had finished I asked Evie if she wanted to go for a drink or go home and she said that she wanted to have a drink so we went into Costa and she had a kids milk and I had a gingerbread and cream latte ;o)  I wanted to try their sticky toffee latte but they had run out of the syrup.

I got us (or rather Evie) a bag of mini muffins and she ate all three of the double chocolate ones while we were in there!

I asked Evie while were enjoying our drinks what we should cook as the first thing in the new oven and she said bananas for monkey ;o)

Talking of Pre School Evie was crying again yesterday and she started crying again when we got there and one of the ladies picked her up when we got there and gave her a cuddle...

... when I went to pick her up I was told that she had been upset on and off and was clingy and that she might be coming down with something.

She was ok yesterday apart form doing a squidgy poop and we asked her if her tummy hurt and she said no it didnt and she seems ok this morning too.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

pop goes the oven

Yesterday I turned on the oven to cook Evies dinner for her and there was a yellow flash and then it went pop!

I ended up frying some chicken nuggets for her but the coating got burnt so I took it off of them.

The oven still works (after I realised that the fuse had cut out and the oven hadnt completely and utterly died).

So this morning me & Evie are off to Currys to look at ovens - I have measured the space so know what our options are ;o)

Sunday 23 November 2014

first brought home picture

When I picked Evie up on Friday from pre school I looked in Evies drawer and found a picture waiting for me ;o)

I have proudly stuck it up on the cupboard wall ;o)

On Thursday I went into Iceland and bought a Exotic Meat Feast LOL the lady of the checkout told me to "enjoy my meal tonight" ;o)

I had an ostrich burger last night and it was nice allbeit with a stronger flavour than beef has, I was worried that I might want to bury my head in the sand but I havent yet but then I havent been anywhere near Evies sandbox in the garage ;o)

Friday 21 November 2014

crying real tears

I woke Eve up (after putting her down earlier last night) and she was crying real tears saying that she didnt want to go because of the noisy ones :o(

I tried explaining to her that they are just like her and get noisy when they are enjoying themselves but she wasnt having any of it.

I have told her that we are going anyway and at the moment she is happily watching tv and eating some frosties.

I have yet to get her dressed in her school t-shirt.

I am hoping that I dont get the phone call today saying that she is too distraught!

I know that she will get used to it and she will have to when she starts school properly in a couple of years.

Thursday 20 November 2014

tired and whingey

Yesterday (all day as it turned out) Evie was tired and whingey from the moment I woke her up.

She was whingey and grizzly yesterday morning and when I kissed her goodbye at pre school she started to cry, one of the ladies gave her a hug and I got out of there before I could get upset too.

She then cried when I came to pick her up, and fell asleep on our way home.

I was hoping that she would feel refreshed after but she didnt.

I half expected her to wake up ill this morning but she is ok, but am wondering if we should try and get her to go to sleep an hour earlier when she has pre school the next day?

Tuesday 18 November 2014

I will have to see if they have it in store

I was watching Im a Celebrity this morning and whilst fast forwarding through the adverts I briefly caught sight of an exotic meat feast on the sponsorship bit at the beginning of one of the advert breaks ;o)

It says on the website that you can order it online but I will have a look in store when I go into town probably on Thursday ;o)

So I am off now to check what room we have in the freezer ;o)

We had alligator way back in 2001 at Gatorland while on holiday in Florida, and as I recall it tasted a bit like chicken ;o)

Monday 17 November 2014

dvd cant be repaired

I went online this morning (after getting Evie up) and found an e-mail from the bloke who did the dvd to say that it cant be repaired!

He had two suggestions for me... - I get hold of one of the dvds that I passed on to a family member so that he could re record it for me, or

....two - he sends me a refund.

We have opted for the refund (as James has already copied a disc for us ;o)).

This morning (before putting the pc on) I started watching Im a Celebrity ;o) my favourite is Michael Buerk, and I think that Gemma Collins is going to be a hoot ;o)

Sunday 16 November 2014

a fairy it was

I gave Evie the choice fairy or pirate...

...and she chose fairy ;o)

she loved wearing her fairy dress
She loved wearing teh dress so much that she didnt want to take it off ;o)

Friday 14 November 2014

pirate or fairy?

As today is Children in Need Evie is going in dressed as a "superhero" (with a £1 going to charity for the privilege ;o))

The only outfits that we have for her are for a fairy or a pirate so they will have to do.

Or if the outfits are too big for her then we have some doctor pajamas or pirate pajamas as a back up plan ;o)

Thursday 13 November 2014

first proper morning

Yesterday was Evies first proper morning at pre-school ;o)

I made sure that she got up early and had finished her breakfast by 8 am so that we were ready to leave on time.

Evie playing on the sofa in her school t-shirt

We got to the pre-school bang on time and I kissed Evie goodbye and told her to have fun and then I could tell that I was about to start crying so I quickly got out of the room that she was in so that she didnt see me get upset.

One of the ladies told me (while I was composing myself) that Evie was happily sitting there cutting out shapes with one of the other ladies.

When it came to collecting Evie I got there just as she was coming back from playing in the playground, I told her that I was going to go to the toilet and then we could go home.

So I had just finished and was waiting to be let into the room and I saw one of the ladies give Evie a hug and then they told her that I was behind the door and I could see that she was crying :o(

I will have to make sure on Friday that I leave slightly later so that I can nip into the toilet before she sees me come back.

It was a good job that I bought her the school t-shirt as she had some blue paint on her back, when I did the washing this morning it had come out luckily ;o)

it has since come out in the wash

Wednesday 12 November 2014

three rules

Its Evies first proper morning at pre-school today...

...and she has three rules...

#1 - have fun

#2 - ask for help when she is in the playground and wants to play on the balance beams

#3 - tell the ladies if she has done a poop!

I can already feel myself welling up, but I will keep strong ;o)

Tuesday 11 November 2014

the wrong disc perhaps?

Yesterday at Tumble Tots while waiting for our session to start I was given my 2013 christmas dvd back.

I asked if that meant the DVD had been repaired and she said that she didnt know but I should play it when I got home and to let her know if there is still a problem with it.

So we got home after and I gave Evie her lunch (peppa pig pasta shapes, a slice of white buttered toast and a milky bar dessert) changed her nappy and then put her down for her afternoon nap.

It is so nice now that she stays awake long enough after now to have her lunch first ;o)

So I put the DVD into the player pressed "play" and it still wont work!

I am hoping that he has just returned the wrong disc to me and that he did manage to fix it for me.

Still I have e-mailed him and Tumble Tots as I was asked to let them know if it still didnt work.

Sunday 9 November 2014

taster session #2

On Friday we had our second taster session at pre-school ;o)

We got there in plenty of time again.

When we walked in I took Evies coat off and she went straight to the table with play dough on although she was more interested in playing with the shape cutters ;o)

I then got Evie to play with the water table while I went through the forms that I had filled in with her key worker.

She had an apron on but it didnt stop her sleeves from getting soaking wet with all of the water.

We or rather I decided not to stay and play in the playground as it was a bit like organised chaos.

I also bought her school uniform (2 t-shirts and a fleece with the pre-school logo on) I still have to iron on some name tags on to them ready for Wednesday ;o)

Hee hee when we went into Starbucks yesterday I was asked if I wanted to do my own latte as I did such a good job Thursday evening ;o).

Friday 7 November 2014

gold card exclusive event

Last night I went to a gold card exclusive event at Starbucks ;o)

All three of us were going to go and then I decided that Evie would get bored (besides James feeling ill) and I went on my ownsome instead.

I knew that it was going to be a good evening as as soon as I walked in there I was given an espresso martini ;o)

I tried my art at latte art and managed (not sure how) to do something festive ;o)

a snowman in my latte

I got to try some different coffees (there three previous origin blends).

I also got to try the new orange, cranberry and chocolate cookie.

And I got a new re-useable cup (I got one for James too)

and we got a goodie bag each too ;o)

we got a goodie bag each

Evie has already said that she wants the chocolate coins ;o)

When James came to pick me up Evie kept on saying that she missed me, and it set me off feeling guilty about me leaving her at pre-school for a couple of mornings from next week :o(

Thursday 6 November 2014

taster session #1

As we had to be at Evie pre school for 10.30 yesterday I made sure that I was getting her ready as close to 9 am as I could ;o)

So I got Evie changed and dressed and then got myself dressed.

We were out of the door in good time and got there 10 minutes early.

So I crammed the buggy into the buggy park there (its a 10 foot covered area to leave the buggies).

We went inside and I took off our coats and I was told who Evies key worker is.

The first thing Evie did was play with some stickle brick type blocks - she almost had the whole tub of them on the table!

Then it was snack time and they took Evie to wash her hands and she sat at the table and had raisins and breadsticks and some water...

...they were saying that now the weather is getting colder they would offer (with parents permission) warm chocolate ;o)  I have already signed the permission slip for it ;o)

I then had to go through an assessment form with her key worker just so that they know what Evie and and cant do.

The kids were then sat in a circle singing one of the songs was a days of the week song and then they were talking about the weather and then I think that they were singing twinkle twinkle little star.

And then it was the end of our hour and it was time to play in the infant school playground so we joined them doing that too ;o)

The playground was really good and they had balance beams in there and they were helping the kiddies to walk along them which was good ;o)

They had half an hour playing in there and then it was back to the pre-school and I signed out to leave and we headed home...

...Evie was so tired that she fell asleep on our walk home ;o)

When I asked her if she wanted to go again on Friday she said "no thank you" but we told her that she is going again anyway ;o)

Wednesday 5 November 2014

liking marmite by default

Yesterday I opened up a bag of twiglets and Evie came over to see what I was eating so I offered her one (knowing that she had previously not liked them) and she took one and ate it and when I asked her if it was nice she said "yes" ;o)

I even gave er a few to eat in a bowl while she had her dinner ;o)

At least our fears of her being a marmite hater are over with now.... I will try her on marmite on toast and will see if she likes that also ;o)

Last night I got Evies bag ready to take in with us (containing nappies, wipes, muslin cloths and a change of clothes) so that she is used to me bringing it in with us for when I leave her there for the morning next week.

Tuesday 4 November 2014

pre school paperwork

I have just been filling out the paperwork ready for Evies first two taster sessions tomorrow and Friday at pre school ;o).  I will be there with her for those ;o)

I have been asking Evie if she would like to go back to the school that we looked around, and she says "no thank you" and then I tell her about the girl who was knocking down the blocks that she had made into a tower and then she says "little girl knock down bricks".

So I have told her that we are going there anyway ;o)

Sunday 2 November 2014

NHS walk in centre

For the past few weeks now I have had a cough...

,,,and on Friday night/Saturday morning my coughing was so bad that it woke Evie up (so I felt guilty enough that I should go and see a doctor).

I was originally planning on going this week anyway (as NHS say to go if you have a cough for more than three weeks),

As I wouldnt be able to go to my surgery until Tuesday (as on Mondays we have Tumble Tots).

So I decided to go to my local NHS Walk in Centre.

I walked in there and the place was 3/4 full.

So I filled out a form (saying my name, doctors surgery and my symptoms).

I had bought my MP3 player with me (as I knew that I would have a long wait) my Mum went in there on Boxing Day and had a four hour wait!

I had just one headphone in but couldnt hear who was being called (because of all the noise) so instead I sat there and watched the people coming in and out ;o).

Aboit an hour  later I went upto reception to make sure that I hadnt missed my name being called out and they said "no you havent been called yet" and then they said that there were another three people in front of me yay ;o) and I asked if they could shout out my name a bit louder as I couldnt hear who was being called and they said that they would.

So I went to the toilet and sat back down again.

And then 15 minutes later I was called ;o)

I told the doctor my symptoms and hyped up about my coughing waking Evie up and how guilty I felt.

So she listened to my chest and my back and said that my chest was clear.

And she said that what I had was more of an irritation and that I should take anti histamines (the doctors prescribed some for Evie last year) and an asthma inhaler (but it didnt mean that I have asthma).

And that if my coughing is no better on Monday that I should go and see my own doctor.

Hee hee the receptionist must have said on my form that I was "below average intelligence" or something because the doctor showed me about 10 times how to use the inhaler!

I even saw our next door neighbours in there.

Anyway I dont think I am coughing as badly so I shall see how I get on.