Norfolk

We are currently on holiday in Norfolk. We have rented the caravan off of a family member at a beautiful quite spot right by the sea. 

It didn’t start off very well at all. On our drive up here yesterday, despite having the car checked and repaired twice before leaving, the car started to make the most awful noise about 30 miles away from the caravan park. We didn’t know what to do, call out the rescue service and either pay a hefty price to get us back or have the car stuck in a garage all bank holiday weekend or try to get to the caravan risking more damage to the car. 

The boys were in tears at the thought of having to go home before we had even arrived on holiday and I was stressed but trying to keep as calm as possible in the situation. We have all been looking forward to this holiday after a stressful few weeks. 

We made it to the caravan thank goodness, the breakdown services took four and a half hours to arrive! If we had been waiting on the side of the road that long it would have made the situation ten times worse.

The breakdown man said lots of things that a mechanic would understand but the short version is its probably time to say goodbye car. 

Hubby decided to drive back home to borrow his mums car so we could still have a holiday. If he broke down on the way at least the cost of recovery would go down the closer he got. 

So the boys stayed at the caravan with me. We had no food as we couldn’t get to any shops so when hubby arrived this morning with breakfast I’m sure I heard a choir of angels singing. 

We have had a relaxing day today mostly at the gorgeous beach that is just a twenty second walk away. We are planning the rest of the week trying to cram in as many exciting days out as we can before we return to reality where we have no car and no money to buy a car.

Keep your fingers crossed that at least the weather is good to us!

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Happy Days- A Look Back At Our Week

I really enjoyed the #happydayslinky last week and I am joining in again this week. 

This week has been us trying to entertain ourselves with days out for free before we go on holiday at the end of the month. It’s been mostly late nights and food being whatever we grab at the time. 

Here are my happy days from the week.

Bike riding

The boys enjoyed a long bike ride from our house to their Nanny’s house this week. 

We had one of those days where we were just restless with no plan for the day. We’d taken it easy not doing a lot in our pj’s until about 10.30am and that’s about as much indoor time we could handle. The boys wanted to go on a bike ride. Hubby usually loads the bikes in his van and I drive in the car with the boys to our local county park that is great for bike riding. But as hubby was at work and we still don’t have a bike rack a cycle ride to Nanny’s was the best option. It took about 30 minutes to get there and 30 minutes to get back. I pushed the buggy incase my youngest got tired but I ended up running to catch up the whole way there and back, he wasn’t tired at all! We stopped off to see the ducks and to play at the park on the way back and it was a great way to make the most out of the day.

Motocross fun

Hubby took our 8 year old out on his motocross bike to the track. It’s so nice they have a sport that brings them together and helps them bond. It’s also a great way for DS1 to get rid of any stress and frustration he has and he came back really proud of himself and in a great mood. 
I tried something new

Cooking has got a bit boring for me and the family have got a bit bored of eating the same old thing every week. I was having a lazy morning watching Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals and was drooling over this amazing mustard chicken and dauphinoise potatoes he was making. He made it look so easy so I thought ‘even I can do that’. I had to go out and buy all the ingredients I didn’t have, which was everything, and it certainly cost quite a bit more than I usually spend on one meal but it actually turned out really well. Hubby ate it all up, 8 year old loved it, 6 year old cried and gagged like it was a bush tucker trial from ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’, and 3 year old did pretty well, which as far as my cooking goes, was a real success! Now I have the key ingredients I will definitely be making it again.

A free family fun day

We had a great time at a local free family fun day. The weather was amazing and there was lots to do for the kids. 3 year old went straight for the face painting table as he loves to be Spider Man! 6 year old spent most of his time bouncing around happily on a space hopper and 8 year old found some friends so I didn’t see him much for the whole time but he had fun!

I’m really enjoying the school holidays and I don’t want it to end!

Evil AppliancesĀ 

All of my appliances have been ganging up on me lately. 

Everything that helps me do the essential wife/mother crap I have to do is giving me the big screw you middle finger and refusing to help me a minute longer.

The cooker was the first to go and I’m sure it quickly put the word out and ‘strength in numbers’ was mentioned. 

Well the new cooker quickly caught wind and was sucked in to the whole protest thing. I used my NEW cooker the day we got it and the sodding hob melted a small hole into itself! How, how, how does that even happen?! 

The washing machine is jumping up and down sounding like a grade 5 hurricane, my fridge only wants to freeze and now the disloyal dishwasher just shows me it’s secret dishwasher code that only the manual that no one keeps after one week of purchase can unlock the secret to. 

So if any one would like me to review all of the above it’s safe to say I’m open to it! 

Sure you may ask yourself why would I use this newbie with little followers to review MY product. Well who else could promise you to clog up every social media news feed they have access to with photos of them lovingly looking at your product. Of them hugging and admiring your appliance and a short video cooking with ‘Let’s Stay Together’ playing in the background.

Or failing that a sledge hammer so I can get some satisfaction out of a kitchen appliance massacre!

On The Track Video

Here is a short video of DS1 on the motocross track on Sunday.

He absolutely loved every second and can’t wait to get back out there again soon.

motocross sunday 1

I love that DS1 and his Dad share their passion for this sport and it helps them bond as father and son.

fist pump motocross

 

10 Questions To My ChildrenĀ 

I asked my children these 10 questions and it was really fun hearing their answers.

I wrote exactly what they said and I wrote down their first answer.

DS1 is 8 years old, DS2 is 6 years old and DS3 is 3 years old.

1. What is your favourite thing to do with your family?

DS1- Go on holiday

DS2- Go to the arcades

DS3- Camping

2. How old is your Mum? (I’m 28)

DS1- 28

DS2- 25

DS3- 3

3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

DS1- A plasterer like Dad

DS2- A video gamer

DS3- Bigger!

4. What does your Mum do that makes you smile?

DS1- Oompa Loompa impression

DS2-Tickle me

DS3- Dinner

5. What does your Dad do that makes you smile?

DS1- Takes me to motocross

DS2- Play fight

DS3- Motocross

6. Where is your favourite place to beĀ in the whole world?

DS1- At home

DS2- Anywhere where there are no big spiders or scary creatures

DS3- Nannies

7. What is your favourite food?

DS1- Pizza

DS2- Tomato soup

DS3- Ketchup

8. What are you best at?

DS1Ā – Being A football goalie

DS2- Football

DS3- Mummy

9. What makes you happy?

DS1- Playing with my friends and family

DS2- Watching DanTDM

DS3- Mummy and Daddy

10. If you had a super power what would it be and why?Ā 

DS1- Flying, so I could fly past traffic and I don’t have to stop

DS2- Flying because if I wanted to get out of school I could just fly out

DS3- Baymax, flying!

Clearly DS3 didn’t understand all of the questions fully but I was pretty impressed with what he did understand and how he answered.

Why don’t you ask your children these 10 questions and share the results with me I’d love to hear them. My twitter name is @me3boysandmudpi why not share it with me there or leave a reply in the comments!

The Things I Said I Would NEVER Do As A ParentĀ 

I had such high expectations for myself as a mother a little too high perhaps. Ā There are so many things I told myself I would never do as a parent and so many of them I do and shamelessly.

My children will never eat a McDonald’s

OK so it seams a bit crazy that I put it on myself that my children would NEVER eat a McDonald’s. It’s hardly the food of Satan but I was determined to have an all natural, organic, all ways a home cooked meal kind of baby. How nieave you were 19 year old me, so nieave.

Sure with baby number one for the first year I had my little veggie baby, full 5 a day at least, he didnt even know what chocolate was and treats were fruit (whilst I hid behind the kitchen door scoffing chocolate). Family members sure wanted to fill my baby full of crap including the dreaded M word and soon I gave in. Little veggie ate those nuggets like it was nectar, as if my home cooking was bad or something (as if) and this was the meal of Kings. I still rarely let him have these treats well into his second year and he turned out to be ‘that kid’ at the party. You know the one who isn’t at all interested in the balloons, music or flashing lights but instead wants to sit under the food table sneaking chocolate biscuits and cakes. All three of my boys only have their McDonald’s as a treat but we just happen to have treats a lot more these days. All the over thinking about food has gone way out the window as long as it’s 90% good I’m fine with the other 10%.

The routine would never be broken

Routine is important for children we all know that. I was so desperate for sleep bedtime was planned like a military operation. At 18.00 hours bath time would not be a minute late. Story time 18.30 hours and lights out. I loved my boy being in bed at 6.45 every night it meant I had time to do things in the evening like collapse on the sofa and eat ice cream while staring at the scattered toys across the floor that I should probably have been picking up. It isn’t always that easy and the routine became more relaxed once baby number two and three came along. When I was sitting there in the evening with my sweet babe asleep on me (sweet now he had stopped the screaming) I sure didn’t want to rush upstairs and start the routine for the older two boys who would be happily watching some kind of dancing bear on the TV. Bedtime routine now a days is more of a guideline and I don’t stress about it so much.

Half an hour of TV a day

This one went out of the window pretty quick. I’ve heard over and over how a TV should not be used as a babysitter. Well that babysitter got me though a day after 2 hours sleep the night before. Through the breastfeeding every hour phase that had me prisoner on the sofa unable to entertain a 6 and 3 year old. Or just through the hour I needed to pull myself together because some arse at the baby group scoffed at me because I’d put my top on inside out due to pure exhaustion and I’d questioned my parenting (and self dressimg) skills entirely because of this one situation. We mostly play out side getting filthy and non stop running at the park so I’m good with the kids spending time with the virtual babysitter in the evenings!

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

 

Summer Fun

Today was a fantastic day. 

Sun, the great outdoors and energy from a little lye in!

Some days I find being a parent so hard.

Some days I just want to curl up and block out the world.

Some days it feels so much harder to put three little peoples needs before own. 

Today was not one of those days. 

Today was a day where all of those ‘some days’ that are a struggle, are lonely and full of frustration make THIS day that bit more glorious, relaxing and content. 

We are so lucky where we live there is always lots on for families.

We took the vintage bus that is running this summer holiday, a short walk from our house, up to a local deer park. 

The boys loved the double decker bus and we got to sit at the front up top. 

The bus ride only cost us Ā£2.50 and it cost us nothing to enter the deer park. The boys loved the outdoors, climbing trees and finding sticks.

We made a den and I have to say I’m pretty proud of it! We found bugs and beech nuts and made little homes for the bugs it was awesome! 

Simple days like this are like therapy for me. It was just what I needed and the boys had a great time too. 

3rd Birthday

Yesterday was my youngest son’s 3rd birthday. 

We had such a busy lovely day yesterday I didn’t get a chance to blog.

He was so excited he woke up before any one else in the house, snuck downstairs and I was woken up to him shouting up the stairs 

‘Mum I got a bike, I got a bike!’ 

We all rushed downstairs before he opened up the wraped gifts. He loved his balance motocross bike, his kit and helmet but was just as pleased with the toy motor bike that cost Ā£2 from the supermarket and he now sleeps with it next to his pillow! 

Birthday boy did have one complaint though. 

‘Where’s the tree?’ He said

‘What tree?’ We said

‘The Christmas tree for my birthday’

Bless his little heart he was expecting the house to be decorated and all his birthday presents under a Christmas tree and its little things like that that just make me love him even more.

Hubby thinks I’m mad but I said we might start up a family tradition of a ‘birthday tree’.

We decided against a birthday party and instead birthday boy got to pick a family day out. He chose the beach and so we headed off early. 

The kids had a great time on the little rides, we ate the BEST fish and chips on the beach, and then grabbed our buckets and spades to go make sandcastles and paddle.

Well when we got to the beach the tide was all the way in. No sand in sight it was all under water. We spent the next hour walking and walking to look for a sandy bit and ended up hoping in the car stopping at every car park looking over the edge to look for sand. 

Luckily we ended up finding a bit of beach that had some sand not covered by water which pleased the boys we rushed down to make sandcastles and paddle as quickly as we could. DS1 ended up right in the sea almost up to his shoulders, shivering while saying 

‘Come in its warm!’

DS2 went in up to his waist and loved it and DS3 ran in and out laughing and dug holes in the sand and then…. pooed himself because he was having to much fun to go to the toilet. We had to run back to the car clean a very, very messy child and then the car started having a disco with the warning lights.

Luckily we got home ok and we were all having such a good day that we just laughed about it all.

Oh and I totally cheated on the birthday cake. DS3 wanted a motorbike cake and so I bought some mini motorbikes and stuck them on a ready made chocolate cake he couldn’t have been happier with it and it was the most stress free birthday cake I have ever made šŸ™‚

Faith in HumanityĀ 

After a total of three hours sleep from ‘the best sleepover ever’ as my 6 year old said, we ended up with him in minor injuries this afternoon. My poor little man fell straight off the monkey bars onto his arm. 

Thank goodness the x-ray showed no brake or fracture (that would have been a fun second half of the summer holidays). 

While we were there I met two people who give me faith in the human race. 

One lovely man in the waiting area who clearly found it more difficult than most to get about as he shuffled to his chair. He noticed the boys and I beside him at the vending machine. I was trying to keep my sleep deprived children happy whilst being stick in the waiting area of the hospital and yes I was doing this with treats. My youngest really wanted the Maltesers but the machine just kept flashing ‘out of order’ at us and he was really upset about it. The lovely man offered to walk across the road to get some for him. 

How selfless of him. It clearly wouldn’t have been easy for him but he must have seen me there on my own with three boys, one crying for the treat he could see but couldn’t have, One crying in pain and one trying to help me negotiate a suitable alternative with the youngest and he wanted to make my day a little easier. Clearly I thanked him but said no I wouldn’t have wanted him to do that trip for a bag of sweets but I was touched by his act of kindness.

As we were walking to the x-ray room the lady that was leading us was stopped by a college.

‘This is your last patient today before you go home isn’t it?’

‘Yes it’s been a long day’ she said.

My youngest wanted to come in too it looked so exciting to him but of course he couldn’t come in while the x-ray was being done so he had to wait out side with my eldest and the receptionist.

When we were done the lovely lady asked if the other two boys wanted to come in and look around the room. She showed them the machine and the pictures of the x-ray. They loved it. She could have finished the job she had to do and headed home to a well earned break but she gave up a couple of extra minutes out of her day to ease mine. 

After today I feel my faith in Humanity is restored. It’s easy for the bad experiences of strangers to get stuck in our heads. Like for me when I was eight months pregnant stuck on a crowded train standing up and no one gave up their seat for the whole 30 minute journey and all I could think was Wow people can be real selffish ass holes. 

But today I’m left thinking Wow there are so many people who have so much selflessness and kindness and the world’s a better place for it.