Monday, March 24, 2008
I'm heading off to spend a couple of nights with one of my scrappy friends before I make my way to Olympia - once I'm done there I will be whizzing up North to go see my Mom as she is undergoing surgery on Saturday.
I'm looking forward to seeing Mom and my Sisters - I just don't get to see them as much as I would like due to the distance between us....a distance which will soon be growing even further.
My Mom has decided to up sticks and move on. Its been a hard decision for her to make - selling off the family home of 40+ years - a place where the feeling of my dear old Dad still lingers - where the silly little reminders of him remain - but move she must and with her move we have to learn to let go.
The memories of a happy childhood spent there will always be with me - but it sure does feel strange knowing that this will be my last trip "home".
Hubs is being left in charge of the guys whilst I'm away - J isn't having such a good time at the moment and I wasn't sure if I should go away or not :( Having talked things through with Hubs we decided that the break away from home might do me some good....not that I will get chance to rest!
J is hard work at the best of times - his struggles with life do tend to become a lil draining at times - not that I mind - I'm his Mom and I deal with it in the most positive way I can.....Lordy if I focused on the negative issues which surround us on a daily basis I think I would have cracked a long time ago!
Day in day out I have to do things that most parents wouldn't even dream about - my boy is 12 but on his best days, functions as a 5 year old - it breaks my heart to see him sometimes - he looks like an other typical 12 year old - he is such a funny sweet boy - he is quirky - he sure is fun - BUT he doesn't even know the difference between night and day - which makes life interesting when he wakes at 3am and believes its time for school!
It amazes me that J can do so many things and yet cant cross the road safely on his own. Knowing your child will never grow to lead an independent life as an adult sucks!
Both Hubs and I have rebelled against those in the know - they told us J would never talk properly- ha - we proved them wrong and are now blessed with a little chatterbox! We are both 100% committed to making sure J gets all he needs to go on in life the best he can.....but sometimes that 100% drains just a little too much.
With battles continuing at school re the lack of differentiation I need to renew and refresh myself before I can continue the fight....I need to clear my head and find my inner strength to fight harder than I have ever fought before.....it shouldn't be this way - but it is - and not just for me - for hundreds if not thousands of families across the UK who have kids with special needs *sigh* I better put my soapbox away!
Me going away makes not difference to J at all - most children with ASD don't form attachments like any other child would - J sees me as an ends to his needs and so long as someone is there to feed and clothe him he doesn't care - that hurts - especially when all I want in life is for my boy to come and give me a cuddle just because.
So this week away is for me - a time to catch up on me being me - a time when I am not a human machine who spends her days teaching her son that 2 +2 isn't 22 or that when I say its raining cats and dogs, I don't actually mean that cats are falling from the sky!
This week I get to spend some time with my friends, my Mom, my Sisters and adorable nephews as well as spending some time helping a friend at Olympia.
It is also a time when I get to say goodbye to a place I have called home for almost 40 years.....a time to leave things behind and focus on the new.
Have a good week.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Ive been racing against the clock all weekend and finally manged to get everything completed that I needed to before I set off for a week away :D
I gave in and decided that a couple of things would just have to wait til my return and opted to head out with the guys for a bite to eat.
Watching the guys, as young men out and about, made me realise that these snatched moments of quality family time are fast disappearing. They have their own ever growing circle of friends and don't seem to be home as much these days....my babies are starting to fly the coop!
The popcorn is popped, the fire lit and Hubs has the DVD set to go - a night in front of the box chilling out is just what I need after a rather hectic weekend of planning, sorting and scrapping.
I'll sign off with a few sneaky peeps of my Bad Girls projects using the delish April kit
and my Pencil Lines LO for this week, which features one lil man who fills my heart with glee.
The bright and funky papers from Daisy D's are just simply divine!
I love them - LOTS!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Our Easter weekend started off with the guys having a huge sleepover last night and the house was a real hive of activity. Loads of teen age boys just hanging out - some in the den playing Xbox - some in the lounge hogging the Tv and playing on the Wii....some chilling out watching DVD's - I escaped to my scraproom and left them all to it with Hubs on popcorn duty!
There were plenty of sleepy heads here this morning because the last one feel asleep at around 3am! They have all absconded and have descended upon my friend, where there will be a repeat performance for them all tonight! She said its like having a swarm of locus suddenly appearing! Tell me about it - what is it with teen age boys and junk food???
With no guys here tonight Hubs and I are going to treat ourselves to a night out.. I'm looking forward to putting my glad rags on - a bit of lippy and hitting the local pub!!
Here's a couple of snippets from LO's I created for ScrapGenie.
If you want to see them in full then take a trip over to ScrapDreamie, where you will also find details of the DT call!
The Team are looking for more talented scrappers to add to our bunch of busy bees- go on - submit - we want to see your creations.
I'm all for encouraging new faces - so please don't be put off applying - all details can be found here.
Not only do we have the DT call running - we also have Sarah's challenge - along with a RAK up for grabs.
GO FOR IT! - you know you want to!
I have a heavy date this afternoon with my Bad Girls Kit - *slurp* - its simply delish!
Happy Easter all.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
What with high winds, 30ft waves, floods and hail stones the size of ten pence pieces its sure been a stormy week!
All is calm now and the sun poked its head from the clouds to shine for a fair few hours yesterday afternoon. :)
Poor Bobs isn't a happy chappy - has been taking his SATs mocks this week which has meant there has been plenty of revision taking place - he hates revision - his attitude is he either knows it or he doesn't! He cant quite grasp the need to sit reading through his notes to refresh his memory! Poor thing would have rather been out skatin yesterday after school instead of revising - but needs must eh?
Ive been busy scrapping the days away and was mighty pleased to discover I had made The Cat Walk over on SiStv this week :) Ummmm - that makes 7 times now :D
I've been playing with Piggy Tales product - some I cant share just yet - but these I can.....
I really enjoy using the Slide Books from Piggy Tales - more info and images of this project can be found over on the ScrapDreamie blog :)
I used Baa Baa Black Sheep papers, alphas and ribbons along with a Piggy Tales Sliding Door to create this lil door hanger for my scraproom - it is supposed to indicate to the guys as and when I am free to be disturbed - but it doesn't work! They still invade my room to come chat and sometimes create!
And finally here is a sneaky peep of my layout for this weeks Pencil Lines Sketch
I need to go pack my bags as I'm off scrapping for the weekend and will be meeting up with some of my favourite scrapping buddies for a weekend of fun and frolics.
Don't forget to take a peep at the ScrapDreamie blog - there's a RAK up for grabs and we have a VIP making their debut on the blog today!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
After the excesses of my evening out last night I treated myself and indulged in a lil lie in!
I don't normally lie in as I'm an early bird and like to be up and about before the rest of the house stirs.
I like to spend some time on my own - drinking Tea and waking up the house - I open the windows and the stable doors to give the house a blast of fresh air - you cant beat fresh air first thing in the morning - it certainly sets me up for the day.
But not this morning - Oh No! - last night was such good fun but the fizzy falling down water got the better of me! We ate a beautiful meal which had been lovingly prepared for us by my friend and was entertained all evening by her hubby, who is quite possibly one of the funniest people I have ever met.
We have known this couple for 18 years now and have watched each others children go through the stages of toddlerdum to teens and then on to the big wide world of college, Uni and the workplace. As their kids are a few years older than ours, chatting with them certainly helps to prepare us for what lies just around the corner for our guys.
The night came to a close and we stumbled home just after midnight!
The guys left me to sleep in this morning but by 9am they were desperate to come and wake me with brekkie in bed :)
Whilst I had been out and about teaching at a crop yesterday, the guys had gone off shopping with Hubs, so they could buy me a couple of surprise gifts to open this morning -
Higgeldy Piggeldy and Promise to add to my collection are from J and Bobs
We called over to visit Hubs Grandma and stayed for a while to natter with her before heading out to my favourite local restaurant for lunch......the best nut roast ever!
Feeling slightly stuffed and a lil weary we are going to snuggle down on the sofa and enjoy the DVD Bobs also bought for me - Alfie - gotta love ma a lil Jude on a snoozie Sunday afternoon.
I have a lil toot - a while back Anam contacted me to ask if I would mind contributing to an article she was compiling about Scrappers who had tattoos!
After what seems like forever the article has finally gone to print and my LO was one that was selected for inclusion into the magazine :)
This is my first publication outside of the UK and I'm pretty chuffed :)
I have two tattoo's
Both are designs that have a deep personal meaning to me
I dress modestly and no one except my husband would even know I had them if I didn't tell
I did not have this tattoo to call attention to myself
I am offended by the term "tramp stamp"
I am no Tramp
I truly have them for myself
for my own personal reasons
I hate when people judge others - no one has the right to do that to another - especially when the judgement is committed with ignorance.
Have a wonderful Mothers Day.....I'm off to bag the best spot on the sofa and enjoy an afternoon with Jude (swoooooon).
Saturday, March 01, 2008
You really must go and take a peep at the creations made by the 3 newest DT members who have joined Ania, Iris, Cari, Sri and I - their work is totally amazing!
I love the quirkiness of the Daisy D papers in the kit and was fortunate enough to snag me an extra set of the PP's whilst at Stitches - I have plans to use them for a secret project Ive been working on for a wee while now ;)
They are so fun and funky to work with and perfect for attacking with the scissors.Its been a while since Hubs and I went out on a Saturday night without the guys following behind us - I'm really looking forward to a nice meal and great company minus the teenage squabbles - jeez my guys have been battling it out for the past 48 hours and I'm glad I'm off out for the day - its unusual for them to argue so its been a bit of a shock to the system - poor Hubs - Im sure he will be in need of a stiff drink tonight, after spending 10 hours playing referee! tee hee hee
Have a great day - be happy - enjoy.