Saturday, 26 September 2020

Week 39 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

We have had a quiet week with not a lot going on. It's been nice to have some calm after a busy few weeks although yesterday I had big plans to get things done and actually got very little done because I was helping my dad out with some admin. My stuff can wait, his couldn't.

I am looking forward to another nice relaxed weekend. It's supposed to be chilly and if it was anything like yesterday I can see the heating going on. 

Now for a photo every day!


263/366 - 19th September
I received a couple of prints to feature on my blog and will be soon. They were going to go in one of the kids rooms, then I decided on the dining room and now they're up on the wall in the living room. They're something a bit different. 

264/366 - 20th September
Roast parsnips! My favourite part of a Sunday lunch!

265/366 - 21st September
The plumber arrived on Monday to fix our leaky, wobbly loo. The bolts holding it down were snapped which were making it wobbly and one of the water pipes was loose because of it moving. He removed the whole toilet did some fiddling and put it all back together. It doesn't wobble anymore but was still leaking until Stu put some sealant on.

266/366 - 22nd September
I have a red tomato! Hooray! 

267/366 - 23rd September
Chips and mayo for lunch! I am blaming Becky. She keeps making chips for lunch, something I wouldn't normally eat but they always smell so good! 

268/366 - 24th September
Ellie borrowed Becky's jacket from school and Becky couldn't argue because she was still in bed. hehehe

269/366 - 25th September
Becky got her certificates from college with her results from the last academic year. They've been added to the folder with all of her other results she's got over the years.

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Friday, 25 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Not a lot! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I have racked my brain trying to think what we've done this past week and it's not a lot. After having a busy couple of weeks with Becky's birthday and the hospital appointment for Ellie last week this week has been a lot calmer and relaxed.

We seem to have found some sort of routine but Becky being in college only one day a week and learning at home for the rest of the days is taking some getting used to. It seems selfish saying it but it feels like I am not getting a lot of time to myself. It's nice having the company but I did enjoy time alone.

Our toilet had been leaking for a few weeks and felt quite wobbly when we sat on it, we told the landlord and a plumber was sent out on Monday. The bolts holding the loo down had rusted and a couple had snapped. He took the whole loo off and did whatever he did and for a few hours it seemed like it was fixed but whatever he did has not made a lot of difference. It doesn't wobble anymore but it's still leaking. He's coming back to have another look at it soon.

I finally have a red tomato! lol I planted some seeds at the start of the year, they didn't grow so I planted more and they have taken their time, I have lots of green tomatoes but noticed one red one early this week! I was very happy! I've left it to ripen a little more and I hope the rest follow suit. 


I am sure we have all heard about the new restrictions and rules around staying safe from Coronavirus and at the moment not a lot has changed for us as a family. I have started to worry more about Becky's part time job though. She works as a waitress and will now be taking drinks to the tables as well as food and of course has to wear a mask, there isn't a lot more she can do to keep herself safe apart from giving up her job which she doesn't want to do. With there being more and more cases reported I really don't want her to put herself at risk of catching Coronavirus and it's starting to worry me. We're going to see how things go over the next couple of weeks. The way things are going at the moment I can see us being on a full lockdown before long.

After years of Ellie not having a lot of homework from school it turns out year 9 is a bit different. She is getting a couple of pieces each evening to complete for different subjects. We've had science, art, French, art and maths this week. She has been great at just getting on with it and thankfully needed little help from me when it came to the maths. Algebra and graphs are not my strong point.

I hope you have all had a good week.


Thursday, 24 September 2020

I am joining in with #Blogtober20 are you?

It seems crazy that it is October next month. Where has the year gone. I do love this time of year, we're just about back into the school and college routine, the cosy evenings are here and I get to take part in Blogtober which is a very fun challenge set by Mandi at Big Family Organised Chaos!

I have taken part in Blogtober for the last 4 years. Last year I just did my own thing and didn't follow the prompts but you can see my posts from Blogtober 2016, Blogtober 2017 and Blogtober 2018.

Blogtober20 banner

If you don't know what Blogtober is I will explain. The host is Mandi from Big Family Organised Chaos and she has made a list of prompts, one for each day in October. You write a blog post inspired by that day's prompt and link it up to the linky. You can even link up an old blog post if it fits in with that days prompt. You can read her introduction to blogtober too.

Mandi took a break from Blogtober last year but this year is back with a bang and has came up with a great list. All the prompts are pop songs and can be interpreted as you wish!

Blogtober20 prompts

I have found Blogtober to be a great way of meeting new bloggers and reconnecting with one's I've lost touch with. It is a lot of fun too. I post a new blog post every day anyway but the prompts sometimes give me chance to write about some things I wouldn't usually.

If you would like to take part in the challenge, there is a Blogtober20 Facebook Group you can join.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

An idea for the kids breakfast! Breakfast Cookies from Fruit Bowl!

My girls will happily eat breakfast every morning during the summer holidays but on a school/college morning I struggle to get half a slice of toast into them. I didn't used to worry too much because they would usually get a snack at break time at school or college but with the new rules, especially at Ellie's school no snacks will be served at morning break time because of Coronavirus.

I have been on the look out and found something which sounds right up my girls street, breakfast cookies! They can take them to school/college or even eat them on the way and hopefully they will fill them up a little until lunchtime.


Fruit Bowl’s recipe for Breakfast Cookies, made with crushed Wheat Biscuits (or a similar alternative cereal) mixed with Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes makes a hearty cookie with a scrumptious texture with chewy fruit pieces and crunch of the Wheat Biscuits.

Fruit Flake Breakfast Cookies
Makes 8 cookies

Ingredients:

50g of light brown sugar.
50g of granulated sugar.
(Combine sugars to make 100g either light brown sugar, granulated sugar, caster sugar, use a combination of what is available)
A pinch of salt.
50g of sunflower oil (or other light coloured oil).
30g of cold water.
100g of plain flour.
¼ tsp of bicarbonate of soda.
3 individual packets Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes.
2 x crushed Fruit Bowl Wheat Biscuits or alternative

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan) and line one large or two smaller baking trays with parchment.
In a bowl, mix together the sugars, salt, oil and water with a wooden spoon.
Add in the plain flour, bicarbonate, Fruit Flakes and crushed cereal.
Mix together with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed.
Weigh the dough into 45g balls and place on the lined baking tray/s, leaving enough space for them to spread.
Put in the oven for 10 minutes, then rotate the tray/s and bake for a further 8 minutes.
Allow to cool before serving.

Have your children's school changed what food they will be serving at break or lunch time?

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

A hearing test and a different doctor.

Ellie was diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy when she was about 4 years old and we go to the hospital every year or so to have a hearing test to keep a check on her good ear. Ellie was born nearly deaf in one ear and lost all the hearing in her right ear by the time she was about 7 years old. We were due to go at the beginning of this year but the appointment was cancelled, understandably because of Coronavirus.

Last week, on Monday I was all set to take Ellie to the hospital to have her hearing test but hospital rang mid morning to say the appointment was cancelled because the doctor had phoned in sick, they said they would phone with a new appointment but I didn't expect it to happen so soon. They rang that afternoon with an appointment for Tuesday with a stand in doctor.


Tuesday came and Ellie got to finish school a little earlier than usual so we had chance to get to the appointment at the local hospital. 

Ellie had her usual hearing test which went well but the nurse doing the test was a little confused half way through when it seemed Ellie could hear through her right ear, the bad one. She did the test again playing noise into her good ear and it became clear she had no hearing at all in her bad ear, Ellie just has amazing hearing in her good ear. 

We then went into see the doctor and within 2 minutes of us being in his room he had rubbed me up the wrong way. He asked why we were there, I explained to have Ellie's good ear checked and then said why did we not go to the hospital in Newcastle, err because it's nearly 150 miles away from where we now live. The nurse in the room had to explain we moved here from Northumberland last year and were transferred. He then went on to say measles or a viral infection must have caused Ellie's hearing loss. Again myself and the nurse explained that she was born with a little hearing and then lost it. He then said where is her hearing aid, she doesn't have one. The doctors in Newcastle said one out of the ear would have no effect and a cochlear implant had little chance of working. 

Someone hadn't read Ellie's notes. lol I know her folder is probably the size of a 80 year old's with all the medical issues she's had over the years but come on the least he could have done was skim through it.

The doctor then went on to suggest a MRI scan and I said no and asked what it would achieve? I already knew the answer, he wanted to do some research on her which would make no difference to Ellie and her hearing. He then back tracked and said we won't do a MRI as it probably won't give us any information to help Ellie. It's not my first rodeo, the doctors at Newcastle wanted to do the same, just to aid their research. 


He then started pushing the hearing aid again. Ellie has already said she doesn't want one. She copes well without one and has for her whole life. I think giving her a hearing aid wouldn't benefit her, she has adapted to her hearing loss and it's all she's ever known. If her hearing loss affected her day to day life I would be all for a hearing aid it but it doesn't. The doctor then went on to do further tests and said that she does have amazing hearing in her good ear which makes up for the hearing loss. He said considering she is deaf in one ear you would never guess. Exactly!!

He then went on to say we must do all we can to protect the good ear, Ellie was told that she shouldn't go to nightclubs or pubs where there is loud music or be in noisy environments like factories. Ellie is a girl of few words when she is with people she doesn't know and usually doesn't answer back but this time she looked him dead in the eye and said "I'm 13, I won't be going to nightclubs anytime soon and I am careful about listening to music". He then asked her to take her mask off so he could see her face and he looked a little confused, I am sure he thought she was older than she was! Oops.

Then he went back on about the hearing aid. Grr! I think the nurse saw that I was getting a tad annoyed and said we'll just have them back in a year, OK and that was that.

I don't feel like the doctor really cared or had Ellie's best interests at heart. I trusted the hospital in Newcastle 100% and I felt like we were on the same page. Here I don't feel like that at the moment. We are back in another year and won't be seeing the fill in doctor, hopefully! I am not his biggest fan!

Monday, 21 September 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 21st - 27th September. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan went terribly. We ate just one of the meals I had planned. lol After being to the hospital on Tuesday and getting back late we had a ready meal, I felt like a big warming meal on Wednesday and filled the slow cooker with corned beef, potatoes, onions, beef stock and baked beans. We has sausage sandwiches on Thursday, fajitas on Friday, Pizza on Saturday and a roast dinner yesterday. I am determined for this weeks meal plan to go to plan. Last week made me realise how much I love meal planning and how unorganised life is without one.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Leftover roast dinner pie and mash.
Wednesday - Soup and sandwiches to dip in.
Thursday - Sloppy joes.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas. (Out of the freezer).
Saturday - Pizza.
Sunday - Another roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 20 September 2020

A trip to the hospital. #MySundayPhoto

On Tuesday Ellie had a hearing test at our local hospital. It all went fine, she's still deaf in one ear but the other one is perfect. I was so worried about going to the hospital with Coronavirus being about but I felt safe. Everyone had masks, they were limiting people in the waiting rooms and everyone kept their distance. 

It was strange not being able to sit and wait with Ellie in the seat next to her as they taped a lot of them off to maintain social distancing. 



Saturday, 19 September 2020

Week 38 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

What a week. It has been exhausting! I am ready for the weekend again. I just can't seem to get used to getting up early on a morning even with going to bed much earlier than I have in months. I am sure I'll get the hang of it again soon. Ellie on the other hand is getting up every morning brilliantly, she did used to struggle but so far so good. I think she's just so happy to be going to school again and seeing her friends.

Now for a photo every day!

Party food and a packed lunch for my youngest
My eldest on her laptop and my youngest stood waiting for the bus
Corned beef hash.
A box of coffee and my eldest walking down the stairs.

256/366 - 12th September
We had a picky party tea for no reason. It was a good way to clear the freezer out a bit and the kids loved it.

257/366 - 13th September
Ellie's packed lunch. She is so happy having a packed lunch. She did have school dinners for the first couple of days back at school but she didn't like not being able to sit with her friends in the dining hall as it's only one to a table. Outside they can sit together (socially distanced of course).

258/366 - 14th September
Becky's first day of doing college work at home. She has worked hard this past week but she has been annoying me a little asking me a ton of questions when she could just Google it. She wouldn't have me to ask if she was at college and I sometimes feel like I'm the one doing the work.

259/366 - 15th September
Ellie got an early finish from school to go to the hospital for a hearing check. I have a blog post all about it next week. She is still deaf in one ear but has super hearing in her good ear.

260/366 - 16th September
I whacked corned beef, potatoes, onions tomato puree, beef stock and baked beans into the slow cooker. It made a lovely meal and there's a couple of portions in the freezer for another day.

261/366 - 17th September
I have been off coffee for a few weeks. I was starting to feel anxious after I drank it and sick so decided to go onto decaffeinated. I bought what I thought was decaffeinated but it turns out it wasn't. It can't be as strong as the Nescafe as I was drinking as I am feeling OK drinking it. I am sticking to just one a day.

262/366 - 18th September
Becky was up bright and early tidying her room, putting her clean washing away and even hoovering up for me, all because her girlfriend was coming for a visit.

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Friday, 18 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Exhausted! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


This time last week I felt exhausted, we all did here. The first week of school and having Becky's 18th birthday really took it out of us. Getting up early was a total shock to the system and I thought this week would be easier but I still feel tired, there's nothing wrong with me, I'm fit and healthy, we've just had a bit of an off week.

On Monday I was all set to take Ellie to the hospital to have her hearing test. Ellie was diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy when she was about 4 years old and we go every year or so to have a hearing test to keep a check on her good ear. 

The hospital rang on Monday morning to say the doctor had phoned in sick and they would ring next week to rearrange. I was stressing about going to the hospital in the first place and had spent the weekend worrying but building myself up for Monday all for the appointment not to go ahead. I went to bed that night feeling exhausted!

I was shocked as later on Monday afternoon they did actually ring to say we could be seen on Tuesday with a different doctor. The long and short of it is that Ellie's hearing is no different from the last time it was tested, she is still deaf in her bad ear and has amazing hearing in her good ear. I didn't get on well with the doctor who obviously hadn't read any of Ellie's notes and was rather pushy. I stood my ground, I might have left the room shaking in anger but it's all good. We're back in a year and we'll hopefully get to see the original doctor who I've spoken to on the phone in the past and not the stand in.

By the time we got out of the hospital it was gone half five and we walked back to the bus stop. We had thought about stopping at the bus stop at the end of the high street but that area isn't a nice place when the shops are all shut so we walked into the bus station and I'm glad we did. Just as we got to the bus stop a bus driver came over and announced there had been a bad crash on the Humber Bridge and traffic was at a standstill. Our bus goes from Scunthorpe all the way to Hull and has to go over the bridge, there is no other way across the river unless you travel all of the way around. Three of our buses didn't arrive but we finally got the bus just after 7pm and got home coming on for 8pm. When we got on the bus the driver was telling people he would take them as far as he could but they may have had to walk across the bridge which is about a mile and a half long. Eek! I was so glad our stop was before the bridge.

We made it home and it was ready meals for tea, I hate eating late but it couldn't be helped. I went to bed feeling exhausted again but relived that the appointment was done with.

I woke up on Wednesday feeling achy, I thought just typical one trip to the hospital and I've got Coronavirus. Stu said it probably wasn't, I had done a lot of walking and standing on Tuesday plus the two days of stress are bound to make me ache. So I had an easy day. It was a grey and miserable day so I was in no rush to go out. By lunchtime I felt much better. Phew!

Yesterday morning as soon as Ellie had gone to school I went back to bed and had a few hours of sleep. I felt much better for it. This week our weekly meal plan has not gone to plan. I am hoping to sort ourselves out for the last few days of it but Becky has her girlfriend coming to visit today and I don't think she'll eat fish and chips so fajitas it is. lol. They've not seen each other all week with them being in college on different days so they have some catching up to do.

I feel like this week has been a total write off but it hasn't been a bad one, just a tiring one. We're ready for the weekend and hopefully we'll get a couple of relaxed days and maybe a lie in too.


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Teach Children to save: 5 Apps to Help Children Manage Money.

As a child I will admit I wasn't a saver. If I had a pound I would spend it. Usually on rubbish. My dad always told me to save and I thought he was a bore. It took me until I had kids to realise I had to save and now I taught my girls that saving is important. My teen Becky is not natural saver, she would spend every penny she had but is getting better now that she she has a part time job but my youngest Ellie will save. Sometimes she has more money in her bank account than I do. lol


I was recently sent some some information about the best kids apps to teach them about saving and I thought I would share with you!

(I have not been asked to write or share this, I just thought it would be useful)

1. gohenry
If you want your child to start learning about saving and spending (but with parental control) The gohenry app is for you! With this app you get a parent account which allows you to top up your child’s allowance and apply rules on how they can spend that money. Plus they will be able to use their card in shops, online and to withdraw cash. But don’t worry you will get an instant notification whenever they use the card and can set weekly spending limits!

Rooster Money will let you keep track of the total owed for things like pocket money or completed chores. One nice feature of this app is the ability to add pictures of items that kids are saving up for and set a savings target which is great for helping your child to visualise the end goal. Children will also be able to see how much money they have saved and how they’ve spent it in an easy to read statement.

The makers of iAllowance claim it’s had a role in getting over 20 million chores completed. This useful app will allow you to track the amount of allowance you owe to each child and virtually “prompt” them to finish tasks and chores linked to their pocket money earning potential! The information syncs across devices, and you can even email or print reports on how your child is doing.

4. Gimi.
Gimi is designed to help you and your child keep track of their allowance and chores, but also to provide financial education along the way. A virtual piggy bank fills with the weekly allowance you set and you can define rewards for specific tasks. But what’s most special about this app is there are three sets of lessons to learn, which you and your child can work through together. The lessons are currently themed around Earning, Saving and Spending and help to identify financial topics to discuss, and are accompanied by bright animated videos.

5. Otly.
Otly! has two parts, the Otly! app for parents and an optional companion app that you can install on your child’s device, Otly! Jr. The main app for parents will allow you to set up a digital record of your child’s allowance and track how much they’ve earned and spent. In the junior app, children can separate their money into different savings pots, see graphs of how their savings will grow and get a countdown to the next allowance! A bright and friendly app!

Are your children good at saving? Do you encourage it?

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Four ingredient gooey chocolate and raspberry brownies! - Recipe!

I think brownies might be my favourite ever sweet treat. I have said in the past if I was given a last meal on death row that they would be my dessert along with vanilla ice cream. They are something to eat in so many ways. By themselves, with cream, ice cream or even custard which Becky my teen loves which I think is rather odd. lol

The unbeatable combination of chocolate and raspberry in this gorgeously gooey brownie recipe is made with just four ingredients. Perfect for spoiling yourself and not having to buy lots of different random things.

Good quality chocolate spread combined with eggs, self raising flour and fresh raspberries which are in season at the moment give the rich brownie with a fruity kick.


INGREDIENTS

4 Eggs
400g of chocolate Spread
140g of self raising flour
150g of fresh raspberries

METHOD

1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (160˚F, Gas Mark 4) and grease a 25cm x 20cm traybake tin.

2. Beat the eggs well until thick and creamy.

3. Weigh out the chocolate spread and place it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Simmer until it starts to melt.

4. Gradually add the melted mixture into the egg. Fold in the flour then add the raspberries, being careful not to damage the raspberries by over mixing and mushing them up.

5. Pour the mixture into your tin, levelling with a spatula and bake for around 40 minutes or until it is firm to the touch.

Leave it to cool then cut into squares and then enjoy!

This is great as a quick pudding, served with ice-cream or fresh raspberries and cocoa powder. Blackberry season is here too so I am thinking about trying this recipe with them instead of raspberries.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

My teen has got a new part time job!

At the start of August Becky started a part time job Hooray! She has had a few jobs in the past but they have all been temporary or seasonal but this time we think she's bagged a job which will see her right through until she leaves college and gets a full time job! 


I haven't said much on social media or on here just in case it didn't work out. She's been there before when she had an interview for a job and actually did half a shift before the company (a high street shop) realised that she couldn't work for them. It was a farce! They had a policy where they didn't employ people still at school even though she was over 16 years old and was just still at school to do her GCSE's. She was technically old enough, the fact she was at school was a big no, no. Hmmf!

Becky is now working as a waitress!! A friend of the family told us about a somewhere which had opened back up after the lock down and was struggling to get staff. They had enough bar staff but not waitresses. She went for an interview and a look around and that was it. She had the job! I think they were desperate for people but it's going well. 

Becky takes the orders, delivers them to the bar and the kitchen and then takes the food to the customers. She's got the hang of carrying 3 plates without spilling anything which she was a little worried about. With the Eat Out to Help Out scheme being on the restaurant was busy but thankfully things have slowed down a little now.

I was a little worried with the virus still being out there but where she works is being so careful. There is plenty of hand santiser, hand washing, aprons, gloves, they're adhering to all the rules taking peoples contact details and Becky even had a funky plastic visor to wear.

Throughout August she was working 4 evenings a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a few hours an evening. We did wonder how things would work out when she started college again but things couldn't have worked out better. Becky is only in college one day a week, a Monday one week and that is her day off from work and a Tuesday the week after, she's had to drop a shift but it's fine. The rest of the days she does her college work at home with Zoom calls and Microsoft Teams meetings and her new job doesn't interfere with her college work. I will be keeping an eye on the situation. College is not going to suffer because of a part time job.

Becky has already put her name down to work on Christmas day and New Years Eve and they have said yes so this really does seem like a long term job. It's looking good for her.

The only bad thing about the job is that she is missing time with her girlfriend and missing some of the video chats. It's all still good with them though. It's making them cherish the time they do have together.

Have your teen's got part time jobs?

Monday, 14 September 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 14th - 20th September. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan went great but I didn't really have much cooking to do with it being Becky's birthday and having a takeaway and a meal out. It was a nice and easy week for me which was just as well it was tiring with it being the first week back at school. 

Now that the birthdays are over with we've said we're having no more takeaways. We've had 3 in just over three weeks and to be honest we're sick of them. Saving a bit of money will be great too. We're ready for some home cooked food.

This week on the menu we have:

MondaySlow cooker Peanut chicken with rice.
Tuesday - Tuna salad.
WednesdayTomato Mac and Cheese.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas. (Out of the freezer).
Saturday - Prawn cocktail salad with tomato garlic bread.
Sunday - A fry up. Sausages, bacon, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, black pudding, beans and tomatoes.

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 13 September 2020

All the stress was worth it. #MySundayPhoto

All the stress of the last few weeks, getting Becky's laptop for her birthday was worth it! We ordered it July and there were stock issues but thankfully Ebuyer who we bought it off offered us an alternative and it was delivered in time. Phew!

Becky had a lovely birthday and was very excited to finally see her laptop and get to use it! She loves it and is ready to knuckle down and do her college work next week and not just use it to speak to friends and play Fortnite like she has for the last few days. That's the plan anyway. Eek!



Saturday, 12 September 2020

Week 37 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

We have had such a busy week. The kids went back to school and college. They had have settled back in well and Stu and I went into town to do a bit of shopping and of course it was Becky's 18th birthday. She had the best day, she got everything she wanted and more. I am glad it's the weekend now I could do with a rest. 

Now for a photo every day!






249/366 - 5th September
One of the photos I took for a game I featured on my blog. The Game of HAM. It's an adult only game which is sort of like cards against humanity but with a board to play on too.

250/366 - 6th September
Bag and school shoes ready for the return to school. Ellie was very excited but a little nervous at the same time. She's had a fab week at school.

251/366 - 7th September
Stu and I went into town to get the last of the things for Ellie's birthday. Most of our buys came from Primark.

252/366 - 8th September
I got on with wrapping Becky's birthday presents.

253/366 - 9th September
Becky is only at college one day a week and this week she hasn't had much work to do. There was a lot of sitting about playing on electronics. 

254/366 - 10th September
Becky's 18th birthday! She loves her new laptop!

255/366 - 11th September
I've gone over to the dark side and I am trying the new "blogger" interface. It's better now then when I last tried it a few months ago but it's going to take some getting used to. You reading shouldn't notice any difference it's just me in the back end of it that does. Buttons have moved and some things are a different but I will get the hang of it eventually.

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Friday, 11 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Eighteen! #WotW

 This week my Word of the Week is:


This week seems to have all been about Becky's 18th birthday and the kids going back to school and college. It has been a very exciting week but I am glad it's nearly the weekend so we can have a lie in.

Monday was the day the kids went back to school and college. I was worried and spent the day stressing, all for nothing. They had a great time and everything went well. They were happy to see their friends and got their new timetables. It turns out Becky is at college only one day a week with the rest of her time spent learning at home via Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls. Ellie is back doing French after having a year off from it, she loves her new form tutor and is glad to be in the same classes as her closest friends.

Stu and I went into town on Monday to get the last of Becky's birthday presents. They had a whole new set of clothes in Primark since we were last there just before Ellie's birthday in August. It was nice to be out just the two of us but town was busy. I think everyone had the same idea as us, drop the kids off at school and go shopping.

On Tuesday I wrapped Becky's presents and realised that she had more than I thought she did. Oops. It doesn't matter, she's only 18 once and on Wednesday I had the delivery of her birthday cakes along with the food shop. I had been on the Tesco grocery website the night before and spotted a xbox controller cake and a Friends one (the TV show) that were new and they are her two favourite things so they were perfect for her so I swapped the cakes I originally had in the basket.


We were up early yesterday morning so Ellie could see Becky open her presents. She was so happy with all of her presents and all of the money she received. She says thank you to everyone who wished her Happy Birthday on my social media accounts. For the first time in years she was at home all day for her birthday and really enjoyed it. Her girlfriend popped over for a bit and they spent some time together, we had a takeaway and she said it's the best birthday ever but it's not over yet, we have a meal out tonight and a couple more surprises for her.