Not quite festive greetings but it sure feels like we're on the way as Christmas at QVC has officially started now. It's promising to be an all encompassing one so we all have no excuses to be sorted, happy and organised and therefore ENJOY it all! That's sounds a plan.
In the meantime, how the devil is everyone?
Here is a girl who is oh so pleased when Friday comes around. I do feel sometimes the weekends fly by waaaaaay too swiftly don't you? I've worked out that a social engagement on a Friday evening (oh how posh does that sound) sets the weekend up well and somehow makes it seem longer – a three-day weekend would be the answer wouldn't it?
For us the weekends are a welcome respite from the logistics of each week, luckily I’ve just heard Joe and Maddie's school are upping their after school clubs, so archery, street dance and choir are on the cards, whether they like it or not! It’s either that or sitting an hour each way in the car as we collect Tom…poor little ones.
I'm trying to summon up the strength to battle against the County Council for transport help – it'll be a tough one and I'm not sure if the outcome will be in our favour though I will do my utmost as it is unjust.
Thank you for your generous donations
I would like to say thank you to you all for such a magnificent evening on the 17th Oct where we, with your superb generosity, ensured again that Breast Cancer Care can continue their wonderful and vital work supporting those who are going through the horrors of breast cancer.
I was blown away by Ali Keenan on the catwalk at the Grosvenor Hotel, where it was a pleasure to spend the evening with my lovely colleagues in a non-work capacity as we were all there to show our support and love for Ali.
As always I was struck by the utter courage, determination and spirit displayed by all the sensational models and their families that evening. Certainly our three hour event the following week, where I was in the call centre taking calls for our auctions, showed once again how completely fantastic you all are in your dedication to helping Breast Cancer Care be brilliant. THANK YOU x
As I write the rain seems relentless….poor Dan!
I'm looking over at Gypsy and thought a little pic or two may be just the thing. So here she is thus far. We all slept in her as summer came to a close – yes I know but it seemed a good idea at the time.
Have you ever tried sleeping when five people are all breathing at different speeds…aaaargh, it was so hard and I was getting super anxious hearing the realities of Tom's semi snoring and his total wriggling and manoeuvring on the bunk.
Maddie had unsurprisingly the best place and filled her bunk with duvets throws and soft toys. I do wonder how she fits in to her bed sometimes with her menagerie of stuff around her! Joe meanwhile was under her – yes she has him firmly in place! He was very happy and was in a bundle of duvet with a puppy cuddle all night long. We figured it was ok in that situation and Gus was allowed!
Talking of the delicious Gus…
He’s a trainee gun dog in the making – he had his first session and met up with three of his siblings, you know I'm convinced he knew them, is that mad? I was such a proud mummy as Dan manoeuvred him around the field and have since tried to do what he learnt when we have been out on our walks.
The change of direction which we learnt was one cool thing as dogs don’t walk in a straight line, so if we about turn they think, oh ok what's going on? Then they're more inclined to pay attention, that’s the plan apparently! Early days I say, but showing great promise. Here's the gorgeous Gus racing back to me on our walk yesterday.
Dan meanwhile is still midway around the garden as Gus keeps escaping. To be fair it's not difficult as half the hedge is missing on one section so in order to keep him safe and stop heart attacks as he runs out to the front, work must be done . That's Dan’s weekend mission, however after a trip to buy bits it seems he has been waylaid by fixing up blinds in his office and a security light for the side of the house. " Is that to illuminate Gus as we see him escape?" I asked. ****$€*+>$^#*** was the response!!
A trip this weekend to the cinema should be renamed bankruptcy…
Honestly it's dreadful isn't it? On this occasion though I allowed the children plus two of Joe’s friends (a belated birthday treat) to have the popcorn, slush puppies, chocolate ice cream , with my pick and mix thrown in for good measure. Maybe I'm just Scrooge in disguise but the total bill for cinema and sundrieswas £72.00!
I guess they make up their money on the food section as sometimes there's only four or five people in the cinema, but oh my goodness. Still they all played so happily in the garden afterwards and Joe was so excited waiting for the moment his friends were coming , it is lovely to be able to do that every now and then isn't it?
Oh and SSSSSHHHH don't tell the children, but Father Christmas will be meeting them in Lapland! I've only gone and done it, booked a day trip only though as school and my pattern at QVC couldn't allow more, but I feel really excited and truly hope its a magical moment for them all, not to mention Dan and I seeing them experience it all.
Ordinarily to take an 11 year old would be a little late but Tom is my total believer and in fact today Maddie informed me the Fairies, Tinkerbell and Father Christmas are real don't you know…so it's all looking good!!! Just Joe to convince. Any tips? Perhaps it's the cost of this that made me Scrooge-like with the cinema…
Sundays in this family seem to be a catch up and sort out day
And as I sit here now at the end of another one I'm struck by how much time we spend sorting. Does that balance with the doing? There's a thought, I wonder?
A good day though, in that the homework for all was completed with not too much upset. Though having had a conversation with a friend who teaches and who commented on how she's noticed the attention span and sentence construction of our children is so changed since she last was in a classroom, I admit to feeling rather concerned as I sat with the children to settle down and work I wondered if the art of words and love of words will be lacking in their future.
That said Joe's homework was 'super sentences’. I won't bore you but I was reassured his words were delightful and true testament to his mad imagination! Attention span though? The jury's still out!
Hoping that you ALL are well and happy and as ever I love hearing from you, so I shall check back soon.
With lots of love