Awesome

In the words of the Lego movie

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

This is my word of the week which has been graciously chosen by my boys. (their not lego mad I swear *looks shifty*)

I have to kind of agree with them though because this week have been busy and I have been trying my best to make sure we have been out of house and as busy as humanly possible.

After my post last week about boredom. I made a serious effort to go out with kids starting with a teddy bears picnic at a park near by with the local SureStart group.
I wasn’t able to get pictures 😦
Saturday was a cold, cloudy day but we had to leave the house for the boys swimming lessons. (for some crazy reason I thought 8am swimming lessons were a good idea on a Saturday morning. I was wrong!)
After the lessons we had to go back through the town centre to get bus home and I remember they were holding an annual car show.
The kids loved looking at all cars, getting their faces painted and going on the climbing wall (which was all my favourite price FREE!)

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Sunday T went to see his day so the younger 3, hubby and I went on a day out to Royal Armouries and had a great day out as the pictures on my post will show.
Monday we went to see my 2 sisters and 4 nephews with my mum at a breeze event and then we chilled out had ice cream and played on the inflatables.

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Tuesday was the most fun thought because we went on a coach trip to Scarborough with the local SureStart. It was great (even though the weather wasn’t great at first) we played on beach, went on a pirate ship, went to the fun fair, on Ferris wheel and had donkey rides 🙂

IMG_1136.JPG it was pure family awesomeness 🙂 the kids loved it and I enjoyed spending the time with them. (the hubby had to work so it was just me and kids) They loved it too even if P wasn’t handling the coach journey very well.

Wednesday we didn’t do much because I had my dentist appointment to finally sort out my painful, broken tooth 🙂
I was so happy when it when I left the dentist even though she had just told me that I was being referred to hospital to give my wisdom teeth taken out (they are just causing too many problems) and the fact that my face was numbed up and felt huge, because I wasn’t in pain anymore and once they were out I wouldn’t be again.

Thursday the kids had their dentist appointment and I was proud because T had a baby tooth pulled out because his adult tooth was growing off yo the side of it but the baby tooth washing coming lose. He was so brave and was super excited about the tooth fairy. (which he swears he saw leaving his bedroom last night and has been telling his brothers and sisters all about her today)

So yes that’s my week leading to today. It’s been great and full of smiles, gun and awesomeness 🙂

What’s your week been like?
And what’s your word?

Nikki ❤

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Boredom

My word this week has been BOREDOM

We haven’t really done much this week with the kids and have to basically stayed at home due to the bad weather and because the kids didn’t want to go out.
On e days I had activities planned we would get washed out. Like when we were going to watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs on the big screen in the city centre or to the park or even shopping. The heavens would decide to open and our plans would have to change.

Add to that the fact that my hubby has been working nights most of the week. So he has slept (when the kids will allow it or be quite enough for him to sleep) most of the day. Him working nights has also meant me being alone and sleeping alone all night.

I did try and arrange a day out to a museum that is just a bus ride away but when I asked the kids what they wanted to do. They just wanted to stay in and play board games. I was happy to let them because it gave my bank balance a break after doing the school uniform shop on Saturday. Plus it means that when me hubby is off this weekend we can hopefully have some fun as a family.

All this alone time and being stuck in the house has led to the mid summer holiday lull. Where the kids are bored and they have the phrase “I’m bored” on repeat. The thing is I can completely understand why there bored because so am I.

I am hoping this weekend we can have some fun and adventures as a family. But if our plans fall through, get rained out or changed it’s ok because I have more trips planned in the coming weeks and at least now I know I have the uniform shop done.

Nikki ❤

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Challenging

I am going to use this post to be part of both The Prompt and word of the week.

I didn’t plan to be able to combine both Linky’s into one post but this week has been challenging for me because but not for all negative reasons.

I’ll start with the negative first though because I like ending on a positive note.

This week started just like any other except all the kids have been bored, irritated and pushing each other’s buttons. It has been almost constant bickering that I have tried ever so hard to prevent and split up with activities. I have tried colouring, baking, board games and I even received the change for life 10 minute shake it up Disney cards. I let them all choose one card each to do and set up that game in the garden. They did make friends and play nicely (for like 5 minutes) before they were bickering again.
I have found it so difficult thought because my hubby has been working a horrid shift were I have had the kids most of the time and I’m tired.

At start of the week Baby started being very fussy and was covered in a rash from head to foot. Fearing it was chicken pox or something spreadable I refused to leave the house until we had seen a doctor because what of we came in contact with a pregnant woman. By Wednesday I finally got her an appointment to be seen (which wasn’t much help). The doctor had been having that trouble some morning so he was running late (by an hour) so I was sat in the waiting room with a tried and agitated Baby (never a good mix). All she did was scream, shout, pull my hair and claw at my face. To say the least I was very stressed my self by time I saw the doctor who couldn’t give me a proper diagnosis because he thought it was either a viral rash or an allergic reaction. She was give some antihistamine and sent on our way. By that point it had started to rain too and we had walked to the doctors. So it was safe to say I got very wet and once I got home it was my hubby’s turn to go to work.

Later on that night I decided to make a lovely roast pork dinner with crackling for me and kids (it was a big mistake). The food was lovely but I unfortunately broke a wisdom tooth when eating some of the crackling. The next morning phone my dentist and booked and appointment but it’s not for over a week because by that point my tooth didn’t hurt. By that night though the twinging pain had started, so rest of the week i have been in pain and trying the entertain the kids best I can but it’s not easy with it raining plus I’m not feeling like my usual self.

I am hoping today to be able to move past the pain (painkillers but I’m only allowed certain ones while breastfeeding and cold compresses) and go out to do something with kids.

There have been some positive challenges this week because I have been part of the #BEDAoutnumbered challenge. Where I have to blog every day to prompts that Emma made up and we link up on her blog. I am on Day 9 at moment so far and I have really enjoyed doing it. It has taken me out of my little blogging comfort zone.

Anyway that’s my week. The bad, the good and the painful.

Nikki ❤

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Returning

My word of the week this week is

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As most people will know I haven’t been online or blogging over last few weeks. It was because we where on holiday. So my life was wrapped up with packing an getting everything sorted and last week we where away. (which was great and there is a post to come I promise)

Well on Monday we returned home and it was time for us to return back to normal life. Hubby returned back to work and I returned back to my usual life of hospital appointments and cleaning. We also got the return of my argumentative kids.
With it’s being the summer holidays the kids are bored and restless, they constantly want to do something or go somewhere but there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to get house work done and through the mountains of washing we brought home and go on day trips everyday.

We have had some fun days out this week and visited a few museums through.

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And I have even managed to meet up with a few friends.

I have also had a return to my blog and I seem to have a return of my blogging mojo. (which is in full swing tonight this is my 4th post)
So it’s great. And I’m hoping it will carry on as I have enter the blog every day in August challenge.

My word this week is returning 🙂 because life is finally returning back to normal 🙂

Nikki ❤

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Tricky!

I have been sitting trying to think about my word for this weeks word of the week and It has been rather tricky to come up with on.

See this week has been a bit of a mixed one. I have been feeling really low in myself and I don’t know why. My hubby has been great though and has been trying his very best to support me and help look after kids but I have still been left feeling very over whelmed and like I want to cry.

I am hoping it’s just because I am in need of a serious holiday. Luckily we have one booked at Haven very soon.
That’s why at start of week I dug out the suitcases and I have been on a mad hunt for all the kids nice clothes, swim suits and shoes. I have got all the new clothes that I have been hiding in my wardrobe are finally been removed. I will admit as the days decrease in the the count down I do get little flurries of excitement but they don’t last and I am left with the feeling like I still have so much to do and clothes to buy.

Money has also been a stress this week for me because I have gone over my budget repeatedly and I am left wondering how I’m going to make a great holiday. I have sacrificed my driving lessons again this month because I want to make sure we have enough to make this holiday and amazing one that my kids will remember forever.

Add to that the hospital appointments we have had this week. Baby had her first audiology appointment since birth to check her hearing today. She did really well and was able to hear and turn to all the high pitch sounds which is great. She has got a build up of fluid behind her ear drum in both ears (aka glue ear) which is common in people with Down’s syndrome. They are going to monitor her over next few appointments and then decide were to go from there. She may need earring aids, so she doesn’t need fall behind too much with her speech. Will know more in 8 weeks.

P has to give blood tomorrow because the doctor wants to test for anaemia because I and school have both noticed that he is eating loads and keeps eating things he shouldn’t. Such as plastic, rubbers, loom bands, paper clips and he even snuck a tech deck screw driver into school and was caught chewing it. I am a bit sceptical of the results because I honestly don’t think he has anaemia but I also really hope it is just that simple because it don’t know how many more medical things I can handle.

Baby hasn’t been well since last week with a barking cough over the weekend. On Sunday night was the worst though and I barely slept because she kept making a gasping noise but when I checked her she was fine. On Monday morning I rang the doctors at 8 am to get an appointment. It took over a 100 redials on my phone until nearly 9am to get through and when I told the receptionist the problem she told me the closest appointment was 3.30pm. I was annoyed but I accepted it. At least it meant I didn’t have to miss the boys sports day.

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They did so well T got 2 3rds places and P got 2 2nds places. #superproudmummy
Anyway after I took Baby to doctors it turned out she has a chest infection add that to her teething and I have had a super grumpy baby to deal with all week.

This week has had it’s good points though. The boys sports day was fun, I even took part in the parents 3legged race. (we came last)

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and Baby as finally started to attempt to sit by herself

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It’s also looking like next week is going to be very smiler to this week with the amount of hospital appointments, packing and cleaning that needs doing.

But this week has been mixed, stressful, tiring and tricky!

My word this week is TRICKY!

Nikki ❤

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Proud

My word this week is Proud!

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This week has been a week of achievements. Not just for me but my family as well .
Here are their achievements of the week.
T has been keeping his temper under control (we have been having a tough time with it recently. So much so it has landed him 1 week ground) but since Sunday (when everything kicked off over Lego) he has managed to stay calm, not raising his voice and has been nicer to family members.
I think E is trying to win the sister of the year award with Baby. She has been lovely and so sweet with her. When ever we go out for a walk, on school run or anywhere, she stands one the buggie board singing into the pram and doing the makaton signs she knows along with the words. (old Mac Donald is a favourite at moment because she knows the animals) I have to join in with the singing (of course!)and we get loads of sweet smiles and people chatting as we walk along the streets listening to me murdering the song with my tone death-ness. It melts my heart seeing how close they are becoming already 🙂 (I wonder how long it lasts as they grow up)

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P has been doing well with his football after school and hubby is training to do tough mudder at start of august to raise money for cancer research and Down’s syndrome Bradford.

The 2 major achievements that have made me really proud are the fact the Baby is moving around more and more now. She can roll across the room, spin round on her belly and has even started pushing and pulling herself along the floor sometime with some crazy commando crawl.

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She is going to be off in no time and loves her tummy time.

For me my achievements started on Sunday when I found out a won #thethemegame blog linky at redpeffer with my blog post Why me? Why not?. I can’t describe how amazing it felt when I found out. I have been blogging for a while but it’s the first thing I have won. Then to add to that I was mentioned at The Breastfeeding Diaries at Zenas suitcase for my post Breastfeeding and why it was for me.

It was all out of the blue and I never thought I would win. I just enjoy linking up, getting comments on my blog and reading all the other blogs that link up too.
So this week has been a good week and I am safe in saying I am proud of my family for their achievements and I am proud of myself.

GO ME!

Nikki ❤

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Hectic

This post is for the linky word of the week which I try to be apart of regularly.

My word this week is Hectic!

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I have just being rush off my feet all week and have wished that I could split myself in 2 so I could do everything I needed to do.

It’s been so crazy with a hospital appointment for Baby. It was just a routine check up with her child development centre consultant to see how she is doing and majestic referrals if they are needed. She was weighed and measured. Her weight has gone up to 15lbs 13oz and she is trending along her 91st centile line in height. This helped take some of the stress off my mind because her weight had recently started to drop from the 50th centile to the 25th and although her health visitor didn’t seem worried, she knew I was seeing her consultant this week and they would check it too and go from there. Luckily they were happy with her and said she is dong great. Although she us extremely double jointed and flexible. Which they believed might hinder her with learning to sit, crawl and walk but they are sure she will do it soon.

On top of that I have been running around try to get my house cleaned an sorted (it looks the same even after all work I done). I wanted to get on top of the washing pile that just seems to multiply in the night and never seems to any smaller. It’s actually very irritating how quickly my house looks messing after I spent so long cleaning and sorting.

Then there is the stuff the boys have been getting up! P has just been constant with his nattering for food so much so I was called into school because he was lying about how much he has been eating. Also 2 days this week I have had a phone call off the headmistress for things T has been getting up to. I swear that boy waits until I have a busy week and decide he wants to act up. Then there are the meltdowns we have had tonight all because I ask both boys to clean their rooms which lead to T losing his rag and trashing the room and been left to clean it himself.

We did manage to have some family fun though this week. It was my hubby’s birthday on Thursday.

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So kids and I tried to make it as special as we could 🙂

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I will say though I’m glad this school week is over and The weekend is here. I can’t wait until summer holidays start. We have our holiday booked and I for one am in serious need of some time away.

Nikki ❤

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