starting with my goals for the year, did I do them?
Eat healthier – more fruit and veg was added, but not much else
Try one new thing each month – tried none!
Cook more from scratch – I did cook a bit more, and added baking
Exercise – went out the window very early in the year, maybe next year
Do more jigsaws – only started doing them in November
Clean the house – having small ones around made that hard, but getting there now
Enter more competitions – on track with that one
More surveys – end of the year got on track with it
Write more on my blog – yes. Didn’t write as much as planned but really put more effort into my blog
I’ve enjoyed this year plenty of ups and downs. Bob started school in September which brought its own challenges which was fun. As Bob is our second child I had a rough idea how to do things (phonics). Plenty of colds and other bugs to contend with. December with sickness bug, bad colds, Squidges birthday and Christmas makes for a varied end to the year.
I hope 2017 will be full of fun, making money and getting freebies. HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody.❤
This has been a strange period for me. I’m normally happy with how things have been going. Everything slowly ticking by. The girls go to school and do my little things, shopping, cleaning, blogging, entering comps and generally getting on with things. Unfortunately everything changed when my Other Half informed me he had left his job. Due to the circumstances of what happen at work he has refused to work his notice, they have excepted that. By just a few weeks before Christmas when we are already short on money, we have none. I not really sure he is looking for a job apart from one that looks difficult to get in and wouldn’t start till at least April.
Somehow I have to pretend to the girls everything is OK. It’s not, I don’t even know where to begin what to do, or even how to get away from it all. My children have always come first, I try really hard to make and keep them happy. It seems my OH has always been him first and we are some after thought, I don’t mind been the last thing he thinks of, but the girls no. Unfortunately due to the current situation I can’t work. I haven’t worked in nearly five years, getting a job that fits solely around school hours is hard, and getting 13 weeks off a year. Schools locally are not taking on staff. I have no idea who CNN give me a reference anymore. So I will enter comps, do surveys and blog. Hopefully I can win something to help us see us till the new year.
I finally seemed to get back into the swing of things. My enthusiasm to blogging has increased and I have so many ideas buzzing around my head, I feel happy. I’m still not really into a routine yet, but over the next few months I’m hoping that happens. But for the moment its all about catch-up, household chores that were left, and left, are finally getting done.
This last week saw Bob having her own proper bed not a little baby bed. I decided that now she has started school, she is a big girl, and big girls need proper beds. Building the bed was not fun. The base started off fine, I was able to do most of it by myself. It did suggest that two people build it, they wasn’t wrong. Luckily my mum was on hand to help. She even brought her electric screwdriver which massively helped. The last five screws the holes were wrong and my needed to enlarge them so we could get the screws in. Those last five screws took over half an hour to put in. I do think I need some new screwdrivers now. The fun part of building her bed was that the room was so small, not sure how I managed to fit it in.
When Bob came home from school most of the bed was built (I hadn’t done the draws) and her new mattress was airing on the bed. Bob was super excited about her bed. Must admit it took her about four nights to get the idea of her new bed, she even removed her Violet from the bed as she no longer uses it to get to sleep with (not going yet as she likes the day songs).
Squidge had a meltdown as she wanted the new bed, no point as apart from the shelf system, its the same as her current bed. Now all that is needed is cushions and soft things to protect heads from walls. Argos has some two metre caterpillars which might just appear as Christmas presents.
So building beds has created rubbish, which leads me on to my bin problem. Normally the recycle bins get emptied one week and the other my general waste. So every fortnight all bins emptied. No the week I wanted to build a bed and have lots of rubbish, mine and about 30 or so other bins didn’t get emptied. Ring the council and they said two days, two days went by and no bns emptied. Several other people complained as well to the council and a week later still no bins emptied. Then after the third call “failed bin collection” which means they must empty it the next day. It was emptied in the morning, but just mine. They must has spent five minuets looking for mine. Then later that afternoon another lorry came and emptied all the other missed bins. What a waste of time.
What a busy few weeks its been. The school holidays are almost over and this year I have both my girls at school. Squidge will be going into year 3 and Bob will be starting reception (foundation 2). I think it will be hard for Bob as she has never been to Nursery or any preschool setting. We have been to our local playgroup where on arrival she will take her shoes off and play either by herself or with other children.
Before the school holidays I had managed to buy most of my back to school things, just needed shoes and a second cardigan (still haven’t got). I took the girls in the week before school to Wynsors World of Shoes, massive range, sensible prices and they do a basic measuring service (is shoe size). I keep looking in Asda to see if they have the fleecy cardigans as both my girls have requested them, I have got Squidge the next size up and only one for Bob which is a little tight, but they didn’t have the next size up.
During this summer holidays we had six days in London seeing nearly all the sights and trying to spend as little as possible, which meant a lot of tube rides and lots of walking. I’ll write more about London in another blog post, this one will not do it justice. All I will say is on the last day other half was poorly, and spent the next five days in bed with a cheast infection, coughing up all sorts of things and going though two boxes of tissues.
Also during the holidays we have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge (read six books from the library) which meant a few trips to the library to sign up, collect books and return them. The libraries in town have lots of activities planned, but we went to the central library in town to do ours this year. The bus goes from outside our house to practically outside the library. Then we can shop in town before going home. We have one more library visit to do either this week or on Monday before the girls start school on Tuesday then we are finished and we can book the award ceremony. Whilst at the library we have participated in some of the craft sessions.
So what am I going to do whilst the girls are at school? First day I’m going to Costa Coffee for a large hot chocolate and something naughty. Then put my feet up all day long in a quite house. From day two onwards, I have wardrobe swapping, building Bob her new cabin bed, decluttering the house, deep cleaning the house, laying a small patio, deepish digging the front garden and adding Costa Coffee grounds and finally tidying the garage out. Think I’m trying to keep myself busy as I’ll miss my girls when they start, I’ve not worked since I had Bob four and a bit years ago and I’ve always had a child with me apart from the very odd night out or a few hours when they are with dad and I get me time (hair cut).
After seeing lots of information about Amy Johnson Festival. We decided that as part of our summer holiday activities we would hunt giant decorated moths.
First part of the plan was to either download a map of the moth locations, or simply head to the library to got a paper copy. Once acquired plan a route and set about how many we can do. First day plan, see the one near us, go to Beverley and then the one near the Humber Bridge and finishing off with the West Hull ones. Reality do the ones near us, miss some in Beverley and wonder about looking for the one near the Humber bridge. The Humber bridge one was so far the hardest to find, most were just on the side of buildings or on a plinth easy to see. Oh no not this one, a drive round the business park and we found a path hidden in the corner. A long walk later and we found it. We took a photo of this one and decided that we would go back in the holidays and got photos of the ones we missed.
When home doing more research on the Amy Johnson Festival we found some activities to do during the holiday. So in August we are going real moth hunting in the evening.
It has been a funny month really. Lots of different things have happened, but at the same time nothing much more than usual.
My earnings and winnings have been slow, but the last week I started to plan and get organised. My very basic daily jobs have kept me more focused on what I am doing, I skipped the comps/surveys the first week. So far I can say, it has been a success. my washing up pile is empty, my washing baskets are always very nearly empty which leaves me space to do my other washing more regularly. Now I need to work on all the other jobs!
With excitement of Bobs fourth birthday and finding out which school she will go to in September, doing much else went out of the window. I am pleased to say that we got our first choice in schools which means she will be in the same school as Squidge.
One of the biggest decisions I did make, was that when Bob does start September I am not going to look for a job. Mainly I will need to find a job that would fit completely around school hours and the school holidays. With hubby working full time during the week, my mum not very often home (she has a motorhome and spends her time meeting her friends) and my mother-in-law who cannot lock our front or back door. Childcare is a problem. Breakfast club at the school is £3 per child per day which alone is £30 a week. If I get a job in school they could stay with me when I’m working, but the chance of a proper job in school when I haven’t worked for four and half years. Getting a reference will be hard, as I only worked on an ad hoc basis. Then my next problem will be having time off if any of the monkeys are poorly and need to be off school, teacher training days and strikes! All I have to do now is convince hubby that I should stay at home all day. I do have many plans that I can be doing when I’m at home all day.
What have I learnt whilst attempting to challenge myself for a full month? To start with a look at each days spending, with a total at the end.
12th I had to give up on this challenge as my daughter is not well.
The best thing I can say about the challenge is that it has made me think more about my spending.
On my winnings and earning front, nothing. As I mentioned earlier, with Squidge poorly and trips to the NHS services, my blog, comping and spending/saving was put on hold.
With Squidges head better and the Easter holidays are over, I am back on top of things and I have blog post ideas and my motivation is up. I need to plan blogs for the school summer holidays and I have plans for those already (in my head not on paper yet).