Bumble Bee Cottage

Bumble Bee Cottage

Friday, 31 May 2013

Where did that year go....

OK quick update on the last year..... I can't believe it's been so long - just been so crazy busy. Sam is now 8 and Toby will be 6 in a week or so. They both go to East Meon School and it was a brilliant decision - they are both doing brilliantly. Sam got his diagnosis of Autism and at school has one on one all the time for now which is brilliant. He says he hates school but I have to drag him away every day at home time. I am now a search technician with Hampshire Search & Rescue which I absolutely love. It takes up a lot of my time but the training and fundraising are a laugh. Really enjoy the searching as well. I also now work part time for the ambulance service taking calls. That is certainly an eye opener. Hubby has finally finished his dissertation so we get to see him more often - shame I'm out all the time now. He has just started as a community first responder so he's on call as well.

Monday, 14 May 2012

We have had an amazing weekend. We found a great new park for picnics and had some great fun with the boys. Early on Sunday we headed off to Petersfield Lake and got the boys on the Kayak. We had the place to ourselves so it was lovely and peaceful. The boys loved it. We then cooked some sausages and bacon by the lakeside - nothing ever tasted so good.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Bring on the summer...

We took the boys to their first trip to the cinema today. We'd not been before as we knew Sam would have a meltdown if it was to noisy, busy, bright, dark etc...so we went to an autism friendly screening. The sound was the right level, you can take your own food and the kids can move about as they please. The main thing was that you didn't get tutted at by other people if your child made any silly noises or asked too many questions - you could just relax - bliss. The boys loved it.

Then we headed over to a surf shop and purchased a kayak, wet suits and all we'd need for some summer adventures on the water. Our chaps are going to be right little surf dudes.

We have been talking recently about saving up to go to Disney land in a few years but have decided we would be better saving for a classic Volkswagen camper van so we can disappear all round Britain when it suits and also Europe on the longer hols. Much more fun and adventurous than spending a fortune on a theme park which would last a week at most and probably be too much for Sam anyway.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Growing up fast.

Sam had his 7th birthday yesterday. We headed off to his favourite place - The Museum of Army Flying with a group of his pals. All the boys had a great day and behaved beautifully. Sam & Toby are really starting to play well together. I love listening to the games they think up - their imaginations are amazing.

We've had some crazy weather lately - one minute baking hot and then next there's snow about again. Still working at the cleaning business. It's not really my life's ambition but it suits working around school hours and I can walk the dog in the sunshine when everyone else is stuck in an office. Life could be a lot worse......
I've applied to join HANTSAR - Hampshire search and rescue - watch this space.....

Monday, 27 February 2012

All change....

Toby has now been offered a place at the Primary School Sam will be going to in September. Originally they were oversubscribed but the Headteacher has agreed to take Toby too. I think as he has not been overly happy and also with the class size problem at his current school it has to be done. I have to admit both boys going to the same school will make things a lot easier. I do feel a little like I am betraying their current school as I am heavily involved with the fundraising and also a governor - but I have to do what's best for my boys!

On another note a lovely friend (Becky) has lent me her sewing machine so I plan on getting creative very soon....watch this space....

Friday, 10 February 2012


The rice krispie cakes are going down well...

Toby was in trouble at school today. He climbed on the furniture and on top of the governors suggestion box o. The wall and leapt off. Little pickle! Sneaky laugh from mummy.....

Monday, 6 February 2012

it's been a while......

.....so a brief update on the goings on....

I am now an Independent Trader for Phoenix Trading - I've always loved these cards so something I think I'll enjoy.

The boys and I bought Billy a birthday treat - a flight in a Harvard. We managed to save up over the year and keep it secret until the day before - he absolutely loved it.

Sam's first tooth came out last night - tooth fairy has gotten expensive.....

Sam is now finally on the waiting list to be assessed for Aspergers / Autism. Think it's going to be a long wait though. We are on the final stages of getting his SEN and in the nightmare of finding him a suitable junior school. Toby has had a bit of a wobbly start to school. He wants to go back to pre school. I don't think it helps that he's the youngest by far and his confidence has taken a knock.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

All change....

Toby and Sam both won their races at sports day so I have two very excited and rightly proud boys. Last day at pre-school for Toby tomorrow and Year 1 for Sam.

We have an appointment with a paediatrician tomorrow for Sam about his ongoing problems. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say.

I am now a school Governor for Hambledon Infant School - really pleased about that. I have started a cleaning business with 2 other Mums so we can earn a crust and not worry about child care and can all drop off and collect the kids from school. We have called ourselves The Cleaning Bags.

Sadly it has been decided that a MINI cooper really isn't big enough for a family of 4 and a mad spaniel so tomorrow I am off to collect a Mazda 5. I have to admit it will be great having sliding doors again and enough space to put the dog bed in the back on our regular trips up north and still seat 7 if we need to.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sam is now officially a Beaver. He made his promise last night and is rightly pleased with himself. I am using the child free time to go on some major stomps with Boots. Still can't wear him out.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Onwards and upwards....

We had massive thunderstorms all through the night. In the end I just turned off the TV and lay in bed watching and listening. I love a good storm. At 6am when Sam got up he popped to the loo just as there was a massive clap of thunder - I've never seen a small boy dive into my bed so fast - he even left his PJ bottoms behind. Toby joined us and we all snuggled listening to the noise till the sun came up. I love times like these.... Dad was away on a bike trip so missed the fun.

Sam has his first day at Beavers last week - he loved it but as usual would not listen properly and got over excited. Will give it a few weeks to see how he gets on.

His behaviour at school has taken a sharp downward turn. We are thinking ADHD now......the school are getting an educational psychologist in, extra 1 to 1 teaching and he's also being referred back to the Paediatrician.

It won't be long now until I have to buy Toby his school uniform.