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I live on the south coast of the UK. I'm very happily married to Tim (who looks after me, cherishes me and works so hard) and we have 2 daughters and a cat, Floyd. I love Hello Kitty, crafting, all things kawaii, reading, baking, Piglet from Winnie the Pooh, playing on my Nintendo DS and exploring wild and beautiful places. I'm also, without doubt, a future crazy cat lady.

Me, Tim, April and Rosie cartoonified!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Plugging Rosie's Art ^.^

Hellooo!

Today is a completely shameless plug for Rosie's art. Ive often featured her drawings here on the blog but since I'm reaching out to new readers I thought it might be as well to mention that she has a Deviant Art page where you can see all her cool stuff in one page. Join DA! Follow her! :) She goes by the name of Radiant Raindragon and the link is after the pictures.

She has been drawing for sooo long now ...on paper, on her 3ds and, more recently, using a tablet on her computer. Her art is completely awesome (and im not just saying that because I'm her mother, it really is!) She also writes cool stories an some of those are featured on DA too.

Go visit! In the meantime, here are some examples of her work ^.^

RADIANT RAINDRAGON DEVIANT ART GALLERY

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

The wanderer returns

Well then, so here I am. An attempt to get back into blogging. My site stats tell me that basically everyone left and, maybe thats a good thing - not that I have anything against my blog readers personally (well, not all of them hehe), just that it might be nice to get some new different ones :)

So after being driven quite demented by my eldest daughter to blog again (though she has a fair point), this will hopefully get the ball rolling.

Im not even going to attempt to look back over the months of absence and try and remember stuff thats happened, just pick up and carry on. This first one is a homeschool post because, yes, we do still homeschool! Then I want to update on Rosie's art and then I want to post my first successful attempt at making macarons (actually my first attempt full stop).

Well, anyways ...so ...homeschool. Still using Montessori with April, loving the fact that we can introduce something and then she goes off on little rabbit trails ...for example ...

We read the second great lesson story and got out all our timeline of life materials (home made some years back)

After studying the chart she decided quite spontaneously that she wanted to add a "present day" section at the end. Montessori purists will throw up their hands in horror and say "you shouldn't do that to the timeline of life!" ... I say "pfft!, its all learning, its all good" So here she is researching plants and animals to go on her timeline section along with the Latin names for them.

...and printed everything and pasted it on together a heading section to match the rest of the timeline

From our timeline of life studies (which are still ongoing because its huuuge!), we leapt into botany with a study of roots

Real life speciments to look at under microscope ESSENTIAL!

Then she drew and labelled the root (which I had a picture of but came out so blurry, i must have had real shakes that day) ...she added this cool cat at the end ....gotta laugh :)

In other areas, April's been reviewing some basic geometry, namely regular polygons

So that is that for now. Tomorrow ....Rosie's turn ;)

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Categories: Projects & Learning
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Sherlock

Rosie's Sherlock dragon ...just gorgeous! :)

 

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Friday, October 09, 2015

BOO!!!

*Waves at Rosie* Happy now grasshopper? :D

Long time no see blog readers (what there are of you left). I took a long break and, to be honest, still not sure if this is going to lead to regular blogging again or not but we will see.

This year has been a bit poo really but I'm ever the optimist and hoping that as it closes things cant fail to be jolly and festive and lovely and fun.

We've had problems with health (Rosie's heart and April's accident) ...car problems (someone wrote off our car which was still under finance at the time which meant when we got the money we had to pay off the car which left little to get a new one) ....general apathy ...few money worries ...just STUFF. Nothing major just annoying stuff.

On the good side, Rosie turned 18 at the end of September ...18!! What a joyous lil thing she is :) Happy, happy birthday! One of the best things I ever "made" :D She's doing one more year of homeschool with us and then she's off to college (Brockenhurst) for one year before ...gulp ...work! Her heart turned out to be normal. Despite extensive testing they could find no reason for the elevated heart rate at all. Weird but there you go.

April recovered from smashing her face and teeth on the bathroom floor. She's still got a gap where she lost one and there was no adult tooth underneath but, touch wood, the front one the dentist thought might die, appears to be ok. She's finally braved getting back in the shower again after ages of refusing and just have baths! She's still homeschooling too but it's pretty routine stuff - lots of unschooling with a workbook which contains maths, English and science all in one just to make sure we don't miss anything. Want to introduce some French or Spanish at some point to.

Anyway, hopefully more to follow at some point.

One of Rosie's dragons, randomly picked from her folder.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Herbie Doesn't go Bananas

So, we had to find a new stable for Rosie to ride at because Sheila, who owned the other stables, died :( The place got closed down ...very sad ...

She tried one stable a couple of weeks back and didn't like it so this weekend past she tried Burley Manor and loved it. She went on a gorgeous ride through the New Forest, had a couple of nice canters and said she wanted to ride there from now on :)

Herbie. Absolute love bug :)

Rosie ready to go

Me having a lil cuddly thing ...he was sooo gorgeous!

 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Lil Newt :)

April found this sunbathing on our garden bench. Cute eh? :)

 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

More damaged than we thought

All I seem to do these days is write about my kids health issues! It's just been a year for it so far ....... I'll update on Rosie, who had her 7 day heart monitor, another time. This, however, is April and her ongoing teeth drama.

As I mentioned, the loose tooth fell out. We went back to the dentist last week for her checkup and ....oh dear. He was concerned about the middle top tooth that still felt slightly loose ....he felt around in her mouth a bit ...frowned ...felt around a bit more and sat back. He needed to get a second opinion because he was pretty sure there was a fracture - not of the tooth but of the bones in the roof of her mouth. He sees a lot of kids with dental trauma but he's never had one that has actually fractured those particular bones. Wow, we are a first :/

So in comes another dentist ....she feels around in the roof of April's mouth ...frowns ...feels around again. Yes, it's definitely fractured. Oh :( The dentist was actually amazed that it wasn't hurting her, particularly when she ate! He said it had been impossible to see or feel when she first went because there had been so much trauma - blood, knocked back teeth, swelling. Even on the x-ray he hadn't been able to see it. Oh well.

Now I can't remember what he said the name of the bones are ...something looong and complicated ....but, anyway, she needed it splinted to hold everything in place while it heals up. So, she had a mold taken of her top teeth and mouth roof which got sent away to be made and we have to go back this week to get it fitted. It's a sort of brace type thing which she wears all the time apart from when brushing her teeth.

Now, pleeeease can we spend the rest of this year with no more health issues or accidents?! :)

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Monday, May 18, 2015

It's out!

Nearly a week after her rather horrible accident, April's bashed tooth finally came out late last night ...root section and all! Poor, tiny baby tooth awww!

 

I'm relieved because she's off to Snowtrax to go ski-bobbing with the Brownies tomorrow and I worried about her doing that with a tooth stuck out at a funny angle!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Grim morning :(

Warning: may be a TMI alert for some people ...blood and stuff ...you have been warned!!

So, yesterday started fine ....had breakfast and then April went off to have a shower. I was in the next room when I heard the most sickening thud. It was the sound, without doubt, of flesh hitting something hard.

I don't believe I have ever moved so fast in all my life......

..... and opened the bathroom door to find her, face down on the tiles, on the other side of the room. Now, don't get me wrong, we don't have a huge bathroom, but it was still a long way to come flying out the shower cubicle.

For a second she didn't move. I screamed and Rosie came flying out of her bedroom. Then April lifted her head .....oh my god. Blood poured from her nostrils and mouth all over the floor. She sat up and I grabbed one towel and wrapped her up because she was starting to shake violently and another towel to press against her face. Then I left Rosie cuddling and looking after her while I went off to make phone calls.

Tim ...miles away but will come back! Soon as I can! Don't panic!

Grandpa ....aaargh! don't have my car! On way back from garage, will get them to drop me off at your place. Don't panic!

I phoned 111 .....fairly useless and asked simply annoying questions ...for example: "Sarah, do you think there is enough blood to half fill a coffee cup?" What?! How the hell should I know! It's all over the floor, her face, her hands, her front and the bath towels and still spewing out! Exactly how am I supposed to measure it?!....was on the phone for absolutely ages (even tried to get me to put April on the phone so they could talk to her! Err....no, she is sat on the bathroom floor with blood pouring out of various parts of her face!) ....they did, however, run through some checks and decided we didn't need an ambulance and just told me to take her to the treatment centre as soon as I could.

I got April up off the floor, helped her into her dressing gown and piled her (sitting up) into bed. Another clean towel pressed to her face.

Meanwhile the pools of blood on the bathroom floor had miraculously vanished ....bless Rosie.

Grandpa arrived. Sat on the bed, holding her hand ....."how many of me can you see April" .... just one grandpa ...oh well that's good. What happened? How did you fall out the shower. I don't know .... I can't remember. I was hot ...I think I opened the door a bit.....

By this time her nose had stopped bleeding and we were able to get a better look at the damage. Top middle 2 teeth seemed ok although there was blood oozing from around one. The canine on one side was shoved ...right back. Not up ... back. It was heaving blood and wobbling around. She also had blood coming from her bottom lip where she'd obviously put her teeth through. Her face looked a mess with red marks all down the middle from her forehead to chin :(

Feeling sick at this point.

Anyway, grandpa says, I think she needs the dentist more than anything. So I phoned the dentist and they were brilliant and made us the earliest appointment they could for later that morning. They offered another dentist if we wanted to come earlier "but I expect she'd feel more comfortable with Robert as she knows him". Yes indeed.

Wait, wait, wait.

COME ON TIM!!

He arrived home in the nick of time, by which time Grandpa had cleaned April up a bit and I helped her get dressed. Just as we were about to leave, she vomited .....a stomach full of all the blood she'd swallowed. I gave her mouthwash to rinse, we took a bowl with us, just in case and went off.

After some gentle examination by the dentist plus x-rays and some nerve testing, he concluded that she hasn't fractured anything in her jaw, one of her front teeth might have a damaged nerve and will, in time die and the canine that was pushed back is going to fall out ......and there is no adult tooth underneath. Marvellous. He did warn me about this straight away because he said it was a baby tooth and should have fallen out ages ago. She will, eventually, have to have some kind of treatment to close up the gap.

Anyway, I asked if the tooth couldn't be removed straight away (eating is going to be problematic) but he said he could but it would be painful and he felt she'd already suffered enough trauma for one day. He said it should fall out on it's own but he's made an appointment for a weeks time at which time he'll remove it if it hasn't already dropped.

Poor, poor little girl :(

Miraculously, her face looks pretty ok this morning. No bruising at all and just a little red mark around her bottom lip. Course, when she opens her mouth ...ahem ...not good.

....buuuuut, it could have been far, far worse and I don't believe the sight of her lying face down and motionless on the bathroom floor is ever going to leave me.

PS - and no, we still don't actually know how it happened. She can't remember anything (we think she may have got overly hot and momentarily fainted just after she opened the doors for some air) but, needless to say, she's decided she only wants baths from now on!

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Friday, May 01, 2015

So happy!

Timofee's last day at work for a few days! Wheeeeee!  

 

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