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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!

Tim's Soundcloud. Not much there yet. Bear with, bear with....

Rosie's Gallery on Deviant Art

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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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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Best. Thing. Ever.

I opened my email this morning and found something Rosie had drawn and sent to me. I can honestly say I nearly burst into tears ...... She'd drawn ....

Me and Tim ....Tim and I .... *shrugs* ...us :)

 

Sooo wish my page width would allow me to make it bigger, it's just gorgeous. I just love how she managed to capture so many bits of "us" .....his fluffy brown hair and earring ..... the love bracelet he gave me ....the colours she's chosen for us that are our favourites.

I especially love the way we are looking at each other, the clasped hands (claws!) and his wing spread over me. My heart is melting. It's just so ....us.

Yes, you are probably feeling ill due to my slushiness but I don't care. This is one picture I'll treasure forever.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

LPS Seal Customisation

Sooo cute! Finally got round to writing up April's first LPS custom idea :) The Sugar Dipped Strawberry Seal! You can do these custom LPS if you have a duplicate (from a blind bag for example) or you've brought an LPS second hand and it's a bit bashed up. You can find the "how to" for this one on my craft page :)

Before and after showing off my usual high quality photography haha!

 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday

Rosie tells me that if I don't post something soon people will think I'm dead. So here's me proving I'm not dead by posting some trampolining foxes. A smiley start to the new week ....works for me anyway but then I'm easily pleased.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Outdoor Art

Weather has been brilliant the last couple of days so there has been much outdoor play including ......

One of Rosie's dragons - she made him with sand and soil and chalk ....and a brilliant stone that April found for his eye! :)

 

Here he is in his digitally painted form

 

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Bank Holiday Fun in the Garden

What a lovely weekend!

As already blogged, Easter Sunday was spent egg hunting (and egg eating!) but there was also horse riding and a fabulous roast dinner before the kids went off to bed and Tim and I settled down with a bottle of wine and Sherlock. We've just finished watching through all 3 series again after I got him series 3 for Christmas. Have to say I enjoyed series 3 a lot more this time round - perhaps I was paying more attention because it seemed to make a lot more sense!

Monday the weather was gorgeous! After lunch we all went outside and spent the afternoon gardening. Tim tidied up the front garden, I swept, tidied and removed our huge but dead lavender (sad - most get another plant soon, the bees love it). Rosie weeded the driveway (and a very good job she did too!) and April scuttled about rescuing woodlice and snails from brushes, snippers and rakes!  

Today is back to work, laundry, hoovering and ......

Learning about simple machines - with the help of your LPS kitties naturally!

 

Go kitties!

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

The Easter bun did her rounds this morning and the bunny-ettes found all the eggs (unlike in a previous year when one mysteriously vanished ......I'm still convinced it was swiped by a magpie ...."ooooo! Shiny things!")

May your day be peaceful and fun-filled x

 

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

So what's up with the new website?

Oh yeah, that.

Well, things have been in a state of limbo for quite some time now and I've really not known what to do with this place of mine. It started out, many moons ago, as a home ed website and then changed to become a bit of everything. Then it sat, occasionally fiddled about with and .....did nothing for the longest time.

The point is, it was time to make it properly mine! To project my own personality more to make it more me. The kids are growing and, although we still home ed, I didn't want that to be the main focus as one thing we've learned over the years is that home ed is a whole family business - much stuff we've done together.

I want to share projects we've done.

I want to share my real loves (games, apps, craft projects, cute stuff) - you can get to know the real me a little better, not just the "home ed face".

I want to make and share all kinds of cute printable stuff - not just home ed things as in the past.

I want to create a virtual playground of fun happiness.

That's it in a nutshell. Happy.

There is too much doom and gloom in the world, too much sorrow, too much stress. We all need to create our own little "time outs" from all that and really do stuff that brings us joy. What you'll now be getting on this website is my joy - things that make me smile, giggle and fill my heart with gladness to be alive!

I make no apologies for my child-like personality - it's who I am. I am perfectly capable of being grown up - shopping, keeping house, raising and teaching my kids and all that but it's just one side of me. I've been very sensible in the past with all the home ed stuff - time to let my hair down a bit and show you my other side :)

I make no apologies if you are no longer finding what you want here - there are plenty more websites in the sea!

So it's gradually going all new! New sidebar cartoon pics (we'll try and ignore the fact that Timofee looks like a criminal), new sections, more of my favourite stuff. I'm continuing with cooking and craft pages (by the way, added the loom patterns to the craft page in case you're looking for them) but have ditched the main home ed page.

There are NO ads on this website.

NO annoying pop ups trying to get you to sign up for stuff.

NO paid for blog posts (don't even get me started on those! The most recent gem I saw was a blog post by someone who was basically saying to stop using app games with in-game purchasing and start using gambling websites instead. The gambling website was linked to, naturally. Of course. Gambling websites are FAR better than in-game purchases ...which can be switched off anyway. *rolls eyes*)

Anyway, enjoy  

PS - if you look in the sidebar of this blog (which you won't see if you use a feed reader so go to the main blog page) you'll see I've added a link to Rosie's Deviant Art page and also another to Tim's Sound Cloud page - go check them out if you get a chance!

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