Each year I do an advent calendar filled with challenges and activities. It's a tradition I built into our lives knowing that both children would have issues surrounding Christmas and that tradition would be key to our survival through it! I was trying to write everyday, as it happened. However, due to a medical emergency, … Continue reading Advent ’21: Challenge and Activity Calendar
As Logan and Caitlin were feeling like bits of their life would be threatened by Milo's presence in our life, we decided it was essential to make sure their birthdays were spectacular (and so that meant we had to outsource cake making... I can't even be guaranteed to make beans on toast, let alone bake … Continue reading Review: As You Wish Cakes, Worcester
Just as they were starting to get the hang of the routine a surprise hit - my health started to deteriorate. Having PCOS, I began to wonder if things had gone awry, again. To start the process of ruling things out, I took a pregnancy test. This pretty routine for me to do; when you … Continue reading An unexpected shock.
So, the pandemic had taken the wind out of my sails in terms of education provision for Caitlin. And thrown a spanner into the works in finding appropriate provision for Logan... But I had stepped up, I was more than capable for the task just a little ragged. Just as schools were readying to reopen … Continue reading The Gap: Part 4 – Summer – return to school 2020
So after the burnout of the education and lack of support crisis, which lead to home education and lack respite, the fight for an appropriate school provision (which had only just been won for Caitlin, but Logan's journey was still outstanding), and a safeguarding enquiry... We roll straight into a global pandemic! Wow! What can … Continue reading The Gap: Part 3 – PANDEMIC – no one panic!
Finding therapeutic parenting strategies that work is so imperative to life with adopted children, not least because they need to not feel like they are "bad" or "naughty"; you'll likely find that most adopted children have at some point felt like they are inherently "bad" and that it's their fault that they can't live with … Continue reading Newsletters as a “home ed project”
I know that it's super late to be talking about what we got up to over advent, but as I have said in some previous posts, we haven't had the best of Winters... not that Winter is easy for anyone, but anxiety is especially high in our house from approximately October through to mid January … Continue reading Advent 2018
A Christmas decision Logan and Caitlin were very insistent that we have Christmas at home, which in some ways is great - it's so expensive to go away and not be able to join in with anything for Christmas, due to the sheer volume of other people being about. However, being at home for Christmas … Continue reading Christmas and New Year 2018
We are a bit late reviewing this as, well.... Winter in this house is just so difficult... but it's important to me that we do this. So here it is, better late than never hey? The children were absolutely desperate to have a birthday party, but it just wasn't feasible; they are coping better with … Continue reading Review: Sea Legs Puppet Theatre
Prior to a recent midweek break to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, we went on an adventure in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, which meant we stayed in a few hotels. So here's a bit about our experiences at each of those. Premier Inn Derby East. The first night of our adventure was at the Premier Inn Derby … Continue reading Review: Our pre-holiday adventure in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – the hotels