Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas!!!

Yay for Christmas! Yay for Charity Shops! Lookie what I found during my latest expedition to my beloved Charity Shop...

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(The Cube, not the baby...) At less than £2, it ranks up there with barley the rocking horse (also pictured) as the best Charity Shop find ever!

Matilda is practicing her penmanship. She does NOT draw anything recognisable, not faces or stick figures, and she refuses to try making letters, or even connect-the-dots. But she will fill in things that we've already written very meticulously, so at least she's learning to hold and control the pen. ("Matilda, do you want to do some writting?" "NO! I am doing PRETEND writting!")
And yes, this is hanging on our kitchen cupboards.

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In an effort to stop Christmas from becoming the "gimme-gimme" fest that it is for so many children, we had a chat with Matilda about giving presents. We said that on Christmas we get presents and we give presents. When we get presents we are happy, and when we give someone else presents, it makes them happy. So we asked Matilda to take a plastic bag and fill it with toys she doesn't play with very much any more, and then we will take it to the shop and give it to children that don't have these toys. Well that went down well, and she ended up filling 3 super market bags, and spending the rest of the evening unearthing toys and saying "I want to give THIS to the children too! I love my sweet girl. We took the bags to the Charity Shop last night -now I have to make sure I don't buy them again next time I visit!


"Happy Mucky People"
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen

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So, I had a driving lesson today, with a new instructor (long story.)

He said: "The way I was taught is to give people examples they can relate to, from their own lives."

Then he proceeds to explain to me why I shouldn't be too heavy on the breaks when stopping the car.

"If you want to answer the door, or the phone, and your children are in the way, you don't just give them a shove, because they'll go flying and hit the wall. You just gently lead them out of the way."

He continues to say that my braking starts off really nice and gentle, until the last moment, when I slam it on.

"Say you've just cooked a delicious meal, and it's in the oven, and you get distracted and leave it 5 minutes too long... So it just burns a bit at the top. You've just put all this effort cooking a lovely dinner, why ruin it at the very end?"

Seriously, I need to get a job

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Randomness (Much A-post About Nothing)

Recent Matilda-isms:

Matilda: "I WAAAANT MIIIILK!!!!!"
Peter: "You have to say something that ends in "-eese."
Matilda: "The cat sat on the cheese."
Much hilarity follows.

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Marilena was poking Matilda's nose and generally messing with her.

Matilda: "What are you doing Marilena?"
Marilena: "I'm just playing with you."
Matilda: "But I am not a toy!"

Matilda: "Babies are born in the hospital."
Me: "Well, some babies are, and some babies are born at home. You were born here, in the kitchen. We had a swimming pool, and mummy was having a swim, and you were born in the water, like a baby fish."
Matilda: "I know! Your butt could be the egg! Because fish come out of eggs!"

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Not much else new to report. We have heard from our social worker, who is busily working to make our homestudy as strong as possible before our panel in March. She has contacted a medical expert on Down's Syndrome (I don't know who it is,) who was very supportive and enthusiastic about our adoption. He said that the fact that Matilda and Philip are so young will be an advantage, because the child we adopt will have more stimulation and peer behaviour to model and it would give it a very good start for future developement. This is great news, because we have been warned that Matilda and Philip's ages will be a problem for many Local Authorities (the rule of thumb is that they want to have at least two years between your youngest child and the child you are adopting.) This expert's support, in combination with some hints the social worker has been dropping, makes me think that they might end up considering us for a wider age-range than what they originally said.

We went to a little Christmas Party last weekend. Here's Matilda doing some very groovy dance moves, I think you'll agree:






Philip was just so happy going around the tables, hoovering up as much food as he could reach.

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Last night, Philip got the Sesame Street song "Big Bird doesn't Fly" stuck in his head, and kept singing it to his bedtime, and beyond. Guess how long it took us to get him to sleep. No, guess. (A loooong time!)






Help, the blankets ate Philip's head!
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"And Lo, Verily, You Have Been Healed!"
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sooo... I was idly looking around on Ebay

...as you do when you have two toddlers, right? And I found this:


Colic
THE HORROR MOVIE

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Story : (sic)
Colic is a syndrome found in infants, causes the infants continueously cry for hours. The reason behind this illness can be considered to many factors, and some people even believe that it's probably a sign linked to something supernatural. In Colic, the movie, tells a story of a couple Pongpob and Praeploy who rush to wedding when Praeploy is unexpectedly pregnant. To settle down, after the wedding, Pongpob brings his wife Praeploy to his mother's house located in an outskirts. The night before Praeploy will deliver the child, she witnesses a house next to hers is on fire. When the baby is delivered, and is brought to their house, he often terribly screams and cries with no reason. The doctor considers the baby is a case of colic ailment, but the ailment would disappear when the baby turns 3 to 6 months old. Several months later, the baby still couldn't stop crying while the family's members encounter to mysterious and unexplained experiences.


Yes, the Thai have made a horror movie about a baby who won't shut up. I need to watch this!

Have a look at this little gem. It's old, but timeless (isn't it though?)



Off to idle some more now!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Smother You With Cuteness

This is my new action plan. You can't resist.

How Apt, No?




You Are a Self Help Book!



While your advice is not always welcome...

It's always right on target.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Shorn

Everybody got haircuts last night -and high time it was too!

Matilda is sporting her trademark bob again, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, and Peter looks the same way he always looks when he gets a haircut (his hair is easy...)

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Philip though... He just wouldn't sit still. So I chopped a bit off, and it was shorter than I intended it to be, then a chopped another bit off and he moved his head... Long story short, I had to get the clippers out to fix it.

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Look at my little boy... All his beautiful hair is gone! Waaah! I know lots of people cut their boys' hair like that, but I liked him looking all soft and artistic. Now he looks like a little recruit. Be honest with me, how bad is it? (Waaah!)

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PS: I got a haircut too, but I will spare you my mugshot.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A pound for a pound?



(EDIT: I put a future date on this post so it stays at the top of my blog. I will edit it every week with weight loss updates. Thanks everyone!)

TUESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER: Starting off at 21 stone 10 lbs. I've been having a bad weight loss week (made chocolate cake... bad Anna!) so I will be pleased if I even stay the same weight for next week.
TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER: Have I said I love this diet? I LOVE this diet! I did lose after all, I lost 3 lbs! Current weight 21 stone 7 lbs, - 3lbs this week.
TUESDAY 9 OCTOBER: Weightloss this week zero, zilch, nothing, none at all. Roughly the opposite of the chocolate chip biscuits I've been eating. I'm being really good this week though, hold on to your wallets! Current weight 21 stone 7 lbs, - 0lbs this week.
TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER: GAH! Gah gah gah. I didn't lose this week either. Ok, I get it for the previous week, but this week I thought I was being reasonably good. Ok, now I'm PISSED. Current weight 21 stone 7 lbs, - 0lbs this week.
TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER: Aaaand she's back! 4 pounds lost this week, thank you very much. Phew, what a relief. Current weight 21 stone 3 lbs, - 4lbs this week.
Tuesday 2 December: I've not been very good at updating, have I??? Still, weight loss is continuing, even if it's slow (sorry Anna!) Current weight 20 stone 11 lbs, loss up to now 13 lbs (or a bit shy of 6 kg for the Greeks, blech... should be more!)
Tuesday 16 December: Weight loss this week: 3 lbs. Current weight 20 stone 8 lbs, loss up to now 16 lbs. Ok, if I manage to lose 4 lbs this week, I'll hit my 20 lbs before Christmas target! £20 is a nice amount to donate isn't it? ;)



As you may or (hopefully) may not know, I've put on quite a lot of weight since I met Peter. If you don't believe me just ask pretty much everyone that felt the need to comment on it when I was in Greece (to rephrase: just ask just about anyone I met in Greece.) Since for the first time in the past four years I am not post partum or pregnant, I decided it's finally time to do something about it -I joined Weight Watchers. It's going quite well so far and I am steadily losing weight, but for that extra kick, I decided to do a Sponsored Weight Loss. I am looking for people that may want to commit to donating a set amount of money to Reece's Rainbow for every lb I lose from now until Christmas. RR is a recognised charity that facilitates international adoptions of children with Down’s Syndrome, who would otherwise face short, unhappy lives in mental institutions.

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With my sponsored weight-loss I am trying to gather some funds for the adoption of a specific little girl: Four-year-old Anna, from Eastern Europe. At this time, Anna doesn’t have any grants in aid of her adoption, or a family committed to adopting her. She has a heart defect (ASD) but she can walk, run, jump and climb and is a very social, active little girl. In her country, children with special needs are transferred to mental institutions shortly after their 4rth birthday –Anna’s 4rth birthday was last spring.

If you would like to commit to donating any amount you feel comfortable with for every lb I lose, please leave a comment or email me. I will weigh myself at Weight Watchers every Tuesday evening and announce my current weight and loss for the week here. You can donate via paypal or cheque, to my address or directly to Reece's Rainbow (please specify for Anna's Sponsored Weightloss.) You are welcome to donate every week or to just keep track and do one lump sum donation at the end of your sponsorship. And obviously, you are free to end your sponsorship whenever you like. Any amount we manage to put together will make a difference to Anna.

Thanks :)

Short and Sweet

Q: If you're Matilda, you're pretending to be a cat, and your mummy has taken you to the hairdresser, what is likely to happen?

A: A fur-cut.

As in: "Mummy, are you getting a furcut?" (Only if it's that time of the month dear.)

Re-Born Again:

Here is my latest on ebay, Joshua:

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Here is his auction link if you feel like cheering him on.


And Christopher is now featured on http://www.fauxbaby.net/id7.html on their "Promising New Artists" page, after the site owner saw him, and contacted me to ask me for permission. Thank you, thank you.....

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