Every year on the 11th hour, of the 11th day in the 11th month we celebrate “Armistice Day” which marks the end of the First World War. This year it fell on Wednesday, however I wanted to save this post until today as for me it better suits today.
On the second Sunday of November, we, as a nation and several of the commonwealth countries come together to celebrate, and thank those armed forces personnel who have given their lives to serve their country and to keep me and you, and our children safe. Not only do we celebrate those men and women, but we also give thanks to their relatives who have been left behind.
We have a national service of remembrance which is streamed on the BBC here in the UK (you can find it on bbc iPlayer if you would like to watch – please do ask me for the link if you cannot find it).
The poppy has a vastly significant roll in the marking of this occasion, people wear poppies, decorate windows and their houses, lay poppies at remembrance memorials and much more. The poppy represents the landscapes of the First World War as many fields on the western front were covered in them. There is a poem called In Flanders Field which is beautiful…..
I have a brother who is a soldier, he was injured out in Afghanistan back in 2013, luckily he wasn’t significantly injured compared to many he was serving with however it has triggered his Fibromyalgia (we both suffer with this, and our Dad has ME). I am immensely proud of my little brother, and I thank him, his friends and colleagues for all they do to keep me, my family and our friends safe. Ben since being injured has got involved with several charities – I will link their websites at the end of the post – and it has helped his mental health so much.
One is Limitless Motor Sports, this charity provide track days for people with disabilities, and I am hoping they will be able to sneak a day in for me too, Ben is their go to mechanic, and a valued member of their team. He is hoping to progress to being allowed to handle one of their cars a bit more often.
The other charity Ben is involved with is Karting for Injured Troops. This is an amazing charity who compete in Go-Kart races all over the country, and even outside of the UK. Ben loves driving for the team, it takes his mind of the stresses of “real life” although it does add stresses for Karting life, as we have seen, however, he is fantastic at what he does and my kids were so excited to see him race and cannot wait to see him again next year.
Ben has decorated his helmet himself, and I know it is having its first outing at Silverstone today on the last track day to be held there. Ben is really sad as he loves the Silverstone track, but that’s the reality of life. I am going to add a few pictures of his helmet, even though it is not yet finished at the bottom of this post.
If you have got this far, thank you for taking the time to read it.
Let’s go back to 8:10am today, Monday 18th October 2021……
I was ready…..
The kids were ready…..
The bags were ready…..
My wheelchair was ready…..
I closed the door and put in the key, which then did this……
I noticed the key was bent, looked at it, and next thing I know it is in two pieces in my hand. This is the last thing I needed as we were going to pick up Colby’s best mate on the way.
I had to think on my feet…. I came in, closed the door, pushed the sofa over the door and went out the back.
I sent Colby round to bring my wheelchair, it should have taken 30 seconds, instead they went the long way round and left me waiting, needless to say, I wasn’t impressed. They then had to just about jog to school so we were not late.
I got home and had to come through the back and get my chair through the kitchen which is a nightmare in itself when you have mobility issues.
The only key we now have is Dan’s and he is working, luckily my parents are grabbing the monkeys for me tonight.
I’m chilling on the sofa in my pjs and oodie watching tv.
Have a great week, see you soon
Lots of love xxx
Just a quick reminder – I am currently trying to raise money for a new electric wheelchair. Please go check my story out, and if you cannot donate can you please at least share for me. The link is https://gofund.me/03c3b97d
My poor little man has been up half the night bringing up lots of nasty stomach acid and phlegm, my towels will testify to this.
He is currently laid on the sofa watching videos on YouTube, I think he will fall asleep soon to be honest as he is yawning his head off. He isn’t getting away with no school work however, I have asked his teacher what to do with him!
It’s awful seeing your babies poorly, especially when there is nothing you can do about it.Because he has Sensory Processing Disorder he struggles with being sick as it freaks him out, and it is hard to comfort him
Have a good day no matter what you are doing, and if you could would you please give me a follow, and share my page.
Have you got little ones? Have they gone back to school? My two went back yesterday. Moo was very reluctant as all she wants to do is stay with me, Colby was so happy to see his best mates.
The kids and I were ready 30 minutes before we needed to set off, this was a shock as usually we are pushing it. Colb even got shoes and socks on with no drama (he has SPD and hates socks).
We did an advance visit on Monday so Colbs could see where he was sat, I could meet his teacher, and then pass information along for her regarding his “quirks”. He is now in year 4, and I’m not going to lie, I’m worried about him progressing up school as he is very very clever but struggles to transfer that onto paper.
Moo is in year 2, and to be honest I am not worried about her. She is on track for gifted and talented pathways. She will soar this year, and she is happy with her teacher.
They both came home last night happy and excited to share their day, let’s see how long it lasts!
When I worked in education (for 20 years) I NEVER got an end of the year gift. I worked primarily with special needs and deaf children, and often didn’t get to see the parents or families more than once a year. I didn’t work in education for presents, don’t get me wrong there, but watching teacher receiving 35+ presents made me wonder just how much parents actually spend.
Amelia had her teacher and 2 teaching assistants in her class this year, Colby had his teacher and a higher level teaching assistant.
I wasn’t going to do presents to start with, simply because I couldn’t afford it, but then had a thought, why not make my own.
I have been dabbling with nabbi bead art for a while, and I decided to put this skill (and Dan’s ironing skills – I cannot manage an iron with my wrist/arm pain) to use, these are the presents I made. I did cards for all 5 members of staff, and they also go a box of chocolates.
Then I had a think about extra presents for the teachers who did so much over this year for all the kids, and these are what I made. They are far from perfect, but I’m really happy with how they turned out.
I have been told that I should make things and sell them. I could do cards, hair clips (I already made one for Moo which I’ll include a photo of at the end), key rings, badges, magnets etc. What do you think?
Today my Mouse completed his last day in year 3, and my Moomin completed her last day in Year 1.
It’s been a crazy school year, the children spent January to April at home, and we had a few isolation periods too where they were home due to members of their bubble testing positive for covid. This has had an effect on the children (more so CJ than Moo due to his additional needs) learning wise, but they have both worked so hard.
We now have 6 weeks where the children are at home for their summer holidays. We have a few trips away planned, it’s Dan and Moo’s birthday (35 and 6) and I’m sure we will spend a lot of time in the garden (hopefully in the pool), going to the local parks, and in the back street with the kids next door and their bikes. The children next door are the same age as CJ (in the same class at school) and one year younger than Moo, and they get on great. We will also go visit my best girl and her mum (my sister from another set of parents) at the seaside.
Throw some ideas at me for good things to keep kids (8 and nearly 6) busy. I told them we may be able to make slime (but not bring it into the house), and we may go swimming to the new pool in Pontefract.
I hope all those with kids have a good 6 weeks – I might not have any hair by the time they go back to school – wish me luck!
Today is parent review day for my eldest and youngest and to say I am proud is an understatement, I’m bursting with pride!
The girl thing, has been marked as expected but her teacher said really she is working above expectation, she just didn’t want to put too much pressure on her.. She got 37/40 in her mock phonics assessment. She is polite, well mannered, always happy to help her friends and staff, and she said her confidence and her independence have grown massively this year from the girl who tried to get you to help her with everything to the girl who is just about completely working on her own! She agrees she was ready for year 2 back at Easter said she said her next teacher works the same as she does so will be perfect for Moo. The one thing to work on is the fact she never stops talking – it’s the same at home so I know the problem well. She ended by saying that she is just going succeed in anything she does.
The boy thing really struggles with school we are still waiting on ADHD/ASD, and he has Sensory Processing Disorder, but he is working toward in reading,. In literacy he needs someone with him to remind him to put capitals, full stops, punctuation etc when he does independent work for english, but he knows all the grammar etc and if they give him it to organise he can do it every time. In maths again he can tell them answers verbally if they sit with him (he does maths with his teacher a lot and they sit with him) but if they leave him unsupervised he just writes any old answer. They are saying he needs a scribe when he comes to tests, and they gave him one for these and he did well. They said he is never naughty as that he is a lovely polite well mannered boy and all his class love him. He did say he has been a lot more stressed and using his chew/fidget more this half term, but he agrees it is understandable with all the ups and downs of isolation.