Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Birthday Weekend

Millwall 4 Norwich 0

So it's my birthday weekend which is nice as I have to work on my actually birthday, for the first time in 30 something years, so we are spending the whole weekend celebrating my birthday.

This morning we headed into Hunstanton early to get a few bits and have a play at the arcades while my husband got his haircut.  It was beautiful on the front before loads of people arrived for the day.

We headed home for some lunch before popping to see some friends in the village. Where we had a water fight. It was our eldest's first one and she loved it.

And then it was time to go to my parents for tea, fizzy wine and cake to start the celebrations. My sister is staying for a few days and it was lovely to have a catch up with her and her fiancé.

My husband got to keep an eye on the game via twitter but suffice to says he was not pleased by the result.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Quiet Night

Norwich 4 Charlton 1

My in laws are away tonight on a mini break so we had the house to ourselves. After the usual jokes of setting up swatters rights. I put the baby to bed while my husband and our eldest stayed downstairs.

After the baby had settled my eldest informed me that not only was she saying up to have tea with us. She was alone going to help cook it and wash up. How could I turn down that offer.

So off we all went to cook our pasta tea. Tbf she couldn't help much but her and my husband did test the parmesan cheese very well. And we all enjoyed our tea. Our daughter was on such good behaviour we even got a few games of snap in before we did the washing up. Which she mainly watched me do. But she was there in spirit.  She finally made it to bed at 9 o'clock. Although by this point I was dragging her bath out so I didn't have to watch and listen to two games of football at the same time.

I am now relaxing in the bath updating my last two blog post. If only she was always a dream like this....

Bircham Windmill

Aston Villa 4 Norwich 2

I woke up at six this morning with a start as I thought I had to go to work. Then I remembered it was Saturday and it's been uphill from there.

Our brother and sister in law are arriving later so to give the grandparents a break and a chance to organise lunch.  I suggested we take the girls to Bircham Windmill.  It was a popular choice especially as the first thing we did when we got there was have cake! My theory was that this way it wouldn't spoil their lunch.

After a quick play in the garden it was time for bread baking and climbing the windmill. I did have a passing moment of panic as we went up the windmill leaving my husband and the baby below that going down with a 10, 7 and 4 year old might not be the most sensible thing I have done.  But luckily there is a lovely book full of other crazy people mainly 80+ who have also climbed to the top. The girls loved climbing up especially finding the secret fairy door. And we made it down again safely although I may have shouted a little bit.

After a bit more playing we treated ourselves to more cake for the afternoon and headed back to reunite the girls with their mum and dad.

After a lovely meal of salads and fancy meat. Our inlaws took the older girls off to Sandringham woods so my husband and his parents could listen to the game. Leaving me some nice quiet time to play and read to our little one. She has just discovered books and loves bringing her favourite ones over to you to read to her.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Morning Disco Party

Norwich 2 QPR 0

The cousins are still with us and they gave me an early start today, waking both our littles one and me up at 5.50.

I can't complain too much though as since they've been with us our little one has slept through the night twice.

The girls are all having a lovely time together and they are enjoying spending time with their grandparents. I am very jealous as they went to Bewilderwood on Monday and they are off to Pensthorpe later in the week. Annoyingly due to previously booked holiday I cannot have any time off work.

Today I left them having a disco party in the bedroom and as I write this I have the lyrics to Welcome to New York swirling around in my head.

The men folk are off to the football this evening so after a day at work my mother in law and I ate some tea before tackling bed time. We took two girls each. After putting all the girls to bed we then relaxed with a glass of wine and Coronation Street followed by Don't Tell the Bride. I was asleep before my husband got home.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Steam Train

Norwich 1 Sunderland 3

We have added to our household this weekend. As our nieces have come for a week long visit. My mother-in-law isn't going to today's game so our oldest niece can go instead. She is a junior canary and even has her own scarf. That said I think her favourite part of the day was the car journey to and from the game. And the score certainly didn't please her.

We took the younger girls to Norton's Light Railway for the afternoon. We had been earlier in the season but it was nice to go again as they had different entertainment on.  The girls loved the Punch and Judy show and The Lavender Hill Mob's ABBA medley.  I enjoyed the cake. They also got their faces painted. Our youngest niece loves bunnies so she had a white bunny face painted on. It looked great to start with but by the time she spkyped her mum and dad in the evening it made her look a bit peaky.

After spending a few hours and a few coins on the steam train we headed to the Rose and Crown, aka the ship pub! To meet the others for tea. It was really nice playing with the girls in the garden and the food was a good as always.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Norwich 3 Swindon 2

Just a quick post tonight.  My husband and father in law went to the game this evening as they couldn't wait until Sunday for the first game at Carrow Road.

We have had a very exciting evening. As we have been watching the mother duck, that lives under a bush in our front garden, egg's hatch. We have been waiting for them to hatch for the last three weeks. And what we have seen of the ducklings so far is very cute. Our little one has just started talking and can say quack quack.

We also had a party dancing around the living room to ABBA records Honey Honey is our eldest's favourite. If you don't listen to the words it's not inappropriate at all. Her love of ABBA stems from watching Mama Mia at Grandma's house.

Both girls are now asleep in our room which mean my husband and I are sharing the bunk beds tonight!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

It's Back

Fulham 1 Norwich 1

Even though the football season only ended three short months ago, so much has happened in our lives since then. We are still living with my very understanding inlaws, but we are now waiting for the purchase of our first house to go through. We keep pushing our expected move day back, hopefully it will be before my birthday and we really hope to be in the new house before our eldest starts school.

I have also now been gainfully employed for the last three months working for a toy company. And the girls are enjoying a combination of Granny/ Grandma daycare and nursery. Being back in work full time is certainly easier knowing that both sets of parents are looking after our girls so well.

And now to complete our lives the football is back. It just gives the weekend a nice structure.  Today all my husband wanted to do was listen to the game. So we tried to get our chores out of the way this morning so I could distract the girls come kick off. This plan didn't quite work out and at 3 o'clock I was still hanging out washing whilst our eldest watched Descendents music video on her Daddy's phone. This may have slightly distracted him from the commentary.

But we got it together for the second half. Which the girls and I spent playing with a cornucopia of 80's play people (playmobile). After the game it was an early bath and hair wash, as our eldest wanted me to plait her hair so she could have crimpy hair for Heacham Carinal tomorrow. Roll on the first home game....

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Birthday Cake

Norwich 4 QPR 0

I was pleased to find out my mother in law had decided against attending the last game of the season, for a very selfish reason. I needed to bake a cake for my baby's first birthday and cooking it with her around my feet was not going to be easy.

My mother in law initially took her out for a walk to try to get her to have a sleep while my eldest and I started baking. Luckily we were making Mary Berry's Victoria Sandwich so we measure all the ingredients out threw them in the bowl and used a hand whisk. It was dead easy although not quite as easy as using my Kitchen Aid. My eldest is getting really good at helping in the kitchen and I am hoping to get her to help make rice crispy cakes next weekend with the leftover easter chocolate. When the batter was ready I let her lick one of the whisks, mainly because I wanted to. It was her first time trying the batter and she loved it.

Unfortunately the baby didn't fall asleep on her walk so I rocked her to sleep upstairs and once she had gone off I could get on with the decorating.  This is my eldest's favourite bit as she got to try all the different icing colours. My mother in law has an ornament that I tried to copy for the Teddy Bear's picnic theme and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Although I'm not sure I'll be decorating the one for her party to such a scale.

By the time I had finished the cake the boys were back and we popped into Hunstanton to get a helium ballon for her birthday. After all it's not a proper celebration without a helium balloon.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Benjamin Bear

Leeds 3 Norwich 3

My heart sank on Friday afternoon when we went to collect our eldest from preschool and she came skipping out of the school holding the school bear. I hate taking any toys out of our house in case we loose them and now I not only have the pressure of taking a toy out of the house but I have to entertain it too. Luckily we already had exciting plans for Saturday.

After taking him for lunch at a cafe (pub) she upacked his clothes into her wardrobe and got me to make him up a special bed in her room. Of course this special bed was never used as he shared our eldest's bed overnight (shudder,) and then they came in for cuddles with me in the morning, as my husband was in London visiting friends.

As Benjamin has his own set of clothes we all went downstairs in our pj's for breakfast before getting dressed for our big day out.

We had tickets to see Justin's Party at the Corn Exchange in Kings Lynn, as the show wasn't on until the afternoon we decided to treat our eldest to lunch at her second favourite restaurant after Old Mcdonalds M&S cafe. She had a bit of a melt down when we got there as she is paranoid about the actors coming off the stage at the theatre ever since Granny was picked to be in a knife throwing act at the circus, but that is another story. Food arrived to calm her down and after eating we headed to the show.

It was amazing even our baby who normally watches the show for 5 minutes and then goes to the auditorium loved it. My favourite bits were the Hokey Cokey and seeing Mr Tumble. In my opinion Benjamin bear was being spoilt, lunch out and then real life Mr Tumble. I'm not sure how the other parents will top this!

The night before it was time for him to leave we had floods of tears from our eldest so much so that we have had to invite him back again for our baby's first birthday Teddy Bear's picnic party. Luckily he is free that weekend.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Forgotten Friday

Norwich 2 Brighton 0

Work has really put a dent in my blogging groove and I have completely forgotten to document Friday night.

My husband went to the football with his Dad and my Mother-in-law and I had a lovely steak tea. My eldest stayed up with us as an end of the week treat and ate a second tea of corn on the cob.

I'll try and be better on Saturday.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Easter Monday

Preston 1 Norwich 3

So the last of the day of the long weekend is already here and although I have tomorrow off it still feels a bit sad. We have had a lovely easter catching up with friends and visiting attractions.

Today we have been for Sunday lunch at my mum's which was really nice. The highlight for our eldest was going on a duckling hunt in Heacham. Luckily we found two sets and none were run over. For any Mum's out there that feel like they are failing just remember you are a better mother than a duck. 

The week ahead sees us finding out about our eldest school and me trying to get a more permanent job. Wish us luck.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Good Friday

Norwich 1 Fulham 3

I am panic writing this blog tonight as I have just found out there is another game tomorrow, and I do not want to get behind on my posts.

After working on Wednesday and Thursday I was looking forward to a day at home with the girls. We/ I had lots of Easter arts and crafts planned. Our eldest had a bit of a bumpy night, she woke up all hot and bothered after a bad dream and we were worried she was coming down with a cold.

In the morning she proclaimed she was poorly and that she needed to spend the day in her pyjamas, apart from this she seemed fine, so who am I to argue with her. Luckily she was well enough to help me make toilet roll bunnies and chicks. My toilet roll creation are the bane of my husband's life as I tend to hoard empty tubes and we are swift running out of storage space for them.

We had a very uneventful but pleasant day spent at home in our pyjamas and the girls were in clean pyjamas and ready for bed before their Daddy got back from the football.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Play Date

Norwich 7 Reading 1

Is summer here already? The weather has been beautiful this weekend and we have been enjoying the great outdoors. On Friday we went for an early evening drink at the King William with the girls. And on Saturday we had a picnic tea in the garden and a trip to the playground with friends. And on Sunday we had a BBQ.

But back to game day. It was nice on Saturday to just have a day at home with the girls. Now I am working again, although only part time at the moment, it has made me appreciate them more. We had our eldest's best friend over for a play date and she of course loved showing off her bedroom and taking our guests to the local playground. The girls were both really well behaved all day and we got bathtime done before Daddy got home from the football including all sets of nails cut and hairwashed. Getting the jump on Sunday night's chores.

I am already looking forward to the long weekend next weekend.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

On telly

Huddersfield  Norwich

I have been warned all week that Norwich are on Telly tonight. Therefore I have planned to sort out my finances and have a nice bath.

Both are treats for me mainly because I got child benefit today so that was a nice suprise. And also because I've been at work today so a bath will be a nice relaxing treat. I might even have bubbles and chocolates.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Boss Baby

Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0

So I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front this week, for two reasons; one the international break and two dipping my feet back into the work place, since my maternity leave has now ended.

We now find ourselves in April with only a handful of games left of the season, no manager and no chances of getting in the playoffs. But I digress on with the blog. Luckily our eldest is too young to know about April Fool's day so we didn't have to worry about cling film on the toliet etc this morning. But after a bad night with both of them ending up in bed with us. April Fool jokes were far from our minds.

We had another cinema trip planned today we wanted to go and see Boss Baby, however as my husband also wanted to see the Liverpool derby on TV we were on an in and out trip with no stopping for toy shops or lunch. The film was great although we are now worried our baby is really a mini boss as she seems to respond to the new nickname Boss Baby a bit too well. And thanks to the climax of the film being set in Las Vegas we now have another member of the family that wants to go there.

As my husband had recorded the football he started watching it as soon as we got home, as live, and knowing he would also want to listen to the Norwich game. I suggested taking the girls out for a walk in the village. My father in law delivers the village newletters once a month and we have got into the habit of doing this for him with my mil. So today the girls and I decided to do it on our own. I was very impressed by how well my eldest remembered the route as she knew some houses we had to deliver it to that even I had forgotten.  I always make notes on our trip around the village as when I finally write my Agatha Raisin style book my leading character will also deliver newsletter's. My only note of interest today was that some one had left their axe out whilst chopping wood. A good murder weapon perhaps!

As the football was still on when we got back we had a few games of hide and seek before heading out to the ship pub to enjoy the sunny weather before the girls bedtime.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Soft play and Shopping

Norwich 2 Barnsley 0

So I dropped the ball. We were meant to be seeing Beauty and the Beast today, but I had left it too late to book tickets and unfortunately the screening was sold out. TBH I am just a bit worried the Beast will scare our eldest and I put off ordering tickets until the last moment. So of course we ended up at soft play again. This time we went to Alive Oasis to see its transformation from fun castle to pirate ship.

We were the first paying customer to try it out and I am sure all the parents reading this will understand how nice it was playing on a clean soft play that didn't smell of wee. I even let the baby go in the big ball pool as it was full of new balls! We only played for an hour before heading to Kings Lynn for lunch and shopping.

We went to Marriot Warehouse first for lunch. Our eldest wanted to go to Old Mc Donalds and put on a bit of a sulk to begin with, but the fish and chips soon changed her tune. Lunch was really good and set me up for shopping. I needed to get the girls some slippers and, as the majority of our DVDs are in storage, I wanted to get a couple of new Disney ones while they are on offer. Our shopping was very successful although I spent far more than I had intended, I blame the Next sale.

When we got home, we of course had to watch both of the new Disney DVDs, Peter Pan and Snow White, luckily they had finished by the time Daddy got home from the football. Although I am sure he won't be able to escape watching them for long.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Harry Potter

Norwich 2 Blackburn 2

We had planned to go to the circus today at Knight's Hill. We have spent the last two weeks talking about and pointing out the big top whenever we pass by, however during one of our many conversation last week I took things to far. Yes that's right I dared to suggest that the clowns at the circus may throw water at each other. Of course in my eldest's head this translated as the clowns will throw water at me and she suddenly became terrified of the idea of the circus. She spent all of yesterday and some of the middle of last night saying that she didn't want to go. She had worked herself into quite a state, so we decided to give it a miss. 

Instead we did what she wanted to do today. Which was to bake a Carrot Cake, like Tig and her Dad, in Woolly and Tig and to go to soft play.

In order to bake the cake we needed to get a few ingredients and whilst we were picking these up in Sainsburys we happened upon a couple of World Book Day costumes for sale. Little Red Riding Hood and Harry Potter, as I love a bargain I got both of them.

When we got home our eldest tried on the Little Red Riding costume as it was a typically girly princess style dress but as it's size 2-3 it was a bit tight. Reluctantly she agreed it would probably be better for her sister next year and tried on the Harry Potter one. She wasn't to keen on it until she found out that the cape came with glasses, a wand and a spellbook cover and she barely took it off for the rest of the day. I gave her a lightening scar with an eyebrow pencil and she made us refer to her as Harry Potter. She has yet to see any of the films, she is only 4. But as her cousins love Harry Potter so does she now.

She was really helpful making the carrot cake and only lost interest right at the end when I had to grate the carrots. She wasn't very happy to learn that the icing had butter and cream cheese in it instead of just icing sugar and water. So she is now refusing to eat the cake, I don't mind this as there is more for me.

In the afternoon we went to Farmer Fred's. Please remind me never to go to soft play again during a full moon. The kids were crazy, there were gangs of boys going round throwing balls at one another. And for some reason at one stage I was like the Pied Piper I had that many unrelated children following me around the soft play wanting to talk to me. I was quite relieved to leave after an hour and a half.

This evening has been taken up with a nocturnal baby, blog writing and carrot cake eating. Mainly to block out the talk of new managers and whether the board actually has a plan. For once the husband is not even suggesting putting himself forward for the job. I'm off for a shower now, there is nothing like washing the urine off after being at soft play. Night, night....

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hospital Visit

Bristol 1 Norwich 1

So tonight hasn't gone exactly as planned. After vague promises that we could watch Broadchurch instead of listening to the football tonight,  unfortunately life had other plans.

Our poor baby woke up just as we were about to sit down to dinner with a rash all over her arms and legs and one cheek.

After a call to 111 we headed to QEH to get her looked at by the after hours GP. He thinks it's a viral rash and his recommended treatment is no medicine and just to monitor her. I feel a bit silly as now at home she already looks a bit better. But it was best to get her checked,  At least we didn't panic and take her to A&E. And my husband got to listen to the game mainly I'm the car to and from the hospital.

Update: this morning she is much better although she seems to have a cold. Lots of cuddles are in order.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Big Smoke

Sheffield Wednesday 5 Norwich 1

So we are London bound this weekend. It seems so strange doing the journey we used to make so many times at the weekend to Norfolk backwards.

We are staying with more inlaws this weekend. When our eldest had chicken pox we promised we would take her to see her cousins when she got better, so here we are chicken pox free and ready to play.

Our baby has almost cut her top teeth so she's still not sleeping great at nightime. Therefore we had a broken nights sleep and I thought she had woken her sister and cousins up at 6 but luckily even if she did they did not come into our room and I was able to convince our baby to go back to sleep.

We ended up having a lovely lie in until 9 and then went downstairs to homemade blueberry pancakes. I was only slightly disappointed to learn that one of reasons the girls hadn't woken us up was because they watched the live action Cinderella on Netflix, which I really want to see. Maybe I'll get to see it tomorrow.

After we all got dressed and ready we went to Clissold park.  Islington knows how to do playgrounds, our eldest loved it and I wasn't sure how we were going to get her to leave until her cousin mentioned looking at the animals. They have a herd of dear in the park.

One of the things our eldest has missed most about living in Norfolk is getting a bus. So after lunch we got a bus into Upper st we got off at The Green and walked back through to Canonbury. It was nice to see what was the same and what had changed since we left the area 3 years ago. We went for a drink in the Alwyne Castle and then we took our eldest to the playground in Highbury Fields. Which is even better than the Clissold park one.

For tea we went to Dear Pizza which used to be Stringray one of our favourite restaurants.  The girls loved it. It's been a really nice trip down memory lane today but I'm not sure I could live here with children all the time.  I am already a custom to Norfolk slightly slower pace of life.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Derby Day 2

Norwich 1 Ipswich 1

Today is the second Derby of the season and I'm pretty confident, after the last few games. My husband's sentiments of owing Ipswich a Derby earlier on in the season are well and truly null and void.

For some reason last night neither of our girls wanted to sleep and we must have been woken up about 8 times by them. So I was a bit of a Zombie this morning and not really in any shape to happily wave my husband off to the football. I think I was too jealous of his hour car journey/potential nap time.

However after he left we did slope off back upstairs for a while so I could feed the baby whilst my eldest played a game based on Disney the Lodge with my sister's old Star Wars toys. She loves playing games with dolls about boyfriends and girlfriends and people getting married. Quite oddly these games often involve the heroine being kidnapped too.

Last night as we were getting ready for bed she had shown an interested in all of the hair care instruments we have in the bedroom. In order to get her to go to sleep,  as you read above that didn't last, I promised I would show her how these worked today. So after she got bored of her game I had to get the hairdryers, curling irons and crimpers out. I assumed one of us would end up with some sort of burn however she was really patience and still and now has lovely crimped hair. I can almost pretend she let me plait her hair before bed to achieve the same result.

Her favourite new game today has been Park Farm. Which we went to again yesterday, thanks to our new, although slightly battered already, season ticket.  She particular likes pretending she is driving / presenting the deer safari. I am very impressed that she has remembered deer only have bottom teeth.

My husband enjoyed the derby game today his highlight was the one minute applause 15 minutes into the game to celebrate Ipswich's 15th consecutive championship campaign, but he was not very impressed with being held back for 40 minutes after the game to let the Ipswich fans go by the police.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Bedtime Tag

Thank you Mummy Seta for the nomination here are my answers.

1. Describe your usual bedtime routine?

I normally start getting ready for bed around 9, I know it's early, as I like to have a bath and then moisturise before getting into bed. I have always preferred to wash the day off at night, as opposed to showering in the morning.

2. What are your favourite Pyjamas?

I actually hate all my pyjamas at the moment. Once I have finished breast feeding and the likely hood of milk accidents are over I am going to treat myself to some new pairs.

3. What is your favourite bedtime reading?

I love reading books, at the moment I am reading Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse as I love the True Blood books. But I am guilty of spending far too much time looking on my phone at night time.

4. What would I find on your bedside table?

A lamp we don't switch on as it's too near the cot. My jewellry and a glass of water.

5. What scents make you sleepy?

I sometimes steal my children bedtime bath bubbles, but I'm not sure it works.

6. What is your usual bed time and wake-up time?

We usually turn the light off between 11.00 and 12.00.

My eldest has been waking us up between 5.30 and 7.00 the last few weeks.

7. What are your top 3 bedtime products?

I love clinque 3 step.

My electric toothbrush.

And due to a pregnancy complication I got into the habit off moisturising my tummy with the slightly medicinal smelling Aqueous cream.
8. What is your most common sleeping position?

On my tummy or left hand side.

9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

My husband! 

10. What is your worse bedtime habit?

As I mentioned above looking on my phone.

I now nominate

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Mart

Burton Albion 2 Norwich 1

So we have all been looking forward to today for the last couple of weeks, because today we are going to see the Lego Batman Movie and then going to the King's Lynn Mart.

Our eldest is in fact so excited that she has spent the last few days practising for the hour change by waking up at 5.30. Luckily for me after a quick cuddle she went back to sleep until 7am.

When she came through again she decided to put a DVD on for us in our bedroom. I bought the Troll movie for her on Monday and we have watched it every day since, although her Daddy hadn't yet had a chance to watch it. It was a really fun way to wake up, all four of us cuddling up and watching a DVD. And my husband now understands why our eldest keeps chanting "no troll left behind".

After breakfast we headed into King's Lynn and the cinema. My Mother-in-law came with us and as she was driving my husband called shot gun, so I sat in the back squashed inbetween the girls. I didn't mind as we sang along to the Lodge CD.

The film was great we all really enjoyed it even the Bat Girl doll we bought along had fun. My favourite bits were the nod to Arrested Development and the Gremlins.  As a child I was terrified of them.

For lunch we went to Marriotts Warehouse, it was our first time there and I was really impressed. We will definitely go there again.

Our Eldest was really well behaved at lunchtime and very patience considering how much she wanted to go to the Mart. She even refused a pudding as she was saving herself for candy floss.

A brief history of the Mart. The King's Lynn Mart is traditionally the opening of the travelling season and it opens on Valentine's day and lasts for two weeks. They have a children's day every year were the cost of the rides are reduced. My Dad never used to let us go on children's day as he used to say it was half the cost for half the ride. I am sure that's not true. The Mart is a chance for the showmen to try out new rides as well as old favourites. And the history of a moving fair in King's Lynn goes  back to 1204.

I have been taking our eldest to the Mart for the last two years with my Mum while my husband was at the football. But luckily for him he got the chance to take her today. She loved it, her favourite ride was the Helter-skelter and her only disappointment was that she couldn't reach the pedal or the steering wheel on the bumper cars.

It was a lovely family day out, although I have a feeling me and Grandma maybe taking her back to the The Mart next week.

More on the history of the Mart 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Norwich 2 Newcastle 2

My husband and I have been together 15 years. And in the early days we of course always went out for romantic valentine's meals. And as the years passed we started a new tradition of my husband cooking me a special meal. The first time a Norwich game clashed with Valentine's day I even asked him not to go so we could spend the day together.

How times have changed, what with work, the kids and the football game. I think we spent about 29 waking minutes together yesterday.

My mother in law, took pity on me and, didn't go to the football so I wasn't quite on my own last night. In fact she cooked us a special steak dinner and we got to watch a TV show about a wedding rather then listening to the football. So my evening was quite romantic after all. But I think perhaps we need to add a little romance, we have penciled in a date night for Friday, the reasons it's in pencil is because our last two date nights have been cancelled due to chicken pox!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Chicken pox part 2

Norwich 5 Notts Forest 1

So our poor baby didn't have the best nights sleep, intially we put it down to teething, but during a nappy change at 4 am I discovered a few spots, which this morning have turned into chicken pox. So we have yet another Saturday of lock down.

Luckily I visited storage in the week and managed to find some of my eldest favourite DVDs so that will keep her occupied for at least an hour.

I am disappointed it hasn't snowed properly yet, as although my husband would've missed the football, it would've been fun to play in it. Maybe tomorrow we will get some.

We have spent this morning playing with our eldest's Barbie/ Disney princess dolls.  We have been taking it in turns to put pantomines on for each other. I did Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid. She has done Cinderella and then I had to do Aladdin. The only obstacles we have is that we only have one Ken doll. So some of the uglier barbie have to play men. It's lovely to watch her acting out little plays from memory.

At lunchtime I left my eldest upstairs watching Cbeebies, while her food cooled down, as the football was on downstairs. And when I went upstairs to check on her she was asleep! I felt awful waking her up but otherwise she'll never sleep tonight. And her lunch would have been too cold.

I was really pleased this afternoon as Shrek 2 was on. Our eldest loves the Shrek films, she takes a cuddly Shrek toy to bed every night. We have them on Bluray, but as we don't currently have a Bluray player they are in storage.  Something she is not very happy about. So we were able to watch it and record it, I am pretty sure I will be sick of it by this time next week.

After watching Shrek she announced that she wanted to bake biscuits which was handy as I wanted to try out some cutters I got for Christmas. The biscuits won't win any prizes on the Bake Off, but the thought was there even if sadly the execution was lacking. We did have fun making them.

All told including the result and despite the pox we have had a successful day.  Now off to do a snow dance.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Wigan 2 Norwich 2

So we have settled back into our routine this week. My eldest had Pre-school and then Ballet. And my baby had lots of cuddle time with me and Granny.

Although it was nice to have a less demanding day. After spending a week looking after my poorly daughter.  I really missed her today. She had a great time back at Pre-school apparently she was as good as gold! And she loved ballet as she got to wear her uniform with wrap around cardi and ballet shoes for the first time.

My mother-in-law has had an eventful afternoon. Today is bin day and after we all forgot to put the bin out last week. While she was at work. We have been on high alert today. The bin was out by 9.00am. However when she got back from popping to the shops this afternoon it was missing. A scout around the village and phone call to the council didn't locate it. And while we were out at Ballet she had a sheepish phone call confirming that their bin had fallen into the bin truck and would have to be replaced.

Tonight while they listened to the game I disappeared for a nice bath with a glass of wine. Roll on Half Term so I can spend all day with my big girl again.

Monday, 6 February 2017

All About Me

Thank you for the nomination Anna Brown here are 10 things all about me

1. My waters broke, for my eldesr, whilst I was at work. I wasn’t due to go on Maternity leave for another week.
2. I almost got run over by Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead fame on a bike approx. 12 years ago in Soho.
3. My favourite book is Jilly Cooper’s Riders I think I have read it at least ten times and spoiler alert them winning at the Olympics always make me cry.
4. My first job was waitressing at weddings and its still one of the funniest jobs I have ever had.
5. I have an extensive knowledge of all things showbiz/ popular culture.
6. I am really bad at spelling.
7. My favourite song is The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel.

8. I'm a twin.

9. I still can't drive at 36. And I need to learn this year.

10. When I was younger I either wanted to be a toy demonstrator in a department store or a zoo keeper.

Now it’s your turn to big up your bad selves!

1. Share 10 things about you the person. Not you the parent, the baker or the business.

2. Name check the person who nominated you.

3. Tag 3- 5 others to share 10 things.

4. Enjoy the tidbits of information we all learn about each other.

5. Voila, job done.

The fellow ‘enthusiasts of the personal knowledge of others’ (or team nosey) I am going to tag are…..

Mummy Here and There
Mouse, Moo and Me too
Fox Fairy Twins

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Treat Day

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As I put my eldest to bed tonight she said the immortal words "Oh mummy I not been a good girl today."  And sadly I had to agree.

Today had so much promise after a week of virtual quranatine due to chicken pox we had decided to take our eldest out for a treat day.

However because she has been poorly this week, against my better judgement, I have let her have our tablet a lot more than normal. As I have been feeling sorry for her and she really enjoys playing on it. The only trouble is, it brings the worst out in her and I have decided now she is better the tablet is going away again. Whilst I was getting ready this morning she asked to use it and when I said no she got very cross and sulky. Which is exactly why I don't want her using it. After we had a talk and an apology we got started on our treat day.

We all wanted to see the film Sing and the Majestic Cinema in Kings Lynn does early showings at the weekends for kids. I booked our tickets online as I am well aware that as a family our timekeeping can be a bit remiss however we actually left the house at the planned 10.15. We gave Granny a lift into town as she was working. We of course made it to the cinema with time to spare. The film was in screen 2 which now has the kind of seat you pay £15+ for in a London cinema so I was very impressed. My husband bought a tub of popcorn that must have weighed as much as the baby. I mistakenly thought we wouldn't finish it but of course it was finished within ten minutes of the film starting.

I had a cunning plan to ensure our baby slept through the film which had been to postpone her mid morning feed and nap until we got to the cinema. My plan worked and I could enjoy the film uninterrupted. Our eldest enjoyed the film too as she only went on one toliet break. I have a feeling that the Sing DVD will be purchased in the not too distant future.

After the film we took her to Old Mcdonalds for lunch, her choice.  But as it was really busy we ended up taking it to go and went and visited Granny at the Corn Exchange where we had a coffee. Our eldest ended up helping out at the box office even issuing tickets.

Of course our 4 year old didn't understand that the cinema and meal out where a treat and she insisted on a trip to the toy shop. Were we of course refused to buy her anything. Her response was to complain that all of her toys were boring and old. Considering she's just had her birthday and Christmas we were not very pleased with her and after a few tears we finally manged to leave the shop. But the journey home wasn't much fun. Her fake crying was a big distraction from the football on the radio.

To be fair once we got home she played really nicely. Helped me cook tea and generally was a good girl. It's just a shame that her behaviour slightly marred what should have been a fun day for her and us.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Chicken Pox

Norwich 2 Birmingham 0

We have decamped to my mother's for two days to give my in laws a couple of days/nights off. And for them I think the timing maybe perfect, as after discovering a couple of spots last night on our eldest, and following a sleepless night as she was hot. We have realised that she has broken out in chicken pox today. After a Boots run, I never new chicken pox could be so expensive. I have stocked up on medicine, and she is now having a duvet day on my mum's sofa.

She is obviously not feeling well as she has started talking about her old friends and nursery for the first time since we moved. Apparently she is really missing them. Hopefully we can arrange a visit to London to visit some of them when she gets better.

We have spent the afternoon with Cbeebies on the TV chasing our 8 month old across the floor. My step dad is a saint for letting us take over the TV. I have also attempted some arts and crafts projects inspired by a Peppa Pig magazine. Although my polar bear marshmallows look more like mice than bears, but they taste just as good in a hot chocolate. Especially with some whipped cream.

My eldest is already in her PJs at 4.30 and we are now watching 101 Dalmatians. I loved the book by Dodie Smith as a child and the section below has always stuck with me "But during the many happy hours that Cadpig was to sit watching it in the warm kitchen she never liked it quite so much as that other television, that still silent television she had seen on Christmas Eve when the puppies had rested so peacefully in that strange lofty building. She often remembered that building and wondered who owned it. Someone very kind she was sure for in front of every one of the many seats there had been a little carpet-eared puppy-sized dog-bed."

My Mum is cooking us a special recipe from the new Rick Stein book Long Weekends tonight which should be good.

And hopefully she won't feel too bad tomorrow.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Lazy Saturday

Norwich 3 Wolves 1

I don't seem to have much material to write about today. It has been a very quiet normal day. We stayed at my Mum's last night which was nice and our baby wasn't poorly in the night so hopefully she is getting over her upset tummy. Our 4 year old woke Grandma up this morning so I got a lie in and a cup of tea in bed which was lovely.

And once we were up and dressed and my Husband had left for the football. My eldest and I went for a walk to the post office and Bakery, where they sell local honey, I need to treat myself to pot next time I go in. Of course no trip out is complete without a treat for her and luckily I got off lightly by buying her a box of candy sticks.

She has just discovered my mum's old desktop computer and was desperate to play on it. Having seen all the computers at the various schools we have visited recently I thought there would be no harm in this. As it turns out Ceebies games can be quite addictive. I think I enjoyed it more than her.

I also had to bake a chocolate log for my mum as she has guests coming for lunch tomorrow hopefully it will be good.

We got back to my inlaws for bath time and I managed to bribe my eldest into washing her hair, it's been at least two weeks since we last did it. With a suprise in her room. The suprise was Disney The Lodge Music. So we had a disco in her room before bed time. My husband thought we were mad but it was loads of fun. I have taught her to use a hairbrush as a microphone. I think a repeat performance will be on tomorrow night.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sleepless night

Southampton 1 Norwich 0

So today was our eldest's 4th Birthday, unofficial known as the last one we can all spend together before she starts school. We wanted to go somewhere nice to celebrate but a Wednesday in Norfolk in January didn't present many nearby options. She wanted to go to the soft play at Pensthorpe, and this is one of my favourite places, but it's too expensive just for soft play, we'd never be able to enjoy the birds as well. And we ruled Farmer Fred's out as we had just been there on Saturday and the animals at Norfolk Lavender are not open yet. I wanted to go to Church Farm at Stow Bardolph but that was closed today. So we settled on the soft play at Oasis, we can't go swimming yet as our costumes are in storage.

That was until our baby was sick in the middle of the night waking up our eldest. Who could of course then not get back to sleep due to the excitement of it all. So of course none of us could get much sleep.  And presents were all open by 7.00am. According to the memo 4 is the year of the Disney princess as we now have a mryaid of them in various shapes and sizes.  I am of course in heaven as I never really grew out of Barbie dolls and now I have a house full of Disney ones.

Due to the volume of packaging modern toys come with she didn't get dressed until midday as she was too busy unboxing and then playing with each toy.

The day would have been lovely had our baby not been a bit poorly. My poor mother in law has spent the whole day washing, as in the course of the night we went through several pairs of pyjamas and all the Muslin cloths we own. Because she had been ill I declined to go to the soft play and my exhausted husband had to brave it alone. Our daughter really enjoyed it so I am sure I'll get to go in the future.

And now we are all tucked up in bed, my husband isn't even listening to the game. Hopefully we will all be better rested tomorrow.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Birthday Party

Rotherham 2 Norwich 1

So today is our eldest's 4th Birthday Party, and when we planned our moved back to Norfolk this is the day I was dreading. Traditionally we have been hosting big parties for her at our house. I had really made a rod for my own back, and each year we invited more and more friends from her nursery and the decorations and food had been getting more and more elborate. She had even picked this year's theme, Cinderella, before her third birthday. And I knew in the weeks building up to the party she would be asking about who would be coming etc.

With the timing of our move I was worried that she wouldn't be established enough at her new nursery to have friends to invite to her party. This fear was actually causing me sleepless nights. Luckily this year she really wanted a soft play party and as the date got nearer and our move has moved further into the past she has stopped asking about her old friends and was focused on her new set of Norfolk friends. Who conveintly have been cultivated from my old school friend's children.

To be honest today's party was as much an excuse for her to see her new friends as it was for me to see my old friends. My sister even came down from London for the day for a catch up with them. I don't actually know why I had worried so much as my eldest had a great time with her guest.

The highlight for her was her cousin's from London coming to the party and as I write this now at 7.10 they are still going strong running around downstairs.

Soft play birthday parties are definitely the way forward and despite having to pay per child including the baby. I actually think it might be the cheapest party we have organised. Plus we even had a special Minion guest.

I do have a shout out to both my mum and my husband for their patience yesterday while I completing my show stopper bake of a Cinderella birthday cake. At one point when I was creating the skirt my mum kindly asked me what picture I was using and in my frustration at riped icing. I may have snapped back that I wasn't using a picture it was all in my head. I am therefore very grateful to both of you for your help yesterday and for your patience. And yes I am well aware you were joking about the poor lopsided doll when I was in the other room. And I agree I think she may have had a bit too much fruit punch at the ball. Luckily the birthdayzilla didn't make an appearance today. And the mammoth cake is already half eaten.

All that is left to add is that Farmer Fred's rocks and we will see you again next year.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Holkham Beach

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No one had a good night's sleep last night. I'm not sure why but it meant when we finally woke up this morning, it was with four of us in the bed.

Breakfast and getting ready was a drawn out affair. Which ended with a cooked breakfast courtesy of my Mother in Law.

My husband isn't going to the game today, he along with his parents are not very impressed with the pricing structure for today's game. It's a shame as if there had been a cheaper family option I might have been convinced to take the girls.

Instead we decided to go for a walk. I had suggested Sandringham. But my husband had other ideas and suggested Holkham so we could walk in the woods and on the beach. Much to my husband's amazement I have never been to Holkham beach before. We used to always go to Holme as children. So I was really excited and the beach didn't disappoint. We strapped our baby to me. And we were off. Our eldest loved it but mainly as we were following two horses and following their tracks.

Now I have a confession to make I actually prefer the beach in the winter to the summer. Probably because it's quieter. Although it was very busy with walkers and birdwatchers today. But it just feels so serene. Standing on the sand dunes looking at the sea just reinforced for me that this is where I want to be and days like this are memories I want to give the girls. I genuinely belive we live in one of the most naturally unblemished parts of the country.

Although it comes at a price not only did we have to drive home listening to the Norwich game but the fog rolled in and ruined all the lovely views of the sea.

There is much anticipation in the household for a pleasurable evening tonight as we will be having a Chinese and watching Casualty apparently this is a classic Saturday during my husband's childhood. Now I have to explain to my husband that we never watched Casualty....

Monday, 2 January 2017


Norwich 3 Derby 0

When the girls and I left this morning my husband was undecided on whether he would go to the game today or not. He has been suffering from a bad cold, man flu. And as he's back at work tomorrow he wanted to rest up.

We were off out early this morning to go and see Moana at the cinema. My Mum and me took the girls to the Majestic Cinema in Kings Lynn, at £4.00 each this is a bargain to my London mind set when £12.00 wouldn't even pay for 1 ticket. The film was great and we all really enjoyed it. It was lovely taking the girls to the cinema that I have spent a lot of time in growing up. I loved that they still have the board outside displaying the film times.

After the film we of course had to go to old Mc Donalds which has changed a lot from when I was little and they had the flower and mushroom kiddie tables. I have to say the floor staff customer service is great in Mc Donalds and I really enjoyed my Big Mac.

One of the things that mistakenly got put into storage was all of our daughters pens and paints. So as Father Christmas didn't bring any I got her a few cheap bits from WH SMITHS she has already done some lovely pictures for her cousins. Although I seem to have done more pictures than her.

My husband did end up going to the game and seeing the result I bet he is pleased with his decision.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Year Resolutions

Discovered all my resolutions on my phone since becoming a mum I have added this year's to the list.

New year res - 2017
Learn to drive
Write book
Carry on with blog etc
Write in diary
Be a good mum - have a bit more patience

New year res - 2016
Lose the baby weight and regain my figure
Move to Norfolk
Learn to drive
Write everyday

New year res - 2015
Learn to drive
Go on holiday

New year res- 2014
Be positive

New year res- 2013
Be a good mum
Lose the baby weight and regain my figure

New year res- 2012
Learn harmonica
Learn to drive
Reduce caffeine and alchol intake
Take care of body Feel better