Sunday, 24 February 2008

The Saturday Stitchers

Met up with Sarah and Sarah yesterday for our monthly meet up. It was lovely to just sit and chat and knit and chill out for a couple of hours. Thanks for a fab afternoon girls!

Looking forward to doing it again soon. :)

Hopefuly it will become a regular thing and we can get other Stitchers to come along and join in the fun. ;)

Day Out With Thomas - Part 2

Well last Sunday was our day out with Thomas and it was brilliant. We were lucky and the weather was gorgeous, freezing cold and bright sunshine, beautiful.

We drove over to Quorn and caught our first train - Douglas.

From there we went up to Leicester North and then back to Loughborough station. The countryside was gorgeous. Crisp white frost on the trees and fields it was so cold that the reservior was frozen in places. The train windows were still frozen when we got on!
Mummy and Her Boys
DS1, DD and Friend

At Loughborough we got on the Thomas/Diesel train for a short ride up and down the station, Thomas pulled us out and Diesel took us back, the kids loved it. DS1 and DD refused to have their pics taken with Thomas but Bean obliged for us though he didn't look totaly at ease about it all.
Bean with Thomas

We then caught Daisy and went back up to Rothley station being entertained by Singing Sally enroute which the girls loved, especially when we sang Daisy Daisy! We had our picnic at Rothley Station and then it was back to Quorn and back home.

The Day Out With Thomas is definately to be recommended and I think we will do it again when Bean is old enough to really appreciate it.

The Great Central Railway runs through beautiful countryside and each station reflects a different time period, the kids really liked the old fashioned look to Quorn and the real fire in the waiting room so I think we will go back in the summer and just ride the normal trains and maybe go for a walk in the Loughborough countryside.

Time for a Catch Up

Well we finaly made a bit of time today to get some photos off the cameras and onto the PC so here are a couple of photos from our holiday at Centre Parcs in January.

We had a fabulous time, very chilled and relaxed and the kids loved it. DS1 had a fencing session
DS1 Fencing at Centre Parcs

DD had a hair braid (I did too but I haven't a picture of it)
DD's Hair Braid

We also did lots and lots of swimming and duck feeding
Feeding The Ducks

And DH and I had a massage each which was bliss. I'd love to go again but sadly I doubt that funds will allow another visit for some time to come.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

YAY for DH!!!

I am so proud of him.

We just got a letter offering him a place on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme for September.

We still need confirmation of which school they will want him to attend but it is such a relief to know that he has a place. :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

I've Been Tagged

By the lovely Babylonglegs which is a wonderful of her. She has given me a "Make my Day Award"

The only slight snag is that I now need to tag 10 other people whose blogs I read.

"Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."

However as you can see from my list I don't acctually read that many Blogs, and I "know" even fewer people online so if I fall a little short (putting it mildly) of the 10 you'll have to forgive me.

And so, in no particular order, here are ten people who regularly make my day.

Sarah who reasures me that life with three small children is possible.

Babylonglegs who is a wonderful enabler and a friend who always knows just what to say to make me feel better.

Lottie who is always there for me and has often dug me out of a self indulgent hole when I've needed it.

Ouch!!! Ouch!!! Ouch!!!

I had a toe nail taken off on Monday evening and now it is really hurting so I am after sympathy wherever I can get it today. It should have been Sing and Sign this morning but it is too sore for me to sit on a floor and man handle an energetic Bean so I am giving it a miss in favour of tea and toast at home.

The toast was lovely and the tea is very soothing and the Bean is very energetic. And my toe is very sore

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Stuff I've Been Doing

(I know not a very inspired title!)

Well the moster is on its way back out and I am a little more rational now. I did do the homebird thing for a couple of days and had a nice time knitting, surfing internet shops and chatting to Babylonglegs (or should I say Mamalonglegs ) who was wonderful company as always and a great enabler ;)

I did a little retail therapy in the week and now have some purple baby alpa for DS1's bed socks, Photobucket
lots of new stitch markers Photobucket Photobucket which came from Cazza (I hope she'll forgive me using her pics but I forgot to photo them earlier) who was very friendly and helpful and posted them out the same afternoon I ordered them as well as changing the rings for smaller ones for me.
I also brought some Trekking off Ebay for a bargin price.Photobucket

DH had both his interviews this week. Mondays (at Birmingham) went really well, they gave him his score while he was there, and Thursdays (Northampton) was one of those that you just can't tell -apparantly. Anyway now we are back to the waiting game to see if either college gives him a place. Keep your fingers crossed for us please.

The sock is coming along nicely.
Feb Socks In Progress
Working from translated German is occasionaly interesting but the heel is done now and I am working on the gusset. If I'm really lucky I might get a good chunk of it done over the weekend and I'll be able to start the second one next week.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Urrgh! The Monster is here.


I am not happy. It's that time when the PMT Monster comes to visit and this month is shaping up to be a goodun. I have a somewhat unhealthy dose of paranoia to go with it so I am a little shakey all round at the moment and am very tempted to be a bit of a homebird this weekend even though I know I probably ought to make the effort to go out.

Added to the Monster attack I have a full on horrid cold. I am all bunged up and feel generaly terrible at the moment. I don't even want to feed up on junk food which is really unusual for ill me. I even had one night this week when I couldn't be bothered to knit!

Speaking of knitting my next pair of socks has been cast on (well the first one anyway) using my new Harmony DPNs. I love them they are gorgeous. My sock is so much tighter than the last ones which were knitted on the aluminiums, and I am much happier with it. The yarn is the purple/green/blue Opal Neon. I've only done a few rounds but I love the colours already. Pics will follow I promise.

What will also follow is a proper post about our holiday but I still need to get the photo's off DH's phone and onto the PC.

And finally wish us all luck please. DH has both his GTP interviews this week, one Monday and the other on Thursday. These will set the course of the next couple of years at least and possibly the rest of DH's working life and so by default a big chunk of all our lives. He is going to be very nervous this weekend I expect and probably not all that easy to live with (had a taste of that earlier in the week) and I will need every bit of patience I can dredge up. Curse that Monster there doesn't seem to be much patience so far and poor DH hasn't got out of bed yet (he gets the lie in on a Saturday) and I'm already tense. LOL Still hopefully we can avoid any major decisions and if I make the effort to leave the house a couple of times (which I really need to) we can get through this.

Oh I do hope he gets a place. He would be so good at this teaching thing we just need the chance to get him started.