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Welcome to my 'Barefoot Journey' ....

Monday, 25 February 2008

new addition



It was back in September when I started craving my very own choccy lab, and now she is here, adding to the madness and mayhem of home life.

No better way to start the year.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

christmas cheer

wishing you peace........

(learn how to make something like this here!)


and happy times..........

and may you find many lovely things in small boxes......


Friday, 30 November 2007

a mother's lot

So, this morning I spent an hour at our local hospital with our 3rd pebble - nothing urgent, just an eye exam due to family history.  She didn't play game however as she has a stinking cold and didn't want anyone fussing with her, so we have to return in 4 months. On leaving the hospital I picked up an urgent message from school - 1st pebble needs medical attention.

I drive back to the school, pick up 1st pebble with a swollen wrist from a playground accident, drive all the way back to the hospital to spend 2 hours in X-ray and A&E (thanking our lucky stars that I made him a packed lunch this morning as all 3 of us had to share those lovely ham sarnies and smokey bacon crisps!).  Luckily no major breakage, although some trauma to the radius near the wrist so he's splinted for 2 weeks.   Phew, he only broke his other arm 18 months ago!  On leaving the hospital I picked up an urgent message from school (hang on, haven't we been here before!) - 2nd pebble needs medical attention.

Can this really be happening to me?!!!!!

I drive back to school, drop off 1st pebble and collect 2nd pebble who's suffering an allergic reaction to some insect bites (nice!).  After dosing him with antihistamine and packing him back to his class (mean Mum huh?) I manage to get a feverish 3rd pebble home and to bed, make myself a nice cup of tea and then ponder over the last 4 hours.

How wonderful that my kids can manage to squish all their medical emergenices into such a short span of time. Now we can kick back and enjoy the weekend safe in the knowledge that if bad things come in threes then ours are up for now.


'My Rock' returns on Monday.   I'm looking forward to that hug.

Friday, 19 October 2007

all the leaves are brown...........

Well I've got that cosy autumnal feeling going on.  The nights are drawing in, the welly boots and woolly jumpers are coming out and the leaves are crunching underfoot.  The bright skies at the moment are helping to keep the mood cheery and the desire to "all get outside for some fresh air" is still strong.

The boys collected conkers on the walk home from school yesterday and this little number just sums up that autumn vibe for me

Look at him all nestled in there warm and cosy but at the same time kind of tempted to venture out into the big wide world.

Barefoot Books has a lovely new title, 'Listen Listen' which is an audible romp through the seasons.  It really captures young readers, and listeners alike making them think about everything around them.

There are also some fabulous titles for the festive season that will make great gifts for under the tree or for when paying visits.  I shall do a feature on one of my favourites soon, but if you know someone who loves to sew then this is an absolute must for their family bookshelf:  'the fabrics of fairytale'.

My hot chocolate is beckoning, I have my cosy socks on, so I shall settle in for a read.