Sad Times…

Sad Times…

I am in utter shock that Robin Williams has passed away! I grew up watching his films. Such a funny funny man yet beneath all those amazing characters he played and the voices he done and the comedy…. stood a very very sad individual who was so low and so unhappy that he committed suicide! I am genuinely heartbroken that a man who can bring so many people so much laughter and happiness was so badly suffering with depression he couldn’t go on.

What is also sad is that Depression is rarely spoken of and is very misunderstood. It takes for a high profile figure to end his life for people to start talking.  Why?

I suffer from depression and have done for very many years. For me unless you have been there, it can be a very difficult illness to understand. I have been through 3 breakdowns. I have felt like I have lost my mind on many occasions. I have not wanted to leave my house. I have not wanted to get out of my bed. I have cried  and sobbed for hours for no apparent reason. I have wanted to run away from everything. To be brutally honest, if it wasn’t for my children I’m not sure where I would be right now.

Sometimes I need people and I need to talk. Sometimes I need to know people are there but cannot face talking about things.

If you have a friend or family member suffering, let them know you are there if they need you. Sometimes that is enough. Let them offload their troubles. Don’t let them suffer alone. This illness doesn’t always end in tragic circumstances but people need to know that it can very often go this way. People need to be aware of Depression and have a little bit of knowledge of how it can affect someone. If you suffer and have kept quiet, please speak to someone. You do not have to go through this alone. If you don’t want to see/speak to a doctor then please talk to a friend or relative. It is so important.

If you don’t have anyone to talk to you have me! Comment here or email me on the address in the side bar. I understand what it is like and would hate to think of people going it alone.

Lets lose the stigma attached to Depression. It isn’t a taboo subject and should be spoken about! Depression Awareness needs to raised.

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*image source: nhs.co.uk

A New Chapter Begins for Izzy…

A New Chapter Begins for Izzy…

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Seven years ago this pic was taken! Izzy’s 1st day at Primary School! She was 4 years old. She was so weeny! Hard to believe she has just left said Primary school and is about to embark on her journey into teen hood and is starting Secondary school next month! Really? Seriously? Where on earth did those years go??

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Here she is 11 years old, dolled up for her Leavers Party. She is so beautiful. Being a footballer it is also quite a rare sight to see her in a dress. I may have a biased opinion but she is simply stunning.

The 23rd July was her last day at Primary which had a leavers assembly in the morning that we could go to. I armed myself with packs and packs of tissues and set off to the school hall! I made sure I didn’t sit in the front row of parents as I knew I would cry and didn’t want to 1) start her off or 2) embarrass her.

The Assembly was beautiful and I managed to hold it together until the entire Year 6 started singing this:

….then the flood gates opened! Not just for me either! I think there was only a handful of parents that weren’t crying! It was so so lovely and really marked the end of an era. Some of the kids started crying at this point too. It was so emotional! I was a mess! There was snot and everything!! I was trying to take pics during the assembly but sobbing and photography really don’t mix well!

I managed to take some after the assembly and the following one needs no explaining really other than it is Izzy with her best friend. The picture speaks a thousand words.

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It is such a massive change in these kids lives. What an absolutely wonderful bunch of kids they have been too! A lot of kids will be going to the same school as Izzy but some not. They are all going to have a blast and move on to bigger, better and more grown up things. They will be adults when they leave their new schools! Wow! A very special Thanks to her wonderful wonderful year 6 teachers who have made her last year so special.

After assembly I dashed home to make up a picnic as every year on the last day of term the school finishes at 1.30 and they all sit together on the field with friends and family and eat their lunches together. It’s a lovely way to end the term. Izzy and friends were running around with their leavers books and pens getting signatures/messages on both.

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So all in all it was a very emotional day. Izzy has had fantastic reports from Reception right through to Year 6 and I am so very proud of her. I know she is going to love Secondary school and will easily make lots of new friends alongside her current ones.

Have a blast Izzy, enjoy, open your mind, learn lots and keep being you! You will go very far in life and I will be there for you every step of the way.

My very own name badge!!

My very own name badge!!

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Is it possible to get excited about a name badge? Well…. it just happened.

I was approached to see if I would like a badge for when I attend blogger events! Well now I have one thanks to Meluba, a UK supplier of name badges and other branded items. I sent over what I wanted on there and received the badge in the post in a couple of days! What a fantastic service. The badge is of such high quality too. No pin either to damage your clothes just a very very strong magnet.

If other bloggers or companies are needing some of these then they come highly recommended from me. The prices on the website are incredibly reasonable too!

What do you think? I love my badge!

*I was sent this badge free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The wait is FINALLY over!

The wait is FINALLY over!

Oh my goodness I honestly wondered if this day would ever come…. after months of stress, exhaustion, sleepless nights, tears… actually LOTS of tears, years of upset, fighting and standing my ground….

Xavier has a Statement of Educational Needs!!!

YES!!!!

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This little boy is so special and precious! He deserves the right to an education like any child! He deserves support to help him with his struggles. He deserves understanding. I’m not just saying it because I’m his Mum but everyone who comes in to contact with my boy has a soft spot for him! He is adorable!

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I know this won’t be the last battle I will fight for him but do you know what, this has pushed me to my absolute limits and we have overcome a huge hurdle by obtaining this statement. I cannot wait to see the progress he makes having the correct provisions in place. There will be the TINY issue of moving him to a Special Needs School at some point but that stresses me just thinking about it as I know how upset he is going to be. Will cross that bridge when I come to it.

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My Xavier struggles hugely at school and this will really help him progress and move forward in his learning. I am so so excited by this Statement. He is such an intelligent and articulate boy and has so much potential. I know he will go far in his life and I will be there with him every step of the way. I believe in him. I love my son so much and cannot wait to see the sparkle back in his eyes, to see him flourish and see him learning and be less anxious and have more confidence in himself.

This is a very special day for us!

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The kids are in bed, the hubster is at work and I am having a little party for one with a few ciders

CHEERS!

Pets are a wonderful thing!

Pets are a wonderful thing!

We have three cats! Let me tell you a little about them…

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Barney is our oldest boy, he is 7 years old and has us worried regularly as he wanders off for a week at a time in all weathers. We are convinced some old lady nearby must feed him! (Not that we don’t of course lol)

Domino is our middle boy at 4 years old. He is so loving, he loves a fuss and absolutely adores our daughter Izabel! He also has a thing about shoes! He loves to lay on shoes! Strange cat lol!

Then lastly there is Max. He is almost a year old and a total scamp! He has naughty written all over his face! Don’t be fooled by the cuteness! We have just started going outside and is loving chasing the bees and butterflies around the garden.

I have always had animals in my life, all through my childhood my parents had dogs. They are such a massive part of a family and can have a huge impact on peoples lives and health. The following will show you more about it!

Pet infographic

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Do you have any pets? Please share your stories :)

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Encouragement…

Encouragement…

is what is needed! Xaviers school swimming lessons have finished now. I went to watch his last session and he got straight in the pool and to my complete amazement he bobbed down to get his shoulders wet and even put his mouth in the water and blew bubbles!!! To say I was gobsmacked would be an understatement! These things probably seem menial to others but this is such a huge huge achievement for him! I never thought he would ever get in a swimming pool!!!

Back to the encouragement thing. Well school sessions are over and tomorrow is the last day of school for the summer. Now as much as I would love to take him swimming in the holidays it is going to be packed! It was quiet when the school went swimming and I’m not sure how well he would cope with a packed and very noisy swimming pool.

So… my plan is to get a pool for the garden. Not quite the same thing I know but it will help keep his confidence of water growing. We go on holiday at the end of the summer holidays and there are 4 pools at the resort we will be staying at so I want him to feel confident to get in the pool while we are there.

With this beautiful weather we have been blessed with I have been checking out the internet as I know lots of places will have sold out of pools. I came across All Round Fun who not only have pools in stock but I have also discovered they have 25% off! Awesome! Just waiting for payday to arrive and I will for sure be choosing a pool and having some fun with the kids in it! If we can’t go to the pool, the pool can come to us! I really want Xavier to progress with this and one day learn to swim. I feel its a life skill that everyone should have.

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