To My Love
I look back to when this all started, 7 years ago. Before I met you, I’d spend so much money on dusters, tissues and make up remover. I’d spend even more on all sorts of cleaning products for the car, TV and kitchen. All of it has been replaced by squidgy packets of you. I only have eyes for you now.
But don’t think it’s just the money. I look back to how much time I’d spend, gathering those different products and using them. Time that I just didn’t have once the children were born. Who has the time to go to the kitchen cupboard, wrestle with a child lock, remove dusters and furniture polish, spray all dusty items (of which there are many since it doesn’t get done often), dust and then tidy away again? I simply had no time for this when the baby was noisily demanding I congratulate him for finally sitting up unaided and the toddler will push him over as soon as I’ve left the room.
I’ve just had a hot and steamy session on the kitchen floor, the bathroom floor, the toilet floor…even behind the u-bend…
Get your minds out of the gutter! I am, of course, talking about my new Vax SteamFresh Power Plus.
I’ve wanted a steam mop for ages, I’m fed up of the ol’ mop and bucket. The bucket is left out in a corner of the kitchen as it doesn’t fit in the cupboard. Not exactly the prettiest home decor! It soaks the floor, even with microfibre mop heads it takes an age to dry in winter. Time to upgrade.
I have fond memories of my school holidays as a child. Whether it’s the long, lazy days of summer sunshine (ha! OK, maybe not in the UK) or the cozy, comfort of Christmas, there’s always been good memories made. As a parent, spending more time with my children is the obvious plus (I also rate not having to get out of bed at 7am and face the school run as a major bonus too) but I do feel I need to create the fun times of my childhood for my boys.
We’ve enjoyed the summer holidays this year, taking a trip to Hunstanton early on and since then we’ve visited the park, cinema, swimming pool, played lots of games, ate much chocolate and caught many, many Pokemon together.
Just a couple more weeks left of the summer holidays and soon the kids will be back at school. Which means it’s time to check school uniform still fits (my children grow like weeds over the summer!), label everything with their name and buy school shoes because last years are too small, falling to pieces or both.
Last years school shoe shopping was a shock to the system. Big Robot went up a shoe size over the summer holidays so needed new school shoes, plimsolls and trainers for wearing at home all at once. At the same time, Little Robot was starting reception so he needed school shoes as well. We walked out of the shoe shop with my bank account over 100 quid emptier than when we went in!
In the cold, dreary days of January we started turning our minds to summer. We had an awesome summer holiday the year before and looked forward to summer sunshine on a sandy, British beach. Feeling bored of holidays to Caister and the Great Yarmouth area, I started the search for somewhere new. Well new-ish.
I’d been to Hunstanton many times before, climbing over the sandy dunes to get to Old Hunstanton beach is a clear memory from my childhood holidays. I knew it was a family friendly place and, whilst Hunstanton beach is a bit stony in places, there’s fabulous sandy beaches at Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea just 10 minutes drive away.
The days are getting longer and with this time of year can come late nights and early wake ups for children. Big Robot is very much a night owl and if the sun is still up he wants to be too, we have a black out blind for his bedroom (which gets the evening sun) to help him get to sleep.
Little Robot is the opposite, he’s straight to sleep at night however he’ll jump out of bed with the sun rise in the morning. Unfortunately, I now know all too well that sunrise in May is around 5am.
Both the boys are at school and the house is eerily quiet. The only sound is the click-clicking of the boys solar powered wiggling flowers on the windowsill, a relaxing background sound like the ticking of a clock. The boys may not be here but they certainly leave their mark for the living room is dotted with toys. Hot Wheels Nitro Bot has made a reappearance downstairs, they’ve decorated the coffee table with My Little Pony Kinder Egg toys as well as a tub of felt tip pens and, of course, there is Lego on the floor.
As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog Little Robot has recently had his eyes tested. We came away from the eye test with a prescription and NHS voucher for his first glasses, now we just needed to choose some. It was the Easter holidays and I thought both the Robots wouldn’t be impressed if we spent a long time looking around opticians so I looked online first to decide where we would go.
I started with Boots Opticians as I’d seen their adverts recently, they have a new and free eye check story, Zookeeper Zoe, which is basically an eyesight screening check in the form of a book and app. You can download it for free from the app store and it should give an indication of whether your child needs an eye test and if their colour vision is OK. I found the kids glasses on their website and saw kids glasses start at £40 and this price range is free with an NHS voucher. If you choose more expensive glasses you have to pay the difference. The Superhero glasses that Little Robot would love were £50 and so £11.30 with a voucher however, as he’s only 4, I wanted to get two pairs in case he lost or broke a pair and needed a spare whilst I got them fixed. Therefore it would have cost £61.30 for two.