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Pepper Plants

A few weeks ago Amellia and I decided to try our hand at growing our own little vegetables. We went out to the garden centre with my mum and picked up an adorable little Elho starter kit, picked out some seeds and headed home to get planting!
The next morning when Dylan was enjoying his breakfast we got stuck in! She loved filling it up with the soil using her little spade and then getting her hands messy spreading it out!

img_3832That little face gets me every time ❤

She then had a lot of fun planting the seeds! She dotted them about randomly and thought it was great pushing them into the soil! She couldn’t quite understand why they hadn’t grown overnight though and wasn’t too pleased about having to wait!
Once they had started to grow you would have thought it was Christmas! She was so excited and couldn’t get over how cute they all were! She also had to give them a little reassuring tap when they broke through the soil!

img_4130-1I did try to tell her that it wasn’t really the greatest idea.. but she wanted to welcome them to the family and reassured me she was doing it gently! It took a while for more to appear and I was convinced that we were only going to get 5-7 plants.. We ended up with a whole army of them!
img_4706We have now planted them into separate little pots.. well two in each and so far so good! We have given four to my mum so that she can look after them and have her own peppers when they get big enough and next time we see my sister I am going to take some down to her too! But we will still have an awful lot of pepper plants if they all make it! Thankfully my hubby and I really like peppers!
If you live close by and fancy one let me know as we have lots to spare!

img_5061This is less than half of what we have!

Do you grow own veg at home?

WeeOhana xx

18

The Start of a Long Journey

I’m not really sure what to write, or how to phrase what I write really, I just know that I need to write it somewhere as a place to get it out and as a sort of journal for what all is about to begin. Currently we are just starting a long journey with our handsome son to see what is going on with him. Our first step is Monday when he is getting seen by the audiologist.

I’ve had my worries about him for a while, but it took me  until a few months to convince myself that I wasn’t just being silly and there was something going on. I then decided to book a doctors appointment and went armed with a list of my worries and concerns about what was going on with him. I felt like a crazy mum going in with a list, but the doctor there knows me well, was very welcoming and told me he was glad I had a list so that I didn’t forget anything. So after him checking over my little monkeys ears/throat etc we discussed what I was worried about, he decided that we needed to get the health visitor over to see him asap and to get the ball rolling to sort things out with him. One thing he said that really got to me was that “he will either progress from here, or start to go backwards.”

After speaking to my doctor I was hoping to have a weight lifted off my shoulders and him telling me that I was just being silly, not to rush him and so forth but as you can tell, thats not how it went. I came home and got on the phone to the health visitor to get her to come and sort us out. I had to wait a week until she was available to come over, and I’m sure a lot of you reading this are parents and you know how long a week feels when you are in panic and upset about your child.. little did I know the waiting time of a week was the shortest I would endure in this process.

When she arrived she asked me what my worries and concerns were and we got to have a good chat as he was having a little nap. My worries were.. I suppose still are!

  • He doesn’t respond to his name, no matter how loud you shout it. Though hears things like doors creaking etc. At the start I was worried he was deaf, until I realized it was more a selective hearing thing. (this is getting checked on Monday though as they have to clear his hearing before checking everything else)
  • He is 21 months and doesn’t say a word, he babbles a bit, but no words or sounds that mean anything to him. He used to say dada/dog etc and knew what they meant.. now they have disappeared.
  • He tiptoe walks, a lot. Like right up nearly as high as he can get.
  • Extremely fussy with the foods he eats.. Doesn’t really like lumps or bumps in his food.
  • Doesn’t brings toys over to show me/his dad or his sister
  • Isn’t keen on his sister sitting beside him, when she does he will try to bite her/pull her hair.
  • Very little eye contact, or response to emotions from others.
  • Head banging against a wall/floor (very upsetting to experience =()

As I told her these she asked me had I been on google and were these all big worries or just little things.. when I told her that I used to work with children with additional needs she started to listen a little more, and then when he woke up and demonstrated to her several of these things she then said that I was right to have a list written. She then plowed on to serious mode.. She told me that she hoped she would come here and see him and tell me that she would come back and see him in a few more months and that he would grow out of the things he did. Unfortunately she told me this wasn’t the case and she wanted to write down reports etc and get them sent off that night to get him on the list to be seen by the child developmental team as soon as possible. . This was at the start of July.

I have had a lot of time to take it all in, think things over and over again, worry, get upset, get annoyed and most emotions possible really. This is a real tough thing to be going through and to be left in the dark with when the ball will start rolling. I have his audio on Monday so at least that is something but I am yet to have an appointment from the child developmental team. I am going to ask them when I am in on Monday if they have a clue about time frame.. I think the not knowing when it is all going to start is the hardest.. Especially when I know that when the ball has started rolling it wont be straight forward and that it will be a long time after many appointments to know what is going on.

As his mum, I just want to make it all ok everything be fine and one day for him to wake and to have came on leaps and bounds. Be talking and everything.. but as the days and weeks go past, I know that wont be anytime soon. It hurts a lot, but I have to keep my brave face on, keep smiling and positive for my family.

One thing I have found through all this though is that you constantly seem to be on the look out for things that are different/worrying/wrong etc.. So I have tried to concentrate on the positive and enjoy what makes him, him. The way when he laughs, its from deep within him, he has the most wonderful and infections laugh and when you have discovered what makes him laugh you can do it 1000 times over and he will find it just as funny as he did the first time! How when you hand him something new he will inspect it in great detail, turning it over and over again in his hands looking at all the tiny little details on it. That he empties out the whole box of hot wheels to find the one with the red roof and then will grab any other one to have one in each hand.. then will go to the table and play with them for ages without anything distracting.. unless his sister goes near him! 😛  That he will pick the tiny bits off the carpet and place them in my hand and will do this until he thinks they have all gone! When he climbs up beside his sister and for the brief moment will sit beside her and how excited and happy she gets by this, and how at the park he will find a bridge, and go back and forth across this bridge the whole time we spend there chuckling away to himself. He does a whole load more that makes me so proud and privileged to have him as my wonderful son. I love him, and I always will, no matter what the outcome is.

WeeOhana. xx

 

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Gruffalo Trail

The other day we set out on an adventure, to find The Gruffalo!

First of all we had to start with a little drive in the car.. and the Sat Nav trying to make us actually drive through the forest.. but we figured out where we were really meant to go and got parked and ready to head out! We had went on a week day, and it wasn’t overly lovely weather so it was a bonus that the place was quieter than we had expected! We had also taken a picnic with us.. but with little grass space and it being a bit chilly we ended up eating in the car! There was picnic benches for if it is a bit of a nicer day whenever you get a chance to visit!

The Gruffalo Trail is by the Colin Glen Visitor Centre, which has toilets and a cafe in also which is very handy when traveling with little ones! I would made a suggestion of reading the book the night before too.. we decided in the morning to go so we didn’t really think of that! We had forgotten what order all the creatures come in though we still enjoyed, but with a refresher for little minds and yours it may make it even more enjoyable!

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This is the entrance to the very exciting Gruffalo Trail, when we first saw this we thought they may have snippets of the book throughout so thought it would help refresh our minds, but this is all the words there is!

As you are walking if you keep a look out in the trees there are little picture signs that show you and your little ones which animal is coming up next and what to keep there eyes peeled for! It also adds extra things too look for, so keeps the excitement for the whole walk! We found that the walk took approximately thirty minutes, that includes stopping at all the figures for pictures, picking up sticks, looking in the river and all the things little ones enjoy to do while out on an adventure! You can carry on walking but we decided to turn around once we had met The Gruffalo, as it was a little chilly and she was already saying her little legs were getting tired. She was also highly disappointed that we didn’t meet the real Gruffalo in the deep dark wood.. but when we explained that he had been and that this was where we had stood etc she then loved it again!

The first stop was the little mouse
dsc00498.jpgI say little loosely as the figures were all of fantastic size, quality and detail! They looked exactly as they are pictured in the book and in great condition seeing as there will have been lots of children clambering over them all! My little girl just loved the fact you could touch, poke, climb on and do whatever you really wanted to do with them!

Anyway.. I wont show you pictures of all the animals you met along the way, its good to have some sort of surprise, right? 😛

I would recommended the Gruffalo Trail, but I’m not sure it would be a whole day trip even if you did keep walking, as after that it is just forest and I’m not sure how long you can walk or how far little ones who like the Gruffalo could walk! Even so, it is a great little trip for half a day or the such with the walk and then some food! It is close enough to Belfast, so it depends were you come from for how long the drive is really! I can imagine this would be very busy on sunny days, especially weekends or when the children are off for Easter/summer!

Here are my favorite two with The Gruffalo!

dsc00526.jpgYep, Little man slept the whole time while the other ran about thoroughly enjoying the fresh air!

If you are ever near Belfast and have a few hours to kill, now you have a new place to explore!

WeeOhana

 

 

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Willoughby Book Club

Ever been stuck wondering what to get someone for Christmas/Birthday?
What about a gift that just keeps on giving?

My sister got my daughter a fantastic present for Christmas! A gift that just keep giving and to make it even more exciting it arrives in the post every month! What little one doesn’t love receiving post addressed to them that they can thoroughly enjoy!
She signed her up to a The Willoughby Book Club!

At the start of every month a lovely shinny new book comes in the post in a cardboard sleeve with a big I ❤ WBC sticker on it! As soon as she spots that sticker she is so excited to open it and see what book she has got. Then it is wrapped in lovely tissue paper, which is very quickly ripped open, to reveal a beautiful book! Every book that she has received so far has been absolutely beautiful, wonderful stories, beautiful pictures and different ones to what you would find in your everyday shops! She then gets stuck on that book until the new one arrives in the post!

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They have subscriptions for every age on there website from 0-100 really! There are lots of options on there website! You should really head over and have a nosey- http://www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk/ 

When you have subscribed to receive one of there monthly books you then put in some information about yourself or the person who will be receiving the books and they then tailor the subscription to be perfect for the receiver!  They are also teamed up with Book Aid International, this is a charity that helps people in the Sub-Saharan Africa have access to books and supporting literacy. So every time someone takes up a subscription Willoughby Book Club Donates a book to them! Hoe super is that.. getting a lovely present for yourself or a loved one and also helping people who are less fortunate than yourself!

I highly recommended this for a gift for someone, I have been amazed by each and every book that my daughter has received! Beautiful, magical and a very enjoyable story time before bed all wrapped and presented so lovely.

WeeOhana xx

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Growing up!

I can’t quite believe that in only four days my little princess will be turning Four! It seems like only yesterdy she was a tiny little baby that needed every single thing done for her! She was a lovely litle 7.5lbs when she was born, and just stayed so tiny! She is still only 28lbs.. which is pretty tiny for four year olds! Considering that her ten month old baby brother is 21lbs! Soon he will be bigger than her!

She is such a kind hearted little soul! She adores her little brother and is constantly hugging & kissing him (not that he is a big fan of it!) and giving him toys! Obviously she has bad days and just doesn;t want him to touch any of her things.. but honestly, I don’t blame her! He isn’t the most light handed of children! Though she is also a very energetic little one and constantly wants to be on the move and bein filled full with new information! Lots of people find this hard to understand and think that she is being bold etc whenever she can’t sit still, is running circles, asking 1001 questions whnever you are trying to talk to someone. I love how inqusiive she is, how willing to learn, how egar to please she is but I can understand why people find it hard to understand sometimes, heck sometimes I wish she wuld just sit still for 10 minuites and not ask me questions about every little thing that happens! One day I said to her “Why do you ask so many questions!?!” and she replied with “Because I am inquisitive mummy”… first thing is first, where did she learn/hear that word? I don’t think I have ever used it in my life! Yet my three year old daughter can pluck this word from god knows where, put it in a scentence and use it properly! Help!?! In a few years time if she keeps up like this I will need a translator to explain to me what all these words mean!   

I am still in denial that she is going to be four… and in a very girly way, she is having a man come to her party with snakes,lizards,tarantulas, owls etc! True her style ;] She just loves going out in the garden and hunting out bugs! Reminding her to keep them ouside sometimes is a bit of a task! 

Now to think of some fun party games for them to do after they have played with all these animals! I’ll let you know how it goes! Do you find they grow up far to quick? 

WeeOhana x

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Simple Must Try Fun!

With my little girl just starting preschool we have been trying to find ways to keep her busy but aren’t that strenuous as she is coming out of preschool exhausted and grumpy! She is really enjoying herself which is such a great thing and I’m starting to get used to the afternoon classes rather than the usual ones! This week is her first week of being in everyday! The hubby came home from work and was greeted by an exhausted me (my little man has lost his great sleeping ='[) and a hyper, yet grumpy girl as she was knackered! Until he announced that he had a fantastic idea! I sighed.. expecting it to be something utterly ridiculous, loud and messy… to my surprise it was not!
He looked at me and said “i just need some string and a hanger?” I was a bit suspicious.. what could you do with a bit of string and a hanger? This did not sound like fun.. it sounded like a big old let down! My oh my was I wrong!
I watched as he tied a bit of string from our door handle to the fire place, then ran upstairs and appeared with a hanger and my little girls favorite teddy/puppet who has fittingly been called “Monkey” .. I’m sure you can guess, he is monkey! She was bouncing about the place asking me what it was for and she was getting very excited… and I just was just very confused by it .. he then announced it was a Zip-line! I still couldn’t see how.. until he showed us!

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As you can see by the look on her face.. this was one of the best things she had ever seen! She thought this was so fantastic! Such a simple idea and she had hours of fun! Everyday since she has had the zip-line!

So all you need is a length of string and two places to hang it.. the higher the better and a kids trouser hanger!
Little miss got a bit concerned that it would hurt her lovely toys, so we got them to “hold” on with there hands!
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This is how monkey and how he held on! =]

Such a simple thing, yet entertained my little ones for ages and the dog! She thought it was great trying to catch a moving target.. Little miss didn’t appreciate this too much though so Lilo got a pigs ear and was happy as Larry to let the Zip lining continue! =] Little Miss loved it so much she even had to facetime nanny so that she could see the fun monkey was having!

Do you guys have any simple things that your little ones love?
If you try this let me know what your little ones think! =D

WeeOhana x

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Right or Wrong?

This was something that someone said to me a while ago, but I was talking about it with a friend recently and I thought I would write a little blog and see what you guys thought about it!

What does Marriage mean to you?
The Oxford dictionary gives it the definition as “The legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship:

To me, marriage is something that you do whenever you really love someone. It’s a way of showing someone that you love them so much that you can’t imagine or want to think of life without them. You love them unconditionally and want to be with them for the rest of your life.
What would you say marriage means to you?

The reason I ask is that my little girl has told us since her brother was a week old, that they will get married, and she can’t wait to wear a pretty dress. She likes to play weddings and pretend to get married to him, they then have to have a fancy dinner and dance. She was at my wedding you see, that is why she is clued in! 😛

I personally, find it absolutely beautiful. To me it shows how great her love is for him and how much she cares and cherishes him! I never tell her not to say it, I never tell her that she can’t or that it is wrong. She is three, does she really need to know that she can’t, she will learn that as she grows. Should I really tell her that it is wrong? Taint the way that she views it all? Because to me.. Marriage really is about love, and if she thinks this and this is her way of telling us just how much she loves her brother, why should I tell her off? Surely it will just confuse her little innocent mind?

One of my husbands friends partner was over our house whenever my little girl announced to her that she was going to marry her brother. This woman then started to say in a loud and horrible voice “You can’t do that, that is disgusting thing to say” “That is incest” “ewww” and the such… she then started to say to me “how can you let her say that?” i politely replied with “Personally I think its pretty cute actually, she really loves him.” When they then left I said to my husband about it and how I thought that her even saying that to my daughter was completely wrong, that if she didn’t agree with that she should have just ignored it and let us handle with it, if we thought it needed dealt with.

Thankfully my daughter just ignored her and asked me what did she say and I just said that she was talking to mummy.

I remember when I was younger I wanted to get a big house and live with my brother and sister forever on a farm. I wanted to marry my brother at some stage too! Not a clue why mind you… hes a bit .. different! 😛

Though I was just wondering what was your view on this? Am I in the wrong, is it completely disgusting? Or is it just a lovely way of her expressing her feelings and how much she loves him?

WeeOhana x