However, instead of just panicking, my creative boy took it upon himself to rectify the situation...
Joseph was a very worried when we discovered the 'Santa stop here' sign had broken.
However, instead of just panicking, my creative boy took it upon himself to rectify the situation...
My brother and sister-in-law are currently finding themselves in the same predicament that we did a few years back.
Do you fake it or keep it real?
Being married longer, combined with the fact that my kids are older, means that we have been faking it for the past 7 years. Oh, and just in case your minds are in the gutter, we are talking Christmas trees!
My brother and sister-in-law were blessed with another boy in May and as he is going to be around the same age Joseph was at his first Christmas, trees are now becoming a worry.
In our first house, Katie was 5 months old at her first Christmas, so we happily carried on with our real tree. She rolled under it, but as it was firmly wedged in a corner and couldn't fall, we were fine.
We did, however, move house just before having Joseph (2 weeks before to be exact - madness!) and in our new house, didn't have a suitable corner for a real tree. As Christmas approached, and Joseph turned 8 months old, this meant that he was at the moving and grabbing stage. Quite a different experience.
We decided that having two intact children was slightly more preferable than having one, plus a squashed baby - and so (reluctantly) decided to fake it. This turned out to be quite a smart move.
Picture this - Katie aged 4 and Joseph 8 months...
I'm in the kitchen baking and being very home-makery (if that's a word). The house is filled with the scent of cinnamon and mince pies, the Christmas carols gently playing in the background. I'm sipping sherry (only a bit - and it is Christmas time) and wondering at my beautiful children playing nicely in the front room when suddenly I hear ..
"NO! Don't you grab that! Go away! Stop!"
Katie's little voice carries quite loudly in our home.
"Heeeeelp! Come quiiiiiick .... it's falling .... Muuuuum!"
I run in - floury hands and all - to see my little daughter valiantly trying to hold up the 6ft Christmas tree - the angel on the top dangling at a funny angle.
"Oh dear! What on earth has happened? Here let me help you, where's your brother?"
She is sobbing by this point
"Uh .. uh .. uh " sniff "under heeeerre" she wailed
I looked where she was pointing and I suddenly saw a small pair of wriggling legs sticking out of the bottom. Crikey!
I lifted the tree up to free my son, who seemed none the worse for his experience, and turned to hug Katie.
"Oh Muuum" she sniffed "It was sooo heavy - I'm really glad we didn't get a real tree this year - I think it would have squished us both!"
It turned out that Jo had crawled underneath and decided that he quite liked the dangling Father Christmas and decided it would taste yummy. Whoops.
We moved the Christmas tree from the floor to the top of the small unit. We had to bend the top over quite a bit (the beauty of faking it) to fit the Angel back on, but at least it was out of grabbing range!
As Joseph grew up, we were able to move the Christmas tree back to the floor and although this meant that the chocolate ornaments were more accessible to the kids (not quite so good) the Angel does looks a lot happier without quite so much Christmas tree stuffed up her dress!
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This morning was something a bit different. There was no yelling in the 'Edge' household this morning. There were no nasty comments or pushing, pinching or throwing. There was peace and harmony. No-one was more suprised than me!
Usually my day starts with having to prise Katie out of bed and sweet-talk her into her uniform. This is then followed by lots of yelling that ..
'you've been there for nearly 10 minutes..' or
'I'm counting down and if you haven't done it by that time ...'
that kind of thing.
However, this morning I heard Katie's alarm going off at 6.45. Yes, she actually set her alarm - that was a miracle in itself, however I heard her turn her light off again so I assumed it was an accident. I went in as normal at 6.55 and started rooting for socks.
"What are you doing Mum?"
"searching for socks" I slurred (I'm not good in a morning, especially before coffee)
"Ta-daaa!" she proclaimed, flinging back the duvet to reveal - shock - she was dressed!
"Thought I'd get ready quick as it is so cold, then got back into bed. Shall I come down for breakfast now?"
Well, I was still a bit open mouthed at the 'I'm dressed already' revelation, so when she offered to come down for breakfast without a fight, I felt slightly dizzy!
She voluntarily brushed her teeth (no nagging needed), drank a bit of her tea and after reminding me not to burn the second lot of waffles (yes, I got a bit distracted) she ate her breakfast and sorted out her bag. Giggling that she had to remind me about the waffles, she carried on packing her lunch herself and getting her blazer on!
"I don't want to be late, I am really proud of myself getting that earlier bus yesterday, I want to get it again today" I nearly choked on my coffee - this is the bus I'd been nagging her to get for the past 4 months..
"Bye, see ya later! Oh, and thanks Mum .."
I eventually recovered from this shock and as she walked down the path, I shouted
"I love you! - who are you? - are you an alien? - whatever you are, can you come back tomorrow please??" She just grinned and waved.
My only task left (apart from getting myself dressed) was to drag Joseph away from his Playmobil. Not quite so easy...
Good morning! It looks like aeroplanes have been.painting lines in the sky today.
Have a lovely day whatever you have planned. Me? I'm writing Christmas cards of course ... just trying to get ahead x
I have the pleasure of sharing another collaborative post with you. This time, with the festive season and bumps in mind!
With Christmas coming up, some people will be preparing to travel - whether it be to relatives or even abroad (lucky peeps!). However, along with what to pack and what to buy for everyone, being pregnant brings other considerations..
Baby on Board: top tips for traveling during pregnancy
Delays, check-in queues and long journeys mean travelling can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when you’re pregnant. However, you can’t put your life on hold during those nine months, and many people understandably want to spend one more holiday with their partner before the little one comes and the hard work begins! If you’re planning a getaway, follow these tips to make sure that you and your bump are ready for the road.
First, consider timing: try to travel within your second trimester, when you’ll have the most energy and your morning sickness will hopefully have subsided. However, be sure to get the all-clear from a doctor before you start making plans. When booking it's worth putting in some advance preparation to minimise stress when you're actually travelling. If you’re going abroad then you should book an aisle seat, preferably with extra legroom, so that you can get up easily while on the flight. Take advantage of online check-in facilities, as this will mean less queuing on the day you leave.
Prevent last minute panics by getting organised. Arrange travel insurance well in advance and print out a copy of the policy to bring with you. Make sure that all your travel documents are up to date and keep them in one pocket in your bag so you'll always know where they are. Get all the clothes you'll need before you go: layering is key, so think cardigans and jumpers under stylish women's jackets. It’s also important to keep lots of healthy snacks and bottled water with you at all times, so that you can stay hydrated and keep your sugars up.
There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable on a flight, so make sure you travel in loose fitting clothing and suitable shoes. Bring a pillow with you or purchase one on board so that you can prop it behind your back. When you reach your destination, it’s time to chill. Take things easy and make sure that you get plenty of rest breaks if you’re out and about. Plan laid back activities even if you’re an adrenaline junkie – the extreme sports can wait! It will go fast, so savour every moment and enjoy your chance to relax before your next big adventure.
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As an adult we are able to make our own decisions right? What we eat, what hobbies we take up, what cars we drive, what we wear. Well, I have a confession that will shock some of you.
This is something that divides the female population. Can you guess? No, it's not whether or not I wear makeup before bringing in the milk bottles. Nor is it the decision between flats or heels. No, apparently it a much more heinous crime... shhh... my tops don't match my bottoms.
Shocked? Confused? I was. I have been totally unaware that this was something HUGE, until a colleague at work shocked us by wearing a blouse that was, well, a bit see-through. It was a total accident - the see-through blouse I mean - but it raised the subject of bras matching pants, and then a heated debate ensued..
girl 1 "No, of course my bra doesn't match.. I've got black trousers on -
naturally my pants are black butI can't wear a black bra under this blouse,
it's light blue FGS!"
girl 2 "But what if you got run over?"
girl 1 "What?"
girl 3 "Yes, if you got run over - the ambulance people and doctors would know
your underwear doesn't match"
me "well I'm sorry - but if I got run over, that would be the last thing on my mind!"
If mine do match (which does happen occasionally) it is usually a happy accident, I don't feel it is the end of the world if they don't - is that really, really bad? Should I be more conscientious? However, apparently, it is not just us females that are affected, the males amongst us were also divided.
male 1 "Yes, it matters. They should always match"
male 2 "Nah, sack that, it doesn't bother me if my girlfriend doesn't wear matching ones, I mean come on, I don't co-ordinate my boxers with my vests ... why - do you?"
It all went a bit silent at this point while we all stared at him, open mouthed.
We decided to end the conversation on a 'beg to differ' note (the supervisor had entered the room, so we scarpered..), but it has left me a bit paranoid now, should I reconsider my stance on this? Maybe I can ask Santa to bring me some matching undies.
What do you think? Do yours match? I haven't really asked Daddy on the Edge his opinion, but I'm sure he isn't that bothered. Unless I start wearing black bras under white t-shirts that is!
It's getting colder, Katie's school are quite specific about what they can wear, so I'm working on a black scarf...
"It's so cold" is the phrase on most people's lips today - including mine. I'm not actually that bothered, I love the Autumn! My hands aren't quite so in tune, they are quite numb at the moment. So I thought, what better than to remember a lovely sunny day to warm us all up?
Yes it was sunny, yes it was warm and yes - the little pest had pinched my sunglasses again!!
Today I have pleasure in sharing a collaborative post with you on the benefits of music with children - although we do try to limit this in my house, unless ear plugs are provided ...!
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Encouraging Child Development: Using Music
Music is an incredibly important aspect of life and the sooner a child can be introduced to it, the better. Incorporating music into your daily routine, in whatever form, can help a child to learn to love the sounds that they hear around them and the sounds that they can make themselves. As part of healthy child development, cognitively, emotionally and socially, music is one of those things that a child shouldn’t do without.
How can you, as a parent, encourage musical development in your child? Here are some ideas in which you can introduce musical experiences to your baby and why they are so beneficial.
From the moment they lie on a play gym, listening to the jingles overhead, to their first developmental toys, using playthings to encourage their musical development is a simple way to increase their love of sounds, musical toys like a Dance and Play Puppy are a fantastic way to develop their love of all things musical. As they grow, introduce them to some age-suitable toys that they can use to make music themselves, even if you have a pet hate for noisy toys! Instruments such as castanets, maracas, xylophones and drums are a must for the toy box, if not so fantastic for delicate grown-up ears!
Sing and Dance
You may feel a bit silly doing it, but singing, dancing and having fun as much as possible will help them to experience music as often as they can. Help them to build their confidence by singing aloud, no matter who can hear, and dance around the living room to music from all genres to help them to appreciate music both physically and audibly. This will help them to understand rhythm and co-ordination, while demonstrating self-expression.
Take them to music class
A structured class once a week can easily be incorporated into their routine. Not only will they be able to enjoy music socially, but it will build their confidence and self-expression while also giving you the opportunity to get out and mix with other parents.
Nursery Rhymes and Sing-alongs
Learn some of the classic nursery rhymes, if you don’t know them already, and head to YouTube for some great videos of sing-along songs that your children will love. Take time out of your day to sit down and sing with your little one, clapping along and doing any of the moves that are associated, too. Songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” will also help to teach basic body concepts and language skills – as well as adding exercise to their day!
Incorporating music into your daily routines and having fun while you’re doing it will only make music more accessible and enjoyable to your child. You can never be too young to appreciate music!
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